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.
The Jacquard Hotel, Autograph Collection
The fifth Stonebridge hotel to be located in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood, this property includes 201 rooms featuring locally curated art, 6,900 square feet of flexible meeting space and a restaurant called Narrative, which features both modern American dishes and shared plates inspired by worldwide cooking, as well as a wine library with about 100 offerings. The Jacquard Hotel opened in September 2018.
The Source Hotel + Market Hall
This 100-room hotel is located next to the popular Source culinary marketplace. The property features its own extension of the marketplace, as well as a courtyard connecting it to The Source. Dining options include Safta, from lauded chef, Alon Shaya; Smok from Acorn’s Chef Bill Espiricueta; and The Woods, a rooftop collaboration between The Source Hotel and New Belgium Brewing. Also on the rooftop is a fitness center, two plunge pools and sweeping views of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains.
Origin Red Rocks
Origin Red Rocks is the first-ever official hotel partner of Denver’s iconic live music venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The 124-room property features a gear garage with outdoor gear for rent, as well as bike storage, local art, family-friendly programming and a shuttle to Red Rocks on show nights. Nomad Taqueria & Beer Garden, the on-site restaurant, features a menu with Southwestern-inspired food and 20 beers on tap.
The Ramble Hotel
The Ramble Hotel, an independently owned, three-story hotel opened in Denver’s RiNo (River North) Art District in April 2018 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.
Moxy Denver/Cherry Creek
Denver based development company, BMC Investments, opened the $35 million, 170-room Marriot Moxy hotel in Cherry Creek in November 2017. The property is the first Moxy branded hotel in Denver. Amenities include a 50-inch television in all guest rooms, a social public area, the Beer Garden outdoor bar featuring craft beverage from local artisans and grab-and-go-bites. The hotel’s location in Denver’s Cherry Creek North neighborhood also allows access to numerous local restaurants, art galleries and high-end shopping at boutiques and the Cherry Creek Shopping Center.
Le Méridien/AC Hotels Denver Downtown
This dual-branded, 18-story hotel tower in the heart of downtown Denver features a 233-room AC Hotels by Marriott hotel and a 272-room Starwood-branded Le Méridien Hotel. It opened in September 2017 and is the first new U.S property to open under the recent Marriott and Starwood merger. The property features Denver’s highest rooftop bar, 54Thirty, with sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains and Denver’s skyline.
Kimpton Hotel Born Denver
Opened in August 2017, the new Kimpton is located adjacent to Denver’s iconic Union Station. The new 199-room hotel features 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.
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 spring 2019 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, Element Hotel is expected to open in downtown Denver in spring 2019. It will also feature a full restaurant and bar.
The century-old hotel and iconic jazz hotspot in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhoods will be renovated into a 41-room boutique hotel, complemented by a basement jazz club and ground floor restaurant and lounge named Chauncey’s, for Denver basketball legend and project partner, Chauncey Billups. There will be a major physical change to the outside of the hotel, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The developer will add a 4th floor, housing seven rooms and balconies on top of the existing three-story building.
More than 250 restaurants opened in Denver in 2018, and four Denver chefs were semifinalists for the prestigious 2018 James Beard Awards, with Denver’s own Alex Seidel further honored as the winner of “Best Chef: Southwest.” Denver has seen explosive growth in dining options, with new collaborative local marketplaces, chef-driven restaurants, brew-houses and hyper-local fine dining springing up in a series of neighborhoods; and renowned culinary guide, Zagat, named Denver the fourth “Most Exciting Food City” of 2018. Additionally, Denver and Colorado hosted Season 15 of renowned culinary show, “Top Chef”; and in July 2019, The Mile High City will host the third annual Slow Food Nations, an offshoot of Terra Madre in Turin, Italy.
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 Winner for 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 late-2017, Jasinski opened her highly anticipated fifth Denver concept, Ultreia – a tapas restaurant – in Denver Union Station.
Alex Seidel (2018 James Beard Award Winner for Best Chef: Southwest) owns 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 also opened a second outpost on the opposite end of the Grand Hall as well as the 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 Denver Union Station.
