Boulder is a great meeting destination with a university town vibe and a great sense of humor. “Hip since 1859” is the latest slogan for the University of Colorado Buffaloes’ hometown, located only 28 miles northwest of downtown Denver and 44 miles from Denver International Airport. Situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains alongside the famous Flatirons, Boulder offers unique meeting spaces and event spaces. It is a community with many amenities for attendees like the famous Pearl Street Mall and easy access to outdoor fun.
With 300 miles of public hiking and biking trails and approximately 45,000 acres of open space, there is plenty of room to roam and meet. Boulder meeting spaces can host 10 or 400, with a plentiful selection of indoor and outdoor venues and about 2,400 guest rooms. For a wide range of Boulder meeting room options, book classic properties like Hotel Boulderado and Colorado Chautauqua were established during the town’s early days but have modern amenities or go for something collegiate with one of the many distinct spaces available through University of Colorado Boulder Conference Services. Tap an outdoorsy feel at properties like Basecamp Boulder Hotel or check out two new hotels with gathering space slated to open in the University Hill district in 2024.
Visit Boulder can guide the way for finding the perfect match for places to gather and stay and activities like bike and brews excursions, food tours, wine blending at Bookcliff Vineyards, a hot-air balloon flight, and day trips to nearby Eldora Mountain Resort for skiing and snowboarding. For fun Boulder event spaces that provide attendees with an array of culinary choices, head to one of two food local halls or Rayback Collective featuring an array of food trucks.
If possible, consider scheduling in tandem with signature annual events such as Boulder Farmers Market, Colorado Music Festival, Bands on the Bricks, Colorado Shakespeare Festival Boulder Fall Fest, and Lights of December Parade.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Some Popular Venues for Meetings in Boulder?
There are many outstanding places to gather in Boulder with the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder Theater, eTown Hall, Museum of Boulder, Rembrandt Yard, and University of Colorado Boulder campus being among the diverse and fun options.
Are There Any Hotels in Boulder that Offer Meeting and Event Spaces?
There are 2,400 guest rooms available in Boulder, a number that is growing with the addition of two new hotels with meeting and event space. Lodging properties like the historic Colorado Chautauqua and Hotel Boulderado offer a wide range of distinct meeting and event space for all sorts of groups, whereas hotels like Basecamp Boulder Hotel, Boulder Marriott & Residence Inn on Canyon Boulevard and Hampton Inn & Suites Boulder – North are ideal for small gatherings and retreats. (Note: these are all Destination Colorado Meetings members.)
How Far in Advance Should I Book a Venue for My Event in Boulder?
Peak season is May through October. With dates filling up quickly during these months, book early. Visit Boulder also recommends considering Boulder during off-peak months, as winter and spring also are beautiful seasons and provide more flexibility with rates and and availability.
What Is the Average Cost of Hosting a Meeting in Boulder?
The average cost is hard to pinpoint since there are so many sizes of groups meeting in Boulder with varying budgets. Boulder can deliver both a high-end gathering and something simpler yet truly memorable for attendees. Work with Visit Boulder to help determine the venues, accommodations and activities that best suit your group. Visit Boulder offers cash incentives based on a client’s total room block to offset meeting-related expenses.
Are There Any Specific Permits or Licenses Required for Hosting a Meeting in Boulder?
Visit Boulder can assist. Reach out to Emiliano Lake-Herrera, director of visitor experience and community partnerships, about permitting questions at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-442-2911, ext. 133.
What Are Some Recommended Catering Options for Events in Boulder?
There are a wide variety of culinary choices for groups ranging from food and beverage programs at host hotels and venues to restaurants, catering companies and food trucks. Examples of local catering companies include A Spice of Life Catering + Events, Front Range Catering Co., Savor Cuisines Catering, and Three Leaf Catering.
What Are Some Popular Team-building Activities in Boulder for Corporate Events?
Go on a Bike-N-Boat-N-BBQ adventure or a delicious food tour, book a cooking class, be winemakers for an afternoon at Bookcliff Vineyards, or take part in a class with the Boulder Circus Center or The Improv Collaborative. There are so many options!
What Transportation Options Are Available for Attendees of Meetings and Events in Boulder?
Denver International Airport (DEN) is only a 45-minute drive from Boulder with airport shuttles and RTD public bus routes available. Boulder is a compact, walkable city especially when staying downtown or near the University of Colorado campus. If you need to hire a transportation company, no problem as there are numerous options available. Boulder also has in-city bus routes (named Hop, Skip and Jump) and the Boulder BCycle bike-sharing program with multiple kiosks around town.
How Can I Ensure that My Event Is Environmentally Friendly in Boulder?
Boulder specializes in being green and diverts 57% of waste from landfills. You’ll see recycling bins everywhere! The community also has been named the No. 1 most bikeable city in the U.S. It’s easy to plan a walkable conference using a variety of lodging properties and venues in downtown Boulder and as mentioned, there are several public transportation options as well. Ask the team at Visit Boulder for ideas about lodging properties, venues, and suppliers that focus on sustainability. For example, A Spice of Life Catering has a zero-waste program of recycling and composting, and Bloomin is a company that that can print collateral for attendee bags on plantable seed paper that guests can take home and plant.
Are There Any Restrictions on Alcohol Consumption at Events in Boulder?
Most venues have the alcohol permitting and laws covered, but find general information on liquor licensing from the Boulder County website. Boulder also has a number of local microbreweries, distilleries and wineries that have spaces that can be booked by groups.