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NEW YEAR'S EVE WEEKEND IN DENVER

Celebrate the new year with your family by checking out blockbuster museum exhibitions such as Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France, stunning lights displays like Zoo Lights and art shows all over town. Take advantage of great Denver hotel packages.

We strive to post the most current and accurate event information, but changes and cancellations do occur, so please check the official event website to confirm all details before attending.

NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021; 9 p.m. and midnight​
WHERE: 16th Street Mall 

The sky will once again sparkle over downtown at the close of 2021 with the New Year’s Eve Fireworks. The two spectacular fireworks shows will occur at 9 p.m. and midnight. For the best viewpoints, stand along the 16th Street Mall. The identical fireworks shows will be synched to a music playlist from live DJs along the mall. Each show will run for about eight minutes and can be viewed from anywhere along the mall. The DJs will play tunes from 8 p.m. to midnight.

FEATURED EVENTS

Here are some great ideas for celebrating New Year's Eve. For more New Year's Eve activities, see our Denver 365 events calendar

CHERRY CREEK NORTH WINTER WANDERLAND & MORE

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Cherry Creek North
During Winter Wanderland, explore 16 sparkling blocks with more than a half-million lights and discover eight twinkling displays choreographed to music. New this year is an interactive art installation, "domino effect" by Creos, which will feature 120 brightly colored dominos, each with its own sound profile. And during Saturday Night Lights (Dec. 4, 11 and 18) stroll beneath 600 illuminated trees while enjoying free festive treats and entertainment.

The Mile High Tree, brought to you by presenting sponsor Modelo® USA

WHEN: Thru Jan. 1, 2022
WHERE: 16th Street Mall at Welton Street

Join in the free festivities at this festive holiday attraction, the Mile High Tree. It’s a brilliantly lit, 110-foot-tall immersive art installation that provides a dazzling lights-and-music show. 

ZOO LIGHTS 

WHEN: Thru Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Denver Zoo
It's official: Zoo Lights has been making magic, memories, and even marriages for 30 amazing years! Presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores, this illuminating annual event transforms Denver Zoo into Colorado's WILDEST winter wonderland. Don't miss this year's historic celebration, with more than a million lights sparkling over 80 acres — plus a host of special measures to keep your family safe and healthy.

LUMINOVA HOLIDAYS 

WHEN: Thru Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park​
Making its Colorado debut, this family-friend event brings larger-than-life holiday displays and immersive experiences for all to enjoy. It features more than 3 million dazzling lights, a 65-foot-tall Christmas tree, a 25-foot-tall snowman that never melts, a 200-foot-long candy cane tunnel, giant ornaments, a wall of lights, rides on limited Elitch Gardens attractions, train rides for the kids (and the kids at heart), interactive activities like a light-up hopscotch, strolling holiday entertainers, Old Saint Nick and his elves, and more. 

TRAIL OF LIGHTS

WHEN: Thru Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
Stroll through the Colorado countryside along a winding path glistening with lights. Features this year include a three-sided light tunnel, illuminated antique and model tractors, a children's play area and warms holiday food and drink. Visitors must purchase a ticket online for a specific day and time.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS & SIGHTS TOUR

WHEN: Thru Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Downtown Denver
This holiday season, embark on a fun-filled two-hour Denver holiday lights tour and take in all of the magic and cheer of this festive time of year in the Mile High City. Enjoy the unique history, architecture and beauty of Denver’s holiday lights and top sights at night with our Denver Walking Tours team for a limited-run Denver Holiday Lights experience! Besides getting the inside scoop on the famous and incredibly lit-up sights, you'll hear about holiday traditions that got their start right here in Denver and other fun Christmas stories that are sure to surprise you. New in 2021: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day tours available. 

BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT

WHEN: Thru Jan. 8, 2022 (closed Dec. 25, 2021)
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens is proud to host Blossoms of Light, an annual family-friendly event that has become a tradition for people across Colorado. Come interact with incredible light displays — a large field of sound-reactive, animated LED lights — plus sip warm drinks and nibble on tasty treats as you stroll. Pre-purchased timed tickets are required. 

2021 ANNUAL HOLIDAY LIGHTING 

WHEN: Thru Jan. 23, 2022; 5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m each night
WHERE: City & County of Denver​ Building
Each night at 5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., an interactive holiday show will occur for 7–9 minutes, then the lights go to a static holiday look until 10:45 p.m.

