Father's Day is Sunday, June 19, 2022, which means it's time to start planning a special day for your dad in The Mile High City! Here are a few ideas to get you started, plus great hotel deals if you're traveling to Denver to spend time with dad. 

Special Events & Festivals

Vail Craft Beer Classic

WHEN: June 17, 2022
WHERE: Various locations, Vail

Colorado’s top breweries and beer enthusiasts come together at the Vail Craft Beer Classic for the most adventurous tasting event of the summer. Take in the scenic mountain views of Vail while you immerse yourself in hop culture. From stouts and lagers to pale ales and ciders, taste the best selection of craft brews the state has to offer. Gluten free options are available with refreshing seltzers and bold ciders.

A Summer Celebration for Families

WHEN: June 17, 2022
WHERE: Tinkergarten, Lakewood

Tinkergarten invites your family and everyone in the community to celebrate the official start of summer! Stop by for delightful family-friendly activities and a chance to connect with people in the neighborhood.

Juneteenth Music Festival

WHEN: June 17–19, 2022
WHERE: Five Points

This historic street festival returns to Five Points with live performances, art, vendors and fun for the entire family. Don’t miss the interactive and educational programming at acclaimed African American cultural institutions and landmarks. 

Denver Greek Festival

WHEN: June 17–19, 2022
WHERE: Five Points

Enjoy authentic, traditional Greek food, while immersing yourself in the sounds of live Greek music and traditional dance entertainment. Shop the boutique featuring Greek art, paintings, sculptures and amazing jewelry straight from Greece, and be mesmerized by one-of-a-kind church tours, choir performances and history.

The Denver BBQ Festival

WHEN: June 17–19, 2022
WHERE: Empower Field at Mile High

The free Denver BBQ Festival brings together legendary pitmasters from Denver, Texas, Kansas City, St. Louis and around the nation to serve award-winning BBQ. In addition, attendees can enjoy cold beer and drinks, BBQ tutorials and demonstrations, games and activities for the whole family, and live music from bands like The Rick Lewis Project.

Arvada on Tap

WHEN: June 18, 2022
WHERE: Ralston Park Addition

Arvada on Tap is a fun outlet for craft beer and BBQ sampling featuring craft breweries, food trucks, vendors, live music, an amateur BBQ competition and more! 

Spiritual Reader and Healer Fair

WHEN: June 18, 2022
WHERE: 5808 S Rapp St, Suite 275, Littleton

Summer is a time of transformation, and this free fair is the perfect venue to ask questions about your purpose, your job, your relationship or your health and receive that message or healing you need. Come for connection, community, sacredness, empowerment and spiritual growth.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Plays Music of Bob Marley for Kids + More. Father's Day & Juneteenth Celebration

WHEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: The Bluebird Theater

This all-ages show featuring the music of Bob Marley is sure to please the whole family!

Father's Day Family Comedy Show

WHEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: Comedy Works South, Greenwood Village

Monty Franklin headlines a family-friendly Father’s Day with humor for all ages. Monty Franklin is an Australian-born stand-up comedian who tours all over the world.

Father's Day Classic 10 Miler, 10k, 5k, & 1 Mile

WHEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: 
13150 W 72nd Ave., Arvada
Celebrate Father's Day with a run/walk, a cornhole tournament, car show, and after-party at Elevated Seltzer with free hard seltzer!

“All Things Engine” for Father’s Day Weekend

WHEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden

Check out antique tractors, diesel motorcars, hit-and-miss engines, Model A and Model T automobiles and even a fire truck! There will be food, family-friendly activities, behind-the-scenes tours and train rides every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

WHEN: Thru Aug. 7, 2022
WHERE: University of Colorado, Boulder

For more than 60 seasons, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences with classic theatre under the stars. This year's season includes "Two Gentlemen of Verona," "All's Well That Ends Well," "The Book of Will," "Coriolanus" and "The Alchemist."

