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Memorial Day Weekend

Ready to celebrate? When Memorial Day weekend rolls around in Denver, we go big. Enjoy Memorial Day events and festivals (many are free), pro sports, live music, fresh museum exhibits, amazing theater and much more!

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

DENVER DAY OF ROCK

WHEN: May 26, 2018
WHERE: 16th Street Mall - Pedestrian Mall
For the tenth year in a row, the 16th Street pedestrian mall will be transformed into a massive block party with more than two dozen free rock concerts on five stages for the annual Denver Day of Rock. Food and beer gardens will be set up throughout downtown for the event, which is a fundraiser for Amp the Cause, a Denver-based non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 50 children's charities. For full concert information, lineups, food truck and beer garden vendors participating, visit DenverDayofRock.com. Amp the Cause is also offering a $10 Passbook promotion from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Passbook includes discounts and deals to 100-plus Denver businesses and is valued at over $1,500. Explore Denver this summer and purchase this electronic Passbook now. All proceeds support Amp the Cause.

Veterans Memorial Day Tribute

WHEN: May 26, 2018
WHERE: POF Hall, 1340 Sherman St. 

This annual tribute honors all fallen Colorado heroes and their families. There will be music, storytelling and ceremonial activities. 

Denver Arts Festival

WHEN: May 26–27, 2018
WHERE: Stapleton's Conservatory Green​
This fine arts and crafts festival features both Colorado artists and a select group of national artists. More than 50,000 art lovers are expected to attend this year's event — make sure you're one of them!

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

EL ALEBRIJE

WHEN: Sept. 9, 2017–Aug. 1, 2018
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Exhibited in collaboration with the Museo de Arte Popular and the Mexican Cultural Center of Denver, the alebrijes are beautiful, brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures handcrafted by artisans in Mexico and depicting wild and mythical creatures.

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

Get a peek at Eyes On, artist Xiaoze Xie's collection of paintings, videos and installations based on banned and forbidden books in China.

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.

CLEON PETERSON - SHADOW OF MEN

WHEN: Feb. 2–May 27, 2018
WHERE: MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Memorial Day Weekend is your last chance to view Cleon Peterson's boldly graphic murals, paintings and sculptures exploring the nature of violence.

PACHUCOS Y SIRENAS​

WHEN: Feb. 8–May 26, 2018
WHERE: Museo de las Americas

Memorial Day Weekend is also your last chance to check out Pachucos Y Sirenas, an examination of the Pachuco era of the late 1930s and 40s, when young Mexican-American youth cultivated a highly stylized language, culture and fashion as a way of expressing cultural pride during a time when simply being Latino was viewed as "un-American."

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.

DRAWN TO GLAMOUR: FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS BY JIM HOWARD

WHEN: March 25–July 22, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum 

More than 100 works on paper showcase Jim Howard's four-decade career as a fashion illustrator, beginning with his early advertising campaigns for Neiman Marcus in the late 1950s, through the '70s and '80s when he worked for fashion houses such as Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent.

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.

JEFFREY GIBSON - LIKE A HAMMER

WHEN: May 13–Aug. 12, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
The first major exhibition of Jeffrey Gibson’s work will chronicle a pivotal moment in his career when his contemporary artistic practice converged with his Native American heritage. About 65 objects created from 2011 to the present will be featured, including figurative works, text-based wall hangings, a significant selection of beaded punching bags, painted works on rawhide and canvas, and video.

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.

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. 

The Who's 'Tommy'

WHEN: April 20–May 27, 2018
WHERE:
Stage Theatre
When Tommy, deaf and blind, discovers a newfound talent for pinball, he’s swept up in the fame and fortune of his success.

'Your Best One'

WHEN: May 3–June 16, 2018
WHERE:
1080 Acoma, Denver, CO 80204
Curious Theatre presents "Your Best One," a touching look at how a cancer diagnosis can bring family together — and keep them apart.

