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4th of July Weekend

4th of July Weekend
4th of July 2019

Denver is the place to be for the long holiday weekend. You’ll be treated to blockbuster museum exhibitions, delicious cuisine from farm-to-table restaurants on expanded patios and outdoor activities galore.

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BLOCKBUSTER MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

BEER HERE! BREWING THE NEW WEST

WHEN: Thru Aug. 2, 2020
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Whether you're an avid homebrewer or just someone who loves to cheers over a cold beer, you won't want to miss History Colorado's newest exhibit. Explore Colorado's hoppy history, from gold rush saloons to Prohibition to today's craft-beer craze.

NORMAN ROCKWELL: IMAGINING FREEDOM

WHEN: Thru Sept. 7, 2020
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Renowned illustrator Norman Rockwell was one of the many artists of the 1940s who advanced the idea of freedom in his work in an effort to help persuade Americans to support the war effort. This exhibition showcases the artist's depictions of everyday war-era domestic and community life.

THE ART OF THE BRICK

WHEN: Thru Jan. 24, 2021
WHERE
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya's original artworks and reimagined versions of famous masterpieces made from LEGO® bricks will wow you. The exhibit also showcases a collection of LEGO-infused, hyper-realistic photography from Sawaya's innovative collaboration with award-winning photographer Dean West. Guests of all ages will be able to put their own ingenuity to work in an area filled with LEGO bricks.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

CELEBRATE AMERICAN DIVERSITY

WHEN: July 3–4, 2020
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace, Aurora
Guests of all ages can enjoy non-stop live entertainment and dinner and drinks over Independence Day weekend on the 48,000-square-foot outdoor field west of Stanley Marketplace in private, socially distanced picnic areas.

RED ROCKS PARK & AMPHITHEATRE 

Carved from towering red rock monuments, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre in Morrison is one of the world's most renowned concert venues. The surrounding park has hiking trails that weave in, around and over the colorful red rocks.

NIGHT LIGHTS DENVER

WHEREDaniels & 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 Thursday through Saturday evening.

FARMERS' MARKETS

The Mile High City's more than 20 farmers' markets aren't just about locally grown produce, delicious baked goods and prepared foods — though you'll find those in abundance! Each market is a festive, weekly street fair, many with live entertainment and family-friendly activities. 

DENVER ZOO

With over 3,500 animals on 84 gorgeous acres, Denver Zoo is an amazing experience year-round. Your donation helps to provide world-class care for the lions, giraffes and elephants, as well as other wild animals and wild places, from the Rockies to Mongolia.

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, a children’s garden, lifelong-learning opportunities and research to preserve Colorado’s precious natural resources. Meanwhile, Chatfield Farms, located in nearby Littleton, takes pride in its exemplary nature preserve and gardens. Located on 750 acres, this picturesque site includes display gardens and a historical farm with a rustic barn.

DENVER'S CITY PARKS

No matter where you find yourself in The Mile High City, you’re likely only a few steps away from a lush and relaxing green space. Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to explore Denver's more than 5,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways, as well as an additional 14,000 acres of spectacular mountain parks in neighboring counties that are maintained by the City and County of Denver.

DENVER STREET ART

Denver street artists have been busy brightening (and enlightening) the urban landscape for decades by making canvases of the city’s alleyways, building exteriors, warehouses, garage doors and storefronts. Grab your camera and take a stroll past some of the city's favorite murals. 

'COMING TO AMERICA' OUTDOOR MOVIE AT AVANTI F&B

WHEN: July 2, 2020
WHERE: Avanti F&B
Avanti F&B is partnering with Alamo Drafthouse Denver to host a new summer movie series every Thursday at 9 p.m. Bring your own lawn chair and New Belgium Brewing will give you a free beer! Special movie-night menus will be provided by Lea Jane's Hot Chicken and Meta Asian Kitchen. They'll be showing the classic "Coming to America" to kick off the holiday weekend!

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

ARAPAHOE PHILHARMONIC - BRASS IN THE PARK(ING LOT)

WHEN: July 2, 2020
WHERE: Denver First Church of the Nazarene
The Arapahoe Philharmonic Brass Quintet will perform a 50-minute "drive-up concert" of traditional Americana (Amazing Grace, Down by the Riverside), light classical (Sonata from Die Bankelsangerlieder) and jazzy favorites (West End Blues, When the Saints Go Marching In) to celebrate Independence Day.

RED, WHITE AND BRASS

WHEN: July 2, 2020
WHERE: Online

From sea to shining sea, Denver Brass and baritone Steven Taylor capture the musical vistas of our nation. Tune in to our first live stream concert, a feel-good celebration of American grit, determination and resilience.

