May 10, 2023


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Hello Newsletter Readers,

Happy Spring! The days are getting warmer, the sun is out for longer and May rain showers will only help downtown's colorful flowers continue to bloom. We also warmly welcome all who are visiting downtown and engaging with Boulder Start-Up Week (May 15 - 19)!

Celebrating someone special this May? Check out our Mother's Day and Graduation Gift Guides for some local gift-giving inspiration. If you are looking for even more options, consider purchasing a Downtown Boulder Gift Card (accepted at over 100 downtown businesses).

Get outside this season and support local producers at the Boulder County Farmers Market, open Wednesday evenings from 4 - 8 pm and Saturday mornings from 8 am - 2 pm. Explore our Things To Do Downtown blog for more ways to enjoy this month downtown!

As we look ahead to summer, we are excited to announce this year's Bands on the Bricks lineup - out now! Save the date for the first free concert of the season on June 14, when "The Long Run - Colorado's Tribute to the Eagles" takes the stage on the 1300 block of the Pearl Street Mall. Interested in volunteering at our summer concert series? Check out available time slots.

Keep reading for all the latest information in the downtown district!

Last newsletter we asked about your favorite type of drink - the top answer was cocktails! This week, we are thinking about live music downtown...

What is your favorite genre of music?

News You Can Use

Welcome to Your Happy Place

Where fresh mountain air meets fresh mountain style...Downtown Boulder has just what you are looking for to fill you with creativity, calm, ambition or delight. With over 80% locally owned and operated businesses, downtown is filled with unique foods and finds for every type of adventurer.

Go on our scavenger hunt to discover something new, or take a walking mural tour and admire the wide variety of street art that can be found on alley doors and building walls. Whatever makes you happy, you'll find it here!

Find Your Happy Place

Race and a Movie

Summer 2023

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This summer, the Downtown Boulder Triple Crown Race Series is back and better than ever. Run a mile, then stick around and watch a movie under the stars!

Mark your calendars for the West End Mile followed by Top Gun Maverick (June 22), the East End Mile followed by short films (July 13) and the Pearl Street Mile (August 5) followed a few days later by a screening of Inside Out (August 10, Library Lawn in the Civic Area). Join for both the race and the movie, or come for one or the other! Movies are free and open to the public.

Run & Watch

Enter Your Short Film!

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2023

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Downtown Boulder is hosting the first-ever Short Film Festival in collaboration with the Boulder County Film Commission, and we are looking for you to submit your work! We welcome filmmakers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to send us your short film (20 minutes or less) on any subject (preferably that has something to do with Boulder). Films can be in any language, but to ensure a family-friendly they must be acceptable for a PG audience.

Winning films will be shown at the in-person festival on July 13, 2023. Submissions are due by May 31 - no entry fee required!

Submit Your Film

Art for Hope

Now - May 24, 2023

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Madelife and several local organizations have partnered to host "Art for Hope," an exhibition and silent auction fundraiser aimed at ending the stigma and raising awareness about substance use disease and providing support to those in need. The event is open now through May 24 at 1421 Pearl St. Artwork is exhibited by William Stoehr, whose paintings explore the impact of substance abuse on individuals, families and society.

100% of the funds raised during the "Art for Hope" exhibition and silent auction will go towards supporting local nonprofit organizations that provide support and resources to individuals struggling with substance use disorders.

Support Local Art


May 27 - 29, 2023

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The BOLDERBoulder 10K is for everybody! Part race, run, walk, tribute and holiday tradition, this beloved event returns May 29. Join over 50,000 participants this Memorial Day in one of the largest and most highly acclaimed 10K's in the world. Sign up before May 15 to avoid procrastination pricing increases!

Earlier in the weekend on May 27 and 28, head downtown to the Pearl Street Mall for the SportsEXPO to pick up your packet, register for the race and peruse sports vendors.

Get Ready to Run!

Job Openings

Interested in working downtown? Many businesses are hiring! Check out open positions at Hotel Boulderado, Lush Cosmetics, Art Source International and more!

Find Jobs
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Shopping Specials

Spring and summer weather is here to stay, which means your wardrobe is due for a refresh. 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!

View Newsletters
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This historic spot to take a seat (located outside a popular sushi restaurant on the Pearl Street Mall) is sprouting colorful tulips...know where to find it downtown?

Email your answer to with the subject line "Found Downtown" by May 23 for a chance to win a $25 Downtown Boulder Gift Card. Congrats to Audrey, our last Found Downtown winner! The correct answer was: The alleyway next to Pedestrian Shops!