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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!

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: TBA, 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: TBA, 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

THE INCUBATION EFFECT 

WHEN: Nov. 8, 2018–Sept. 9, 2019
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
Stroll through an insect nursery full of larger-than-life cocoons and larva sewn by Denver artist Nicole Anona Banowetz. Children and adults alike can also contribute to the life cycle of the nursery by designing their own creature to add to this ever-evolving exhibit.

WRITTEN ON THE LAND: UTE VOICES, UTE HISTORY 

WHEN: Dec. 8, 2018–Apr. 23, 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.

BAUHAUS CENTENNIAL

WHEN: Jan. 25–Dec. 31, 2019
WHERE: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
The Bauhaus school of art and design in Weimar, Germany, was only open for a few years before the Nazis forced it to close. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this influential art style, the Kirkland Museum is highlighting Bauhaus pieces from its permanent collection, including many not usually on display.

JORDAN CASTEEL: RETURNING THE GAZE

WHEN: Feb. 2–Aug. 18, 2019
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
Denver-born artist Jordan Casteel chooses her subjects by walking around her neighborhood in Harlem, New York, and taking photographs, which she then translates into larger-than-life portraits that reveal individuals and atmospheres that often go unnoticed. See Returning the Gaze at Denver Art Museum.

LEONARDO DA VINCI: 500 YEARS OF GENIUS

WHEN: Mar. 1–Aug. 25, 2019
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)

It's been 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci, but the Renaissance man's legacy lives on. View dozens of Leonardo’s inventions, including an automobile, helicopter, airplane, submarine and military tank; test a Leonardo-inspired catapult; and explore the world's only 360-degree replica of "The Mona Lisa." 

TREASURES OF BRITISH ART

WHEN: Mar. 2, 2019–Jan. 5, 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. 

EYES ON: ERIKA HARRSCH

WHEN: Mar. 10–Nov. 17, 2019
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This multi-media installation by Mexican-American artist Erika Harrsch is comprised of imagery, music, text and furnishings that reference the circumstances faced by immigrants and refugees subject to the United States DREAM Act. 

ESPACIO LIMINAL | LIMINAL SPACE

WHEN: Mar. 21–Aug. 24, 2019
WHERE: Museo de las Americas

"Liminal space" refers to a transitional or transformative space. In this exhibition, you'll witness how local Latino artists are taking their knowledge of the traditions of the past into this liminal space and transforming them into new cultural interpretations and identities. 

BARBARA LOCKETZ—FORM•COLOR•TEXTURE

WHEN: Mar. 22–July 14, 2019
WHERE: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Barbara Locketz studied under Vance Kirkland at the University of Denver and later taught there herself. She works in a variety of mediums, including oil paintings, prints, collages made from paper and metal, acrylic and metal sculpture, textiles and jewelry, and exhibits her art across the American Southwest, New York and Mexico.

OUR SENSES: CREATING YOUR REALITY

WHEN: Apr. 12–Aug. 4, 2019
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)

It is through our senses that we experience the world around us. Browse the galleries of this funhouse-style exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History for a better understanding of our senses, including and beyond the traditional five.

WITHOUT BORDERS: ART SÍN FRONTERAS

WHEN: Apr. 14–Sept. 2, 2019
WHERE: History Colorado Center

This powerful and timely exhibit explores the concepts of home and borders and features artists from southern Colorado, northern New Mexico and beyond. 

HUMAN | NATURE: FIGURES FROM THE CRAIG PONZIO SCULPTURE COLLECTION

WHEN: Apr. 19–Sept. 15, 2019
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Human | Nature's 18 sculptures depict the expressive capacity of the human form against the backdrop of Denver Botanic Gardens' lush botanical environments. The collection includes both classical and abstract pieces from sculptors across the globe. 

 

ONE FELL SWOOP BY PATRICK DOUGHERTY

WHEN: Apr. 27–Dec. 30, 2019
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

Artist Patrick Dougherty weaves flexible, sustainably harvested saplings into complex and whimsical architectural forms with the help of staff and volunteers. The stickwork installations remain on view until they naturally fall apart, some lasting for years! 

SERIOUS PLAY: DESIGN IN MIDCENTURY AMERICA

WHEN: May 5–Aug. 25, 2019
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This unique Denver Art Museum exhibit presents the concept of playfulness in postwar America as a catalyst for creativity and thoughtful design in everything from home furnishings, to children’s toys, to corporate offices. 

EYES ON: JONATHAN SAIZ

WHEN: May 12–Nov. 17, 2019
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Artist Jonathan Saiz uses social media to spark conversation about our society's ability to embody a modern utopia: "an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens." His installation #WhatisUtopia is a column covered with 10,000 minuscule drawings, paintings and sculptures, all created to be given away after the end of the exhibition. Follow along on Instagram via @utopia_is_free or using the hashtags #WhatisUtopia or #JonathanSaizatDAM. 

BEER HERE! BREWING THE NEW WEST

WHEN: May 18, 2019–Aug. 1, 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.

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

Check back for the 2020 lineup. 

 

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.

SPORTS

 

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