Start planning now for exciting 2020 events and festivals in Denver. Scroll down our month-by-month list and choose from annual favorites, splashy debuts and exclusive showings. See our Denver 365 calendar for a complete listing of events.
Events by Month
Doors Open Denver (Sept. 28–Oct. 15) – Explore Denver architecture as Doors Open Denver opens the doors to some of the places and spaces that make The Mile High City such a special place. From historic structures to contemporary builds and everything in between, there's architecture for everyone to enjoy. This year's event will be virtual.
Looking for more September events and activities? Check out the Denver 365 calendar.
12th Annual Denver Beer Week (Oct. 9–17) – Denver Beer Week is a nine-day celebration leading up to (and including) the Great American Beer Festival – the largest beer festival in the world. The 12th annual Denver Beer Week will feature dozens of beer-related events at area breweries, restaurants, tap houses and attractions around the city. From firkin tappings to midnight beer brunches to tap takeovers to beer street parties, there is an event for every type of beer lover.
Great American Beer Festival® (Oct. 16–17) – Great American Beer Festival is the largest beer festival in the world; and each year, it represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served – in both a public tasting event plus a private competition. The festival takes place at the Colorado Convention Center and brings together brewers and diverse beers from across the nation. This year's event will be virtual.
43rd Annual Denver Film Festival (Oct. 22–Nov. 8) – The Denver Film Festival is the largest premier film celebration in the Rocky Mountain Region. Hosted by Denver Film Society, which works to promote film as both an art form and a civic forum, the festival showcases blockbusters, documentaries, shorts and independent films at a variety of venues around the city. This year's event will be virtual.
Looking for more October events and activities? Check out the Denver 365 calendar.
Denver Arts Week (Nov. 6–8) – This is an annual celebration of all things art in The Mile High City, featuring events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls. Due to COVID-19, Denver Arts Week 2020 will pivot to a weekend focus.
Mile High Holidays (Nov. 20–Jan. 1, 2021) – Denver comes to life during the winter holiday season, and the festivities kick off on the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend with the City & County Building’s and downtown Denver’s Grand Illumination – the largest holiday lights display in Denver, as well as the annual lighting of The Mile High Tree.
Looking for more November events and activities? Check out the Denver 365 calendar.
Blockbuster Exhibitions and Events
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism: From the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection (Oct. 25, 2020 thru Jan. 17, 2021) – Featuring more than 150 artworks by internationally celebrated artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Gunther Gerzso, María Izquierdo, Carlos Mérida and others, this exhibition will take a closer look at the role art, artists, and their supporters played in the emergence of national identity and creative spirit after the Mexican Revolution ended in 1920.
Nature Connects®, Art with LEGO® Bricks (Thru Nov. 1) – For more LEGO fun, head to Denver Zoo! Nature Connects®, Art with LEGO® Bricks features more than 15 life-size and larger-than-life plant and animal sculptures made entirely of LEGO bricks by artist Sean Kenney. The sculptures took Sean and his team months to create and used nearly a million LEGO bricks!
Dogs! A Science Tail (Thru Jan. 3, 2021) – Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking? This fun, interactive glimpse into the world of man's (and woman's!) best friend at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science might help you figure it out! The exhibition highlights the extraordinary ways dogs see, hear and smell their surroundings, and explores the unique bond between humans and canines.
The Art of the Brick (Thru Jan. 24, 2021) – The global sensation, The Art of the Brick, is coming to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya has taken LEGO® bricks from beloved toys to artistic marvels. Guests of all ages can also put their own ingenuity to work in an area filled with LEGO bricks.
Looking for more exhibitions and events? Check out the Denver 365 calendar.