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.
University of Colorado Boulder campus
Attendees go to free panels, plenaries, and performances on nearly limitless topics... read more
5763 Arapahoe Avenue
900 Baseline Road, Cottage 100
Chautauqua Auditorium (Organizer)
Campus Box 408
University of Colorado
2130 Arapahoe Avenue
Artistic, introspective learning... read more
3300 Airport Road
One-hour to weekend-long guided horseback, fishing and sleigh trips... read more
Eccentric, outdoorsy mountain town... read more
2590 Walnut Street
Dairy Center for the Arts
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...