Ready to celebrate? When Memorial Day weekend (May 26–29, 2023) rolls around in Denver, we go big. Enjoy Memorial Day events, live music, blockbuster museum exhibitions, outdoor activities and much more!

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Featured Events

Vail Comedy Festival

WHEN: May 26–28, 2023
WHERE: Vail

Experience three days with 30 comedians from around the country a short drive from Denver this Memorial Day Weekend! Vail Comedy Festival has confirmed headliners from The Comedy Cellar, Netflix, HBO, CBS and NBC. The Vail Comedy Show is well known for hilarious, sold-out shows in a destination resort town, for which it has received international press coverage.

Boulder Creek Festival

WHEN: May 26–29, 2023
WHERE: Boulder Central Park and Civic Center, Boulder

Enjoy live music at the bandshell, a marketplace full of local vendors, delicious food trucks, refreshing bar stands and the Creekside Beer Fest. This summer bash brings the community together with three days and nights of fun festivities. Located between Arapahoe and Canyon Road, this anticipated occasion is free for all ages to attend and enjoy. 

Denver Arts Festival

WHEN: May 27–28, 2023
WHERE: Central Park's Conservatory Green

The Denver Arts Festival is a fine art and fine crafts festival that supports Colorado artists while also showcasing a select group of national artists. The fine art and fine craft exhibition features some of Colorado's and the nation's best artists, with more than 50,000 people expected to attend.

Denver Spring Tequila Tasting Festival

WHEN: TBA 2023
WHERE: Blake Street Tavern

Calling all tequila lovers and connoisseurs: Take your taste buds on a flavor adventure at The Spring Tequila Tasting Festival! Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, even Mezcal — your taste buds will be in heaven as you sample dozens of amazing tequila and agave varieties. Now the real question is, which brand and variety will leave your taste buds asking for more?
 

Outdoor Activities

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

Beat the heat, relax in the park's beautifully landscaped 64 acres — and ride some serious waterslides. Water World is opening just in time for Memorial Day weekend fun!

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Carved from towering red rock monuments, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre in Morrison is one of the world's most renowned concert venues. The surrounding park has hiking trails that weave in, around and over the colorful red rocks.

Farmers' Markets

The Mile High City's more than 20 farmers' markets aren't just about locally grown produce, delicious baked goods and prepared foods — though you'll find those in abundance! Each market is a festive, weekly street fair, many with live entertainment and family-friendly activities. 

Denver Zoo

With over 3,500 animals on 84 gorgeous acres, Denver Zoo is an amazing experience year-round. Your donation helps to provide world-class care for the lions, giraffes and elephants, as well as other wild animals and wild places, from the Rockies to Mongolia.

Denver Botanic Gardens

One of the top five botanic gardens in the nation, Denver Botanic Gardens is an oasis in the city, offering year-round events, a children’s garden, lifelong-learning opportunities and research to preserve Colorado’s precious natural resources. Meanwhile, Chatfield Farms, located in nearby Littleton, takes pride in its exemplary nature preserve and gardens. Located on 750 acres, this picturesque site includes display gardens and a historical farm with a rustic barn.

Hudson Gardens

Enjoy thirty acres of natural beauty offering recreational, educational, and social opportunities for all ages. 

Museum of Outdoor Arts

Despite the name, MOA's Englewood collection includes both outdoor sculptures as well as indoor exhibits, including the always-popular Cabinet of Curiosities.

Outdoor Movies

From classic drive-in theaters to movies in the park. 

Spring Tours at Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary

A tour of Erie-based Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary is much more than a fun day spent getting to know our amazing family of rescued animals. In fact, it is nearly impossible to leave without developing a deeper understanding of the unique personalities and complex emotional lives that all animals lead.

City Parks

No matter where you find yourself in The Mile High City, you’re likely only a few steps away from a lush and relaxing green space. Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to explore Denver's more than 5,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways, as well as an additional 14,000 acres of spectacular mountain parks in neighboring counties that are maintained by the City and County of Denver.

Lesser-Known, Hidden-Gem Parks

If you’re looking for a quiet spot to have a picnic, take in great views or experience a different side of the city, check out these lesser-known Denver parks.

How to Explore the South Platte River by Bike

Take a two-wheeled tour through the heart of the city along this beautiful river. You'll cruise by some of the city's biggest attractions. 

Denver's Best Urban Hikes

Denver is a city with boundless outdoor fun and has an ideal location next to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. While The Mile High City is conveniently close to major peaks for hiking, there's actually no need to head into the mountains when Denver's regional trail system encompasses hundreds of miles for all ages and abilities to explore. 

How to Explore the Colorado Trail in Waterton Canyon

Many people think that Denver’s prettiest, closest and most accessible bit of mountain scenery is Waterton Canyon. This is the start of the famous Colorado Trail, one of the great long-distance hikes (or mountain bike rides) of the Rocky Mountains.   

Pet-Friendly Denver

Denver is home to dozens of pet-friendly activities and destinations, including dog-friendly hotels and dog parks. Find the best on-leash and off-leash fun for your best friend. 

Urban Adventure

Street Art

Denver street artists have been busy brightening (and enlightening) the urban landscape for decades by making canvases of the city’s alleyways, building exteriors, warehouses, garage doors and storefronts. Grab your camera and take a stroll past some of the city's favorite murals. 