Colorado Renaissance Festival

WHEN: June 18–Aug. 7, 2022
WHERE: Larkspur

This season we will take you on a magical tour through time and legend. As you wander down the village streets and pathways of the Colorado Renaissance Festival, experience a 16th-century Renaissance amusement park! Ready thyself to revel with master revelers, watch artisans create original works of their ancient craft and be taken in by the tantalizing aromas of roast turkey legs, steak on a stake, fresh baked goods and much more. Featuring a cast of hundreds of authentically costumed merrymakers living and working throughout the village and performing, continuously, upon the Festival’s stages.

Civic Center EATS

WHEN: Thru Oct. 20, 2022; Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Civic Center Park

Every Thursday From May through October, Civic Center EATS transforms Civic Center Park into a lunchtime extravaganza with Denver's best food and fashion trucks and live music. It's your chance to savor a variety of cuisines while supporting our city's small local business scene and the Civic Center Conservancy's mission to restore and enhance Civic Center Park, Denver's only National Historic Landmark.


Father's Day Food & Drink Specials

Father’s Day Brunch feat. The Adam Bodine Trio

WHEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: Dazzle @ Baur's

The Adam Bodine Trio returns for their classic brunch show at Dazzle. Performing blend of jazz with other genres and comedy, they never fail to deliver a fun, family-friendly show! The special Father's Day menu includes choice of salmon and eggs, French toast and sausage, steak and eggs, or scrambled tofu, along with a small buffet of delicious offerings for before and after your entree.

Father's Day at Humboldt Kitchen + Bar

WHEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: Humboldt Kitchen + Bar

Celebrate Dad with a complimentary draft beer! Enjoy brunch or dinner, plus Father’s Day specials. You can also treat Dad to a gift card and receive a bonus gift certificate!

Father's Day at Frank's Chophouse

WHEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: Frank's Chophouse, Boulder

Celebrate Father’s Day with brunch or dinner and get a complimentary beer for Dad with any food purchase (one per Dad).


Sports & Fitness

The Colorado Summit Ultimate Disc Home Games

WHEN: June 18, 2022
WHERE: Peter Barton Stadium, 2240 Buchtel Blvd S.

Pro Ultimate Disc has come to Colorado! Join Colorado's newest professional sports team, The Colorado Summit, for their inaugural season. All games will have pre-game tailgating activities with musical acts!

Yoga on the Rocks

WHEN: June 18, 2022
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, Morrison

Does Dad love yoga? Celebrate his special day with a yoga session in beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheatre!

Stretch & Sip Yoga

WHEN: June 18, 2022
WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station

Start your weekend with a Saturday morning Stretch & Sip yoga class. This is your invitation to unwind and relax with a 60-minute yoga session on the outdoor patio of the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station. This donation-based class will be supporting a local wellness nonprofit. Following class, attendees are invited for a complimentary mimosa with a purchase of an entrée at Woodie Fisher Kitchen & Bar!

Yoga on the Terrace

WHEN: June 18, 2022
WHERE: The ART Hotel Denver, Curio Collection by Hilton

Join Black Swan Yoga Denver on the 4th floor FIRE Terrace for complimentary Yoga every Saturday at 9 a.m.! Attendees will have access to complimentary valet parking during the event as well as $10 Bottomless Mimosas from the FIRE Restaurant & Lounge following the class. 

2022 State Summer Games

WHEN: June 17–29, 2022
WHERE: Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave., Grand Junction

Join Special Olympics Colorado at the 2022 State Summer Games presented by Spectrum! After a two-year hiatus, Special Olympics Colorado is excited to welcome athletes back to Colorado Mesa University for State Summer Games for a full weekend of competition. 

Summer Yoga at Western Sky

WHEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: Western Sky Bar & Taproom, Englewood

Head to Western Sky Bar & Taproom for a morning yoga class taught by certified yoga instructor Elizabeth Capps in a relaxed and judgment-free environment. Stick around after class and enjoy a beverage included with your registration fee!

Skate City at Skyline Park

WHEN: Thru Oct. 2, 2022
WHERE: Skyline Park

Roll into summer like never before. CitySkate is your go-to spot for summer fun. Featuring downtown's first-ever roller rink and the return of the Skyline Beer Garden, CitySkate is the place to be in Downtown Denver. With free mini golf, local food, beer and events throughout the summer, CitySkate is sure to let the good times "roll.”


