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The latest and greatest in The Mile High City.

Denver is an outdoor city with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and plenty of urban adventures for all ages. Explore The Mile High City’s farm-to-table cuisine, local craft breweries and unique live music venues like the famous Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. Visit the Denver Art Museum with its famous American Indian art and Western art collections, see the giant blue bear public art sculpture, shop at Cherry Creek or get an authentic western shirt at the iconic Rockmount Ranch Wear. Denver combines historic Victorian brick buildings in Larimer Square and LoDo (Lower Downtown) with the bold architecture of today, all within a laid-back, walkable city center.

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HOTELS

RECENTLY OPENED

 

The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block, Sage Hospitality

This 172-room boutique hotel opened in March 2017, and it is part of the Dairy Block mixed-use development near Denver Union Station, featuring 60,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The modern guest rooms feature a rich color palette and loft-style décor with high ceilings and large windows. Innovative room types include The Maven Bunk Rooms and 11 expansive suites. The Maven is also home to the divisible 2,300 square foot Windsor event space that can accommodate groups of up to 200 people, with hardwood floors and a mixture of exposed brick and wood walls. Other features include access to the Dairy Block’s 4,500 square foot fitness center as well as group fitness classes and relaxing spa and salon services at The Oxford Club, Spa & Salon.

Hotel Indigo, InterContinental Hotels Group

Anchoring downtown Denver’s thriving Union Station neighborhood, Hotel Indigo Denver delivers a refreshing and inviting guest experience that is truly reflective of the Mile High City. Opened in January 2017, the hotel’s 180 guestrooms within the LEED-Certified building feature hardwood floors, polished concrete ceilings, interior sliding barn doors, oversized desk space, and murals depicting Denver, the Rocky Mountains and Colorado’s Front Range. Other highlights include 1,188 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, a 24-hour fitness studio and easy access to many of Denver’s attractions. Hotel Indigo Denver also offers a range of amenities for guests’ furry friends, as well as a warm welcome from the hotel’s resident dog ambassador, Barkly.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown Denver

Opened in September 2016, this 87-room property is located near Denver’s Highlands neighborhood and features a rooftop patio and small meeting spaces.

Halcyon – a Hotel in Cherry Creek, Sage Hospitality

This seven-story independent luxury property opened in August 2016. It features 155 rooms and approximately 3,500 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space. The seven-story hotel features a roof-top pool along with restaurant and retail space consistent with the neighborhood’s unique character, designed to make guests feel like they are visiting a friend’s house and to bring pedestrians and the community into the space.

The Westin Denver International Airport

Opened on November 19, 2015, the 519-room Westin Hotel located at Denver International Airport is part of the South Terminal Redevelopment project. It is one of only four hotels in America directly attached to an airport terminal. The hotel has its own station on the commuter rail line that runs from the airport to downtown Denver. In 2017, the hotel earned the first LEED Platinum Status among major U.S. airport hotels.

HYATT House/Hyatt Place, Downtown

This recently opened hotel (November 2015) offers a 346-room (with 113 suites), dual branded Hyatt Place/Hyatt House property. The new hotel is located two blocks from the Colorado Convention Center; the Hyatt Place specializes in business traveler accommodations, while Hyatt House provides extended stay options.

the ART, a hotel, Golden Triangle

The ART, a hotel, which opened in April 2015, is a 165-room boutique hotel next to the Denver Art Museum. The look and feel of the hotel are extremely unique, from the moment guests arrive through a portico-like entrance past open spaces that are a showcase of modern art, all the way through the guest experience. The hotel has its own curator, Dianne Vanderlip, former curator of modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum. Each suite features a vibrant wall covering, and the rooms along 12th Avenue and Broadway have seats in “pop-out” windows where guests can enjoy views of the city or the Rocky Mountains. The building was designed by architect Guadalupe Cantu of Davis Partnership Architects, the same firm that worked with Daniel Libeskind when he designed the spectacular Frederic C. Hamilton Building addition to the Denver Art Museum.

In 2016, the ART was voted one of the top five Best New Hotels by USA Today 10Best readers.

Aloft Hotel Denver, Downtown

The 150-room Aloft Hotel Denver, which opened in early 2015, is within a one block walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center and the 16th Street Mall. The sleek six-story hotel features a below ground swimming pool and fitness center.  

The Crawford Hotel, LoDo

This historic 112-room property opened in August 2014 as the centerpiece of the newly restored Denver Union Station and offers three styles of rooms. The "Pullman" rooms on the second floor are modeled after the luxury private sleeping cars of historic trains. The "Classic" rooms on the third floor come with tall ceilings and large windows. The former attic area is now the "Loft,” featuring exposed wood timbers, vaulted ceilings and a more contemporary design. To make the most of the architectural features, most of the rooms in the hotel are one-of-a-kind designs and shapes. The hotel shares The Oxford Club Spa with the award-winning Oxford Hotel across the street.

Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center

This full-service, four-star, 221-room hotel opened in May 2014 in the restored Colorado National Bank Building, which was originally built in 1915 from the same white marble used in the Lincoln Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The hotel incorporates many historic details from the old bank, including three vaults with 33-inch thick doors that now serve as meeting rooms. The elegant ground floor restaurant, Range, specializes in foods of the American West with many Colorado specialties, while the lobby bar is surrounded by huge, wall-size murals painted by local artist Allen Tupper True. Considered one of Colorado’s premier native-born artists, True focused his work on Western subjects. The murals in the hotel depict the lives of American Indians on the Plains.

