Downtown Boulder's Fall Fest Returns to the Pearl Street Mall September 13-15

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In its 26th year, Boulder County’s favorite fall event celebrates music, food & artisans and includes a children’s carnival for a fun filled three day weekend extravaganza


[Boulder, CO]  September 3, 2013 –  Fall officially arrives in downtown Boulder during the much anticipated Fall Fest celebration (September 13-15, 2013) presented by Ford.  With seasonal temperatures and colorful fall foliage adorning the Pearl Street Mall, there is no better place to be.  This year, a Pearl Street Stampede -celebrating the CU Buffs football team - will be incorporated into Friday night’s entertainment. Admission to Fall Fest is free and includes all concert performances. 

For three days, the Pearl Street Mall (as well as 14th street between Spruce and Lawry Lane) will be filled with arts & crafts, a beer/wine/margarita garden, live music and children's entertainment (including a children's carnival). For a complete list of scheduled activities and musical performances, visit

Starting Friday evening (September 13), visitors will be entertained with a wide range of musical performances. The Tripping Grizwolds kick things off at 5:30 p.m.  The Pearl Street Stampede* starts at 7:00 p.m. and Rebecca Folsom takes the stage at 8:00 p.m.  Then on Saturday and Sunday (September 14 & 15), audiences will enjoy bands whose genres include: pop/funk, indie pop, blues/jazz/R&B and kids’ music on the Eldora stage in front of the courthouse on the 1300 block of Pearl Street.

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 and The West End Tavern – not to mention the many restaurants throughout downtown located on the Pearl Street Mall and adjacent streets.

The 2013 Children’s Carnival sponsored by Zevia begins Friday night and runs throughout the weekend.  Tickets for the carnival attractions are $1 each or 24 for $20.  Friday night only, unlimited ride wristbands are available for $10 (excluding games and WoW Bubbles).   WoW Bubbles (walk on water) admission is $5 per entry. There will be FREE coloring and other children’s activities on Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. near the Eldora stage on the 1300 block. Special performance specifically for kids will happen on Saturday at noon (Leslie and the Flying Foxes) and Sunday at noon (Wee Notables).

Fall Fest is produced by Downtown Boulder, Inc. and presented by Ford.  The stage is sponsored by Eldora Mountain Resort and the Children’s Carnival sponsor is Zevia. Additional Sponsors include:  City of Boulder Parking Services, 5280 Magazine, Daily Camera, 9News, Avery,  Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, Guaranty Bank & Bridge House.

For more information:

General public: 303-449-3774 | |

Press: Anna Salim (Fall Fest Director) or Terri Takata-Smith (Director of Marketing/Communications)
303-449-3774 (office) & 303-725-1431 (cellular) | or


*Pearl Street Stampedes
The Pearl Street Stampedes have become THE kickoff celebration for CU home football games for the past nine 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 in the old Daily Camera building parking lot (1048 Pearl St.).


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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