The neighborhood surrounding Denver Union Station has also seen a major renaissance, with several new and upcoming hotels, communal spaces and top restaurants. Tavernetta – from the award-winning team at Boulder’s Frasca – opened in late-2017 to immediate acclaim. It is adjacent to the new Kimpton Hotel Born, which also boasts Citizen Rail, an upscale steakhouse with a laudable cocktail program. Hearth & Dram, in the Hotel Indigo, features a New American concept and one of the city’s best whiskey selections. The Pig & The Sprout provides creative, seasonal fare for all palates; and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a bar and restaurant with more than 90 whiskeys, 30 beer taps and a simple, craveable menu.
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. 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. 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.
In May 2018, Frank Bonanno opened Milk Market, a highly-anticipated marketplace featuring fifteen Bonanno Concepts food outlets including Morning Jones, a pastry shop; bao bun purveyor Bao Chica Bao; Lou’s Hot & Naked revival, specializing in hot fried chicken; Albina by the Sea, a fresh seafood eatery named for Frank’s grandmother; Hawaiian specialist MoPoke; salad bar Green Huntsman; sandwich shop S&G Salumeri; Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria; a wine bar called Cellar; and a Colorado-focused tap room named Stranded Pilgrim. Milk Market is part of the larger Dairy Block development in LoDo, which includes The Maven Hotel, Poka Lola Social Club, local coffee favorite Huckleberry Roasters, and a L.A.-imported whiskey bar called Seven Grand, as well as an activated alley, where, a permanent Denver Flea space named Roost and an outlet of the Perfect Petal flower shop will all open in 2019.
Longtime Denver Chef Kevin Taylor opened his latest concept, Mila – a Mediterranean eatery – in September 2018 in LoDo. Additionally, Urban Farmer (steakhouse in The Oxford Hotel) and the new location of popular jazz bar, Dazzle opened in late-2017. Famed Colorado brewery, Oskar Blues, also opened a restaurant and taproom in LoDo – Oskar Blues Grill & Brew – which pairs craft beer with a Southern-inspired menu; it is also home to one of Denver’s newest live music venues, The Black Buzzard.
LoHi (Lower Highlands)
Connected to downtown by three pedestrian bridges, LoHi boasts an excellent selection of popular eateries and breweries.
El Five (from the creators of Denver mainstays Linger, Root Down, Vital Root and Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox) – has spectacular 360-degree views of the city skyline and Rocky Mountains from LoHi.
The Bindery, from Chef/Owner Linda Hampsten Fox, is a market, bakery and restaurant with coffee drinks, housemade pastries, breakfast items and an ambitious, seasonal dinner menu.
Marcella’s Ristorante, Pizzeria & Wine Bar is known for their signature shareable hot and cold plates, pizzas, pastas and entrées, as well as an extensive list of Italian wines.
The Family Jones Spirit House, a collaborative project from some of Denver’s biggest names, is a distillery, tasting room and restaurant in one – serving innovative small plates alongside housemade spirits and liqueurs.
Acova – from the owners of classic Denver bar, The Hornet – features an indoor-outdoor bar and a 100-person patio with a kids’ playground. The menu is an eclectic mix of classic entrees like veal osso bucco mixed in with international fare and crowd-pleasers like pierogis and seared ahi tuna.
RiNo (River North)
RiNo is a former industrial neighborhood now filled with art galleries, restaurants, breweries, distilleries and two urban wineries. It has seen some of the most concentrated restaurant growth of any neighborhood in the city.
The Source Hotel + Marketplace features two new restaurants – Safta, the highly anticipated Israeli restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef, Alon Shaya; and barbeque joint, Smok, from Acorn’s Chef Bill Espiricuetta – in addition to the acclaimed Acorn restaurant and Crooked Stave Brewing.
Just north of The Source on Brighton Blvd., Bigsby’s Folly Craft Winery opened in mid-2017 and serves its wine (made in-house) alongside a full menu. Down the block, The Infinite Monkey Theorem 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 chef, Dana Rodriguez recently opened Super Mega Bien, a new concept in the new Ramble Hotel alongside the second outpost of New York’s Death & Co. cocktail bar.