Music, Film & Performing Arts

Ricardo Peña y Los Bohemios

WHEN: June 17, 2022
WHERE: Arvada Center, Arvada

The Arvada Center's Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater offer exceptional acoustics in an intimate setting perfect for enjoying live music featuring national and local artists. The amphitheater features a weather-friendly covered seating area with close-up views of the stage and delicious concessions including burgers, sandwiches, beer and wine.

Dead & Company

WHEN: June 17–18, 2022
WHERE: Folsom Field, Boulder

Jam out with Dad to Dead & Company at the University of Colorado's Folsom Field during their summer tour! 

KS 107.5 Summer Jam

WHEN: June 18, 2022
WHERE: Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, Greenwood Village

AEG Presents is proud to announce KS 107.5 Summer Jam, featuring Russ, YG, Vince Staples, Cordae and more!

Tiny Tots: Music of the World

WHEN: June 18, 2022
WHERE: 
McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver Arts & Venues
Pack your imaginary bags and bring the kiddos for a musical tour around the globe! Listen to featured soloists Lionel Young on the electric violin and El Javi on guitar, watch as dancers from Cleo Parker Robinson Dance take the stage, and move and groove along with music from Scotland, Peru, Spain and beyond.

Denver Municipal Band

WHEN: June 18, 2022
WHERE: Platt Park

Grab a blanket and a lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of the Denver Municipal Band at sunny Platt Park!

'Blackademics'

WHEN: Thru June 19, 2022
WHERE: Vintage Theatre, Aurora

Two female African-American scholars arrive for their coveted dinner reservation at a select café. But what starts as a celebration quickly takes a hilarious and raucous turn. Banter turns to debate, and debate into battle as the women figuratively and literally vie for a seat at the table.

'X, Y and Z'

WHEN: Thru June 19, 2022
WHERE: Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center

Three very different generations, each with a story to tell. Following the baby boomers is Generation X, represented on stage by Cajardo Lindsey. The stories of Millennials (Generation Y) will be performed by Annie Barbour, with Stephanie Saltis speaking for Generation Z (mostly the children of GenX). In the end, we have more in common than we like to think.

City Park Jazz: Hazel Miller & The Collective

WHEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: City Park Bandstand and Pavilion
 
Enjoy an evening of swinging, open-air jazz from 6–8 p.m., as music lovers of all ages congregate for City Park Jazz. Bring a blanket or folding chair — but be prepared to spend plenty of time on your feet, too. City Park Jazz encourages dancing. Best of all, these concerts are free!

'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' 

WHEN: June 9–26, 2022
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Enter a world of splendor and romance, eye-popping excess, 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 spectacular…Welcome to "Moulin Rouge! The Musical."

'Welcome to the Regular Valley' 

WHEN: Thru Oct. 4, 2022
WHERE: The Jester’s Palace

It’s the improv show the refuses to die, no matter how hard we try to kill it. One of the weirdest comedy shows in the city returns with a vengeance. The performers apologize in advance for anything they break during the course of the evening.

'Until the Flood'

WHEN: Thru Aug. 11, 2023
WHERE: Virtual/Online

After the death of Michael Brown, The Ferguson Unrest shook the nation to its core and put a spotlight on police brutality and discrimination. Using extensive interviews she conducted herself, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Dael Orlandersmith created eight fictional characters to represent the broad spectrum of perspectives that continue to define and divide our country at large.

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre Concerts

No summer in Denver is complete without at least one — or two, or five — trips to the awe-inspiring Red Rocks Amphitheatre, just 15 miles from downtown Denver. More than 70 million years in the making, the 9,450-seat venue is flanked by enormous 300-foot red sandstone rock formations and always boasts a star-studded musical schedule.

  • June 16, 2022: Chicago and Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin
  • June 17, 2022: Umphrey's McGee with lespecial
  • June 18, 2022: Umphrey's McGee with Andy Frasco & The U.N.
  • June 19, 2022: Sullivan King with Kai Wachi, Ray Volpe b2b Grabbitz, Benda, Decadon
  • June 20, 2022: Bleachers with Wolf Alice


Levitt Pavilion Concerts

The Levitt Pavilion  is a state-of-the-art amphitheater in Ruby Hill Park that was created as a gift to the community. This outdoor venue hosts a slew of free concerts every summer, and a few ticketed events, too. Bring a blanket and a picnic, kick back on the lawn and enjoy artists from a wide range of genres.

