July – that time of year when summer is in full swing, fans are being blasted at maximum capacity, and you just can’t get enough of that ice cold, Boulder Creek water. It’s also a time for outdoor concerts, camping, festivals, and everything else that brings people outdoors and raises their spirits. This month, Boulder is offering plenty of that. Here are our top recommendations for filling your calendar.
Concerts at Chautauqua
Bela Fleck & Brooklyn Rider String Quartet
When: July 5th
Grammy award-winning artist Bela Fleck is considered by many to be the best banjo player in the world, and on July 5th, Boulder will have a chance to experience his musical gift. From bluegrass to jazz, pop, rock, and world beat, Bela Fleck knows no boundaries when it comes to the banjo. Tickets range from $35 to $60, and you can get them right here. Don’t wait too long to purchase because they will likely sell out soon.
Loudon Wainwright III and Iris Dement
When: July 19th
One of folk music’s greatest legends is coming to town, and you won’t want to miss it. With more than 25 albums and two Grammy nominations under his belt, Loudon Wainwright III is not an act you want to pass up – especially when he’s playing at Boulder’s beautiful Chautauqua Auditorium. Tickets are on sale and available here, with prices ranging from $30 to $55.
More Music Please!
If you think the lineup at Chautauqua is good this month, just wait until you see what Red Rocks has in store for you. Zeds Dead takes the stage on the 3rd, followed by The Avett Brothers and DeVotchKa. But it doesn’t stop there – Global Dance Festival takes place from the 18th through the 20th, followed immediately by Nine Inch Nails & Sound Garden, Dierks Bentley, and Lyle Lovett. Not too shabby, huh?
If Red Rocks is a little too far for your traveling taste, check out what the Fox and Boulder Theater are offering up this month.
Independence Day Celebrations
Pancake Breakfast – Breakfast will be prepared and served by Gold Hill’s Volunteer Fire Department, at Gold Hill Elementary School. All proceeds will go to the fire department.
- Fourth of July at Waneka Lake – Enjoy a family friendly day on the lake, filled with live music, pony rides, face painting, and a beer garden.
- Fourth of July at the Boulder Reservoir – If Waneka Lake is too far, consider coming to the Boulder Res instead. Live music, races, volleyball tournaments, and discounted canoe and paddleboat rentals will take place all day long.
- Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast on Folsom Field – Come to Folsom Field for the best fireworks show in town!
Pearl Street Festivities
Open Arts Fest
When: July 19th & 20th
Pearl Street Pub will be holding its annual Open Arts Fest this month. More than 100 of the country’s best artists will be showcasing their work at this weekend-long event, with pieces ranging from oil paintings to photography and jewelry. The art will be accompanied by street performances by Boulder’s best acts.
Pearl Street Mile
When: July 9th
The Pearl Street Mile is another annual event that takes place each July. This fun race includes free beer and ice cream, as well as live music and a beer garden. You can register your friends, family, or downtown business right here. Start times for the race vary, with the earliest wave beginning at 6:30pm and the last starting at 7:35pm.
Festivities in Denver
Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities
When: June 11-July 26
Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil will immerse you in an exciting, fascinating, and enigmatic world. It will challenge your perceptions and you’ll surely leave with a new found appreciation for this art. Kurios features several inventive
It’s safe to say that Boulder has its fair share of excitement taking place this month. There are more than enough concerts taking place to satisfy your musical needs, and plenty of other festivities as well. Enjoy this month and all it has to offer!