Call, one half of Beckon-Call, was recently named one of “America’s Best New Restaurants 2018” by Bon Appétit. Opened in December 2017, Call is inspired by the all-day sidewalk bars of Europe and features breakfast, lunch and dinner fare made in-house, plus an expertly curated wine list. Beckon opened in November 2018, and is a 17-seat chef’s counter-style experience, with limited seatings and a new menu each night.
Julep, from the former head butcher at Colt & Gray, opened in early 2018 and features sophisticated takes on Southern classics. The mixed-use Zeppelin Station (from the creators of TAXI and The Source) also opened in early 2018, featuring fast casual, multi-cultural restaurants, a gelateria, a coffee shop and two bars.
In July 2018, food truck park, beer garden and live music venue, Improper City, opened in RiNo. Each day, two rounds of food trucks visit the expansive outdoor patio, and guests can order from a selection of local beers and wines, cocktails, coffee drinks and more.
Denver Central Market in RiNo was Denver’s third food hall and marketplace and has become a mainstay of the neighborhood; 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.
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.
Lon Symensma of ChoLon created a new concept, BorraCho Tacos, in place of Cho77, which moved downtown. The restaurant, which started at Avanti F&B, features creative and classic tacos, alongside a tequila-heavy new cocktail list.
Denver Distillery opened on South Broadway in January 2018 and is the city's first distillery-pub, meaning you can enjoy creative in-house spirits like strawberry kiwi liqueur, apple pie moonshine and spiced rum, along with beer, wine, cider and spirits from other local makers. This micro-distillery is located inside a repurposed historic hotel and specializes in creating small-batch, grain-to-glass spirits from natural and local ingredients using traditional distillation techniques.
Long known as Denver’s premier dining and shopping destination, Cherry Creek is undergoing a culinary renaissance.
Recently added to the dining scene in this upscale neighborhood are Narrative, a New American concept, and Kisbee on the Roof, a rooftop bar with stunning views of Denver and the Rocky Mountains – both in the Jacquard Hotel (September 2018); and Social Fare, American comfort food in the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek (January 2018).
In April 2018, Philippe Delgrange and Rick Wahlstedt of famed New York City restaurant, Le Bilboquet, announced that the second location of their restaurant will be located in Cherry Creek.
With 46 miles of urban trails that connect to Denver's 85-mile network, the Stapleton, Lowry and Northfield neighborhoods are a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown. After enjoying the outdoors, relax and take advantage of the shopping and dining at The Shops at Northfield Stapleton, Stanley Marketplace and Hangar 2.
Like many other Denver neighborhoods, Stapleton has been experiencing a lot of culinary growth, and many of its restaurants are quickly gaining local and national recognition. Stanley Marketplace extended Denver’s rapidly growing culinary marketplace trend to Stapleton. Inside Stanley Marketplace, Annette, from Chef Caroline Glover, was named one of the “50 Best New Restaurants in America” by Bon Appétit in 2017, and Caroline and her staff were nominated for two James Beard Awards in the same year. Annette was also named “Denver's Best New Restaurant” and one of the city’s “25 Best Restaurants” by 5280 Magazine, and was Eater Denver's “Restaurant of the Year.”
Elise Wiggins, formerly Executive Chef of Panzano in downtown Denver, opened Cattivella in Stapleton in late-2017. The traditional Italian eatery was named one of 2017’s “Top 25 Restaurants in Denver” and one of the best Italian restaurants in Denver by Thrillist, Zagat, Denver Business Journal, Eater Denver, Westword and more.
Residing in the historic Stapleton International Airport control tower, Punch Bowl Social is a multi-faceted gastropub and entertainment venue with plenty of activities, including bowling, darts, Ping-Pong, karaoke, shuffleboard, foosball and more. The Southern-intensive food menu from celebrity chef Hugh Acheson, features everything from buttermilk-brined fried chicken and beer-braised brats to lobster rolls and a double-fisted all-American burger.
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 in downtown’s Civic Center Park 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, brewpubs, breweries and gastro pubs. There are now more than 70 breweries in Denver, more than 100 in the metro area and more than 350 throughout the state.
To showcase new and iconic Denver breweries, VISIT DENVER creates an annual Denver Beer Trail. The 2018-2019 edition is the largest yet; it features 38 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 tours daily.
