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28 Things to Do in Boulder in February

January 29, 2018
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In Boulder, February means the Boulder International Film Festival, Valentine’s Day events and celebrations, outdoor adventures and so much more! Check out these 28 things to do in and around Boulder in February.

Free Cycling Cinema

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When: Friday, February 2, 2018 & Friday February 16, 2018

Where: ONE Boulder Fitness, 1800 Broadway Suite 190, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 6:15PM

Cost: FREE, Call Christian at (303) 447-8545 to RSVP.

Cycling Cinema is a FREE community event hosted by ONE Boulder Fitness. All Movies start at 6:15pm and there is no charge or instruction. Just come and watch a movie…if you decide to ride, you probably will earn about 35-40 miles during the movie!! On February 2, the featured movie will be Say Anything, and February 16 will be Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Please, call ONE Boulder Fitness to reserve your spot at (303) 447-8545 and ask for Christian.

Annie at the Boulder Dinner Theater

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Photo Courtesy BDT Stage

When: Through February 24, 2018

Where: Boulder Dinner Theater, 5501 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303

Time: Schedule varies, click here to see full schedule.

Cost: $40 – $67 Tickets here.

LEAPIN LIZARDS! Boulder Dinner Theater is putting on a production of the beloved musical Annie. Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.” With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City.

Boulder Philharmonic: Cirque Goes to the Movies

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Photo Courtesy the Boulder Philharmonic

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Where: Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder, Colorado 80309

Time: 2PM – 4PM & 7:30 – 9:30PM

Cost: $15 – $82, Tickets available here.

Join the Boulder Philharmonic for a spectacular family experience at Cirque de la Symphonie featuring music from Star WarsMission ImpossibleSupermanPirates of the Caribbean, and Titanic, plus the dazzling magic of the circus with aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, and more! This special presentation features the amazing aerial violinist Janice Martin, a member of the Cirque troupe. Tickets available here.

Vintage Valentines Make + Take

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Photo Courtesy Museum of Boulder

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Where: Museum of Boulder, 1206 Euclid Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10AM, 11:30AM, 1PM

Cost: $20 – $25, Tickets available here.

Join the Museum of Boulder (fka the Boulder History Museum) for a morning of making at the Vintage Valentines: Make + Take. Make missives for your loved ones using the Museum’s historic Valentine collection (reproductions of course!), plus letterpress images, doilies, and other collage materials. Peruse our Valentine collection for inspiration. Watch Brian Wood (Dogs & Stars Letterpress) run some prints on a tabletop press. Practice your calligraphy skills with Cha Cha or have her add hand lettered touches to your cards. All materials provided, just bring your creative spirit! Ticket includes: snacks + all materials needed to make a small edition of valentines. Tickets are timed – each participant will get 1.5 hours to make. Generous sponsorship provided by: Two Hands Paperie.

Lyons Old-Time Square Dance

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Photo Courtesy Oskar Blues Brewery

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Where: Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, 303 Main St, Lyons, Colorado 80540

Time: 7PM – 10PM

Cost: $10/adult, $5 child, $25/family

Missin’ yer hoedown? Join Oskar Blues for the Lyons Old-Time Square Dance: old-time reels, mixers, squares, waltzes and flatfooting to live fiddle/banjo music! All dances are taught and are beginner/family-friendly. Dances are easiest earlier in the evening and become more complex as the evening progresses. Come alone, bring family/friends/kids and join our mix of beginner and welcoming seasoned dancers. No experience, partner or special shoes required.

WinterSkate Boulder

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Photo Courtesy Boulder Creek Events

When: Throughout February

Where: Ice Rink Next to the Dushanbe Tea House, 1770 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Monday – Wednesday 11AM – 9PM, Thursday & Friday 11AM – 10PM, Saturday 10AM – 10PM, Sunday 10AM – 8PM

Cost: $10 Adults, $9 Children 12 & Under, $8 Seniors & Students, $4 Children 3 & Under. Bring your own skates, receive $5 off admission.

