April 12, 2023


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Hello Newsletter Readers,

It's official...the tulips are beginning to bloom downtown! And while we are still a few weeks (or so) out from full bloom, you can begin to catch these colorful flowers in front of Avanti Boulder and the Boulder Book Store. Plus don't forget to save the date for our annual Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival, which is coming up on April 23.

Interested in volunteering at any upcoming Downtown Boulder events? Sign-up today to give back to your community.

We'd like to offer a warm welcome to everyone enjoying downtown this week during the Conference on World Affairs. This year, the conference will extend CU Boulder's focus on exploring the global climate crisis. Worldwide experts and CU faculty will offer challenging and hopeful discussions that examine a wide range of topics that impact our daily lives - check out the full schedule of events.

Keep reading for all the latest information downtown!

Last newsletter we asked when you thought the tulips will bloom downtown - the top answer was April 1 - 15! This week, we are thinking about all kinds of flowers...

What is your favorite type of flower?

News You Can Use

Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival

April 23, 2023 l 1 pm - 5 pm

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It’s almost here. . . The annual Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival returns April 23 from 1 to 5 pm (rain date April 30)! This beloved springtime tradition features free musical performances, including Jeff and Paige's Waking the Bear. Community organizations and businesses will offer free, fun and interactive activities for children along the Pearl Street Mall. Kids can play an instrument with the Boulder Symphony and Music Academy, try their hand at foam sword dueling with Renaissance Adventures and so much more.

Plus don’t miss the short walking parades and photo ops with the Tulip Fairy Queen herself! The parades will start near the front of the performance stage at 1:45, 2:45 and 3:45 pm! Come celebrate the 15,000+ colorful tulips that decorate the world renowned Pearl Street Mall!

Welcome Spring!

The Story of the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse: 25 Years of Global Friendship

Now - June 18, 2023

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Join the Museum of Boulder and The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse in celebrating the 25th anniversary of this gorgeous community treasure. This exhibit follows the evolution of the teahouse, which is the only authentic Persian tea house in North America. Items on exhibit include pieces from its earliest days to objects seen by patrons enjoying delicious food and distinctive teas.

The Teahouse will also celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 - 21 with a weekend full of celebrations. Enjoy a four-course Tajik Dinner (Saturday), Tajik themed Afternoon Tea Service (reservations required), a marketplace that showcases Tajik and Tea Related items, Tea Tastings and Workshops and an Art Exhibit of original paintings by Tajik artist Farrukh Negmatzade.

Many local downtown businesses are celebrating big anniversaries this month. Check out the blog to read all about these historic shops and restaurants!

Learn the Teahouse's History

Boulder Arts Week

Now - April 15, 2023

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Don't miss out on the final few days of Boulder Arts Week! Now through April 15, enjoy engaging programming and unforgettable experiences throughout downtown. Support Boulder High School student artwork at Ozo Coffee (East Pearl) with "SEEN" Art Gallery and Performances, listen to live music on April 13 at R Gallery & Wine Bar and enjoy a concert with Damien Jurado at eTown Hall on April 14.

While downtown for Boulder Arts Week, admire the 42 student-produced banners that adorn the Pearl Street Mall. This year's banner artists created their work to answer these thematic questions: What do you do in your life to lift your spirits? To keep you connected and happy? What brings you joy? The banners will be on display through mid-April 2023.

Get Artsy

Job Openings

Interested in working downtown? Many businesses are hiring! Check out open positions at LUSH, Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar, Trident Booksellers & Cafe and more!

Find Jobs
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Shopping Specials

Now is the perfect time to do a little spring cleaning of your closet...then restock with fresh items! Explore monthly shopping specials to discover deals at your favorite downtown stores.

Let's Shop!
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Foodie Friday

If you love local coffee shops, rooftop bars, good eats or food specials, then check out Foodie Friday! Updated weekly, this food blog gives you all the latest news about where and what to eat downtown. Dig in!

Time to Eat!
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Things To Do Downtown

Are you someone that always likes to have your calendar mapped out? Check out the Things To Do Downtown blog, where we give you all the dates and activities to fill your social schedule each month!

Get Busy!
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Newsletter Archive

Did you miss a newsletter and want to catch up on all things Downtown Boulder? Check out our newsletter archive to view past publications!

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The tulips are just beginning to blossom...but these colorful wooden tulips bring joy to downtown year-round. Know where to find them?

Email your answer to [email protected] with the subject line "Found Downtown" by April 25 for a chance to win a $25 Downtown Boulder Gift Card. Congrats to Aaliyah, our last Found Downtown winner! The correct answer was: Outside Gemini!