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31 Things to Do in Boulder in October

September 25, 2017

Boulder is ready to celebrate Fall, with a ton of great events happening all month long. Fall festivals, pumpkin patches, Halloween parades, costume contests, Oktoberfest celebrations and so much more! Scroll down to discover 31 fun and festive October events happening in and around Boulder.

Estes Park Elk Fest

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When: September 30 – October 1, 2017

Where: Boyd Park, Boyd Lane, Estes Park, CO

Time: 10AM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

To celebrate the annual elk rut and learn about the “wapiti,” the Native American name for elk, Estes Park hosts the annual Elk Fest in Bond Park. The free festival features bugling contests, elk exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, elk-inspired arts and crafts, Native American music, dancing and storytelling, a children’s area with elk-themed activities, and a craft beer garden. For safe & respectful elk viewing tips, please visit Estes Park’s Wildlife Watching page. Vendors will display artwork, handmade elk-ivory jewelry, and will offer distinctive elk cuisine.

Longmont Chalk Art Street Fair & Bin Market

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When: Saturday, September 30 – Sunday October 1, 2017

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

Time: Saturday 10AM – 6PM, Sunday 10AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Bin 46 Wine Bar & Restaurant is teaming up with Firehouse Art Center to bring new vibrancy to the community art scene this Fall with the kick off of the Longmont Chalk Art Street Fair & Bin Market. The Fair is a free two-day street-painting festival where 25 artists spend hours on their hands and knees over the course of two days turning the streets of Longmont into a vivid canvas of colorful chalk art. The goal of the event is to create a venue for artists, vendors and visitors alike to enjoy live-art, music and local artisan vendors for a fun family weekend. There will also be a special Pop up Dinner on Saturday evening– stroll along the street and view the art in progress while enjoying a special food and wine dinner under the stars hosted by Bin 46 Wine Bar & Restaurant. Tickets for Saturday night are $45.00 for General Admission and $125.00 for VIP. Order dinner tickets here.

Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch

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Photo Courtesy Isabelle Farm

There are a ton of great pumpkin patches in and around Boulder! Check out this blog post listing nine of Boulder’s local pumpkin patches. The list includes an interactive map as well as detailed descriptions of each pumpkin patch and their fall festivities.

Manhattan Short Film Festival

things to do in boulder in october

When: October 3 – 8, 2017

Where:  The Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $6 & up

Filmgoers in Boulder can unite with over 100,000 film-lovers around the world during the week of Sept 28 – Oct 8 when the 20th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at the Dairy Arts Center Boedecker Theater. The 10 MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from nine countries with films from Syria, Latvia and Georgia representing their respective countries for the first time in this event. Two short films hail from Spain, the only country with multiple Final 10 selections. These Final 10 short films represent the best short films among a record 1615 submissions from 75 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2017, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films. This year’s Final 10 represent an extraordinary range of film genres with comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, animation and martial arts short films all part of the MANHATTAN SHORT program.

Adventure Film Festival

things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Adventure Film Festival

When: October 6 – 8, 2017

Where:  Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Friday 5PM – 9:30PM, Saturday 2PM – 10:30PM, Sunday 11AM – 9:30PM

Cost: $25.00 Single Ticket | $45.00 Day Pass | $65.00 Full Pass plus applicable service charges, Tickets available here.

Embark on a transformative journey at the world premiere of the 13th annual Adventure Film Festival & Street Fair at the historic Boulder Theater. It all begins at the Adventure Film Festival Kick-Off, held at Avery Brewing Company featuring frosty Avery Craft brews, tasty street tacos by McDevitt Taco Supply, film previews, and live music! Over the weekend, the Adventure Film School is hosting a two-day interactive photography and filmmaking workshop with world-class adventurers and industry leaders. Throughout the festival, the Boulder Theater will be presenting adventure films as well as live music, special guests and a raffle. See the full festival program for all the special events, including the Adventure Street Fair, happening Saturday and Sunday afternoons in front of the Boulder Theater.

Wild About Bats & Bugs Family Fireside Chat

things to do in Boulder in October

When: Friday, October 6, 2017

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020

Time: 6PM – 7:30PM

Cost: Tickets: $15 for one adult and child + $5 for each additional participant. Children under 2 free. Tickets available here.

Learn about nature while enjoying a treat at the Butterfly Pavilion‘s Wild About Bats & Bugs Family Fireside Chat. Sit by the fire, roast some s’mores and discover the fascinating relationship between bats & mosquitoes with Colorado Parks & Wildlife bat expert, Tabbi Kinion and Colorado Vector mosquito expert Amber Partridge.

Louisville Oktoberfest 2017

Things to do in Boulder in October
When: October 7 – 8, 2017

Where: Old Town Louisville, 916 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027

Time: Saturday 2PM – 10PM, Sunday 11AM – 9PM

Cost: Early Tickets $5, buy tickets here.

Louisville’s Oktoberfest is back with its authentic Bavarian experience featuring traditional music & dancing, amazing food including pretzels, schnitzel, potato soup and more! The festival will also host a kids area with lots of fun activities like a jumpy castle, gymnastics, arts & crafts and jump ropes. For more information, click here.

Estes Park Pumpkins & Pilsners

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Families for Estes

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where: Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO

Time: 11AM – 6PM

Cost: Free admission

The Pumpkins and Pilsners Festival has activities and entertainment for all ages, with proceeds going to local non-profit Families for Estes. The festival is perfect place to pick your pumpkins with live music and craft beer for the adults, as well as games, crafts and a bounce house for the little ones. Enjoy additional free children’s activities like pony rides (free from 1-4pm), face painting, kids art activity booths, bounce house and giant lawn games. Challenge your friends in the strider mini-bike course (bikes and helmets provided). The pumpkin patch sells pumpkins for only $5 each and you can set them aside in the well-guarded ‘sold’ corral while you enjoy the fun. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each for your chance to win some fabulous prizes! Each year a hand-picked selection of seasonal, local craft beers are on hand. There will also be food vendors and food trucks, as well as live music. More information available here.

Family Play Festival

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Photo Courtesy Boulder Public Library

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where:  Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

Drop in and play, sing, read, write and talk at activity stations throughout the Main Boulder Public Library for the Family Play Festival. Families with young children (birth to age 5) enjoy interactive early literacy activities and take home crafts and great prizes as well as new ideas for family fun. Each station includes special activities for babies.

Erie Miner’s Blast

things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Erie Chamber

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where: Coal Creek Park, 575 Kattell Street, Erie

Time: 11AM – 5PM

Cost: $10/child for an entire day of activities, Children under 3 and adults are FREE

The Town of Erie‘s Miner’s Blast features a scary haunted house, a chance to sling the “flying gourd”, visit the children’s archery range sponsored by Cabela’s, ride the hayride, get lost in the maze and much more! Participants receive a complimentary pumpkin. Be sure to visit the seasonal food vendors and beer garden. Stroll down the streets filled with spectacular vintage cars at the annual Garage Rats Car Show, stop to watch the garden tractor pull and visit the petting zoo! Listen to local music from 1-4pm.

Mctoberfest 2017

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When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where: McGuckin Hardware, 2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10AM – 1PM

Cost: FREE

Celebrate Oktoberfest at McGuckin’s! Stop by for Mcktoberfest fun, including: delicious pretzel samples from Great Harvest Bread CompanyMile High Dachshunds Rescue, Inc. will be hosting a Dachshund racing course inside the store. Have a Dachshund (or Dachshunds) you want to participate? Fill out this form. There will also be a Dachshund costume contest! Dress up your dog for your chance to win a $50 McGuckin gift card. Feel free to wear your dirndl, lederhosen or other fun German costume.