Aloft Hotel Denver, Downtown

The 150-room Aloft Hotel Denver, which opened in early 2015, is within a one block walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center and the 16th Street Mall. The sleek six-story hotel features a below ground swimming pool and fitness center.  

The Crawford Hotel, LoDo

This historic 112-room property opened in August 2014 as the centerpiece of the newly restored Denver Union Station and offers three styles of rooms. The "Pullman" rooms on the second floor are modeled after the luxury private sleeping cars of historic trains. The "Classic" rooms on the third floor come with tall ceilings and large windows. The former attic area is now the "Loft,” featuring exposed wood timbers, vaulted ceilings and a more contemporary design. To make the most of the architectural features, most of the rooms in the hotel are one-of-a-kind designs and shapes. The hotel shares The Oxford Club Spa with the award-winning Oxford Hotel across the street.

Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center

This full-service, four-star, 221-room hotel opened in May 2014 in the restored Colorado National Bank Building, which was originally built in 1915 from the same white marble used in the Lincoln Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The hotel incorporates many historic details from the old bank, including three vaults with 33-inch thick doors that now serve as meeting rooms. The elegant ground floor restaurant, Range, specializes in foods of the American West with many Colorado specialties, while the lobby bar is surrounded by huge, wall-size murals painted by local artist Allen Tupper True. Considered one of Colorado’s premier native-born artists, True focused his work on Western subjects. The murals in the hotel depict the lives of American Indians on the Plains.

UPCOMING

Kimpton Hotel Born in Union Station, Denver

Opening in July 2017, the new Kimpton will be located adjacent to Denver’s iconic Union Station. The new 199-room hotel will feature 8,300 square-feet of meeting space, including a street-level patio and rooftop patio, a 2,000 square-foot fitness center and two local-inspired, chef-driven restaurants and bars.

Marriott Moxy Denver Cherry Creek

Denver based development company, BMC Investments, will build a $35 million, 170 room Marriot Moxy hotel in Cherry Creek. The hotel is expected to open in mid-2017 and will be the first Moxy branded hotel in Denver.

Dual-branded AC Hotels by Marriott and Le Meridien Hotel To Open Downtown

This dual-branded, 18-story hotel tower in the heart of downtown Denver will feature a 233-room AC Hotels by Marriott hotel and a 272-room Starwood-branded Le Meridien Hotel. It is scheduled to open in August 2017 and will be the first new U.S property to open under the recent Marriott and Starwood merger.

Staybridge Suites Denver Downtown

This 111-room extended stay hotel will open in the refurbished Tremont Place Complex in September 2017.

The Source Hotel

This 100-room hotel will be located next to the popular Source culinary marketplace and will be the first hotel in Denver’s hip RiNo (River North) district. The property will feature its own extension of the culinary marketplace as well as a courtyard connecting it to The Source. Hotel plans also call for a new New Belgium brewing concept to feature sour beers. The Source Hotel is expected to open in late 2017.

The Ramble Hotel

The Ramble Hotel, an independently owned, three-story hotel will open in Denver’s RiNo (River North) Art District in late 2017 with 50 guestrooms; an intimate theatre and bar; flexible meeting space; a small retail outlet; an outdoor courtyard; an independently owned restaurant; and a marquee lobby bar, Death & Co Denver. The bar marks the first outpost outside of its original location in New York’s East Village, which opened to immediate acclaim in 2006.

The Rollnick Hotel

The fifth Stonebridge hotel to be located in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood, this property will include an estimated 200 rooms, meeting space and a restaurant. It is expected to open in late 2017. The brand is also planning to build a property in downtown Denver.

Hilton Garden Inn Union Station

Denver’s Union Station neighborhood will soon be home to a twelve-story Hilton Garden Inn. The 233-room hotel will open in early 2018 and feature a rooftop amenity deck, 5,000 square feet of meeting space and a hotel restaurant located within a Denver Historic Landmark.

Element Hotel, by Marriott

Offering 157 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom guest rooms that also feature full kitchenettes is expected to open in downtown Denver in late 2018. It will also feature a full restaurant and bar.

The Rossonian

The century-old hotel and iconic jazz hotspot in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhoods will be renovated and expanded to include 105 rooms. 

 

RESTAURANTS & NEIGHBORHOODS

More than 220 restaurants opened in Denver in 2016, and four Denver chefs were semifinalists for the prestigious 2016 James Beard Awards, including Acorn’s Steven Redzikowski, who was further honored as a Nominee. Denver has seen explosive growth in dining options, with new chef-driven restaurants, brew-houses, gastro pubs and farm-to-table fine dining springing up in a series of neighborhoods; and renowned culinary guide, Zagat, named Denver the third “Hottest Food City” of 2016.

 

Denver Union Station

Denver’s historic train terminal reopened in July 2014 with 10 new restaurants, bars and fine retailers. Local powerhouse chef Jennifer Jasinski (2013 James Beard Award Best Chef Southwest and 2016 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Outstanding Chef) opened Stoic & Genuine, a seafood-centric restaurant in the tradition of Grand Central Station’s Oyster Bar. In 2017, Jasinski will open her highly anticipated fifth Denver concept, Ultreia – a tapas restaurant, in Union Station.

Alex Seidel (2016 & 2017 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Southwest) opened Mercantile dining & provision, featuring food items from his farm located in nearby Larkspur, CO. Homegrown brunch hotspot, Snooze, brings energy, creativity and delicious food to the morning. Snooze features iconic pancakes, morning cocktails and a huge patio.

