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Independence Eve

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

4th of July Weekend

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.

FIREWORKS AT THE HUDSON GARDENS & EVENT CENTER

WHEN: TBA, 2019 (fireworks follow concerts)
WHERE: The Hudson Gardens & Event Center 

Enjoy fireworks displays after the show! 

CHERRY CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: TBA, 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

Stampede: Animals in Art

WHEN: Sept. 10, 2017–May 19, 2019
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
Whether depicted as faithful companions or threatening adversaries, animals have been the subjects of human art for centuries. Stampede allows visitors to consider the roles animals play in our lives and in our art through more than 300 paintings, sculptures and more. 

Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

WHEN: Oct. 18, 2017–Oct. 17, 2018
WHERE: Civic Center Park
The 12 bronze heads of Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals represent the 12 animals of the traditional Chinese zodiac. See it for free at Civic Center Park!

Past the Tangled Present

WHEN: Nov. 14, 2017–Oct. 28, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Ever wanted to step inside the pages of your favorite children's book? This family-friendly exhibit by Denver artist Jaime Molina imparts that very feeling. Sit on boxes painted with friendly faces, play in a garden of fabricated cacti and marvel at the ever-expanding mural. 

Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects

WHEN: Nov. 21, 2017–Dec. 31, 2018
WHERE: History Colorado Center

History Colorado created a brand-new space, the Tim Schultz Gallery, to house this 3,700-square-foot exhibit of 100 objects, each of which had a role in shaping the history and culture of Colorado.

A WALK IN THE WOODS

WHEN: Dec. 27, 2017–Dec. 31, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
The new family space in the Denver Art Museum features animal-related activities created to complement the exhibition Stampede: Animals in Art.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COLLECTION

WHEN: Jan. 26–Sept. 9, 2018
WHERE: Clyfford Still Museum

This temporary presentation features never-before-exhibited early anatomical sketches discovered in the Clyfford Still Archives.

GANESHA THE PLAYFUL PROTECTOR

WHEN: Feb. 16–Oct. 28, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Ganesha is a Hindu god widely worshiped as a remover of obstacles and known for granting wealth and success. View sculptures, paintings and textiles depicting Ganesha from the Denver Art Museum's collection, along with a very special pre-Angkor statue of the elephant god on loan from the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh.

Dead Sea Scrolls

WHEN: March 16–Sept. 3, 2018
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Denver Museum of Nature & Science is offering visitors a rare chance to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known Biblical documents, along with their full English translation. The exhibit also features the largest collection of artifacts from the Holy Land ever assembled for display, including weapons, terra cotta figurines, a re-creation of the Western Wall from the old city of Jerusalem and a three-ton stone from the actual wall.

PLAY BALL!

WHEN: April 7–Sept. 30, 2018
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Play Ball! showcases one of the greatest collections of baseball artifacts ever assembled outside the Hall of Fame, from the glove donned by Willie Mays to the uniform Joe DiMaggio wore in his final World Series.

PIXELATED: SCULPTURE BY MIKE WHITING

WHEN: April 28–Sept. 23, 2018
WHERE: 
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mike Whiting's geometric sculptures explore the relationships between the natural world and the artificial world of digital media, as well as the intersection of two distinct visual styles: 8-bit pixel graphics and minimalist sculpture.

LEGORADO

WHEN: May 26–Sept. 3, 2018
WHERE: History Colorado Center 

For kids and kids-at-heart, this giant LEGO® re-creation of Colorado history is sure to please, with its mix of both real and imagined Colorado scenes and landmarks.

NEW TERRITORY: LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY TODAY

WHEN: June 24–Sept. 16, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
This exhibition of more than 80 landscape photographs showcases how artists manipulate materials and processes for expressive purposes, blurring the distinction between "observed" and "constructed" imagery and stretching the boundaries of traditional landscape photography to reflect the environmental attitudes and values of our time.

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

'AMERICA’S MUSICAL JOURNEY' IMAX 3D

WHEN: Feb. 16–Dec. 31, 2018
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Tap your toe across America as you experience the sounds of jazz, blues, zydeco and old-time country music, and see how they have shaped our nation’s distinctive musical heritage in this engaging film. 

COLORADO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

WHEN: TBA, 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: TBA, 2019
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Celebrate Independence Day at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

CITY PARK JAZZ

WHEN: TBA, 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.

PRO SPORTS

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