The tents near the Boulder Bandshell had barely dried on Sunday when a crack of thunder sounded through the afternoon sky.

“Oh man! Not again,” exclaimed Kyle Farkas, who was experiencing the fickle nature of Colorado weather for the first time.

Farkas had just moved to Colorado from New York and was a first-time attendee of the Boulder Creek Fest.

In a matter of minutes, attendees of the Boulder Creek Festival were either zipping up Gore-Tex rain coats or ducking beneath any awning in sight to avoid the chilly rainfall.

“I guess I didn’t get the memo,” Farkas said, motioning miserably to his rain-soaked jean shorts. “I thought Colorado was supposed to be perpetually sunny.”

Kids run around in giant inflatable hamster balls, one of the most popular activities for children at the Boulder Creek Fest. (Ella Cobb / Staff Writer)

The Boulder Creek festival returned to regular-scheduled programming this year, after COVID-19 canceled the festival in 2020 and postponed it in 2021.

Thousands of attendees traipsed along the Boulder creek path, ducking in and out of more than 150 vendor tents, food trucks, and music stages.

A late morning shower had shut down the handful of carnival rides temporarily; however, a burst of sun in the early afternoon allowed for kids to resume running around the various bouncy houses, ride mini roller coasters, and roll inside of giant plastic hamster balls.

The sun also came out in time to welcome Colorado Hula to the Creek Community Stage.

For Heather Freidas, a Maui native and member of the Boulder-based dance group, the best part of performing at the Boulder Creek Fest is the community support.

“There’s just such good energy here, every single person is so happy and friendly. We feel blessed to be a part of that, and to share that love and aloha with everyone,” Freidas said.

Colorado Hula performing on the Creek Community Stage at the Boulder Creek Festival on Sunday, May 29, 2022. (Ella Cobb/Staff Writer)
Colorado Hula performs on the Creek Community Stage at the Boulder Creek Festival on Sunday, May 29, 2022. (Ella Cobb/Staff Writer)

Further into the festival, the food trucks and stands were garnering lots of attention from festival goers.

One stand was selling a popular “donut burger,” a cheeseburger wedged between two slices of glazed doughnut, while dozens of people walked around holding giant turkey legs in hand.

A highlight for many of the festival was Hot Bamboo, a stand selling steamed buns shaped like adorable animals.

The line for the ground pork- and teriyaki chicken-filled buns was lengthy; however, according to creek fest veteran Allanah Ballerd, the wait was worth it.

“These are the best things I have ever eaten, and I’ve eaten a lot of things,” Ballerd said. “But they’re almost too cute to bite.”

Ballerd said that on the whole, the best part of the festival were the “good vibes”.

“We’ve been here for like three hours already, and we were here yesterday. It’s just so much fun. It’s the essence of Boulder – beer and food and good music and outside. It’s all here,” Ballerd added.

Alexis Arce showcases the adorable steamed buns at Hot Bamboo at the Boulder Creek Festival on May 29, 2022. (Ella Cobb / Staff Writer)
Alexis Arce showcases the adorable steamed buns at Hot Bamboo at the Boulder Creek Festival on May 29, 2022. (Ella Cobb / Staff Writer)

Rounding out the Memorial Day weekend, the music, food, beer, and good vibes will conclude on Monday, which will bring another chance of showers.

Farkas said that despite the soggy afternoon, he is willing to give the Creek Fest another chance.

“Honestly, I’m going to come back tomorrow. I think I’ll just pack my jacket just in case, and I think maybe the trick is I need to have a couple more beers,” he mused.

“And maybe one of those buns you were talking about,” Farkas concluded.

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