Despite its location at the base of the Rockies and being surrounded by open space, Boulder has an urban feel and offers an impressive variety of art, cultural, and entertainment choices that set it apart from most cities its size.
Boulder has more than 30 art galleries and has been recognized by American Style magazine as one of the nation’s top cities for art. Residents and visitors enjoy a notable number and variety of cultural events including the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Boulder International Film Festival and Boulder Creek Festival.
The city is home to four local museums including the Boulder History Museum, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art, and University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.
Boulder offers a multitude of entertainment options including a resident symphony, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. The city is home to 32 movie and stage theaters; many are historic (Boulder Theatre, Chautauqua Auditorium, Mackey Auditorium) and unique (Boulder Outdoor Cinema, Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder Dinner Theatre).
Within easy driving distance, the metro Denver area offers an even wider range of choices including the Children’s Museum of Denver, Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and Denver Zoo. The Denver Performing Arts Complex boasts ten performance spaces, making it the largest arts complex in the world. In addition to a Tony Award-winning theatre company, the complex hosts Broadway touring productions, contemporary dance and ballet companies, a major symphony orchestra, chorales, opera and more.