While last year’s Fall Fest was canceled due to the pandemic, the fall-themed celebration returns this weekend with incredible music lineup, over 80 art vendors, a range of food and decorative pumpkin and squash displays – proving it’s not too early to start planning your Halloween costume and firming up your Thanksgiving plans.
“The pent-up public demand for music has certainly been reflected in musicians’ desire to come back and perform,” said Anna Salim, vice president of events and members of Downtown Boulder. “We had so many wonderful bands to choose from for this lineup. I’m a mom, so I’m pretty excited to have Jeff and Paige join us on Saturday morning at 10am.
From longtime local children’s music duo Jeff & Paige to cosmic six-piece rock-funk ensemble Mountain Rose to Boulder’s Sturtz, the variety of acts on display are sure to appeal to a wide range. listeners.
“We are also delighted to welcome the New Mexico group Baracutanga on Saturday night at 7:30 pm,” said Salim. “The band members come from all over Latin and South America and their Latin fusion style will keep everyone standing. The Goonies also close the Sunday weekend at 3 p.m., and who doesn’t like a good dose of late-summer 80s music?
With high temperatures forecast for the weekend, the very concept of Fall Fest ushers in a season of flannel, pumpkin spice, and the promise of cooler days.
“One thing I love about fall in Colorado is hiking, because it’s magical enough to be in the mountains to see the aspens spinning,” the singer-songwriter said. by Longmont Taylor Shae, one of the artists scheduled for the Fall Festival.
Shae has previously performed in the Bands on the Bricks series in downtown Boulder and as part of Longmont’s ArtWalk and 150th Anniversary celebrations, she will be performing at the Soundpost Sessions – at Longmont Public Media – on Saturday at 8 p.m.
“I look forward to the liveliness of downtown Boulder and can’t wait to release an energetic set with many new original songs to share with audiences at Fall Fest,” Shae said. “I’m going to go electric and play slide guitar on a few tracks, so get ready for some blues-Americana / alt-country – at 10 am – to kick off the third day of the festival.”
In addition to taking the stage, Shae is eager to enjoy concerts from his fellow musicians.
“There are a lot of great bands playing at Fall Fest that I’m so excited to see,” Shae said. “I’m a huge Foxfeather fan. Their set is not to be missed. They just released a new album and I hope to hear some of the songs, like ‘Fillin’ Me Up ‘. I love this one.
Not only can attendees revel in live music from a cross section of Front Range favorites, but they can also jump into their holiday shopping.
“I can’t wait for the Firefly Handmade Market to be back on the bricks for its fall market,” said Salim. “There is a really wonderful and diverse group of manufacturers joining us this year and they always add so much to our already amazing downtown retail mix.”
People can buy colorful pottery from Shea the Maker and even treats for their dogs at the Chews Happiness booth.
“We’ve taken a different approach to our children’s activities this year – with everything from movement classes with ApeKids Movement to arts and crafts with Studio Arts Boulder and Open Studios,” said Salim. “I think the variety will really appeal to families. “
The organizers have also provided training options for the early risers.
“I’m also excited about some of our new partnerships this year,” said Salim. “While the event officially begins at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday, we welcome Block 1750 at 9 am to host a free hip-hop class for all ages and Yoga Pearl will be there at 9 am on Sunday for the family yoga. ”
An abundance of spirits will be available for purchase at the Beer / Wine / Margarita Garden.
Festival goers can enjoy a selection of $ 5 Avery beers and dining options from Boulder Bowls, Chiri’s Momo Delights, McDevitt Taco Supply and more.
“We are delighted to bring our community together for this late summer tradition,” said Salim. “We know that the return of the indoor mask mandate is difficult for some, but hope this precaution will be a temporary hiatus to allow our community to grow stronger. “
As always, those who are feeling sick are encouraged to stay home and forgo the free event.
“We realize and respect that everyone has different levels of comfort in larger crowds,” said Salim. “At the event, we recommend masks for everyone as social distancing will be more difficult in the small space. The most important thing is that we continue to practice kindness, understanding and respect for one another. “