PETER STOLZMAN TRIO HONORS CHICK COREA

WHEN: July 2, 2020
WHERE: Nocturne

Nocturne presents the Peter Stolzman Trio as they pay tribute to the great Chick Corea, one of the most prolific and acclaimed of jazz artists from the second half of the 20th century, with contributions to most forms of modern music, including straight-ahead jazz, electric fusion, avant-garde and orchestral music. 

TOGETHER IN HOPE: INDEPENDENCE EVE

WHEN: July 3–4, 2020
WHERE: Online

Independence Eve provides a much-needed community connection of uplifting music, dance, and song, in collaboration with Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and Opera Colorado. The focus of this virtual event will be fundraising for select charities during a live broadcast on Denver7 and thedenverchannel.com at 7 p.m. on July 3, with a special Independence Day Replay on July 4 at 7 p.m. MST.

SADA BABY

WHEN: July 3, 2020
WHERE: The Roxy Theatre

Spend Independence Eve with Sada Baby, with special performances by Mo-Luv, Polo Hilfiger, Nay Renee, Tha Ape, Mac Diddy and more. 

THE BEN MARKLEY TRIO CELEBRATES BLACK AMERICAN COMPOSERS

WHEN: July 3, 2020
WHERE: Nocturne

Nocturne welcomes the Ben Markley Trio to the stage as they celebrate the works of the great Black American jazz composers like Sonny Clark, Tad Dameron, Bud Powell and many more).

B-SIDE MUSIC FRIDAYS: WILDERMISS

WHEN: July 3, 2020
WHERE: Online
This summer, MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is partnering with CPR's Indie 102.3 to produce a virtual version of the museum's popular B-Side Music Fridays. Watch the Wildermiss B-Side concert on the Indie 102.3 Facebook page on Friday, July 3, or catch it on the airwaves on Indie 102.3. 

THE MOVE/MENT | PRESENTED BY COLORADO BALLET & CLEO PARKER ROBINSON DANCE

WHEN: Thru July 8, 2020
WHERE: Online
Colorado Ballet had an amazing experience collaborating with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance in 2019 to create and perform The MOVE/ment, a powerful and moving work about the civil rights movement. Stream this work for free until July 8. 

THE JOHN DENVER EXPERIENCE

WHEN: Thru Aug. 16, 2020
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Explore more than 12,000 square feet of rejuvenating whimsy in the immersive environs of the John Denver Experience, an ode to the boundless joy and creative spirit of an immortal songwriter, performer, environmentalist and humanitarian.

Arts & Culture

CHERRYARTS ARTIST RELIEF AUCTION

WHEN: July 3–10, 2020
WHERE: Online

CherryArts is hosting a week-long virtual auction and sales opportunity over what would have been the 2020 Cherry Creek Arts Festival weekend. This is your time to purchase artwork and support your favorite 2020 juried Cherry Creek Arts Festival artists.

MUSEO DE LAS AMERICAS: FREE CULTURAL FIRST FRIDAY – FRIDA KAHLO'S BIRTHDAY

WHEN: July 3, 2020
WHERE: Online

Museo de las Americas is dedicated to educating people about the arts and cultures of Latinidad in the Americas and is the premier Latin American art museum in the region. Enjoy the museum's free, themed Cultural First Fridays the first Friday of each month. This month's virtual event is an all-ages, online class that will use common household items for art supplies to celebrate the birthday of Frida Kahlo, the "Original Queen of Selfies."

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALKS

WHEN: July 3, 2020
WHERE: Denver's Art Districts

Discover Denver's thriving creative community during a First Friday celebration, held every first Friday of the month. Galleries in Denver's seven art districts stay open late for a festive, street party-like event. Some of this month's First Friday Art Walks will be virtual events. 

PRISMAJIC

WHEN: May 14–Sept. 27, 2020
WHERE: 2219 E. 21st Ave.

In this1,200-square-foot pop-up installation, you'll follow Shiki, a spiritual yeti guide and leader of the Spirits of the Forest. The immersive experience explores the dreams of this wise spirit in a multi-sensory experience of stunning creativity. 

BELIEVE IT OR NOT - STEPHANIE KUHNE

WHEN: June 19–July 5, 2020
WHERE: Core New Art Space, Lakewood

Art is a reflection of one's personal experience, culture and vision. Sculptor Stephanie Kuhne's whimsical work tells stories of personal inspiration and exploration through the use of silver, metal, glass, resin, wood and other mixed-media materials. 

LEGACY - DARLENE KUHNE

WHEN: June 19–July 5, 2020
WHERE: Core New Art Space, Lakewood

This retrospective exhibit features work where color is manipulated through layering, splattering, dripping and squeezing wet and dry pigments. Kuhne’s acrylic and mixed media paintings show how she was always changing and evolving. 