The Family Jones Spirit House, opened in late-2017, is a craft spirits distillery and tasting room that accentuates the interplay between distiller, chef, bartender and guest with cocktails, food, tours and tastings in an inventive setting.
RiNo’s newest distillery, Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse, is a former studio and gallery space. They produce small-batch whiskey, gin, vodka and rum, along with flavored liqueurs and seasonal options, all of which they serve in their in-house cocktails.
Laws Whiskey House is known for its handcrafted, high-quality Four Grain Straight Bourbon, made with grain from a family-owned, Colorado-based company. Its Bonded Secale Straight Rye Whiskey won the Best American Rye Whiskey in Whiskey Magazine’s 2017 World Whiskies Awards.
Leopold Bros. is a family-owned distillery in north Denver that creates award-winning whiskies, gins, vodka, liqueurs, fernet, absinthe and aperitivo. Brothers Todd and Scott Leopold opened the current iteration of Leopold Bros. distillery in 2008. In February 2019, Leopold Bros. was named one of the top whiskey distilleries in the U.S. by Esquire magazine.
Mythology Distillery opened in August 2018 in Denver’s Highland neighborhood. Mythology’s travel-inspired tasting room features Moroccan wall tiles, a table made out of a door from India and many books and masks collected throughout the owners’ travels. The distillery currently serves a rye vodka and blended American whiskey, which can stand alone or be blended into creative cocktails; and they have a gin and a silver rum in the works.
Denver Distillery opened in January 2018 and is the city's first distillery-pub, meaning you can enjoy creative in-house spirits like strawberry kiwi liqueur, apple pie moonshine and spiced rum, along with beer, wine, cider and spirits from other local makers. This micro-distillery is located inside a repurposed historic hotel and specializes in creating small-batch, grain-to-glass spirits from natural and local ingredients using traditional distillation techniques.
Denver is also home to 12 urban wineries, with The Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery 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. Bigsby’s Folly Craft Winery is also a new urban winery in RiNo, serving wines made in-house alongside their delicious food menu; and Carboy Winery works hands-on with vineyards and winemakers from Colorado and other prominent wineries around the world. In late 2017, Deep Roots Winery & Bistro opened in historic LoDo, producing more than a dozen high-quality wines and tasty small plates.
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 Creative District featuring world-class museums to the hip RiNo (River North) Art District, which is home to bold, colorful street art and chef-driven restaurants, to the Art District on Santa Fe, which hosts year-round First Friday Art Walks along with the other art districts. For information, interactive maps and video tours of the art districts and neighborhoods, check out VISIT DENVER’s Neighborhood Guides.
Denver Art Museum
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 an impressive permanent collection, renowned traveling exhibits, children’s exhibits and more. The Gio Ponti-designed North Building is currently undergoing a $150 million revitalization project.
Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature, October 20, 2019 – February 2, 2020
The Denver Art Museum will be the sole U.S. venue for the most comprehensive exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades. The exhibition will feature more than 100 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career and will focus on the celebrated French impressionist artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the varied and distinct places in which he worked.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Morgridge Family Exploration Center features 126,000 square feet and five levels of exhibit space. 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.
Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius, through August 25, 2019
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 in Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius, the most comprehensive exhibition about da Vinci ever presented. Dozens of replicas of da Vinci’s machine inventions, built using his detailed codices, reveal how his fundamental scientific and artistic principles continue to impact the world today. In addition, the exhibition will feature the fascinating Secrets of the Mona Lisa exhibit, with super-magnified visual examinations and the only 360-degree replica ever made of the iconic painting.
Our Senses: Creating Your Reality, April 12 – August 4, 2019
The senses get the scientific spotlight in Our Senses: Creating Your Reality, an exhibition for the whole family that playfully reveals how and why what we perceive is not all, or exactly, what’s actually going on around us. In a series of interactive galleries, visitors will enjoy some "sensory overload" as they play with color, patterns, sound, scents, and touch and discover how there is so much more to our senses than just the usual five.
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, Mordecai Children’s Garden, lifelong learning opportunities and research to preserve Colorado’s precious natural resources.
