Published: June 8, 2022 By
Coloradan List of 10

Are you in the Boulder area for the summer? Check out these ideas to explore and spice up your summer!

1. Visit Boulder Creek

Take a dip or a ride down Boulder Creek to cool off from the summer sun. The average temperature in Boulder Creek is 58 degrees fahrenheit. Be sure to check the water levels and conditions before tubing down the creek. 

2. Spend the day at Chautauqua

Open from 5 a.m. – 11 p.m., Chautauqua Park is open throughout the day for an adventure. The Royal Arch hiking trail is a fan favorite with a beautiful landscape view and incredible rock formations. A total of 3.1 miles round trip, the hike is rated moderate to difficult. For a more relaxing activity, hang a hammock and spend time enjoying the area’s natural beauty. 

3. Shop at the Boulder Farmers Market

Open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on 13th Street between Arapahoe Ave. and Canyon Blvd., the Boulder Farmers Market offers fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted products and more. Support local farmers and entrepreneurs and, during the second week of each month, see live music and artisan shows. 

4. Enjoy the Chautauqua Summer Series

Check out one of the Chautauqua Summer Series concerts at the Chautauqua Auditorium. Featuring a variety of artists including the Gipsy Kings, Jesse Cook, Kenny G and more, this series offers a variety of genres. Tickets are available on

5. Visit the Pearl Street Mall

Walk along Boulder’s open air mall to grab a bite to eat, shop or people watch. 

6. See a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater

Visit this beautiful location amid the rock formations to see a show, do yoga or see a film “on the rocks.” This summer Glass Animals, Zeds Dead, Halsey and many other artists will perform. See the schedule at

7. Explore Rocky Mountain National Park

Take a drive up to Estes Park to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. At the park, you can hike, drive the scenic routes and view the wildlife. You will need a timed entry reservation to enter the park and buy a park entrance pass for your car and the people in it. 

8. Listen to Bands on the Bricks on Pearl Street

Each Wednesday from June 15 through Aug. 3 on the 1300th block of Pearl Street, see an outdoor concert. The beer garden will open at 5:30 p.m., openers perform at 6 p.m. and the headliners play from 7– 9 p.m. 

9. Dine outside in Boulder

Soak up the sun on one of Boulder’s outdoor patios. At West End Tavern and Rosetta Hall, enjoy rooftop dining as you sit above Pearl Street. Relax at Japango or on Oak at 14th’s patio. Visit the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse to sit outside in the courtyard and enjoy afternoon tea or dinner. 

10. Traverse the Boulder Creek Path

Take a walk, run or bike down the 5.5 mile Boulder Creek path. The path parallels downtown, east of town and west towards the mountains. Cool off with a dip in the creek.