By Tyra Sutak For the Camera
Posted: 05/16/2013 03:57:09 PM MDT
Updated: 05/16/2013 04:26:50 PM MDT
There’s so much to do at the Boulder Creek Festival that Kira Cassulo is virtually able to walk on water at the 2012 event. (Daily Camera File Photo)
If you goWhat: Boulder Creek Festival
When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26 (exhibitor booths close at 7 p.m.); 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, May 27
Where: Downtown Boulder along the Boulder Creek corridor, extending from Ninth Street to 14th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue
What: Boulder Creek Hometown Festival
When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2
Where: Downtown Boulder along the Boulder Creek corridor (extending from 13th Street to 10th Street), Boulder Municipal Building lawn and Central Park lawn.
Despite the heavy snow that blanketed Boulder County in late April and early May, leaving most of us wondering if we would ever see warm weather and dry trails, summertime finally has arrived.
Well, maybe not by strict calendar standards but certainly in terms of the festival season.
Just ask the folks at Boulder Creek Events, who once again are gearing up to welcome summer back by staging one of Boulder’s more popular events.
In a tradition that spans 26 years, the Boulder Creek Festival marks the unofficial start to the summer in Boulder and a very busy local festival season.
Staged annually over Memorial Day Weekend, the three-day Boulder Creek Festival, originally conceived as “I Love Boulder Week,” encourages locals and tourists alike to emerge from winter hibernation and gather together to celebrate the unique and energetic Boulder spirit.
“It’s the quintessential Boulder event,” said Meg Denbow, director of communications for Boulder Creek Events.
Don’t let the “creek” in Boulder Creek Festival fool you. Even landlubbers can find something to do, as these 2012 festival-goers learned during a carnival ride. (Daily Camera File Photo)
“It’s as Boulder as it gets, and there’s something for everybody.”One would hope so, considering the festival offers such events as the signature Rubber Duck Race down Boulder Creek, a juried art show, 500 vendors, four performance stages with live music, a beer garden serving up cold beer from Avery Brewing Co., a wide variety of food vendors and a fishing derby and carnival rides for children.
And this year, one of Colorado’s favorite performers is returning to help close the festival.
Hazel Miller and her band will belt out jazz and blues tunes at the bandshell at 5 p.m. Monday, May 27, as the last musical act of the festival — and Miller can’t wait.
“The festival has such an amazing mix of demographic. It’s
Lynn Edelman enjoys some of the art that was on exhibit at the 2012 Boulder Creek Festival. (Daily Camera File Photo)
like everybody is represented,” the Denver-based singer said. “And the people are always, always ready to dance — and for a band, that is the greatest compliment in the world.”If the Boulder Creek Festival signifies the beginning of warmer months, Boulder Creek Events’ other anticipated event, the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival, is a sign of summer’s end. The Hometown Festival takes place Labor Day Weekend and consists of several little events within the overall event, including the Great Zucchini Race, Classic Car Show, Big Wheel 500 races and a crowd favorite, Chili Inferno Cook-Off.
Both festivals continue to grow and expand with each passing year, drawing thousands of people to the downtown area along the banks of Boulder Creek — a feat Denbow attributes to the BCE staff.
“I think that we know the community really well, and we respond to what the community wants,” Denbow said. “And we really, really love what we do. We have so much fun doing it that it’s sort of obvious when you go to the events that we’re having a blast ourselves.”
Jessica Lucas, center, a member of Longmont’s Dance Dimensions, helps entertain folks at the 2012 Boulder Creek Festival. (Daily Camera File Photo)