  • June 18, 2022: iZCALLi: REBIRTH Album Release Festival (Free)
  • June 19, 2022: Blitzen Trapper with Laney Jones (Free)


Concerts in Central Park

Central Park has not one but TWO outdoor concert venues! Dance 'til you drop or just sit back and relax as some of Denver's most well-known brands hit the stage for Concerts on the Green at Founders Green and MoJaBlu Concerts at Conservatory Green. Either way, it's a great way for the whole family to enjoy music under the stars. Concerts on the Green start at 6 p.m. and MoJaBlu concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and both are free to attend. Come early and buy some tasty treats from one of the many food trucks!

  • June 16, 2022: Soul X Band (Conservatory Green)
  • June 18, 2022: Thumpin' (Founders Green)

 

Museum Exhibitions

Curious Visions: Toward Abstract Photography

WHEN: Thru June 19, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This exhibition explores experimentations with abstraction from the past 100 years. Approximately 60 works are featured, spotlighting historical images by photographers including Berenice Abbott, Eliot Porter, Man Ray, Aaron Siskind, Edward Weston and Minor White alongside contemporary artworks by Gary Emrich, Jungjin Lee, Laura Letinsky, Alison Rossiter and others. The exhibition encourages viewers to identify different ways of thinking about abstraction and to understand techniques that artists have used to explore that aspect of photography.

Tests, Allies and Enemies - Robert Garner 

WHEN: Thru June 19, 2022
WHERE: CORE New Art Space, Lakewood

Tests, Allies and Enemies is the crossing of the threshold and facing tests. The stepping through and learning from the suffering of our own consequences. Confronting allies, enemies, and past tests, literal and figurative. It is our past that defines who we are today. Better understanding of the past gives us strength to win the battles of today.

Original/Nature - Fred Voigt Becker

WHEN: Thru June 19, 2022
WHERE: CORE New Art Space, Lakewood

Art that is allowed to be itself creates itself and the artist becomes the agent. It springs from an instinctive place that synthesizes all the information absorbed to date by the artist and yields a product that is fresh and spontaneous. This work when it appears needs nothing added or subtracted, and thus is itself, inviolable.  

Culture of Hair

WHEN: Thru June 25, 2022
WHERE: Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Hair is a fundamental part of the human body that is fraught with expectations about beauty, identity, age, gender and race. Culture of Hair brings together a diverse group of five women artists whose photographic work explores the multifaceted meanings of hair to gain more understanding on a subject that is at once universal and distinctive.

Seed Vault

WHEN: Thru June 25, 2022
WHERE: K Contemporary

In art and life, there are so many ideas and daydreams to propagate and so little time to actualize. Seed Vault is an imaginary architectural space for the seeds of art and life to germinate or to die on the vine — a subconscious doomsday garden teeming with ladybugs, lush watermelons and fleshy totems of human fertility. Mixed mediums include painting, sculpture, psychedelic epiphanies, neon lights, climate anxiety, NFT's, personal demons, photography, gallery installations, poetry and the existentially distressing passage of time.  

Three Square Meals of Disaffection

WHEN: Thru June 25, 2022
WHERE: K Contemporary

In her debut show in the gallery's Project Space, Mychaelyn Michalec’s colorful hand- and machine-tufted wall rugs offer reflections on feminism, art and motherhood. This exhibition explores the uneasiness of the artist coming out of a domestic coma and re-asserting herself in the art world. It contains two types of work: figurative, personal narratives documenting quotidian family moments as well as text-based work gleaned from found work notes penned by her husband. Michalec mimics her mate’s handwriting with her tufting, viewing the notes as cyphers for their changing relationship.

All the Time, All the Time

WHEN: Thru June 26, 2022
WHERE: Lane Meyer Projects

All the Time, All the Time is a three-person immersive photography installation by artists Colby Deal, Juan Fuentes and John Lake. Featuring photographs taken over the course of three decades, Lane Meyer Projects is transformed into a maximalist, site-specific experience of imaginative scenes, moments in time and brushes with the surreal.

