2020 Community Events Produced by Downtown Boulder


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Taste of Pearl

Sunday, April 19

2 - 6 pm  |  Pearl Street & Beyond

An unforgettable afternoon exploring Boulder’s tantalizing culinary arts scene and celebrating Colorado’s distinctive wines and spirits while strolling through some of Downtown Boulder’s most vibrant galleries and retail stores. This is a ticketed event for those 21 years of age and older.


Tulip Festival

Sunday, April 26 (Rain Date: May 3) 

1 - 5 pm  |  Pearl Street Mall

Spring officially arrives in Downtown Boulder when the beautiful, colorful Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies and elves, parade around the Pearl Street Mall "waking up the tulips". This beloved springtime tradition features special events and activities for girls and boys and celebrates the more than 15,000 tulips that adorn the world-renowned Pearl Street Mall throughout the spring season.


Bands on the Bricks

Wednesdays, June 3 - August 5

5:30 - 9 pm  |  1300 Block of Pearl Street

From oldies to alternative and everything in between Bands on the Bricks is Boulder County's premier outdoor summer concert series taking place in the heart of Downtown Boulder on the one-and-only Pearl Street Mall. A not-to-be-missed summer tradition with 10 weeks of free concerts celebrating its 24th  anniversary! Enjoy performances from the best local musicians from along the Front Range while dancing under the stars. Bands features an outdoor beer/wine/margarita garden starting at 5:30 pm every Wednesday.  Opening musical acts start at 6 pm, headlining acts play from 7 - 9 pm.


Pearl Street Arts Fest

Saturday, July 18 - Sunday, July 19

Saturday 10 am - 7 pm & Sunday 10 am - 5 pm  |  Pearl Street Mall | Preview Friday, July 17, 3-8 pm

Pearl Street Arts Fest is a juried celebration of visual arts celebrating painting, photography, jewelry and more. The event features artists from around the country, children’s art activities, live interactive performances – and much, much more!


Boulder Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, August 22

1 - 5 pm  |  North Boulder Park

The 7th Annual Boulder Craft Beer Festival brings together the best craft breweries from Boulder County and beyond for a tasting festival, offering attendees samples of Boulder's best beer. The festival includes live music and food for purchase. This is a ticketed event for those 21 years of age and older.


Fall Fest

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 18 - 20

Friday 5 - 10 pm, Saturday 10 am - 9 pm and Sunday 10 am - 5 pm  |  Pearl Street Mall

For over 30 years, Downtown Boulder’s Fall Fest has been one of Boulder’s most beloved community celebrations. This 3-day autumn festival features live music, great food, local microbrews, wine, and margaritas, with the added excitement of Children’s Activities and featuring Firefly Handmade Markets.


Munchkin Masquerade

Saturday, October 31

2 - 4 pm  |  Pearl Street & Beyond

Each Halloween, Downtown Boulder is invaded by tiny ghosts & goblins, dinosaurs & dragons, fairies & princes, superheroes & animals of every size trick-or-treating along Pearl Street and throughout downtown Boulder. 


Light Up the Holidays

Switch on the Holidays
Sunday, November 22  |  5 pm  | 1300 Block of Pearl Street

Kicking off the holiday season, Santa counts down the grand illumination of the Boulder County Courthouse and the Pearl Street Mall. Featuring a holiday concert!

St. Nick on the Bricks
Friday, November 27 and Saturdays November 28 - December 19 |  11 am - 2 pm  |  Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center

Kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center for FREE.  Bring your list and a camera to capture priceless holiday memories.

Lights of December Parade
Saturday, December 5  |  6 pm  |  Downtown Boulder

In its 34th year, spectators enjoy floats created and decorated by local businesses, churches, and civic groups. Crowds enjoy marching bands, lit fire engines, holiday carolers and much more. The grand finale includes an appearance by the jolly man himself - Santa Claus!

Freezie Fest
Saturday, December 12 |  11 am - 4 pm  |  Downtown Boulder

Join us for a celebration of winter and all things snowmen! This year's third annual Freezie Fest will include visits with Santa, train rides on the Snowflake Express, and loads of holiday crafts and activities with our Reindeer Game participants along the Pearl Street Mall.