The Street Wise Summer Mural Series kicks off on July 30, 2023 in downtown Boulder. Courtesy of Street Wise Arts

Boulder’s got a full slate of art and outdoor activities on tap this week. Put your fitness to the test or expand your mind by immersing yourself in a brand-new art exhibit.

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‘Lush: Prolific Nature’ opening celebration

Lush: Prolific Nature is the University of Colorado Boulder Art Museum’s newest exhibit, and art enthusiasts can get a first-look during an opening reception Thursday, July 27. The artwork features botanicals and landscapes, depicting the natural world from various time periods and geographies. The free event will offer light refreshments, a chalk activity and the opportunity to create a nature-inspired sun print. 

Thursday, July 27, 5-7 p.m., University of Colorado Boulder Art Museum, 1085 18th St., free  

Jazz jam at Trident 

Trident Booksellers & Cafe is hosting a free jazz jam Thursday, July 27 on the back patio. Bring your instruments and/or check out local musicians. Wine and beer will be served outside, and inside, coffee and tea beverages will be available.

Thursday, July 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 940 Pearl St., free

Rachel Bloom at the Boulder Theater

Actress, comedian, producer, singer/songwriter and author Rachel Bloom, who is best known for her work in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, will be performing her new live show “Death, Let Me Do My Special” this Friday and Saturday at the Boulder Theater.

Friday – Saturday, July 28-29, 8 p.m., Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street, $45

Community hike at Centennial Trailhead

Lace up your hiking boots and get active with a free community hike at Centennial Trailhead on Friday hosted by Kalo Fitness, a Denver fitness coaching studio. This intermediate path is about 5 miles long with the option to ruck, or carry an additional bag for added weight and workout intensity. The hike starts early to beat the summer heat, and dogs are not allowed. Those who sign up for the hike will have the option to carpool. 

Friday, July 28, 7-10 a.m., Centennial Trailhead, 501 Sunshine Canyon Dr., free

‘Coal Wars’ staged reading  

OUT Boulder County, an organization that helps the LGBTQ+ community thrive in Boulder, is sponsoring a staged reading of “Coal Wars”, a play about West Virginia’s Battle of Blair Mountain, the largest labor uprising in U.S. history. The play follows character Charlie Kelly, a queer musician from Kentucky. Tickets are 10% off with code OBC. 

Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29, 7:30 p.m., Junkyard Social Club, 2525 Frontier Ave. Suite A, $15

Summer of Love concert series

The Summer of Love concert series continues on Friday, July 28 with the music of Daddyblue, a Denver-based dance band that plays music from a variety of genres, from pop to country to R&B. Some artists in their repertoire include Bruno Mars, the Grateful Dead and Garth Brooks. Concertgoers can also enjoy cornhole and a beer garden.

Friday, July 28, 6-8 p.m., 29th Street Mall, free

Family Fun Block Party on The Hill

Bring the whole family to a block party on The Hill this weekend. The event lineup features a balloon artist and face painter from 2:30-5:30 p.m., a mobile ice cream truck from 2-3:30 p.m. and a magic show at 3 p.m. Event organizers encourage attendees to bring their own picnic blankets or camp chairs to better enjoy the free outdoor event. 

Saturday, July 29, 2-6 p.m., Hill Event Street, 1235 Pennsylvania Ave., free

Summer Mural Series celebrating community

The Summer Mural Series aims to bring people together through art, and Sunday’s community day will celebrate new murals that have been painted in downtown Boulder. Those who attend can take a mural tour, meet the artists, listen to a panel and more. 

Sunday, July 30, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Street Wise Arts, 13th and Pearl streets, free

Hope Munoz is a summer 2023 Community Reporting Fellow for Boulder Reporting Lab. She is a senior at CU Boulder. Munoz can be reached at

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