Human | Nature: Figures from the Craig Ponzio Sculpture Collection, April 19 – September 15, 2019
Human | Nature: Figures from the Craig Ponzio Sculpture Collection will present sculptures that explore the human form in both classical and abstract styles, from the early 20th century to today. Featured artists hail from around the world and include Eric Fischl, Jacques Lipchitz, Sassona Norton, Beverly Pepper, Auguste Rodin and Manolo Valdés. From sculpture to selfies to dance, the power of the human figure conveys and conjures a range of emotions. Human | Nature shares the expressive capacity of the human form against the backdrop of the Gardens’ diverse botanical environments.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is Colorado’s official air and space museum. Founded in 1994 and housed at the former Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Wings is dedicated to educating and inspiring all people about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future. Visitors will find more than 50 aircraft on display, thrilling flight simulator experiences and an enrichment program dedicated to the expansion of aerospace education in Colorado.
Apollopalooza, July 13-20, 2019
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum will be home to incredible activities, exhibits. seminars and more - all dedicated to celebrating the first Apollo moon landing and showcasing the latest in space exploration and technology. Featuring an Apollo Astronaut, industry-leading companies, educational STEM activities, world-class speakers and exclusive industry access.
Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA)
Denver Center for the Performing Arts is an exhilarating mix of Broadway tours, Tony Award-winning theater and long-running cabaret shows. In the coming months, they have announced "Wicked," "Cats" and "Hello, Dolly!" among many other plays – including new, edgy works from around the world. Broadway musical smash, "Hamilton," will also return to the Buell Theatre in 2020.
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art completed its new home in the heart of Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District, and it reopened to the public on March 10, 2018. Located near Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum, the new building offers 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.
History Colorado Center
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 permanent Colorado-centric exhibits including Destination Colorado, Living West, Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects and The Denver Diorama.
Clyfford Still Museum
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.
Meow Wolf Denver
In early 2020, Meow Wolf, the artist collective responsible for Santa Fe’s immersive art exhibit the House of Eternal Return, will open its second permanent installation in Denver. The $50 million reality-wrinkling playhouse will rise 30 feet above Interstate 25, Colfax Avenue and Auraria Parkway viaducts that wrap it on three sides. Meow Wolf creates immersive and interactive experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration. This includes art installations, video and music production, and extended reality content.
Winter Park Express Ski Train (through March 31) – In January 2019, the Winter Park Express by Amtrak returned for its third year of service. The train departs from Denver Union Station and takes people directly to the base of Winter Park Ski Resort. It allows people to hit the slopes during the day and return to Denver to spend their aprés ski exploring The Mile High City’s award-winning, chef-driven cuisine, more than 70 local craft breweries, unique live music venues and 11,000 hotel rooms. It’s also a great option for the weekend visitor who wants to get some turns in while they’re in Denver. New this year, the train features a lounge car with local drinks and food options; and Amtrak has increased the round-trip service to include the first two Fridays of each month. The train runs on weekends, including holidays; one-way tickets start at $29 per person.
University of Colorado A Line Commuter Rail Connecting Downtown Denver to Denver International Airport (DEN) 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 $10.50 and takes 37 minutes with trains leaving every 15 minutes during peak hours, and every 30 minutes during off-peak hours.
Denver International Airport Great Hall Redesign & Gate Expansion
Denver International Airport (DEN) will undergo a $1.8 billion redesign and expansion of its Great Hall that will relocate and enhance security, make capacity and infrastructure improvements and add new retail, restaurants and other amenities to an already lengthy list of offerings. DEN has also announced plans for a $1.5 billion, 39-gate expansion.
Denver International Airport offers many international, nonstop flights
Denver International Airport (DEN) ranks as the second largest airport in the world by size, the fifth-busiest airport in the United States and the 20th-busiest airport in the world, handling a record-breaking 64.5 million passengers in 2018.
Additionally, DEN marked a major milestone in 2018 becoming one of only five U.S. airports to provide scheduled service to 200 destinations. New service announced in 2018 and beginning in 2019 will boost DEN’s total nonstop destinations to 212, including 186 domestic destinations in 47 states, and 26 international destinations in 12 countries. (Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Switzerland and the United Kingdom).
