Catch Spring Fever In Denver!
The Mile High City's Spring Weekends Are Filled
With Festivals, Family Fun And Much More
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 Festival
Join the crowd in Civic Center Park for 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
The ultimate urban tour! 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. Denver Day of Rock
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. 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
Through August 24
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 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. Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
May – October
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. 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 800 bikes from any one of 80-plus 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 on April 5, as the Rockies square off against the San Diego Padres. 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
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
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 MuseumThe Denver Art Museum 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.American Idiot
When: May 23-25
Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Based on Green Day’s groundbreaking rock opera of the same name, this daring new musical 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.” Already planning your summer vacation? Go to VISITDENVER.com/dares to see hotel deals and learn more about what’s happening through September in The Mile High City.