ARTISTS GABE LEONARD, PAUL B. LOTZ, MICHAEL SUMMERS IN PERSON

WHEN: July 3–5, 2020
WHERE: Fascination St. Fine Art

Head to Fascination St. Fine Art to welcome artists Gabe Leonard, Paul B. Lotz, and Michael Summers! All artists will be sharing live artwork demonstrations, meeting with collectors and offering dedications on purchased artwork.

PATHWAYS WITH CYNCIE WINTER, KRISTY SMITH, AND JAMES C. JONES

WHEN: June 18–July 11, 2020
WHERE: SYNC Gallery

SYNC Gallery presents Pathways with James C. Jones, Kristy K. Smith and Cyncie Winter. 

TREASURES OF BRITISH ART

WHEN: June 26–Dec. 6, 2020
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection features more than 60 paintings by masters such as Anthony van Dyck, Adriaen van Diest, John Singer Sargent and Thomas Hudson, gifted to the Denver Art Museum by the Berger Collection Educational Trust. 

POWER & FRAGILITY

WHEN: May 26–Aug. 1, 2020
WHERE: Walker Fine Art

The artists in this group exhibition draw their inspiration from the organic world around them as well as their internal atmospheres, creating works that focus on environmental patterns, rhythms, colors and forms.

RHYTHM AND RITUAL: MUSIC OF THE ANCIENT AMERICAS

WHEN: June 19–Oct. 17, 2020
WHERE: Museo de las Americas

This unique exhibit is a hybrid of in-person museum experiences and digital engagement opportunities. 

Forty Years on the ’Fax

WHEN: June 29, 2020–Dec. 21, 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. 

Game Changers: 100 Years of Negro League Baseball

WHEN: June 22–Sept. 15, 2020
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Game Changers highlights broader social transformations from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Era through the lens of America's favorite pastime.

PHANTOM CANYON: A DIGITAL CIRCUIT

WHEN: June 26–Oct. 18, 2020
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Journey along the circuit of balconies, landings, and stairs within the atrium of the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building to discover the 15 digital artworks that make up Phantom Canyon: A Digital Circuit.

NARI WARD: WE THE PEOPLE

WHEN: July 1–Sept. 20, 2020
WHERE: MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

This exhibit will feature a selection of paintings, sculptures, videos and installations from throughout Ward's career that illustrate his status as one of the most influential sculptors working today.

I5OLATION

WHEN: July 1–Sept. 25, 2020
WHERE: fooLPRoof contemporary art — gallery

This exhibition is an opportunity for viewers to experience female artists' creative responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

THE LIGHT SHOW

WHEN: June 26–Nov. 29, 2020
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

The Light Show features more than 200 objects drawn from the museum's nine curatorial departments that explore both physical and symbolic representations of light in art. 

SHANTELL MARTIN: WORDS AND LINES

WHEN: June 26, 2020– Jan. 31, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

London-born, New York-based contemporary artist Shantell Martin has collaborated with iconic brands and artists from Puma and Nike to Max Mara and Kendrick Lamar. This interactive multimedia installation features Martin’s signature black and white drawings that explore intersectionality, identity and play.

NATURAL FORCES: WINSLOW HOMER AND FREDERIC REMINGTON

WHEN: June 26–Sept. 7, 2020
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Born a generation apart, Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington succeeded in capturing the American spirit during an era of growing industrialization and the closing of the Western frontier. Explore the connections between the artistic themes and techniques used by these acclaimed American artists at Denver Art Museum.

RAUSCHENBERG: REFLECTIONS AND RUMINATIONS

WHEN: June 1, 2020–Mar. 20, 2021
WHERE: Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood

This exhibition at the Museum of Outdoor Arts showcases Robert Rauschenberg’s original works spanning from 1962 to 2008 and features more than 50 original artworks by the American Master, making this the largest collection of Rauschenberg’s artworks ever displayed in Colorado.

WRITTEN ON THE LAND: UTE VOICES, UTE HISTORY 

WHEN: June 22, 2020–Sept. 2, 2021
WHERE: History Colorado Center
The Ute are Colorado's longest continuous residents. In Written on the Land, you'll journey to the places they call home and hear their stories, told in their own voices through art, photography and video.

EYES ON: ANTHONY MCCALL

WHEN: June 26–Nov. 29, 2020
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
Between 1972 and 1974, London-born, New York-based artist Anthony McCall recorded a suite of seven fire performances. Landscape for Fire presents five performers dressed in white walking a precisely choreographed pattern across an airfield in North Weald, England, igniting small fires. Shifting configurations of light and dark unfold across a thirty-six-point grid, as the field of grass becomes a meadow of light. See it at Denver Art Museum.

LAVENDER MIST: GAY MEN IN CONTEMPORARY ART IN COLORADO

WHEN: June 30–Aug. 30, 2020
WHERE: McNichols Civic Center Building
Gay men have often played an outsized role throughout the history of art, which is reflected in Colorado's contemporary art scene, now and in the recent past. This exhibit zeroes-in on some of the state's most significant contemporary artists who also happen to be gay.

