Start planning now for exciting 2022-23 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

'The Crown Live!' (Nov. 2–20, 2022) – Two actors reimagine the story of how Elizabeth Windsor became Queen Elizabeth II (and recreate the resplendent Netflix show) in 80 minutes of frenetic hat-passing, period accents and corgi impressions.

The Polar Express™ Train Ride (Nov. 11–Dec. 23, 2022) – Ride to the North Pole aboard vintage coaches, pulled by an authentic, coal-fired steam locomotive. Visit with Santa and delight as he hands you “The First Gift of Christmas!” Always a sell-out, you’ll want to book early.

Denver Fashion Week - Fall (Nov. 12–20, 2022) – One of America’s fastest-growing fashion platforms is back again for fall 2022. Collections from local, national and international designers will range from streetwear, activewear, lifestyle, kids and sustainability to high fashion. 

Carrie Underwood (Nov. 15, 2022) – The country superstar will perform live at Ball Arena as part of the "Denim and Rhinestones" tour.

'My Fair Lady' (Nov. 15–27, 2022) – Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor, who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?

Cherry Creek North Winter Wanderland Light (Nov. 17–Dec. 24, 2022) – At Cherry Creek North, savor the season with a musical light walk under a million twinkling lights. Children of all ages will enjoy searching for eight sparkling trees that are choreographed to winter melodies in a beautifully timed show. Scan the QR code at each tree for a chance to win a $1,000 Cherry Creek North shopping spree.

The Mile High Tree presented by XCEL Energy & Xfinity (Nov. 18–Dec. 31, 2022) – Join in the free festivities at the Mile High Tree. It’s a brilliantly lit, 110-foot-tall immersive art installation that provides a dazzling lights-and-music show. And, for the first time, you can experience two of Denver's most popular holiday attractions in one place at Civic Center Park: America’s tallest digital tree and the Denver Christkindlmarket (open Nov. 18–Dec. 23, 2022), the city’s only authentic German holiday market.

Blossoms of Light (Nov. 18, 2022–Jan. 7, 2023) – This annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms Denver Botanic Gardens into a twinkling winter wonderland. Sip warm drinks and nibble on tasty treats as you stroll.

Unseen Oceans (Nov. 18, 2022–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. 

'A Christmas Carol' (Nov. 18–Dec. 24, 2022) – Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, the DCPA Theatre Company’s “blessedly exhilarating!” (Westword) production illuminates the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations.

Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition (Nov. 18–Dec. 24–Jan. 15, 2023) – Rome comes to Denver! Unlike the long lines and 60-foot ceilings experienced at the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, patrons can view the world-renowned work of Michelangelo close enough to touch God's finger in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition. This special collection of the artist’s renowned frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel is reproduced in a format that allows viewers to get face-to-face with the masterpieces.

Trail of Lights (Nov. 25, 2022–Jan. 1, 2023) – Stroll through the Colorado countryside along a winding path glistening with lights. Features this year include singing Christmas trees, two three-sided light tunnels, illuminated antique and model tractors, a children's play area with synchronized music, and warm holiday food and drink for purchase.

Luminova Holidays (Nov. 25, 2022–Jan. 1, 2023) – Making its Colorado debut, this family-friend event brings larger-than-life holiday displays and immersive experiences for all to enjoy. It features more than 3 million dazzling lights, a 65-foot-tall Christmas tree, a 25-foot-tall snowman that never melts, a 200-foot-long candy cane tunnel, giant ornaments, a wall of lights, rides on limited Elitch Gardens attractions, train rides for the kids (and the kids at heart), interactive activities like a light-up hopscotch, strolling holiday entertainers, Old Saint Nick and his elves, and more. 

'The Nutcracker' (Nov. 26–Dec. 24, 2022) – Featuring breathtaking new sets and costumes for the second year, Colorado Ballet invites you to follow Clara and her Nutcracker prince on the sweet, snow-dusted adventure only Tchaikovsky could score.

Mile High Holidays (November–January) – 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.

Disney On Ice: Road Trip Adventures (Dec. 2–4, 2022) – Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. Travel with Moana to the sun-soaked Motunui, and set off on a safari to the Pride Lands with Simba. Discover a whole new world as you’re swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade. Play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky.

Snow Days (Dec. 3, 2022–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.

'Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation' (Dec. 7, 2022–Jan. 1, 2023) – From "Frozen" to "Phantom of the Opera" to "Wicked," this all-new fall-down funny, satirical roast of more than 30 Broadway hits features outrageous costumes, silly spoofs of the songs you know by heart and madcap impressions by a stellar cast! Newer spoofs include "Hamilton," "Dear Evan Hansen" and "Moulin Rouge." 

