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Fourth of July Events

Celebrate Indepence Day the traditional way, with a dazzling display of fireworks lighting up the summer sky. Here’s a list of area events; you can also head to high ground above Boulder and watch several at once. Verify details for all events before you go, especially if we’re experiencing drought conditions or rain.

Boulder: Gates open at CU’s Folsom Field at 8pm with live music, a sing-along, an appearance from Ralphie the buffalo and fireworks at 9:40pm. www.boulder4thofjuly.com.

Broomfield: The Great American Picnic begins at 5pm and includes pony rides and inflatables, a bike parade, live entertainment and fireworks beginning at dusk. Bring a picnic dinner to Broomfield County Commons Park, 13200 Sheridan Blvd. Check www.broomfield.org for info about parking shuttles.

Lafayette: The fun begins at 4:30pm at Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Caria Drive, with food concessions, a beer and wine garden, kids’ activities, live music, a pie-eating contest, and fireworks at dusk. www.lafayettecolorado.com.

Longmont: Grab an up-close seat at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, or secure a great view at a number of other sites around the city. Fireworks begin at dusk. At noon, don’t miss the Longmont Symphony’s annual patriotic concert at Thompson Park. www.longmontcolorado.gov.

Louisville: Coal Creek Golf Course (585 W. Dillon Road) opens at 6pm for music, games and fun, and fireworks begin at dusk. www.louisvillechamber.com.

Nederland: Check www.nederlandco.org for 2019 celebration updates.

Niwot: Niwot traditionally hosts a full day of activities that include a pancake breakfast and a parade; check www.niwot.com for 2019 details.


 

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Animal Affairs

Animal Affairs

For information about volunteering for other animal-related nonprofits, see listings under Volunteer Opportunities.

Butterfly Pavilion
Explore a lush tropical rain forest brimming with butterflies, then settle in for a visit with Rosie, the center’s “famous” (and friendly) tarantula. Regular daytime admission is only $1 if it’s your birthday. 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. 303-469-5441. See a list of events for all ages at www.butterflies.org.
June 6: Low Sensory Morning; doors open early at 8am; ticket prepurchase required

Colorado Horse Rescue
Nonprofit CHR provides emergency relief, shelter, care and adoption services for abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses. Volunteers are always needed for a variety of tasks. 10386 N. 65th St., Longmont; www.chr.org.
June 23: Equine Photography Class
July 21: So You Think You Want to Buy a Horse?
Save the Date: Mane Event Fundraiser, Sept. 7

Denver Zoo
See more than 4,200 other amazing animals during your visit, and enjoy one of the many daily talks and demonstrations, like “Meet the Llamas” at noon. The zoo’s calendar is also full of special events and classes all year long. 2300 Steele St., 303-376-4800; www.denverzoo.org.

End-of-Season Dog Swims
When the summer pool season is winding down, it’s time for playful pups to take a dip. Check online for details about each location listed below.
Boulder: See 2019 info at www.bouldercolorado.gov
Lafayette: Dog Days of Summer at LaMont Does Outdoor Pool, Sept. 2
Longmont: Aug. 13-16: At Roosevelt Park Activity Pool, (9am-noon and 4-7pm)
Louisville: www.louisvillerecreation.com

Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Greenwood rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned wildlife for release into appropriate habitats, and it treats nearly 3,500 mammals, birds and waterfowl every year. The center offers education programs, release-site programs and numerous volunteer opportunities, plus a thrift shop and consignment gallery at 3600 Arapahoe Ave. www.greenwoodwildlife.org.
Save the Date: Wild Night for Wildlife fundraiser, Sept. 20

Humane Society of Boulder Valley
The shelter cares for more than 8,000 animals each year, and more than 90 percent are successfully adopted or reunited with their families. The society also offers classes for dogs, trains volunteers to work with the animals or at the thrift store and provides veterinary services. 2323 55th St., 303-442-4030; www.boulderhumane.org.
Save the Date: Puttin’ on the Leash gala, Sept. 22

Longmont Humane Society
Besides caring for more than 4,000 animals every year, LHS offers dog training and low-cost veterinary services such as vaccinations, spaying, neutering and dentistry. 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. The thrift store is at 700 Ken Pratt Blvd., Suite 216. 303-772-1232; www.longmonthumane.org.

McGuckin Hardware Pet Expo
June 1: Besides the 6th-annual Pet Expo on June 1, McGuckin is also asking customers to “round up” their purchases from May 31-June 9 to beneift the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. 2525 Arapahoe Ave.; www.mcguckin.com.

Medicine Horse Program
Medicine Horse Program is a nonprofit that enhances the mental health and life skills of youth, adults and families through therapeutic interaction with horses. Volunteers are always needed. MHP is at 8778 Arapahoe Road. www.medicinehorse.org.
Save the Date: Fall Barn Dance fundraiser, Sept. 14

The Wild Animal Sanctuary
Meander along the “Mile into the Wild” elevated catwalk as you look for Eddy the black leopard, grizzly bears Gaika and Masha, Kanookie the lynx, and hundreds of other large carnivores. The sanctuary is east of Boulder in Keenesburg, off Highway 52. Check online for ticket prices and other info before going. 303-536-0118; www.thewildanimalsanctuary.org.

ArtEvents

Art Events

For more art-related events, see individual listings in our Galleries section. For classes, see listings under Classes. For holiday arts and crafts shows, see listings under Holiday Events.

Art at River Bend
Aug. 25: Browse the works of dozens of juried artisans of all mediums including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry and fiber. This annual event is co-hosted by the Boulder County Arts Alliance and the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission. At River Bend, 501 Main St., Lyons. www.lyonscolorado.com.

Art Parts Creative Reuse Center
This community nonprofit inspires and promotes creativity through reuse. Art Parts accepts donations of reusable art, craft and school materials from individuals and businesses, and then sells them at a discount to the public. It also hosts Bricolage Gallery, which exhibits art made from found objects. 2870 Bluff St.; check www.artpartsboulder.org for hours and donation information.

