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.
Events by Month
Modern Women/Modern Vision: Works from the Bank of America Collection (May 1–Aug. 28, 2022) – Celebrate the bold and dynamic contributions of women to the development and evolution of photography in the 20th century.
'Quixote Nuevo' (May 13–June 12, 2022) – Set in the fictional modern-day Texas border town of La Plancha, Quixote and his luckless but trusty sidekick, Sancho, embark on a fantastical quest in search of long-lost love. Infused with imagination, comedy and Tejano music, Quixote Nuevo reveals the joys and perils of facing down death and becoming the hero of your own story.
Age of Armor: Treasures from the Higgins Collection at the Worcester Art Museum (May 15–Sept. 5, 2022) – Examine the historical context of armor and the pragmatic functions it served, as well as the ideological sentiments about armor throughout time, from the Middle Ages into the modern era.
The exhibition will feature more than 80 objects from the Higgins Collection, supplemented by several pieces from the DAM’s own collections.
Mazes & Brain Games (May 19–Sept. 25, 2022) – Maneuver your way through mind-bending adventures, 3-D puzzles and full-body games in this exhibition.
Luke Combs (May 21, 2022) – This rising country star will be performing at Denver's largest venue, Empower Field at Mile High.
'Cats' (May 24–29, 2022) – The record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber, which has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America.'
Denver Day of Rock (May 28, 2022) – This free music festival takes place on four stages in LoDo/downtown Denver. The headliners are Chris Isaak and Lauren Dunn. Also featuring: Augustus, Austin Young Band, Busty and the Bass, Dave Jordan, J & the Causeways, Lola Rising, Mary Louise Lee Band, Pimps of Joytime, Pine Leaf Boys, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, the Green House Band, the Stone Foxes and Trevor Michael. The event unites the community through music and family-friendly entertainment while also raising funds to help Amp the Cause, which supports local nonprofits.
Immersive Van Gogh (Thru May 28, 2022) – Renowned for transforming venues into unforgettable art experiences, Immersive Van Gogh strives to highlight the unique architecture of its spaces while integrating influences from its history and community.
Ziggy Marley & Stephen Marley and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (May 29, 2022) – A fitting tribute to Bob Marley's 75th birthday, these reggae icons will be bringing it to Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Tears for Fears (May 29, 2022) – After more than 40 years, the band is still topping charts. See them at Levitt Pavilion as part of their Tipping Point World Tour.
Frida: Immersive Dream (Thru May 30, 2022) – Lose yourself in 500,000 cubic feet of monumental projections animating Frida Khalo’s oeuvre. Wander through entrancing, moving images that highlight brush strokes, detail, and color – truly illuminating the mind and revealing the emotions behind her radical genius.
'Dear Evan Hansen' (May 31–June 5, 2022) – Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the 2018 Grammy Award, "Dear Evan Hansen" is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.
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Five Points Jazz Festival (June 4, 2022) – This free festival takes place annually and 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.
Westword Tacolandia 2022 (June 4, 2022) – Enjoy unlimited food samples from more than 40 restaurants, drink samples and professional lucha libre wrestling.
'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' (June 6–26, 2022) – Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular.
Skyward: Breakthroughs in Flight (Thru June 15, 2022) – Opening in congruence with the anniversary of the Wright brother’s historic flight, Skyward: Breakthroughs in Flight highlights extraordinary aerospace milestones and the people who made them happen by featuring one-of-a-kind artifacts from Wings’ own collection. Featured artifacts include Wright Flyer fabric that went to the moon with Neil Armstrong, an American flag signed by Charles Lindbergh, fabric from the Lockheed Vega that Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Atlantic and more! These artifacts help tell the story of each great moment in flight as well as the people that shaped the course of human history and enabled the next generation of aviators to fly higher, faster and farther.
The Art of Banksy (Thru June 20, 2022) – This globally acclaimed showcase features original and authenticated works associated with, arguably, the most intriguing and talked-about artist in modern history.