NIGHT LIGHTS DENVER 

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

FAMILY-FRIENDLY NEW YEAR'S ACTIVITIES

A HUDSON CHRISTMAS: EXTRAVAGANZA OF LIGHTS 

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021 (on select days)
WHERE: Hudson Gardens & Events Center, Littleton
Hudson Christmas is back after two long years. You'll be enchanted by even more towering trees draped in thousands of colorful lights. A grove of dancing Christmas trees, a multi-colored forest inhabited by giant snowmen, the holiday light tunnel and glowing reindeer will light up Hudson Gardens into an extravaganza of holiday cheer.

A STORY BOOK CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN 

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Evergreen, various locations

A Story Book Christmas in Evergreen is coming back for a second year with classic Christmas stories depicted in ice. See "hidden" ice sculptures around the mountain community while Santa is flying in from the North Pole to do some special readings. Join the family-friendly scavenger hunt and support local businesses. 

DISTORTIONS MONSTER WORLD

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Denver Pavilions
Ready to get up close and personal with the things that go bump in the night? Come to Distortions Monster World (if you dare), where surprises will greet you around every corner on an out-of-this-world interactive adventure. This series of cinematic environments featuring immersive installations and infamous creatures and characters will truly transport you to another place!

CAMP CHRISTMAS 

WHEN: Thru Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, Lakewood

Journey through artist Lonnie Hanzon’s fantastical wonderland of lights, dazzling decorations, music, and memorabilia as you explore mesmerizing yuletide scenes spread across a six-acre landscape. The experience is primarily outdoors, with several opportunities to visit decked-out indoor displays (and warm up!) throughout.

CHRISTMAS IN COLOR (NORTH)

WHEN: Thru Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Water World
Load up your friends and family into the van (or car, or truck) and experience the holiday season like never before. Drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you'll hear right through your radio. You'll drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. It's like being immersed in another world. You can also experience the attraction at Bandimere Speedway in nearby Morrison. (Closed on Christmas Day.)

CHRISTMAS IN COLOR (WEST)

WHEN: Thru Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Bandimere Speedway, Morrison
Load up your friends and family into the van (or car, or truck) and experience the holiday season like never before. Drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you'll hear right through your radio. You'll drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. It's like being immersed in another world. You can also experience the attraction at Water World. (Closed on Christmas Day.)

BUTTERFLY PAVILION'S LIVING LIGHTS

WHEN: Dec. 17, 2021–Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Butterfly Pavilion, Westminster
Your little ones will love Denver's newest and most immersive holiday tradition: an evening filled with luminous aerial artists and performers, glowing exhibits and a kids-glow-in-the-dark dance party with the Firefly Princess! Butterfly Pavilion will light up in a rainbow of colors as visitors walk through the exhibits and see the world of invertebrates in a new and enchanting way. Fun and entertaining, this indoor festival of lights helps support Butterfly Pavilion's mission of invertebrate conservation around the world.

CHRISTMAS CAROL RIDES

WHEN: Dec. 26, 2021–Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Great Outdoors Adventures LLC
Enjoy a winter sleigh ride in a cozy off-road vehicle with Great Outdoors Adventures this Christmas season for a merry, merry time. Tour the stunning Pike National Forest in your own rented off-road vehicle as a self-guided tour with GPS navigation or a guided tour. 

DOWNTOWN DENVER RINK

WHEN: Thru Feb. 20, 2022
WHERE: Skyline Park
Bundle up for some free ice skating in the heart of downtown and enjoy special events. 

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES

DECADENCE

WHEN: Dec. 30–31, 2021
WHERE: Colorado Convention Center

America's biggest electronic New Year's celebration is the two-night event of the (end of the) year you won't want to miss!

NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA FEAT. SAME CLOTH

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Dazzle

Dazzle presents a special $120 per-person party package that includes a three-course meal from our special New Year’s Eve menu (tax and gratuity on the meal), live music by Same Cloth, dancing, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight to ring in 2022! Same Cloth is a Denver-based project led by prolific keyboardist Solomon J. Chapman Sr. and inventive vocalist JoFoKe. Embarking upon a new musical journey, this charismatic duo combines their peculiarities and perspectives to share meaningful art.