WinterSkate returns to Boulder on the plaza next to the Dushanbe Teahouse, presented by Boulder Creek Events. Relive your favorite winter memories and enjoy holiday lights and music. For more information, click here.

WinterSkate Louisville

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When: Daily through the end of February

Where: Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front Street in Historic Downtown Louisville

Time: Monday–Wednesday: 2 – 7PM, Thursday: 2 – 10PM, Friday: 12 – 10PM, Saturday: 10AM – 10PM, Sunday: 10AM – 8PM

Cost: Adults: $5.00, Kids (ages 4-12): $4.00, Children (ages 3 & under): Free Admission, College Students and Military (with valid ID): $3.00, Senior Citizens (65+): $3.00, Skate Rental: $4.00

Located at the Steinbaugh Pavilion in Historic Downtown Louisville, WinterSkate is an old-fashioned ice skating rink complete with skate rental, concessions and traditional holiday music. Celebrating its thirteenth year as the original outdoor ice skating rink in the community, WinterSkate presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy the winter season in a beautiful small-town setting.

Shambhala Sun Day

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Photo Courtesy Boulder Shambhala Center

When: Sunday, February 4, 2018

Where: Boulder Shambhala Center, 1345 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10:30AM – 12:30PM

Cost: FREE, Open to all.

Join the Boulder Shambhala Center the first Sunday of every month for Shambhala Sun Day. This family-friendly monthly event includes meditation, a short talk and discussion. Free, open to all! From 10:30-11:30AM: Shambhala Sun Day Program, includes meditation, a short talk and discussion. From 11:30AM-12:30PM: Shambhala Sun Day Social with tea, coffee, food, and good company. Parts of the official activities are geared towards children. Child care is available from 10:20AM-12:30PM.

Boulder Winter Walk and Bike Week

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When: February 5 – 11, 2018

Where: Multiple events happening around town.

Time: See events schedule here.

Cost: FREE

Join the City of Boulder for the 9th Annual Winter Walk and Bike Week, starting Monday, Feb. 5, and running through Sunday, Feb. 11, with Bike to Work Day celebrations on Friday, Feb. 9. Walking and bicycling is a great way to stay healthy both mentally and physically, and the more often we can choose sustainable transportation options, the more we do to help our environment. Help put Boulder on the global stage and also show your local support for bicycling and walking! Events include electric bike demos, safety education, community walk/rides, and more! Full schedule available here.

Let Go: Body-Centered Meditation with Horses

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Photo Courtesy Medicine Horse Program

When: Wednesdays February 7, 14, & 21, 2018

Where: Medicine Horse Program, 8778 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, Colorado 80303

Time: 9AM – 11AM

Cost: $15

Join Medicine Horse Program in Meditation with Horses. Connect your mind and experience the peacefulness of the horses through meditation practices using QiGong, breathing, and mindfulness. The horses will be guides, mirrors, and companions. This class meets every Wednesday, the cost is $15.00. All are welcome. Email info@horses-heal.net for more information.

Silhouettes by Tim Arnold at Clothes Pony & Dandelion Toys

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Photo Courtesy Silhouettes by Tim Arnold

When: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Where: Clothes Pony & Dandelion Toys, 1909 9th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10AM – 6PM

Cost: $40 for a completed silhouette (a facing pair) of the same person, $10 for each additional copy of the same person

Tim Arnold is a master silhouette portrait artist who will bring his talent to the Clothes Pony and Dandelion Toys Boulder store to make the most exquisite portraits of your little ones. Tim also does silhouettes of babies, pregnant mamas, and pets. It doesn’t matter what kids wear and they can wiggle all they want! These portraits will be done by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Each appointment is 5 minutes long and appointments need to be made in advance for each child/person having their silhouette made (3 children = 3 appointment slots). Due to the brief length of each appointment please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time. To sign up, contact Clothes Pony directly by phone, 303-442-2083, or stop in the store.

