Attractions

Fiske Planetarium

Fiske opened in 1975 with a generous donation from Wallace Franz Fiske, class of 1917. We are proud to be a part of the Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences Department and we serve CU faculty and students, local schools and teachers, our community, and out of town visitors. We offer a diverse range of fulldome films, star talks, live talks, laser and liquid sky shows, concerts, and special live events, as well as host large public gatherings during astronomical and NASA-related events. In 2013, Fiske completed a major systems upgrade with an 8K Sky-Skan projection system that allows us to show the most cutting-edge content in a truly immersive environment that fully surrounds audiences with a huge screen, dazzling visuals, and fantastic sound. The new MegaStar projector shows 10 million stars and the Milky Way, creating one of the most beautiful indoor skies ever. Our planetarium can seat 206 guests.  

Location: Corner of Regent and Kittredge Loop
Phone: 303-492-5002
Website: Includes stars shows, directions, tour information, and laser shows.

Sommers-Bausch Observatory

Located on the Boulder campus, the Sommers-Bausch Observatory has a 24-inch and two 20-inch aperture Cassegrain telescopes for all astronomy classes and for graduate student research. Ancillary instrumentation is available for direct imaging and spectroscopy, and includes CCD cameras and computers for data processing. The observatory is open to the public on Friday evenings (when CU is in session) for viewing of planets, stars, and nebulae, as weather permits. 

Location: 2475 Kittredge Loop Drive
Phone: 303-492-6732
Website: Includes schedules, hours, contacts, special events, and public information.

University Memorial Center

More than 25,000 people use the University Memorial Center (UMC) each day as a gathering place, restaurant, and shopping center. The UMC also houses the CU Book Store and a branch of the credit union. In addition, there are concerts and guest lectures in the Glenn Miller Ballroom, movies in the Forum Room, and performances by local bands in Club 156. The Connection has bowling, pool tables, and an arcade.

Location: Corner of Euclid and Broadway
Phone: 303-492-6161
Website: Includes hours, basic information, food services and catering, student groups, and more.

Performances

ATLAS Institute

ATLAS is an interdisciplinary institute for radical creativity and invention. Along with its dynamic research labs and studios, the institute offers a speaker series and a performance program. The ATLAS Speaker Series covers topics related to the application and implications of innovative technologies, while ATLAS Black Box performances involve the novel and experiemental use of technology in music, dance, visual art, theater, film and other forms of new media. Events are free and open to the public.

Location: 1125 16th Street (Northeast of UMC, south of Norlin)
Phone: 303-735-4577 
Website: Includes speaker series and innovative performances, including theater, dance and media. 

College of Music

College of Music students and faculty annually present over 400 public concerts in the Boulder-Denver area. World-class artists often make guest appearances on the college's stages. Most performances, master classes and lectures are free and open to the public. 

Location: Various campus venues
Phone: 303-492-8008 (information and tickets)
Website: Includes a calendar of events and ticket information.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF)

Drawing audiences of over 20,000 each season, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival is one of the few repertory groups in the nation to complete the entire Shakespeare canon—often in sold-out performances. CSF has 47 years of distinguished history, featuring well-known professional actors as well as some advanced students from the CU-Boulder theatre and dance program. The festival presents plays June through August. The beautiful Colorado Shakespeare Gardens are open to the public year-round in the courtyard West of Hellems.

Location: Mary Rippon Theatre and University Theatre
Phone: 303-492-8008
Website: Includes a calendar of events, ticket information, and history of CSF.

CU Presents

CU Presents promotes over 100 ticketed performing arts events every year as well as numerous educational and outreach events on the CU-Boulder campus. CU Presents includes the Artist Series, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Eklund Opera Program, Takács Quartet, CU Theatre & Dance and Holiday Festival. CU Presents welcomes over 80,000 patrons to its events throughout the year.

Location: Various campus venues
Phone: 303-492-8008 (information and tickets)
Website: Includes a calendar of events and ticket information.

International Film Series

Unique and unusual films, some current and others classic, from around the world are the staple of the International Film Series, presented by the Film Studies Program. Renowned and local filmmakers are often invited to accompany showings of their work.

Location: Muenzinger Auditorium
Phone: 303-492-1531
Website: Includes a current calendar.

Macky Auditorium

Macky Auditorium Concert Hall is a multi-disciplinary venue. Macky Auditorium Concert Hall has been the site of appearances by performers such as Harry Belafonte, Benny Goodman, Herbie Hancock, Yo Yo Ma, Robin Williams, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Eddie Izzard, Tori Amos, REM, Chick Corea, and many others. Macky has also featured talks by the Dalai Lama, Dr. Jane Goodall, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins and others.

Location: 17th Street and University Avenue on Campus
Phone: 303-492-8423
Website: Includes upcoming events, ticketing, seating, and how to plan your visit. 

Program Council

This self-supporting, student-run organization is dedicated to bringing quality entertainment to the Boulder campus and community. Program Council has hosted the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney, among others. Program Council also hosts a film series, which offers everything from not-yet released movies to classic titles. Program Council also recently brought back the Trivia Bowl, a wacky competition where the team names are sometimes more clever than the questions and answers.

Location: Various campus venues
Phone: 303-492-7704
Website: Includes a calendar of upcoming events.

Theatre and Dance

Students and faculty present diverse theatre and dance productions each academic year. Featured highlights include Broadway musicals in the University Theatre, engaging dance showcases in the Charlotte York Irey Dance Theatre, and experimental new works in the intimate Loft Theatre.

Location: University Theatre Building
Phone: 303-492-8008 (information and tickets)
Website: Includes a calendar of events and ticket information.

CU on the Weekend

CU on the Weekend is a series of community lectures presented by some of CU Boulder's most fascinating faculty.  The lectures are free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required. Lecture locations vary and seating is limited depending on location. 

Location: Various campus venues

Website: Includes calendar of upcoming events.