Denver's fall and winter months are filled with some of The Mile High City’s greatest events, from the biggest beer festival in the country to a citywide week of arts.


Arctic Prairie Dog Half & 5k/10k

WHEN: Jan. 16, 2022
WHERE: Coal Creek Golf Course, Louisville
Need some motivation to get your New Year's fitness resolution off and running? Check a half marathon, 10k or 5k off your list! Will it be easy? Nope. Will it be cold? Maybe. Will it be worth it? Absolutely! Special swag in store for all participants, including a souvenir pint glass, long-sleeve tee and finisher medal!

Martin Luther King Marade (March and Parade)

WHEN: Jan. 17, 2022
WHERE: City Park

Celebrate and contribute to the joy of Dr. King's message. The Marade starts at City Park with a ceremony and the laying of a wreath, then winds through Downtown to Civic Center Park, where it ends with live entertainment, an awards ceremony and a celebration.

The Security of Justice - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

WHEN: Jan. 17, 2022
WHERE: The Robert and Judi Newman Center

The University of Denver’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration creates a community-wide understanding and celebration of the historical struggle, accomplishments and efforts of social movements sparked by various injustices in the world. The keynote speaker is Rep. Leslie Herod, with spoken word by JC Futrell and music by Denver-based singer Such.

Heritage Rodeo

WHEN: Jan. 17, 2022
WHERE: National Western Complex

This one technically takes place before Black History Month, but we had to include it! Celebrate the history and heritage of America's Black cowboy honoring the legacy of Bill Pickett. The special MLK Jr. African-American Heritage Rodeo will showcase top cowboys and cowgirls competing in all your favorite pro rodeo events, including bronc riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, mutton bustin', ladies' steer un-decorating and many more.

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, and then goes to a static holiday look until 10:45 p.m.

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo

WHEN: Thru Jan. 23, 2022
WHERE: National Western Complex
Bulls and broncs, cowboys and cowgirls — rodeo's biggest superstars perform amazing feats of athleticism during each performance of this professional rodeo. Showcasing the elegance and athleticism of the world's top reining horses, the hard-hitting competition of Denver Professional Bull Riders Chute-Out and the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza, this event has something for everyone!

NWSS Pro Rodeo

WHEN: Thru Jan. 23, 2022
WHERE: National Western Complex
World champion bulls and broncs, cowboys and cowgirls roll into Denver for the first major pro rodeo competition of the season. From barrel racing to bronc riding, to steer wrestling and mutton bustin', you do not want to miss a minute of the match-up between these two and four-legged athletes.

Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks 

WHEN: Jan. 28, 2022; 7 p.m.
WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre
There's nothing like seeing a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and it's even more special to see one in wintertime. Get ready for some high-energy performances that will get you on your feet and dancing away the night as Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks returns with Diplo teaming up with Sofi Tukker, plus Talib Kweli, DJ Matt Cassidy and Jacoby.

Beauty of the Birdwing

WHEN: Thru Jan. 31, 2022
WHERE: Butterfly Pavilion, Westminster

Visit Butterfly Pavilion to immerse yourself among hundreds of the largest, most spectacular and rare butterflies in the world — the Birdwing butterfly – while experiencing the resilience these majestic animals inspire. Witness these beautiful creatures in flight, learn more about the threats to their existence and find out how you can support their survival!

Après in the Clouds

WHEN: Thru Feb. 26, 2022
WHERE: Elevated Rooftop
Nestle around a fire with the ones you love while you enliven your senses with hot beverages, plush blankets, soothing tunes and breathtaking views of the Mile High City! Up for a challenge? Try your hand at curling, also known as “The Roaring Game,” atop Halcyon on an iceless rooftop rink. 

Snow Days 

WHEN: Thru Feb. 27, 2022 (Wed.–Sun. by reservation)
WHERE: Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
As fluffy flakes fall soundlessly to create a bed of frosted goodness, we reach back into memories of our most carefree days and embrace the magic of a winter wonderland. This new winter experience will be quintessential Colorado and provide outdoor fun for children and their families. Elements of Snow Days include a snow hill, featuring real snow for sledding, snowman building and creative winter play; an outdoor sock-skating rink for sliding, gliding, spinning and racing your friends; cozy fire pits and a hot cocoa bar; an ice house fishing experience; a life-size snow globe to climb in (perfect for a photo op!); giant “snowballs” for rolling and bopping; a curling rink for future Olympians and other wintry surprises!

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