May 26, 2022


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Hello Newsletter Readers,

It's a sure sign that summer is on the way....the downtown pop jets are officially turned on for the season! Head downtown to the 1300 block of the Pearl Street Mall to enjoy watching the water dance and bring your kids to cool off. Keep an eye out for free rides on the 100% electric Tebo Train (Monday - Friday mornings) starting next Tuesday!

Speaking of summer, we are excited to welcome our summer intern, Alexandra! Learn about her favorite spots downtown in her introductory blog

This newsletter is full of information about summer activities and events like Arts in the Park and Creekside Beer Fest. Keep your calendars handy...let's dive into all the news!

Last newsletter we asked about your favorite genre of music - the top answer was rock! This week, we are interested in the changing of seasons as we approach summer....

What is your favorite season?

News You Can Use

Downtown Boulder - Welcome to Your Happy Place

Downtown Boulder is a spot where everyone can find their very own moment of magic. It’s a special place filled with quirk and wonder that suspends the demands of the real world for just a bit. Whether it’s food, shopping, adventure, music, culture, or even some magic tricks on the Pearl Street Mall — many people have found Boulder to be just what they were looking for and exactly the right spot to fill them with excitement, joy, calm, creativity or ambition. Whatever kind of happy place you’re seeking, you can find it here!

Happy Place Spotlights
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Logo: Jerod Barker

Arts in the Park

May 20 - August 27, 2022

For a second year, the City of Boulder presents Arts in the Park! The program highlights a vibrant blend of arts and cultural performances at the Glen Huntington Bandshell in the Civic Area. 

The first performance is Mahler Fest on Friday, May 20 followed by Streetwise Art Battle (a Boulder Creek Fest Event) from May 28 - 30 and Butterfly Effect Theater on Thursday, June 2. All of these initial performances are free to the public!

Arts in the Park Signature Performances sponsored by the city include the Boulder Ballet (June 10 – 11), Boulder Symphony (July 4), Boulder Opera (July 29 - 30) and Boulder Philharmonic (August 26 - 27) with more sponsored performances to be announced.

Support Local Art
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Creekside Beer Fest

May 28 - 29, 2022

Enjoy beer tastings from top breweries around the country while listening to live music at the Creekside Beer Fest. Part of the Boulder Creek Festival, Beer Fest offers unlimited tastings of local brews from Avery, Upslope, Bootstrap Brewing and more. Must be 21+ - grab your tickets early!

Boulder Creek Festival is a three-day extravaganza filled with music from 30+ artists, dozens of artisans, family-friendly activities like obstacle courses and so much more. Come celebrate with the Boulder community over Memorial Day Weekend!

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BOLDERBoulder SportsEXPO

May 28 - 29, 2022

The BOLDERBoulder 10K returns this Memorial Day! The globally recognized race travels through Boulder’s neighborhoods, downtown and then finishes at the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field. 

Before race day, head to the Pearl Street Mall for the SportsEXPO on May 28 & 29. Wander the historic pedestrian mall while perusing hundreds of local vendors. From food to clothing and everything in between, come downtown to partake in the spectacle! 

Explore the EXPO
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Park to Park

May 28 - September 5, 2022

Visiting Chautauqua Park this summer? Shuttle there for free on weekends and holidays courtesy of the City of Boulder Park to Park program! Simply park for free at one of the five City of Boulder parking garages (look for the green 'P'), the Regent lot at the University of Colorado-Boulder or New Vista High School. The shuttle is free and runs every 15 minutes from 8 am - 8 pm on weekends and holidays.

For more transportation alternatives to visit Chautauqua, consider taking the Hop 2 Chautauqua. This free transit service provides rides to the Colorado Music Festival and Chautauqua Summer Series events.

Learn about more summer transit options here!

Shuttle for Free!
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Graduation Gift Guide

Graduation is a huge accomplishment. Whether it's from middle school, high school, college or postgrad, graduation is something worth celebrating. It's a time of transition and opportunity - and the perfect time to show how much you care!

Celebrate the graduate in your life with a special gift from a local downtown retailer. Are they a coffee fiend? Get them the supplies they need to survive without dining hall drip from Peppercorn. Moving into a new space? Decorate with wall art from Art Source International. Explore tons of options and gather inspiration from our Graduation Gift Guide!

Sill can't decide what to get? Give the gift of a Downtown Boulder Gift Card

Congrats to the Grad!

Job Openings

Interested in working downtown? Many businesses are hiring! Check out open positions at Backcountry, Crystal Joys, Food Lab and more!

Find Jobs
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Shopping Specials

Summer deals are coming in hot! Check out our monthly shopping specials page to discover bargains at your favorite downtown stores. Keep an eye out for June specials in the next few weeks!

Let's Shop!
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This happy place sign is giving us all the good vibes! Know which store it can be found in front of downtown?

Email your answer to with the subject line "Found Downtown" by June 7 for a chance to win a $25 Downtown Boulder Gift Card. Congrats to Jen, our last Found Downtown winner! The correct answer was: The southwest corner of 14th and Pearl.