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Summer in Boulder

Go beyond the classroom and explore everything CU-Boulder has to offer in the summer. Attend a production of Shakespeare on a beautiful summer evening or participate in one of the numerous activities around Boulder. Whether on campus or on a mountaintop, make the most of your summer.

Summer is in session, but don’t worry, you can take advantage of summer in Boulder while earning CU-Boulder credit. Enroll in classes and make time for summer events all season long. From biking to hiking and bluegrass to Shakespeare, on campus and off, earning credits and enjoying summer has never been more fun. Here are a few suggestions to fill your downtime and invigorate your mind and body.

Boulder Creek Festival

Downtown Boulder along Boulder Creek from 9th Street to 14th Street
For over a quarter century, this annual festival acts as the unofficial kickoff to summer in Boulder. Held Memorial Day weekend, the festival is free and open to the public, and includes three days of music, food, carnival rides, and the signature Great Rubber Duck Race.

Bolder Boulder 10K Race

30th Street and Walnut
Take part in this Boulder community tradition. Enjoy the beautiful Boulder scenery, roadside entertainment, and finish strong at Folsom Field on the Boulder campus as part of this annual Memorial Day weekend 10-kilometer race.

Boulder County Farmers’ Market

Next to Central Park, Downtown Boulder
Taste summer’s finest fruits and vegetables in their prime at the local farmers’ market. Enjoy locally grown fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, and plants directly from the growers. Stay for the special events and pastries, too.

Twenty Ninth Street Live! Concert Series

Twenty Ninth Street Mall
Attention music lovers! This concert series features live, outdoor music on Saturday nights all summer long with restaurants and shopping nearby.

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast

Folsom Field
Since 1941, Boulder residents have gathered at Folsom Field to ignite their patriotic sides on Independence Day. In addition to the customary fireworks show, the event features pre-fireworks activities and unique musical entertainment.

Boulder Outdoor Cinema

1350 13th Street
Enjoy a classic movie outside under the stars. Pre-show contests, short films, and live entertainment precede the movie that starts at dusk.

Band On The Bricks

1300 block of Pearl Street
This summer tradition takes place on the bricks of the popular Pearl Street Mall. Enjoy a variety of performances from some of the best local musicians along the Front Range during this outdoor summer concert series.

Chautauqua Summer Series

900 Baseline Road
Engage in nature, culture, and heritage at the Chautauqua National Historic Landmark. Since 1898, activities and events have been offered to anyone seeking an escape from urban life – including academic stressors. Enjoy the sweet songs of summer, take a hike within the site’s 40 acres, or attend a local performance.

Colorado Music Festival

Chautauqua Auditorium
Experience classical favorites, chamber music, and world music with the internationally acclaimed festival held four nights a week for seven weeks at the historic Chautauqua Auditorium.

CU New Opera Works

CU New Opera Works (CU NOW) brings great contemporary composers to Boulder to work on world-premiere operas with College of Music students. Getting an opera ready for its stage premiere is a fascinating process involving composers, directors, singers, and an entire production team. Audiences get a rare advance hearing of new operatic works during these works-in-progress sessions and also participate in talkbacks, offer opinions about what works, and suggest changes. While workshops of this kind are common in the theatre world, they remain rare in opera.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Mary Rippon Theater, Boulder campus
Regarded as one of North America’s most important Shakespearean festivals, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival brings professional actors center stage during the summer. The festival highlights several plays each summer many of which are held under the stars at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theater. Summer 2015 features Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Henry V, Henry VI, Part 1, and Wittenberg.

Especially For Teachers

Accomplished faculty, great courses, and stimulating students make Summer Session at CU-Boulder the place to be. With hundreds of courses to choose from, there’s ample opportunity to advance your career, gain insight into subject matter, or spur your creative drive.

The School of Education is nationally recognized for its model teacher education and graduate programs. For more information visit or call 303-492-6937.

Many summer offerings within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Journalism and Mass Communication Program, the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and the College of Music may interest teachers. You can earn undergraduate or graduate credit as a nondegree or visiting student.

If you have questions about classes for teachers, set up a time to meet or talk with a Continuing Education academic advisor at

Research Opportunities

There are numerous research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides funding for undergraduates to work over the summer with world-class scholars. Visit for application criteria and deadlines or call 303-735-6802.

The Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART) program offers ten-week research internships for historically underserved undergraduates in science and engineering each summer. The internships provide hands-on experience in research and an introduction to graduate education at a major research institution. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, interns design, carry out, and formally present research projects in their area of interest. Visit for more information.

Be Sure to Check Out…

INVST Community Studies programs develop engaged citizens and leaders who work for the benefit of humanity and the environment. For more information visit or call 303-492-8045.

Summer Study Abroad offers 90+ summer programs in over 40 countries. Programs run from two to ten weeks, and include language study, field study, traveling programs, faculty-led Global Seminars, and much more. All programs provide CU-Boulder credit; eligible students can use their CU-Boulder financial aid, and scholarships are available. There will be nearly 25 faculty-led Global Seminars taught in various locations around the world in 2015. Faculty will be teaching courses in Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, and Turkey. Early application encouraged. For more information visit or email

Learn More About Climate (LMAC) translates climate change information into resources and tools for teachers, policymakers, and citizens. Watch videos, schedule a guest speaker, and teach standards-based lessons. Representing many institutes and departments of the University of Colorado Boulder, LMAC offers this centralized hub for learning more about climate change. The website,, and resources are a project of CU-Boulder’s Office for University Outreach.

Finishing your degree is closer that you think. CU Complete is a service designed to help former CU-Boulder degree students complete their degrees. We have academic, financial aid, and career advisors available to assist returning students. We can also provide assistance and referrals for enrollment at a variety of colleges or universities in the state. For additional information visit or email

High School Students

Summer Discovery STEM at the University of Colorado Boulder offers current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade high school students the opportunity for an in-depth exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education. Students choose the 4 week STEM Research Experience or one of many 3 week STEM Academies.

These all-inclusive residential programs, on campus at CU-Boulder, combine academics, athletics, and activities to provide students with the ultimate pre-college experience.

  • Residential Life—Experience life on one of the most active college campuses in the United States. Become more independent with the support of our amazing staff.
  • Academics—Choose between STEM Research and one of nine STEM Academies that focus on topics in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Activities—Discover Colorado this summer. From Rocky Mountain National Park to Elitch Gardens Theme Park to concerts at Fox Theater, every day on and off campus is action-packed.
  • Sports—Take advantage of CU-Boulder’s Pac-12 athletic facilities through pick-up games and tournaments.

Experience your best summer! During our 49 years, we have provided incredible summer experiences for thousands of high school students. Summer Discovery students come from 43 states and over 60 countries. Join us and create long-lasting friendships with students from all over the world this summer. For more information visit or call 303-492-7188.