In November 2018, DEN was named the best airport in the U.S. in the first-ever Wall Street Journal airport rankings. The rankings scored the 20 largest U.S. air depots in 15 categories, from on-time reliability, value, convenience and more factors that matter most to travelers.
In the 2018 World Airport Awards, Denver ranked in the Top 10 for the following categories:
• Best Airports with 50 million+ Passengers: ranked 9th, making DEN the highest -rated large American airport
• Best Airport Staff in North America: ranked 2nd behind San Francisco
• Best Regional Airport in North America: ranked 1st
• Best Airports in North America: ranked 2nd behind Vancouver
• World’s Best Regional Airport: ranked 5th, one of only 2 U.S. airports on the list
New Destinations That Gained DEN Service in 2018
Paris, France (CDG) – Norwegian Air
Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH) – Edelweiss Air
London, England (Heathrow – LHR) – United Airlines
Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) – United Airlines (begins May 2019)
Appleton, WI (ATW) – United
Asheville, NC (AVL) – Allegiant
Bellingham, WA (BLI) – Allegiant
Bloomington, IL (BMI) – Frontier
Buffalo, NY (BUF) – Frontier
Greenville, SC (GSP) – Frontier
Harrisburg, PA (MDT) – Frontier
Jackson, MS (JAC) – Frontier
Lafayette, LA (LFT) – Frontier
Mammoth, CA (MMH) – United
Monterey, CA (MRY) – United
Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR) – Frontier
Panama City, FL (ECP) – Southwest
Portland, ME (PWM) – Frontier
Seattle/Paine Field, WA (PAE)* – United
Savannah, GA (SAV) – Frontier
Syracuse, NY (SYR) – Frontier
*PAE start date has not yet been finalized; all other routes inaugurated in 2018
Airlines offering nonstop service around the world include: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Boutique Air, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Denver Air Connection, Edelweiss Air, Frontier Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines, Icelandair, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country, United Airlines, Volaris and WestJet.
eTuks, 100% electric three-wheeled vehicles: This 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 features a wide variety of events throughout the year; for a full list of events, visit www.Denver365.com.
Denver March Powwow (March 22-24) – One of the largest events of its kind in the country, the Denver March Powwow at the Denver Coliseum is an American Indian Festival that features more than 1,600 dancers from nearly 100 tribes, representing 38 states and three Canadian provinces. Each session of the three-day event begins with the Grand Entry, a colorful spectacle featuring traditional song and dance. Throughout the weekend, there are traditional drum and dance groups, storytellers, and more than 170 tribal craft booths.
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Australia (April 4) – US Soccer’s Women’s National Team will take on Australia at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for a match before they head to France to participate in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Colorado Rockies Home Opener (April 5) – The Colorado Rockies made it to the first round of playoffs in the 2018 season. The home opening game will be on April 5 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Monster Energy Supercross (April 13) – For the first time since 1996, Denver will be a stop on the 17-round 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Series. During the event, the field at Empower Field at Mile High will turn in to a Supercross track for some of the sport’s most elite riders.
Rodeo All-Star Weekend (April 13-14) – Highlighting the best in pro rodeo, the Rodeo All-Star Weekend features two days of competitions in seven popular events, including bull riding and bareback riding. In addition to the chance to see top-ranked cowboy and cowgirl athletes compete to be named Rodeo All-Star Champion, the weekend also features a fashion showcase, mutton bustin’, VIP social events and live music – including country music headliners, to be announced.
Cinco de Mayo Festival (May 4-5) – 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.
Five Points Jazz Festival (May 18) – 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.
Colfax Marathon (May 18-19) – Denver’s only full marathon takes runners through parks, neighborhoods, trails and downtown; and iconic highlights include running through Empower Field at Mile High, 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 Denver Zoo – an Urban 10 Miler, a 5K and more.
Denver Day of Rock (May 25) – 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 supports local charities. Lineup TBA.
The Rolling Stones (May 26) – The iconic British rock and roll group will perform their No Filter Tour at Bronco Stadium at Mile High.
Denver Pop Culture Con (May 31 – June 2) – Denver Pop Culture Con (formerly 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.
Denver Chalk Art Festival (June 1-2) – 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.
