July 20, 2022


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Hello Newsletter Readers,

It's been a warm few weeks in Boulder! Hopefully everyone has been able to safely spend time outside and cool off indoors. (Might we suggest eating inside one of our many downtown restaurants to escape the heat)? 

If you're looking for a list of activities to fill the rest of your summer, check out our latest blog full of ideas to enjoy all the artsy, foodie and outdoorsy things Boulder has to offer this time of year. And don't forget to fill up on fresh produce at the Boulder County Farmers Market Wednesday evenings from 4 - 8 pm and Saturday mornings from 8 am - 2 pm. We've heard a rumor that peaches are back...

Keep reading for all the latest news on sales, events, job openings and more. It's a busy few weeks downtown!

Last newsletter we asked about your favorite art medium - the top answer was paint! This week, we are curious about your summer bucket list....

What is your Boulder summer bucket list item this year?
Hike in Chautauqua Park
Tube in the Boulder Creek
Shop on the Pearl Street Mall
Attend an outdoor concert

News You Can Use

Summer Sidewalk Sale

Begins July 22, 2022

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Starting Friday, July 22, head downtown for sizzling savings at the Summer Sidewalk Sale. If you're in need of fresh home décor or want to spruce up your space with plants, stop by Terracotta. Looking for a few more items to add to your summer wardrobe collection? Find your new favorite pieces at JONES + CO or Savvy on Pearl. No matter what you're looking for, you can find it at one of the over 40 participating retailers. These are deals you don't want to miss!

Did you know that over 80% of downtown retailers are locally owned or operated? Supporting local businesses uplifts the entire community. Love the local this summer and shop small!

Summer Savings

Bands on the Bricks 2022

June 15 - August 3, 5:30 - 9:00 pm

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The Bands on the Bricks summer concert series continues TONIGHT (July 20)! Enjoy free live music while sipping beer, wine or margaritas from our Beer Garden (1300 block of the Pearl Street Mall). Festivities begin at 5:30 pm every Wednesday through August 3.

This evening kicks off with opener Jordan Yewey starting at 6 pm, followed by The Coffis Brothers at 7 pm. These West Coast-raised musicians specialize in "all-American music" featuring jangling guitar leads, front-porch folk songs and heartland rock anthems.

Don't forget to come back on July 27 to hear Chain Station! Next week is also CU Night. Begin the evening at the Boulder Theater with Chancellor Philip DiStefano and Boulder Mayor Pro Tem Rachel Friend as they (along with others) discuss how the university and the local community are building a just and sustainable future. Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore CU Boulder exhibits and enjoy food and drinks. Purchase tickets for the event here

Following the discussion, walk over to the Pearl Street Mall to enjoy an evening at Bands on the Bricks with cold beverages, local music and fellow CU Buffs fanatics.

Let's Party

Arts in the Park - Boulder Opera

July 29 & 30, 2022

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What better way to enjoy a Colorado summer than spending evenings outside? Stretch out on a picnic blanket and watch live entertainment in the Civic Area all summer long at Arts in the Park. This initiative supports local performing arts organizations like the Boulder Ballet, Boulder Opera, Boulder Symphony and Boulder Philharmonic. 

Watch Opera in the Park at the Boulder Bandshell July 29 and 30. This family-friendly concert performed by the Boulder Opera explores the eras of opera, tracing it back to the 16th century, classical period and romantic period all the way to the contemporary era. Tickets are $10 per person - doors open 6:30 pm. Plus, discover many more happenings throughout the summer (including some that are free)!

Support the Arts

Zero Fare For Better Air

August 2022

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During the month of August, RTD will offer zero fares on all buses and trains as a part of the Zero Fare for Better Air Initiative. This program is made possible by Colorado Senate Bill 22-180 and in partnership with the Colorado Energy Office. All services are free! This includes Access-a-Ride for those who are certified Access-a- Ride customers, and Boulder specific services such as the HOP! The goal of this program is to reduce ground-level ozone by increasing the use of public transit.  

Looking for more transit options? Enjoy a convenient, stress-free way to access Chautauqua Park with the Park to Park shuttle! The shuttle runs on weekends and holidays, 8 am - 8 pm, from May 28 - Sept. 5, 2022. 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.

Free Rides

Job Openings

Interested in working downtown? Many businesses are hiring! Check out open positions at OAK at Fourteenth, Dragonfly Noodle, St Julien Hotel & Spa and more!

Find Jobs
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Shopping Specials

Beat the summer heat with a day spent shopping. Check out our monthly shopping specials page to discover deals at your favorite downtown stores, and don't forget about the Summer Sidewalk Sale this weekend!

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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This face is always spouting water, and he lives outside a popular local store known for its stories....know where to find him downtown?

Email your answer to info@downtownboulder.org with the subject line "Found Downtown" by August 2 for a chance to win a $25 Downtown Boulder Gift Card. Congrats to Philip, our last Found Downtown winner! The correct answer was: Nick-N-Willy's Pizza!