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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.

FIND HOTEL DEALS

FIREWORKS AT ELITCH GARDENS THEME & WATER PARK

WHEN: July 4, 2020
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.

 

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

'PETER PAN' 

WHEN: June 11–Aug. 23, 2020
WHERE: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
​, Johnstown
Peter and his fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and begin the adventure of a lifetime, coming face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook.

COLORADO MUSIC FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 25–July 31, 2020
WHERE: Chautauqua Auditorium
This six-week summer concert series features 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.

EZRA BELL 

WHEN: July 3, 2020
WHERE: Levitt Pavilion Denver

Enjoy ebullient soul twang from Portland darlings Ezra Bell at this free outdoor concert.

FIRST FRIDAY - FIVE POINTS JAZZ HOP

WHEN: July 3, 2020
WHERE: Five Points

The Historic Five Points Neighborhood keeps culture alive! Join us every first Friday of the month as some of the city's best local talent sets a swingin', jazzy soundtrack in your favorite restaurants and watering holes along Welton St.

ZEDS DEAD

WHEN: July 2–3, 2020
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Celebrate Independence Day at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre! Start off with two nights of Zeds Dead. Want more? Catch them again on July 4 at 1 p.m. at the Historic Denver Coliseum and at 9 p.m. at The Mission Ballroom.

PUNX UNITE FESTIVAL 

WHEN: July 4–5, 2020
WHERE: The Bluebird Theater

FYWROK and Charged Records present the Punx Unite Festival, featuring The Riffs and The Virus with Endless Struggle, The Havoc, The Bad Engrish, WYLDLIFE, Hard Evidence, Zipperz, The Stick Ups and more.

DIRTY HEADS

WHEN: July 5, 2020
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Dirty Heads graces Red Rocks along with G. Love & Special Sauce.

MINISTRY WITH KMFDM

WHEN: July 5, 2020
WHERE: The Ogden Theatre

107.9 KBPI, Ritual Noize and AEG Present The Industrial Strength Tour, featuring MINISTRY WITH KMFDM and Front Line Assembly.

Museum Exhibitions

SHIKI DREAMS

WHEN: May 14–July 5, 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. 

TREASURES OF BRITISH ART

WHEN: Mar. 2, 2019–July 12, 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. 

BEER HERE! BREWING THE NEW WEST

WHEN: May 18, 2019–Aug. 9, 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: May 9–Aug. 23, 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.

NUMBERS IN NATURE: A MIRROR MAZE

WHEN: May 15–Aug. 30, 2020
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

This unique, immersive experience is all about math — but it's hardly by the numbers. The exhibition beautifully illustrates how patterns surround us in nature. Guests learn to spot patterns in music, art, architecture and even their own bodies. The centerpiece is a giant mirror maze — a sea of triangular chambers that feel as if you’ve stepped into a kaleidoscope. 

THE LIGHT SHOW

WHEN: June 2, 2019–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: Sept. 27, 2019– 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.

WRITTEN ON THE LAND: UTE VOICES, UTE HISTORY 

WHEN: Dec. 8, 2018–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.

AFTER THE ASTEROID: EARTH’S COMEBACK STORY 

WHEN: Jan. 1, 2020–Ends 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.

NIGHT LIGHTS DENVER

WHEN: May 9–Dec. 31, 2020 
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 Thursday through Saturday evening.

NARI WARD: WE THE PEOPLE

WHEN: July 1–Aug. 30, 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.

BY DESIGN: STORIES AND IDEAS BEHIND OBJECTS

WHEN: June 6–Dec. 30, 2020
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Design shapes our lives in fundamental ways — but what shapes design? This series of thematic installations illustrates the abundance and versatility of approaches to design. 

REVISIÓN: ART IN THE AMERICAS

WHEN: June 1, 2020–Feb. 28, 2021
WHERE
Denver Art Museum
This collection features a selection of nearly 180 objects from the Denver Art Museum's ancient American and Latin American art collections, hailed as one of the best in the country. It will tell a visually compelling narrative about the formation of the Americas from 100 B.C. to today and it is the first exhibition to open in the newly renovated Martin Building.

THE ART OF THE BRICK

WHEN: June 19, 2020–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.

PRO SPORTS

COLORADO ROCKIES VS. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

WHEN: July 3–5, 2020
WHERECoors Field - Home of the Colorado Rockies
Kick off the holiday at Coors Field as the Colorado Rockies take on the San Francisco Giants.

DENVER OUTLAWS VS. PHILADELPHIA BARRAGE

WHEN: July 4, 2020
WHEREEmpower Field at Mile High
Cheer on the Denver Outlaws this July 4 as they battle the Philadelphia Barrage, then end the evening with an exciting fireworks display!

COLORADO ROCKIES VS. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

WHEN: July 6–8, 2020
WHERECoors Field - Home of the Colorado Rockies
Wrap up the weekend at Coors Field as the Colorado Rockies battle the Arizona Diamondbacks.

COLORADO RAPIDS VS. NEW YORK RED BULLS

WHEN: July 4, 2020
WHEREDick's Sporting Goods Park
Come for the game, stay for Colorado's largest public fireworks show as the Colorado Rapids play the New York Red Bulls. Free community festival to follow!

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