Guitarist Alessandro Penezzi will perform as part Colorado Brazil Fest taking place in Boulder Aug. 10-13, 2023.
Guitarist Alessandro Penezzi will perform as part Colorado Brazil Fest taking place in Boulder Aug. 10-13, 2023. Credit: @coloradobrazilfest

Get active this week with open water swimming at the reservoir and Boulder’s first street soccer tournament on 13th Street. Alternatively, enjoy Brazilian music and dance, an art night out in Lafayette, or catch an outdoor movie downtown.

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An evening with Fran Lebowitz: A conversation with KUNC’s Erin O’Toole

Cultural satirist Fran Lebowitz, known for her essays and interviews, in which she offers sharp insights on current events and the media while also delving into her personal annoyances, will be on stage with KUNC journalist Erin O’Toole tonight. Tickets are going fast

Monday, Aug. 7, 8:00 p.m., Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Tickets $49.50 – $69.50

Open water swimming with BAM

Cool down in the reservoir with an early morning, open water swim. Boulder Aquatics Masters is letting in drop-ins for their a.m. swimming sessions. The swims are ideal for long-distance swimmers, triathletes, fitness swimmers or anyone who wants to swim in a non-traditional pool setting. “Come and get comfortable swimming outside with others on a marked course,” BAM encourages. There’s also a shorter course for those who want to stay close to shore. 

Tuesday, Aug. 8 and Thursday, Aug. 10, 6 – 8 a.m., Boulder Reservoir, 5275 Reservoir Rd, $7-$10

Gipsy Kings feat. Nicolas Reyes with Al Olender

Nicolas Reyes, Gipsy Kings’ leader and co-founder for 30-plus years, has led the band to 14 million global album sales. “The Best of the Gipsy Kings” went platinum, charting for a year, and “Savor Flamenco” earned the band a Grammy for Best World Music Album in 2013. Head over to Chautauqua Auditorium this Wednesday to check out Reyes live.

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 7:20 p.m., Chautauqua Auditorium, 198 Morning Glory Drive, $65.50 – $124.50

Community writing circle at Trident

Trident Booksellers and Cafe is holding its monthly writing circle this Wednesday. Writers will receive themed writing prompts and opportunities to share and discuss their work. All writing levels and genres are welcome. The circle is led by Teresa Adele, yoga teacher, writer and writing coach for professionals in health and wellness. 

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 6-8 p.m., Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 940 Pearl St., $5

Movie in the park: Inside Out 

Head down to the Civic Area Library Lawn near the main public library this Thursday for a free outdoor showing of Inside Out, an animated comedy by Disney Pixar. The movie unpacks the emotions of a young girl moving to a new city. Don’t forget blankets, chairs and snacks. 

Thursday, Aug. 10, 8:30 p.m., Civic Area Library Lawn near the main Boulder Public Library, free

Colorado Brazil Fest 2023

Colorado Brazil Fest is the biggest event of its kind in Colorado and one of the largest in the country. Organized by Boulder Samba School, a group dedicated to showcasing Brazilian music, dance and culture, the multiday festival includes concerts and workshops, including Samba on the Pearl Street Mall. Get the full schedule here. Events costs $25 for a single show ticket and $40 for both Saturday shows. There are discounted tickets for youth. And children under five get in free.

Thursday, Aug. 10 – Sunday, Aug. 13, various locations, tickets for performances at The Dairy ($10-$25), workshop registration

Summer Music Eve: Never Come Down

This Friday, bluegrass and Americana band Never Come Down is performing at Sunflower Farm in Longmont. The Portland, Oregon-based band is made up of five artists, including banjo and mandolin players. The venue, Sunflower Farm, holds summer music evenings weekly, featuring different bands each time. During the event, farm activities will continue as usual and the Passport Food Truck and Palo Coffee & Bar will serve refreshments. 

Friday, Aug. 11, 4-8 p.m., Sunflower Farm, 11150 Prospect Rd, $27

Art Night Out: Lafayette

Old Town Lafayette is having an Art Night Out event this Friday. Enjoy an evening of free live music, food trucks, an art market, beer and wine and more, including children’s activities. The event is presented by the local business Dog House Music Studio and local music promotion group Tier Two Live. 

Friday, Aug.11, 5-9 p.m., Festival Plaza, 311 S. Public Rd., free

Boulder street soccer classic tournament

Enjoy a one-day, first for Boulder street soccer tournament this Sunday on 13th Street. Youth and adult brackets will be playing in friendly games of five on five on small street courts. Vendors, food trucks and DJs will be part of the day. The registration deadline is today, Aug.7, at 5 p.m. All fees will be donated to youth soccer programs in Colorado. 

Sunday, Aug.13, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 13th St., $30

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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