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4th of July Weekend

4th of July Weekend
4th of July 2019

There’s no better place to be over the Fourth of July weekend than in Denver! You’ll be treated to festivals, concerts, pro sports — and, of course, all the brilliant fireworks displays
you could ever wish for.

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CAN'T-MISS EVENTS 

INDEPENDENCE EVE FIREWORKS

WHEN: July 3, 2019
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax

The annual Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park will feature a free patriotic concert, an innovative light show on the Denver City and County Building and a stunning fireworks finale. Lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to bring blankets or low-rise concert/beach chairs. You're also welcome to bring your own picnic, though concessions will also be present on-site. Civic Center Park is easily accessible by light rail, bus, bicycle or the 16th Street Free MallRide, and use of public transportation is encouraged. Or, take advantage of the nearby Denver B-cycle bike-sharing program. Parking is available at nearby surface lots and parking garages as well.

FIREWORKS AT ELITCH GARDENS THEME & WATER PARK

WHEN: July 4, 2019
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park 
Spend the day riding the roller coasters and the water slides at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, Denver's downtown amusement park, then watch a brilliant fireworks display light up the night sky, starting at dusk.

CHERRY CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: July 5–7, 2019
WHERE: Cherry Creek North, from 2nd to 3rd Avenues, on the seven streets between Columbine and Steele Sts. 

This free, outdoor extravaganza — the city's signature cultural celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts — gives more than 350,000 annual visitors the chance to meet and talk with international visual artists, enjoy a wide range of family-friendly fun and sample fine cuisine. At the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, experience Artivity Avenue, a full block of interactive activities perfect for youngsters. Visit the Cultural Pavilion, where music, dance and theater from around the globe will be presented. Culinary Avenue features tasty treats and live cooking demonstrations from some of Denver's most popular eateries.

 

Museum Exhibitions

THE INCUBATION EFFECT 

WHEN: Nov. 8, 2018–Sept. 9, 2019
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
Stroll through an insect nursery full of larger-than-life cocoons and larva sewn by Denver artist Nicole Anona Banowetz. Children and adults alike can also contribute to the life cycle of the nursery by designing their own creature to add to this ever-evolving exhibit.

WRITTEN ON THE LAND: UTE VOICES, UTE HISTORY 

WHEN: Dec. 8, 2018–Apr. 23, 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.

NATURA OBSCURA

WHEN: Jan. 11–Sept. 29, 2019
WHERE: Museum of Outdoor Arts
Step into a surrealist, dreamlike forest made up of art, sculpture and digital technologies created by more than 30 Colorado artists.

BAUHAUS CENTENNIAL

WHEN: Jan. 25–Dec. 31, 2019
WHERE: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
The Bauhaus school of art and design in Weimar, Germany, was only open for a few years before the Nazis forced it to close. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this influential art style, the Kirkland Museum is highlighting Bauhaus pieces from its permanent collection, including many not usually on display.

IMAGES FROM THE TRACKS: PHOTOGRAPHS OF WILLIAM HENRY JACKSON

WHEN: Jan. 28, 2019–Jan. 5, 2020
WHERE: Colorado Railroad Museum
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson's images had an immense influence on the public's perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. 

JORDAN CASTEEL: RETURNING THE GAZE

WHEN: Feb. 2–Aug. 18, 2019
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
Denver-born artist Jordan Casteel chooses her subjects by walking around her neighborhood in Harlem, New York, and taking photographs, which she then translates into larger-than-life portraits that reveal individuals and atmospheres that often go unnoticed. See Returning the Gaze at Denver Art Museum.

LEONARDO DA VINCI: 500 YEARS OF GENIUS

WHEN: Mar. 1–Aug. 25, 2019
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)

It's been 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci, but the Renaissance man's legacy lives on. View dozens of Leonardo’s inventions, including an automobile, helicopter, airplane, submarine and military tank; test a Leonardo-inspired catapult; and explore the world's only 360-degree replica of "The Mona Lisa." 

TREASURES OF BRITISH ART

WHEN: Mar. 2, 2019–Jan. 5, 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. 

EYES ON: ERIKA HARRSCH

WHEN: Mar. 10–Nov. 17, 2019
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This multi-media installation by Mexican-American artist Erika Harrsch is comprised of imagery, music, text and furnishings that reference the circumstances faced by immigrants and refugees subject to the United States DREAM Act. 

ESPACIO LIMINAL | LIMINAL SPACE

WHEN: Mar. 21–Aug. 24, 2019
WHERE: Museo de las Americas

"Liminal space" refers to a transitional or transformative space. In this exhibition, you'll witness how local Latino artists are taking their knowledge of the traditions of the past into this liminal space and transforming them into new cultural interpretations and identities. 

BARBARA LOCKETZ—FORM•COLOR•TEXTURE

WHEN: Mar. 22–July 14, 2019
WHERE: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Barbara Locketz studied under Vance Kirkland at the University of Denver and later taught there herself. She works in a variety of mediums, including oil paintings, prints, collages made from paper and metal, acrylic and metal sculpture, textiles and jewelry, and exhibits her art across the American Southwest, New York and Mexico. 

OUR SENSES: CREATING YOUR REALITY

WHEN: Apr. 12–Aug. 4, 2019
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)

It is through our senses that we experience the world around us. Browse the galleries of this funhouse-style exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History for a better understanding of our senses, including and beyond the traditional five.

WITHOUT BORDERS: ART SÍN FRONTERAS

WHEN: Apr. 14–Sept. 2, 2019
WHERE: History Colorado Center

This powerful and timely exhibit explores the concepts of home and borders and features artists from southern Colorado, northern New Mexico and beyond. 

