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Autumn is fast approaching and with that comes midterms, increased class intensity and a shift to cooler weather. But there’s plenty of opportunities in the next few months to explore the city of Boulder. Here are a few low cost options:
Boulder Farmer’s Market:
Wednesdays 4-8 p.m. until Oct. 5 & Sundays 8 a.m.-2 p.m. until Nov. 19
Nestled on 13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue, this seasonal market provides local and organic goods, mostly produce. It also offers a variety of local food trucks for hearty vegan, gluten free and/or local meals. There’s even live music on occasion. In addition, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art offers free admission during market hours. Consider this if you find the art scene intriguing. More info can be found here.
Pearl Street Stampede:
Fridays before home football games
This pep rally takes over the 1300 block of Pearl Street in anticipation of the Buffs’ game the next day. It’s a collaboration between the city of Boulder and CU Boulder itself, so feel free to get hyped! The next Stampede is this Friday, Sept. 9.
Big Gay 5K and Boulder Pridefest:
Sunday, Sept. 11, (5K begins at 10:30 a.m.), Festival 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, all are welcome to this celebration in Boulder’s Central Park. The Big Gay 5K will start at 10:30 in Central Park. As this is happening, the LGBTQ Visibility March will gather by the Boulder Bandshell at 10:45 to move en masse toward Central Park. There will be vendor booths, lots of food, drag shows and a whole lot of rainbows. More info and to sign up for specific events go here.
Friday Sept. 16 through Sunday Sept. 18
Another Pearl Street happening guaranteed to have free food and music. Local artisans will also be staging booths. Be sure to check out the talented creators that live in the area and enjoy Boulder vibes.
Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road:
Friday Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Here’s one for those who love book talks and famous feminists. Mrs. Steinem will be talking about her new book, Life on the Road, which chronicles her childhood of frequent travel and her role in the feminist movement. The talk will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 1421 Spruce St. Vouchers are $25 and can be bought online or at the door. All attendees will receive a signed paperback copy of her book. More info and voucher purchasing here.
Saturday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Held at CU Boulder’s Macky Auditorium, this mock TED conference will include speakers on varying subjects including comics, hoarding, deaf culture and cycling, among others. Tickets are selling quickly with only a few spots left. Make sure to buy as soon as possible. More info and ticket purchasing here.
Adrienne Russell, Journalism as Activism:
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Another book talk, this time at the Boulder Book Store. With the new College of Media, Communication and Information entering its second year, students may be interested in hearing journalism and media analyst Adrienne Russell’s take on the adaptations of modern journalism. Specifically, she will discuss covering social justice movements. Tickets are $5 and can be redeemed for $5 off Russell’s book or for any purchase that day. More info and tickets here.
2016 Adventure Film Festival:
Sept. 29 through Oct. 1
For those who enjoy film, the outdoors or both, the 14th Annual Adventure Film Festival is a fantastic event to attend. Indie films will be shown, workshops will be hosted (including a create-your-own opportunity) and a street fair will occur. Plus, there will be raffles for local and big name outdoors gear. If the full festival is just too much, consider attending for just one day, or even a half day. There are varying ticket levels for those three options. More info and ticket purchases here.
Michael Brownlee, The Local Food Revolution:
Wednesday Oct. 26, 7:30 pm
Speaking of book talks and local food, here’s an event that combines both. Michael Brownlee, the co-founder of what is now the Local Food Shift Group, will be at the Boulder Book Store to discuss his most recent book and advocate for the local food movement. This will provide tools for people to help the revolution. Tickets are $5 and redeemable for $5 off Brownlee’s book or $5 off any purchase the day of the event. More info and tickets here.