Posted by Cyndy Hinkelman-Smith on Friday, May 24th, 2013 at 4:28pm.

Dust off your flip flops (or your running shoes), dig out your visor or sun hat, put on those brand-spanking-new pair of summer shorts (looking good!), and slather on some sunscreen because it's Boulder's big kickoff to summer weekend! While just a few weeks ago we thought summer was a ways off with the surprising string of spring snow storms, mother nature finally decided that it's summertime. Here are some great happenings in Boulder this weekend.

Boulder Creek Fest

Boulder Creek Festival

A MUST to check out this weekend - a fun-filled three-day community event along the Boulder Creek Bike Path near Downtown Boulder. The huge festival features live performances and entertainment, carnival rides, the infamous Expand Duck Race (to benefit the Boulder Parks and Rec EXPAND program for people with disabilities), kids fishing derby, food booths, artists marketplace, vendors featuring everything from arts and crafts to fitness and health, and much more. For more information visit:

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The Bolder/Boulder

Boulder's beloved 10K road race that journeys through Boulder with an exhilarating finish at the University of Colorado's Folsom Field. What started as a smaller community race has turned into a world-class race with over 50,000 runners participating annually. Hundreds of volunteers help pull off this amazing event, and over 30 bands and entertainers amuse the runners along the race route. Don't miss the touching Memorial Day Tribute at noon at Folsom Field after the race complete with a patriotic parachuter landing on the field with a huge American flag and an Air Force jet flyover. Go to for more information.

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Float Boulder Creek or Visit the Farmer's Market

Don't forget to get your fresh local vegetables, breads, cheeses, flowers, and much more at the Saturday Farmer's Market in downtown Boulder.

Feel like chillin'? With temperatures expected in the 80's a perfect way to cool off is tubing on Boulder Creek near Eben G. Fine Park, always tons of fun and exhilarating. Rent tubes from local establishments near the creek.

Picnic at One of Boulder's Great Parks

Don't feel like the crowds of the Boulder Creek Festival or the Bolder/Boulder sound appealing to you? Then how about a picnic in the park with friends and/or family, what a better way to seize the day in a relaxing way. Chautauqua Park, North Boulder Park and Foothills Community Park are a few of our favorites parks all with stunning Flatirons views. Pack up your picnic basket with goodies, a frisbee, a blanket and maybe even a good book. You can also stretch your legs and enjoy a beautiful hike on one of the nearby trails. Sounds like a great way to enjoy the holiday weekend to us!

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Other Options to Celebrate Labor Day in Boulder

Other great options this weekend include eating and music. Drive up beautiful Sunshine Canyon to Gold Hill for the Gold Hill Inn's annual Memorial Day Mountain Music Fest and Barbeque. Or, consider relaxing and eating on one of Boulder's great restaurant patios, a perfect holiday weekend past time. Downtown Boulder, Pearl Street Mall, North Boulder and South Boulder all have great restaurants that feature relaxing patios to enjoy tasty food and beverages, pass the time and people watch. The West End Tavern on Pearl Street is offering "Kegs, Eggs and Sore Legs" a post Bolder/Boulder recovery breakfast.

There are many fantastic options to enjoy Boulder at it's best all weekend - enjoy!

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