For every season there is something in Downtown Boulder. Folks in Boulder like to celebrate their heritage, celebrate the arts, and sometimes just like to celebrate in general!Things getting going in April as the town warms up. On the first Sunday in April, is the traditional Tulip, Fairy and Elves Parade at the Pearl Street Mall when the town welcomes spring and the thousands of tulips planted at the mall. Also on Pearl Street later that month is the Pearl Street and Beyond wine and food festival. The Boulder Creek Festival that takes place over a weekend in late May has entertainment, art and plenty of food and concludes with a Rubber Duck race. The summer brings the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Besides the staging of the Bard’s plays there are concerts, and a wandering "Bill Shakespeare" who mingles with the crowd. Summer also brings a flurry of concerts downtown. Starting June every Wednesday evening, the city sponsors Bands on the Bricks on the Pearl Street Mall. Later in the summer during July, is the Pearl Street Arts fest for the visual arts. The summer ends with the Bolder Boulder Marathon when over 50,000 participants come to town on Memorial Day weekend. The race is attended by some world most talented runners and race route turns into one long party. Autumn brings Fall Fest to downtown in early September. Musicians, artisans and foodies gather downtown to bid farewell to summer. Later in the month the dedicated followers of fashion head downtown for the Fall into Fashion Weekend. Besides food and music, the downtown business offer makeup makeovers and great bargains on fall Fashions. It is also the unofficial welcome back for University of Colorado students. The biggest event in Boulder is the annual Halloween bash. It start in the afternoon of October 31st (or the preceding weekend) when thousands of mini pirates and fairy princes. Later that night the madness with the famous Halloween party in the states when thousands come to downtown Boulder for the Mall Crawl that brought back from the dead in 2009. The year’s activities culminate with the start of the holiday season and the lighting of the Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving.