(The following should be sung to the tune of “Peanut Butter Jelly Time”:)
It’s Boulder Creek Festival time, Boulder Creek Festival time; Boulder Creek Festival is the thing ever!
But seriously, Boulder Creek Fest is my favorite time of year in Boulder, if it’s not already obvious, my favorite event of the year. This year is no exception even though the weather forecast is a bit of a bummer.
But that shouldn’t stop you from coming out to have some fun at this free festival downtown!
There are three stages at the creek fest: Bandshell, Festival, and Community and each one has a lineup chock full of goodness. If you want to hang out and listen to music all day, alternate between the Bandshell and Festival stages. If you want something a little different, the Community stage is all a variety of dance styles on Saturday, a singer/songwriter competition and Battle of the Bands on Sunday, and then more dances on Monday.
Beside the dance and music performances, there are still a ton of things to do and see at the festival. Here are a couple of other featured areas:
The Art Show: The Art Show displays regional and national fine art by artists selected by the Festival jury.
Artists’ Marketplace: Located just outside the Art Show tents, you can check out a big variety of arts and crafts exhibited by artists of all media.
Festival Square: Pull out your wallet because this is where you can buy all the goods from a pretty diverse group of vendors. It’s also got a food court and beer garden (featuring beer from Upslope, FATE, Oasis, and Oskar Blues) and the Festival Stage.
Central Park Commons: Another mixed group of artists, merchants, and organizations nestled in between the Bandshell and the actual creek.
Kids’ Place: If your kiddos are starting to get a little restless, bring them over to the kids’ place for hands-on activities, games, rides, and other attractions.
Teen Creek Fest: This is almost a mini festival in itself! Located next to the Dushanbe Tea House and, as the name suggests, designed with Boulder’s teens in mind, Teen Creek Fest features 3 days of music, dance, arts, and theater, including a Battle of the Bands and Singers/Songwriters competition on Sunday (that takes place on the Community Stage). Eyerolls at parents are not included with admission.
Thirteenth Street South: Just because it’s Boulder Creek Fest weekend does not mean that the Boulder County Farmers’ Market is off. Oh no, it’s still on until 2 p.m. and then the area will feature some new carnival attractions.
Take your worst parking experience downtown and double it because that’s what parking is like during the Creek Fest. If you can, I highly recommend taking alternative forms of transportation.
It’s right along the Boulder Creek Bike Path, so biking is a breeze and there are two bike parking corrals offering safe bike storage. You could also take one of the many RTD buses that come downtown and relax in air-conditioned comfort as you’re taken right into the heart of the Creek Fest.
However you get to the Boulder Creek Festival, be sure to spend at least an afternoon enjoying everything it has to offer.