Catch Spring Fever In Denver
The sky is blue, the sun is shining and the bicycles are out en masse in Denver. Yes, spring has sprung, and with it comes a host of must-do activities and can’t-miss events. Great hotel deals sweeten the deal, so make a Mile High weekend of it.
CAN'T MISS EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
Plan your Denver weekend around one of these only-in-Denver happenings!
Cinco de Mayo Celebrate Culture Festival
WHEN: May 3-4
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Colfax Ave. and Broadway
Join the crowd in Civic Center Park for the Cinco de Mayo Celebrate Culture Festival, one of the largest cultural events in Colorado, with more than 400,000 visitors each year. Enjoy live entertainment on three stages, hundreds of exhibitors, great food and drink, children's activities, a parade - and the hotly contested green chili cook off!
The Colfax Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay
WHEN: May 17-18
WHERE: Throughout the city
The ultimate urban tour! During the Colfax Marathon, run the mile high course that takes you on and off Colfax, through parks, neighborhoods, trails and downtown. Enjoy amazing views of the front range, Confluence Park, Sports Authority Field at Mile High's concourse, and the Cherry Creek trail. The half marathon even runs through the Denver Zoo. If you're not quite ready to run, no worries - there's an after party in City Park following the race with live music, food and drink.
WHEN: May 24
WHERE: Downtown Denver
A free, outdoor music festival in the heart of downtown Denver? Yes, please. Denver Day of Rock is an annual tradition that sees dozens of performers bringing rockin' good vibes to The Mile High City. And don't miss the special evening concert in Skyline Park on May 23 featuring the Wallflowers! It's just the beginning of Denver's Memorial Day Weekend fun - get more ideas at visitdenver.com/memorialdayweekend.
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY WEEKEND
Everything from roller coasters to rhinos.
Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed
WHEN: Through August 24
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.
Discover a hidden world at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The largest exhibition about the ancient Maya ever to be displayed in the United States, Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed includes never-before-seen artifacts, hands-on activities, and immersive walk-in environments. Highlights include re-creations of an underground cave and a colorful, life-size frieze that once surrounded the top of El Castillo pyramid at Xunantunich in Belize. Explore the rise and decline of ancient cities, and learn how the Mayans' innovations (such as a 365-day calendar and incredible architecture) still impact our lives today.
WHEN: May - October
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, 2000 Elitch Cir.
The nation's ONLY downtown theme and water park opens for the season on May 4. With more than 45 thrilling rides, plus a splash-filled, 10-acre Water Park, musical stages, stunt shows, arcades and the StarToon Studios (a kiddie area with pint-sized fun), there's something at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park for just about everyone.
WHEN: Through November
WHERE: Throughout the city
Explore the city on two wheels! Denver B-cycle is an automated bike sharing system designed for short trips around The Mile High City. It's easy and fun. You can check out one of more than 800 bikes from any one of 80-plus stations (conveniently located near major attractions and neighborhoods) and return it to any other station.
WHERE: Coors Field, 2001 Blake St.
Major league baseball returns to downtown Denver's Coors Field and the fun continues all spring and summer long. For an affordable option, buy tickets in the Rockpile, where seats are just $4 for adults and $1 for kids under 12.
Toyota Elephant Passage
WHERE: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St.
Say hello to Denver's new, five-ton locals. At 10 acres, this landmark $50 million exhibit at Denver Zoo is North America's largest bull elephant habitat. You'll see majestic Asian elephants care for their young, Indian one-horned rhinos cooling off in a shallow stream, acrobatic gibbons swinging overhead from tree to tree, fishing cats diving for their next meal and the piercing stare of a black leopard, all from the center of an Asian village.
Skiing and Snowboarding
WHEN: Through April
WHERE: The Rocky Mountain Front Range
The mountains are just a short drive (or train ride) away! The snow generally sticks around until May (sometimes later), so you can enjoy some of the best skiing and snowboarding all spring. Savvy snowsports lovers know that one of the best ways to hit the slopes and get a world-class vacation at the same time is to stay in Downtown Denver and take daytrips out to the mountains. Winter Park is a resort boasting 350 inches of annual snowfall. However, just because you can count on good snow doesn't mean you should expect to ski in blizzard conditions. On average, Winter Park has 106 days of sunshine during the ski season - or approximately 70 percent of the season is sunny!
AN ARTS & CULTURE FILLED WEEKEND
The spring cultural calendar includes Pollock, Picasso ... and Green Day
Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Collection
WHEN: March 2-June 8
WHERE: Denver Art Museum / Clyfford Still Museum
The Denver Art Museum (DAM) and the Clyfford Still Museum (CSM) present the must-see Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. This exhibition will bring together approximately 50 iconic artworks by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, and Andy Warhol as well as one of Jackson Pollock's finest drip paintings. In all, more than 40 influential artists will be on view. A special ticket will give visitors admission to the exhibition at the DAM as well as 1959: The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Exhibition Recreated, a correlative exhibition at the Clyfford Still Museum, Feb. 14-June 15, 2014. 1959 recreates Still's landmark exhibition held at the Albright-Knox in the fall of 1959. This exhibition was the largest of Still's career and the first following his decision to break ties with the art world in 1951.
WHEN: May 23-25
WHERE: Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 950 13th St.
Based on Green Day's groundbreaking rock opera of the same name, American Idiot, a daring new musical at the Denver Center, tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia, and features the smash hits "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "Holiday" and "21 Guns."