Boulder Art Association
Rotating works by BAA members are on display year-round at businesses throughout the county; check the website for a schedule. The association also holds monthly meetings and other events. 303-444-9922; www.boulderartassociation.org.

Boulder County Arts Alliance
BCAA provides information and resources for and about the artists and art organizations in the area. The group also maintains an online calendar of countywide arts events and hosts monthly Business of Arts workshops. www.bouldercountyarts.org.

Boulder Creative Collective: Warehouse
BCC’s Warehouse is an event space and gallery where Boulder-area residents “can connect with art through exciting and unexpected events.” It offers art exhibits, classes, social hours for artists, and a Community Critique every other month where artists can share their work and get constructive feedback. BCC is at 2500 47th St. #10 (the yellow door). www.bouldercreativecollective.com.

The Boulder Market
June 2 & 16, July 14, Aug. 11 & 18: Boulder’s “premier open-air marketplace” showcases the works of more than 70 arts and crafts vendors and local merchants, plus live music while you shop. In Central Park, 13th Street and Canyon Boulevard. www.coloradoevents.org.

Boulder Metalsmithing Association
2nd Saturdays: BoMA’s monthly demonstrations are open to the public ($5 for nonmembers) and feature techniques and tips about the metal arts. Past topics included knife making, direct casting and torch-fired enameling. Subscribe to the group’s Meetup site to RSVP and find out the venue, which varies depending on the time of year. The group also hosts events, sales and hands-on workshops at 4919 Broadway, Unit 14. www.bouldermetalsmiths.com.
June 15-16: Level 1 Metalsmithing Class

Farmers’ Market Artisan Shows
2nd & 4th Saturdays: Juried shows are held in conjunction with the Boulder and Longmont Farmers’ Markets—2nd Saturdays in Boulder and 4th Saturdays in Longmont. www.bcfm.org.

Firefly Handmade
Aug. 24-25: Firefly Handmade’s Summer Market is in Denver this year; check www.fireflyhandmade.com for details.

High Peaks Art Festival
June 29-30: This big 19th-annual event in Nederland is a juried show of fine arts and contemporary crafts, plus live music and food from local restaurants. At various venues in Nederland; check www.highpeaksartfestival.com for the events schedule.

Lafayette Art Night Out
See listing under Community Festivals. www.cityoflafayette.com/ano.

Longmont Art in Public Places Tours
The Longmont Bike Map (available online or at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center) shows the locations of the 100-plus works in Longmont’s impressive public art collection, so you can design your own walking, biking or driving tour. AIPP also hosts guided tours via bike or walking; check the AIPP section of www.longmontcolorado.gov or AIPP’s Facebook page for dates as they’re added.

Longmont Second Fridays
2nd Fridays: Galleries and arts organizations in downtown Longmont join to present special openings, promotions and activities for all ages, 6-9pm. www.downtownlongmont.com.

Louisville Art Association
The nonprofit LAA hosts members’ shows, student shows, meetings, demos, workshops and classes; check www.louisvilleart.org for a schedule. LAA is at 801 Grant Ave., Louisville. www.louisvilleart.org.
June 13-14: Plein Air Painting Workshop
July 5-30: LAA Member Theme Show
Opens Aug. 29: National Fine Art & Photography Show

Loveland Sculpture & Art Shows
Aug. 10-11: Two special arts events take place on the same weekend in Loveland—a nationally recognized sculpture show and a fine arts festival. Shuttle service is available throughout the city for the weekend.
Sculpture in the Park: The largest juried outdoor sculpture show in the country, featuring more than 2,000 pieces; at Benson Sculpture Garden, 2908 Aspen Drive just off 29th Street. www.sculptureinthepark.org.
Art in the Park: Huge arts and crafts festival, plus a beer garden and live music; 2800 N. Taft. www.artintheparkloveland.com.

Pearl Street Arts Fest
July 20-21: From whimsical and modern sculptures to traditional watercolors, oils and more, this event is “a beautiful outdoor gallery nestled in the heart of downtown Boulder.” There are also demonstrations, performances and children’s art activities. Find times and other details at www.boulderdowntown.com.

Prospect Artists Association Studio Tour
June 7-8: Visitors can see artists’ personal studios, watch them work and purchase art. 4-8pm Friday and noon-8pm Saturday in Prospect on the south edge of Longmont; see www.prospectartistsassn.com for info.

Rigid Heddle Weavers Meet-Up
2nd Fridays: Beginning and amateur weavers meet up twice a month with loom in hand to share ideas and spark new ones. There’s no instructor; just a group of arty fiber enthusiasts looking to inspire and be inspired by others. 11am-1pm at Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. www.boulderlibrary.org.

 

Benefits & Fundraisers

Benefits & Fundraisers

Blue Sky Bridge: A Moveable Feast XIV
June 1: The evening begins with a large cocktail party for all guests at a private home; then smaller groups move on to other homes for a progressive feast of courses, from appetizers to dessert. Proceeds benefit Blue Sky Bridge, a child-advocacy center working to create a community free of child abuse. Find updated details at www.blueskybridge.org.

Buffalo Bicycle Classic
Sept. 8: See listing under Bicycling Events.
www.buffalobicycleclassic.com.

Community Food Share: Bash on Bourbon Street
June 7: Fight against hunger, New Orleans–style. Big fundraiser includes live and silent auctions, cocktail hour, ‘Nawlins food, live music, dancing and tarot card readings. 6:30pm at Lionsgate Event Center, 1055 S. 112th St. in Lafayette. www.communityfoodshare.org.

Cultivate: Celebrating the Ages
Aug. TBA: Cultivate (formerly Boulder County CareConnect) is a volunteer-powered organization that helps seniors stay safe and live more independently. Visit www.cultivate.ngo to find out more about Culitvate’s annual fundraiser.

