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Summer Scene 2012
Every summer has two sides: the fun you have around home, and the fun you have when you get out of town.
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cover photo: Susan France With thanks to Theatrical Costumes Etc and Trendy Boutique.
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Boulder cultural attractions
With its displays of innovative contemporary art, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is sure to satisfy the desire for visual appeal. See the website for museum events like lectures, demonstrations and classes. Free admission during the Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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A tourist destination since the late 19th century, Boulder Falls is located on the north side of Boulder Canyon Drive, about 11 miles west of the city of Boulder. The falls, which have been called the “Yosemite of Boulder Canyon,” form where North Boulder Creek tumbles roughly 70 feet to enter Middle Boulder Creek.
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Recreation destinations
Boulder was the first city to tax itself to preserve land as open space. The city’s mountain backdrop receives more than a million visits each year from locals and tourists alike, offering more than 144 miles of trails for biking, hiking and rock climbing for all ability levels.
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Indigo Girls & Band, June 10, Chautauqua Auditorium
Back for the umpteenth time at Chautauqua, the Indigo Girls bring their rambunctious folk music to Boulder once again. Will they make a controversial political statement that will have them blackballed from performing in the red states? Visit www.chautauqua.
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Concerts Boulder & Front Ranse
Blue & Green: ’60s Crooning like Chet Baker and Kenny Burrell..
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Kort McCumber, May 31, Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites
Americana songwriter Kort McCumber has been making exciting music in Boulder for a good number of years now. Catch the multi-instrumentalist in a small setting for an intimate experience..
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Jimmy Cliff, June 19, Ogden Theatre, Denver
While our legends are still walking the Earth, let’s go out and support them and shower them with appreciation. Now 64, Jimmy Cliff continues to tour and perform the classic reggae tunes from his legendary 1972 film The Harder They Come along with his reggae hits from the 1970s, '80s, '90s and 2000s.
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The Beach Boys — 50th Anniversary Tour. 7:30 p.m., July 9, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Snicker if you want and label them as your dad’s — or even grandfather’s — music, but the Beach Boys were actually more influential than some people give them credit for, serving as inspiration for the likes of the Beatles.
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Noon Tunes, every Friday June 15 – August 17
A summer concert series every Friday with free music fit for families, locals and tourists. Grab lunch to go from one of Boulder’s gourmet eateries or brown bag it. Noon to 1:30 p.m., 1300 Block of Pearl, Boulder..
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Brandi Carlile with Ingrid Michaelson &...
Colorado is one of Brandi Carlile’s strongholds. She has a great following here and seems to have shows in the Centennial State at least once a year. Brandi is not just another pretty face, she has incredible range. She can do the guttural raunch, the sexy rasp and the high, pure songbird, sometimes all in one song.
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Victor Wooten Band, July 12 Boulder Theater
You might know Victor Wooten as the man impressively holding down the low end of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. The bass guitar virtuoso has a solo gig too, allowing his pyrotechnic technique to shine through even more..
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Hieroglyphics, August 16 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
Oakland’s Hierogylphics crew personifies what many hip-hop purists consider to be the right way to create hip-hop music.
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DJ set by James Murphy, August 2, Boulder Theater
The intricate brain of LCD Soundsystem’s mastermind James Murphy will be on display at the Boulder Theater during a DJ set. It will be most interesting to see Murphy’s knack for writing catchy melodies over epically long electronic soundscapes transfer to a bare-bones DJ set.
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Blind Pilot, August 11, Chautauqua Auditorium
Blind Pilot sound is firmly part of the Pacific Northwest indie rock scene known best for producing Fleet Foxes. Blind Pilot makes similarly melancholic and euphoric music..
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Leadville Trail Marathon and Leadville Trail Heavy Half Marathon —.
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Teva Mountain Games, May 31 – July 1, Vail
IIf summer is good for anything, it’s getting dirty, being active and having a blast in the great outdoors. The Teva Mountain Games are a great way to play and party, and get a little muddy if you so desire.
