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A Guide to the Perfect Summer Day in Old Town Lafayette

Old Town Lafayette holds a unique charm with its vibrant streets, locally produced goods, thriving arts scene, and delightful dining options. Create an unforgettable summer day in Lafayette by following our guide to the perfect “sunrise to sunset” downtown itinerary.

Whether you live nearby or are visiting from afar, the town’s accessibility makes it a breeze to explore! Park along the surrounding neighborhood streets or in one of our many conveniently located public parking lots. Follow our easy-to-spot public parking street signs to access any of the lots.

If your perfect morning is accompanied by a cup of coffee, consider starting your day at East Simpson Coffee Co., where you can enjoy artisan coffee and a sweet pastry on their newly renovated outdoor patio. If you are looking for a full breakfast spread, Tangerine has an enticing menu that is sure to satisfy everyone’s cravings and will keep you full for the many adventures that lie ahead.

After breakfast, embrace the lively and artistic spirit of Old Town Lafayette with a Public Art Walk and Alley Tour. With over 50 pieces of unique art, from intricate sculptures to a collection of locally designed alley murals, you are sure to find yourself in a world of wonder. There is much to see and embrace when walking our streets! The abundant flowers are blooming, the trees are full, and the sun is always shining, making for incredible pictures throughout the day. Take a look at the vibrant alley murals and discover our curated list of art pieces on our website.

In Old Town, shopping small and locally is a defining part of our community’s culture. Indulge in the charming boutiques, local art galleries, flea markets, and antique shops scattered throughout the town. Discover and support our local businesses as you explore timeless clothing, handcrafted jewelry, and one-of-a-kind treasures that reflect the community’s eclectic energy. Unearth our many hidden gems and vintage finds, and let your personal style shine through!

After wandering through the many shops, you’ll need a lunchtime pick-me-up. We have dozens of restaurants that will fulfill any appetite. From flavorful pasta and comfort foods to cajun delights and authentic tacos, we have it all. Make sure to get the most out of your summer day by dining on the outdoor patios at any of our restaurants. The outdoor patio makes for the perfect summer dining experience, no matter the time of day.

Enjoy the afternoon on foot by exploring one of the many trails that surround Old Town Lafayette. You can discover a list of our walking trails on our website. The trails are dog friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friend to wander with you. If you’re visiting with kids or just looking to cool off, make a stop at the Festival Plaza’s splash pad, where laughter and joy abound and cooling off becomes an adventure.

As the sun begins to set, Old Town Lafayette comes alive with a vibrant entertainment scene. Catch a show or play at one of the town’s four theater and music spaces. From engaging musicals to a collection of live band performances, you can immerse yourself in the talents of local artists from around Boulder County.

Make sure to mark your calendars for all the upcoming Art Night Out events! This extravaganza brings together the best of Lafayette’s arts and culture scene to Festival Plaza every second Friday from May through September. Experience the buzz of over 150+ vendors, offering a wide array of unique creations. Get your groove on with live music, while treating your taste buds to the delectable offerings from food and drink trucks. Engage with stilt walkers, face painters, caricature artists, and magicians, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

We want to see all the memories you create this summer in Old Town Lafayette! Be sure to tag @OldTownLafayette in all your social photos and videos, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook for all the latest and greatest updates on Old Town Lafayette. If you are looking to learn more about upcoming events, you can check out our events calendar. We hope you have a great summer and enjoy the many wonders of Lafayette!