Family & Kid’s Show at the Boulder Theater

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo by Lee Pruitt, Courtesy Adventure Film Festival

When: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Where:  Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

The Adventure Film Festival hosting the Family and Kids Show starring Boulder’s beloved duo Jeff and Paige at Boulder Theater! Enjoy family-friendly outdoor adventure and environmental films, interactive art with special guest Jeremy Collins, and take home big prizes for parents and kiddos. Then the fun continues outside with the Adventure Street Fair, performers, adventure art experience, passport activity, and a chance to get your photo taken with Jeff & Paige in the vintage Shutterbus!

Sing Along Boulder for World Singing Day

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy World Singing Day

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Where: Boulder Court House, 1325 Pearl St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 11:30AM – 1PM

Cost: FREE

The 3rd annual Sing Along Boulder will be held on World Singing Day in front of the Boulder Courthouse. Join the Boulder community in singing along to the original recordings of hits from Bruno Mars to the Beatles and Sinatra (free lyric booklets provided). For all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Open Studios Fall Artist Tour

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When: October 7 – 8 & October 14 – 15, 2017

Where: Various Locations, Artist Directory here.

Time: 12PM – 6PM

Cost: FREE

Open Studios hosts the Open Studios Tour, opening the doors of over 100 artist studios in and around Boulder to the public. Discover the spaces where artists create, learn a bit about their creative process and support the local creative community by purchasing art directly from the artist. Check out the Preview Exhibit at the Boulder Public Library, featuring one piece from each artist at the library’s Canyon Gallery. A reception will be held October 6 from 6:30 – 8:30PM, $15 suggested donation at the door. The exhibit will be on display through October 23, 2017.

Bachtoberfest

Things to do in Boulder in October

When: October 12 & October 14, 2017

Where: October 12: Boulder Adventist Church, 345 Mapleton Ave, Boulder, CO 80304, October 14: Stewart Auditorium/Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: Pre-Concert lecture begins at 6:30PM, Concert begins at 7:30PM

Cost: Boulder Concert: Adults $40/ Seniors $37/Students $15/Under 18 $10, Tickets available here. Longmont Concert: Adults $30/ Seniors $27/Students $10/Under 18 $10, Tickets available here.

The Boulder Bach Festival opens its 37th season with the program Bachtoberfest. This program includes sacred texts sung by the great Dutch soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg, and reflective instrumental works by baroque music specialists from Europe and the United States.

Friday the 13th Trivia with Geeks Who Drink

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When: Friday, October 13, 2017

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020

Time: 5PM – 9PM

Cost: Tickets: $25 for non-members, $20 for members + $15 per child for childcare (Ages 3 – 10, space is limited).

Bring your friends and test your Halloween knowledge with this haunted quiz-fest at the Butterfly Pavilion with Geeks Who Drink! Food and drink included. Event Schedule: 5 – 6 pm – Family Exhibit Exploration, 5:45 pm – Kid Zone Drop Off, 6 pm-8:30pm – Adults-Only Trivia (Ages 21+ only).

Thorne Fall Fest

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Jeff and Paige

When: Friday, October 13, 2017

Where: Thorne Nature Experience, 1466 63rd St, Boulder, Colorado 80303

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE, Registration required – register here.

Looking for something fun and FREE to do with your children on BVSD’s Fall In-service Day on Friday, October 13th? Celebrate the transition into Fall with Thorne Nature Experience at the Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center for the Thorne Fall Fest. We will have face-painting, nature explorations around the Sombrero Marsh with Thorne staff, pumpkin decorating, and dancing and singing in rainbow socks with our favorite nature performers Jeff & Paige! Light refreshments provided by in-kind donors, pack a picnic if desired. 10am-11am: Activities including pumpkin decorating, bird-watching, face painting, dip netting in the mini wetland, and nature explorations. 11am-Noon: Concert and dancing by Jeff & Paige. This event will mostly be outdoors, rain or shine. Please plan for the weather. Bring sunscreen, layers, and water.

Boulder Burgundy Wine Festival

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When: October 13 – 15, 2017

Where: Various locations, click here for full schedule.

Time: See schedule here.

Cost: Costs vary based on event, see costs and buy tickets here.

Hosted by the Boulder Wine Merchant, Boulder celebrates the renowned wines from Burgundy, France at the Boulder Burgundy Wine Festival. The festival consists of several seminars, luncheons and dinners at some of Boulder’s finest restaurants as well as a grand tasting, offering over 200 featured wines from Burgundy.

The Rocky Horror Show

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy The Longmont Theatre Company

When: October 14 – 28, 2017

Where: Longmont Theatre Company, 513 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: See schedule here.

Cost: Adults $25, Seniors and Youth Under 18 $23, Tickets available here.

Let’s do the time warp again! The Rocky Horror Show is back at The Longmont Theatre Company with much of the 2014 cast returning including Bonnie & Taylor of Bonnie and the Clydes. This is the actual stage show, NOT a re-enactment of the film while the movie is running. Dammit, Janet, this is LIVE and 3D! Discover whatever happened to Saturday Night! And, what about… The Floor Show? About the Costume Contest – Only at the 11pm show:  No real weapons. Any simulated body parts must be from outside the “swimsuit” zone. Costumes must provide at least “swimsuit” coverage. No thongs, pasties, etc. In general, keep it PG-13 or milder.

Pumpkin Pie Days: Vintage & Antique Market

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Photo Courtesy St. Vrain Historical Society

When: October 14 – 15, 2017

Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: Saturday 10AM – 5PM, Sunday 11AM – 4PM

Cost: $5/person, Children under 12 are FREE

Pumpkin Pie Days: Vintage & Antique Market will be held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. The market features high end dealers and collectors in: furniture, books, primitives, décor, toys, fine jewelry, costume jewelry, vintage clothing, plus much, much more! The show also includes glass grinder, bake sale, and art show. Admissions and café sales benefit The St. Vrain Historical Society‘s mission of historic preservation and education in the community.

Erie Wine and Cheese Festival

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When: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Where: Coal Creek Park, 575 Kattell Street, Erie, CO 80516

Time: 12PM – 4PM

Cost: $35 – $60, Tickets available here.

Come celebrate the first Wine and Cheese Festival in Erie! Sample wines from 7 local Colorado wineries and taste a plethora of fine cheeses from Murray’s Cheeses, while you learn more about “pairing” of wines and cheeses from a certified cheese professional. There will also be an art show, displaying art pieces from Gallery 58, High Plains Artists, Arts Coalition of Erie, and Art Resource. Live music will play throughout the day, and delicious tapas will be prepared. For more info, click here.

Broomfield Brewhaha

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When: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Where: Arista Park on Arista Place

Time: 12PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Broomfield is bringing back the 2nd Annual Broomfield BrewHaHa on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Arista. The festival will have two bands, food trucks, brews from Broomfield Breweries, yard games, and more. Broomfield F.I.S.H. will be hosting a food drive during the event!

Lafayette Fall Festival

Things to do in Boulder in October

When: October 22, 2017

Where: Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, 111 Baseline Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026

Time: 3:30 PM – 6PM

Cost: $7/Residents, $9/Non-Residents

The Lafayette Fall Festival combines three community events into one! The festival includes a bounce house & pumpkin decorating contest. The Great Pumpkin Race will be held, launch your pumpkin into the rec center’s lazy river and watch it race to the finish! For more information on the event, click here.

Boulder Mall Crawl 2017

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Photo Courtesy Boulder Mall Crawl Facebook Page

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Where: Pearl Street Mall, Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 9PM – Midnight

Cost: FREE

The Mall Crawl is Boulder’s Halloween tradition where ghastly ghouls crawl Pearl Street Mall and revel in Mall Crawl’s magic. This is a free, unorganized event that goes back to the 1980s. Wear a costume, bring a friend! And keep an eye out for the Thriller dance!

Boo! on Briggs Street

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When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Where: Downtown Erie, Briggs Street between Moffat and Wells, Erie, CO 80516

Time: 4PM – 8PM

Cost: FREE

The Town of Erie’s Trunk or Treat event has moved downtown and expanded, bring you Boo! on Briggs Street. Trunks will be parked in the parking lots on the southeast corner of Wells and Briggs and the northeast corner of Moffat and Briggs in Erie. Boo! on Briggs Street will feature costume contests (ages 0-8, 9+ ($5) and group/theme ($10)). Pre-register to reserve your spot in the costume contest here.. The night will be capped off with a glow-in-the-dark dance party complete with a professional DJ and complimentary glow-in-the-dark giveaways for the kids.

35th Annual Eerie Erie

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Optimist Club of Erie

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Where: Erie Middle School, 

Time: 7:30AM – 9AM Packet Pickup and On-Site Registration, 9:30AM 10k Run Begins, 9:45AM 5k Walk/Run Begins, 10:30AM Kiddie Goblin Run Begins

Cost: 10k Adult $35, 10k Senior $30, 10k 16 & Under $30. $5k Adult $35, 5k Senior $30, 5k 16 & Under $30. Kiddie Goblin Run is FREE.

The world famous Eerie Erie is a Halloween themed 5k and 10k race that runs through historic downtown Erie and takes advantage of our beautiful trail system that weaves along Coal Creek open space areas. The 10k passes by scenic Pleasant Hill Cemetery with panoramic views and where friendly spirits can’t wait to visit this year’s runners. Eerie Erie is the primary fund raiser for the Optimist Club of Erie, a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to benefit the children of our community by funding youth specific events, programs and activities throughout the year.

Halloween Parade and Trick or Treat Street

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Centennial State Ballet

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Where: Parade lines up at St. Vrain Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave. Map of events here.

Time: 9:30AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

Dress up in your Halloween Costume, for Longmont’s Halloween Parade on Main Street and visit Downtown participating merchants for Trick or Treat Street immediately following the parade. Kids of all ages can be a part of this costume foot parade. No registration is required!  Strollers or wagons are recommended for tiny feet; no motorized vehicles or large animals. Dogs must be leashed. 9:30AM: Line-up in front of the St. Vrain Memorial Building.10AM: Foot Parade Start!  Come in costume! Route will be lengthy; wagons and strollers recommended.  Enjoy the sounds of local bands interspersed within the parade. Map of the event here.

Broomfield Spooktacular

things to do in Boulder in October

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Where: Broomfield Community Center, 280 Spader Way, Broomfield, CO 80020

Time: 11AM – 2PM

Cost: $5 Presale Tickets, $6 at the door, Purchase tickets here.

You’ll have a hauntingly good time at the Broomfield Recreation Services’ Annual Spooktacular. Come dressed in costume and bring a bag for your goodies. The event will feature carnival games, jumping castles, wagon rides, crafts, entertainment and don’t miss out on the “treat or suite-ing”. Spooktacular is guaranteed to be a treat for kids of all ages!

Monster Dash 5K, 10K & Kids Races

things to do in boulder in october

Photo Courtesy Monster Dash

When: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Where: Old Town District, Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Drive, Louisville 80027

Time: 3PM

Cost: 5k Fun Run -$30 ($40 day of race), 10k Run $35 ($45 day of race), Kids Races $15 ($20 day of race) To register click here.

Check out Louisville’s Halloween race — Monster Dash! This year’s theme is ZOMBIES, so throw on your costume and get ready to run. There will be 2 distance choices, the 5k “Fun Run” is for the entire family to run together (Ages 5 and up)…strollers allowed. The 10k Race is for the bit more serious runners going for a place in their age divisions. Immediately following the 5k and 10k, there will be 3 different races for the “Little Zombies” ranging from 1/4 mile to 1 full mile. Kids receive custom kids bib, glow stick, meal, milk/drink, kids candy, finisher medal and cool finisher gift. Post-event activities include a costume contest, trick or treating for kids as well as a party where adults will receive one free beer from Avery and kids receive free juice or soda. For more info, click here.

Munchkin Masquerade

Things to do in Boulder in October

Things to do in Boulder in October

When: Saturday, October 31, 2017

Where: Pearl Street Mall, Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 3PM – 6PM

Cost: FREE

Each year, Downtown Boulder is invaded by thousands of tiny ghosts & goblins, dinosaurs & dragons, fairies & princes, super heroes and animals of every size trick-or-treating along Pearl Street for the Munchkin Masquerade. There will be over 100 places handing out treats along the Pearl Street Mall.

Nederland’s Carousel of Spookiness

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Photo Courtesy Carousel of Happiness

When: Saturday, October 31, 2017

Where: Carousel of Happiness, 20 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, CO 80466

Time: 5PM – 8PM

Cost: Spooky Carousel Rides $1

A Nederland favorite, the Carousel of Happiness becomes the Carousel of Spookiness every year at Halloween. The Carousel of Happiness is Nederland Colorado’s magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ. On Halloween, the Carousel host a Kids Costume Contest, Trick or Treat Surprises and Spooky Carousel Rides for $1.

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Pumpkin Patches Near Boulder 2017 [Interactive Map]

September 24, 2017

Fall is here and the pumpkins are ready! Below is a list (and an interactive map!) of nine pumpkin patches in and around Boulder to visit this season. Each one has its own unique pumpkin assortment and fall festival activities! Scroll down for all the details.

Pumpkin Patches Near Boulder

Anderson Farms Fall Festival

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Photo Courtesy Anderson Farms

Anderson Farms is located at 6728 County Rd 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516.

The Fall Festival runs from September 20 – October 31, 2017.

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10AM – 6PM, Friday 10AM – 11PM, Saturday 9AM – 11PM, Sunday 9AM – 10PM

Pricing: Admission to Fall Festival – Monday – Thursday, $10, Friday, Saturday & Sunday $16. Kids 3 & Under are FREE. Tickets available here.

Pricing: Zombie Paintball Hunt or Terror in the Corn Haunted Hayride and Maze (Includes Fall Festival admission) Friday & Saturday $25 ($45 for both events), Thursday (beginning October 12) & Sunday $22 ($40 for both events). Tickets available here.

Pumpkin Pricing: Small Pumpkins $4 & Under, Medium $6, Large $8, Extra Large $10

Anderson Farms is hosting its annual Fall Festival, complete with a pumpkin patch, hayrides and so much more! Admission includes a ton of fun activities such as Colorado’s longest-running 30 acre corn maze, hayride to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin launching, mine cars, barrel train, farm animals, farm lights and so much more! Click here for a full list of activities. For those who enjoy a fright, after dark Anderson Farms hosts Zombie Paintball Hunt, a unique paintball experience where you shoot zombies throughout the cornfield (but don’t worry, you won’t get shot!) while riding on a zombie wagon. Or check out Terror in the Corn, Anderson Farms’ haunted hayride, cornfield & ghost town experience.

Cottonwood Farms Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival

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Photo Courtesy Cottonwood Farms

Cottonwood Farm is located at 1535 N 75th St, Boulder, CO 80303.

The Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival runs from September 23 – October 31, 2017.

Hours: Daily 10AM – 6PM

Pricing: FREE Admission. Wagon Hayrides (Saturdays and Sundays) $3/person.

Pumpkin Pricing: Most pumpkins $3 – $10, Specialty pumpkins $8 – $15.

Cottonwood Farms hosts a classic Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival in East Boulder. The farm offers a pumpkin patch as well as fall produce for purchase. Explore the hand-cut corn maze, with narrow paths for a fun and personal experience. The farm also offers a straw bale maze, farm animals to view, and vintage farm equipment display! Don’t miss the hayride, available on Saturdays and Sundays for $3/person.

