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  Annual Events & Festivals - Boulder, Colorado



  Annual Events & Festivals - Festivals And Annual Events

Special events make an evening or weekend sparkle, and Boulder has so many that it’s hard to choose. The following listings are in approximate chronological order. Where possible, they include dates, times, and prices. Other events bloom with serendipity, so planners can’t say exactly when and how much until the event draws near. You can find even more possibilities by checking our Attractions and The Arts chapters. Keep in mind, volunteers run many of these festivals, and you’re welcome to lend a hand.

1. Polar Bear Club Ice Plunge

City: Boulder, CO
Category: Annual Events & Festivals
Telephone: (303) 441-3461

Description: Pay around $15 to brave ice-crusted water, dance a jig, screech, then hurry to shore (or stay in as long as you wish). Rescue workers stand by in case anyone gets hypothermia from the morning dip. Plungers say, “It’s intensely painful, in a pleasurable sort of way.” For spectators, admission to this New Year’s Day event is free


2. Colorado Mahlerfest

City: Boulder, CO
Category: Annual Events & Festivals
Telephone: (303) 530-2646

Description: Gustav Mahler fans and other classical music lovers rave about this one-of-a-kind concertfest, now in its 21st year. In 1988, Conductor Bob Olson gathered a volunteer orchestra to play Mahler’s 1st Symphony. Each year another of Mahler’s ten symphonies was performed, then a second cycle began, starting at the beginning. Traditionally in January, MahlerFest XXII will be held in May in 2009, with an all-day free symposium of lectures, and free song recitals at the Boulder Public Library and the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts in Lafayette. Concert ticket prices range from $10 to $40.

3. National Western Stock Show, Rodeo, And Horse Show

City: Boulder, CO
Category: Annual Events & Festivals
Telephone: (303) 297-1166, ext. 810

Description: Denver proudly calls itself a “cow town” and proves it during the month of January, when the Stock Show comes to town. Since 1906 serious competition combined with showmanship have made this one of the largest stock shows in the world. More than 600,000 people attend. At one recent stock show, there were nearly 40 performances, including 23 rodeos by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, two Mexican rodeos, two bull-riding events, seven horse shows, three Wild West shows, and two evenings of dancing horses. Other events include sheep shearing, mutton busting, barn tours, and a children’s petting farm. Visit their Web site for ticket prices for specific events

4. Chocolate Lover’S Fling

City: Boulder, CO
Category: Annual Events & Festivals
Telephone: (303) 449-8623

Description: Eat all the chocolate you want and benefit a good cause on the Friday or Saturday evening closest to Valentine’s Day at the Chocolate Lover’s Fling. Admission (tickets are in the $125 per person or $250 per couple range) includes a popular silent auction. Feast your eyes on chocolate TV dinners, armadillos, cabbages, and castles. Boulder’s best professional chefs vie with talented amateurs in categories ranging from “Sheer Artistry” to just plain yummy. Enter your creation, or just eat the entries. Profits go to the Boulder County Safehouse, which helps battered families.

5. Boulder International Film Festival

City: Boulder, CO
Category: Annual Events & Festivals
Telephone: (720) 273-8169

Description: Typically held on Presidents’ Day weekend, this world-class festival brings together storytellers, actors, and audiences from all over the world. The goal of the festival is to encourage young filmmakers to turn their visions into film reality.

6. Boulder Bach Festival

City: Boulder, CO
Category: Annual Events & Festivals
Telephone: (303) 652-9101

Description: Only a handful of American festivals play nothing but J. S. Bach. This is one. Local professional musicians and well-known guest artists keep the music lively, playing those hummable tunes you might have thought were modern. Founded in 1981, the festival will be held in March in 2009. Additional concerts take place on an irregular schedule from September through May at locations that include the University of Colorado’s Grusin Music Hall, University Lutheran Chapel, the Boulder Public Library Auditorium, and Denver’s St. John’s Cathedral. Ticket prices vary.

7. St. Patrick’S Day Parade

City: Boulder, CO
Category: Annual Events & Festivals
Telephone: (303) 449-1922

Description: As “the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” this is one of Boulder’s wackiest events and a true Boulder tradition. After the parade, follow the revelers to local pubs for St. Patrick’s Day cheer.

8. Conference On World Affairs

City: Boulder, CO
Category: Annual Events & Festivals
Telephone: (303) 492-2525

Description: International flags festoon the campus during this weeklong series of forums held the week after CU-Boulder’s spring semester resumes following spring break. Over 100 speakers from all over the world jet to Boulder at their own expense to participate in this popular conference. Past participants have included the likes of R. Buckminster Fuller, George McGovern, Annie Leibovitz, and Ted Turner, just to name a few. Call ahead for session topics, or just wander into the University Memorial Center to pick up a schedule and slip into one of the many discussions. All events are free and open to the public.

9. Boulder County Farmers’ Market

City: Boulder, CO
Category: Annual Events & Festivals
Telephone: (303) 910-2236

Description: Local farmers offer their fresh fruit, flowers, herbs, veggies, gourmet cheeses, wines, and more at the Farmer’s Market that starts in April and runs into November. The market bustles with activity and is a fun place to meet up with friends for coffee and pastries while shopping for all sorts of goodies. Parking is free in adjacent city parking lots. The market runs Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 to November 1, with the addition of Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. May 7 through October 1.