THE DROP AT MCGREGOR SQUARE

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: McGregor Square

Ring in 2022 at Denver’s downtown playground with your choice of two New Year's Eve parties! The Plaza Party at McGregor Square Plaza features an open bar, live DJ and photo booth as you count down to the ball drop on the massive 66-foot LED screen in the outdoor plaza. Head on in to Milepost Zero for a bite to eat. Stick around ‘til midnight for McGregor Square’s exclusive firework show! Or dress to impress at Midnight Rally at The Rally Hotel at McGregor Square, where you'll enjoy New Year’s Eve in The Rally’s expansive indoor lounge and outdoor terrace. Enjoy unlimited bites and top-shelf bar selections all night long. Exclusive entertainment awaits you as you bid farewell to 2021 and enjoy the McGregor Square fireworks from the comfort of the VIP terrace. Both parties 21+ (ID required).

DENVER NEW YEAR'S EVE BLACK TIE PARTY 2022

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Mile High Station

The Denver New Years' Eve 2022 Black Tie Party features the longest open bar in Denver, with six hours of unlimited drinks. Attendees will also enjoy live music from incredible local cover bands and live DJs spinning top 40, EDM, old-school hip hop, R&B and all your favorite classics. The second floor will feature Las Vegas-style casino games and prizes for the top chip holder. Say cheese at the complimentary photo booth & get the perfect selfie in our NYE Selfie Room Experience designed to take some epic photos on this epic Denver NYE 2022 night! When the clock strikes midnight there will be a giant 2,000 balloon drop on the main floor guaranteed to impress.

STUDIO 54 SOIREE: THE HAPPENINGS NYE 2022 SILENT DISCO

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Forney Museum of Transportation

Celebrate in the style of NYC's iconic underground theatre movement. "The Happenings" of the 1960s and 1970s took dance parties to the streets and subways, so this year The Forney Museum of Transportation will host its first NYE extravaganza in a Studio 54-themed soiree to celebrate an immersive art and STEM experience. #ArtIsEverywhere installations and interactive experiences will fill the space as silent disco guests dance to the tunes of three different DJs playing three different genres. Pick your channel with your crew based on red, green and blue LED colors on the headphones.

RESOLUTION 2022 - DENVER NEW YEARS EVE PARTY

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver Arts & Venues

For 12 years running, Resolution's guests have experienced a truly interactive, high-class, all-inclusive 21+ open-bar New Year's Eve celebration unlike anything else Denver has to offer! This year, Resolution is ringing in TWENTY22 with LED party favors, blacklight face paint, amazing festival style lighting and sound, immersive experiences with photo-ops, world-class club-style DJs and the pinnacle: a jaw-dropping midnight countdown featuring a giant balloon dropped filled with $2022 in glowing $2 bills (why not!?), cryogenics, cold sparks and a laser light show of the likes never seen before inside the beautiful McNichols Event Center & Art Gallery.

BIG NIGHT ROCKIES NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, Aurora

This party is sure to be one of Colorado’s largest New Year’s Eve celebrations. New Year’s partygoers will be rocking in the multiple ballrooms of the luxurious and grand Gaylord Rockies Resort to an eclectic lineup of bands and DJs. The all-inclusive experience, where guests can focus on having a good time and not think about costs racking up throughout the night, will include some of the city's best food, as well as a wide range of liquors and signature cocktails.

NYE ALL AGES CELEBRATION

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: The Louisville Underground, Louisville

Party with friends and family of all ages from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and make it home in time to cuddle on the couch and watch the ball drop in Times Square. Enjoy game play in Tilt and a three-channel, all-hits Silent Disco in The Underground.

NYE ADULTS ONLY CELEBRATION

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: The Louisville Underground, Louisville

Enjoy game play in Tilt and a three-channel, all-hits Silent Disco in The Underground as you party in the new year from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: License No. 1, Boulder

Ring in the New Year with friends and family at License No. 1. Dance the night away with live music and stay refreshed with craft cocktails, a pizza buffet, and a champagne toast at midnight.

2022 DENVER NEW YEAR'S EVE (NYE) BAR CRAWL

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: The Celtic Tavern

Why choose one venue when you can visit them all? Dance parties, DJs, live bands and the must-have midnight champagne cheers — the New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl is the perfect place to wrap up 2021 and celebrate the kick-off of 2022 with those you care for the most.

DENVER NEW YEAR'S EVE PUB CRAWL

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: The Ginn Mill

Celebrate 2022 at more than eight different New Years' Eve parties across Denver’s LoDo district. Enjoy no covers and the luxury of bouncing from bar to bar to choose which venue you to catch the ball drop at. This all-access pass makes sure you get a hassle-free NYE night out, and each location will be offering exclusive drink specials to ring in the New Year. If you're looking for the best NYE deal in Denver, you've found it!