Growing Gardens Farm Gala
Aug. 24: Now in its 20th year, this annual fundraiser features award-winning local chefs preparing a bountiful five-course farm-to-table dinner using fresh organic ingredients from the ¡Cultiva! garden, plus locally raised meats and local beer and wine. Wear garden-party attire and garden-friendly footwear. 5-9pm at 1630 Hawthorn Ave. Tickets: www.growinggardens.org.

‘I Have a Dream’ Annual Golf Tournament
July 22: Help support I Have a Dream’s mission of sending low-income students to college. Annual tournament includes breakfast, lunch, on-course beverages and prizes. At Omni Interlocken Golf Club in Broomfield. Register: www.ihadboulder.org.

Louisville Chamber: Spaghetti Open Golf Tournament
July 12: Entry fee includes a hole-in-one contest, breakfast, a luncheon awards banquet and a spaghetti dinner; proceeds benefit the Louisville Chamber. 7:30am tee-off at Coal Creek Golf Course 585 W. Dillon Road, Louisville: register at www.louisvillechamber.com.

1940s WWII-Era Ball
June 15: If you don’t already have your tickets for this nostalgic fundraiser featuring live music and dancing admidst World War II planes, you might be out of luck, because it almost always sells out. But check www.1940sball.org just in case. 4pm at the Boulder Airport (blue hangar), 3393 Airport Road.

There with Care: Care Cup Challenge
June 4: Annual golf tournament at Omni Interlocken Golf Club in Broomfield benefits There with Care, an organization that helps families and children facing critical illness. Register at www.therewithcare.org.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Aug. 10: This event that raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care and research is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide. The Boulder event is at CU, with registration beginning at 8am and a ceremony at 9am. Register and find out more at www.act.alz.org.

Water Buffalos: Ride with Purpose Annual Event
June 8: The Water Buffalos are a “herd” of people who ride their motorcycles to raise funds to provide safe and reliable water and wastewater services to those in need. The 2019 ride (the “migration”) and member gathering begins in Longmont; register at www.ridewithpurpose.org.

 

Bicycling Events

Bicycling Events

Bike Rides/Races

We can pretty much bike year-round here in Boulder County, but summer is when the race circuit really heats up. Whether you ride for fun, ride for a cause or ride to train, many of these fill up early, so register far in advance.

June 1: Tour de Victory is a fundraising event to raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease while benefiting the Davis Phinney Foundation. Choose a 100k advanced ride, a 50k challenge ride or the Parkinson’s Peloton. www.tourdevictory.com.
June 15: Strider Cup races are the highest-level national sanctioned races that give small children a chance to experience the thrill of racing on STRIDER balance bikes. Learn more at www.striderbikes.com/Boulder.
Aug. 10: The B Strong Ride, presented by Celestial Seasonings, benefits several cancer-related nonprofits. 69, 38 or 24 miles, or a 1-mile ride for kids. www.bstrongride.com.
Aug. 17: Venus DeMiles is a women’s bike ride with 33-, 64- and 100-mile route options that “celebrates the spirit of sisterhood.” Route begins and ends in Longmont’s Prospect Park, 700 Tenacity Drive. Register at www.venusdemiles.com.
Sept. 8: The Buffalo Bicycle Classic has raised more than $3 million since 2003 for promising students in CU Boulder’s College of Arts and Sciences. Choose one of seven biking distances ranging from “Little Buff” to “Buff Epic”—a 110-mile ride with a 9,000-foot elevation gain. www.buffalobicycleclassic.com.

Bicycle-Friendly Driver Class
June 19: This 90-minute class at REI teaches motorists how to safely share the road with people riding bicycles, covering laws for both and how to avoid crashes. 6:30-8pm at Boulder REI, 1789 28th St. REI also offers classes in bike maintenance and biking skills: www.rei.com.

Boulder Area Bicycle Adventures
See listing under Sports Events.

Boulder B-cycle
Boulder’s nonprofit bike-sharing system offers access to 300 bikes 24/7 at 40 stations around the city. Register at www.boulder.bcycle.com so you’re always ready when you want to ride—the tires are always inflated and there’s a handy basket on the front to carry your stuff.

Boulder Bike Tours
See listing under Sports Events.

Boulder Bike to Work Day/Walk & Bike Month
June: Bike to Work Day is a monthlong celebration of bicycling-related events. June 26 is the official Bike to Work Day (6:30-9am), when participants are treated to free breakfast at more than 40 stations in the city, but there are lots of other events as well. Check www.walkandbikemonth.org for the full schedule.

ebike of COLORADO
Sundays: Weekly group rides (fun, not stressful) of 8-12 miles are open to cyclists of all ages and levels. Bring your own bike or borrow an ebike for free. Weather permitting; check the store’s Facebook page for details or call 720-739-0299. Meet at 11:30am at the store, 544 Front St. in Louisville.

Lafayette Bicycle Rodeo
June 8: See listing under Children & Teens.

Longmont Bike Nights
Mondays & Wednesdays: Fun, family-friendly rides gather weekly at two locations in Longmont. See the Longmont Bike Night and Longmont East Side Bike Night Facebook pages for details.

Longmont Bike to Work Day
June 26: Grab a free breakfast on Bike to Work Day at the Longmont Civic Center, 350 Kimbark St., or behind the Chamber of Commerce, 528 Main St.

 

Business Events

Business Events

Boulder Chamber
The Boulder Chamber, at 2440 Pearl St., hosts business-skills seminars, weekly leads groups, women’s leadership groups, Business After Hours and other programs; see www.boulderchamber.com for details and to register.
June 27 & Aug. 29: Member Orientation
Aug. 23: 32nd Annual Colorado Football Kickoff Luncheon

Boulder County Arts Alliance
BCAA hosts Business of Arts workshops for artists, with topics like grant writing and audience development. www.bouldercountyarts.org.