Preschool Winter Olympics

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Photo Courtesy Erie Community Library

When: Friday, February 9, 2018

Where: Erie Community Library, 400 Powers St, Erie, Colorado 80516

Time: 10:15AM – 11:45AM

Cost: FREE

At the Erie Public Library‘s Preschool Winter Olympics Event, learn about sports and international culture as we explore the 2018 Winter Olympics. Play, talk, sing, write and read your way to gold with several fun crafts and “sporting” events! No registration required; ages 2-5.

Sweetheart Valentine’s Dance

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Photo Courtesy North Boulder Rec Center

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Where: North Boulder Rec Center, 3170 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304

Time: 6PM – 8PM

Cost: $35, Tickets available here.

Take your little sweetheart (ages 1 to 9) for a fun, fancy night of dancing at the Sweetheart Valentine’s Dance at the North Boulder Recreation Center. Register early – this event usually sells out.

The Longmont Heart Throb 5K

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Photo Courtesy 3W Races

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Where: Sandstone Ranch Community Park, 2525 E Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont, Colorado 80504

Time: 10AM – 11:30AM

Cost: $35, Tickets available here.

Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Longmont Heart Throb 5K! This is the perfect event to do with friends, family or your special someone. Celebrate by running in your favorite red, pink or Valentine’s Day themed outfit. All racers get a long-sleeved race tee, timed 5K, free photos and some unforgettable memories! The charity partner at this event is OUR Center and all racers are encouraged to bring 5 non-perishable items for their mission.

Day with the Buffs: CU vs. Stanford

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Photo Courtesy Coors Event Center

When: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Where: Coors Events Center, 950 Regent Dr, Boulder, CO 80309

Time: 6PM – 8PM

Cost: $15 – $60 Using promo code BVHUMANE, tickets available here.

Day With the Buffs is a great way to enjoy a Colorado Buffaloes Men’s Basketball and support the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Get your seats now for this PAC-12 division showdown, and $5 from each ticket sold using promo code BVHUMANE will be donated to HSBV! You won’t want to miss this thrilling day of hoops and puppies while saving lives with your support. Bring your friends, families, and neighbors as we cheer on the Buffs as they face-off with Stanford and make a push for the NCAA March Madness Tournament.

Old Man Winter Bike Rally & Run

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Photo Courtesy Old Man Winter Rally

When: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Where: Sandstone Park, Lyons, CO 80540

Time: 10AM – 5PM

Cost: $45 – $85, Register here.

Bundle up and get ready to run and/or ride some of Colorado’s best roads and trails at the Oskar Blues Brewery Old Man Winter Rally. Riders – choose 50km or 100km of dirt, snow, sweat, and beer rolling through the world-famous cycling mecca of Boulder County. Runners can crush the 5.4-mile run course, a fast, flat “Best of Lyons” tour, that integrates singletrack trails, red rock canyon, and gravel paths. Everybody gets luxury aid stations with real food and hydration, a hot meal and a cold beer at the finish line, and a killer post-ride party with great music, a fire pit, and a massive raffle. To register, click here.

Longmont-to-Boulder (LoBo Trail) Ramble

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Photo Courtesy Boulder Walks

When: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Where: Longmont Recreation Center, 310 Quail Rd, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time:9AM – 5:30PM

Cost: FREE, RSVP here.

This 17-mile Longmont -to-Boulder Ramble, hosted by Boulder Ramblers and Boulder Walks for Winter Walk and Bike Week, offers beautiful views of the Front Range and plenty of sunshine while connecting three Boulder County municipalities: Longmont, Niwot, and Boulder. The full journey takes about 8.5 hours, including stops for lunch at Snarf’s and tea at Celestial Seasonings. You can either opt in for the entire ramble or join in at any of 4 alternative starting points. Check out the route map for full directions and timings here. For all the details, click here.

I Love You BEERY Much Valentine’s Paint Date

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Photo Courtesy Color Me Mine

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Where: Finkel & Garf Brewing Co., 5455 Spine Rd, Ste A, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Cost: $45, Tickets available here.

