Start planning now for exciting 2023 events and festivals in Denver. Scroll down our month-by-month list and choose from annual favorites, splashy debuts and exclusive showings. Make a night of it and take advantage of great hotel deals. For more events and things to do, see our Denver 365 calendar.

Events by Month

Art Crawl: New Year Celebration (Jan. 23, 2023) – The Clyfford Still Museum is a great place for you and your baby to experience art and find community with other families with infants.

Mozart & Now with Peter Oundjian (Jan. 27–29, 2023) – Mozart & Now reimagines the traditional concert weekend experience with three unique performances contrasting the music of Mozart with four of today’s brightest composers, all led by Principal Conductor Peter Oundjian.

UllrGrass Festival (Jan. 27–29, 2023) – The 3-day festival, UllrGrass (named for the Norse God of Winter – Ullr - pronounced ooler) is the brainchild and passion project of Chris and Susannah Thompson, long-time Golden residents who felt Golden needed a signature event in the middle of winter to bring the community together.

'Laughs in Spanish' (Jan. 27–March 12, 2023) – A joyous, downright hilarious snapshot of Cuban and Colombian-American culture set in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood arts district.

Icelantic's Winter Mission (Jan. 28, 2023) – Don't miss Alison Wonderland with Channel Tres, Sam Blacky and Housewife & Jacoby at Mission Ballroom. 

American Song (Jan. 28, 2023) – This expertly curated program of rarely-performed music by some of America's most popular composers includes opera, musical theater, art songs and more at the Wolf Theatre at the Mizel Arts & Culture Center.


 

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse (Thru Feb. 5, 2023) – Explore the aesthetic legacies and traditions of Black culture in the African American South as seen through the lens of contemporary Black musical expression. This groundbreaking exhibition at MCA Denver, lauded by critics from the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, argues for the importance of the American South and Black culture as critical to our understanding of America’s past, present and future.

Sammy Seung-min Lee: Taking Root (Thru Feb. 5, 2023) – Using traditional Korean paper-making techniques, Lee transforms mulberry paper into trees, fungi and table settings. Exploring traditions surrounding food and home, Lee’s works give form to the ways in which we’re anchored by friends and family and examine what it means to take root in a new and unfamiliar culture. See it at Denver Botanic Gardens. 

Monster Jam (Thru Feb. 10–12, 2023) – Experience full-throttle family fun where 12,000-pound monster trucks tear up the dirt in intense competitions of speed and skill. Witness world-class drivers show off crazy skills and all-out racing in fierce head-to-head battles for the event championship.

MANIA, The ABBA Tribute (Thru Feb. 10, 2023) – MANIA (formerly ABBA MANIA) formed in 1999 and the show has been selling out theaters and concert halls internationally ever since. This show has toured the world in its quest to bring the music of the Swedish "supergroup" to their millions of fans, old and new!

Vance Kirkland’s Cosmos (Thru Feb. 15–May 28, 2023) – Vance Kirkland (1904–1981), namesake of Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, was among the most important Colorado and regional painters of the 20th century. During the last half of his career, Kirkland’s paintings made a break from the earthly environment and explored outer space, first with his Nebulae paintings, beginning in 1954 pre-Sputnik, using his unique mixtures of oil paint and water.

Snow Days (Thru Feb. 17, 2023) – Spend your day gliding around the rink, sledding on REAL snow, warming up by a toasty fire and much, much more at the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus.

Luis Barragán: A Legacy. New Works Undressing the Mexican Soul (Thru Feb. 18, 2023) – This exhibition will celebrate the legacy of one of the most iconic and well-known Mexican architects of the 20th century.​

International Anime Music Festival (Feb. 19, 2023) – This unique festival is an immersive live concert experience starring the world’s leading anime pop stars, together on stage for the first time.

Styx (Feb. 26, 2023) See the iconic band at Paramount Theatre.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 2023 Tour (March 2, 2023) The Boss is coming to town to rock Ball Arena.

