BCE is a full-service event management organization that provides permit acquisition, insurance attainment, vendor enrollment, marketing services, entertainment coordination, volunteer recruitment and coordination, event logistics, risk management, sponsor recruitment and retention, accounting services, correspondence and collaboration with various city and county departments, and financial planning. Our abilities and talents in event planning and production can perhaps best be exemplified by the number of events we have created, managed, produced, and assisted in since our inception in 1998.
Boulder Creek Festival: When BCE was originally created back in 1998, the Boulder Creek Festival® (BCF) looked quite different from the familiar and beloved Festival of recent years. In the twenty years that BCE produced the BCF, many important changes were made—perhaps most notably, the Festival became a successful, award-winning event, having been awarded the Daily Camera’s Boulder County Gold Awards’ “Best Boulder County Event”, Boulder Weekly’s Best of Boulder Awards’ “Best Festival”, and Yellow Scene Magazine’s Best of the West Awards’ “Best Fair/Festival” several times over. BCE worked diligently to consistently produce an award-winning Festival and we safely and successfully produced the event through 2018.
WinterSkate in Boulder: Originally produced in downtown Boulder, WinterSkate was consistently a popular destination for Boulder County residents, occupying several temporary locations between the years of 1999-2003 (including the corner of 16th and Pearl Streets, the Civic Plaza on 13th Street, and the formerly vacant lot at the corner of 9th & Pearl Streets). However, a more permanent location for the seasonal rink was a goal, as a building was being constructed at the 9th & Pearl site. In 2002, Chris took an active role in the creation and development of what was to be a permanent rink at One Boulder Plaza; WinterSkate spent the winter of 2002-2003 in this location. At this point, BCE was faced with a problem that needed solving: WinterSkate was founded upon the concept of a Currier and Ives print brought to life, but due to restrictions, we were not able to recreate the cherished image at this location. Fortunately, a new opportunity was about to present itself: in 2003, the Louisville Downtown Business Association (DBA) approached BCE with hopes of bringing an ice-skating rink to their downtown area. Recognizing the positive impact that a seasonal outdoor ice-skating rink would have on their business district and neighborhoods, the City of Louisville and DBA helped BCE fund the start-up costs for the rink, and in 2004, WinterSkate moved to its new, permanent location in Historic Downtown Louisville. In 2015, the City of Boulder contacted BCE to bring ice skating back to Boulder; WinterSkate spent the next two seasons on the plaza next to the Teahouse.
WinterSkate at FlatIron Crossing (2007-2010)
Chili Inferno Cook-Off: The Chili Inferno Cook-Off first began in 1983 as the Chili Olé, a participant of the ICS (International Chili Society). At that time, the Chili Olé was held at the Harvest House, now known as the Millennium Hotel, located on 28th Street. It remained at that location until 1998, when it became a featured event at BCE’s Hometown Fair, changing the name to the Chili Inferno Cook-Off in 1999. Chili Inferno remained a favorite part of HF until 2015.
Twenty Ninth Street LIVE! (TNSL) was the second concert series BCE had a major role in creating. In 2006, the Marketing Manager of Twenty Ninth Street Mall contacted BCE with interests in partnering to develop events for the new mall. BCE proposed several ideas to the mall management, including a summer concert series. In the summer of 2008, TNSL kicked off its first concert, and BCE managed and produced the weekly summer event through 2013.
Fight Fire With Beer: Serving as a fundraiser for Colorado firefighters, “Fight Fire With Beer” was part of the 2012 Colorado Firefighter Appreciation Week. Held at the Twenty Ninth Street Mall, this event featured Colorado breweries, restaurants, and live music. BCE was hired by David Clark Cause to assist with the production of the event, with proceeds benefitting the Colorado Fire Relief Fund.
Longmont Oktoberfest: Originally created and produced by the Longmont Symphony Orchestra (LSO) as a fundraiser for their organization, BCE was approached by the LSO in 2008 to take on the established yet struggling event, held every September in Longmont’s Roosevelt Park. BCE produced the event from 2009-2011. During this time, we were proud to carry on this community tradition, but felt it was time to pass the torch on to another organization. “We understand the challenge BCE had and appreciate working with them the last three years to try and make the celebration financially viable. We especially appreciate the thousands of dollars BCE raised for the symphony over those three years.” - Former Longmont Symphony Orchestra Board President Carol Minelli.
SummerSkate Outdoor Roller Skating is the direct result of public feedback received by BCE. As the producers of the WinterSkate ice skating rinks, BCE was approached by Macerich mall management for advice on how the skating rink space could best be utilized in the summer months. After an extensive research period, it became clear that the public wanted the space in The Village at FlatIron Crossing to stay as a skating rink throughout the entire year. Hence, SummerSkate debuted in the summer of 2010, where it had a permanent seasonal location until 2011. In 2012, SummerSkate moved to the plaza at Twenty Ninth Street, where it was located through the summer of 2013.
Family Fun & Fitness 5K / Hometown Fest 5K: A featured event at the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival from 2008-2017.
1940’s White Christmas Ball transported guests back to the glamorous ‘40s with a night full of dinner, dancing, and entertainment unique to that era. Set in the Balch Fieldhouse on the CU campus in December 2010, this nostalgic event was held as a benefit for the Wounded Warriors project and was produced and managed in part by BCE.
Rhythm on the Rails (RR) was created by BCE in 2003 as a small-town summer concert series, to help bring character, community, and commerce to the fledgling downtown district in Niwot. More than just a concert series, RR provided a Rockwell-esque venue for neighbors to gather and listen to great live music, socialize, shop, sample foods prepared by local vendors and restaurants, and enjoy Niwot’s distinctively charming downtown area. In 2007, RR was recognized by Downtown Colorado, Inc. when BCE was awarded the Governor’s Award For Downtown Excellence on behalf of RR. In addition to founding RR and managing the event for seven years, BCE’s production of RR revitalized Niwot and the concert series became a beloved institution for the town of Niwot.
West End Street Jam: A summer block party held on the west end of Pearl Street in 2004 & 2005.
Rez Fest: An end-of-summer celebration held in 2003 at the Boulder Reservoir featuring live music, arts & crafts vendors, hot air balloon launches, bike races, a beach volleyball tournament, and the CU Crew Rowing Regatta.
Chandler Ostrich Festival: In 2002, BCE was hired by the Chandler, Arizona Chamber of Commerce as consultants and managers of the logistics and operations for the 2003 Chandler Ostrich Festival, a community event featuring themed activities, along with national and regional entertainment and an estimated attendance of over 200,000.
Boulder Creek Clean-Up: Community creek clean-up held the weekend before Memorial Day and produced by BCE from 1998-2002.