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CU student Ramon Alemany bowls at The Connection in the University Memorial Center -- a great place for underage fun.
CU student Ramon Alemany bowls at The Connection in the University Memorial Center — a great place for underage fun.

You’re under 21, so what’s there to do in Boulder?

Believe it or not, there’s still plenty of fun things to do in town if you’re underage.

You can still check out concerts, movies, pool and poker events and more — so here’s you’re underage guide to finding fun things to do in Boulder:

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The Connection in CU’s University Memorial Center is open from 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, noon to 1 a.m. Saturday and noon to midnight Sunday. Learn more at

On campus

The University of Colorado campus offers plenty of activities for under-age students.

The CU Program Council is the university’s student-run entertainment board, and this year the group will be bringing in concerts, movies and other events to campus.

Underage music fans can check out a variety of concerts at Club 156, the Glenn Miller Ballroom and the Mary Rippon Theatre this fall. You can also see free second-run movies and sneak previews in Chem 140.

Find out more at the PC’s website at

CU offers all-age indie and foreign films via the CU International Film Series. The campus also offers a variety of lectures, comedy shows, art openings and special events that are open to students of all ages.

You can also check out The Connection in the University Memorial Center. The games area offers all-ages bowling tournaments, poker tournaments, Disco Bowl Thursdays and more.

You can see a full schedule of all these CU events at

Live music

There are also a lot of all-age concerts and events that take place off-campus.

Even if you’re under 21, you can still see concerts at the new Astroland venue in North Boulder (4413 N. Broadway), the Laughing Goat Coffeehouse (1709 Pearl St.), First Fridays at the Topo Ranch clothing store (1505 Pearl St.), the Boulder Public Library (1001 Arapahoe Ave.) and at downtown events hosted by the city of Boulder.

The Fox (1135 13th St.) and Boulder theaters (2032 14th St.) also offer several all-age concerts a month.


You can also check out special movie showings in Boulder if you’re under 21.

The Boulder Theater hosts second-run, art-house, sports films and film festivals on a regular basis. The Boulder Public Library brings in vintage movies several nights a week for free.

If you’re into poetry, the arts and book talks there are all-ages events you can attend, too.


The Laughing Goat hosts a Monday night poetry reading that’s open to poets and audiences of all ages.

The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (1750 13th St.) and the Dairy Center for the Arts (2590 Walnut St.) offer a variety of all-ages art and theatrical events.

There are also plenty of all-age art gallery receptions that take place on the CU campus and at the downtown Boulder galleries. That translates to free art shows and free eats.

If like to hear talks by national authors you can check out the free author appearances at the Boulder Book Store (1107 Pearl St.). The Boulder Public Library also brings in free lectures and events.

And, there’s tons of outdoor hiking and camping you can do in Boulder and the adjacent mountains.

It just proves that you don’t have to hang out at the 21+ bars to have fun in Boulder.

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