Boulder County Independent Business Alliance
BIBA hosts two series that bring together local business owners for lunchtime and happy-hour networking, plus meetings and how-to sessions. See www.boulderiba.org for the event calendar.

Boulder Small Business Development Center
The Boulder SBDC offers low-cost workshops on a variety of topics in both Boulder (at Boulder Public Library) and Longmont (528 Main St., Suite A). Check the event calendar at www.bouldersbdc.org.
June 12: Instagram for Business: Marketing Strategies (Boulder)
June 25: Start-Up Essentials (Longmont)

Colorado Green Building Guild
CGBG is a nonprofit association of building professionals promoting healthier, resource-efficient homes and workplaces. It hosts monthly lunch presentations, roundtable discussions, house tours, member happy hours and other resources for professionals, homeowners and students. www.coloradogreenbuildingguild.org.

The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Boulder County
This Longmont-based organization is the main voice for Latino businesses and the issues affecting them in and around Boulder County. Members have access to business training, professional development, networking opportunities and advocacy. The group’s office is at 471 Main St. in Longmont. www.thelatinochamber.com.
June 23: Colorado Latino Festival (see listing under Community & Cultural Festivals)

Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce
The Longmont Chamber offers ongoing business networking events for members and nonmembers, plus members-only seminars, regular new-member orientations, leads groups, and occasional seminars that are free and open to all. www.longmontchamber.org.
Aug. 23: Unity in the Community, a community event that connects nonprofits, businesses, politicians, and community members

Longmont Startup Week
July 22-26: LSW is a week full of free events that brings together entrepreneurs, intrepreneurs, investors and the community for workshops, keynote addresses, networking and other events. Find out more at www.longmontstartupweek.com.

Children/Teens

Children’s/Teens’ Activities

For more events geared toward children, see listings under Animal Affairs, Classes and Nature/Outdoor Events.

Art Stop at BMoCA
Saturdays: The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art offers free, hands-on art activities for families every Saturday during the Boulder Farmers’ Market. Museum admission is also free during the market. 9am-1pm at BMoCA, 1750 13th St. www.bmoca.org.

Boulder Public Library Children’s Programs
Storytimes for little ones in different age groups start at 10:15am most days of the week at different library branches; there are also bilingual and musical offerings. Check www.boulderlibrary.org for the full schedule or call 303-441-3099.
Tuesdays: Lap Babies Storytime, 9:15am (Main Branch; 10:15am Meadows Branch)
Tuesdays: Youth Maker Hangout, 4-5:30pm (Main Branch)
Thursdays: Musical Story Time, 4pm, all ages (Main Branch)
Fridays: Playtime Storytime, 10:15am (Reynolds and Meadows Branches)
Saturdays: Spanish/English Storytime, 10:15am (NoBo Branch)

Boulder Public Library Teen Activities
The Boulder Public Library’s main location and its branches offer a variety of free programs for teenagers all year long, including a popular makerspace. 303-441-3099; www.boulderlibrary.org.
Fridays: Teen and Tea Time, 4-6pm (Reynolds Branch)
2nd Fridays: Movies@Meadows, 4-6pm (Meadows Branch)

CU Science Discovery
Science Discovery hosts after-school and day-off science classes, with hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities. Visit sciencediscovery.colorado.edu for the schedule and registration information.

CU Wizards Program
June 22: Wizards shows during the school year are free science programs geared toward 5th-through-9th-graders, but all ages are welcome. The final program of the season is “Games of Drones!”, 9:30am at Duane Physics G1B30. www.colorado.edu/cuwizards

Firehouse Art Center Saturday Art Experience
Saturdays: Crafty and creative kids can take part in weekly art classes at Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave. in Longmont. Ages 5-8, noon-12:45pm; ages 9-12, 1-2pm. $10; free for members. www.firehouseart.org.

Lafayette Bicycle Rodeo
June 8: Free event for kids 12 and under is hosted by the Lafayette Police Department and features bike-helmet fitting, bike safety inspections and a road skills course. 9am-noon in the parking lot behind Flatirons Church off Waneka Parkway. www.cityoflafayette.com.

Lafayette Public Safety Day for Kids
July 17: Check out the fire and police gear, motorcycles, fire trucks and cop cars, then browse the community booths and hands-on activities. There’s also a free lunch. 10am-2pm at LaMont Does Park, 500 E. South Boulder Road in Lafayette. www.cityoflafayette.com.

Longmont Museum Discovery Days
Discovery Days for ages 2-5 runs throughout the school year; see fall info at www.longmontmuseum.org. The museum is at 400 Quail Road in Longmont.

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Touch a cloud, tangle with a tornado, create a little chaos—NCAR’s science exhibits help kids learn about weather, climate and other earth-science topics. Free. Open 8am-5pm weekdays at 1850 Table Mesa Drive. scied.ucar.edu/exhibits.

Pages & Paws
Wednesdays: See listing under Literary Events.

Tinker Art Studio
This Boulder art studio, founded by educators and artists, offers classes for all age levels in many subjects, including painting, pottery and drawing. 693-B S. Broadway; www.tinkerartstudio.com.

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
The CU Museum of Natural History hosts workshops and other events all year long, including many geared toward children and teens. The museum is in the Henderson Building on the CU campus, 15th Street and Broadway. Find more details and registration info at cumuseum.colorado.edu.

Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center
See listing under Nature/Outdoor Events.

YMCA Teen Activities
The YMCA of Boulder Valley offers programs that help teens grow and give them a chance to connect with adults in a safe environment. 303-442-2778 (Mapleton Center), 303-664-5458 (Arapahoe Center); www.ymcabv.org.

Classes

Classes

For more classes, see listings under Food & Drink, Garden & Home, and Nature/Outdoor.

