It’s almost summertime, Boulder!
Maybe we’re a little biased, but we think our city kicks off the season better than anywhere else in the country.
By Memorial Day Weekend, the trees have blossomed, patios have opened, and hiking opportunities have become abundant. Those are the perfect conditions for a long, luxurious weekend in which we take time to thank our service members and veterans.
This year, we’ve got some great music on tap, the 36th annual BolderBOULDER run, and one of the country’s five largest comic conventions lined up.
Here are our picks for the 10 best Memorial Day Weekend events in and around Boulder.
Denver has one of the biggest comic book and literature conventions in the country. Last year’s crowd topped out at about 86,000.
Every other event on our list is either going to be outside or feature live music, so if neither of those appeal to you, Denver Comic Con might be your best option for the weekend.
Say hello to Lou Ferrigno for us.
Folk duo Strangebyrds are playing a set at Upslope’s Lee Hill tap room just in time for the after-work crowd to roll in.
Here is a studio performance Strangebyrds did last year; fans of quality folk should definitely check them out:
Two members of one of the area’s best roots music groups are kicking off the weekend with a show up at City Star in Berthoud. The brewery, by the way, is celebrating its third anniversary in May, so this is a great chance to both support local music and celebrate great local beer making.
Definitely one of the must-see shows of the weekend. Analog Son and guest Nigel Hall are going to cap off Saturday night at Boulder Creek Festival with some funk and soul.
Analog Son is celebrating the release of its newest record, and their album release show sold out The Bluebird Theater in Denver back in March. These artists together are going to bring a very good crowd.
10:00 AM: Remembering Fallen Heros Program
Sponsored by Boots On The Ground 4 Boots Not Around, Fallen Heroes Honored, and Boulder Creek Events, this program remembers our Fallen Heroes while honoring our veterans and current active military. It features the presentation of colors, historic battle recognition of our Fallen Heroes, roll call, and a special performance by the Boulder Concert Band.
Up in Longmont, the crew at Georgia Boys BBQ will be hosting their weekly summer music series and cooking up some killer barbecue. Local singer-songwriter Michael Bellmont will be performing from noon until 2:00 PM at Georgia Boys’ The Shack location on Collyer Street.
The Randy Rogers Band from San Marcos, Texas, took the country world by storm a few years ago with the big stage show, and now they consistently sell out places across the US when they tour.
Tickets are still available for their show down at Red Rocks, which might be any modern country fan’s best bet for the weekend.
Bright and Early: BolderBOULDER 10K on 30th Street
The Daily Camera says last year’s BolderBOULDER drew 52,000 people to America’s best 10K race.
The first wave of racers starts at 6:50 AM from the intersection of 30th Street and Walnut, and by noon everyone will have made it to Folsom Field for a celebration that includes skydivers, a military flyover, and a tribute to the Armed Forces.
We know plenty of people whose work won’t let them have this Monday off, which is exactly why Little Locheart Arts hosts art camps when school is out. These camps take place at The Boulder Art Therapy Collective on Lee Hill Road, and they run from 9 AM until 3 PM.
The May 25 camp will teach kids all about flowers — how to draw them, how to paint them, how flowers are works of art themselves.
To cap off the weekend, local legend Hazel Miller and her band will play a two-hour set to close the Boulder Creek Festival.
Even the folks who work on Monday can catch this set, and we highly recommend that you do.