What to do in Boulder, CO – Our Top Recommendations







There is a lot to do in Boulder from outdoor activities to the arts. When you are in town, make sure to visit:

Pearl Street Mall: The downtown pedestrian mall is filled with restaurants, galleries and shops. It has street performers and musicians that add to the experience. It was jumping on a beautiful summer evening!

Pearl Street Mall


Pearl Street Mall


Pearl Street Mall

Boulder County Farmers Market: This popular market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at a location on 13th Street, between Arapahoe and Canyon, next to Central Park in downtown Boulder.

Boulder County Farmers Market


Boulder County Farmers Market

The Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark: On July 4, 1898, over 4,000 people gathered for the opening day of the Colorado Chautauqua. Boulder civic leaders and Texas educators had joined together to create a cultural and educational summer retreat. Today, the Colorado Chautauqua is one of three remaining Chautauquas in the United States, and the only site west of the Mississippi River, in continuous operation, with its original structures intact.

Before radio and television, the Chautauqua Movement united millions in common cultural and educational experiences. Orators, performers, and educators traveled a national Chautauqua circuit of more than 12,000 sites bringing lectures, performances, concerts, classes, and exhibitions to thousands of people in small towns and cities. Theodore Roosevelt called Chautauquas, “the most American thing in America.”

Chautauqua Park

Located at the base of Boulder’s Flatirons, Chautauqua Park is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a local landmark on twenty-six acres. The site includes:

The Auditorium (1898), included on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been voted one of the top ten places artists love to play because of its superior acoustics and intimate feel.

The Dining Hall (1898) is now open all year, offering excellent cuisine.

The Academic Hall (1900) houses Chautauqua’s administrative offices and housed the first collegiate-level summer school in Colorado.

The Community House (1918) is a stunning example of Arts and Crafts architecture and has been winterized and renovated.

The Colorado Chautauqua

There are music performances, theater, performances of the Colorado Music Festival, programs, forums, lectures and family activities. Cottages and lodges are available for rent and there is a dining hall.

There are a number of other festivals and events throughout the year. You might enjoy attending the:

Boulder Bach Festival

Colorado MahlerFest in May

Boulder Ballet

Boulder Plein Air Festival  in late April and early May

Naropa Summer Writing Program

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Boulder International Fringe Festival in August

Boulder International Film Festival each March

Jaipur Literature Festival held in September

Open Studio Fall Artist Tour held the first three weekends of October

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art: Located at 1750 13th Street, this is a small interesting museum. Check the website for current exhibitions.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

The Flatirons: These are the famous “shards of tilting sandstone” mountains on the edge of town.

The Flatirons in Boulder


Downtown Boulder


Downtown Boulder