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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: TBA
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: TBA
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: TBA
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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

SPORTS

Check back for 2019 game schedules. 

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