Plan Your visit

Visiting Boulder

Photo: John Kieffer


Explore dozens of hiking trails at Chautauqua Park and beyond, get your climb on at Eldorado Canyon State Park, take a float down Boulder Creek or ride a multitude of bike paths in a place Outside Magazine named “THE sports town.


Visit the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, explore Boulder’s art galleries, catch the buskers on the Pearl Street Mall and discover many works of public art in what Expedia named as one of America’s “most artistic cities.”


Start the day at the Boulder County Farmer’s Market, grab a bite at the historic Chautauqua dining hall or dine at award-winning restaurants and raise a glass in a town Bon Appetit Magazine called “America’s foodiest town.”

4 Things to do at Chautauqua

HIKE | Located at the base of the Flatirons, the Chautauqua trails run straight through the heart of Chautauqua meadows with many paths to choose from. With a variety of interconnected trails, Chautauqua is the ideal destination for hikers of all levels looking for a peaceful setting with stunning views.

EAT | The Chautauqua Dining Hall has been a Boulder tradition since 1898. Savor spectacular views from the enchanting wraparound porch while enjoying fresh, Colorado bistro cuisine at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Open daily year-round, the Dining Hall offers a full bar with local beers and great wines to complement your meal.

TOUR | Use your mobile phone to take an interpretive audio tour to discover the history and uniqueness of the Colorado Chautauqua. The audio tour features nine stops and four interpretive panels located throughout the National Historic Landmark. Call 303-952-1600 from your mobile phone and press the corresponding tour stop number to listen to the narrative.

STAY | Since 1898, the Colorado Chautauqua has been hosting visitors seeking respite. Originally visitors slept in canvas tents with wooden floors. Simple cabins replaced the tents and over time those cabins have been renovated into cozy cottages, each with its own unique history and historic charm.

More resources for planning your visit:

Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark >
Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks >
36 Hours in Boulder, Colorado (The New York Times) >
Boulder County Arts Calendar >
An Actually Useful Guide to Boulder, Colorado (Bon Appetit) >

Plan Your Festival Visit


Visiting Boulder

The Festival performs in beautiful Boulder, Colorado — a breathtaking location full of nature, culture, cuisine, art, and more.

Learn About Our Educational Programs


Festival Fellows

Meet the Festival Fellows: eight aspiring professional musicians who receive coaching and performance opportunities through the Festival and its guest artists.

Center for Musical Arts

This excellent community music school is also the educational arm of our organization.