Rainbows & Revolutions

WHEN: Thru June 30, 2022
WHERE: History Colorado Center

LGBTQ+ people have always been part of Colorado communities. They have pushed against stereotypes, transforming the way mainstream society views them. Rainbows & Revolutions is about more than just Pride; the exhibit explores how LGBTQ+ people’s very existence in Colorado has been a rebellious act beyond the rainbow, from quiet assertions of identity to loud and proud demonstrations for civil rights and equality.

LGBTQ+ Exhibition - Queer Capitol Hill

WHEN: Thru July 1, 2022
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Experience how Capitol Hill became a center of queer life, love and liberation through the comic-style illustrations of Artist/Historian B. Erin Cole. You’ll experience where LGBTQ+ Coloradans gathered and organized from the 1950s through the 1970s. 

AURA

WHEN: Thru July 9, 2022
WHERE: 
Union Hall
AURA explores the interdisciplinary territory of art and technology, presenting a mix of traditional and experimental art forms that challenge the possibilities of creative innovation to enlist technology as new modes of valuation and expression in cultural production and critique. AURA seeks to challenge the preconceptions about art on the forefront of innovation and to inspire new ways of creative thinking.

The Art of Banksy

WHEN: Thru July 10, 2022
WHERE: The Denver Sports Castle

This globally acclaimed showcase features original and authenticated works associated with, arguably, the most intriguing and talked-about artist in modern history.

Evolutions: Looking Back | Moving Forward, & What Did Ming Miss?

WHEN: Thru July 16, 2022
WHERE: Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden

The challenge: to have quilters look back at their very first quilt to where they are at this point in the evolution of their quilting. Evolution: defined as growth — a process of continuous change, from lower to higher or from simpler to more complex. Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum challenged the entrants to create their concept of an evolution quilt that represents their transition in the art of quilting. The entrants could interpret evolutions any way they chose — on a personal level, on a global level, or related to changes and growth of their favorite means of creative expression, the quilt.

ReVisión: Art in the Americas

WHEN: Thru July 17, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This thematic presentation will explore land, people and place by linking ancient and contemporary artworks that address political and social issues at the heart of the region’s cultural heritage as well as expand the narrative through voices that include women artists and contemporary voices that speak to the diversity of the Americas.

Malinalli on the Rocks

WHEN: Thru July 23, 2022
WHERE: Museo de las Americas

Malinalli on the Rocks will provide opportunities for Colorado artists to explore and re-discover one of the most enigmatic historical figures of the Americas: La Malinche.

Brick & Soul // Armando Geneyro

WHEN: Thru July 30, 2022
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Local photographer Armando Geneyro connects the build environment with the people who shape its meaning. A versatile photographer, Armando specializes in events coverage and photojournalism. His passion for street photography allows him to connect to his subjects and immerse himself in different cultures.

Seeing the Invisible

WHEN: Thru Aug. 1, 2022
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Seeing the Invisible presents virtual works that engage with existing features of the natural landscape. The augmented reality exhibition features new works by international artists including Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, John Gerrard, Ori Gersht, Mohammed Kazem and Sigalit Landau — including several artists’ first works in AR. Beyond the boundaries of what is possible with physical artworks, many of the works created for the exhibition address themes of nature, environment, sustainability and the intersection of the physical world with the digital one.

Collective Nouns: MSU Denver Faculty and Staff Exhibition

WHEN: June 17–Aug. 13, 2022
WHERE: 
Metropolitan State University of Denver - Center for Visual Art
Collective Nouns brings together diverse and distinguished artists working across a wide variety of media representing each artist’s unique experiences, influences, and interests. This exhibition offers a peek into the studio art and design practices of MSU Denver’s art faculty and staff, celebrating our vibrant visual art community.  

Tania Candiani: For the Animals

WHEN: Thru Aug. 26, 2022
WHERE: 
MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
This exhibition explores the interrelationships between human, animal and non-biological sounds and the rich and fragile nature of the acoustic fabric around us. This solo exhibition at MCA Denver presents artist Tania Candiani's mesmerizing three-channel video For the Animals, 2020, as well as sculpture, prints and video related to this project. 