Isabelle Farm Pumpkin Patch

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Photo Courtesy Isabelle Farm

Isabelle Farm is located at the SW corner of Isabelle Road & Highway 287, Isabelle Farm Farmstand is located at 1640 Baseline Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026.

The Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze runs every weekend, September 30 – October 29, 2017.

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 10AM – 6PM

Pricing: FREE Admission. Hayrides $3/person, Family of 4: $10.

Pumpkin Pricing: Pumpkins range from $2 – $15, Large pumpkins $7.

Isabelle Farm hosts its annual Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze every weekend just north of Lafayette at Hwy 287 & Isabelle Road. After you pick out the perfect pumpkin in the you-pick patch, check out the hayrides (starting October 7), barrel rides, farm animals, straw bale maze and corn maze! Fall produce, local honey and jams will also be available to purchase. Isabelle Farm also hosts a small pumpkin patch, with a lovely spot for taking pictures at its beautiful farmstand located on Baseline Rd. The farmstand is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10AM – 6PM.

Miller Farms Fall Harvest Festival

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Photo Courtesy Miller Farms

Miller Farms is located at 13912 Co Rd 19, Platteville, CO 80651.

The Fall Harvest Festival runs from Labor Day to Mid-November.

Hours: Daily, 9AM – 6PM

Pricing: Admission $2/person. Harvest Rides $20/adult, $15/kid, 3 & Under are FREE, Family of 4 $65, additional family members $15.

Pumpkin Pricing: Pumpkins range from $5 & up.

Miller Farms hosts its annual Fall Harvest Festival every day throughout the fall season. Admission includes the farm’s petting zoo, corn maze and the Antique Alley, a collection of antique airplanes, trucks and tractors. Pick your own pumpkins and fall produce (fill a wagon for $35!) and take the harvest ride (prices listed above). The farm offers snacks, drinks and treats, and has dozens of covered picnic tables. Pack a lunch and spend a day at the farm!

Munson Farm Pumpkin Patch

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Photo Courtesy Munson Farm

Munson Farm is located at 7355 Valmont Rd, Boulder, CO 80301.

The pumpkin patch runs through November 1.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9AM – 6:30PM, Sunday 9AM – 6PM

Pricing: Free Admission. Hayrides $3/person, $5/family.

Pumpkin Pricing: Pumpkins range from $2 – $25.

Munson Farm is hosting its annual Pumpkin Patch at its farmstand in East Boulder. Activities include hayrides, a corn maze as well as a pumpkin patch. Munson Farm is known for its amazing selection of unique heirloom pumpkins including cinderella pumpkins, pink pumpkins, and many more!

Red Wagon Farm Pumpkin Patch

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Photo Courtesy Red Wagon Farm

Red Wagon Farm is located at 7694 N 63rd St, Longmont, CO 80503.

The pumpkin patch runs early October through Halloween.

Hours: Daily, 10AM – 6PM

Pricing: Free Admission.

Red Wagon Farm is offering a pumpkin patch at its farm in Longmont. Spend some time wandering the beautiful pumpkin patch to find your perfect pumpkin, see the farm animals including alpacas, llamas, goats, chickens and geese, and play in the straw bale maze!

Rock Creek Farm U-Pick-Em Pumpkins and Corn Maze

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Photo Courtesy Rock Creek Farm

Rock Creek Farm is located at 2005 S 112th St, Broomfield, CO 80020.

The Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze runs September 30 – October 31.

Hours: Daily, 9AM – 6:30PM

Pricing: Free Admission. Corn Maze $6/Kids Ages 4-11, $9/Person 12 & Up, Kids under 4 are FREE.

Pumpkin Pricing: $8/Field Pumpkin, $15/2 Pumpkins, $20/3 Pumpkins, $25/4 Pumpkins, more pricing here.

Rock Creek Farm hosts its annual U-Pick-Em Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Broomfield. Free admission includes access to family fun play area, hay bale maze, farm animals and comic foregrounds for photos. Tour the farm’s 120 acre pumpkin patch, with its beautiful mountain backdrop to find and pick your very own pumpkin. The farm also offers four different corn mazes ranging from .3 miles to 5 miles (pricing above).

Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch

pumpkin patches near boulder

Photo Courtesy Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch

Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch is located at 9059 Ute Hwy, Longmont, CO 80503.

The October Pumpkin Carnival & Pumpkin Patch runs October 1 – October 31, 2017.

Hours: Pumpkin Carnival every weekend, 9AM – 6PM, Pumpkin Patch & activities open weekdays, 9AM – 5:30PM.

Pricing: Free Admission. Weekend activities are pay per activity, tickets $1/each (each activity varies from 1-5 tickets/child). Weekday self-guided tours & activities $8/child.

Pumpkin Pricing: 55¢ per pound

Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch is hosting its annual October Pumpkin Carnival in Longmont. The weekend pumpkin carnival features a kids corner, pumpkin patch, food vendors as well as activities (prices vary) such as: pony rides, carousel rides, painting pumpkins, petting zoo, hay maze, bouncy castle and so much more! Weekdays, the pumpkin patch is open to the public, with self-guided activities available such as: pumpkin painting, inflatable obstacle course, hay maze and viewing zoo.

Seventh Generation Farm

pumpkin patches near Boulder

Photo Courtesy 7th Generation Farm

7th Generation Farm is located at 100 S 96th Street, Louisville, CO 80027.

The Pumpkin Patch runs from September 29 – October 31.

Hours: Friday 12PM- 6PM, Saturday 9AM – 4PM, Sunday 10AM – 4PM

Pricing: Free Admission. Kids Corn Maze $6/person, Adult Corn Maze $12/person

Pumpkin Pricing: $2 – $25

The 7th Generation Farm is celebrating Fall with a pumpkin patch & fall activities in Louisville. Activities included in admission: hay bale maze, huge hay bale mountain for climbing, pumpkin smash games, pumpkin painting station, farm animals, hayrides and so much more! The farm also offers a short, kid-friendly corn maze, as well as a large adult maze that takes about 1 hour – 1.5 hours to walk through (prices listed above).  Take a hayride to the farm’s pumpkin patch to find your perfect pumpkin!

 

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. 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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What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, September 16 – 17, 2017

September 14, 2017
what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend? There are a handful of FAIRS and FESTIVALS, along with Laura Ingalls Wilder Day, $5 Day at the Butterfly Pavilion and so much more! Happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

Downtown Boulder Fall Fest

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Photo Courtesy Downtown Boulder

When: September 15 – 17, 2017

Where: Pearl Street Mall, Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Friday: 5 – 10 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm; Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

Cost: Admission is FREE

Now in its 30th year, Downtown Boulder’s Fall Fest has been one of Boulder’s most beloved community celebrations. This 3-day autumn festival features food, brews and music as well as children’s activities. Kids activities include face painting as well as an obstacle course, climbing wall, bounce houses, hamster balls and bungee tramp! Tickets for the main attractions start at $1 each.

Firefly Handmade Markets will be there, featuring carefully and creatively curated to feature returning favorite and emerging artisans with home goods & décor; jewelry & accessories; adult & children’s fashion; skin care; ceramics; art; artisanal food; paper goods; and more. Free parking Saturday and Sunday in the City of Boulder Parking Garages.

$5 Day at Butterfly Pavilion

things to do in boulder in september

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Cost: $5/person over 2, Kids under 2 and members FREE.

Ages: All Ages

The Butterfly Pavilion is offering admission for just $5 on Saturday, September 16. Home to over 5,000 animals, kids will be immersed in a tropical rainforest where 1,600 butterflies live and Rosie, the tarantula is ready to be held by brave children. Step to Water’s Edge to be immersed in an underwater world full of sea creatures. The pavilion also features lovely gardens and a nature trail, as well as a fun gift shop.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Day

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy St. Vrain Historical Society, Inc.