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USA Pro Cycling Challenge, August 20-26
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge 2012 route takes riders to 12,000 feet three times. This year’s course is 683 miles and revises the 2011 race to include a finish on Flagstaff Mountain on the penultimate day and time trials in Denver on the race’s final stage.
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ByOB Race, June 23, Centennial Park, Cañon City
Sorry folks, this time ByOB stands for Build your Own Boat, not bring your own beer. Despite the misleading name, the ByOB Race is sure to be a blast. Participants must literally build their own boats, using all homemade materials and nothing directly off a raft or another boat.
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Festivals & events Boulder & Front Ranse
Ballet Nouveau Colorado & Colorado Lighthouse Writers Workshop..
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All Summer Long: Area Farmers' Markets:
All Summer Long: Area Farmers' Markets:.
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Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 to May 28
Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 to May 28.
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Colorado Shakespeare Festival, June 8 – August 17
This renowned festival runs through most of the summer. All five plays run at various times, on various days of each week at several different venues. For a full schedule of times, dates and exact locations, as well as to purchase tickets, go to www.coloradoshakes.
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All Summer Long: Boulder Walking Tours
Boulder Walking tours is a great way to get your exercise, socialize and learn something about the beautiful place where we live. A variety of tours are offered every weekend and several times during the week all summer long. Tours such as the “Best of Boulder Downtown,” “Open Space Nature Hike,” “Chatauqua,” and “Farmers Market” are favorites.
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Bands on the Bricks, every Wednesday, June 13 through August 15
From oldies to alternative and everything in between, this free summer concert series takes place on the Pearl Street Mall and offers 10 weeks of free concerts from many of the best musicians on the Front Range. And don’t forget the dancing under the stars.
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As You Like It performance dates: June 24, 30; July 1, 7, 8, 14, 15
As You Like It performance dates: June 24, 30; July 1, 7, 8, 14, 15.
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Festivals & events Boulder & Front Ranse
Big O Tires “Jet Car Nationals/Family Festival” at Bandimere Speedway..
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The Boulder Brew Bus, every Sunday all summer long
Catch Banjo Billy’s funky bus. You’ll eat on your way to sample some of Boulders finest craft beers. At each of the three breweries, Avery, Upslope and Asher, you’ll get VIP treatment at the tasting rooms. Then a safe ride back to The West End Tavern, where you can check out the rotating tap program or sip on more than 34 craft bombers.
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Community Folk Dancing, Tuesdays, June 5 through September 11
Celebrate Colorado's ethnic and cultural heritage with a weekly program of dance and culture from around the world. Lessons from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., dancing goes until 10 p.m. No experience or partner needed. Located on the Plaza next to the Dushanbe Teahouse, 13th Street between Canyon and Arapahoe, Boulder, 303-499-6363.
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Boulder Outdoor Cinema, July and August
Each year for approximately eight consecutive Saturdays during the summer, in the lot behind the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art at 1750 13th Street, Boulder, BOC serves up fun in the form of films from classic to cult. But get there early because half the fun is before it gets dark.
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Festivals & events Boulder & Front Ranse
competitions, crafts, food and a parade. Guercio Ball Field, Nederland, Runs through July 29..
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NedFest, August 24-26, Nederland
The first NedFest was essentially a backyard kegger thrown by “Michigan Mike” Torpie in 1995 as a tribute to Jerry Garcia the week after his death. Before he himself passed away last November, Torpie turned the event into an annual jamgrass extravaganza.
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Festivals all Colorado
Anasazi Sun Calendars in Mancos Canyon and Anasazi Petroglyph Tour, Porcupine House Ruin and Ute Pictograph Tour..
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Paddle Fest, May 25-27, Buena Vista
Whether you’re looking to crank up your paddling game, toss your boat in to compete with (or at least in the general proximity of) the pros, or just want to figure out what the heck people are talking about when they mention “SUP,” you’ve got to catch Paddle Fest in Buena Vista.
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The 39th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 21 - 24, Telluride
Get your straw hat, strap on your overalls, take off your shoes and be prepared to get down at the 39th Annual Telluride Bluegrass festival. With four days worth of high-energy, foot stompin’, knee-slappin’ jams, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival is well worth the drive from anywhere in Colorado.