The Smile (Dec. 10 & 11, 2022) – The band might be new, but its members are veterans, hailing from Radiohead and Sons of Kemet. See them at Mission Ballroom. 

Mannheim Steamroller (Dec. 10 & 11, 2022) – Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics in the distinctive Mannheim sound. The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 35 years since the first Christmas album and includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. 

The Queen's Ball - A Bridgerton Experience (Thru Dec. 18, 2022) – The Queen herself invites you to a once-in-a-lifetime evening of music and dance complete with acrobatic performances, interactive experiences, a stunning dance show and plenty of surprises. As guests at this delightful soirée, you will be transported to 1813 London to take part in the most coveted ball of the season. Prepare to mingle with other members of the Ton as you enjoy a beautiful ballroom decorated in the Regency-era style, interact with actors dressed in exquisite period costumes, savor delicious cocktails and listen to live music inspired by the iconic "Bridgerton" soundtrack. Note: There are two family-friendly sessions on Nov. 19 and Dec. 3 where they welcome children ages 8-15.

'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical' (Dec. 16–18, 2022) – The beloved TV classic soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters such as Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph.

'Mean Girls' (Dec. 20, 2022–Jan. 1, 2023) – See this hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), composer Jeff Richmond (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist Nell Benjamin ("Legally Blonde") and director Casey Nicholaw ("The Book of Mormon").

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (Dec. 30 & 31, 2022) – Hear some great covers from the music of the Grateful Dead. 

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone™ In Concert (Jan. 6–8, 2023) – Relive the film that started it all. Watch the wand choose the wizard, a troll run amok and magic mirrors in high-definition while the Colorado Symphony performs John Williams’ iconic score.

The Fab Four  The Ultimate Beatles Tribute (Jan. 7, 2023) – Widely regarded as one of the finest Beatles tribute bands, the Fab Four have amazed audiences across the globe with their precise attention to detail and note-for-note renditions.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute (Jan. 10, 2023) – Known as the most prominent spokesperson and leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. remains one of the most inspirational figures in history for his pursuit of equal rights and his nonviolent approach to civil rights protests. The evening will feature special guest performances and will honor recipients of the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Awards.

Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé (Jan. 13–15, 2023) – Be still my heart! A whirling celebration of pagan love awaits listeners with Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, which he called a “symphonie chorégraphique” rather than a ballet, reflecting a sense of powerful, dramatic music that defies category and springs to life on terms all its own.

Gilbert & Sullivan’s 'H.M.S. Pinafore' (Jan. 20–21, 2023) – Where fun and frivolity join in a harmonious evening with Gilbert and Sullivan’s first operetta, "HMS Pinafore," performed by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players.

Shen Yun Performing Arts (Jan. 20–22, 2023) – Through breathtaking dance and music, Shen Yun’s artists tell of a time when divine beings walked upon the earth, leaving behind a culture that inspired generations. Ancient Chinese wisdom, infused with Buddhist and Taoist spirituality and values, gave birth to everything from medical innovations to opera, dance, architecture, and even martial arts. But after decades of communist rule, much of this divinely inspired culture has been destroyed or forgotten.

'Theater of the Mind' (Thru Jan. 22, 2023) – This experience from Denver Center for the Performing Arts will take audience members through an immersive journey in a 15,000-square-foot historic warehouse within the adaptive reuse campus of York Street Yards in the Clayton neighborhood. Audiences will explore how they perceive the world through sensory experiments that reveal the inner mysteries of the brain as they are led by a Guide whose stories are inspired by the creators' lives. It's a journey of self-reflection, discovery and imagination, inspired by and grounded in neuroscience, co-created by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and writer Mala Gaonkar.

Saints, Sinners, Lovers, and Fools: 300 Years of Flemish Masterworks (Thru Jan. 22, 2023) – See this unique presentation of medieval, renaissance, and baroque paintings, sculptures, and other objects from the Southern Netherlands includes masterpieces by, among many others, Hans Memling, Jan Gossaert, Jan and Catharina van Hemessen, Peter Paul Rubens, Jacob Jordaens, and Anthony van Dyck.

Apollo: When We Went to the Moon (Thru Jan. 22, 2023) – With objects and artifacts, the exhibition explores the causes and forces that sparked the space race, a decades-long rivalry between the United States and the former Soviet Union.

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!

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. 18, 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.

 

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.