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Where: Old Mill Park, 237 Pratt St, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 1PM – 4PM

Cost: Suggested donation of $5.00 per adult, Children are FREE

Ages: All Ages

Come celebrate the 150th birthday of America’s favorite Pioneer Girl, Laura Ingalls Wilder, with the St. Vrain Historical Society. Docents in period costume will be giving historic tours of the Affolter Cabin (1860), the Billings Cabin (1890), the Hauck Milk House (1860) and offer activities for children. Come discover what life was like in the St. Vrain Valley in the 1800s. Bring your picnic dinner and enjoy Old Mill Park! Special events also include: The Silver Creek Fiddlers (music at the top of the hour), Laura’s “Little House” pioneer stories (on the half-hour), “On the Trail of Laura Ingalls Wilder” by Connie Ryle Nuemann, Historian and Teacher at 2:30pm. Suggested donation of $5.00 per adult, children are free. All proceeds support The St. Vrain Historical Society’s mission of historic preservation and education in Longmont.

Broomfield Days Fair

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy City of Broomfield

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Where: North Midway Park, 1279 W Midway Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80020

Time: 7AM – 5PM

Cost: Admission is FREE

Ages: All Ages

Broomfield Days is filled with family-friendly activities and entertainment. The day begins with a pancake breakfast at the Girl Scout Shelter, then a 5K race, clown contest, parade, trade fair, craft festival, food booths, three stages of entertainment, demonstrations, and great community spirit. For the full schedule, click here.

Puppet Theater at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Public Works Theatre Company

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Where: Boulder Public Library BROOK, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 11:45AM – 12:45PM

Cost: FREE, Register here.

Ages: All Ages

A festival of literature from all over the world, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder is free and accessible to everyone, examining the human experience through the reflections and imaginations of distinguished contemporary authors from across the globe. On Sunday, the Sondra Blanchard of Public Works Puppet Theater is offering a workshop, using masks and puppets to create a magical, cartoon-like world inside of a biodome. This workshop spins a tale of wonder when a puffin and a girl become unlikely friends and break loose into a night of adventure. Suitable for all ages.

2nd Annual Chili Bowl Street Party

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Boulder Pottery Lab

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Where: Studio Arts Boulder, 1010 Aurora Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 12PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Chili Bowl II, Studio Arts Boulder‘s 2nd annual street party, is a chance to come together in celebration of the studio arts, music, community, and delicious chili! There will be live music on the Chili Bowl Stage featuring The Felonius Smith TrioVana’dielThe Goonies, & Hugh Manatee. Artist demonstration and art-making activities (for kids AND adults!) by Open StudiosFlatiron PressAmbrosia Glass Art, & the Dairy Arts Center. Studio Arts Boulder will be hosting its largest annual pottery sale. The Chili Cook-Off — chefs from local restaurants will throw down as they compete against one another for the title of Best Chili including chefs from: Mateo: Restaurant ProvençalDagabi CucinaThe West End TavernSancho’s Authentic Mexican RestaurantLeaf Vegetarian Restaurant, & Foolish Craig’s Cafe. Boulder Ice CreamLeft Hand Brewing Company, and Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe will be on hand with delicious food and beverages.

2017 Mapleton Hill Porchfest

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Photo Courtesy Mapleton Hill Porchfest

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Where: Mapleton Hill Historic District, 7th St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 12:30PM – 4:15PM

Cost: FREE

Mapleton Hill PorchFest is a neighborhood walkabout where local musicians play and sing unplugged music on the beautiful porches of Mapleton Hill in Boulder. This family-friendly festival is FREE, featuring 20 musicians and bands playing on 20 porches on Mapleton Hill in Boulder. Join the Parade at 12:30 at 5th and Maxwell. Music starts at 1pm. Food trucks will be on-site.

CU Museum of Natural History’s Curious Connections in Nature

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

When: Daily, Beginning August 26, 2017

Where: University of Colorado Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309

Time: Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm

Cost: Always FREE

Ages: All Ages

In the wild world around us, everything is connected. Curious Connections in Nature is a new exhibition at the CU Museum of Natural History that delves into these connections through hands-on activities, multi-media displays, and specimens from the Museum’s collection. The exhibition highlights symbiosis in our bodies, our backyards and beyond. Discover the role of the prairie dog in Colorado’s grasslands, learn about the microbes we host in our bodies, and explore the amazing world of lichens, diatoms, and much more.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. 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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What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, September 9-10, 2017

September 7, 2017
what to do in boulder in september

THIS WEEKEND, take the kids to Estes Park’s Scottish-Irish fest, Boulder Pridefest and Superior’s (very delicious) Chili Fest, as well as arts and crafts activities, and music! All happening in and around Boulder.

Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival

what to do with kids this weekend in boulder

Photo Courtesy Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival

When: Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10, 2017

Where: Stanley Park Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Cost: $25/adult, $10/Kids 11-16 years old, $5/Kids 5-10 years old. Tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages

Celebrate your Scottish or Irish heritage by participating in the Long’s Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival in Estes Park, Colorado! The festival features athletic games and pipe bands, as well as jousting and dance competitions. In addition, various Celtic rock, folk, and traditional musicians will be performing. 80 participating Scottish and Irish clans will be participating in the games this year. Pageantry and patriotism, spirit and spectacle, talent and teamwork all combine in this awesome display of music and might. Kids will love the games, the parade, the dog show and the amazing food!

Boulder Pridefest

what to do in boulder in september

Photo by Sway Photography, Courtesy Out Boulder County

When: Tuesday September 5 through Sunday, September 10, 2017

Where: Various locations, schedule here.

Time: See full schedule of events here.

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Pridefest is Boulder County’s largest LGBTQ event of the year, featuring vendor booths, music, a youth and family area, a health and wellness area, musical guests, food trucks, entertainment and more. Come early and stay late! Meet new friends and connect with ones you haven’t seen all year. Delicious food trucks include I Scream Colorado L.L.C.Em’s Ice Cream, Tayziac J’s, The Ginger PigSuburban Wiener and Cuban Fusion!

Superior Chili Fest

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Superior, Colorado Facebook Page

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017

Where: Community Park, Community Park Dr, Superior, CO 80027, United States

Time: 2 PM – 6 PM

Cost: Chili Fest entrance is FREE, chili tasting cups are $5.

Ages: All Ages

The 2017 Chili Fest is back for its 17th year, this year’s Chili Fest features great chili samples and food, local vendors, a FREE Kids Zone area (Zip Line, Quad Trampoline, Jumpy Castles) and more! Please note that chili samples are generously provided by the cooks and are distributed first come-first served. Get there early as the samples always go fast. Chili tasting cups will be available for purchase – BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR for $5 you may purchase a reusable chili tasting cup with attached spoon – eat all the chili you want and take home the commemorative cup! The event will also feature a “People’s Choice” competition between eight of the best local restaurants! Music at the Chili fest will feature  Rouge 2 and local favorite Over Soul’d. 

Mindfulness for Kids

what to do with kids this weekend in boulder

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017

Where: A Mom’s Space, 424 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, CO

Time: Ages 5-7 meets from 10-10:45am, Ages 8-12 meets from 11-11:45am, Ages 13+ meets from Noon-1pm

Cost: $15/kid (sibling discount available). Pre-registration is required, click here to register.

Ages: Ages 5 – 17

Mindfulness for Kids classes focus on giving children the tools to learn to stay connected to their inner knowing, understand their personal space and help them connect to what is true and important for them – and let go of what isn’t! Presented in an age appropriate manner, this class will use familiar everyday imagery in fun visualization and meditation exercises, play games, sing songs and create art! Kids will explore their personal space, their energy, their bodies and spirits! Facilitated by Stacia Synnestvedt. Space is limited and fills up quickly, so register early!

