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LABOR DAY WEEKEND AND A SUMMER FINALE TO REMEMBER  

Denver is packed with fun (and free) festivals, pro sports, live music and plenty of late-summer, family-friendly activities this Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 1–3, 2018.

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CAN'T-MISS EVENTS

A TASTE OF COLORADO

WHEN: Aug. 31–Sept. 3, 2018
WHERE: Civic Center Park

A Taste of Colorado stands proud as the end-of-summer celebration of community pride and spirit in the Denver region. Over 500,000 people make the four-day festival their Labor Day Weekend celebration, enjoying the offerings of more 50 area restaurants, 275 marketplace artisans and vendors, six stages and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and Western heritage of the region.

DENVER FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL 

WHEN: Sept. 4–9, 2018
WHERE: Downtown Denver

The Denver Food + Wine Festival is a multi-day extravaganza of food, wine and spirits education, promotion and tastings. Through a series of events, the festival aims to highlight industry impact, promote workforce development and celebrate Denver as a culinary destination.

MUSIC & 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. 

PHISH

WHEN: Aug. 31–Sept. 2, 2018
WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
This Labor Day weekend concert series has been an annual tradition since 2011. Join Phish and fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for three nights of outdoor jams, dancing and an end-of-summer celebration. 

CLYFFORD STILL MUSEUM FREE DAY

WHEN: Aug. 31, 2018
WHERE:
Clyfford Still Museum
Enjoy free admission to the nine gorgeous galleries of the Clyfford Still Museum on the last Friday of every month, including a temporary presentation of Highlights from the Collection, which features some never-before-exhibited early anatomical sketches discovered in the Clyfford Still Archives.

UNTITLED FINAL FRIDAYS: THE FLOBOTS

WHEN: Aug. 31, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
Denver hip hop rockers The Flobots bring their unique talent and vision to Denver Art Museum's Untitled Final Fridays

DENVER ART MUSEUM FREE FIRST SATURDAYS

WHEN: Sept. 1, 2018
WHERE:
Denver Art Museum
Enjoy free admission to the Denver Art Museum on the first Saturday of every month, including Labor Day Weekend.

JASON MRAZ

WHEN: Sept. 2, 2018
WHERE:
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
"The Remedy" for the Sunday night blues? Jason Mraz and Brett Dennen at Red Rocks!

JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT

WHEN: Sept. 3, 2018
WHERE:
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Celebrate Labor Day with Grammy-winning Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, along with Aimee Mann and Amanda Shires. 

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.

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 

Labor Day Weekend is your last 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.

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.

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.

FAMILY FUN

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.

COLORADO STATE FAIR

WHEN: Aug. 24–Sept. 3, 2018
WHERE: Pueblo, Colo.
Load up the kids and head further afield to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, Colo., for carnival rides, livestock and horse shows, parades, country concerts, an arts exhibition, a fiesta weekend and one of the largest pro rodeos in the country.

COLORADO ROCKIES VS. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

WHEN: Sept. 3–5, 2018
WHERE: Coors Field
Cheer on the Colorado Rockies as they take on the San Francisco Giants in a three-day series this Labor Day Weekend.