March 8, 2023


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Hello Newsletter Readers,

Happy March! Spring is officially only 12 days away...but who is counting? In preparation for warmer days, don't forget that clocks jump ahead an hour this Sunday, March 12 for Daylight Saving Time.

As we look forward to the spring season, don't forget to mark your calendars for the Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival on April 23. And for the first time, Downtown Boulder is hosting a Spring Student Window Painting Project to lead into tulip season. Students in grades K-12 are invited to paint participating business window fronts with spring-themed paintings on Saturday, April 15. Window availability is limited. Tickets will be available until March 24 (or until they sell out), so grab yours today!

Interested in volunteering at any upcoming Downtown Boulder events? Sign-up and give back to your local community.

Now grab your calendar and keep reading for all the latest downtown news!

Last newsletter we asked about your favorite kind of film - the top answer was a documentary! This week, we are thinking all things après-ski...

What do you love most about après-ski?
The Food
The Drinks
The Views
All of the above!

News You Can Use

Downtown Boulder Après Street Fest

March 12, 2023 l 11 am - 6 pm

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Not a skier? Not a problem! Join Downtown Boulder for the first-ever Après Street Fest this Sunday, March 12 from 11 am - 6 pm on Pearl Street's West End. Enjoy a cozy mountain town ambience reminiscent of "après-ski," complete with fire pits, live music, food & drink specials and outdoor gear from select downtown retailers.

This free wintertime event is open to the public - all are encouraged to bundle up and enjoy an après-ski environment. (Bonus: if you are 21+ and wear retro ski gear to Jungle, you'll receive a free shot!) After shopping winter apparel and indulging in warm food and drink, lounge by a fire pit or play yard games like corn hole and ping pong. You can even bring your own roller skates and cruise through the streets!

Get Festive!

The New Pearl Street

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Since 2021, over 40 new businesses have opened their doors downtown. From the East End to the West End and everywhere in between, local shops and eateries have brought their creativity and hospitality to the district - and they are not to be missed. Plus, with over 80% locally-owned and operated businesses downtown, you'll likely be supporting your Colorado neighbors when you visit Pearl Street & beyond!

Read 5280 Magazine's Feature

St. Patrick's Day Downtown


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Whether of Irish descent or Irish spirit, there are plenty of ways to feel festive downtown this St. Patrick's Day season. Join Avanti Boulder on Friday, March 17 to partake in their St. Patrick’s Day party with holiday-themed drink specials (featuring lots of Guinness!). Then make your way to the West End Tavern for more food and beverages, and enjoy a live Irish dance show on March 18 at 6:30 pm. More festive food specials can be found in Foodie Friday!

And don't forget about the World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade, courtesy of Odd Fellows. On March 12 at 12 pm, find this tiny parade at 16th Street, between Pearl and Spruce Streets. The parade moves one block (yes - one block!) east and includes bagpipers, drums, Irish dancers and more entertainment.


Women's History Month

March 2023

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In a quest for greater meaning, Rebecca Luna flipped her life upside down in the 1990s and moved from Washington D.C. to Boulder to attend herbalism school. After graduating, she taught botanical medicine making. But she felt like she was missing an opportunity to connect with a wider community, so she opened Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary & Supply in 2004. “The store is really a place to get people excited about botanical medicine and inspired about environmentalism."

Downtown Boulder is filled with inspirational stories of female leaders and entrepreneurs like Rebecca. This Women's History Month, learn more about the women behind some of your favorite downtown shops and restaurants by reading Downtown Business Spotlights.

Business Spotlights

Job Openings

Interested in working downtown? Many businesses are hiring! Check out open positions at St Julien Hotel & Spa, Boulder County AIDS Project, Centro Mexican Kitchen and more!

Find Jobs
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Shopping Specials

Spring is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to update your wardrobe! Explore monthly shopping specials to discover deals at your favorite downtown stores.

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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This little free library is located on the side of a West End sandwich shop and market...know where to find it downtown?

Email your answer to with the subject line "Found Downtown" by March 21 for a chance to win a $25 Downtown Boulder Gift Card. Congrats to Joni, our last Found Downtown winner! The correct answer was: University Bicycles!