February is an interesting month here in Boulder. There’s a curious mix of romance and creativity in the air, which inevitably breeds the most exciting and peculiar events. From a world-renowned international film festival, to romantic pallet-pleasing dining experiences and grand openings for creative thinking spaces, this month is certainly filled with must-see spectacles.
If you happen to catch a glimpse of someone who looks like a famous actor or celebrity walking the streets of Boulder this month, don’t be surprised. This February marks the 10th anniversary of the Boulder International Film Festival. For the last ten years, actors, critics, directors, and movie enthusiasts have gathered in Boulder for a three-day festival of independent films.
This year, there will be over 50 different films featured at the festival. The opening night Gala will feature a screening of “Fading Gigolo,” a comedy starring Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, and Woody Allen. For more information on these three days of movie heaven, visit the BIFF website. Tickets are available but will likely sell out, so be sure to grab them while they last.
When: February 13th – 16th
Tickets: $12.00 – 450.00
There are so many special dinners happening throughout the Boulder restaurant scene this Valentine’s Day, it will be hard to settle on just one spot. Hotel Boulderado, Ají, Chautaqua Dining Hall, and the Dushanbe Tea House are all offering multi-course, prix fixe menus that are each so delicious in their own way, you might just have to attend all five.
If you’re in the mood for something more creative, and less filling, you might want to look into Art on the Brix’s Paint Your Mate event. You and your sweetheart can spend the evening painting Picasso-like versions of each other while indulging in delightful appetizers, courtesy of Indulge Wine Bistro. Your first glass of beer or wine is also included in the price. Yes, that’s right boys, there’s going to be beer.
Spark Boulder’s Grand Opening
When: February 21st
After much anticipation, The Hill is finally receiving its first open, anything-goes space for entrepreneurship, thinking, and creative work. Essentially, this playground for creative thought will be open to anyone needing inspiration, or a place for creative innovation. Complete with monitors, iPads, and Android devices, Spark is equipped for all kinds of creative energy flow. Come and explore the space during their grand opening.
Regardless of whether you prefer rap, bluegrass, electronica, or jam bands, there’s guaranteed to be at least one show per month that sparks your interest. Here is a sample of what’s playing this month:
Technicolor Tone Factory
When: February 5th
When: February 14th and 15th
Mountain Standard Time
When: February 28th
Jeff Ross Roasts You
When: February 5th
Los Lonely Boys
When: February 12th
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
When: February 27th
As you can see, there’s much to do this month in Boulder. Regardless of your status – be it student, professional, or artist – this month offers a wealth of events to explore. Be creative, step out of your comfort zone, and go explore all that February has to offer!