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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!


Denver Day of Rock

WHEN: May 27, 2017, 2:30–9:30 p.m.
WHERE: 16th Street Mall - Pedestrian Mall
For the eighth 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 throughout the day 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 and updates, visit

Veterans Memorial Day Tribute

WHEN: May 27, 2017, 10 a.m. to noon
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 27–28, 2017
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!


Backstory: Western American Art in Context

WHEN: Mar. 18, 2017–Feb. 11, 2018
WHERE: History Colorado Center
Backstory pairs nearly 50 landscape paintings of the American West from the Denver Art Museum’s collection with History Colorado artifacts from the same locations and time periods to tell the stories beyond the art.

Vikings: Beyond the Legend

WHEN: Mar. 10–Aug. 13, 2017
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)
Experience the myth-busting exhibition that has captivated more than a million people around the world. Vikings: Beyond the Legend is the largest collection of Viking artifacts to visit North America and includes weapons, tools, textiles, religious icons and even full-scale model Viking ships!

Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s

WHEN: Sept. 11, 2016–May 28, 2017
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
Memorial Day Weekend is the last chance for fashionistas to enjoy Shock Wave, which features looks by the powerhouse Japanese fashion designers who started a "fashion revolution" in Paris during the 1980s and 1990s. 

Abstract Expressionism

WHEN: Apr. 26, 2016–June 4, 2017
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
The first fully American art movement — abstract expressionism — emphasized individual expression and the freedom to experiment with materials and processes. Observe how artists like Betty Parsons, Joan Mitchell and Robert Motherwell used loose brushwork to emphasize surface rather than depth on the canvas.

Ryan McGinley: The Kids Were Alright

WHEN: Feb. 11–Aug. 20, 2017
WHERE: MCA Denver -- Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Photographer Ryan McGinley documented his life in New York during the late 90s and early aughts with the help of a Polaroid camera. In The Kids Were Alright, McGinley shares a collection of those photos — a powerful portrait of his generation.

Calder: Monumental

WHEN: Apr. 28–Sept. 24, 2017
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
Using shapes that resonate with the natural world, Alexander Calder's lively, large-scale steel sculptures interact with the surrounding landscape, revealing the artist's exploration of forms, volumes and voids.


Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson with the Colorado Symphony

WHEN: May 26, 2017
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Here the flute like never before as pop music icon Ian Anderson teams up with the Colorado Symphony.

Colorado Remembers

WHEN: May 27, 2017
WHERE: Springhill Community Park, Aurora
Celebrate Memorial Day with family and friends, music and remembrance. Join The Denver Brass, Legacy, USAF Honor Guard and Celtic Colorado Pipes & Drums for inspirational melodies and true-life stories. The free concert starts at 2 p.m., with a military ceremony at 11 a.m.

The Music of Star Wars

WHEN: May 27–28, 2017
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
The Colorado Symphony presents an evening filled with music from a galaxy far, far away.


WHEN: May 27–28, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Catch this Seattle-based indie electronica duo during their two-night gig at Red Rocks. 

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

WHEN: May 29–30, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, one of the most iconic bands in American music history, is making Red Rocks part of their 40th Anniversary Tour.


The Secret Garden

WHEN: Apr. 21–May 28, 2017
WHERE: Denver Performing Arts Complex
This enchanting musical, based on the classic children's novel, will charm your family. When young Mary is sent to live with her uncle, she uncovers the key to her late aunt's garden and becomes determined to revive it to its former beauty.

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: May 27, 2017
WHERE: Water World 

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


Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals

WHEN: May 26–28, 2017
WHERE: Coors Field - Home of the Colorado Rockies
Watch the Colorado Rockies battle the St. Louis Cardinals during a three-game series.

Colorado Rockies vs. Seattle Mariners

WHEN: May 29–30, 2017
WHERE: Coors Field
Watch the Colorado Rockies battle the Seattle Mariners during a two-game series.

Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City

WHEN: May 27, 2017, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
See a high-energy game of Major League Soccer as the Colorado Rapids battle the Sporting Kansas City at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. 

Denver Outlaws vs. Rochester Rattlers

WHEN: May 27, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Cheer on the Denver Outlaws Lacrosse team as they take on the Rochester Rattlers.