Denver is getting ready to celebrate its biggest Father's Day weekend ever, June 19–21, 2020, 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

Denver BBQ Festival (June 19–21, 2020) 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. Best of all? Admission is free! 

Denver PrideFest (June 20–21, 2020) – 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 20–21, 2020) – 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

WRITTEN ON THE LAND: UTE VOICES, UTE HISTORY 

WHEN: Dec. 8, 2018–Sept. 2, 2021
WHERE: History Colorado Center
The Ute are Colorado's longest continuous residents. In Written on the Land, you'll journey to the places they call home and hear their stories, told in their own voices through art, photography and video.

BEER HERE! BREWING THE NEW WEST

WHEN: May 18, 2019–Aug. 9, 2020
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Whether you're an avid homebrewer or just someone who loves to cheers over a cold beer, you won't want to miss History Colorado's newest exhibit. Explore Colorado's hoppy history, from gold rush saloons, to Prohibition, to today's craft-beer craze.

TREASURES OF BRITISH ART

WHEN: Mar. 2, 2019–July 12, 2020
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Treasures of British Art: The Berger 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. 

SHANTELL MARTIN: WORDS AND LINES

WHEN: Sept. 27, 2019– Jan. 31, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

London-born, New York-based contemporary artist Shantell Martin has collaborated with iconic brands and artists from Puma and Nike to Max Mara and Kendrick Lamar. This interactive multimedia installation features Martin’s signature black and white drawings that explore intersectionality, identity and play.

NARI WARD: WE THE PEOPLE

WHEN: Apr. 24–Aug. 30, 2020
WHERE: MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

This exhibit will feature a selection of paintings, sculptures, videos and installations from throughout Ward's career that illustrate his status as one of the most influential sculptors working today.

URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD: THE CONTOUR OF FEELING

WHEN: May 1–Sept. 20, 2020
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

The Contour of Feeling is Ursula von Rydingsvard's first solo exhibition in Denver and the inaugural art exhibition in Denver Botanic Gardens' new Freyer – Newman Center. The artist is renowned for her towering cedar-and-bronze outdoor sculptures, but his exhibition provides a unique, indoor opportunity to experience a large collection of her sculptures and works on paper.

NORMAN ROCKWELL: IMAGINING FREEDOM

WHEN: May 2–Aug. 23, 2020
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Renowned illustrator Norman Rockwell was one of the many artists of the 1940s who advanced the idea of freedom in his work in an effort to help persuade Americans to support the war effort. This exhibition showcases the artist's depictions of everyday war-era domestic and community life.

NUMBERS IN NATURE: A MIRROR MAZE

WHEN: May 15–Aug. 30, 2020
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

This unique, immersive experience is all about math — but it's hardly by the numbers. The exhibition beautifully illustrates how patterns surround us in nature. Guests learn to spot patterns in music, art, architecture and even their own bodies. The centerpiece is a giant mirror maze — a sea of triangular chambers that feel as if you’ve stepped into a kaleidoscope. 

AFTER THE ASTEROID: EARTH’S COMEBACK STORY 

WHEN: Jan. 1, 2020–Ends Feb. 11, 2022
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

A new trove of remarkably preserved fossils found by paleontologists from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science near Colorado Springs paints a vivid picture of how Earth recovered after the devastating asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. See some of the very best fossils from the site at a brand-new bilingual pop-up exhibit to bring the discovery to life.

THE LIGHT SHOW

WHEN: June 2, 2019–Nov. 29, 2020
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

The Light Show features more than 200 objects drawn from the museum's nine curatorial departments that explore both physical and symbolic representations of light in art. 

REVISIÓN: ART IN THE AMERICAS

WHEN: June 1–Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This collection features a selection of nearly 180 objects from the Denver Art Museum's ancient American and Latin American art collections, hailed as one of the best in the country. It will tell a visually compelling narrative about the formation of the Americas from 100 B.C. to today and it is the first exhibition to open in the newly renovated Martin Building.

THE ART OF THE BRICK

WHEN: June 19, 2020–Jan. 24, 2021
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya's original artworks and reimagined versions of famous masterpieces made from LEGO® bricks will wow you. The exhibit also showcases a collection of LEGO-infused, hyper-realistic photography from Sawaya's innovative collaboration with award-winning photographer Dean West. Guests of all ages will be able to put their own ingenuity to work in an area filled with LEGO bricks.

NIGHT LIGHTS DENVER

WHEN: Permanent installation 
WHERE
Daniels & Fisher Tower
Night Lights Denver features rotating content designed by local artists and the community and projected on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower every Thursday through Saturday evening.

 

FILM

SeriesFest Season 6 (June 18–24, 2020) – This annual showcase of the best new TV pilots brings together industry luminaries, emerging artists and passionate audiences. 

'Dinosaurs of Antarctica'  Follow a team of paleoecologists on a quest to understand the southern continent’s profound transformation, from a warm and bio-diverse Mesozoic to the frozen desert we know today. Showing at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

'Imagine the Moon' – In this new planetarium show, beautiful photography and digital visualizations on the giant dome place the moon in a whole new light, as you explore humanity’s epic relationship with Earth’s only natural satellite. Showing at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

'Into America’s Wild 3D' – This nonstop ride by kayak, bike, train, hot air balloon, zip line, kite surfboard and more through scenic byways, ancient homelands, secret gems and hidden trails reveals the human connection we all share with nature. Showing at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

 

SPORTS

Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres (June 19–21, 2020) – Cheer for the home team as the Colorado Rockies take on the San Diego Padres at Coors Field

 

THEATER

'Roe' (May 7–June 20, 2020) – This incisive play cuts through the headlines and rhetoric to reveal the divergent personal journeys of the two women in the decades following the fateful Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. See it at Curious Theatre Company.

'Little Shop of Horrors' (May 22–June 21, 2020) – Follows the adventures of a meek florist shop worker who discovers a new breed of plant. The foul-mouthed foliage promises fame and fortune as long as he keeps feeding it — blood! See it at Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton.

'First Date' (June 5–27, 2020) – When Aaron is set up with Casey on a blind date, a casual drink at a New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives? See it at The Bug Theatre​.

'The Book of Mormon' (June 9–28, 2020) – This nine-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries as they are sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. See it at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

'Peter Pan' (June 11–Aug. 23, 2020) – Peter and his fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and begin the adventure of a lifetime, coming face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook. See it at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown.

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. Bring a picnic and arrive early to enjoy it on the lawn before the show.

 

MUSIC

Umphrey's McGee (June 19–21, 2020) – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

City Park Jazz (June 21, 2020) – City Park

Logan Mize (June 19, 2020) – Levitt Pavilion

Wonderbound presents The Sandman with Gasoline Lollipops (June 19–20, 2020) – Arvada Center 

 

OUTDOOR FUN 

Dad & Kid Archery (June 20, 2020) – In honor of Father's Day, head to High Altitude Archery in Longmont, where dads shoot for free with their paid child. 

Father's Day Brew Run (June 21, 2020) – This event will be a Poker Run. Collect playing cards each time you complete a lap of Great Frontier Brewing Company's 0.4-mile loop and build your best poker hand. The more you run, the more cards you'll be dealt. Winning hands will receive great prizes! 

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.