'Human Error'

WHEN: May 18–June 24, 2018
WHERE:
Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar
Two couples with very different world views learn how to get along after a mix-up at the fertility clinic leaves one couple pregnant with the other couple's baby.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL 'CORTEO'

WHEN: May 24–27, 2018
WHERE:
1STBANK Center
The aerial acrobats of Cirque du Soleil are back with "Corteo," an exuberant production that celebrates life in the face of loss.

TAYLOR SWIFT'S REPUTATION STADIUM TOUR

WHEN: May 25, 2018
WHERE:
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Taylor Swift brings the tour for her chart-topping Reputation album to The Mile High City this Memorial Day weekend.

The Devil Makes Three

WHEN: May 25, 2018
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Kick off Memorial Day Weekend at Red Rocks with The Devil Makes Three, along with The Wood Brothers and Murder By Death.

Two Titans: Bernstein & Mahler

WHEN: May 25–27, 2018
WHERE: Boettecher Concert Hall

The Colorado Symphony honors Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a program highlighting the maestro as both composer and conductor, ending with Gustav Mahler's “Titan” symphony to mark Bernstein's lifelong study of the great composer.

Emancipator

WHEN: May 26, 2018
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Emancipator is live this Saturday at Red Rocks with Manic Focus Live Band, Wax Tailor, Kalya Scintilla & Eve O Lution and Tor.

Bill Maher

WHEN: May 26, 2018
WHERE:
Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Laugh along as Emmy Award-winning comedian Bill Maher skewers everything from religion to politics with his irreverent brand of humor.

2018 Academy Swan Lake

WHEN: May 26, 2018
WHERE:
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Colorado Ballet Academy students present Swan Lake, featuring a blend of original and adapted choreography.

THE FAB FOUR ULTIMATE BEATLES TRIBUTE

WHEN: May 26, 2018
WHERE:
Levitt Pavilion Denver
It's the British Invasion all over again with this musical tribute to George, John, Paul and Ringo at Levitt Pavilion.

THE DISCO BISCUITS

WHEN: May 27, 2018
WHERE:
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
The Disco Biscuits take the stage at Red Rocks, also featuring Spafford and Organ Freeman.

JAMES TAYLOR & HIS ALL STAR BAND 

WHEN: May 27, 2018
WHERE:
Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
James Taylor & His All Star Band grace Fiddler's Green, along with special guest Bonnie Raitt.

HAIM

WHEN: May 28, 2018
WHERE:
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Close out the weekend with HAIM at Red Rocks, along with Maggie Rogers and Lizzo.

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.

Creatures of Light

WHEN: Feb. 23–June 10, 2018
WHERE:
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
From glowworms, to fireflies, to bioluminescent mushrooms, Mother Nature has her own way of lighting up the darkest places on the planet. This immersive exhibit explores the mysterious world of bioluminescence through lifelike models, simulations, unusual animals, videos and hands-on activities. 

HAPPY CITY

WHEN: May. 19–June 10, 2018
WHERE:
Downtown Denver
This summer, British artist Stuart Semple hopes to "incite widespread happiness" in downtown Denver through multiple art "interventions." Happy City aims to disrupt people's normal routines in a positive way as a response to the alarming rates of depression and anxiety in America.

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

WHEN: All weekend long
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

Head to the only downtown theme and water park in the country for roller coasters, water slides, family entertainment and much more! 

Water World Opening Weekend

WHEN: All weekend long
WHERE: Water World 

Celebrate opening weekend at Denver's 67-acre water park, home to more than 65 aquatic attractions.

SPORTS

COLORADO RAPIDS VS PORTLAND TIMBERS 

WHEN: May 26, 2018
WHERE:
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Watch as the Colorado Rapids soccer team squares off against the Portland Timbers at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Colorado Rockies vs. Cincinnati Reds

WHEN: May 25–27, 2018
WHERE: Coors Field

Cheer on the Colorado Rockies as they take on the Cincinnati Reds in a three-game series. 

Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants

WHEN: May 28–30, 2018
WHERE: Coors Field

Spend Memorial Day at Coors Field as the Colorado Rockies battle the San Francisco Giants.