Denver Union Station also includes Terminal Bar, situated in the station’s old ticket window and featuring more than 30 Colorado beers on tap. Terminal Bar recently opened a second outpost on the opposite end of the grand hall as well as Plaza Beer Garden. Cocktail lovers can enjoy hand crafted libations in Cooper Lounge, which was named Bon Appetit’s “Most Posh Bar in a Train Station,” overlooking the grand hall. Next Door, a branch of The Kitchen Restaurant Group, is also located in Union Station.

During the summer months, Denver Union Station visitors can stock up on farm fresh items at the weekly farmers’ market; and patrons can enjoy products throughout the station made with honey from the building’s rooftop honeybee colonies. 

Lower Highlands (LoHi)

Connected to downtown by three pedestrian bridges, LoHi boasts an excellent selection of popular eateries and breweries. Linger is housed in an old mortuary and was selected by Travel + Leisure for having one of “America’s coolest rooftop bars.”

New restaurants in LoHi include Bar Dough, Vital Root (from the creators of Denver mainstays Linger, Root Down and Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox) The Occidental (sister bar to award-winning speakeasy, Williams & Graham), Bacon Social House, and Avanti F&B – a modern-day food hall featuring two bars, seven different rotating international culinary options and spectacular views of downtown Denver.

Colt & Gray and award-winning Old Major are neighborhood favorites; and My Brother’s Bar is a Denver institution, once frequented by beat generation legends Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. 

RiNo (River North)

RiNo is a former industrial neighborhood now filled with art galleries, restaurants, breweries, distilleries and even an urban winery.

The Source, a former brick foundry building, now houses a bakery, butcher, florist, the acclaimed Acorn restaurant, street tacos at Comida and Crooked Stave Brewing, known for its sour beers.

Across the street from The Source is the new Great Divide Barrel Room, which opened in July 2015. Down the block, Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery is known for its canned sparkling wines, while Epic, Black Shirt, Ratio, Beryl’s and Our Mutual Friend are just some of Denver’s craft breweries located in the city’s most concentrated neighborhood of breweries.

Work & Class (from 2016 James Beard Award Semifinalist Dana Rodriguez), Cart-Driver and Americatus are just some of the restaurants in RiNo gaining national buzz. Nocturne, a live-music venue and restaurant honoring the deep jazz history of Denver’s, opened in February 2015.

Opened in August 2016, Denver Central Market in RiNo has become Denver’s third food hall and most recent hotspot, placing the city at the forefront of the nationwide trend; and it features a selection of 13 local food purveyors – a produce shop, coffee shop, fish shop, butcher and bakery, wood-fired pizza place and chocolate maker, among others, plus outdoor public murals by local artists.

From Denver restaurateur, Troy Guard, Mister Tuna opened in July 2016 and features Hawaiian-inspired seafood, wood-fired and rotisserie meats and an eclectic wine list and cocktail assortment.

The newest location of popular Denver Italian restaurant, Il Posto, made its debut in January 2017; after nine years at its original location, the new spot is double the size, but still features the same spectacular cuisine stylings from Chef/Owner, Andrea Frizzi. In keeping with the artistic roots of the neighborhood, the bar is made of marble from the same quarry as Michelangelo’s David; and the largest Bocci chandelier in the world illuminates the space.

Restaurants expected to open in RiNo in 2017 include the mixed-use Zeppelin Station (from the creators of TAXI and The Source) and Julep (from the former head butcher at Colt & Gray), and many more.

LoDo (Lower Downtown)

This 26-square block neighborhood has the largest concentration of restored turn-of-the-century and Victorian brick warehouses in the nation, and is now home to more than 90 restaurants, breweries, rooftop cafes, music clubs and sports bars.

The famous Larimer Square is the city’s most historic block and home to some of Denver’s signature restaurants. Frank Bonanno, 2016 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Restaurateur, owns four concepts on the block, including Osteria Marco, Green Russell, Russell’s Smokehouse and Wednesday’s Pie. Jennifer Jasinski of Stoic & Genuine (above) made her first mark with the French-inspired Bistro Vendôme, followed swiftly by Mediterranean-centric Rioja and beer hall-style Euclid Hall. Milk & Honey bar-kitchen serves creative New American food and craft cocktails; and the Crimson Room is a new hotspot featuring hand crafted cocktails and nightly live jazz music. 

From the group that created Denver mainstays Linger and Root Down, comes Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, which opened in April 2015. Dubbed a “gastro-brothel” as an homage to the building’s seedy history, Ophelia’s serves up fresh local cuisine, hand-crafted cocktails and live music.

Avelina, the newest concept to feature popular Denver husband-wife duo, John Broening and Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, opened in September 2016. The meu features New American cuisine steeped in Chef John Broening’s roots in Italian, French and other European cooking.

Already opened this year are Stella’s on 16th (American café and marketplace; January), Hearth & Dram (an open-flame concept with a vast whiskey selection in the Indigo Hotel, January), the Dairy Block’s Kachina (Southwestern; March) and Poka Lola Social Club (crafted cocktails; March), and STK (Denver outlet for the New York concept; January).

Restaurants expected to open in LoDo in 2017 include Urban Farmer (a steakhouse in The Oxford Hotel; June), Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar (Southern classics with a Rocky Mountain twist; April), Tavernetta (pan-regional Italian; April), and French 75 (Denver legend Frank Bonanno’s newest concept, Spring), among others. Popular jazz bar, Dazzle, will relocate to the former Baur’s candy building 

South Broadway and Baker

Another hip neighborhood, South Broadway, is just one mile south of downtown. It has a distinct feel with everything from fine dining at Beatrice & Woodsley to unique homemade flavors at Sweet Action Ice Cream, to bowling, darts or ski-ball at Punch Bowl Social and more.