SPORTING EVENTS

COLORADO MAMMOTH VS. NEW YORK RIPTIDE

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Ball Arena

Cheer on the Colorado Mammoth lacrosse team as they face off against the New York Riptide. 

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE

WHEN: Thru Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Gaylord Rockies, Aurora

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the stage in an awe-inspiring family holiday spectacular. Lights dim and music plays while a fantastical cast of holiday storybook characters come to life presenting an elaborate wonderland, invoking the stories behind a child’s eye as they dream on the most magical of nights. This annual tradition wraps a whimsical, Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus artistry into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family.

THE LION KING

WHEN: Dec. 2, 2021–Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. More than 95 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Tony Award-winning Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage. 

'THE OTHER JOSH COHEN'

WHEN: Dec. 11, 2021–May 1, 2022
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar

Enter the quirky world of Josh Cohen’s New York City apartment — as it's getting robbed. Broke and alone, all hope seems lost for Josh, until a mysterious letter arrives that changes his life forever. This 90-minute life-changing laugh-fest for the whole family will leave you feeling better about the world!

MY MORNING JACKET

WHEN: Dec. 29–31, 2021
WHERE: AEG Presents - The Mission Ballroom

Rock in the New Year with three nights of My Morning Jacket

A NIGHT IN VIENNA

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

A Colorado cultural tradition returns to waltz with you into 2022! Start your celebration in style with the Colorado Symphony’s presentation of a rousing selection of polkas, waltzes and marches. The festive evening is the perfect sendoff to 2021 and a can't-miss holiday mainstay conducted by your very own Christopher Dragon!

LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: The Bluebird Theater

American soul singer Elmer Lee Fields — sometimes nicknamed "Little JB" for his physical and vocal resemblance to James Brown — takes the stage with The Expressions on New Year's Eve.

NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH ISMO

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Comedy Works Downtown in Larimer Square

Resolve to laugh more! Comedy Works proudly features headliner ISMO for three special New Year's Eve shows, including a 5:30 p.m. all-ages show (*PG-13). The ultimate observer, ISMO is able to make people see familiar things anew through his unique perspective.

NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH DUSTY SLAY

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Comedy Works South at The Landmark, Greenwood Village

Laugh in the New Year! Comedy Works proudly features headliner Dusty Slay for three special New Year's Eve shows, including a 5 p.m. all-ages show (*PG-13). Fast-rising comedian Dusty Slay has a positive, observational comedy and distinctive, relatable point of view.

NEW YEAR’S EVE PRE-GALA FEAT. SAME CLOTH

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Dazzle

Celebrate new beginnings by ringing in 2022 with Same Cloth at Dazzle's New Year’s Eve Pre-Gala at 7 p.m. Same Cloth is a Denver-based project led by prolific keyboardist Solomon J. Chapman Sr. and inventive vocalist JoFoKe. Embarking upon a new musical journey, this charismatic duo combines their peculiarities and perspectives to share meaningful art.

'UNTIL THE FLOOD'

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

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

MUSEUM & GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

SPOOKADELIA 4: THE CURSE OF NOVO ITA

WHEN: Thru Dec. 30, 2021
WHERE: Spectra Art Space

Spookadelia investigates the human condition and our relationship with self and the world while providing a fresh take on art consumption and the haunted experience. This all-ages psychedelic immersive art, augmented reality and theatrical experience is spooky fun for the whole family!

FORTY YEARS ON THE ’FAX

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Take a nostalgic ride down Colfax, with stops at the quirky and memorable places that gave the street its worldwide reputation. 

EARTH ILLUMINATED

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Denver Pavilions

Grab your family and friends and don't miss this one-of-a-kind Insta-worthy experience! Earth Illuminated is an immersive experience where the natural world and digital media merge to take you on an ethereal journey. Wander through a 13,000-square-foot space showcasing our planet's beauty from air, land and sea. Explore a series of immersive environments and large-scale interactive art installations that change the way you experience art and nature. Encounter larger-than-life butterflies and insects, walk through a giant garden of grass and flowers. Experience the magic and wonder under the sea without losing your breath. Unique photo opportunities everywhere you look!

