Denver is getting ready to celebrate its biggest Father's Day weekend ever, June 14–16, 2019, with special events, cultural festivals, blockbuster museum exhibitions and outdoor fun for the whole family. Find great hotel deals and make it an action-packed weekend. 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

The Denver BBQ Festival (June 14–16, 2019) Join legendary pitmasters as they serve up world-class barbecue at Empower Field at Mile High. Plus, enjoy live music, cold beer and barbecue demonstrations at this inaugural event. Admission is free on Saturday and Sunday while there is a ticketed preview party on Friday. 

Denver PrideFest (June 15–16, 2019) – Recognized as one of the top 10 pride events in the country, this free, two-day festival takes place in Civic Center Park. The weekend activities include the famous parade and entertainment for adults and kids.

Juneteenth Music Festival (June 15–16, 2019) – Watch the annual parade and listen to the sounds of hip-hop, R&B, blues, soul and jazz as nearly 200 vendors line Welton Street.

Colorado Renaissance Festival – Flashback to the 16th century and journey through a medieval city at the Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur. Enjoy full-armor jousting, tasty turkey legs, music and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans.

 

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius  Although Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519, his influence has endured. His extraordinary legacy as an inventor, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect, sculptor and philosopher comes to life at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. It's the most comprehensive exhibition about da Vinci ever presented.

Our Senses: Creating Your Reality – Learn how and why we sense, including the biological processes of other senses beyond the traditional five in this interactive experience.

Images From the Tracks: Photographs of William Henry Jackson – One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson's images had an immense influence on the public's perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail.

The Light Show – Explore physical and symbolic representations of light in art through a thought-provoking narrative. The exhibition features about 250 objects drawn from Denver Art Museum's nine curatorial departments.

Wildflowers, Wild Places – Celebrate summer and explore our huge pop-up installation with giant flowers and beehive. Walk under three inflatable sculptures of Colorado flowers representing the regions of our state: sunflowers for the plains, columbines for the mountains, and a claret cup cactus for the plateau. Collect pollen and pollinate the flowers to create wildflower honey.

Written on the Land: Ute Voices, Ute History – Hear the story of Colorado's longest continuous residents, told in their own voices.

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze  Denver-born artist Jordan Casteel chooses her subjects by walking around her neighborhood in Harlem, New York, and taking photographs, which she then translates into larger-than-life portraits that reveal individuals and atmospheres that often go unnoticed.

Barbara Locketz—Form•Color•Texture – Barbara Locketz studied under Vance Kirkland at the University of Denver and later taught there herself. She works in a variety of mediums, including oil paintings, prints, collages made from paper and metal, acrylic and metal sculpture, textiles and jewelry, and exhibits her art across the American Southwest, New York and Mexico. Now that list also includes the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

Espacio Liminal | Liminal Space – "Liminal space" refers to a transitional or transformative space. In this exhibition at Museo de las Americas, you'll witness how local Latino artists are taking their knowledge of the traditions of the past into this liminal space and transforming them into new cultural interpretations and identities. 

Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America – This unique Denver Art Museum exhibit presents the concept of playfulness in postwar America as a catalyst for creativity and thoughtful design in everything from home furnishings, to children’s toys, to corporate offices. 

Without Borders: Art SÍn Fronteras – This powerful and timely exhibit at History Colorado Center explores the concepts of home and borders and features artists from southern Colorado, northern New Mexico and beyond. 

The Incubation Effect – Stroll through an insect nursery of larger-than-life cocoons and larva sewn by Denver artist Nicole Anona Banowetz. Children and adults alike can also contribute to the life cycle of the nursery by designing their own creature to add to this ever-evolving exhibit at Denver Art Museum.

Human | Nature: Figures From the Craig Ponzio Sculpture Collection – These 18 sculptures depict the expressive capacity of the human form against the backdrop of Denver Botanic Gardens' lush botanical environments. The collection includes both classical and abstract pieces from sculptors across the globe. 

Eyes On: Erika Harrsch – This multi-media installation at Denver Art Museum by Mexican-American artist Erika Harrsch is comprised of imagery, music, text and furnishings that reference the circumstances faced by immigrants and refugees subject to the United States DREAM Act. 

Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty – Artist Patrick Dougherty weaves flexible, sustainably harvested saplings into complex and whimsical architectural forms with the help of staff and volunteers. The installations remain on view at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms until they naturally fall apart, some lasting for years! 

Bauhaus Centennial – The Bauhaus school of art and design in Weimar, Germany, was only open for a few years before the Nazis forced it to close. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this influential art style, the Kirkland Museum is highlighting Bauhaus pieces from its permanent collection, including many not usually on display.

Treasures of British Art – This collection features more than 60 paintings by masters such as Anthony van Dyck, Adriaen van Diest, John Singer Sargent and Thomas Hudson, gifted to the Denver Art Museum by the Berger Collection Educational Trust. 

Eyes On: Jonathan Saiz – Artist Jonathan Saiz uses social media to spark conversation about our society's ability to embody a modern utopia: "an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens." His installation #WhatisUtopia at Denver Art Museum is a column covered with 10,000 minuscule drawings, paintings and sculptures, all created to be given away after the end of the exhibition. Follow along on Instagram via @utopia_is_free or using the hashtags #WhatisUtopia or #JonathanSaizatDAM. 

Clark Richert in Hyperspace – Clark Richert is one of Colorado's most important artists. This retrospective at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver explores his decades-long interest in dimensionality. 

 

FILM

'Superpower Dogs 3D'  In this inspiring story, journey around the globe to follow remarkable dogs that save lives and share a powerful bond with their human partners. Showing at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

'Volcanoes 3D: The Fires of Creation' – Marvel at one of nature’s most breathtaking shows as you explore molten worlds and exploding craters across the globe. Showing at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

 

SPORTS

WWE Live (June 15, 2019) – Treat dad to an evening of World Wrestling Entertainment Live at the Pepsi Center

Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres (June 13–16, 2019) – Cheer for the home team as the Colorado Rockies take on the San Diego Padres at Coors Field

 

THEATER

'Fiddler on the Roof' (June 11–16, 2019) – Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher brings this beloved musical about fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, love and life to the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Colorado Shakespeare Festival – See Shakespeare under the stars in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre or inside the University Theatre on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a summertime favorite. Bring a picnic and arrive early to enjoy it on the lawn before the show. This year's lineup includes "Twelfth Night," "As You Like It," "Romeo and Juliet," "King Charles III" and "King John."

 

MUSIC

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals (June 14, 2019) – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers (June 14, 2019) – Levitt Pavilion

Lettuce (June 15, 2019) – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

The Slackers with The Alcapones (June 15, 2019) – Levitt Pavilion

Riders in the Sky and Hot Club of Cowtown (June 15, 2019) – The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Amphitheatre

Nahko And Medicine for the People + Trevor Hall (June 16, 2019) – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Hazel Miller (June 16, 2019) – City Park

Grupo Pesado (June 16, 2019) – Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park 

Queen City Country & Western Showcase (June 16, 2019) – Levitt Pavilion

America (June 16, 2019) – Hudson Gardens

 

OUTDOOR FUN 

Four Mile Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park (June 14, 2019) Travel back to 1859 for free. Enjoy historical demonstrations and tours. 

Japanese Garden – History in the Details  (June 15, 2019)​ – Denver Botanic Gardens is home to the beautiful Shofu-en, or the Garden of Pine and Wind, a traditional Japanese stroll garden. Explore the symbolism and culture that shapes Shofu-en’s design. Tea and sweets are served as part of the gathering.

Father's Day Half Marathon/1M/5K/10K/10M (June 16, 2019) – Pick your distance and get your finisher medal. There are activities for children, including a playground and fun run. 

Butterflies at Chatfield Farms – Encounter native butterflies flying through a lush and colorful garden setting.

Farmers' Markets – Pick up fresh produce, meat, eggs, breads and more, plus chef demos. 

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre Go for a hike or have a picnic at this famous venue. 

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park Take a thrill ride and admire the views of the Denver skyline and mountains or cool off at the water park. 

Bike Rides See why Denver is a paradise for cyclists by going for a ride on the vast network of paved paths.

City Parks Head for the green space at the city's many public parks. 

Wild Denver The Mile High City is filled with amazing animals in state-of-the-art habitats, from the Denver Zoo to Downtown Aquarium. 

Urban Adventures – Look for bald eagles or go for a high-altitude drive.