Popular South Broadway restaurants include Cho 77 – a second Asian street food-fusion concept from Lon Symensma of ChoLon; Leña – a communal, tapas-style restaurant featuring Latin and South American dishes; Chowder Room, a casual, fresh seafood restaurant; and Gozo – a Mediterranean restaurant with a relaxed approach to fine dining.

The Post Chicken & Beer, a local chain with down-home Southern food, opened on South Broadway in January 2017.

Cherry Creek 

Long known as Denver’s premier dining and shopping neighborhood, Cherry Creek is undergoing a culinary renaissance. Recently added to the dining scene in this upscale neighborhood are Departure (August 2016), a modern Asian kitchen in the Halcyon hotel; Matsuhisa (April 2016), an upscale sushi concept from renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa; and SOL Mexican Cocina (August 2016), a Baja-inspired Mexican eatery with creative takes on traditional dishes.

Quality Italian – an Italian-style steakhouse – opened in February 2017 as a second dining concept in the Halcyon hotel.

The Kitchen restaurant group will open a Cherry Creek concept sometime in 2017.

Denver’s Food Trucks 

Food trucks in Denver are slinging gourmet street eats throughout the city. Inspired by international cuisine and fueled with entrepreneurial passion, these businesses are changing the way Denver eats and drinks. The Mile High City now has more than 60 food trucks, serving everything from arepas to ice cream sandwiches, southern-style barbeque, street tacos and even vegan creations. The trucks can be found throughout the city every day; and every week throughout the summer, from Tuesday through Thursday, 25-30 food trucks congregate downtown at the food truck roundup called Civic Center EATS.

Denver's Beer Scene

Denver brews more beer than any other American city and is home to Coors Brewery – the largest single brewing site in the world. More than 200 unique beers are produced and served every day in Denver’s tap houses, brew pubs, breweries and gastro pubs. There are now more than 65 breweries in Denver, more than 100 in the metro area and more than 300 throughout the state. 

To showcase new and iconic Denver breweries, VISIT DENVER creates an annual Denver Beer Trail. The 2016-2017 edition is the largest yet; it features 27 must-try local breweries, both new and well-loved, and well-known beer producers around the Denver area. 

Denver’s Distilleries & Wineries

Growing side-by-side with beer brewing is Denver’s distillery scene. There are more than 40 craft distilleries producing whiskey, brandy, vodka, gin and rum in Denver and the metro area. The largest distillery in Colorado is Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, which is located in Denver, and offers free tours daily.

Laws Whiskey House is known for its handcrafted, high quality Four Grain Straight Bourbon, made with grain from a family-owned, Colorado-based company.

Denver is also home to 12 urban wineries, with Infinite Monkey Theorem in the hip neighborhood of RiNo gaining a national reputation for its sparkling wine served in cans, and the newest addition to its lineup – the Dry Hopped Pear Cider. 

Neighborhoods and Art Districts

Denver has several exciting neighborhoods and arts districts, each with its own lively personality and attractions to discover – from the Golden Triangle neighborhood featuring world-class museums to the up-and-coming RiNo (River North) Art District, which is home to bold, colorful street art and chef-driven restaurants. For information, interactive maps and video tours of the seven arts districts and many neighborhoods, check out VISIT DENVER’s Neighborhood Guides.

NEW AT DENVER MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS

Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum's Frederic C. Hamilton Building is an architectural work of art. The wing is the first U.S. building by Daniel Libeskind, known for his design of the Freedom Tower in New York City. It is an entirely new way to experience art and architecture together and is a work of art in its own right. Visitors can explore the museum's galleries showcasing a world-famous American Indian art collection, renowned traveling exhibits, children’s exhibits and more. The Gio Ponti-designed North Building will undergo a $150 million revitalization project, beginning in late-2017.

Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place, through October 22, 2017

Denver Art Museum’s Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place features site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West. Energizing and vibrant artwork is presented by Denver artists and Dmitri Obergfell and Jaime Carrejo, as well as Carmen Argote (Los Angeles), Gabriel Dawe (Dallas), Claudio Dicochea (San Antonio), Daniela Edburg (San Miguel de Allende), Justin Favela (Las Vegas), Ana Teresa Fernández (San Francisco), Ramiro Gomez (West Hollywood), John Jota Leaños (San Francisco), Ruben Ochoa (Los Angeles), Daisy Quezada (Santa Fe) and Xochi Solis (Austin).

Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism, October 22, 2017 – January 14, 2018

Her Paris is a traveling exhibition organized by the American Federation of Arts that surveys the artistic contributions of women in Paris during the second half of the 19th century, revealing the breadth and strength of their achievements. The exhibition will feature more than 80 paintings by 37 women artists from across Europe and America, who migrated to Paris to further their artistic careers. They range from well-known artists such as Berthe Morisot (French), Mary Cassatt (American) and Rosa Bonheur (French), to painters who are lesser-known in the United States, including Anna Ancher (Danish) and Paula Modersohn-Becker (German).

Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s, through May 28, 2017

This exhibit focuses on how Japanese designers started a "fashion revolution" in Paris during the 1980s and 1990s. The exhibition features 70 looks by powerhouse Japanese fashion designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons and Junya Watanabe, whose impact on the field still resonates today. Shock Wave, which includes recent acquisitions from the DAM's permanent collection, is the inaugural exhibition organized by Florence Müller, the DAM's Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and curator of fashion, who joined the museum in 2015.