GIO PONTI: DESIGNER OF A THOUSAND TALENTS

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Gio Ponti was one of the most inventive Italian architects and designers of his time. For more than 60 years, Ponti’s exuberant approach found expression in public and private commissions from buildings, interiors, and furniture to glass, ceramics, and flatware. These diverse and prolific achievements led to Ponti’s hiring in 1965, at the age of 74, to collaborate with Denver-based James Sudler Associates on the design of a new building for the Denver Art Museum.

AFTER THE ASTEROID: EARTH'S COMEBACK STORY

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

A newly discovered trove of remarkably preserved fossils found at Corral Bluffs near Colorado Springs sheds new light on how Earth recovered after the devastating asteroid impact 66 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs. See some of the best fossils from the site, handle real concretions and replicas of fossils important to the discovery, and experience the thrill of discovery via a multimedia storytelling wall that recounts this remarkable find.

CURIOUS VISIONS: TOWARD ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This two-part exhibition explores experimentations with abstraction from the past 100 years. Approximately 60 works are featured, spotlighting historical images by photographers such as Aaron Siskind, Man Ray, Eliot Porter, Berenice Abbott, Edward Weston and Minor White alongside contemporary artworks by Jungjin Lee, Gary Emrich, Alison Rossiter, Laura Letinsky and others.

TRUTH, BEAUTY AND POWER: CHRISTOPHER DRESSER AND THE AESTHETIC MOVEMENT

WHEN: Thru Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art 

Following a temporary closure due to water damage earlier in the year, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art has reopened with a new exhibition: Truth, Beauty and Power: Christopher Dresser and The Aesthetic Movement. Museum visitors will learn about this lesser-known design movement (1865-1900) along with Dresser, a British designer. The exhibition features works from the museum's permanent collection, many of which will be publicly displayed for the first time. 

FERVOR: ANA MARÍA HERNANDO 

WHEN: Thru Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Interdisciplinary artist Ana María Hernando harnesses the power of painting, poetry and installation to honor and alter traditional feminine craft and community. Her love of plants, flowers and the spirit of nature permeates her work. Fervor features her installation Écoutons | Escuchemos | Let's Listen, created in response to bird sounds submitted from more than 200 people across the globe.

DIPTYCH & CONTEMPLATION

WHEN: Thru Jan. 7, 2022
WHERE: Dairy Arts Center, Boulder
Photographer Keith Brenner's Diptych: Stories Between the Borders and Around the Edges, features 50 photographic works paired as diptychs. In Contemplation, Belgin Yucelen, Natasha Mistry and Paul Brokering's works are tied together through themes of meditation, process, focus and reflection. Presented in painting, photography and printmaking, the pieces in this exhibit invite viewers to dive into them and admire their creation and the reflective, meditative quality art can have. 

LESSONS LEARNED BY EMILIO LOBATO. 

WHEN: Thru Jan. 8, 2022
WHERE: William Havu Gallery
Lobato’s latest body of work consists of collages made from rubber and tacks on panel, assemblages made from antique printing blocks, and porcelain sculptures, in addition to oils with collage on panel and monotypes.

LONGMONT 150

WHEN: Thru Jan. 9, 2022
WHERE: Longmont Museum, Longmont

It’s been 150 years since the Chicago-Colorado Colony founded the town of Longmont! This anniversary exhibit looks back on the forces that shaped Longmont’s past and the recurring themes that will undoubtedly define its future.

CHROMATIC COGITATIONS: RHYTHM REBOOT

WHEN: Thru Jan. 22, 2022
WHERE: RedLine Contemporary Art Center

This exhibition brings together 31 artistic voices that employ a variety of colors, images and artistic strategies to reset the rhythm of their individual practices. Viewed collectively, their work responds to shifting political and societal pressures while referencing art historical positions from the 1970s through today that mobilized postcolonial movements and formed expressions of radical social emancipation. Their content includes passionate responses to climate change, ecosystem loss, blackness and masculinity, heritage, legacy, hierarchy and the emergence of gender stories that have hitherto been silenced and rendered invisible.

DEBORAH ROBERTS: I'M

WHEN: Thru Jan. 30, 2022
WHERE: MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Roberts' mixed media works on paper and on canvas combine found images sourced from the Internet with hand-painted details in striking figural compositions that invite viewers to look closely and to see through the layers. She focuses her gaze on Black children — historically, and still today, among the most vulnerable members of our population — investigating how societal pressures, projected images of beauty or heroism, and the violence of American racism condition their experiences growing up in this country as well as how others perceive them. 

