8 things to do for Boulder Arts Week in Downtown Boulder (March 29 - April 6)

Need some art-spiration for Boulder Arts Week? Boulder Arts Week 2019 (March 29 to April 6, 2019) has over 100 calendar listings including performances, book signings, exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, and more. Downtown Boulder has a concentration of solid arts happenings, so taking a day (or two) to wander will immerse yourself in Boulder Arts Week. Visit boulderartsweek.org to view the full schedule of events and happenings! 

It's all walking distance, ya’ll!

  1. Avocado toast and fancy juice and art, people. Jack Ludlam: Current works on view in Wonder is a great place to start. The exhibition is excellent and chic and part of the Boulder Creative Collective’s ALT.ART Program which brings art into unexpected places.

  2. The Museum of Boulder is *poppin* during Boulder Arts Week, with stuff for all interests and ages. For example, they are hosting a Boulder Conversations evening with Nii Armah Sowah, a Senior Instructor of Dance at CU Boulder, a drop-in animation station for kids with Steve & Kate’s Camp, and a screening of Pioneers which tells the stories of four Colorado women artists from 1870-1970 who confronted prejudice in their pursuit of equal opportunity and artistic expression. Get it, ladies.

  3. One of my Boulder Arts Week favs and now a tradition in its 7th year is the Student Banner Project by Downtown Boulder Partnership. THEY ARE NOT PAYING ME TO ENDORSE IT, promise. As you walk from event to event (or bar to bar, whatever) vote on the Boulder Arts Week-branded student banners designed by local youth. They are really remarkable works for young artists!

  4. New gallery alert!! R Gallery is Boulder’s newest gallery, run by iconic Boulder-based photographer Rob Lantz (you KNOW his work, I know you know you do). The show on view (entitled Boulder Showcase)  is a survey of a ton of cool local artists and the opening is during the Week, so it is a great place to see local art and support local.

  5. The Laughing Goat Cafe has great coffee - duh - and SHOWS ALL WEEK during the Week. Folk, soul, pop music - like Seth Brand, Estella Dawn, and Lucas Wolf, in a cozy, cool setting. Like it ‘used to be Boulder’, so they tell me.

  6. Another fav! Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts’ Open Wall. From our calendar, “Local artists are invited to BMoCA to share their work at Open Wall – a one-night, self-curated exhibition and silent auction that raises funds for BMoCA and your local art community.” So GUYS you get EVERYTHING. Professional work, youth art, contemporary stuff, classical styles, work from that cool dude that does little plein air paintings in Altoid tins (Remington Robinson). And for artists, bring a work and show up early!

  7. Another icon - the Boulder Book Store. Last year named best bookstore in the country *brushes shoulders* by Publisher’s Weekly. They’re hosting talks and signings almost nightly with authors, including one at the Boulder Public Library with New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson about her new book, SHOUT, a searing poetic memoir for the #MeToo era.

  8. The Boulder Theater is hosting a couple comedians during Boulder Arts Week which I’m, frankly, super excited about. It is a beautiful theater in itself and you can look at the ceiling paintings if it gets to be awkward. I’d stop by The Lounge at the Boulder Theater before for a drink or two, too.

If you want to make your own art-route-of-fun, try the map function on the calendar!

Visit boulderartsweek.org

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Boulder Arts Week


March 29 - April 6

Why Downtown?

Can you have an artful Boulder visit AND walk the charming downtown heart of Boulder? Of course you can!

My Insider Guide to Downtown Boulder