February 22, 2023


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Hello Newsletter Readers,

Nothing says February in Colorado like a 60 degree day followed by several inches of snow. Hopefully everyone is staying warm and dry this morning! No matter the weather, downtown is waiting with rooftop views, cozy cafes and countless local shops.

If you're looking for indoor activities on snowy days like today, check out the new lineup of spring exhibits at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA). From Risa Friedman’s Rectangled to Jerrie Hurd's Beyond the Male Gaze, there are stunning new works ready to delight, intrigue and inspire you this season. Plus, mark your calendar for the upcoming Museum of Boulder exhibit Beer Here, opening March 17. This fascinating exhibit features past, present and future stories about Colorado’s brewing and beer industry, as well as more than 160 authentic historic artifacts.

The next few weeks are busy in downtown Boulder! From the Boulder International Film Festival and a Cultural Caravan pop-up to the first-ever Après Street Festival, there is a lot happening in the district. So grab your calendar and keep reading for all the latest downtown news!

Last newsletter we asked your favorite thing about Valentine's Day - the top answer was a tie between dining out and eating sweet treats! This week, we have movies on our mind...

What's your favorite kind of film?

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Boulder International Film Festival

March 2 - 5, 2023

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The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) returns for its 19th year, March 2 - 5, 2023! Festivities kick off on March 2 with CineChef from 5:30 - 7 pm, featuring an award-winning culinary lineup among Boulder and Denver’s top chefs. For this culinary showdown, the chefs will use their talents to create film-inspired dishes for attendees. 

The party continues on March 3 with a Red Carpet Gala and feature film, Immediate Family. Opening night includes two pre-film parties at the Hotel Boulderado and BIFF's festival party space on the third floor of the Crystal Building, 1401 Pearl (NE corner of 14th and Pearl). The parties feature live music by Tie Dye Sushi and Miguel Espinoza Fusion. The Guerilla Fanfare Brass Band will lead attendees and revelers “second line” style to the Boulder Theater for the screening of Immediate Family. Grab your Opening Night tickets today!

The entire weekend is packed with films, friends and fun...view the full 2023 schedule and don't miss out on this yearly Boulder tradition.

2023 Schedule

R Gallery & Wine Bar Cultural Caravan

February 25, 2023 I 7 - 9 pm

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The Cultural Caravan presents a pop-up concert at R Gallery + Wine Bar this Saturday, February 25 from 7 - 9 pm. Featuring live Venezuelan music from Gonzalo Teppa and Friends, this is FREE event you don't want to miss!

Located just a block off the Pearl Street Mall on Broadway, R Gallery is a venue for emerging and established Boulder artists. Attached to the gallery is a beautiful and laid-back Wine Bar - so have a glass of fine wine or local craft beer, enjoy the music and browse the rotating exhibits!

Abstract impressionist artist Kathleen LeRoy will also be exhibiting her work and meeting with attendees.

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Downtown Boulder Après Street Festival

March 12, 2023 l 11 am - 6 pm

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Mark your calendars! Join Downtown Boulder for the first-ever Après Street Festival, happening Sunday, March 12 from 11 am - 6 pm on the West End. This one-of-a-kind wintertime event reimagines the temporary use of streets for public spaces. Enjoy a cozy mountain town ambience reminiscent of "après-ski" on Pearl Street's West End.

This free event is open to the public and will include live musical ensembles, fire pits, outdoor picnic-style seating, games and hot cocoa. West End restaurants will be open to serve bites and sips, and outdoor enthusiasts can shop gear from select downtown retailers.

Get Festive!

Downtown Boulder Blog

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Curious where to spend your Downtown Boulder Gift Card? In need of inspiration for a winter weekend downtown? Ready to complete your 2023 bucket list? Check out our blog! With new posts going live each week, the Downtown Boulder blog is your one-stop-shop for creative ways to spend your time in the district. Happy reading!

Browse the Blog

Job Openings

Interested in working downtown? Many businesses are hiring! Check out open positions at Hotel Boulderado, Mindful Works, TGTHR and more!

Find Jobs
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Shopping Specials

It's time to grab all your winter gear before spring arrives. Explore our monthly shopping specials page to discover deals at your favorite downtown stores - and don't forget to shop any ongoing Mid Winter Sales!

Let's Shop!
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Foodie Friday

If you love local coffee shops, rooftop bars, good eats or food specials, then check out Foodie Friday! Updated weekly, this food blog gives you all the latest news about where and what to eat downtown. Dig in!

Time to Eat!
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Things To Do Downtown

Are you someone that always likes to have your calendar mapped out? Check out the Things To Do Downtown blog, where we give you all the dates and activities to fill your social schedule each month!

Get Busy!
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Newsletter Archive

Did you miss a newsletter and want to catch up on all things Downtown Boulder? Check out our newsletter archive to view past publications!

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Boulder is known for its biking culture, and this classic West End shop has everything you need to get out and explore nature on two wheels. Know where to find these bicycles downtown?

Email your answer to info@downtownboulder.org with the subject line "Found Downtown" by March 7 for a chance to win a $25 Downtown Boulder Gift Card. Congrats to Rachel, our last Found Downtown winner! The correct answer was: the intersection of Broadway and Pearl Street in front of Weekends!