The FRIENDS™ Experience (June 16–Sept. 4, 2022) – Fans of the "Friends" TV show shouldn't miss this interactive experience, featuring 12 nostalgia-packed rooms filled with original props and costumes, set re-creations, a retail store and more! Fans will have the opportunity to explore the show’s history, re-create favorite moments and learn behind-the-scenes information.
Juneteenth Music Festival (June 17–19, 2022) – This historic street festival returns to the Five Points neighborhood with live performances, art, vendors and family-friendly fun. Don’t miss the interactive and educational programming at acclaimed African American cultural institutions and landmarks.
The Denver BBQ Festival (June 17–19, 2022) – Enjoy barbecue from legendary pitmasters from all over the country, plus family-friendly activities, demonstrations and live music. While admission is free, there are also VIP tickets for an upgraded experience.
Top Taco (June 23, 2022) – Sample unlimited tastes from more than 60 restaurants and signature tequila cocktails from top bartenders in Denver.
Chris Stapleton's All-American Road Show (June 24–25, 2022) – See the big solo tour by this singer-songwriter.
Denver PrideFest (June 25–26, 2022) – The two-day free celebration kicks off with the Pride 5K on Saturday followed by the Coors Light PrideFest Parade on Sunday where more than 100,000 cheering guests will line 14 blocks of Colfax Avenue from Cheesman Park to Civic Center Park. The festival part takes place on both days at Civic Center Park with more than 250 exhibitors, 30 food and beverage vendors, and live performances.
Santana + Earth, Wind & Fire (June 29, 2022) – Carlos Santana and his band are bringing a legendary song catalog to Denver and teaming up with another mega-selling band, Earth, Wind & Fire.
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Cherry Creek Arts Festival (July 1–3, 2022) – The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is an innovative outdoor fine art event featuring 220 juried artist exhibitors selling original artworks, family-friendly art activities, live music, immersive art experiences, and amazing food and drink. You can meet artists from around the country and purchase artwork.
Fan Expo (July 1–3, 2022) – Get your costume ready! Experience the ultimate playground for comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming. Three days of citywide events, family-friendly attractions and world-renowned celebrities await you.
Independence Eve (July 3, 2022) – The fireworks show at Civic Center Park is back! Experience the sweet sounds of the Colorado Symphony and other local artists, a spectacular light show on the City and Country Building and a fireworks finale unlike any other show in the country. Food trucks will be on-site. Gates open at 4 p.m.
Georgia O’Keeffe: Photographer (July 3–Nov. 11, 2022) – See a trove of newly identified photographs by the groundbreaking artist. The presentation reveals a new aspect of the modernist artist’s career through nearly 100 photographs.
ReVisión: Art in the Americas (Thru July 17, 2022) – The first exhibition to open in Denver Art Museum's renovated Martin Building, this exhibition features a strong selection of nearly 180 objects from the museum’s Ancient American and Latin American Art collections, hailed as one of the best in the country.
Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (July 21, 2022) – Need we say more? All your favorite 1980s metal bands will perform live at Coors Field.
The Lumineers (July 22, 2022) – This favorite Colorado band will bring its Brightside World Tour 2022 to Coors Field with special guests Gregory Alan Isakov and Daniel Rodriguez.
Red Hot Chili Peppers w/ Haim (July 23, 2022) – These Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will rock Empower Field at Mile High as part of their 2022 world tour.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ Part 2 in Concert (July 23–24, 2022) – Enjoy a movie while the Colorado Symphony plays the film score. This event serves as the finale for the symphony's Harry Potter series.
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival (July 23–24, 2022) – Join Colorado's annual celebration of Asian and Asian American heritage with the biggest dragon boat festival in the U.S.!
The Big Eat (July 28, 2022) – Hosted inside The Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, this one-night event showcases the Denver area’s vibrant and dynamic independent dining scene with more than 60 independent food and beverage providers.
Kenny Chesney (July 30, 2022) – This chart-topping country star will be back in The Mile High City. It's becoming a summertime tradition.
Who Tells a Tale Adds a Tail: Latin America and Contemporary Art (July 31, 2022–March 5, 2023) – This exhibition at Denver Art Museum highlights the work of 19 contemporary artists connected to Latin America and the ways in which their work reflects and interacts with relevant themes ranging from technology to ideas surrounding identity, to broader social and political issues.