Museum of Contemporary Art

MCA DENVER is an innovative forum for contemporary art that inspires and challenges all audiences, creating understanding and dialog about art of our time. As Denver's first institution devoted entirely to contemporary art, MCA DENVER is housed in a new environmentally sustainable facility designed by David Adjaye.

Ryan McGinley: The Kids Were Alright, through August 20, 2017

This exhibition focuses on McGinley’s work from 1998 to 2003, from his earliest forays into photography to his rise to national prominence. The photographs present intimate moments of both exhilaration and introspection, often within a mundane setting, and demonstrate a sweeping range of emotions. McGinley’s works capture the essence of his lifestyle at the time: gritty, daring, and focused on moments of both pleasure and tedium, as well as illicit activities. A rare instance of the artist re-examining his earliest major body of work, which was titled The Kids Are Alright, the exhibition at MCA Denver features many never-before-printed images. Additionally, over 1500 of McGinley’s Polaroids, which have never before been exhibited, wrap the museum’s second floor. For this series, he documented nearly every visitor to his home and studio over the course of four years.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Denver Museum of Nature & Science opened a new wing in February 2014 with 126,000 square feet and five levels of exhibit space. Called the Morgridge Family Exploration Center, the space has a beautiful glass expanse that connects the Museum with City Park and gorgeous views of downtown, and also provides exhibit space for world exclusive shows and major national touring exhibitions.

Vikings: Beyond the Legend, through August 13, 2017

This exhibition features the largest collection of Viking artifacts in North America. Vikings: Beyond the Legend lays waste to the one-dimensional stereotype of bearded barbarians with horned helmets. Visitors can marvel instead at a culture of surprising refinement, complexity and achievement, and a supernatural world inhabited by Thor, Odin and other gods and giants. Fresh insights revealed through new archaeological discoveries and more than 500 treasures, many never before seen outside of Scandinavia, show why the Vikings will always capture the imagination.

Nature’s Amazing Machines, June 16, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s upcoming exhibition, Nature’s Amazing Machines, uses real objects, scientific models, and fun interactives to show the marvels of natural engineering. It will demonstrate fascinating natural feats such as how a giraffe’s heart pumps blood up its long neck, how a toucan stays cool in the jungle, how insects breathe without lungs and how it might feel to fly. It will also showcase technological breakthroughs such as Velcro, wind turbines and chainsaws where humans mined and mimicked the ingenuity deep in nature’s invisible workings.  

Ultimate Dinosaurs, October 6, 2017 – January 15, 2018

This exhibition will go beyond familiar dinosaurs to showcase some of the most spectacular fossils unearthed in recent years. Evolving in isolation, the new discoveries from Africa, South America and Madagascar are among the strangest creatures ever on display. The exhibit will feature dozens of life-size fossils and casts alongside augmented reality displays of the creatures in lifelike settings. 

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens is an urban oasis for gardens and collections that illustrate an ever-widening diversity of plants from all corners of the world. Distinctive gardens define and celebrate a Western identity and a unique high altitude climate and geography. Recently, the gardens have been attracting summer blockbuster exhibitions – Calder: Monumental will be the highlight of Summer 2017.

 

Calder: Monumental, through September 24, 2016

 

American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is considered one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century and is known for his bold energetic sculptures. Calder: Monumental features his iconic works of bolted steel plate –which rise in sweeping curves, or puncture space with geometric lines – revealing the artist's exploration of forms, volumes, and voids. Using shapes that resonate with the natural world, Calder's large, lively abstractions will interact with the surrounding landscape to create a unique spectacle at Denver Botanic Gardens.

 

Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA)

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is an exhilarating mix of Broadway tours, Tony Award-winning theatre and long-running cabaret shows.  In February 2016, DCPA announced that they will host the pre-Broadway stage adaptation of Frozen (Aug. 17 – Oct. 1, 2017); the sure-to-be-hit is not slated to open on Broadway until 2018. In June of 2016, the organization announced that the national tour of Broadway’s Hamilton will play Buell Theatre from February 27 – April 1, 2018. 

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is completing its new home in the heart of Denver’s Golden Triangle, and it is scheduled to open in early 2018. Located near the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum, the new location will offer visitors an enhanced experience, while staying true to the salon style and intimate atmosphere for which the Kirkland is known. The collection features 5,000 works by 534 Colorado artists, one of the nation’s most important design collections with 15,000 items, and 550 paintings by Vance Kirkland. The previous location closed on May 2, 2016.

Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

Commonly named among the top children’s museums in the U.S., the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus reopened in late 2015 after a $16.1 million expansion. The museum features new interactive learning exhibits, a new admission area, new café, additional parking and more.

 

History Colorado Center

Opened in April 2012, this experiential museum makes Colorado history fun. Visitors should make sure to check out Denver A to Z, an irreverent retelling of The Mile High City’s history through its most interesting characters. The museum also features Colorado-centric exhibits including Destination Colorado, Living West and The Denver Diorama.

Backstory: Western American Art in Context, through February 11, 2018

Artists of the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries captured the landscapes and people of a rapidly changing West—as events set in motion dynamics that still shape the region to this day. Backstory pairs nearly 50 masterpieces from the Denver Art Museum’s renowned collection with History Colorado’s wealth of artifacts to tell the stories beyond the art.