Modern Women/Modern Vision: Works from the Bank of America Collection

WHEN: Thru Aug. 28, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Modern Women/Modern Vision: Works from the Bank of America Collection presents more than 100 images by women artists. The traveling exhibition celebrates the bold and dynamic contributions of women to the development and evolution of photography in the 20th century. Diverse in style, tone and subject, these images range from spontaneous to composed, detached to empathetic, monumental to intimate.

Clarissa Tossin: Falling From Earth

WHEN: Thru Aug. 28, 2022
WHERE: 
MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Clarissa Tossin’s MCA Denver solo exhibition presents recent and newly commissioned artworks that explore the causes and effects of rising temperatures on Earth and humankind's rapidly evolving aspirations to explore territories on the Moon and Mars. Looking at our climate crisis through the lens of 21st century Space exploration, Tossin draws connections between signs of environmental distress on our planet and the projected future of the Earth's outer atmosphere and beyond. 

Guadalupe Maravilla: Purring Monsters with Mirrors on Their Backs

WHEN: Thru Aug. 28, 2022
WHERE: 
MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Guadalupe Maravilla is a transdisciplinary artist, healer and activist, born in San Salvador, El Salvador, who utilizes his practice as a forum for collective healing. Anchored by the integration of his autobiographical experiences with issues of migration, displacement and illness, Maravilla’s work centers communities that have historically been marginalized. Maravilla uses art to shed light on the collective traumas of undocumented immigrants and cancer survivors and empowers them with the tools to assist with their process of healing.

More Than Place: Colorado, Women, and Land

WHEN: Thru Sept. 1, 2022
WHERE: Center for Colorado Women's History

Experience the More Than Place: Colorado, Women, and Land exhibition where the legacies of Western women of their role and place on the land can be explored. The exhibit challenges perceptions of the rights women had at the time and centers upon diverse communities of Colorado women. From Indigenous keepers of the land in Colorado’s mountains and plains to Mexican Land Grants and the Homestead Act of 1862, to building communities in rural Colorado, come see how women since the 1800s have played an integral and often invisible role in shaping the land of our state.

Distortions Monster World

WHEN: Thru Sept. 4, 2022
WHERE: Denver Pavilions

Ready to get up close and personal with the things that go bump in the night? Come to Distortions Monster World (if you dare), where surprises will greet you around every corner on an out-of-this-world interactive adventure. This series of cinematic environments featuring immersive installations and infamous creatures and characters will truly transport you to another place!

The FRIENDS™ Experience

WHEN: June 16–Sept. 4, 2022
WHERE: Cherry Creek Shopping Center

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

WHEN: Thru Sept. 5, 2022
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
Experience the spheres of everyday life in one of the most storied and enduring civilizations in human history—the private, public and secret space—through hundreds of artifacts, stunning artwork and engaging interactives for insights into ancient Egypt’s enduring impact on our own modern cultures.

Fashion Designs of Carla Fernández 

WHEN: Thru Sept. 5, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
This is the first exhibition to fully explore the career of Mexican artist and fashion designer Carla Fernández, founder of the eponymous fashion brand. The acclaimed Mexico City-based fashion brand Carla Fernández (established in 2000) is a couture house that aims to bring new meaning to the luxury world as an agent of social and ethical change and innovation.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition

WHEN: Thru Sept. 5, 2022
WHERE: National Western Center
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. 

The Dr. Seuss Experience

WHEN: Thru Sept. 5, 2022
WHERE: Centennial Promenade
The Dr. Seuss Experience is an imaginative and interactive immersion into the wondrous world of Dr. Seuss! This Seuss-tacular sensory spectacle takes each guest on an awe-inspiring journey through nine different Dr. Seuss books, allowing each visitor a chance to magically step into the pages of each of the books.

Age of Armor: Treasures from the Higgins Collection at the Worcester Art Museum

WHEN: Thru Sept. 5, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
Age of Armor examines 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. These works will encourage visitors to consider how the legacy of armor and the cultural meanings it reflects have endured through time, influencing modern artwork, and, in some cases, challenging traditional histories and ideals.

Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City

WHEN: Thru Sept. 6, 2022
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Tour this time-traveling exhibition with a captivating expert and see The Mile High City in a whole new light! Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City explores the growth, urban development and architecture of Denver from 1860 to today. Throughout 3,000 interactive square feet, the exhibition reveals how civic leaders, designers and residents have steadily worked to bring their own visions for Denver to life.

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

WHEN: Thru Sept. 11, 2022
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

This is 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. 

Verse: The Art of the Future

WHEN: Thru Sept. 15, 2022
WHERE: Denver Pavilions
Verse: The Art of the Future is an exhibition featuring augmented reality holograms and artwork. Fully immerse yourself in the people, technology and stories surrounding the NFT world! The experience uses the Microsoft HoloLens 2, a powerful mixed reality headset that allows you to see your surroundings and fellow guests while innovative augmented art comes to life around you.

Mazes & Brain Games

WHEN: Thru Sept. 25, 2022
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)

Maneuver your way through mind-bending adventures, 3-D puzzles and full-body games. Wind through dozens of experiences that inspire exploration and ingenuity. Test your perception to navigate the maze of illusions, run a marathon with your fingers on the finger mazes and become a "webmaster" by climbing through an intricate web of ropes without getting tangled. In Mazes & Brain Games, you’ll conquer puzzling challenges and discover new ways of problem solving around every corner.

Heroine of the Titanic

WHEN: Thru Sept. 25, 2022
WHERE: Molly Brown House Museum
Commemorate 110 years since the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The exhibit brings survivors’ memories of that fateful night to life – including those of Margaret "Molly" Brown. She was not known as “Unsinkable” during her lifetime, but instead as the “Heroine of the Titanic.” Learn about the tragedy through Margaret’s many Titanic interviews including her first one, given when she was still on board the rescue ship.

By Design: Stories and Ideas Behind Objects

WHEN: Thru Dec. 30, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

A series of thematic installations drawn primarily from the architecture and design collection, this exhibition illustrates the abundance and versatility of approaches to design. How does it come into being? Who creates it and for what purpose? What trends inspire it? And how does it serve society?

Fantastic Brush: Twentieth-Century Chinese Ink Art from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection

WHEN: Thru Dec. 30, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

The 23 ink paintings featured in this exhibit showcase some of the most important artists in twentieth-century China, including Zhang Daqian, Qi Baishi, Xu Beihong, Wu Changshuo and Wu Guanzhong. The collection includes examples by teachers and students, friends and colleagues. The artists come from very different backgrounds: some traveled to Europe to study Western art, some went to Japan to study Japanese art and Western art as filtered through Japanese experience, and others never went abroad. Nevertheless, all were well versed in traditional Chinese ink art.

Gio Ponti: Designer of a Thousand Talents

WHEN: Thru Jan. 1, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Gio Ponti was one of the most inventive Italian architects and designers of his time. For more than 60 years, Ponti’s exuberant approach found expression in public and private commissions from buildings, interiors and furniture to glass, ceramics and flatware, influencing international design for more than 50 years. 

Disruption

WHEN: Thru Jan. 23, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Works from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection presents about 50 artworks including paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media works, and several artworks never before displayed at the museum. This outstanding collection features many works by noted North American and international contemporary artists including Kent Monkman, Yang Shaobin, Zhang Dali, Elmgreen and Dragset, Agustina Woodgate, Glenn Ligon, and Jenny Saville.

Memory Mirror

WHEN: Thru March 5, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Lares Feliciano's Memory Mirror is an immersive installation that invites visitors to explore their relationship with memory through animation, dioramas and interactive storytelling. Designed to evoke the memory of a relative's living room, this exhibition will transform the museum's Precourt Family Discovery Hall into a surreal domestic den that is both familiar and fantastic.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Inside the Walls

WHEN: June 16, 2022–Jan. 8, 2023
WHERE: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

The exhibition will explore the relationship between Wright’s architecture and decorative art. Wright believed in the concept of “a total work of art,” with the accessories and furnishings of a building complementing the architecture to create a unified whole.