Denver Restaurant Week (March 3–12, 2023) – Celebrate the local culinary scene during VISIT DENVER's Denver Restaurant Week, March 3-12. Top restaurants will offer multi-course dinners for one of three tasty prices: $25, $35 or $45 per person. Dine-in, to-go and delivery options will be available to accommodate all diners.

'Bluey's Big Play' (March 4–6, 2023) – When Dad feels like a little bit of Sunday afternoon time out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans! Join them as they pull out all of the games and cleverness at their disposal to get Dad off that bean bag. 

Jo Koy (March 4, 2023) The comedian will perform live at Ball Arena. 

Who tells a tale adds a tail: Latin America and contemporary art (Thru March 5, 2023) – See the work of 19 contemporary artists connected to Latin America and the ways in which their work reflects and interacts with modern themes.

Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Cosmic Collisions (March 8, 2023) – The astrophysicist, author, actor and science communicator will share his knowledge with the audience at Paramount Theatre.

Colorado Dragon Boat Film Festival (March 9–12, 2023) – Learn about the culture, contributions and accomplishments of Asian and Asian-Pacific American communities through film.

Jurassic Quest (March 10–12, 2023) – It's the world’s largest, most popular dino event with unique and exciting experiences for the whole family.

Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade (March 11, 2023) – The annual parade starts rolling at 9:30 a.m. on Wynkoop and 19th, then turns down 17th Street in front of Denver Union Station, and then turns northeast down Blake Street. 

'Fiddler on the Roof' (March 14–19, 2023) – Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind "South Pacific" and "The King and I" bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony-winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.

Denver March Powwow (March 17–19, 2023) – Since 1984, the heritage of American Indians has been celebrated in Denver every year at the Denver March Powwow, one of the largest events of its kind in the country. The Powwow features more than 1,600 dancers from close to 100 tribes from 38 states and three Canadian provinces. The three-day event in the Denver Coliseum is packed with singing, dancing, storytelling, food, art and more, ensuring a wonderful experience for everyone.

Big Gigantic with the Colorado Symphony (March 17–18, 2023) This will be exciting! The Boulder-based electronic duo is teaming up with the Colorado Symphony for a two-night special event. 

John Mellencamp (March 27, 2023) The rock legend has announced an epic North American tour taking place in 2023, supporting his most recent album "Strictly a One-Eyed Jack."


 

Rodeo All-Star Weekend (TBA) – It's the ultimate pro rodeo competition with all-star contestants from around the globe.

Carnival of the Animals with the Denver Zoo (April 4, 2023) – This performance introduces little ones to the joys of the orchestra with Carnival of the Animals, one of the best-known pieces by French Composer Camille Saint-Saëns.

Unseen Oceans (Thru April 9, 2023) – With modern robotics and satellite monitoring, scientists are revealing the unseen habitats of the oceans’ most mysterious animals and mapping remote areas in unprecedented detail. See the exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. 

Ballet MasterWorks (Thru April 14–23, 2023) – To close the season, a grand finale that lives up to its name. Accompanied by a live performance from the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, this monumental compilation showcases its art in top form.

'Anastasia' (April 14–16, 2023) – From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic "Ragtime," this dazzling show transports you from the twilight of the Russian empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past.

The Music of Pink Floyd with the Colorado Symphony (April 15, 2023) – Bridging the gulf between rock 'n' roll and classical music and accompanied by singer Randy Jackson’s fabulous vocals, creator Brent Havens guest conducts the Colorado Symphony as they capture Pink Floyd’s ethereal flow of music and effects while churning out new musical colors. The concert will feature 17 Pink Floyd tunes, including “Money”, “Learning to Fly,” “Comfortably Numb” and other selections from "The Wall" album.   

Denver Day of Rock (TBA) – This free music festival features four stages of live music in LoDo/downtown Denver. The event unites the community through music and family-friendly entertainment while also raising funds to help Amp the Cause, which supports local non-profits.

Civic Center Eats (May–September 2023) – This annual food truck event brings a variety of Denver's best mobile restaurants together to serve lunch throughout the summer.