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Mesa Verde Country’s Indian Arts and Culture Festival, May 26 - June 3, Cortez, Mancos and Towaoc
This week-long festival of Native American Indian art and culture was featured in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.
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Aspen Ideas Festival, June 27-July 3, Aspen
In 1945, Chicago businessman Walter Paepcke visited Aspen and decided it was only natural for a place of such beauty to provide a haven for thinkers, leaders, artists and musicians.
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10th Annual Blues From The Top, June 29 - July 1, Winter Park
Sometimes you just need someone to croon straight to your broken heart. The 10th Annual Blues From The Top Festival is the perfect venue for nursing any open wounds, or for listening to some amazing blues musicians belt out the tunes.
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Country Jam, June 21-24, Grand Junction
The website will tell you Country Jam takes place in Grand Junction, but really, Country Jam is in Mack, a town so small it can barely make it on a map. Camp under the cottonwoods and enjoy a four-day line up of country music — along with a few other genres.
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Hooligan Race at FIBArk, June 16, Riverside Park, Salida
Want to see grown men and women try to ride beer coolers, inflatable pool toys, plastic 50-gallon drums and just about anything else that might float and can be duct-taped together through the Salida playpark rapids? Thought so.
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Aspen Music Festival, June 28 – August 19, Aspen
All summer in Aspen, it’s not the hills that are alive with music, it’s the city street corners, the historic Wheeler Opera House, churches and concert halls around town, the top of Aspen Mountain, and, of course, the Benedict Music Tent. The Aspen Music Festival and School produces a stream of symphonies and concerts.
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Music in the Mountains, July 8-29, Durango
Most good mountain towns put together a solid summer music festival. You’ve got your picturesque sunset with gorgeous views, your beautiful weather, your tourist crowds (or, in the best towns, at most a tourist trickle). It’s just natural to reserve a city park, set up a stage and a beer stand and book a good bluegrass outfit.
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Wanderlust Colorado, July 5-8, Copper Mountain
Maybe not all who wander are lost, but a lot of the might find themselves at a Wanderlust festival. Held at four locations in North America, including Copper Mountain in Colorado, this festival brings together like-minded individuals who choose their...
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Central City Opera, June 30 – August 12, Central City
This historic opera house hosts performances through six weeks of the summer. The 2012 season features the American classic Okahoma!, operatic legend La Boheme and the British ghost story The Turn of the Screw. Visit for details..
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Crested Butte Wild Flower Festival, July 9-15, Downtown Crested Butte
Crested Butte sits in the Gunnison Valley, “one of the most picturesque valleys in Colorado,” the festival’s site says. The town’s weeklong wildflower festival aims to preserve the valley’s beauty and educate visitors on everything from identifying flowers to photographing them.
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Cheyenne Frontier Days, July 20-29, Cheyenne
Held annually since 1897, Cheyenne Frontier Days is the World’s largest outdoor rodeo and Western celebration.
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Bluegrass and Beer Festival, August 4-5, Keystone
On a hot day summer day when a banjo starts strumming, sometimes all you need is a cold beer. Look no further that the annual Bluegrass and Beer Festival in Keystone. For the 16th year, the festival is bring the unique sounds of Appalachia to Colorado.
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Gourmet on Gore, Vail, September 1-3
An open-air gourmet food and wine festival, Gourmet on Gore takes place along Vail’s Gore Creek Drive and Bridge Street, showcasing the Vail Valley’s premier restaurants as well as wine, beer and spirits from around the world.
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Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, May 25-28, Telluride
A four-day, six-senses experience of art, adventure, culture and the environment. In addition to screening leading independent documentary films from around the world, the festival includes a full-day symposium on a critical contemporary issue, art...
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Boulder Public Library
One of Boulder’s best film series is found at the library. Coordinated by local film buff Joel Haertling, the Boulder Public Library’s Cinema Program is known for its eclectic variety and one-of-a-kind showings..
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The Colorado Chautauqua Association’s 27th annual Silent Film Series takes place in the Chautauqua Auditorium over the summer months.
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