The Art Underground/The Arts Hub
The Art Underground, 901 Front St. in Louisville, and The Arts Hub, 420 Courtney Way in Lafayette, are nonprofit centers that offer classes for all ages in dance, theater, music, photography, film and visual arts. www.artunder.org.

Boulder CPR & First Aid
Certified American Red Cross instructors teach first aid, CPR, babysitting and lifeguarding. Classes are held at various locations throughout Boulder County. 303-668-8079; www.bouldercpr.com.

Boulder Digital Arts
BDA offers workshops, classes (in-person and online), certificate programs and events for digital artists and creative professionals working in film/video, marketing, social media, photography and graphic design. Upcoming classes include Video Production Certificate Program (Dec. 3-7), Getting Started with Google AdWords (Jan. 14) and Podcasting Hands-On Intensive (Feb. 7). Register at www.boulderdigitalarts.com. BDA is at 1600 Range St., Suite 100.

Boulder Potters’ Guild
The Potters’ Guild offers classes and practice sessions for all skill levels, from beginning to master-level. Check www.boulderpottersguild.com for a schedule, and sign up for email alerts about sales and other special events.

Center for Musical Arts
The Center for Musical Arts, located at 200 E. Baseline in Lafayette, features 13 teaching studios with private and group lessons for all ages. www.comusic.org.

Citizenship Classes
Intercambio offers free weekly classes around Boulder County that help participants learn English and give them information about the U.S. citizenship process and the citizenship interview. For locations and other details: 303-996-0275; www.intercambioweb.org.

Drop-In Tech Help
Tuesdays & Saturdays: Want to be more tech-savvy? The Boulder Public Library offers drop-in help sessions every Tuesday evening 6-7pm and Saturday morning 10-11am. The library also offers online tutorials on computer basics, social media and other tech-related topics. 1001 Arapahoe Ave. www.boulderlibrary.org.

EXPAND Program
Boulder Parks and Recreation Department’s EXPAND program sponsors adventures, services and recreation programs—including sports, fitness, camping and swimming—for children, teens and adults with disabilities. www.bouldercolorado.gov/parks-rec.

Front Range Anglers
See listing for free fly-fishing classes under Sports Events.

Herbalism Classes & Herb Walks
The Boulder-based herbalist, nutrition consultant and author Brigitte Mars offers a variety of herb-related workshops and classes, including short herb walks around Boulder.
www.brigittemars.com.
June 29: Natural First Aid
July 13: Urban Herb Walk
July 27 & Aug. 24: High Altitude Herb Walk

Lifelong Learning Program
Boulder Valley School District offers classes for all ages in subjects like writing, dance, health and fitness, money, languages and gardening. www.bvsd.org/LLL.

The Living Arts School
The Living Arts School is a “folk school” for traditional living skills, crafts and music. Classes are held at various locations throughout Boulder County. See the complete class schedule at www.livingartsschool.com.

Longmont Yarn Shoppe
Learn how to knit, crochet, weave, spin and do needle-felting at this Longmont store. See the full schedule of classes at www.longmontyarn.com. The store is at 454 Main St., in the rear unit.

Mudslingers Pottery School Summer Clay Camps
Mudslingers offers small-group lessons and workshops for beginning and experienced potters, and open studio sessions for experienced ones. 920 Main St., Suite 1, Louisville. 303-926-0996; www.mudslingerspottery.com.

Nomad Bead Merchants
Saturdays: Free Beading Basics classes happen on a drop-in basis each week from 10am-1pm. At 2pm, “make-and-take” sessions let you create your own unique jewelry (materials fee applies). There are also fee-based classes most Sundays. Registration required. 1909 Ninth St. 303-786-9746; www.nomadbeads.com.

Parlando School of Musical Arts 
Parlando offers group and private lessons for all ages, on topics like Cello Group Class, Chamber Music and Flute Choir for Adults. Parlando is at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St.; there’s also a satellite location in Denver. www.parlando.org.

Recreation Centers
Boulder County recreation centers offer a variety of classes in sports and fitness, healthy living and nutrition, arts and crafts, social dancing and more. Visit each center’s website for a schedule and registration info, or pick up a brochure in person.
Boulder: East Boulder Community Center, 5660 Sioux Drive; North Boulder Recreation Center, 3170 Broadway; South Boulder Recreation Center, 1360 Gillaspie Drive. 303-413-7270; www.boulderparks-rec.org.
Erie: Erie Community Center, 450 Powers St. 303-926-2550; www.erieco.gov.
Lafayette: Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, 111 W. Baseline Road. 303-665-0469; www.cityoflafayette.com/recreation.
Longmont: The main rec center is at 310 Quail Road. Classes are also offered at the St. Vrain Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave., and at Centennial Pool, 1201 Alpine St. 303-774-4800; www.ci.longmont.co.us/rec.
Louisville: 900 W. Via Appia. 303-666-7400; www.louisvillerecreation.com.
Nederland: Nederland Community Center, 750 N. Highway 72, 303-258-9721; www.nederlandcommunitycenter.org.

REI Boulder Classes
The Boulder REI store, 1789 28th St., offers classes and workshops on outdoor topics such as backcountry navigation and how to climb a 14-er. www.rei.com/boulder.
June 8: Women’s Intro to Colorado Mountain Biking
June 15-16: Wilderness First Aid
June 29: Trailside Bike Repair Workshop

Community Festivals

Community & Cultural Festivals & Events

Boulder County Fair
Aug. 2-11: At 150 years old, this is the oldest county fair in the state. Events include rodeos, carnival rides, community competitions, live entertainment, demonstrations and a beer garden. Parking is free, and so are many of the events. The Grand Fair Parade is Aug. 3 at 10am. For the full schedule, see www.bouldercountyfair.org.

