Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall is a four block pedestrian mall in the heart of the city that is home to a hundreds of locally-owned and operated businesses and restaurants as well as the Boulder County Courthouse. The pedestrian area stretches from the 1100 to the 1400 blocks of Pearl Street. It’s a great place to shop, people watch and see the work of local artists any time of year. Pearl Street is sure to be entertaining for people of all ages.
The Pearl Street Mall is a popular destination for tourists and for CU-Boulder students. Visitors will find a blend of locally-owned businesses and national chain stores and restaurants as well as much of Boulder's nightlife. Stores on Pearl Street offer apparel, arts and crafts, galleries, baby clothes and accessories, biking supplies, books and stationery, consignment items, gifts and novelties, home kitchen and garden, jewelry, sporting goods and much more.
The Pearl Street Mall is full of street performers during the summer months, including musicians, contortionists, a balloon man, and many others. The area is decorated with public art, including numerous fountains and sculptures. There’s also a stylized map of Boulder County, a sandbox for children, and a number of small gardens which are planted with a variety of flowers and trees.
The Stampede on Pearl Street, which is a pep rally held each Friday night before a home Colorado Buffaloes football game, takes place on the Pearl Street Mall. The stampede tradition was begun in 2005 by a university coach and the Golden Buffalo Marching Band in 2005. The goal was to increase community support for university athletics.
The mall is in the western part of present-day Boulder, and the area is a historic district where many of the oldest buildings in Boulder are located. Construction of the Pearl Street Mall was completed in 1977, and today it is home to thousands of interesting shops, restaurants, bars and more.