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May 26, 2016 - Summer Kicks Off With Boulder Creek Festival; Ducks Staying Home Until Fall

Media Contacts:
Denise White, Parks and Recreation, 303-413-7258
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155

Summer kicks off with Boulder Creek Festival; ducks staying home until fall

Expect Boulder’s Civic Area to be bustling with activity as Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer's festivals, concerts and outdoor celebrations season.

The 29th annual Boulder Creek Festival will kick-off the event season this Friday, May 27, with The DeadPhish Orchestra performing at the Bandshell beginning at 7 p.m. Boulder Creek Festival will run from Friday through Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.

This year, the festival features an array of fun activities for the whole family including nine event areas, carnival rides, local music and dance performances and nearly 500 vendors.  Attendees are encouraged to arrive by bus, bike or foot to aid in Boulder’s sustainability objectives. 

Unfortunately, current creek flow conditions have resulted in the delay of the family favorite EXPAND Duck Race benefitting the Parks and Recreation Department’s EXPAND program. The duck race will be rescheduled as part of the Hometown Festival which will occur Labor Day weekend. For information on EXPAND or to support the program by sponsoring a duck in advance, stop by one of the city’s EXPAND booths this weekend or visit . For those who have sponsored ducks already, “Quack and thank you!” Your support is appreciated and your duck is in training to race at the Hometown Festival.

This year is an important milestone for the Boulder Creek Festival, the park and long-time producer Boulder Creek Events (BCE). Civic Area construction launches this fall and the city anticipates some changes in 2017.

“We are looking forward to the planned Civic Area enhancements and the many possible uses for the space,” said Parks & Recreation Event Manager Teresa Jackson. “We are still planning to host the 30th Annual festival in 2017 although interim activities may be on a slightly smaller scale until the park is completed.” 

There will also be a city-issued Festival Production Request for Proposals later this year.

“The city values the team at BCE and our long contracting relationship which coincidentally reaches its term this fall,” said Parks & Recreation Director Yvette Bowden. “Everyone can give input on the future of the festival, so stop by the city EXPAND booths during the festival to give us your ideas.”

Besides the Boulder Creek Festival, City of Boulder-planned or -permitted summer events and programs include Summer Sounds Family Concert Series, SummerFest, the Bee Boulder Pollinator Festival and more, so make the Civic Area the place to be this summer. For information about the complete 2016 event line-up, please visit

For more information about the 2016 Boulder Creek Festival, and other events produced by Boulder Creek Events, please visit

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