10. Puttin’ On The Leash

City: Boulder, CO
Category: Annual Events & Festivals
Telephone: (303) 442-4030

Description: The annual adoptable animal fashion show and auction fund-raiser for the Boulder Valley Humane Society is held in late April. Auction items have included ski packages, vacations in Mexico, and trips to swim with the dolphins off the coast of the Bahamas. It is held at the Coors Events Center on the CU campus. Tickets are around $50 per person but check the Web site in the spring for exact dates and ticket prices.

11. Boulder Creek Festival And Rubber Duck Race

City: Boulder, CO
Category: Annual Events & Festivals

12. Bolder Boulder 10K Race

City: Boulder, CO
Category: Annual Events & Festivals

13. Boulder Jewish Festival

City: Boulder, CO
Category: Annual Events & Festivals

Description: This one-day, family-oriented event celebrates the Jewish culture with local artist exhibits, food, live entertainment, dance, and representatives from various Jewish organizations in Boulder County.

14. Boulder Outdoor Cinema

City: Boulder, CO
Category: Annual Events & Festivals
Telephone: (303) 444-1351
Address: 1750 13th Street

Description: Bring a chair and your own popcorn and enjoy an informal cinema experience in the museum’s parking lot. This outdoor walk-in theater screens “B” movies, cult classics, cartoons, and funny short subjects Saturday nights June through August. Prizes are awarded for best costume as it relates to the movie. The film, which starts at dusk, is projected onto an outside wall of the museum. The movies are free but there is a suggested donation of $5.

15. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival

City: Boulder, CO
Category: Annual Events & Festivals
Telephone: (303) 492-0554

Description: This festival, started in 1958, has presented all the Shakespeare plays. It is now the fifth-largest Shakespeare company in the United States, according to the Shakespeare Theatre Association.
The lushly costumed, lavishly acted plays are produced from mid-June through mid-August. A recent season featured three plays, The Tempest, As You Like It, and The Merchant of Venice.
Because the Rippon’s amphitheater-style benches are made of stone, the wise theatergoer brings or rents a soft cushion or a stadium chair. After the sun goes down, the evening can turn cool, so toting a sweater, jacket, and even rain gear is smart, too. Single tickets range from $14 to $54 with discounts for seniors, students, and CU faculty and staff.

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Five Incredible Waterfall Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park
Posted on May 19, 2017 8:00 AM by Visit Estes Park 
Sightseeing along Trail Ridge Road or taking a leisurely stroll around Lily Lake;  or the thrill of summiting the park's only 14er, Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park attracts a variety of guests from adventure seekers, families and couples. However, many may not realize that some of RMNP's most beautiful sights of nature are the countless waterfalls found throughout the park.

Rocky Mountain National Park is filled with many gorgeous landscapes and trails that highlight them, but some of the best features are the waterfalls. There are a many gorgeous falls in the park, but there are a few that have an ethereal quality about them that is incomparable.

Some of these natural wonders are hidden on the way to glacial lakes, while others can be found just a short distance from the trailheads. There are many hikes to various waterfalls all through Rocky Mountain National Park, therefore I have compiled a list of my favorite five, varying in difficulty from easy to strenuous, in order to provide some suggestions:


1. Alberta Falls: (Easy) Beginning at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead, one must only walk about 0.8 miles in order to reach this 30-foot waterfall. Alberta Falls is a gorgeous area to hike up to and eat lunch while listening to the rushing water crash on the rocks below. There are many large rocks for seating areas all along the trail, and there isn't a bad view of these falls to be found.

2. Chasm Falls: (Easy) Chasm Falls is located just off Old Fall River Road. When the road is open to vehicle traffic, you can park and walk less than a tenth of a mile to witness the beauty, even catching glimpses as you drive past! If you'd like to make it more of a challenge, park at Endovalley or the Alluvial fan to increase the difficulty, or hike to the falls when Fall River Road is closed!
 
3. Timberline Falls: (Moderate) Just past The Loch, these falls launch over a slab of shining black granite. Many people visit these falls on the journey to Sky Pond, but the waterfall should be a destination of its own. Timberline Falls is my personal favorite waterfall in the park that I have visited, with a spectacular view of The Loch and the valley below. Just over four miles past the Glacier Gorge Trailhead, you'll reach the base of the majestic Timberline Falls, which towers roughly 100-feet. 

4. Wild Basin Trifecta: (Moderate) This hike offers three waterfalls in one! Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascade and Ouzel Falls (pictured above) are all fantastic by themselves, but even better when you can see them all in one trek! A 5.4 mile round trip will get you to Ouzel Falls, a 40-foot waterfall, after seeing the other two along the way.

5. Ribbon Falls: (Moderate/Hard) Although this is a moderate to difficult hike, it is well worth it. Ribbon Falls are the outlet of Black Lake, a high-altitude glacial lake sitting above the more popular Mills Lake and Jewel Lake. On the way to Ribbon Falls, there are also a few smaller trickling waterfalls that add to the beauty of this hike. Located about 4.6 miles from Glacier Gorge Trailhead these falls lie at the top of an open meadow feeding into a small river that flows along the trail. I found these falls to be one of the most serene areas in the park.
By: Mariah Nelson, Olson Fellow at Rocky Mountain Conservancy