OUTDOOR FUN 

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

Head to the only downtown theme and water park in the country for roller coasters, water slides, family entertainment and much more!

Water World

Beat the heat, relax in the park's beautifully landscaped 64 acres — and ride some serious waterslides. Water World is opening just in time for Memorial Day weekend fun!

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Carved from towering red rock monuments, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre in Morrison is one of the world's most renowned concert venues. The surrounding park has hiking trails that weave in, around and over the colorful red rocks.

Farmers' Markets

The Mile High City's more than 20 farmers' markets aren't just about locally grown produce, delicious baked goods and prepared foods — though you'll find those in abundance! Each market is a festive, weekly street fair, many with live entertainment and family-friendly activities. 

Denver Zoo

With over 3,500 animals on 84 gorgeous acres, Denver Zoo is an amazing experience year-round. Your donation helps to provide world-class care for the lions, giraffes and elephants, as well as other wild animals and wild places, from the Rockies to Mongolia.

Denver Botanic Gardens

One of the top five botanic gardens in the nation, Denver Botanic Gardens is an oasis in the city, offering year-round events, a children’s garden, lifelong-learning opportunities and research to preserve Colorado’s precious natural resources. Meanwhile, Chatfield Farms, located in nearby Littleton, takes pride in its exemplary nature preserve and gardens. Located on 750 acres, this picturesque site includes display gardens and a historical farm with a rustic barn.

Hudson Gardens

Enjoy thirty acres of natural beauty offering recreational, educational, and social opportunities for all ages. 

Museum of Outdoor Arts

Despite the name, MOA's Englewood collection includes both outdoor sculptures as well as indoor exhibits, including the always-popular Cabinet of Curiosities.

Outdoor Movies

Catch everything from classic drive-in flicks to blockbuster movies in the park or even films at iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre!

Spring Tours at Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary

A tour of Erie-based Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary is much more than a fun day spent getting to know our amazing family of rescued animals. In fact, it is nearly impossible to leave without developing a deeper understanding of the unique personalities and complex emotional lives that all animals lead.

City Parks

No matter where you find yourself in The Mile High City, you’re likely only a few steps away from a lush and relaxing green space. Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to explore Denver's more than 5,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways, as well as an additional 14,000 acres of spectacular mountain parks in neighboring counties that are maintained by the City and County of Denver.

Lesser-Known, Hidden-Gem Parks

If you’re looking for a quiet spot to have a picnic, take in great views or experience a different side of the city, check out these lesser-known Denver parks.

How to Explore the South Platte River by Bike

Take a two-wheeled tour through the heart of the city along this beautiful river. You'll cruise by some of the city's biggest attractions. 

Denver's Best Urban Hikes

Denver is a city with boundless outdoor fun and has an ideal location next to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. While The Mile High City is conveniently close to major peaks for hiking, there's actually no need to head into the mountains when Denver's regional trail system encompasses hundreds of miles for all ages and abilities to explore. 

How to Explore the Colorado Trail in Waterton Canyon

Many people think that Denver’s prettiest, closest and most accessible bit of mountain scenery is Waterton Canyon. This is the start of the famous Colorado Trail, one of the great long-distance hikes (or mountain bike rides) of the Rocky Mountains.   

Pet-Friendly Denver

Denver is home to dozens of pet-friendly activities and destinations, including dog-friendly hotels and dog parks. Find the best on-leash and off-leash fun for your best friend. 

Street Art

Denver street artists have been busy brightening (and enlightening) the urban landscape for decades by making canvases of the city’s alleyways, building exteriors, warehouses, garage doors and storefronts. Grab your camera and take a stroll past some of the city's favorite murals. 

Outdoor and Patio Dining

There’s no better way to soak up summer than on one of The Mile High City’s splendid patios. From skyward rooftop terraces to lushly landscaped gardens, these are the ultimate spots to eat and drink alfresco in Denver.

Denver Beer Trail

Denver is a mecca for craft beer. But with 100 brewpubs, breweries and tap rooms in the metro area, where do you begin? Let the Denver Beer Trail be your guide with this sampling and interactive map.