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Thursday, June 04, 2009

First Friday, Jewish Festival, Outdoor Cinema and More!

This weekend, there are tons of activities happening throughout Downtown Boulder. Here’s some highlights:

On Friday (June 5), Pearl Street’s East End merchants (from the 1500 – 2100 blocks), are kicking off their own version of First Fridays. Look for balloons up and down the East End and check out some of the great businesses that occupy the blocks just east of the Bricks. First Friday Boulder is also a great resource of special happenings and events throughout downtown. Tee and Cakes, Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery & Earthwood Gallery are just some of the businesses celebrating First Friday. Don’t forget to check out Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art’s(BMoCA) Grand Reopening Celebration!

On Saturday (June 6), the Boulder County Farmers’ Market will be in full swing between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. During the same time period, the 5th Annual Mapleton Hill Boulder Historic District Rummage Sale will be taking place. Over 40 historic homes will be offering fabulous finds, collectibles, toys & gear, clothes, furniture, kitchenware, lemonade, coffee, baked goods and more! At 2 p.m., the West End Tavern hosts their version of the Belmont Stakes with Hermit Crab Races, $5 Belmont Breezes & Maker’s Mark Mint Juleps. Later in the evening, Boulder Outdoor Cinema starts their summer season with AIRPLANE. Gates open at 7 p.m. with lots of pre-show contests, short films and live entertainment! Grab your chair, beanbag or sectional and enjoy a night under the stars!

Sunday (June 7), enjoy a wonderful brunch at Bacaro Venetian Taverna. The restaurant supports local and organic farms including Haystack Mountain and Niman Ranch. For women (and just women) who want to enjoy some exercise & fresh air, check out the Venus De Miles Club Ride for beginner and intermediate cyclists! Meet at Full Cycle (18th and Pearl streets) at 9 a.m. Before the ride, Michelle Karl will lead the group in a short exercise on balancing hectic lives. In the late morning, the Pearl Street Mall welcomes the Boulder Jewish Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the 1200 – 1500 blocks. If you are feeling creative, head to Color Me Mine for Family Day and enjoy half price paint time! ( “Insider Tip”: park FREE in City of Boulder Parking Garages EVERY Saturday and Sunday throughout the year!)

For a complete list of happenings and businesses in Downtown Boulder, visit BoulderDowntown.com, Follow Downtown Boulder on Twitter and become a Fan on Facebook!

-Terri Takata-Smith

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