It is probably no surprise to you, but summer in Colorado is fleeting. The long days and beautiful nights make for epic camping trips; the snow melt creates world-class river kayaking; and with the kids out of school, it is the perfect time for a trip. And before you know it, August is just a few weeks away, and you try to squeeze every last ounce of “summer” out of the months before it starts cooling down again. BUT! Before we talk about the end of summer, let’s talk about kicking summer off right!
The city of Boulder knows how to do Memorial Day weekend. Boulderites, not known to hibernate in the winter, seem even more full of life than normal at the unofficial kickoff to summer. With endless activities throughout the city over the weekend, be sure to see just one of the many things that makes Boulder special. While you’re going back and forth from the amazing offering of awesome Boulder hosts this weekend, be sure to stop by and see us for a quick bite or a drink to refuel on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Without further ado, here’s a list of some of the biggest events happening in town this weekend.
Saturday & Sunday
Boulder Creek Fest
When: 10am – 10pm (continues on Sunday and Monday, too!)
Where: Central Park (13th & Canyon)
What: This annual event is jam-packed with fun for everyone. Spreading out through Central Park and straddling the Boulder Creek, the aptly-named Boulder Creek Festival boast 9 separate event areas featuring over 500 vendors showcasing everything from community arts, handmade crafts, healthier lifestyle alternatives, and innovative technology. When your feet need a break from walking between the vendor tents, be sure to check out a life performance on any of the 4 stages throughout the park, each featuring fun and eclectic music and dance. Carnival rides, food, and drink tents are also available while you’re there. Lastly, what would a creek festival be without a signature rubber duck race down the creek?!
Farmer’s Market (Saturday only)
When: 8am – 2pm
Where: Central Park (13th & Canyon)
What: Boulder’s Farmer’s Market is, simply put: incredible! Fresh fruit and veggies, local artisanal spirits, jams, cheeses, and breads…it’s a foodie’s paradise! When it coincides with the Boulder Creek Fest, though, the game is stepped up to a whole new level! Bring your walking shoes, your recyclable shopping bags, and go nuts.
BolderBOULDER EXPO and SportsEXHIBIT
When: 10am – 6pm
Where: Pearl Street Walking Mall
What: Building anticipation for the annual BolderBOULDER 10k Race and walk, the BolderBOULDER EXPO and SportsEXHIBIT offers everyone the opportunity to check out products from hundreds of different vendors before race day. Casually stroll in between vendor tents as you people watch, and don’t forget to learn about some of the coolest new running technology and merchandise available.
When: 5:45am – 12pm
Where: Course winds around Boulder. Plan ahead for road closures and detours. Course map can be found here. Course concludes at CU’s Folsom Field
What: Now in its 38th year, the BolderBOULDER is one of the most popular and highly lauded 10K races in the world! Every year, hundreds of thousands of joggers, runners, walkers and supporters convene in Boulder for this race of epic proportions. Costumes, street-side parties, and world-class runners all come together to make this one of the most memorable races around. The BolderBOULDER is still locally owned and operated.
As you can see, there is no shortage of things to do this weekend. We didn’t even mention the backyard barbecues, gatherings, and sporting events you and your family already have planned!
No matter what you do, as you dart in between all the prep and the running to-and-fro, stop by our beautiful North Boulder location to take a load off and just enjoy the beautiful weather we’re expecting (We know…we know…we hope we didn’t jinx it, too!).
Our patio view of the Flatirons is the perfect backdrop to watch the frenzy of everyone else while you sip on one of our signature cocktails and experience first-hand why we were voted Best of Boulder for Restaurant Service and Happy Hour! Happy Memorial Day!