Boulder Creek Festival
May 25-27: Since 1987, this huge annual festival has served as Boulder’s unofficial kickoff to summer. It features nine separate event areas, more than 500 vendor booths, live entertainment on four stages, carnival rides, food and drink stations, and a signature rubber duck race down the creek. In downtown Boulder, in Central Park and the Municipal Building lawn. Find the full schedule of events and times for each day at www.bceproductions.com.

Boulder Creek Hometown Festival
Aug. 31-Sept. 2: This annual end-of-summer celebration includes arts and crafts vendors, live performances, a 5k, interactive sports activities, a food court and a beer garden. Monday from 1-6pm is the Rocky Mountain Pizza & Pints Festival. In downtown Boulder, in Central Park and the Municipal Building lawn. For the schedule of events and other info, see www.bouldercreekevents.com.

Boulder Dance Coalition: International Festival
June 14-16: See listing under Arts Events/Dance.

Boulder Jewish Festival
June 2: Jewish cultural celebration includes live entertainment, fine art and Judaica, ethnic food, vendor booths and family activities. On Pearl Street Mall in front of the courthouse, 11am-5pm. Free. www.boulderjewishfestival.org.

Colorado Brazil Fest
Aug. 9-11: Three-day annual festival features live music and dance performances, workshops, vendors and traditional foods. Held at a variety of Boulder-area venues; check www.coloradobrazilfest.org for updates.

Colorado Latino Festival
June 23: Fourth-annual festival showcases Longmont as one of the most diverse cities in the state and highlights its heritage and culture with traditional music, food, and informational/vendor booths. Noon-7pm along Longmont’s Main Street. www.thelatinofestival.com.

Colorado Medieval Festival
June 7-9: It’s a whole weekend of food (like turkey legs), drinks (like mead), artisan booths, dancing, live music and a Battle of the Bards competition. At the Savage Woods, 1750 Savage Road, just west of Loveland. www.coloradocastle.com.

Colorado Renaissance Festival
Weekends, June 15-Aug. 4: The annual Renaissance Festival is a blast from the past, with master revelers, comedic performers, skilled artisans, roasted turkey legs, steak on a stake and other delights. In Larkspur, south of Denver (exit 173 off I-25). www.coloradorenaissance.com.

Community Nights at Sandstone Ranch
June 18, July 16 & Aug. 20: Bring a picnic dinner for the family and something to sit on. Free event features beautiful scenery, lawn games, craft activities and live entertainment. 5:30-7:30pm at Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center, 3001 Sandstone Drive in east Longmont. www.longmontcolorado.gov.
June 18: Murdock’s Magical Delights
July 16: The Vibe Tribe
Aug. 20: Hawk Quest: Owls of the World

Hygiene Hay Days
Aug. 24: A pig roast, a beer garden, a naturalist hike, live music, homemade pie, ice cream—it’s all at this big annual event in the center of Hygiene. 4-9pm; dinner at 5:30pm. www.hygienecommunityassociation.org.

Lafayette Art Night Out
June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13: Free community event features artist booths, live music, a beer garden, food trucks and kids’ activities. 5-9:15pm at Festival Plaza and along Public Road in downtown Lafayette. www.cityoflafayette.com/ano.

Longmont Pride Festival
June 22: Free annual event from 2-6pm is open to everyone and features hands-on activities, flash mobs, photo booths, a dunk tank, vendors, and live entertainment. On Fourth Street between Main and Emery streets in Longmont. www.outboulder.org.

Louisville Downtown Street Faire
Fridays, June 14-Aug. 9 (except July 5): Popular celebration in Louisville includes live music in Steinbaugh Pavilion, 834 Front St., plus food/vendor booths, children’s activities, and other special events. The festivities run from 5:30-9:30pm, and the music plays from 7-9:30pm, rain or shine. www.downtownlouisvilleco.com.

Louisville Fall Festival
Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Annual Labor Day weekend festival at various Louisville venues features music, antique car and truck shows, pie contests, a parade, food and crafts booths, and games. www.louisvilleco.gov.

Lyons Good Old Days
June 29: Big community event, held annually, includes a pancake breakfast, a food and beer garden, a midway and live music. In Bohn Park, off Second Avenue and Park Street in Lyons. www.townoflyons.com.

Lyons Outdoor Games
June 1: Annual event features everything for outdoor sports enthusiasts. Includes live music, a kids’ zone, trail running, yoga, biking, and craft brews. The multisport festival is in conjunction with Oskar Blues’ Burning Can Beer Festival. Check www.lyonsoutdoors.com for more details and camping info.

Rhythm on the River
July 12-13: Longmont’s annual, free music festival features two evenings of live music, theater and dance performances, children’s activities, food and drink vendors, artisan booths, a nighttime 5k run, and lots more. At Roger’s Grove Park, northeast of South Hover Road and Boston Avenue in Longmont. Parking shuttles are available from the Boulder County Fairgrounds. www.longmontcolorado.gov.

Taste of Louisville
June 1: This big annual event, a favorite for more than 30 years, includes more than 100 vendors, 5k and 12k races, the Louis-Palooza music festival, the farmers market, children’s activities and more. 9am-4pm in downtown Louisville. www.louisvillechamber.com.

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
June 21-23: Scandinavians celebrate the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, with a festival of light, flowers, food, music and maypole dancing. The Midsummer Pole is raised at 10am on Saturday, followed by the Grand March Entrance. All events are at Bond Park in downtown Estes Park. www.estesmidsummer.com.

 

Cultural Festivals

Cultural Festivals

See listings above under Community Festivals.

 

Farmers Markets

Farmers’ Markets

April is the time when Boulder County’s farmers’ markets begin opening for the season! Find a plethora of farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, flowers, herbs and much more, with offerings changing weekly as the season progresses.