Clyfford Still Museum

The Clyfford Still Museum opened in November of 2011 to promote public and scholarly understanding of the life and work of Clyfford Still (1904–80). Considered one of the most important painters of the twentieth century, Still was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists who developed a new, powerful approach to painting in the years following World War II. In addition to approximately 9,000 square feet of exhibition space devoted solely to the artist’s work, the Museum also houses the Clyfford Still Museum Archives and the Clyfford Still Museum Research Center.

Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford, through July 16, 2017

Contemporary works and abstract expressionist masterpieces converge in Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford, a collaborative presentation by the Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum. Paintings by renowned contemporary American artist Mark Bradford will be on view at the Denver Art Museum, alongside related canvases by Clyfford Still. An exhibition of Still's work curated by Bradford will also be on view at the Clyfford Still Museum. Shade underscores the legacy of abstract expressionism and Bradford's exploration of abstraction's power to address social and political concerns.

Abstract Expressionism (Guggenheim Museum – Bilbao, Spain), through June 4, 2017

The first comprehensive survey of the eponymous American postwar movement to be mounted in Europe in more than 50 years, Abstract Expressionism originally debuted at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and is now on view at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. For this international exhibition opportunity, Denver’s own Clyfford Still Museum made an unprecedented loan of nine of Still’s works; until this exhibition, no part of the museum’s permanent collection had been loaned outside of the museum.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a naturally formed, world-famous outdoor music venue just fifteen miles west of Denver and is the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world. In 2015, the park was named a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service; and in 2016, the amphitheater celebrated its 75th anniversary. The Visitor Center features interactive educational displays, a short film documentary on the geologic and musical history and a Performers Hall of Fame. Red Rocks is recognized for its star-studded concert roster, natural acoustics and ambience, as well as its awe-inspiring hiking and biking trails.

The Summer Concert Series will feature concerts from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Umphrey’s McGee, Foreigner, Cheap Trick and hometown heroes, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, among others. The event programmers began announcing this year’s lineup in early 2017, and they will continue to announce new shows as they are confirmed.

Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo is home to more than 4,300 animals representing 650 species including Asian elephants, African lions, Komodo dragons and Western lowland gorillas; and it is the greenest zoo in the country. Open daily with numerous animal shows, feedings and meet and greets, along with new animals and interactive exhibits, Denver Zoo is one of the city’s top cultural attractions.

NEW Tiger Exhibit: The Edge

Located on almost a full acre on the southeastern edge of the park, The Edge debuted in March 2017, bringing guests closer than ever to the Zoo’s Amur tigers. The expansive, open space also offers several unique ways to safely connect with these magnificent creatures and to see them from multiple perspectives in yards that mimic their native habitat.

DINOS! Live, July 1 – October 31, 2017

Denver Zoo will take visitors back in time with DINOS! Live, an exhibit through which 17 animatronic dinosaurs will come to life around the park. Guests will see Mesozoic marvels, from a tyrannosaurus rex to a stegosaurus, and be able to compare them to animals that live at the Zoo and in the wild today.

 

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

University of Colorado A Line Commuter Rail Connecting Downtown Denver to Denver International Airport began service in April 2016

The 22.8-mile commuter rail transit corridor between downtown Denver’s Union Station and DEN opened on April 22, 2016. The trip costs $9 and takes 37 minutes with trains leaving every 15 minutes during peak hours, and every 30 minutes during off-peak hours.  

Events at DEN comes to the plaza

With the 2015 opening of the 82,000-square-foot open-air plaza outside the Westin Denver International Airport (DEN) came a new opportunity to showcase Denver arts, events and entertainment like never before. “Events at DEN” brings those opportunities to life though an ongoing series of public events that is bringing family friendly entertainment, activities, music, movies and more to the plaza. The 2016 lineup was jam packed with free events, including: an ice skating rink on the plaza; a Denver-themed putt-putt course; movie screenings via the “Film on the Fly” series; a holiday market; the return of DEN’s Beer Flights beer garden and more. The plaza connects the terminal to the hotel and is covered by a canopy, providing both covered and uncovered areas for activities. The plaza is located pre-security, is open to the public and is accessible just steps from the new University of Colorado A Line station at DEN, or a short walk from the airport parking garages.

Great Hall kicks off pre-development

In summer 2016, DEN signed a pre-development agreement with Great Hall Partners to design needed improvements to the Jeppesen Terminal while also moving the TSA checkpoints out of the terminal’s Great Hall area. The Great Hall project aims to embrace a new, modern airport experience through three main areas of improvement: consolidating the airline ticket counters and consolidating and relocating the TSA screening areas to level 6; modifying the baggage handling system in and under the terminal to support the relocated ticket counters; and redesigning the shopping, dining and overall passenger experiences available in the terminal. 

Denver Union Station Redevelopment

Denver’s historic Union Station has become the “city’s living room,” integrating light rail, commuter rail and intercity rail (Amtrak), as well as regional, express and local bus service, the 16th Street MallRide, Downtown Circulator, and taxis, e-hail services, shuttles, vans, limousines, bicycles and pedestrians. It has also become a destination in and of itself, featuring restaurants from some of Denver’s top chefs, local shops and comfortable public areas where people can enjoy coffee or a beer and each other’s company.

eTuks, 100% electric three-wheeled vehicles: This new Denver-based company offers a fun alternative to pedicabs or Uber for short rides. eTuks can transport 4-6 people at a time within a 5-mile radius of Denver Union Station, including Cherry Creek and LoHi. 

Denver International Airport offers a variety of international, non-stop flights.

