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The sky is blue, the sun is shining and the bicycles are out en masse in Denver. Spring has sprung, and with it 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!

Rodeo All-Star Weekend

WHEN: April 14-15, 2017
WHERE: National Western Complex
Rodeo All-Star Weekend is the ultimate pro rodeo competition with all-star contestants from around the globe. There will also be live music, a fashion showcase, mutton bustin' and fun social events.

CINCO DE MAYO

WHEN: May 5-6, 2017
WHERE: Civic Center Park
Join the crowd in Civic Center Park for the Cinco de Mayo 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

WHEN: May 19-21, 2017 
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. Three days of events kick off with the Health & Fitness Expo on May 19, 2017, and there are several races to choose from over the following two days (May 20-21, 2017): Colfax 5K, marathon, half marathon, Urban 10 Miler, and three marathon relays.  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.

DENVER DAY OF ROCK

WHEN: May 28, 2016
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. This event will feature five stages of live music throughout Downtown Denver.

Denver Arts Festival

WHEN: May 27–28, 2017
WHERE: Stapleton's Conservatory Green

The Denver Arts Festival is a celebration of fine arts and crafts, featuring both Colorado artists and a select group of national artists. More than 50,000 art lovers are expected to attend this year's event — make sure you're one of them!

 

SPRING FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

ELITCH GARDENS THEME & WATER PARK

The nation's only downtown theme and water park opens for the season on April 29, 2017. With 54 thrilling rides, plus a splash-filled, 10-acre Water Park, musical stages, stunt shows and arcades, there's something at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park for just about everyone.

DENVER B-CYCLE

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 700 bikes from any one of 88 stations (conveniently located near major attractions and neighborhoods) and return it to any other station. 

COLORADO ROCKIES

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 start at $4.

SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING

The mountains are just a short drive (or train ride) away, and the snow generally sticks around until May (sometimes later), so you can enjoy some of the best skiing and snowboarding all spring. Savvy snow sports 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 day trips out to the mountains. Winter Park is a resort that's about an hour and a half from Denver that boasts 320 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 300 days of sunshine a year!