Art Stop Youth Program

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

When: September 9, 2017

Where: Boulder Museum Of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St, Boulder, CO

Time: 10AM – 1PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Art Stop at the Boulder Museum Of Contemporary Art provides free, hands-on art making for families during the Boulder County Farmers’ Market. Held outdoors on the front porch of the museum, creative inter-generational projects are designed to complement exhibitions within the museum, as well as the colors, shapes, and textures of the market. Don’t forget to visit the exhibitions inside the museum. Admission is always free during the market!

Mom and Me Learn to Sew Class

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When: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Where: Fabricate, 2017 17th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 2PM – 4PM

Cost: $40

Ages: 8 & Up

At Mom and Me Learn to Sew class at Fabricate, kids and adults ages 8 & up will learn how to sew their very own reversible tote bag. They will learn how to box corners, sew linings, and attach webbing handles. This class is perfect for beginners, no sewing experience is necessary and can also be taken as a Mom & Me class.

Crafts and Trades of Olden Days

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Where: Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Ute Hwy, Longmont

Time: 10AM – 3PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

At this special event at the Agricultural Heritage Center, attendees will learn about old fashioned jobs and the traditional arts and crafts that went into making what was needed for life down on the farm. Sweaters, candles, even door hinges were made by hand, using skills not widely practiced today. Crafts and Trades of Olden Days offers several games and demonstrations including blacksmithing, candle-dipping and working with a drop spindle. Other activities include soap making, Victorian hair art and storytelling. Several “make and take” activities are offered as well. This free event is fun for all ages. Please note that no pets are allowed on the farm.

See the Boulder Philharmonic String Quartet at Boulder Public Library

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Where: Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 2PM – 3PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Join Boulder Philharmonic musicians at the Boulder Public Library for this free family-friendly chamber music performance featuring a space exploration theme and many familiar favorites.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. 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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What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, September 2-3, 2017

September 1, 2017

Labor Day weekend is almost here! Celebrate by taking the family to one of these super fun, family-friendly events this weekend. Arts & crafts, festivals, shows, archery and more! All happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

First Friday Make and Take in Broomfield

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

When: Friday, September 1, 2017

Where: Broomfield Library, 3 Community Park Rd, Broomfield, Colorado 80020

Time: 2:30 – 4:15PM, Drop-In

Cost: FREE

Ages: 2 years and up

A special craft time at Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library for children ages 2 and up and their caregivers. No registration is required and all supplies are provided. Start your craft any time between 2:30 and 4:15 on each designated Friday and make two fun seasonal crafts to take home.

Kid’s Art Exploration at POSHSplat

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy POSHsplat

When: September 2, 2017

Where: PoshSplat, 2035 Broadway, Boulder CO

Time: 9-11AM

Cost: $20/child

Ages: All Ages

Saturday Morning Kid’s Art Exploration at POSHsplat is a time for the kids to explore different materials, work together and independently on art projects, and most importantly have fun! All groups facilitated by an art therapist, who is there for support, guidance, and assistance during the art making process. The kids will be able to use different materials like sewing, clay, beads, paint, collage, and more. A place for them to experiment, play, and just be a kid surrounded by art materials at their disposal!

Create a Fairy Space at Fairy Garden Workshop

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Shelly’s Garden Country

When: Saturday, September 2, 2017

Where: Shelly’s Garden Country, 4181 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, Colorado 80020

Time: 1 – 2:30 PM

Cost: $30 per kit*, tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages

Create your very own magical fairy garden at Shelly’s Garden Country in Broomfield. Do one for yourself or bring along a friend or child and spend time together creating memories. Fairy gardens are so much fun and something the entire family will enjoy. *$30 fee includes container, 1 plant and 1 figurine. Soil and Moss included.

Boulder Creek Hometown Festival

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Photo Courtesy Boulder Creek Events

When: September 2-4, 2017

Where: Boulder along the Boulder Creek corridor, extending from Broadway to 14th Street (west to east), between Canyon Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave. (north and south) Click here for a detailed map.

Time: Saturday 10AM – 10PM, Sunday 10AM – 9PM Monday 10AM – 7PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Just as the Boulder Creek Festival® kicks off the summer in Boulder County, the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival is the perfect bookend to close out the summer event season. This event features arts & crafts exhibitors in Central Park, live performances at the Bandshell, the Hometown Fest 5K, a Classic Car & Motorcycle Show, the Rocky Mountain Pizza & Pints Festival, a food court & beer garden, and much more! Don’t miss out on the festivities of this community event each Labor Day weekend!

Labor Day Parade & Fall Festival

things to do in boulder in september

Photo Courtesy City of Louisville

When: September 1-4, 2017

Where: Downtown Louisville, 749 Main St, Louisville, Colorado 80027

Time: Friday 5 – 7PM, Saturday 10AM – 5PM, Sunday 10AM – 4PM Monday 8AM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Labor Day in Louisville is the biggest community celebration of the year, the Labor Day Parade and Fall Festival. Don’t miss the chance to come together with friends and neighbors to experience a weekend celebrating the community spirit of Louisville. The highlight of the weekend for many is the Labor Day Parade which takes over the streets of Downtown Louisville on Labor Day morning. Be sure to try out some of the other fun activities including the Bocce Ball Tournament, Children’s Pet Parade, Homemade Pie Contest and more! For more info including parade registration forms available at: www.louisvilleco.gov/LaborDay. For the full schedule of events, click here.

Free Archery Day at High Altitude Archery

things to do in boulder in september

Photo Courtesy of High Altitude Archery

When: Saturday, September 2, 2017

Where: High Altitude Archery, 455 Weaver Park Rd, Ste 500, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Come and try archery for free on this free shoot day at High Altitude Archery. Kids and adults are welcome. The High Altitude Archery range features 37 lanes a standard 20 meters indoor distance divided into 3 separate practice areas. High Altitude Archery’s lanes are extra roomy for a comfortable shooting experience and marched in accordance with World Archery specifications.

See Dream to Fly at Fiske Planetarium

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Photo Courtesy Fiske Planetarium

When: Sunday, September 3, 2017

Where: Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Dr, Boulder, CO 80309

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: Adults, $10, Kids $7 Tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages

Have you ever dreamt you were flying? Have you ever thought how wonderful would it be to fly free as a bird?  Discover the mystery of flight with Leonardo da Vinci, Montgolfier brothers, Wright brothers and other inventors in Dream to Fly at CU Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium. Experience the adventure with powerful images and music, an immense and challenging dream, for which mankind has strived since the beginning of history. “Dream to Fly” describes the most important milestones on our route to conquering the skies—both in terms of technological breakthroughs, as well as our perceptions on flying itself.

Open Gym at ABC Kids Climbing

What to do with kids in boulder this summer

Photo Courtesy ABC Kids Climbing Facebook Page

When: Sunday, September 3, 2017

Where: ABC Kids Climbing, 1960 32nd Street, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Time: 12PM  – 6PM

Cost: Individuals $12, Family (4 or more) $40

Ages: All Ages

Open Gym is a great opportunity for families to try ABC Kids Climbing for their first time.  Kids are welcome to explore our facility, with parent supervision, to find the area in which they will have the most fun.  ABC has top ropes, auto-belays, ziplines, slides, and bouldering for kids of all ages to enjoy! No climbing experience?  No need to worry!  ABC’s expert staff will give all new families a tour complete with rules and basic climbing guidelines to get you started in the right direction. ABC also offers summer day camps for kids – details here.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. 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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What to Do with Kids this Weekend in Boulder, August 12- 13

August 10, 2017
what to do with kids this weekend in boulder

Last summer weekend before school starts! Take the kids to create some art, ride in a bike race, check out farm animals at boulder county farms, compete in a ninja competition at the warrior playground, and go indoor rock climbing. Happening this weekend in and around Boulder!

Saturday Children’s Art Workshop at Dairy Arts Center

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

When: Saturday, August 12

Where:  Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10:30AM – 12PM

Cost: $10, Tickets available here.

