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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, 2018, 8 p.m.
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, 2018
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 6–8, 2018
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.

Eyes On

WHEN: Dec. 3, 2017–July 8, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Independence Day weekend is the last chance for bibliophiles to get a peek at Eyes On, artist Xiaoze Xie's collection of paintings, videos and installations based on banned and forbidden books in China.

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.

Challenging Terrain

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

'THE BOOK OF MORMON'

WHEN: June 13–July 1, 2018
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Nine-time Tony Award winner "The Book of Mormon" is back in The Mile High City. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a pair of Mormon missionaries as they travel halfway across the globe to spread the Good Word.

CITY PARK JAZZ

WHEN: July 1 and 8, 2018, 6 p.m.
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.

HARRY STYLES

WHEN: July 3, 2018
WHERE: Pepsi Center

Kick off the holiday with Harry Styles and special guest Kacey Musgraves at the Pepsi Center.

CONCERTS AT RED ROCKS

WHEN: June 29–July 8, 2018
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Celebrate Independence Day Weekend at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre! Zeds Dead will play two nights in a row (July 2 and 3). On July 8, acclaimed Grateful Dead cover band Dark Star Orchestra rocks the Rocks with special guest Keller Williams.

ARTS AND CULTURE

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.

COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 9–Aug. 12, 2018
WHERE: University of Colorado Boulder campus

See Shakespeare under the stars on the beautiful CU campus. Every summer, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival performs a series of plays at the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre or indoors in the University Theatre. This year's lineup includes "Love's Labour's Lost," "Richard III," "Cyrano de Bergerac," "You Can't Take It With You" and "Edward III."

COLORADO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 9–July 29, 2018
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.

PRO SPORTS

COLORADO ROCKIES VS. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

WHEN: July 2–4, 2018
WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Head to Coors Field to watch the Colorado Rockies take on the San Francisco Giants in a three-game series.

DENVER OUTLAWS VS. BOSTON CANNONS

WHEN: July 4, 2018
WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High 

Professional lacrosse team the Denver Outlaws will battle it out with the Boston Cannons. After the game, enjoy fireworks within the bowl at Sports Authority Field at Mile High — pyrotechnics paired with visuals on a 220-foot-wide, high-definition screen. You'll never forget this fireworks show!