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Some may look to the East and West coasts for the U.S.’s best opera, theater, classical music and ballet — but aficionados know that Denver is home to a performing arts scene to rival any other city. Explore the best upcoming performing arts events in Denver. 

NOTE: Due to health concerns regarding the coronavirus (Covid-19), some events may be canceled. Please check directly with the venus for the latest status. 

'DIDO AND AENEAS'

WHEN: July 28, 2021
WHERE: Central City Opera House Gardens, Central City

Sprung from epic poetry and myth, "Dido and Aeneas" is an opulent tale of power and passion between two formidable rulers and the sorceress who toys with their fates. 

'RIGOLETTO'

WHEN: July 27, 28 and 30, 2021
WHERE: Hudson Gardens & Events Center, Littleton

"Rigoletto" is a joke gone too far, set to some of the best-known music in all of opera. A devilish Duke and his tortured court jester, Rigoletto, clash over the jester's beautiful daughter in this topsy turvy suspense, teeming with twists of plot and twists of fate. 

'CAROUSEL'

WHEN: July 227, 29 and Aug. 1, 2021
WHERE: Hudson Gardens & Events Center, Littleton

Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel" follows the ups, downs, rounds and rounds of life and love. 

COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 'THE ODYSSEY'

WHEN: Thru Aug. 14, 2021
WHERE: Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, Boulder

In Mary Zimmerman's sweeping adaptation of Homer's classic adventure, our hero Odysseus undergoes an epic journey to return to his own kingdom after the fall of Troy. He'll have to overcome witches, mythological beasts and the gods themselves if he ever hopes to see his wife and son again. 

COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 'A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM'

WHEN: Thru Aug. 15, 2021
WHERE: Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, Boulder

Lift your spirits with a summer-long party! In this glam run of Shakespeare's electric comedy, the paths of four young lovers, some feuding fairies, a mischievous sprite and a troupe of bumbling actors collide. Join them in the forest as enchanting and peculiar schemes unfold across one unforgettable midsummer night.

COLORADO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

WHEN: Thru Aug. 22, 2021; Saturdays and Sundays
WHERE: Colorado Renaissance Festival, Larkspur

Flash back to the 16th century and journey through a medieval city. Enjoy full-armor jousting, giant turkey legs, traditional music and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans.

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!

'UNTIL THE FLOOD'

WHEN: Thru July 12, 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.

The region’s only full-time professional orchestra, the Colorado Symphony embraces a tradition of musical excellence by presenting a diverse array of symphonic performances throughout the year. The Colorado Symphony performs in Boettcher Concert Hall...

COMING SOON

COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 'PERICLES'

WHEN: Aug. 1 and 3, 2021
WHERE: Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, Boulder

Summer's hottest ticket is the Colorado Shakespeare Festival's Original Practices performance. This summer, revisit "Pericles," the story of a shipwrecked prince on the run after discovering a king's terrible secret. CSF's annual tradition of presenting plays as they were originally performed sells out months in advance — so be sure to reserve your ticket right away!

BUSKERFEST

WHEN: Sept. 10–12, 2021
WHERE: Denver Union Station

For one weekend, Wynkoop Plaza in front of Denver's historic Union Station is transformed into a public theater and art space where you'll be amazed by comedy, circus and music shows from a curated cast of world-touring street performers. Watch larger-than-life puppets, stilt walkers and living statues parade through the fountains under the incredible facade of Union Station. There is no fee for entry and everyone is welcome, but the artists do rely on donations from the audience to support their work and travels. 

DR. NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON

WHEN: Oct. 3, 2021
WHERE: Paramount Theatre

Science buffs: grab tickets to see Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson at The Paramount!

'THE LION KING'

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

Watch the entire Serengeti comes to life as Disney's "The Lion King" makes its triumphant return to the Buell Theatre. 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 Broadway spectacular, winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical. 

'HAMILTON'

WHEN: Feb. 16–Mar. 27, 2022
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, "Hamilton" has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre — a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education.

'AIN'T TOO PROUD - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS'

WHEN: Oct. 25–Nov. 6, 2022
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, this is the electrifying musical about The Temptations' extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The unforgettable story of this legendary quintet is set to some of the group's most treasured hits, including "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Just My Imagination," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and many more.

'MEAN GIRLS'

WHEN: Dec. 20, 2022–Jan. 1, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of "mean girls" led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina's reign, she learns the hard way that you can't cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. 

'MY FAIR LADY'

WHEN: TBA
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

"My Fair Lady" tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a "proper lady." But who is really being transformed? This production boasts all the classic songs you love, including "I Could Have Danced All Night," "The Rain in Spain," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" and "On the Street Where You Live." 

'1776'

WHEN: TBA
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Fed up with living under the tyranny of British rule, John Adams attempts to persuade his fellow members of the Continental Congress to vote in favor of American Independence and sign the Declaration of Independence. Find out how our founding fathers set America in motion in this re-imagining of the Tony Award®-winning musical. 

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