The Denver BBQ Festival (June 14-16) – The 2nd annual Denver BBQ Fest returns to Empower Field at Mile High on Father’s Day weekend. Some of the country's most award-winning BBQ chefs will be serving up a variety of meats amongst a background of live music and other festivities.
Denver PrideFest (June 15-16) – 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.
CONCACAF Gold Cup (June 19) – In mid-2018, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced that Empower Field at Mile High will be one of the 15 venues in 13 U.S. metropolitan cities that will welcome the 2019 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Taking place every two years, the CONCACAF Gold Cup features some of the Western Hemisphere’s best players. It is the official national team championship of the region, crowning the best national team in North and Central America and the Caribbean. The Group A doubleheader will feature the Mexico Men’s National team, in addition to three others to be announced.
SeriesFest Season 5 (June 21-26) – SeriesFest is a five-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, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and various other locations around the city.
Westword Music Showcase (June 29) – The 25th annual Westword Music Showcase, the largest single-day festival celebrating Denver’s music scene, will feature headliners JAUZ, Bishop Briggs, Crooked Colours, lovelytheband, SHAED and others to be announced. In addition, there will be more than 75 local acts performing at venues throughout the Golden Triangle neighborhood.
Independence Eve (July 3) – Held in Denver’s Civic Center Park, the annual Independence Eve celebrations feature a free patriotic concert, an innovative light show on the Denver City & County Building and a stunning fireworks finale over the city.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival (July 5-7) – 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. Throughout the weekend, there are also concerts, pop-up performances and more.
Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo (July 12-14) – 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.
Slow Food Nations (July 19-21) – Slow Food Nations will return to Denver for its third year, gathering leaders, eaters, farmers, chefs, educators and families for a weekend of tastings, tours and talks in Larimer Square. Modeled after the renowned Terra Madre – the original Slow Food event in Turin, Italy – Slow Food Nations in Denver has become the center of the North American food world.
Underground Music Showcase (July 26-28) – The Underground Music Showcase (UMS) 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 27-28) – 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 marketplace, Taste of Asia food courts, Dragonland for the kids, a traditional lion dance and a partnership with Colorado Anime Fest.
Colorado Classic (August 22-25) – Professional bicycle racing returned to Colorado in 2017 with the Colorado Classic, a series of men’s and women’s races in three Colorado cities. New this year, race organizers announced that the 2019 Colorado Classic will be a women’s only race – the only UCI standalone women’s stage race in the Western hemisphere; raising the bar with quadrupled prize purse, team stipends, live streaming and longer, more challenging routes.
A Taste of Colorado (August 31-September 2) – 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. The festival also features live music from more than 25 national and regional artists, family-friendly activities and more.
CRUSH Walls (Sept. 2-8) – For about a week each fall, CRUSH (Creative Rituals Under Social Harmony) organizes artists, in partnership with local businesses, to splash color and concepts across the RiNo (River North) Art District through the use of mural art. The event has become a platform for artists from around the world to gather, create and share ideas and techniques, all to the delight of some 20,000 spectators and visitors. Started in 2010 as a low-key gathering, CRUSH Walls is quickly becoming one of the largest street art festivals in the world, accumulating popular acclaim and formal accolades.
Denver Food + Wine Festival (Sept. 3-8) – Denver Food + Wine Festival is a six-day extravaganza of food, wine and spirits education, promotion and tastings. Events include 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.
11th Annual Denver Beer Week (September 27 – October 5) – Denver Beer Week is a nine-day celebration leading up to (and including) the Great American Beer Festival – the largest beer festival in the world. The 11th annual Denver Beer Week 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.
Great American Beer Festival (October 3-5) – 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.
42nd Annual Denver Film Festival (Dates TBA) – 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 1-9) – The 13th annual Denver Arts Week will be a nine-day celebration of 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 First Friday Art Walks, 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 22) – Denver comes to life during the winter holiday season, and the festivities kick off on the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend 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.
Mile High Holidays (through January 21, 2020) – The magic of the holiday season continues through December with Zoo Lights at Denver Zoo, Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Gardens, more theater performances and an abundance of New Year’s Eve events, including the two-show downtown fireworks extravaganza. Denver continues to celebrate all the way through the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, a 16-day celebration of Western heritage.