Denver International Airport (DEN) ranks as the second largest airport in the world by size, the sixth-busiest airport in the United States and the 18th-busiest airport in the world, handling a record-breaking 58 million passengers in 2016. 

In the 2017 World Airport Awards, Denver ranked in the Top 10 for the following categories:

  • Best Airports with 50 million+ Passengers: ranked 3rd, making DEN the highest rated large American airport
  • Best Airport Staff in North America: ranked 4th behind Seattle and Vancouver
  • Best Regional Airport in North America: ranked 2nd
  • Best Domestic Airport: ranked 2nd, one of only 2 U.S. airports on the list
  • Best Airports in North America: ranked 2nd behind Vancouver
  • World’s Best Regional Airport: ranked 4th, one of only 2 U.S. airports on the list

 

DEN offers nonstop service from 20 international destinations in 8 countries (Germany, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize and Japan).

  • In March 2017, Southwest Airlines launched a seasonal nonstop flight from Denver to Belize City, Belize. 
  • In April 2017, Norwegian Air announced a nonstop flight to London-Gatwick from Denver that will begin in September 2017.  
  • Also in April 2017, Copa Airlines announced a nonstop flight to Panama City from Denver beginning December 11, 2017. This will also provide greater connectivity to various countries in Central and South America.
  • In December 2016, Volaris began nonstop service from Monterrey, Mexico; Great Lakes Airlines began nonstop service to Telluride, CO; and Allegiant Air began nonstop service to Montrose, CO. 
  • In October 2016, IcelandAir announced that it will begin service on two additional nonstop flights between Denver and Reykjavik, beginning in June 2017, increasing the number of nonstop flights weekly to nine. 
  • On June 4, 2016 Air Canada began a nonstop flight from Denver to Montreal.
  • In June 2016, Southwest Airlines began weekly nonstop flights between Denver and Charleston, SC; Buffalo, NY; and Norfolk, VA.
  • German airline, Lufthansa, launched a nonstop flight from Denver to Munich that began service on May 11, 2016 and increased to daily service in March 2017.
  • Sun Country Airlines added daily nonstop service from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Denver with service beginning May 2, 2016.
  • United Airlines began nonstop flights from Richmond, VA to Denver in April 2016. 
  • Virgin America added its first ever Denver flight on March 15, 2016, a Denver to San Francisco route.
  • Frontier Airlines added nonstop flights from San Antonio, TX; Pittsburgh, PA; and Columbus, OH in 2016.

 

A variety of airlines now connecting at DEN offer nonstop service to more than 180 destinations worldwide including: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Boutique Air, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Denver Air Connection, Frontier Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines, Icelandair, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air, PenAir, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country, United Airlines, Virgin America and Volaris.

2017 SPECIAL EVENTS

Denver features a wide variety of events throughout the year; for a full list of events, visit www.Denver365.com.

May 2017

  • Five Points Jazz Festival (May 20) – This free festival takes place the third Saturday of May 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. The festival features a diverse lineup of music – from Latin to blues to funk and many other styles of jazz.
  • Denver Day of Rock (May 27) - Denver Day of Rock is a free event that features five stages of live music along Denver’s 16th Street Mall on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. Denver Day of Rock unites the community through music and family-friendly entertainment while also raising funds to support Amp the Cause, a Denver nonprofit that raises awareness about critical family issues and local charities. This year’s lineup will feature country superstar, Cam, along with well-known acts such as Austin Young Band, The Dustbowl Revival, The Railbenders and more.
  • Cinco de Mayo Festival (May 6-7) – One of the largest cultural events in Colorado, the Cinco de Mayo festival features live cultural entertainment on three stages, hundreds of exhibitors and vendors, traditional food and drink, a parade, a green chili cook off and more at Denver’s Civic Center Park. More than 400,000 visitors attend the festival each year to celebrate the tradition and beauty of Latino culture.
  • Colfax Marathon (May 20-21) – Denver’s only full marathon takes runners through parks, neighborhoods, trails and downtown; and iconic highlights include running through Sports Authority Field at Mile High (home of the Denver Broncos), a Denver fire station (where firefighters and police officers cheer on runners) and Colfax Avenue itself (the longest commercial street in the country). Additional races throughout the weekend include a half marathon – which runs through the Denver Zoo – an Urban 10 Miler, a 5K and more.

 

June 2017

  • Denver Chalk Art Festival (June 3-4) – Denver’s most historic block – Larimer Square – turns in to a vibrant street museum thanks to the chalk art work of more than 150 professional and amateur artists. Honoring the traditional Italian Piazza dell’Arte (“square of art”), the temporary works of art will be accompanied by music, Italian food, wine tasting tents and an art gallery, plus a kids’ corner where kids will have the chance to make chalk art of their own.
  • Denver PrideFest (June 17-18) – Recognized as one of the top 10 pride events in the country, Denver PrideFest is a free, two-day festival that takes place in Denver’s Civic Center Park. The weekend features activities and entertainment for adults, kids and pets – from a Dogs in Drag Parade and the annual Gay Pride Parade to the Big Gay 5K and three stages full of music and cultural entertainment.
  • SeriesFest Season 3 (June 27 – July 2) – SeriesFest is a four-day festival celebrating the art of independent TV series creation. It showcases the best new pilots from around the world in an international, juried competition. The screenings take place at the state-of-the-art Sie Film Center, Denver Performing Arts Complex and various other locations around the city.
  • Denver Comic Con (June 30 – July 2) – Denver Comic Con is a three-day, family-friendly fan convention at the Colorado Convention Center featuring the best in comics, along with sci-fi and fantasy TV shows, movies, Japanese animation, cosplay, toys, gaming and celebrity panel presentations. This year will feature Wallace Shawn (“The Princess Bride”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”), Bonnie Wright (“Harry Potter” series) and more. Every year, Breckenridge Brewery crafts a beer specifically for the event and asks the public to select a name; the brew is then available at the convention, as well as at select breweries around the city.