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'Pretty Woman: The Musical' (Aug. 2–14, 2022) – After an incredible run on Broadway, this Audience Choice Award-winner is coming to Denver!
The Wild Hearts Tour feat. Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen and Julien Baker (Aug. 7, 2022) – This down-to-earth trio is prepared to rock Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
Clyfford Still, Art, and the Young Mind (Thru Aug. 7, 2022) – Discover new perspectives in this groundbreaking exhibition, co-curated by young children, for all ages. Explore your imagination with vibrant and immersive works and make your own artistic creations.
OneRepublic (Aug. 12, 2022) – This is shaping up to be an epic arena concert as OneRepublic teams up with NEEDTOBREATH at Ball Arena.
The Weeknd with Doja Cat (Aug. 18, 2022) – Joining The Weeknd on the "After Hours Til Dawn" tour is American rapper, singer and songwriter Doja Cat. They will be playing at Empower Field at Mile High for the first time.
Swedish House Mafia (Aug. 21, 2022) – This Swedish progressive rock supergroup is ready to blow the lid off Ball Arena.
Alicia Keys (Aug. 25, 2022) – This living legend will perform at Bellco Theatre as part of her world tour.
'Theater of the Mind' (Aug. 31–Dec. 18, 2022) – Don't miss this world premiere created by David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar. It will take audience members through an immersive journey of self-reflection, discovery and imagination, inspired by and grounded in neuroscience.
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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (Sept. 1, 2022) – These two legends are performing on a legendary stage. Don't miss two of the biggest voices in rock and country at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
A Taste of Colorado (Sept. 3–5, 2022) – Come out and enjoy the end-of-summer celebration, complete with multiple outdoor performance stages, dozens of food vendors, a large arts and crafts marketplace, and an expanded Kids Zone packed with family-friendly activities.
Egypt: The Time of the Pharaohs (Thru Sept. 5, 2022) – Experience the spheres of everyday life in one of the most storied and enduring civilizations in human history—the private, public and secret spaces—through hundreds of artifacts, stunning artwork and engaging interactives for insights into ancient Egypt’s enduring impact on our own modern cultures.
Jurassic World: The Exhibition (Thru Sept. 5, 2022) – This immersive 20,000-square-foot experience is based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history. Visitors will walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs and explore richly themed environments. Get an up-close look at a Velociraptor, stand in awe under a towering Brachiosaurus and encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex.
Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling (Thru Sept. 11, 2022) – An ambitious celebration of one of the most influential sculptors working today. Von Rydingsvard is renowned for her towering cedar and bronze public outdoor sculptures; this exhibition provides a unique, indoor opportunity to experience a large collection of cedar sculptures and works on paper. Additionally, one outdoor sculpture made of resin will be presented. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Denver.
Keith Urban (Sept. 16, 2022) – The popular country star is returning to The Mile High City and will perform at Ball Arena.
Pearl Jam (Sept. 22, 2022) – The quintessential 1990s band is back with their latest album to rock Ball Arena.
Denver Walls (Sept. 22 –26, 2022) – Don't miss this international mural festival in the Globeville and RiNo neighborhoods. Denver Walls will become a part of the globally recognized Worldwide Walls series of street art events, which, since 2010, has brought murals to public spaces in 19 international cities.
Heroine of the Titanic (Thru Sept. 25, 2022) – Join the Molly Brown House Museum to commemorate 110 years since the sinking of the "Titanic." Discover a heroine’s story through rare artifacts and never-before-seen family documents. The exhibit brings survivors’ memories of that fateful night to life – including those of Margaret Brown. She was not known as “Unsinkable” during her lifetime, but instead as the “Heroine of the Titanic.”
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.
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Florence + the Machine (Oct. 1, 2022) – The English indie rock band is back with a new album. See them at Ball Arena.
'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.
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. 20, 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.
'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.
Lizzo (Oct. 31, 2022) – This hip-hop diva is ready to rock Ball Arena.