5 Fun (and Free) Fall Activities to do in Boulder

by Nicole Ryan, CU Student Blogger


Fall is fast approaching which means it’s time for cool air and crunchy leaves. Personally, fall is my favorite time of year. The cozy vibe set off my warm coffee and orange tinted skies never gets old. Whether fall is your favorite season, or you’re just looking for some excitement, grab your flannels and pumpkin spice latte because here are 5 fun and affordable fall activities you can do in Boulder!


  1. Boulder Farmers Market; Cost: Free

Located in Central Park on 13th Street between Canyon & Arapahoe, the Famers Market is a great place to pick up locally grown fruits, veggies, flowers, and plants. There are also unique crafts and gifts for you to check out.

The farmers market will be open every Saturday from now until November 28th. For more information check out: http://bcfm.org


  1. Open Studios Fall Artists Tour; Cost: Free

For 20 years Boulder has enjoyed the Fall Artists Tour. From October 3rd-4th and 10th-11th 125 local artists will open their studios and allow people to stop by and visit, ask questions, and purchase some art. This is free to anyone who wishes to stop by the studios. So, if you love art be sure to check it out!

Take a look at the website here: http://www.openstudios.org


  1. Cottonwood Farm Halloween Pumpkin Patch; Cost: Free

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from now until October 31st, Cottonwood Farm will be hosting a fall festival including a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, a straw bale maze, farm animals, a hay ride, and more! Everything is free of cost except the hay ride ($3) and if you choose to purchase a pumpkin.

Cottonwood Farm is located east of Boulder on 75th Street & Arapahoe Rd. Check out the website here: https://www.cottonwoodfarms.com


  1. Royal Arch Hike; Cost: Free

This hike takes you through the coniferous forest which proves to be especially beautiful during the fall. The Royal Arch is a gorgeous sight and from the arch you can see the entire city of Boulder. It’s the perfect fall hike, allowing you to see the changing colors of Boulder.

Follow this link for more information: http://www.protrails.com/trail/69/boulder-denver-golden-fort-collins-lyons-royal-arch


  1. Pearl Street Stampede; Cost: Free

Kick off the home football games the right way and stop by the Stampede on Pearl Street! Football games can be costly, but this awesome event is free for everyone. The stampede begins when the members of the Golden Buffalo Marching Band start performing at 7 p.m. on the 1300 block of Pearl Street. The stampede is lead by Stephen Tebo’s vintage 1948 fire truck.
Take a look at more information here: http://www.boulderdowntown.com/events/pearl-street-stampedes


You don’t have to go broke trying to have some fun this fall! There are plenty of cheap and free fall activities you can do all around Boulder. Whether it’s carving a pumpkin or going on a hike, take time to enjoy the simple things about fall.

I guarantee you’ll enjoy it!

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7 Ideas for a Spring Break Staycation

Spring Break is right around the corner—do you have plans yet? Not everyone can afford to fly somewhere warm for a week. Instead, grab some friends and plan a “staycation” right in Boulder. Below we’ve got a few ideas on how to have a frugal Spring Break Staycation without breaking the bank.

7 FREE Ideas:

  1. Attend an author reading/signing at a local bookstore.
  2. Rent movies from the library and have a movie night at home (try picking a theme: documentaries, foreign, thrillers, mysteries, etc.).
  3. Graduating soon or want a summer internship? Craft your resume and get your references lined up.
  4. Visit www.meetup.com to get together with other like-minded people who also want to hang out.
  5. Throw an old-fashioned game night and play your favorite board games (Monopoly, Twister, Scrabble to name a few).
  6. Check out the Buff Bulletin board, Boulder Weekly, and The Daily Camera for free cultural events.
  7. Get your finances in order; work on a budget, sign up for mint.com, track your spending. Visit cumoneysense.colorado.com for more ideas on how to get your money organized.

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20 Things to Do Instead of Spending Money

by Yuchen Wu, Student Blogger

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Working aside, people may have already planned what they want to do for this summer. If you still don’t have any plans yet and don’t have much money, here are some 20 ideas that won’t bust your budget:

1. Plant some flowers in your garden.

2. Use YouTube for karaoke.

3. Have a movie marathon with close friends.

4. Visit a county or state fair.

5. Take a photo every day for a summer or a year.

  • Here is an app that can remind you to take a photo every day. If you need inspirations, check out a list of photo-a-day here.

6. Visit a museum on a free day.

7. Wash your car at home.

8. Listen to a podcast.

9. Go on a bike ride.

10. Go hiking.

11. Read a book.

12. Practice yoga at home.

13. Go camping in your backyard.

14. Visit your family or friends.

15. Dance in the rain.

  • Bonus points if you do it where your neighbors can see you.

16. Play with your pet.

17. Meditate.

  • Find free meditation music online.

18. Gaze at the stars.

  • Check this link for the next meteor shower.

19. Write a journal or finally start a novel.

20. Stay in touch with a friend or loved one with a handwritten letter.

Check out MindBodyGreen.com and SparkPeople.com for more ideas!

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