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
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Georgia O’Keeffe: Photographer (Thru Nov. 6, 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.
Who tells a tale adds a tail: Latin America and contemporary art (Thru 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.
'Pretty Woman: The Musical' (Thru Aug. 14, 2022) – After an incredible run on Broadway, this Audience Choice Award-winner is coming to Denver!
OneRepublic (Aug. 12, 2022) – This is shaping up to be an epic arena concert as OneRepublic teams up with NEEDTOBREATH at Ball Arena.
Yoga on the Rocks (Thru Aug. 13, 2022) – There's nothing like early morning yoga at Red Rocks Amphitheater. New this year is the addition of two bilingual sessions (Spanish and English).
Cherry Creek Al Fresco – A Food & Wine Event (Aug. 17–20, 2022) – Taking place over four days, this can't-miss summer event has a diverse lineup of culinary experiences leading up to the Grand Tasting on Fillmore Plaza and culminating with Dinner on the Plaza, curated by three local female chefs.
The Weeknd (Aug. 18, 2022) – The Weeknd is bringing the "After Hours Til Dawn" tour to The Mile High City. He 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.
Modern Women/Modern Vision: Works from the Bank of America Collection (Thru Aug. 28, 2022) – Celebrate the bold and dynamic contributions of women to the development and evolution of photography in the 20th century.
The Killers (Thru Aug. 31, 2022) – After bursting onto the international scene from humble beginnings in Las Vegas, this pop-rock band is still going strong after seven albums. See them at Ball Arena.
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.
Phish (Sept. 1–4, 2022) – It wouldn't be a proper jam band summer without the return of Phish.
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.
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.
Age of Armor: Treasures from the Higgins Collection at the Worcester Art Museum (Thru 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 Denver Art Museum’s own collections.
Imagine Dragons (Sept. 5, 2022) – The accolades and hits keep coming for this pop group. See them with Macklemore and Kings Elliot.
Denver Chalk Art Festival (Sept. 3–5, 2022) – This long-running Denver festival follows street painting traditions that originated in 16th century Renaissance Italy when artists began transforming asphalt into canvas using chalk. This year more than 100 artists will be beautifying the streets in the Golden Triangle Creative District.
The FRIENDS™ Experience (Thru Sept. 5, 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.
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.
Art RiNo (Sept. 5–11, 2022) – This year the RiNo Art District is launching Art RiNo, a new, week-long arts festival featuring art in all its forms, with murals, music, installations, arts workshops and special events in partnership with Westword Music Showcase.
Roger Waters (Sept. 6, 2022) – Performing on a 360-degree stage for the first time, see this Pink Floyd cofounder before he says farewell for good.
Denver Food + Wine Festival (Sept. 6–10, 2022) – This multi-day extravaganza celebrates The Mile High City’s dynamic dining scene with tasting events, seminars, a cocktail competition, an al fresco plated dinner, industry appreciation and a whole lot more!
OVO – Cirque du Soleil (Sept. 8–11, 2022) – OVO is a colorful intrusion into a new day in the life of insects; a non-stop riot of energy and movement. Through show-stopping acrobatics highlighting the unique personalities and abilities of selected insect species, OVO explores the beauty of biodiversity in all its contrasts and vibrancy.
Dave Matthews Band (Sept. 9 & 10, 2022) – Get ready for two days at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre with this world-class band that seamlessly blends genres.
Westword Music Showcase (Sept. 9 & 10, 2022) – Returning to the River North Art District (RiNo), this festival features the Flaming Lips, Saint Motel, KennyHoopla, Wet Leg, Cannons and the Main Squeeze, plus Denver’s best bands!
Union Station Farmers Market (Thru Sept. 10, 2022) – Shop local for fresh Colorado produce and more this summer, featuring a robust lineup of 30-plus Front Range vendors.
Westwood Chile Fest (Sept. 10, 2022) – This one-day event in the Westwood neighborhood celebrates Hispanic-centric cultures, making up 80 percent of this Denver neighborhood, with a strong focus on authentic food and local arts.
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. See it at Denver Botanic Gardens.
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.”
Mazes & Brain Games (Thru Sept. 25, 2022) – Maneuver your way through mind-bending adventures, 3-D puzzles and full-body games in this exhibition.
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.
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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.
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) – 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.
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Denver Film Festival (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!
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.
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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.