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Survival Guide to Boulder International Film Festival: Screens, the Great Outdoors & Wine

Movie theatre marquee and a bottle of Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon wine.

This week is the 4-day celebration of art and cinema at the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF).  Known for attracting filmmakers, musicians and talent, the festival also speaks to the foodie culture of the town by highlighting local chefs. With its charming downtown and stunning mountain backdrop, Boulder has a bit of everything for wine and film lovers. Here are our top picks to make the most of the Boulder International Film Festival.

When you get a break from watching films, check out these other festival highlights:

  • Singer/Songwriter Showcase
    • Check out the Singer/Songwriter showcase for great music including new local musicians.  While there, grab a glass of Francis Ford Coppola wines!
  • XR Experience
    • Check out revolutionary mediums featuring VR.  Hear about this form of storytelling at the various panels, exclusive experiences and industry happy hours.
  • CineCHEF
    • This hot ticket brings in award-winning female chefs from Boulder and Denver to compete to create film inspired dishes.  What’s better than that?  They will also be pairing them with Francis Ford Coppola wines and Great Women Spirits cocktails.

Get Outdoors
There’s a reason Boulder is named one of the top sports towns in America.  With its 300 days of sunshine and active outdoor lifestyle, there is something for everyone.

  • The Rocky Mountains offer easy to challenging hikes with spectacular views. If you have the time, make your way to Boulder Falls, a beloved waterfall outside the city of Boulder.
  • About 20 miles outside of Boulder one can find ski resorts with beginner, intermediate and expert trails.
  • Head to Pearl Street. Here, historic buildings are filled with boutiques, coffee shops and art galleries. You may even catch street performers.

Feast and Sip
Boulder has been called “America’s Foodiest City” by Bon Appetit Magazine, and Food & Wine Magazine named Pearl Street as one of the “10 best foodie streets in America.” Here are a few picks of where to get a bite and a glass of wine:

  • Boulder Cork. Enjoy local fresh ingredients and local artwork on the walls.
  • Hapa Sushi Featuring beginner rolls to sashimi and everything in between.
  • Osaka’s Try out their signature dish, okonomiyaki, a savory cabbage pancake
  • Pasta Jay’s A favorite of the Boulder community showcasing family recipes.
  • Boulder Dinner Theatre Enjoy full-scale live theatre productions while the stars serve you at your table.
  • Riff’s Celebrate the food culture of Boulder with local flavors.
  • Post Brewing Delicious comfort food cooked with the love of your grandma and skill of trained chefs.
  • Spruce Seasonally inspired creative cuisine and familiar flavors.
  • The Corner Bar Located in the Hotel Boulderado, a warm friendly place for friends, locals, travelers, politicians and celebrities alike – great people watching.
  • Japango A local favorite for fresh sushi and traditional and modern Japanese cuisine.
  • T-Zero Lounge Located in the lobby of St. Julien Hotel & Spa offering a modern yet contemporary rendezvous spot.
  • Chautauqua Spectacular views from their enchanting wraparound porch with fresh Colorado cuisine.

The 15th annual Boulder International Film Festival will take place February 28th - March 3rd in Boulder, Colorado.