JASON MORAN: BATHING THE ROOM WITH BLUES

WHEN: Thru Jan. 30, 2022
WHERE: MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Renowned artist and musician Jason Moran presents a gathering of artworks that celebrates space and creative expression in jazz history, as well as the importance of music and live performance as vital forces in Black culture and American life. Through a range of media, Moran highlights his fascination with the physical environments where music is born and how the residue of music-making can be captured.

IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH

WHEN: Thru Feb. 6, 2022
WHERE: Lighthouse Denver

Renowned for transforming venues into unforgettable art experiences, the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit strives to highlight the unique architecture of its spaces while integrating influences from its history and community. Get ready to be transported the second you step inside!

SMOKING MIRRORS: A REFLECTION ON IDENTITY IN MEXICO AND THE USA, 1821-2021

WHEN: Thru Feb. 26, 2022
WHERE: Museo de las Americas

This visual arts exhibit curated by the Chicano/a Murals of Colorado Project honors the Colorado Chicano/a mural tradition of using public art in service to the people and communities that are historically dehumanized and oppressed in U.S. society.

BY DESIGN: STORIES AND IDEAS BEHIND OBJECTS

WHEN: Thru Mar. 1, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

A series of thematic installations drawn primarily from the architecture and design collection, By Design: Stories and Ideas Behind Objects illustrates the abundance and versatility of approaches to design. How does it come into being? Who creates it and for what purpose? How does it serve society? What trends inspire it?

BLACK IN DENVER

WHEN: Thru Mar. 5, 2022
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Narkita Gold is a Denver-based artist who's been honing her skills in digital photography since 2009. Her exhibition Black in Denver is a portrait and interview series that takes delves into Black life in Denver.

A DECADE OF DISCOVERY: CLYFFORD STILL IN DENVER

WHEN: Thru Mar. 6, 2022
WHERE: Clyfford Still Museum

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Clyfford Still Museum, this exhibition takes inspiration from the museum’s beloved inaugural exhibition while highlighting some of its most compelling revelations since. Featured surprises include photographs of lost paintings from the 1930s, undocumented and mysterious artworks found during inventory, ways in which our understanding of Still’s earliest years and artistic training has expanded, and even a few architectural quirks of the building.

INDELIBLE GARDEN

WHEN: Dec. 11, 2021–Apr. 3, 2022
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Born and raised in the mountains of Nagano, Japan, Taiko Chandler’s life has been shaped by the presence of the natural world. Recollections of the wild forests near her hometown, her father’s garden and her mother’s ikebana (traditional flower arranging) suffuse her artwork, finding form in the organic, layered shapes of her prints and installations. Chandler’s plant-like forms are not intended as literal representations of nature, but rather interpret its foundational influence on family and memory.

STATE HISTORICAL FUND RETROSPECTIVE

WHEN: Thru Apr. 30, 2022
WHERE: History Colorado Center

This exhibit explores the rich contributions of History Colorado's State Historical Fund. Through the preservation of the built environment, the SHF has enhanced vibrant communities across the state for more than three decades.

THE POWER OF HORSES

WHEN: Thru May 9, 2022
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Horses, humans and history come together in this exciting new exhibition revealing the strength, majesty and diversity in Colorado's history through fun and fascinating stories of horses throughout our state. This exhibit features a mix of captivating artifacts, pop-culture cues and engaging activities to explore the power of horses. No stone is left unturned on this meandering journey through Colorado history, from prehistoric horses and Ute tribal traditions to contemporary Black horsemanship and even therapeutic horses. Visitors can explore the many ways these beautiful animals have shaped Colorado communities, as working animals, sources of entertainment, treasured companions or symbols of freedom.

SCULPTURE ON THE GREEN II: FEATURING ROBERT MANGOLD

WHEN: Thru May 2022
WHERE: Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, Greenwood Village

MOA presents Sculpture on the Green II at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, the second installation of an ongoing, annual, rotating exhibition. This year features Colorado sculptor Robert Mangold. The sculptures are made from industrial steel piping. Some are painted a brilliant red, while others are simply polished, allowing for the beauty in the raw material to be revealed.

REVISIÓN: ART IN THE AMERICAS

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

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

BRICK & SOUL // ARMANDO GENEYRO

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

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

SEEING THE INVISIBLE

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

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

MEMORY MIRROR

WHEN: Thru Mar. 5, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

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