Off Beaten Path Attractions in Boulder

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  • In order to go beyond the bus tours and the football games, you need to do what the Boulderites do. Many of Boulder's off-the-beaten-path things to do are unusual events that happen throughout the year, so be sure to check the local happenings while you're in town-or better yet, plan your trip around some of these incredible events!

    Arguably the most interesting of these events is the Conference on World Affairs, which happens on the CU campus for a week in early April. A forum on international affairs, the arts, media, science, technology, environment, spirituality, politics, business, and nearly anything else you can think of, this event is free and open to the public, so take advantage!

    The Colorado Music Festival goes from June through August and celebrates music in the beautiful, historic Chautauqua Auditorium. The Aerial Dance Festival, which lasts for two weeks at the beginning of August, takes dancing to new heights. Instead of presenting traditional ballet and jazz ensembles, this unique festival combines rock climbing skills with choreographed dance disciplines.

    The stars are on display beneath the funky dome of the Fiske Planetarium most Friday nights during CU Boulder's spring semester and is open to the public. Twice a month the planetarium goes psychedelic, performing fancy laser shows to a variety of music, including U2 and Led Zeppelin. To get a little more grounded, Long's Iris Gardens invites you to take a relaxing walk around the expertly manicured iris fields and even dig for your own clusters.

    Conference on World Affairs

    University of Colorado Boulder campus
    UCB 465

    Attendees go to free panels, plenaries, and performances on nearly limitless topics... read more

    Avery Brewing Company

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    5763 Arapahoe Avenue

    Unpretentious and Fun... read more

    Colorado Music Festival

    900 Baseline Road, Cottage 100
    Chautauqua Auditorium (Organizer)

    Musical calling... read more

    Fiske Planetarium

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    Campus Box 408
    University of Colorado

    Stars on display... read more

    Naropa University

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    2130 Arapahoe Avenue

    Artistic, introspective learning... read more

    Sombrero Ranches

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    3300 Airport Road

    One-hour to weekend-long guided horseback, fishing and sleigh trips... read more

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    Eccentric, outdoorsy mountain town... read more

    Aerial Dance Festival

    2590 Walnut Street
    Dairy Center for the Arts

    Dancing on air... read more

    Long's Iris Gardens

    3240 Broadway

    Iris gardens for walking, buying or even digging your own clusters... read more


    Parade at 29th Street Mall and race at Boulder Reservoir

    Human-powered vehicle race and parade every April...
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