HUMAN | NATURE: FIGURES FROM THE CRAIG PONZIO SCULPTURE COLLECTION

WHEN: Apr. 19–Sept. 15, 2019
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Human | Nature's 18 sculptures depict the expressive capacity of the human form against the backdrop of Denver Botanic Gardens' lush botanical environments. The collection includes both classical and abstract pieces from sculptors across the globe. 

ONE FELL SWOOP BY PATRICK DOUGHERTY

WHEN: Apr. 27–Dec. 30, 2019
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

Artist Patrick Dougherty weaves flexible, sustainably harvested saplings into complex and whimsical architectural forms with the help of staff and volunteers. The stickwork installations remain on view until they naturally fall apart, some lasting for years! 

SERIOUS PLAY: DESIGN IN MIDCENTURY AMERICA

WHEN: May 5–Aug. 25, 2019
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This unique Denver Art Museum exhibit presents the concept of playfulness in postwar America as a catalyst for creativity and thoughtful design in everything from home furnishings, to children’s toys, to corporate offices. 

EYES ON: JONATHAN SAIZ

WHEN: May 12–Nov. 17, 2019
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Artist Jonathan Saiz uses social media to spark conversation about our society's ability to embody a modern utopia: "an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens." His installation #WhatisUtopia is a column covered with 10,000 minuscule drawings, paintings and sculptures, all created to be given away after the end of the exhibition. Follow along on Instagram via @utopia_is_free or using the hashtags #WhatisUtopia or #JonathanSaizatDAM. 

BEER HERE! BREWING THE NEW WEST

WHEN: May 18, 2019–Aug. 1, 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.

THE LIGHT SHOW

WHEN: June 2, 2019–May 3, 2020
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Let there be light! This brilliant exhibition features around 250 pieces pulled from the Denver Art Museum's nine curatorial departments and explores humanity's drive to understand both physical light and metaphorical, spiritual and divine light.

CLARK RICHERT IN HYPERSPACE

WHEN: June 7–Sept. 1, 2019
WHERE: MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Clark Richert is one of Colorado's most important artists. This retrospective at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver explores his decades-long interest in dimensionality. 

WILDFLOWERS, WILD PLACES

WHEN: June 8–Sept. 2, 2019
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Explore a pop-up installation with larger-than-life sculptures of Colorado flowers. Then, collect pollen to pollinate the flowers for wildflower honey. Kids will especially love getting a 3-D photo of themselves riding a giant bumblebee.

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 7–Aug. 11, 2019
WHERE: University of Colorado Boulder

See Shakespeare under the stars in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre or inside the University Theatre on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a summertime favorite. Bring a picnic and arrive early to enjoy it on the lawn before the show. This year's lineup includes "Twelfth Night," "As You Like It," "Romeo and Juliet," "King Charles III" and "King John."

COLORADO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 15–Aug. 4, 2019
WHERE: Larkspur, Colo.

Take a trip back to the 16th century and experience full-armor jousting, period music and giant turkey legs at the Colorado Renaissance Festival.

CONCERTS AT RED ROCKS

WHEN: July 2–7, 2019
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Celebrate Independence Day at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre! Start off with two nights of Zeds Dead (July 2–3, 2019), then spend July 4 with Blues Traveler, Leftover Salmon and Jackie Greene. Wrap up the weekend with The Avett Brothers in a three-night series (July 5–7, 2019). 

SANTANA WITH THE DOOBIE BROTHERS

WHEN: July 3, 2019
WHERE: Pepsi Center

Santana: Supernatural Now and The Doobie Brothers rock the Pepsi Center on Independence Eve. 

SUPER DIAMOND

WHEN: July 3, 2019 
WHERE: The Hudson Gardens & Event Center 

Come for the rockin' Neil Diamond tribute band, stay for the fireworks after the show! 

MELISSA ETHERIDGE

WHEN: July 7, 2019 
WHERE: The Hudson Gardens & Event Center 

Melissa Etheridge closes out the weekend at Hudson Gardens.  

CITY PARK JAZZ

WHEN: July 7, 2019
WHERE: City Park Bandstand

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a free concert in City ParkCity Park Jazz takes place every Sunday evening for 10 weeks, spanning June through August. Catch Buckner FunkenJazz on June 30 and Invisible Bird on July 7. 

 

PRO SPORTS

COLORADO ROCKIES VS. HOUSTON ASTROS

WHEN: July 2–3, 2019
WHERECoors Field - Home of the Colorado Rockies
Kick off the holiday at Coors Field as the Colorado Rockies take on the Houston Astros.

DENVER OUTLAWS VS. CHESAPEAKE BAYHAWKS

WHEN: July 4, 2019
WHEREBroncos Stadium at Mile High
Cheer on the Denver Outlaws this July 4 as they battle the Chesapeake Bayhawks.

COLORADO RAPIDS VS. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

WHEN: July 4, 2019
WHEREDick's Sporting Goods Park
Come for the game, stay for Colorado's largest public fireworks show as the Colorado Rapids play the New England Revolution. Free community festival to follow!

2019 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP WATCH PARTY

WHEN: July 7, 2019
WHEREDick's Sporting Goods Park
So you can't make it all the way to France — that doesn't mean you can't cheer on the best women's soccer teams in the world during the 2019 Women’s World Cup Finals! Head to Dick's Sporting Goods Park to watch all the action for free on the giant scoreboard inside the stadium.

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