Join Finkel & Garf Brewing Co. and Color Me Mine Boulder for the BEERY best paint date for Valentines! Two painters… Two items… two beers… ONLY $45! Choose your painting project: steins, coffee mugs, pilsners, bowls, or plates. Questions? Call 303-443-3469.

Valentines Dessert Date Night

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Photo Courtesy Crackpots Pottery Studio

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Where: Crackpots Pottery Studio & More, 505 Main St, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 6:30PM & 8:15PM

Cost: $14 Studio Fee + Project Cost. Adults Only. Tickets available here.

Creative lovers are the best lovers! Enjoy Valentines Dessert Date Night at Longmont’s Crackpots Pottery Studio. Crackpot’s Dessert Date Night is the perfect place to be on Valentine’s Day. Delicious chocolate fountain dessert bar and other goodies included as part of your evening. Enjoy painting with your Valentine! This event is for adults only. Space is limited, so register soon! For all the details, click here.

Backcountry Film Festival in Nederland

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When: Thursday, February 15, 2018

Where: The Backdoor Theatre of Nederland, Colorado, 750 Highway 72, Box 1878, Nederland, Colorado 80466

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Cost: $15

Immerse yourself in a night of films that capture the spirit of winter. Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture- you’ll find it all in this award winning lineup. The Backcountry Film Festival is produced each year by Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a nonprofit organization working at the national level to inspire and educate the backcountry community to protect and care for their winter landscapes. Funds raised at each screening stay in the local community to support human-powered recreation and conservation efforts, winter education and avalanche/safety programs and to raise awareness of winter management issues. The Backcountry Film Festival at The Backdoor Theatre of Nederland, Colorado benefits Wild Bear Nature Center.

Galentine’s Daycation Hike

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Photo Courtesy Yogi Magee Expeditions

When: Sunday, February 18, 2018

Where: Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado 80206

Time: 4:30PM – 6:30PM

Cost: $45, tickets available here. Cost doesn’t include park entrance fee.

Yogi Magee Expeditions is celebrating Galentine’s Day with a sunset hike to Nymph, Dream and potentially Emerald Lake (depending on weather conditions) in RMNP. Galentine’s Day, similar to Valentine’s Day, is the tradition of celebrating the love you have for your best girlfriends who, after all, deserve a holiday all to themselves! Exercise is more motivating when you have a friend to hold you accountable and this Pop-up hike is designed to get you working together!  So find a friend and ask her to be your Galentine at this one-of-a-kind heart healthy event. She’ll love you forever for it!

Boulder International Film Festival

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Photo Courtesy Boulder International Film Festival

When: February 22 – 25, 2018

Where: Venues around Boulder, schedule available February 2 here.

Time: Schedule available February 2 here.

Cost: Some events are FREE, Film tickets $14+, Festival passes starting at $375, more information here.

The Boulder International Film Festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema in February. Featuring a wide variety of films from local, national, and international filmmakers, including many that have gone on to significant box-office success and multiple Oscar nominations. Adding to the BIFF experience are events featuring nationally renowned chefs, filmmaker happy hours, multiple opening night Galas, talented musicians and much more. The Festival attracts more than 25,000 film enthusiasts, media and industry each year.

Craft Night at the BCC

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When: Thursday, February 22, 2018

Where: Boulder Creative Collective, 2500 47th St, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Cost: FREE

Join the sisters of Old Gold Vintage for Craft Night at the Boulder Creative Collective! Kids, pets & anyone + everyone welcome. Bring an arts & crafts or DIY project that you are working on & all necessary supplies & tools. You are welcome to bring some bottles of beer or wine and snacks to share. Expect an atmosphere of community & fun, large crafting tables & funky fun music provided. Check out Art Parts Creative Reuse Center for all of your crafting & DIY needs. We will be happy to drop off and donate any leftover goodies from the event to Art Parts Creative Reuse Center.