QUEER CITY OF THE PLAINS: AN ARTISTIC LOOK AT DENVER’S LGBTQ+ HISTORY

WHEN: May 30–Aug. 30, 2020
WHERE: McNichols Civic Center Building
Explore current and past narratives of Denver's LGBTQ+ communities through art, sculptural installations, interactive video and innovative local programming. The exhibition blends important milestones in Denver's LGBTQ+ culture with contemporary art-making, focusing on a diversity of queer identities, while drawing on histories of struggle for self-determination to help us imagine a more inclusive future.

AFTER THE ASTEROID: EARTH’S COMEBACK STORY 

WHEN: June 23, 2020–Feb. 11, 2022
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

A new trove of remarkably preserved fossils found by paleontologists from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science near Colorado Springs paints a vivid picture of how Earth recovered after the devastating asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. See some of the very best fossils from the site at a brand-new bilingual pop-up exhibit to bring the discovery to life.

SLOWER NOW

WHEN: June 26–July 12, 2020
WHERE: Next Gallery, Lakewood
Laura McCracken creates visually complex compositions that urge the viewer to slow down and savor the artwork. Laura's personal journey towards building a more mindful life is seen in the spiritual, organic nature of her new work. 

THINGS ARE DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU THOUGHT

WHEN: June 26–July 12, 2020
WHERE: Next Gallery, Lakewood
Chris Bullock lived and studied for two years at a Chinese university in the city of Jinan. During his time there, he created artwork using materials from junk markets. This show will show many of the pieces he created there, as well as some photography of the area.

Details, Tiny Art Show

WHEN: July 3, 2020
WHERE: Next Gallery, Lakewood
Good things come in small packages. If we have learned anything recently, it's to appreciate the little things in life that bring us joy. The Details show is a group exhibit that focuses on beautiful pieces of tiny work at an affordable price.

PASSING THROUGH BY SCOTTIE BURGESS

WHEN: June 17–Nov. 30, 2020
WHERE: Republic Plaza
This large, site-specific installation by local artist Scottie Burgess consists of multiple wooden rectangular forms that trace the ever-changing Republic Plaza silhouette experienced through its viewer’s fluid perspective, creating a dynamic arrangement that references time, the building and the lives that traverse through its spaces.

MORE VIRTUAL FUN

JULY 4TH WITH THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

WHEN: July 4, 2020
WHERE: Online
Join the National Archives for its first-ever virtual July 4th celebration! For 50 years, the Archives has celebrated the founding of the United States with a traditional reading ceremony of the Declaration of Independence. This year, the National Archives will lift the words of the Declaration of Independence off of its well-worn parchment and bring them to homes across the country online, while providing a host of educational activities for the whole family.

ZOO TO YOU: VIRTUAL SAFARI BY DENVER ZOO

Denver Zoo may be closed, but the dedicated animal care staff is still providing vital care for the nearly 3,000 animal residents. Stay informed, entertained and engaged with daily videos, wildlife-themed activity ideas and much more!

DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE: DMNS@HOME

Avoid boredom at home with the team from Denver Museum of Nature & Science! Raid your pantry and closets for everyday items you can use to explore science, math and engineering and create fun art projects.

COLORADO MUSIC FESTIVAL

Enjoy diverse performances of orchestral and chamber music from more than 100 world-class musicians from around the country. Additionally, 14 guest artists, four internationally-acclaimed string quartets and five guest conductors will perform throughout the season. 

WINGS OVER THE ROCKIES AIR & SPACE MUSEUM'S "BEHIND THE WINGS" VIDEO SERIES

Go “behind the wings” of some of history’s most iconic aerospace treasures, housed at Denver's Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Peek into the cockpits of rare warbirds, fly over the Centennial State in a state-of-the-art Skyhawk and climb into the cockpit of the legendary B-52 Bomber.

COMEDIANS DOING STUFF IN DENVER VIDEO SERIES

Get ready for some serious laughs when comedians from The Mile High City get paired with other things Denverites love: beer, street art, world-class cuisine, music and adventure!

VIDEOS OF RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE'S POPULAR CONCERTS

There may not be a Red Rocks show this weekend, but you can relive concerts from years past online, including John Mayer, String Cheese Incident, The Avett Brothers and many more. 

LEVITT IN YOUR LIVING ROOM: FREE STREAMING CONCERTS FROM LEVITT PAVILION

Enjoy live music from Levitt Pavilion every weekday evening. 

KIRKLAND MUSEUM OF FINE & DECORATIVE ART'S 360-DEGREE TOUR

The way Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorate Art displays its three collections "salon style" gives it a noticeably different atmosphere than most other museums. Take a virtual tour of the layout and get a peek at favorite pieces and exhibits. 

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