Start planning now for exciting 2022 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.

Featured Events

Oct. 16, 2022–Jan. 22, 2023 | See this unique presentation of medieval, renaissance, and baroque paintings, sculptures, and other objects. Read more
Oct. 21, 2022–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. Read more
Oct. 25–Nov. 6, 2022 | An electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows the Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Read more
Oct. 1, 2022 | The English indie rock band is back with a new album. See them at Ball Arena. Read more
Oct. 17, 2022 | The original band members are back on tour with their famous hits as well as songs from their latest album, accompanied by an ensemble of classical musicians. See them at Ball Arena. Read more
Oct. 30, 2022 | See this multi-genre American rapper at Ball Arena. Read more
Sept. 30–Oct. 8, 2022 | Enjoy nine days of all things beer. Head to The Mile High City for festivals, tap takeovers, brewery events and much more. Read more
Oct. 6, 2022 | Ready to explore Denver Zoo with your grown-up—or at the very least, kid-free—crew? Read more
Oct. 6–8, 2022 | GABF® is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition. Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served in a public tasting event plus a private competition. Read more

Events by Month

Doors Open Denver (Sept. 26–Oct. 16, 2022) – From historic structures to contemporary builds, this event is an homage to Denver’s ever-changing architecture. The autumnal event draws architecture, art, history and culture enthusiasts, exploring and experiencing featured sites through in-person and virtual tours.

Khruangbin (Sept. 27, 2022) See this American trio with Tennis and Genesis Owusu in Civic Center Park. 

Gorillaz (Sept. 28, 2022) This English virtual band will perform live at Ball Arena.

Denver Beer Week (Sept. 30–Oct. 8, 2022) – Enjoy nine days of all things beer. Head to The Mile High City for festivals, tap takeovers, brewery events and much more. 

Florence + the Machine (Oct. 1, 2022) – The English indie rock band is back with a new album. See them at Ball Arena. 

Sammy Lee: Taking Root (Oct. 1, 2022–Feb. 5, 2023) – Using traditional Korean paper-making techniques, she 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. 

'Come From Away' (Oct. 4–9, 2022) – This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clash and nerves run high, but uneasiness turns into trust, music soars into the night and gratitude grows into enduring friendships.

Great American Beer Festival® (Oct. 6–8, 2022) – GABF® is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition. Each year, 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.

Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony (Oct. 8 & 9, 2022) – While the world's most beloved Warner Bros. Looney Tunes character is projected on the big screen, the Colorado Symphony plays the original scores.

Kevin Hart (Oct. 16, 2022) – Get a "Reality Check" from one of the most popular comedians working today. 

Saints, Sinners, Lovers, and Fools: 300 Years of Flemish Masterworks (Oct. 16, 2022–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.

The Who (Oct. 17, 2022) – The original band members are back on tour with their famous hits as well as songs from their latest album, accompanied by an ensemble of classical musicians. See them at Ball Arena. 

Apollo: When We Went to the Moon (Oct. 21, 2022–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.

Disney’s Hocus Pocus in Concert (Oct. 21 & 22, 2022) – A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before exploring an abandoned house with his sister, Dani, and their new friend, Allison. They awaken diabolical witches from the 17th century. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches' book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal!

'Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations' (Oct. 25–Nov. 6, 2022) – An electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows the Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Post Malone (Oct. 30, 2022) – See this multi-genre American rapper at Ball Arena. 

Lizzo (Oct. 31, 2022) – This hip-hop diva is ready to rock Ball Arena. 

Denver Film Fest (Nov. 2–13, 2022) – The Denver Film Festival is the largest film festival in the Rocky Mountain region, bringing international cinema, filmmakers, virtual reality, immersive experiences and creative conversations to Colorado. Events will take place all over town.

'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.

Denver Arts Week (Nov. 4–12, 2022) – Celebrate The Mile High City's arts and culture scene with hundreds of events around the city. Explore vibrant art districts, check out museum exhibitions and outdoor sculptures, indulge in the performing arts, be inspired at film and literary events, and even buy some art of your own!

Georgia O’Keeffe: Photographer (Thru Nov. 6) At Denver Art Museum, see a trove of newly identified photographs by the groundbreaking artist to Colorado in summer 2022 in an exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, with the collaboration of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe. The presentation reveals a new aspect of the modernist artist’s career through nearly 100 photographs.

Smashing Pumpkins (Nov. 7, 2022) – The alt-rock band, along with special guest Jane's Addiction, will perform live at Ball Arena.

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.

Carrie Underwood (Nov. 15, 2022) – The country superstar will perform live at Ball Arena. 

'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?

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.

'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.

'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. 

'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.