 

July 2017

  • Cherry Creek Arts Festival (July 1-3) – Every Fourth of July Weekend, the hip, upscale Cherry Creek North neighborhood hosts the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, a world-class and award-winning display of visual, culinary and performing arts. More than five full blocks of the neighborhood feature the works of local and nationally known artisans, vendors and activities, including Artivity Avenue, a full block of interactive activities for the whole family. There are also concerts, pop-up performances and more throughout the weekend.
  • Independence Eve (July 3) – Held in Denver’s Civic Center Park, the annual Independence Eve celebrations features a free patriotic concert, an innovative light show on the Denver City & County Building and a stunning fireworks finale over the city.
  • Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo (July 7-9) – The Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo is one of the country’s best and biggest gay-centric rodeos. It features classic events including riding, dogging and barrel racing, along with royalty crownings for multiple genders.
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup (July 13) – Denver will host a 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage double header at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, including a Group C match featuring the Mexican national soccer team.
  • Slow Food Nations (July 14-16) – For the first time ever in the United States, Slow Food Nations will gather leaders, eaters, farmers, chefs, educators and families for a weekend of tastings, tours and talks. Following in the trailblazing footsteps of the renowned Terra Madre – the original Slow Food event in Turin, Italy – Denver will become the center of the North American food world.
  • Underground Music Showcase (July 27-30) – The Underground Music Showcase takes place at more than 15 different venues and stages along South Broadway and features more than 400 local and national acts. Having grown from just 300 attendees for four bands at one theater, UMS is one of the best ways to experience Denver’s incredible live music scene.
  • Colorado Dragon Boat Festival (July 29-30) – In the tradition of the Chinese Duanwu Festival, Denver’s two-day version centers around the dragon boat competition, with more than 50 teams of boaters racing colorful and intricate boats across Sloan’s Lake. Additionally, the festival features performing arts stages, an Asian marketplaces, Taste of Asia food courts, Dragonland for the kids, a traditional lion dance and a partnership with Colorado Anime Fest.

 

August 2017

  • Colorado Classic Professional Bike Race & Velorama (August 11-13) – Professional bicycle racing will return to Colorado in 2017 with the Colorado Classic, a series of men’s and women’s races in three Colorado cities. World-class pro teams will compete in circuit races throughout the state, ending in Denver on the final stages. Following the race, there will be a three-day music, crafts, beer and food festival in the RiNo Art District for spectators and athletes.

 

September 2017

  • A Taste of Colorado (September 1-4) – This festival, held in Denver’s Civic Center Park and on the surrounding streets, highlights some of Colorado’s favorite food establishments – from ethnic specialties to traditional favorites, diners can enjoy full-sized or sample portions of their favorites throughout the festival.
  • Denver Food + Wine Festival (September 5-10) - Denver Food + Wine Festival is a multi-day extravaganza of food, wine and spirits education, promotion and tastings. Events include new and classic options like Dinner Under the Stars, a Culinary Cinema Series, SHAKE DOWN (a cocktail event) and the signature event, The Grand Tasting. Denver Food + Wine Festival aims to highlight industry impact, promote workforce development and celebrate Denver as a culinary destination.
  • Denver Beer Fest (September 29 – October 7) – Denver Beer Fest is a nine-day celebration leading up to the Great American Beer Festival – the largest beer festival in the world. This year’s ninth annual Denver Beer Fest will feature dozens of beer related events at area breweries, restaurants, tap houses and attractions around the city. From firkin tappings to midnight beer brunches to tap takeovers to a beer street party, there is an event for every type of beer lover.

 

October 2017

  • Great American Beer Festival (October 5-7) – Great American Beer Festival is the largest beer festival in the world; and each year, it represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served – in both a public tasting event plus a private competition. The festival takes place at the Colorado Convention Center and brings together brewers and diverse beers from across the nation.
  • U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon (October 5-15) – The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 student design competition will challenge 14 collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The city of Denver competed with several other cities to win the opportunity to host the Solar Decathlon, which will feature a free public exhibition of the houses, a community festivals, a sustainability expo, professional development and consumer workshops and education days over the course of the 10-day event.

 

November 2017

  • 40th Annual Denver Film Festival (November 2-13) – The Denver Film Festival is the largest premier film celebration in the Rocky Mountain Region. Hosted by Denver Film Society, which works to promote film as both an art form and a civic forum, The Denver Film Festival showcases blockbusters, documentaries, shorts and independent films at a variety of venues around the city.
  • Denver Arts Week (November 3-11) – The 11th annual Denver Arts Week will be an eight-day celebration The Mile High City’s vibrant arts and cultural communities, featuring more than 300 discounted events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls in multiple neighborhoods. Signature Denver Arts Week events include Know Your Arts First Friday, an evening when galleries and studios are open for people to explore; and Free Night at the Museums, when Denver’s best museums stay open late and admission is free.
  • Mile High Holidays (beginning November 24) – Denver comes to life during the winter holiday season, and the festivities kick off in November with the City & County Building’s and downtown Denver’s Grand Illumination – the largest holiday lights display in Denver. The performing arts scene gets festive beginning in November, too, with holiday classics like A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker alongside some new favorites.