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The Best Place in Boulder to Spend an Inexpensive Afternoon: The Pearl Street Mall

Updated on December 29, 2016
Contortioinists are double-jointed throughout their bodies.
Contortioinists are double-jointed throughout their bodies. | Source

Pearl Street Mall: A Busker's Delight

Recently, I had to travel to Boulder, CO on business and had several hours to kill right in the downtown area. So, recalling that there was a lot of action on the Pearl Street Mall, I headed on over.

Compared to Denver's 16th Street Mall, the Pearl Street Mall has fewer pianos and cows, but literally oodles of buskers!

On this day, the assortment of entertainers was quite engaging: magicians, musicians of unusual instruments, an artist and, best to my thinking, a contortionist.

Behind all of this in close distance are the highly unusual appearing Flatiron rock formations.

A map exists at the end of this article to assist those unfamiliar with the environs.

A drummer using typical household instruments rather than drums.
A drummer using typical household instruments rather than drums. | Source

Magicians, Artists and Musicians

I visited on an incredibly hot this day--the first of an unbelievable four days of record-breaking heat in the Denver Metro Area.

As with Denver's 16th Street Mall, there are many magicians and musicians. There was an artist, NOT a cartooning artist, but a serious one. He kept himself shaded and was painting a side-street scene.

One of the brighter musicians played drums on any pot or pan available, as well as five-pound buckets. Kudos for originality.

Preparing to enter box.
Preparing to enter box. | Source
Entering plexiglass box.
Entering plexiglass box. | Source
Entry complete.
Entry complete. | Source

The Contortionist

In my opinion, the most interesting busker was the contortionist. Such people are double-jointed in nearly all of their joints and thus can squeeze into the tiniest of containers.

I have never seen a working contortionist in a downtown mall, so this was a treat!

He was affable and jovial to the audience and said, "Now folks, I didn't go to college. I'm not a lawyer or a doctor. So I put myself in this box every day."

"Stay in school, kids. So you don't have to get in a box or go to a box every day."

Parents with children in the audience were very pleased at this encouragement to stay in school to avoid an unwanted career. Truthfully, however, I think he enjoyed the attention his unusual ability permitted him to get a crowd excited.

A Female Contortionist

An Inexpensive Day on the Mall Concludes

The Pearl Street Mall in Boulder is quite the place to be for some inexpensive entertainment. I bought a lemonade to cool off, strolled about and laid down some bucks for my favorite acts. Thus concludes another frugal, but entertaining day full of surprises and western charm.

Don't forget to also check out Denver's 16th Street Mall while you are in the area!

Pearl Street Mall, Boulder


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    • Laura in Denver profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Deibel 

      6 years ago from Aurora

      I understand it is truly beautiful to live there. I worked with many friends who lived in Boulder or the foothills.

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      6 years ago

      After reading this lovely article, it brought back many wonderful memories of having lived in Boulder for 15 years.

    • Laura in Denver profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Deibel 

      6 years ago from Aurora

      Yes, this heat has been unrelenting the last few days. Thx!

    • John  Lakewood profile image

      John Lakewood 

      6 years ago from Lakewood, CO

      So long I have been to the Boulder Mall....maybe when it cools down more.

    • Laura in Denver profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Deibel 

      6 years ago from Aurora

      There are all kinds of activities set for the Boulder area this summer! Although it's a scorcher at this particular time!

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      6 years ago

      Nice article. I will have to visit next time I am in Boulder.


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