SeriesFest: Season 9 (May 5–10, 2023) – This unique festival celebrates the art of independent TV series creation — here in the birthplace of cable television. The event showcases the best new pilots from across the globe by both seasoned and emerging content creators in an international, juried competition.

Denver Cinco de Mayo Festival (May 5–7, 2023) – A weekend filled with food, fun and culture, Denver’s Cinco de Mayo "Celebrate Culture" Festival puts the spotlight on The Mile High City’s vibrant Latino population. With more than 400,000 attendees expected, it’s one of Denver's most fun and family-friendly events.

Ansel Adams: Early Works (June 11–Oct. 1, 2023) – Discover the early work of the renowned landscape photographer with photos of the American West. Known best for his high-contrast photos made in the 1970s and 1980s, Adams’ earlier prints feature a softer focus, smaller scale and warmer tones, providing a glimpse into the evolution of the photographer’s signature style. 

Juneteenth Music Festival (TBA) – Celebrate with a parade, live performances, art, vendors and fun for the entire family. Don’t miss the interactive and educational programming at acclaimed African American cultural institutions and landmarks.

The Denver BBQ Festival (TBA) – This festival brings together top pitmasters from Denver and around the country to serve award-winning barbecue. The festival also features live music, cold drinks and barbecue tutorials and demonstrations. Admission is free; guests pay for food and drinks.

Five Points Jazz Festival (June 3, 2023) – This free festival celebrates the history of Denver's Five Points neighborhood. Once known as the Harlem of the West, Five Points was home to several jazz clubs which played host to many of jazz music's legends such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and many more. The festival features a diverse lineup of music, from Latin to blues to funk and many other styles of jazz.

Cherry Blossom Festival (June 17–18, 2023) – Fans of taiko drumming, teriyaki chicken, sake and Japanese artwork won't want to miss this annual festival in Sakura Square. 

Denver PrideFest (June 24–25, 2023) – This two-day celebration of community and culture is welcoming, inclusive and fun for all attendees, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. There’s also a parade and 5K (run, walk, roll or sashay).

'The Book of Mormon' (June 21–July 2, 2023) – This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word.

Cirque du Soleil – Kooza (July 5–Aug. 13, 2023) – Kooza combines acrobatic performance and the art of clowning while exploring fear, identity, recognition and power. 

Colorado Black Arts Festival (July 7–9, 2023) – Celebrate African American art and culture. It's a Colorado experience like no other in historic Denver City Park West.

Fan Expo (June 30–July 2, 2023) – Experience the ultimate playground for comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming. Enjoy three big days of citywide events, family-friendly attractions and world-renowned celebrities. 

Taylor Swift (July 14–15, 2023) – See the Eras Tour live with Muna and Gracie Abrams!

Rod Stewart with special guest Cheap Trick (Aug. 1, 2023) – The iconic singer will be performing with a quintessential 1980s band at Ball Arena. 

Ed Sheeran: + - = ÷ x Tour (Aug. 19, 2023) – The award-winning artist has announced a monumental North American tour in 2023 behind his latest album '='.

'1964' The Tribute (Aug. 24, 2023) – See the world's No. 1 Beatles show live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. 

National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15–Oct. 15, 2023) – Each year, Americans celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

2023 Great American Beer Festival (Sept. 21–23, 2023) – GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served in a public tasting event plus a private competition. GABF brings together the brewers and diverse beers that make the U.S. the world's greatest brewing nation.

Return of the Corn Mothers (Thru Sept. 30, 2023) – What began in 2007 with a small grant from the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute and eight local women has now expanded to include more than seventy women. Join in the rich tradition of honoring Southwest women through this revitalized exhibit. 

Mile High Holidays (Thru Jan. 1, 2024) – This holiday season, Denver will twinkle with millions of lights all across the city. Feel the warmth of family-friendly performing arts classics, find the perfect gifts and marvel at elaborate lights displays. No other city creates holiday miracles quite like Denver. Mile High Holidays has something for everyone.