Berthoud: Opens in June; www.berthoudlocal.org.
Boulder: Saturdays 8am-2pm and Wednesdays 4-8pm beginning in April at 13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. www.bcfm.org.
Erie: Thursdays 5-8pm beginning in late May on Briggs Street between Wells and Moffatt streets. www.realfarmersmarketco.com.
Frederick: Opens in June. www.frederickco.gov.
Lafayette: Opens in June. www.bcfm.org.
Longmont: Saturdays 8am-1pm beginning in April at Boulder County Fairgrounds, Hover Street and Boston Avenue. www.bcfm.org.
Louisville: Saturdays 9am-1pm beginning in late May at 824 Front St. wwwrealfarmersmarketco.com.
Mead: Opens in June. www.townofmead.org.

Food Events

Food & Drink Festivals & Events

For tours of local wineries, breweries and distilleries, see listings under Tours.

Ales For Females
Select Mondays: Ales for Females is a female-only membership club that gathers a few times per month on Mondays (6:30-8pm) to discuss all things beer and learn how to pair beer with food. Learn how to join at www.lefthandbrewing.com. The Left Hand Tasting Room is at 1265 Boston Ave. in Longmont.

The Art of Cheese Cheesemaking Classes
Longmont’s artisanal cheesemaking school offers classes covering everything from soft cheeses like chèvre to firm cheeses like cheddar and Jarlsberg. Find the full schedule and Longmont locations at www.theartofcheese.com.
June 28-30: Cheesemaking Bootcamp

Kitchen Company
The Kitchen Company in Longmont offers a variety of low-cost cooking classes and demonstrations on topics like knife skills, cooking with seasonal ingredients, and cheesemaking. The store is at 464 Main St. Find the class schedule and registration info at www.kitchencompanylongmont.com.

Lafayette Brewfest
Save the Date: Explore craft and microbrews on Sept. 14, one pour at a time. Tickets sold by 4-oz. pours; there’s also live music. 2-7pm at Festival Plaza in downtown Lafayette. www.lafayettecolorado.com.

Lafayette Peach Festival
Aug. 17: With 4,500 servings of peach cobbler, 500 peach pies, and crates of Palisade peaches, there’s plenty of peachiness to go around at this annual festival. You’ll also find arts and crafts, food vendors, antiques, kids’ activities and live entertainment. 9am-4pm in Old Town Lafayette along Public Road. www.lafayettecolorado.com.

Pints in the Park
Aug. 31: Adults-only party features brews from nearly two dozen breweries; $25 advance-purchase price gets you a souvenir glass and all the beer you can drink. Noon-4pm at Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Drive, Louisville. www.pintsintheparkco.com.

Redstone Meadery
Honey wine, the world’s oldest alcoholic drink, is made right here in Boulder. Visit Redstone Meadery at 4700 Pearl St., Unit 2A, for free tours weekdays at 1 and 3pm and Saturdays at 12:30pm. Tasting room opens at noon. 720-406-1215; www.redstonemeadery.com.

Rocky Mountain Beer Festival
This festival gives you two dates to sample beer, live music and lawn games, plus a chance to vote for your favorite local brewery and pizzeria. www.bouldercreekevents.com.
June 22: Community Park, Louisville, 1-6pm
Sept. 2: As part of the Hometown Festival in downtown Boulder, 1-6pm

Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival
Aug. 24: This annual event showcases premium cigars, handcrafted brews, unique wines and excellent foods. 1-6pm; VIP entrance at noon at the Omni Interlocked Resort in Broomfield. www.rmcigarfestival.com.

Taste of Louisville
June 1: See listing under Community Festivals.

Taste of Tomato
Sept. 7: See listing under Garden & Home Events.

VegFest
July 27-28: The annual VegFest is a two-day health and environmental fair supporting a vegan lifestyle. It features cooking demonstrations, food sampling, food and nonprofit vendors, and children’s activities. At 1st Bank Center in Broomfield; www.vegfestcolorado.org.

 

Forums

Forums/Lectures/Workshops

Boulder Center for Conscious Community
“BC3” offers workshops, classes, coaching sessions, art exhibits and book groups. 1637 28th St. 303-449-5417; www.consciousboulder.com.

Boulder Public Library Adult Programs
BPL hosts several discussion groups that meet weekly or monthly at the library’s branches. There are also business workshops; see listing under Business Events. www.boulderlibrary.org.
Tuesdays: Boulder World Affairs Discussion Group, 10am-noon (Meadows Branch); contact
Final Mondays: Women of the West, 11:30am-1pm (Main Branch)
Final Thursdays: Geopolitics Discussion Group, 1-3pm monthly (Main Branch)

Boulder Shambhala Center
This Tibetan Buddhist studio offers discussions, lectures, meditation classes and workshops; many events are free. 1345 Spruce St. www.boulder.shambhala.org.

Chautauqua Talks
Chautauqua presents a number of author talks and other special programs each season, and most are in the auditorium, 900 Baseline Road. Check www.chautauqua.com for times and other details, and other events on the fall schedule. Get your tickets soon, as many events sell out.
June 1: TEDxBoulder
June 15: Science Friday

City of Boulder Home-Ownership Program
Monthly orientations sponsored by the city of Boulder instruct prospective buyers on affordable housing and using city programs to buy a house. Check the schedule at www.boulderaffordablehomes.com.

