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Boulder Creek Festival

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Boulder Creek Festival® held?
The Festival is held in downtown Boulder along the Boulder Creek corridor, extending from 9th Street to 14th Street (west to east), between Canyon Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave. (north and south).  Click on the map below to enlarge it.
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What are the hours of the Festival?
Friday, May 27: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Kick-off concert only – bandshell food court and beer garden opens at 6 p.m. – no exhibitor booths will be open)
Saturday, May 28: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (exhibitor booths close at 7 p.m.)
Sunday, May 29: 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. (exhibitor booths close at 7 p.m.)
Monday, May 30: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
How do I get to the Festival?
Click HERE for directions to the Festival.
Where do I park?
Public parking lots & garages can be found at the following locations: 
1100 Walnut
1400 Walnut (by the RTD bus station)
1500 Pearl Street
11th Street & Spruce (behind the Boulder Book Store)
There is free street parking in local neighborhoods on weekends, but please take note of street signs for possible exceptions. Because of limited downtown parking, we strongly suggest using alternate modes of transportation to get downtown, such as riding your bike or taking the bus to the Festival.
Handicapped-accessible parking will be available on the corner of Arapahoe and Broadway in the Park Central Building parking lot and on the north side of the Atrium Building parking lot. An ADA drop-off area will also be made available at the Library. 
Is there a bus service available?
Taking a bus to the Festival is strongly encouraged–pick up the bus without worrying about finding a parking space downtown! Click HERE for weekend bus schedules & routes (regular rates and hours apply).
What is the cost of admission to the Festival?
There is no charge to get into the Boulder Creek Festival®.
How much are the concert tickets?
All concerts (at each of the 4 Entertainment Stages) are free!
How can I find out who will be performing each day?
There are four Performance Stages at the Boulder Creek Festival®: the Bandshell Main Stage, Festival Stage, Community Stage, and Teen Creek Fest Stage.
During the weekend of the Festival there will be Trail Maps available at each of the six Information Booths and the Main Command Post. The Daily Camera will also be listing the Bandshell and Festival Stage daily performance schedule for each day of the Festival.
What kinds of food will be available?
There will be approx. 50 food vendors in two different Food Courts at the Boulder Creek Festival®, over 30% of whom are from Boulder County. The Main Food Court is located in the Boulder Public Library Parking lot off of Arapahoe, and the 13th Street Food Court is located on the Corner of 13th Street and Canyon (next to the Bandshell) in Central Park. There will also be various food carts placed throughout the Festival grounds.
Can I purchase alcohol at the Festival?
There are two beer gardens (in the Main Food Court and in the 13th Street Food Court) serving Avery Beer, Barefoot Wine, and margaritas. Please note that alcohol will be allowed only within designated areas, and will only be served to adults ages 21 and older.
Will there be carnival rides?  How much are they?
The carnival rides can be found in the Fun Zone, located in the lot on 14th Street & Canyon and will be open during the following times:
Saturday 5/28: Noon-10pm
Sunday 5/29: 10am-10pm
Monday 5/30: 11am-7pm
Tickets are $1 each, and most rides cost 3-5 tickets. A full day carnival pass may also be purchased for $25.
What about rides for small children?
An entire section of the Fun Zone is dedicated to rides for young children. You can also visit the Kids’ Place event area for other children’s activities. The corner of 9th & Canyon will also have activity vendors.
Are dogs allowed at the festival?
Leashed dogs are allowed at the Boulder Creek Festival®. For further rules and regulations pertaining to having animals on City of Boulder property, please click HERE.  Please note that the Boulder Farmers’ Market no longer allows animals within the event.  For more information about Farmers’ Market regulations, please click HERE.
When is the EXPAND Duck Race?
Monday, May 30th at 4:00 p.m. The rubber ducks will be dropped from the 9th Street bridge; the finish line is the Peace Garden (located just west of the Boulder Municipal Building).
How does the rubber duck race work?
Each rubber duck in the EXPAND Duck Race is marked with a number, and each duck has a ticket to correspond with this number. When you sponsor a duck (for a $5 suggested donation), you will actually be receiving a ticket with your duck’s number written on it. As the ducks are sponsored, staff and volunteers painstakingly register each duck and ticket. On Monday of the Boulder Creek Festival®, the ducks are dropped into the Boulder Creek. They float down the Creek to the finish line, and at the finish line there is a chute so that only one duck can pass through at a time. As they cross the finish line, we record the ducks’ numbers and determine the winner!
Where can I sponsor a duck for the EXPAND Duck Race?
You can sponsor a duck at any of the Duck Booths at the Boulder Creek Festival®, or you may stop by one of the Boulder Recreation Centers before the weekend of the Festival and register a duck at the front desk:
North Boulder Recreation Center: 3170 N. Broadway
South Boulder Recreation Center: 1360 Gillaspie Drive
East Boulder Recreation Center: 5660 Sioux Drive
What types of prizes do the winners receive?
For more information on the 2016 EXPAND Duck Race, including the complete prize list, please contact the City of Boulder Dept. of Parks & Recreation at 303.413.7200, or click HERE.  
How can I become a volunteer for the Festival?
Volunteers are at the heart of the Boulder Creek Festival® and are always much appreciated! For more information on the many volunteer positions available, please click HERE.
How can I get a booth at the Boulder Creek Festival®?
The deadline to apply for the 2015 Boulder Creek Festival® is January 16, 2016. (Applications received after 1/16/16 will be subject to late fees.) To download an application, please click HERE.
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