Ages: Ages 6 – 12

Release your inner abstract artist in this workshop for children ages 6-12 at the Dairy Arts Center! Children will explore what makes art abstract and be encouraged to express themselves through an abstract oil pastel art project. Parents and guardians are welcome to stay and participate or drop children off for this 90-minute workshop.

B Strong RIDE

When: Saturday, August 12

Where:  Celestial Seasonings, 4600 Sleepytime Dr, Boulder, Colorado

Time: 7:30AM – 12PM

Cost: $10 Participating Kids 10 & under (Mini B riders must be accompanied by an adult on site, the adult need not be registered to ride), $55 Participating Kids 18 and under (accompanied by a riding adult), $95 Participating Adults

Ages: All Ages

B Strong, hosted by Bicycle Village, is a family event with outstanding food and entertainment throughout the day. During and after the ride, Celestial Seasonings will be open for tours and tastings. There are also two great museums within a mile: Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art and, Shelby American Collection. B Strong Riders can choose from four fully-supported route choices with lavishly-stocked aid stations: Mountain Loop (69 miles), Red Zinger 38 Loop (38 miles), Countryside Loop (24 miles), Mini B – for Children 10 & under (1 mile loops). Parents need not register (but must accompany kids) for Mini B riders to participate. Enjoy a post-ride party with live music, craft beer & great food – families & non-riders welcome! B Strong funds a complete year of cancer care at the Center for Integrative Care at Boulder Community Hospital and also benefits the George Karl Foundation.

Tinker Time Drop-In Art Class

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Photo Courtesy Tinker Art Studio Facebook Page

When: Saturday, August 12

Where:  Tinker Art Studio, 1300 Yellow Pine Ave. #B, Boulder, CO 80304

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: $12 – first hour, $6 – each additional half hour per child

Ages: 18 months – 12 years

Tinker Time at Tinker Art Studio is an opportunity for children to engage in art exploration. The studio offers several stations set up with a variety of materials as well as ideas and techniques for use of materials are offered. Children have complete creative control and enjoy moving freely between stations. Paints, oil pastels, clay, print making, wire and wood sculpture, stamping, cut paper collage… are some of the mediums found during Tinker Time.

Parents can drop off their artist off anytime during Tinker Time to run a few errands, take a break at the coffee shop, or stay at Tinker watching their artist at work. All ages are welcome, but if your child is under 4, we ask that a parent or caregiver remain with them in the studio. Tinker Time is limited to 16 students, so if you want to be guaranteed a spot, it’s highly encouraged that you reserve a space in advance.

See Dream to Fly at Fiske Planetarium

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Photo Courtesy Fiske Planetarium

When: Sunday, August 13

Where: Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Dr, Boulder, CO 80309

Time: 4:00 PM

Cost: Adults, $10, Kids $7 Tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages

Have you ever dreamt you were flying? Have you ever thought how wonderful would it be to fly free as a bird?  Discover the mystery of flight with Leonardo da Vinci, Montgolfier brothers, Wright brothers and other inventors in Dream to Fly at CU Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium. Experience the adventure with powerful images and music, an immense and challenging dream, for which mankind has strived since the beginning of history. “Dream to Fly” describes the most important milestones on our route to conquering the skies—both in terms of technological breakthroughs, as well as our perceptions on flying itself.

Farm Around Boulder County Farm Tours

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

When: Sunday, August 13

Where: Participating Boulder County Farms

Time: 3 – 6:30PM

Cost: $10/adult, Kids are FREE

Ages: All Ages

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon exploring unique farms throughout Boulder County and celebrating our diverse agricultural community! During Farm Around Boulder County Farms, participating farmers are opening their doors and inviting you to experience our abundant agriculture at the peak of the growing season. This family-friendly event includes farm tours, demonstrations, animal petting, tastings, and more. Select farm stands will also be open for fresh-from-the-source purchases. Pack up the car (or bike), bring your friends and family, and share in a fun afternoon with our local farmers!​ Free for kids! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local agriculture in an effort to promote and preserve our Boulder County farms.

Youth Beginner’s Ninja Competition

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Warrior Playground

When: Sunday, August 13

Where: Warrior Playground, 2415 Wedgewood Avenue #B, Longmont, CO 80503

Time: 9AM – 3PM

Cost: $35 per participant, Spectators are FREE.

Ages: 6-12 Years Old

Warrior Playground Beginner’s Ninja Competition. For those who are new to the sport of ninja obstacle training, this is a great way to get started and test your ninja skills. All participants will get a chance to compete on 3 different Ninja Courses. There will be 2 divisions. Youth Ages 6-9 from 9 am to Noon and Youth Ages 10-12 from 12:30 to 3 pm. Each competitor will get a chance to run 3 different obstacle courses.

Open Gym at ABC Kids Climbing

What to do with kids in boulder this summer

Photo Courtesy ABC Kids Climbing Facebook Page

When: Sunday, August 13

Where: ABC Kids Climbing, 1960 32nd Street, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Time: 12PM  – 6PM

Cost: Individuals $12, Family (4 or more) $40

Ages: All Ages

Open Gym is a great opportunity for families to try ABC Kids Climbing for their first time.  Kids are welcome to explore our facility, with parent supervision, to find the area in which they will have the most fun.  ABC has top ropes, auto-belays, ziplines, slides, and bouldering for kids of all ages to enjoy! No climbing experience?  No need to worry!  ABC’s expert staff will give all new families a tour complete with rules and basic climbing guidelines to get you started in the right direction. ABC also offers summer day camps for kids – details here.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. 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.
Boulder Events Kids

What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, August 5-6, 2017

August 2, 2017

Don’t have any plans for the weekend? You do now! So many great events are happening this weekend in Boulder! Check out the take some time to enjoy art, ride a ferris wheel, see a thrilling aerial dance performance, enjoys some tacos and entertainment, watch cars get smashed up at the demolition derby, make a friendship bracelet and box, take your kids go-karting and so much more!! Happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

NoBo Art District First Friday Art Walk

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Photo Courtesy NoBo Art District Facebook Page

When: August 4

Where:  Along Broadway from Pine Street to Highway 36 (Follow the polka dots and pink flags.)

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

NoBo Art District’s First Friday is a FREE self-guided tour of artists’ studios and creative businesses in the NoBo Art District. Meet painters, sculptors, photographers, designers and other artists along your stroll through the area.  Attendees will also enjoy live music, demos and special activities in many locations. Located along Broadway from Pine Street to Highway 36.  Follow the polka dots and pink flags to find surprises around every corner. Guided walking tours led by a NoBo Art District member. will visit 4-5 NoBo artists in their studios at 6:30 pm at 4635 Broadway, ACE Community Art Gallery. Visit the NoBo Information Tent in front of Ace Community Art Gallery, 4635 Broadway for a map of the studios open for First Friday and for answers to any questions.

Boulder County Fair

When: July 28 – August 5

Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 10AM – 10PM (For carnival hours, click here.)

Cost: FREE (Parking is also FREE.)

Celebrating its 148th year, the Boulder County Fair, located at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont, is the longest running county fair in Colorado. The Boulder County Fair offers an entertaining and educational experience for the whole family with fun-filled events and activities like carnival rides and games, yummy food, music, demo derby and rodeos. For more information and complete schedule, click here.

Frequent Flyers® International Aerial Dance Festival 2017

Photo Courtesy Frequent Flyers

When: August 4-6

Where: Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: There are four performances, this weekend only! Evening performances will be held at 8PM on Friday, August 4 & Saturday August 5. Afternoon performances will be held at 2PM on Saturday, August 5 & Sunday, August 6.

