Nederland, located nearby the Barker Meadow Reservoir and Continental Divide in the mountains of southwest Boulder in Colorado, takes pride in its rich tradition of music, festivals and local artists year-round. The town is also known as a gateway to outdoor recreation in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, Roosevelt National Forest, Rocky Mountain National Park and James Peak Wilderness.
One of the upcoming events in Nederland is the High Peak Arts Festival, which will take place on June 25 to June 27. The festival showcases juried art show, children’s art area, and live music by area musicians. On Saturday from 2 pm to 5 pm, various artists are set to perform and bring live music. They include Fat Rabbit, Rocky Sterling, Bruce Lish & George Stone Duo and Jon Ridnell of Blackdog. This free event also features fantastic foods by various local restaurants including Blue Owl, Savory Café, Kathmandu, Blue Moon Bakery and Tungsten Toffee.
Children will be engaged in art activities in The Art Tent offered by Open Arts Boulder’s education partner, the Clementine Art Studio. Four project stations – drawing, printmaking, hanging collages and recycled materials sculpture – will be offered for kids to explore and experiment. The Art Tent is open on June 26 from 10 am to 3 pm.
On September 17, come and join the fun at the third annual WindFest, an event that celebrates the community. Geared towards the youth and their families, this event allows people to come together and enjoy the wind at the town. Available to the public for free, the event will be held at the TEENS, INC and the Guercio ballfield from 11 am to 3 pm. Activities will include kite-making and flying, a barbeque fundraiser, as well as many local vendors.
Nederland is also home to The Nederland Music & Arts Festival (NedFest), a three-day outdoor music, camping and microbrew event. This outdoor event is held at the shores of Barker Meadow Reservoir, only 17 miles west of Denver. The event features music of different genres including world-beat, jamband, jazz and bluegrass. Aside from three days of music, NedFest also showcases arts and crafts, foods, merchandises, local microbrew beer, information booths and service. This family-oriented event happens on the last weekend of August.
The inaugural NedFest took place in 1996 at the Chipeta Park. Following a short hiatus, it was revived in August 1999 at the Jeff Guercio Memorial Baseball Park, where the festival is currently being held.