Labor Day Weekend in Boulder
Close out the summer with a perfect weekend in Boulder during one of its most dazzling times of year. The following events will be going on over the weekend, giving the whole town a fun, festival atmosphere.
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CU Buffs vs. TCU Home Football Game
Friday, Sept. 2, 2022
Cheer on the Buffs football team at Folsom Field. Go Buffs! Keep an eye out for CU’s lovable mascots: Ralphie (a real buffalo) and Chip (a more cuddly, costumed fella). Check out our football game-day guide.
Live Music at License No. 1
Friday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, 9pm-close
Be entertained by local music acts at this underground speakeasy-style cocktail lounge. Step back in time and enjoy classic, handcrafted cocktails and small plates in a lively atmosphere.
Shelby American Collection Museum's Annual Party and Car Show
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, 3-8pm
A tradition for more than two decades, the Shelby American Collection Annual Party and Car Show lets you meet famous Shelby drivers and designers, tour the Shelby American Collection Museum to see all the new cars (including the first Shelby Cobra), hear live music, enjoy dinner and an open bar — plus be entered to win a new Shelby Mustang GT500! Ticket purchase required.
Boulder Farmers Market
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, 8am-2pm
By Labor Day weekend, the Boulder Farmers’ Market is overflowing with goodies. Named the No. 1 Farmers’ Market in the country by readers of USA Today, the market was established in 1986 by a handful of local farmers looking to sell farm-fresh produce directly to the public. It is a growers-only market, and shoppers can enjoy seasonal produce, eggs, cheeses, meats, herbs, flowers, wines and gourmet food products. Plus, the market enjoys a lovely setting next to shady Central Park and Boulder Creek, at the doorsteps of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) and the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.
The SpongeBob Musical at BDT Stage
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, 6pm
Enjoy an entree, dessert and drinks at BDT Stage while laughing along with this much-loved musical featuring nostalgic pop hits from the ‘50s.
Boulder Comedy Show
Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, 7pm
Head to Rayback Collective to witness some of today's best working comics. The Boulder Comedy Show's headliners have been seen on Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, MTV and pretty much everything in between.
Open Mic Night at License No. 1
Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, 6:30pm
Show 'em what you’ve got during open mic night at this underground speakeasy-style cocktail lounge. Sign ups start at 6pm.
Explore the Farm Trail
The bounty of Boulder's 850 farms is a sight to behold over Labor Day weekend, and you can explore it all on the Boulder County Farm Trail. Take a scenic farm drive, stopping at some farm stands; have an on-farm experience, or simply taste the fruits of our farmers' labors in restaurants all over town.
Get in an Epic Hike
Play on the Creek
Eben G. Fine Park is a hot spot for tubing, picnicking and playing on the shore of the creek. (Please be respectful of the park's residential neighbors and mind your Mountain Manners.) Here's where to get a tube, and also where to check creek flow levels. The ideal level for tubing the creek is 40–200cfs (cubic feet per second). Go to our Tubing in Boulder page for all the information you need.
Early fall is an excellent time to visit Boulder's acclaimed bird-watching sites. Read our bird-watching guide for where to go and what to look for.
Splash Around at the Res
What better way to bid adieu to summer than with some time in the water at the Boulder Reservoir, where cool water and Flatirons views will be just the long-weekend refresh you need? You can swim all Labor Day weekend, with these hours: Friday, 1-6pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-6pm and Monday 10am-6pm. Or choose to rent a paddle board, canoe or kayak from Rocky Mountain Paddle Board at the Res.
Go on a Self-Guided Mural Tour
Boulder has seen an explosion of murals in the last few years, with more than 135 popping up in that timeframe. The latest round in the Street Wise Boulder series all share a theme of social justice. Check out our mural page and look for the “family-friendly” notation to know which are most accessible for families. Or go on this easy downtown walking tour, which takes you by some fun and memorable sculptures and murals. There are plenty of places to stop for snacks and treats along the way, too.