Daybreaker BLDR: Bathrobes, Bubbles and Bass!

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When: Friday, February 23, 2018

Where: The Pop Up, 1109 Walnut Street, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 6AM – 9AM

Cost: $20+, Tickets available here.

On Friday February 23rd, Daybreaker BLDR presents Bathrobes, Bubbles & Bass at The Pop Up. It’s newly re-vamped and totally gorgeous. Colorado fan fav, Sundragon, will be on decks and The Dailey Method will lead you through our first-ever Daybreaker BLDR barre class. So throw on your most fashionable bathrobe and funkiest shower cap (optional). Fitness with The Dailey Method from 6 – 7AM, followed by a dance party from 7 – 9AM. Free breakfast bites, coffee, healthy juices + more from GT’s Kombucha, Chameleon Cold-BrewLemonKindRXBAREmmy’s OrganicsManitoba Harvest Hemp Foods! For all the details, click here.

Poetry Night at Firehouse Art Center

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Photo Courtesy Firehouse Art Center

When: Friday, February 23, 2018

Where: Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Ave, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 7PM – 9PM

Cost: FREE

Firehouse Art Center is hosting it’s monthly Poetry Night. Poetry is an opportunity, it gives us the chance to celebrate and commemorate all the wonderful moments in our lives from the simplest smiles to the most momentous victories. It also enables us to cope in challenging times. With poetry, we can address our problems, come to terms with them, and work to grow past them. It has the potential to move across the spectrum of human experience in a cathartic and often beautiful way. You are welcome to read your original works.

Stan Jam – Bluegrass Extravaganza

February in Boulder

Photo Courtesy The Stanley Hotel

When: February 23 – 24, 2018

Where: Stanley Hotel, 333 East Wonderview Avenue, Estes Park, Colorado 80517

Time: Friday: 3:30PM – 11PM, Saturday: 10:30AM – 12:30AM Full schedule here.

Cost: $55 – $120, Tickets available here.

Stan Jam is a two-day celebration of incredible music, art, family and friends set in one of Colorado’s most iconic and intimate settings at The Stanley Hotel. The two-day event features some of the best Colorado musicians set alongside some of the biggest legends in bluegrass. From music workshops to all-out jams in the historic Stanley Concert Hall, the diverse line-up at the 2018 Stan Jam promises to deliver an experience worthy of its spectacular Rocky Mountain setting. Click here for the full lineup.

Free Community Women’s Self-Defense Seminar

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Photo Courtesy Tran’s Martial Arts and Kickboxing Center

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Where: Tran’s Martial Arts and Kickboxing Center, 117 S Sunset St, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 10AM – 11:30AM

Cost: FREE

Check out this free Community Women’s Self-Defense Seminar at Tran’s Martial Arts and Kickboxing Center. The course will consist of a one and half hour Krav Maga self-defense techniques for teens and adult females. This is a free Community Self-Defense Awareness for Tran’s Martial Arts members, as well as family, friends, co-workers, and free to the Longmont community.

Let’s Wine about Winter in Niwot

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Photo Courtesy Osmosis Gallery

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Where: Historic Niwot, Cottonwood & 2nd Avenue

Time: 1PM – 5PM

Cost: $25, Tickets available here.

Join other wine, beer and food lovers in Historic Niwot, at Let’s Wine About Winter, a store-to-store tasting event. Stroll through Historic Niwot when Cottonwood and 2nd Avenue merchants will open their doors and serve over 30 different varieties of wines, beers and culinary tastings along the way.Ticket includes a mug and a $10 coupon redeemable at participating stores/businesses valid from February 25th through March 16, 2018. Proceeds will go to improvements at Whistlestop Park and the New Children’s Park! For all the details, click here.

About Rachel Daly

I am Rachel, Boulder writer, mother, animal lover and mountain dweller. When I moved to Boulder from Broomfield, I started this blog as a way to get to know my new city, and as a resource for those who live in and around Boulder, as well as Boulder newcomers. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I've learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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