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Denver Day of Rock

Denver Day of Rock
TID Memorial Day Weekend 2019

Ready to celebrate? When Memorial Day weekend (May 22–25, 2020) 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!

MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS

20TH ANNUAL VETERANS MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE

WHEN: TBA, 2020
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. 

COLORADO REMEMBERS

WHEN: TBA, 2020
WHERE: Colorado Freedom Memorial, Aurora
Honor Colorado's military personnel and their families. The day starts with a free pancake breakfast and a remembrance ceremony. Afterward, take time to visit the Colorado Freedom Memorial. 

ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY VETERANS TOUR AT FAIRMOUNT CEMETERY

WHEN: TBA, 2020
WHERE: Fairmount Heritage Foundation
This annual event leads visitors on a tour to visit the final resting places of notable veterans, including Lt Francis B. Lowry and General Orlando Ward, the most highly decorated soldier at Fairmount Cemetery.  

MEMORIAL WEEKEND RUN, WALK OR RUCK

WHEN: TBA, 2020
WHERE: Grist Brewing, Highlands Ranch
Celebrate Memorial Day with a four-mile run, walk or ruck along trails and paths through Highlands Ranch. Reward yourself at the end of the course with an ice-cold beer and food truck grub, then compete in the beer Olympics! 

SOUTH GAYLORD MEMORIAL WEEKEND FESTIVAL

WHEN: TBA, 2020
WHERE: Historic South Gaylord Street
Kick off summer at the 40th annual Memorial Weekend Festival in the historic Washington Park neighborhood. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment, food, drinks and much, much more. 

FESTIVALS

DENVER DAY OF ROCK

WHEN: May 23, 2020
WHERE: 16th Street Mall - Pedestrian Mall
This Memorial Day Weekend, 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.

Denver Arts Festival

WHEN: May 23–24, 2020
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!

ROCKY MTN PINBALL SHOWDOWN AND GAMEROOM EXPO

WHEN: TBA, 2020
WHERE: Denver Marriott Tech Center
Calling all pinball wizards! Spend three fun-filled days playing hundreds of pinball machines, retro console and classic arcade video games. No quarters needed! 

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

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.

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.

SHIKI DREAMS

WHEN: Feb. 25–May 24, 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. 

EYES ON: ANTHONY MCCALL

WHEN: Nov. 24, 2019–May 31, 2020
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Between 1972 and 1974, London-born, New York-based artist Anthony McCall recorded a suite of seven fire performances. Landscape for Fire presents five performers dressed in white walking a precisely choreographed pattern across an airfield in North Weald, England, igniting small fires. Shifting configurations of light and dark unfold across a thirty-six-point grid, as the field of grass becomes a meadow of light. 

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. 

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.

NATURAL FORCES: WINSLOW HOMER AND FREDERIC REMINGTON

WHEN: Apr. 1–June 7, 2020
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Born a generation apart, Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington succeeded in capturing the American spirit during an era of growing industrialization and the closing of the Western frontier. 

NARI WARD: WE THE PEOPLE

WHEN: Apr. 24–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.

URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD: THE CONTOUR OF FEELING

WHEN: May 1–Sept. 20, 2020
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

The Contour of Feeling is Ursula von Rydingsvard's first solo exhibition in Denver and the inaugural art exhibition in Denver Botanic Gardens' new Freyer – Newman Center. The artist is renowned for her towering cedar-and-bronze outdoor sculptures, but his exhibition provides a unique, indoor opportunity to experience a large collection of her sculptures and works on paper.

NORMAN ROCKWELL: IMAGINING FREEDOM

WHEN: May 2–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.

DELECTABLE

WHEN: Apr. 17–May 22, 2020
WHERE: Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant St.

Come celebrate the best in contemporary tabletop clay. delecTABLE is the Art Students League of Denver's biennial tabletop ceramics exhibition and features works by ceramic artists from across the nation. 

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. 

RAUSCHENBERG: REFLECTIONS AND RUMINATIONS

WHEN: Feb. 24–June 13, 2020
WHERE: Museum of Outdoor Arts

This exhibition showcases Robert Rauschenberg’s original works spanning from 1962 to 2008 and features more than 50 original artworks by the American Master, making this the largest collection of Rauschenberg’s artworks ever displayed in Colorado.

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.

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. 

NIGHT LIGHTS DENVER

WHEN: Permanent installation 
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.

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 3 “EROICA”

WHEN: May 22–24, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

The 2020 celebration of Beethoven continues as your Colorado Symphony and Music Director Brett Mitchell tackle his groundbreaking Third Symphony — the “Eroica.” The piece’s fiery passion became a hallmark of Beethoven’s middle period and a defining feature of the Romantic era. 

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - VOLTA

WHEN: Apr. 30–June 7, 2020
WHERE: Pepsi Center

VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. The show is a love letter to action sports, weaving acrobatics, inline skaters, BMX bikers and more into a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score. 

'THE LION KING' 

WHEN: May 13–June 14, 2020
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Watch as the entire Serengeti comes to life as never before! More than 95 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this six-time Tony Award winner.

'THAT GOLDEN GIRLS SHOW! A PUPPET PARODY' 

WHEN: May 20–June 14, 2020
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

This brand-new show parodies classic "Golden Girls" moments – with puppets! Get set for an evening of cheesecake, laughter, jazzercise, shoulder pads, sex and the elegant art of the quick-witted putdown. Devoted fans will fondly remember our four girls from Miami, and for the first-timers, this will be a joyful introduction to their ageless brilliance.

'LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS'

WHEN: May 22–June 21, 2020
WHERE: Town Hall Arts Center, Littleton

"Little Shop of Horrors" follows a meek florist shop worker who discovers a new breed of plant. The foul-mouthed foliage promises fame and fortune as long as he keeps feeding it — blood!

FAMILY FUN

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

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

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