Elevations Credit Union Reality Check Seminars
Elevations Credit Union offers dozens of free presentations each year at its different area branches—on topics like Social Security, retirement, real estate, investing and wills—and you don’t have to be a credit union member to attend. Elevations also sponsors some free programs that aren’t related to finances at all. The dates listed below all take place at the Diagonal Branch, 2960 Diagonal Highway; visit www.elevationscu.com to RSVP and to see the rest of the schedule.
June 13: Wills & Trusts 101, noon
June 19: Buying Residential Investment Property, 6pm

Longmont Public Library Lectures, Forums & Meetups
The Longmont Public Library hosts a number of authors and speakers on a variety of timely topics, plus regular meetups. The library is at 409 Fourth Ave. in Longmont; find out more about each event at www.longmontcolorado.gov.
Tuesdays: Writer’s Group, 6pm
4th Wednesdays: Anime-niacs: Anime Club for Adults, 6-8pm
4th Saturdays: Longmont Genealogy Society, Genealogy Basics, 10am-noon
June 6: Drones: The Future Is Now

TED X Boulder
June 1: TEDxBoulder, modeled after TED talks, features live presentations on the selected theme, “Within & Without.” At Chautauqua Auditorium; get tickets at www.tedxboulder.com
June 22: TEDxMileHigh, Denver; www.tedxmilehigh.com

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
The CU Museum of Natural History offers numerous workshops, lectures, classes and forums all year long, and many are free. For a schedule, see cumuseum.colorado.edu. The museum is located in the Henderson Building, Broadway and 15th streets.

Fourth of July Events

Celebrate Indepence Day the traditional way, with a dazzling display of fireworks lighting up the summer sky. Here’s a list of area events; you can also head to high ground above Boulder and watch several at once. Verify details for all events before you go, especially if we’re experiencing drought conditions or rain.

Boulder: Gates open at CU’s Folsom Field at 8pm with live music, a sing-along, an appearance from Ralphie the buffalo and fireworks at 9:40pm. www.boulder4thofjuly.com.

Broomfield: The Great American Picnic begins at 5pm and includes pony rides and inflatables, a bike parade, live entertainment and fireworks beginning at dusk. Bring a picnic dinner to Broomfield County Commons Park, 13200 Sheridan Blvd. Check www.broomfield.org for info about parking shuttles.

Lafayette: The fun begins at 4:30pm at Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Caria Drive, with food concessions, a beer and wine garden, kids’ activities, live music, a pie-eating contest, and fireworks at dusk. www.lafayettecolorado.com.

Longmont: Grab an up-close seat at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, or secure a great view at a number of other sites around the city. Fireworks begin at dusk. At noon, don’t miss the Longmont Symphony’s annual patriotic concert at Thompson Park. www.longmontcolorado.gov.

Louisville: Coal Creek Golf Course (585 W. Dillon Road) opens at 6pm for music, games and fun, and fireworks begin at dusk. www.louisvillechamber.com.

Nederland: Check www.nederlandco.org for 2019 celebration updates.

Niwot: Niwot traditionally hosts a full day of activities that include a pancake breakfast and a parade; check www.niwot.com for 2019 details.

Garden Events

Garden & Home Events

Colorado Shakespeare Gardens
June 7-Aug. 11: The Colorado Shakespeare Gardens are lovingly maintained by volunteers every season and feature flowers, herbs and vegetables that pertain to the season’s plays at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Garden brochures are available for self-guided tours anytime, and volunteers are available for tours beginning 90 minutes before Saturday performances. On the CU campus, just west of the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre. www.coloradoshakespearegardens.org.

Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens offers acres of plant displays, classes for all ages, lectures, plant shows, gardening certification, summer concerts and a great deal more. The main gardens are at 1007 York St.; the Chatfield location is at 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton. www.botanicgardens.org.
July 20: Lavender Festival (Chatfield)
Aug. 23: Fête des Fleurs (York Street)

Growing Gardens
This Boulder nonprofit’s mission is to enrich lives in our community through sustainable urban agriculture. It offers camps for kids, community gardens, adult classes, classroom visits during the school year and community events. The gardens are at 1630 Hawthorn Ave. www.growinggardens.org.
June 15 & July 27: Farm to Table Dinners
Aug. 24: Farm Gala (see listing under Benefits & Fundraisers)

Harlequin’s Gardens
Harlequin’s Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St., offers low-cost classes on a variety of garden topics; a few are listed below. The on-site display gardens include a xeriscape herb garden and ornamental grasses. www.harlequinsgardens.com.
June 22: Beneficial Insects, 10am
June 23: Managing Garden Pests Without Poisons, 1pm
July 20: Honeybee Meet & Greet, 10am
July 21 & 28: Foraging for Rocky Mountain Mushrooms, 10am

Longmont Fall Home Show
Aug. 17-18: Browse the newest products in home and garden design trends, remodeling, home automation and more, plus live demos and food/drink samples. At Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont. www.longmonthomeshow.com.

Longmont Festival of Flowers Garden Tour
June 7-8: Gather inspiration for your own yard as you tour a number of beautiful gardens in Longmont. Annual tour is a fundraiser for the Longmont Symphony Guild. 9am-3pm both days; www.longmontsymphony.org/our-guild.

Lyons Farmette
Lyons Farmette, a working organic farm and sustainability center, offers classes in cooking, bee- and chicken-keeping, soil health, herbal skin care and more. It also hosts farm dinners and art events. Sign up online to get email alerts. 4121 Ute Highway, Lyons; www.lyonsfarmette.com.
July 10: Rope Bowl Workshop, 3-6pm
July 16: Edible Flowers, 6-8pm
Sept. 10: Beginner Digital Camera Workshop, 5:30-8:30pm

Sturtz & Copeland Classes
Sturtz & Copeland offers free gardening classes on a variety of topics, and attendees also get a discount on purchases. 303-442-6663; www.sturtzandcopeland.com.
June 2: Designing French Gardens
July 13: Houseplant Propagation
July 21: Creating Beautiful Terrariums

Three Leaf Farm
Three Leaf Farm in Lafayette offers garden-related classes and workshops on topics like herbal medicine and soap making. Check the schedule and other details at www.threeleaffarm.com. 445 S. 112th St., Lafayette.
June 21-23: Botanica! A Festival of Plants
July 13: Soap Making Workshop

Whittier-Mapleton Garden Tour
June 1: Annual self-guided tour of stunning Boulder gardens is Whittier International Elementary School’s largest fundraiser. www.whittiergardentour.com.

 

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