Downtown Boulder's Fall Fest Happens September 18-20

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Downtown Boulder’s 28th Annual Fall Fest Returns to the Pearl Street Mall September 18-20, 2015

The three day extravaganza features live music, a beer/wine/margarita garden along with a juried arts show, as well as a children’s carnival

[Boulder, CO]  September 11, 2015–   One of Downtown Boulder’s most popular festivals returns next weekend with an all-star line-up of activities for the entire family. This year’s 28th annual Fall Fest features a wide array of children’s activities, juried arts vendors, live entertainment and a beer/wine/margarita garden.   The three day fest kicks off Friday, September 18th with a free performance by PJ Zahn on the 1300 block.  

Following PJ Zahn’s performance, there will be a 7 p.m. Pearl Street Stampede* as members of CU’s Golden Buffalos Marching Band, football team and cheer squad lead a one-of-a-kind pep rally down the Pearl Street Mall (starting on the 1300 block and heading west).   Friday’s live entertainment concludes with an 8 p.m. concert by Chain Station. (All live entertainment is free during Fall Fest.)

On Saturday and Sunday (September 19 & 20), audiences will enjoy bands whose genres include: Indian World music, family-friendly hip-hop and more.  A complete musical lineup can be found on the event’s website at Saturday evening’s concerts include a performance by The JV3 at 5:30 p.m. followed by The Indulgers at 8 p.m.  

Nearly 30 juried artists will display their works along the pedestrian mall and a children’s carnival will be set up on 14th street between Spruce and Lawry Lane (just south of Pearl Street).  For the second year, inFUNity Events will provide a variety of attractions for the children’s carnival including a bungee tramp, inflatables & hamster balls.  Tickets for the attractions are $1 each or 22 for $20.00.  Friday night only (5 – 10 p.m.), an unlimited ride wristband can be purchased for just $15.

This year the beer/wine/margarita garden on the 1300 block of the Pearl Street Mall will feature brews from Avery Brewing Company ($5/glass) and legendary margaritas from the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant ($8/glass).  Local food options will be available from Boulder Bowls, Fast Eddie's Hot Dogs & McDevitt Taco Supply - not to mention the many restaurants throughout downtown located on the Pearl Street Mall and adjacent streets.

For a complete list of Fall Fest scheduled activities and musical performances, visit

 “Fall Fest is the perfect time to experience downtown Boulder for locals and visitors alike,” said Anna Salim, Fall Fest Director.  “In addition to warm fall weather and leaves starting to turn gold, there is a great energy at this event from the mix of families and CU students that are drawn down here.”

Fall Festival is produced by Downtown Boulder, Inc. (DBI).  Eldora Mountain Resort is sponsoring the Children’s Carnival

Additional sponsors include:  City of Boulder Parking Services, 5280 Magazine, Daily Camera, 9News, Avery Brewing, Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, Eco Products & Eldorado Natural Spring Water.  Operational support provided by the Bridge House – Ready To Work program.

For more information:
General public: 303-449-3774 | |
Press: Anna Salim (Fall Festival Director) or Terri Takata-Smith (Director of Marketing/Communications)
303-449-3774 (office)  | or

*Pearl Street Stampedes
The Pearl Street Stampedes have become THE kickoff celebration for CU home football games for the past ten years.  Fridays before each home game, hundreds of Buffs fans line the Pearl Street Mall as the Golden Buffalo Marching Band plays to the crowds’ delight.  Members of the CU football team and coaching staff are greeted with cheers and high fives from fans of all ages.   The Stampedes are a joint collaboration between the University of Colorado, local businesses and Downtown Boulder, Inc.

Led by Stephen Tebo’s vintage 1948 fire truck, members of the Golden Buffalo Marching Band start performing on the 1300 block of Pearl Street (in front of the courthouse).  The Stampede moves west, stopping on the 1200 block and 1100 block for the band to perform.   The Stampedes’ finales take place at 11th and Pearl Streets.    

About Downtown Boulder, Incorporated
Downtown Boulder, Incorporated (DBI) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1984, dedicated to continued preservation, promotion and enhancement of Downtown Boulder as the heart of the greater Boulder community.  With a mission to maintain Downtown as the center of commerce, government, culture, and leisure, DBI’s membership supports the overall vitality of Downtown through public advocacy, political involvement, and by producing year-round community events that enhance the Boulder experience for residents and visitors.  (

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