Cost: $24+, Tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages

Boulder-based Frequent Flyers® presents the international Aerial Dance Festival — now in its 19th year — providing an opportunity for people from all walks of life to experience the joy of dancing in the air through classes and performances. One of the highlights of the Aerial Dance Festival is the unique and breathtaking Showcase Performance: Toward the Light. Featuring new and innovative work from ADF’s internationally renowned faculty – you will never see this mix of artists together anywhere else! Trapeze, lyra, fabric, invented apparatus and more.

Sanitas Taco Fest

When: Saturday, August 5

Where:  Sanitas Brewing, 3550 Frontier Ave Unit A, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Time: 2PM – 9PM

Cost: $15 GA ticket* ($20 at gate), $50 for VIP ticket** ($55 at gate), FREE for Kids 12 and under. Tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages, (must be ages 5-12 to use inflatable obstacle course)

Check out Boulder’s 1st Taco Fest! Presented by Sanitas Brewing Co and McDevitt Taco Supply, the festival will feature 20+ Exclusive Sanitas Beers, 40+ Gourmet McDevitt Tacos, Lucha Libre Wrestling, Live Music – featuring Paa Kow and Selassee & The Fafa Family. Kids (5-12) will enjoy the free inflatable obstacle course, pinatas (for all ages!), and more!

*General admission ticket includes entry into event with access to Lucha Libre Wrestling show and live music. Beer and Tacos are additional onsite. **VIP ticket Includes 5 tacos and 3 beers, VIP lounge in brewery with A/C, deck viewing of Lucha Libre wrestling, live music, and inside bathrooms.

2017 Demolition Derby

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Photo Courtesy Boulder County Fair

When: Saturday, August 5

Where:  Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 5PM – 9PM

Cost: $10/children, $20/adult, Children 3 & Under are FREE. Tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages

Engines roaring, cars crashing and smoke a-rolling — the Demolition Derby is coming to the Boulder County FairgroundsGo-Derby Promotions will bring 5 classes of full weld, limited weld class, compacts, 80’s and newer to the outdoor arena floor. The event is very popular and sure to entertain!

Make a Friendship Bracelet & Box for National Friendship Day

When: Sunday, August 6

Where:  WOW Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Avenue, Lafayette

Time: 12PM – 2PM

Cost: Activity is Free with Museum Admission. Admission Prices: Children (ages 1-11): $9, Adults: $5, Infants (under 1): Free, Members Always Play for Free!

Ages: All Ages

Celebrate National Friendship Day by making a friendship bracelet and decorate a box to give to a special friend. Just a short drive out of Boulder, the World of Wonder Children’s Museum in downtown Lafayette is a favorite for young children. Designed for interactive learning and play, WOW features a light & music room, an art room, a little clinic, a sandbox, a theatre area complete with costumes and stage and so much more! Kids can spend hours exploring this fun museum. There is a snack area with vending machines available.

Take the Kids to Gateway Park Fun Center

Where: 4800 North 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301

Hours: Every day from 10AM – 10PM

Cost: Prices vary based on activity – view full pricing here.

Gateway Park Fun Center is a kid’s dream come true (and so fun for adults too!). Opened in the 1980s, this park has maintained tons of original features, giving it an eclectic, old school feel that will bring you back to your childhood. Many activities include 18-hole mini golf courses — choose from the Windmill Course or the Castle Course, or play both!!

The park also offers bumper cars, as well as single-seat and double-seat go carts. Gateway is home to Boulder’s only batting cages, with a variety of pitch speeds for softball and baseball. The arcade is filled with different kinds of video and interactive games. Many of the games spit out tickets which can be traded in for fun prizes at the end of your visit. A snack bar is located inside. If that isn’t enough, Gateway also has a full golf driving range as well as a human maze.

Dinosaur Discoveries – Ancient Fossils, New Ideas

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When: Daily throughout August

Where: Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd, Longmont, CO

Time: Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm and Sundays 1 – 5 pm

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors, Children 3 and under FREE, Museum members FREE

Ages: All Ages

Opening this summer at the Longmont MuseumDinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas, is an engaging exhibition that will reveal a vivid picture of what living, breathing dinosaurs were really like! Visitors will also get to see real bones from a T-Rex found in Littleton, authentic dinosaur tracks, and a soil sample of the K-T boundary, which shows the point in time 65 million years ago when many scientists believe the asteroid that caused mass extinction of the dinosaurs hit the Earth.

Kids can get their hands dirty excavating bones in our dinosaur dig pit, pretend they are part of the Jurassic Period in creative costumes, design their own dinosaur, assemble 3-D puzzles and more. In our courtyard, visitors can feed our brood of chickens – the feathered, living descendants of dinosaurs!

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. 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.
Boulder's Best Spots

Top 5 BEST Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Boulder that Adults will LOVE!

February 14, 2017

This was a hard list to pare down – Boulder’s restaurant scene is diverse and extensive! These 5 restaurants stand out as both kid-friendly and enjoyable for adults.

The Southern Sun

Photo courtesy of Southern Sun

The Southern Sun Restaurant and Brewery has got to be the most family-friendly restaurant EVER. Seating is perfect to meet up with family or friends, with long picnic-like tables as well as booths so that everyone can gather ‘round. The atmosphere is down-to-earth with a super-friendly staff that is helpful and quick! Kids can choose from a variety of options that will please the pickiest of eaters. For the adults, the options range from vegetarian-friendly dishes to burgers and chili. Delicious comfort food paired perfectly with a long list of Colorado craft brews. To top it all off, the Table Mesa location is perfect after a hike at Chautauqua or NCAR, with breathtaking views of the flatirons.

Pro Tip: Get some cash on the way! Southern Sun does not accept credit cards. But trust me… Worth it!

The Med

Photo courtesy of The Med

The Boulder Med is a perfect place for families enjoying a day on the Pearl Street Mall to take a quick break for great food and a vibrant atmosphere. Located on Walnut Street just South of Pearl, the Med offers a ton of great food including kid favorites like pizza. If you’re lucky enough to stop in during happy hour (3 pm – 6:30 pm) the family can take advantage of special pricing on their extensive tapas menu as well as low prices on beer and wine for mom and dad. Kids can sample Mediterranean classics in a lively, fun atmosphere. Adults will enjoy the delicious food and fast, friendly service!

The Buff

Photo courtesy of The Buff

For families seeking a great breakfast and lunch restaurant, The Buff is a great option. The Buff is family owned and renowned not only for its legendary breakfast, but for its zero-waste initiative. The Buff’s cozy atmosphere as well as delicious, home-style breakfasts and lunch make this restaurant kid and family friendly! Adults will love the 99 cent breakfast drinks – mimosas, bloody marys and tequila sunrises right out of the tap.

Verde

Photo courtesy of Tyra Sutak

Looking for outstanding Mexican food at an affordable price? Try Verde, this new-ish restaurant is just waiting to be discovered by Boulder families! Originally started as a food truck, Verde’s delicious mexican food can now be enjoyed at a brick and mortar restaurant. Eat in for a relaxed vibe with plenty of options for picky kids like nachos and burritos. My favorite is the oh-so-decadent grilled vegetables nachos piled high with cheese, tomatoes, onions, grilled peppers with a side of sour cream and fresh guacamole! Also a great place to stop by for carry-out to eat at home.

Murphy’s

My pick for North Boulder is Murphy’s (which also has a South Boulder location) for it’s great menu selection and family-friendly feel. If you stop in for Thursday night dinner, prepare to have your minds blown by local magician, the Amazing Lamont!  (Lamont also entertains the South Boulder location every Tuesday night.) Your kids will enjoy an amazing selection from burgers and hot dogs to pasta and pizza, along with their choice of side and a drink. For the grown-ups, Murphy’s has brewpub staples like burgers and IPA battered fish & chips as well as comfort plates, salads and so much more! A full bar is available, featuring local craft brews and creative cocktails.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. 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.