Outdoor and Patio Dining

There’s no better way to soak up summer than on one of The Mile High City’s splendid patios. From skyward rooftop terraces to lushly landscaped gardens, these are the ultimate spots to eat and drink alfresco in Denver.

Denver Beer Trail

Denver is a mecca for craft beer. But with 100 brewpubs, breweries and tap rooms in the metro area, where do you begin? Let the Denver Beer Trail be your guide with this sampling and interactive map.
 

Music, Movies & Performing Arts

'Until the Flood'

WHEN: Thru Aug. 11, 2023
WHERE: Virtual/Online

After the death of Michael Brown, The Ferguson Unrest shook the nation to its core and put a spotlight on police brutality and discrimination. Using extensive interviews she conducted herself, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Dael Orlandersmith created eight fictional characters to represent the broad spectrum of perspectives that continue to define and divide our country at large.

'Hit & Run: Musical Improv'

WHEN: Thru Aug. 25, 2023 (Fridays)
WHERE: RISE Comedy

Enjoy Colorado’s premier improvised musical comedy team and Denver’s longest-running improv comedy show! Hit and Run: Musical Improv® creates an hour-long, fully improvised, Broadway-style musical with live musical accompaniment, based on suggestions from the audience. You’ll see a brand new musical every week!

'The 39 Steps'

WHEN: April 14–June 18, 2023
WHERE: Singleton Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Combine a film masterpiece by Alfred Hitchcock with a juicy spy novel and add a large splash of Monty Python humor. The result? A fast-paced whodunit with four versatile actors portraying more than 50 roles! It's London in 1935, and the rather dull Richard Hannay encounters a woman who claims to be a spy. When she is suddenly murdered, Richard finds himself the focus of a nationwide manhunt led by a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps.” A fresh take on the classic adventure-comedy, this is theatre at its best: an absurd, delightful journey that can only be brought to life on stage.

'Divas Undressed: A Burlesque Revue of Lady Legends'

WHEN: May 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2023
WHERE: Clocktower Cabaret

Fire and Flames Productions Presents "Divas Undressed: A Burlesque Revue of Lady Legends." Enjoy burlesque, drag and circus acts set to the music of some of the greatest divas in history, from Tina Turner to Dolly Parton!

'Memphis'

WHEN: May 19–June 17, 2023
WHERE: Town Hall Arts Center, Littleton

Huey, a white man living in Memphis in the 1950s, becomes obsessed with the rock 'n’ roll sound of a group of Black musicians, particularly that of Felicia, a singer ready for her big break. Huey makes it his mission to give the artists air time by becoming a radio DJ and defying the restrictions of the white-controlled radio stations. As romance blooms between Huey and Felicia, so does the popularity and acceptance of the music. This energizing musical depicting the unifying power of music is a story loosely based on real-life DJ legend Dewey Phillips.

'Company: A Musical Comedy'

WHEN: May 22–June 2, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Winner of five Tony Awards, this revelatory new production of Stephen Sondheim's and George Furth’s groundbreaking musical comedy is boldly sophisticated, deeply insightful and downright hilarious. It’s Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, and all her friends keep asking, "Why isn’t she married?" As Bobbie searches for answers, she discovers why being single, being married and being alive in the 21st-century could drive a person crazy.  

Chromeo & Hot Chip

WHEN: May 26, 2023
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

To kick off the weekend, AEG Presents: Chromeo & Hot Chip for Funk On The Rocks with Coco & Breezy and Cimafunk.

Stravinsky’s 'The Rite of Spring' with Peter Oundjian

WHEN: May 26–29, 2023
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Join Principal Conductor Peter Oundjian, your Colorado Symphony and the Colorado Chorus for an unforgettable sendoff to the concert season, highlighted by Stravinsky's groundbreaking masterpiece "The Rite of Spring." Renowned for inciting a riot at the 1913 Paris debut, "The Rite of Spring" radically redefined 20th century music through Stravinsky’s use of rhythmic complexity, lavish dissonance, deliberately harsh sound and cacophonously loud music, which stirred the unsuspecting Parisian audience into a riotous frenzy. Audiences can enjoy a world premiere of their own as Colorado Symphony Principal Timpanist William Hill debuts his latest composition, followed by the return of GRAMMY® Award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich as featured soloist on Brahms’ passionate "Violin Concerto."

Tommy James & the Shondells

WHEN: May 27, 2023
WHERE: Paramount Theatre

See American pop rock and psychedelic rock band Tommy James & the Shondells live at the Paramount Theatre! 

Valley - Lost In Translation Tour

WHEN: May 27, 2023
WHERE: The Summit Music Hall

Juno-nominated alt-pop band Valley performs live at The Summit Music Hall on Saturday night!

Old Dominion

WHEN: May 27–28, 2023
WHERE: 
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Join Old Dominion for two nights at Red Rocks for the No Bad Vibes Tour with Frank Ray, Greylan James and Kassi Ashton.

Memory Mirror

WHEN: Thru June 18, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Lares Feliciano's Memory Mirror is an immersive installation that invites visitors to explore their relationship with memory through animation, dioramas and interactive storytelling. Designed to evoke the memory of a relative's living room, this exhibition will transform the museum's Precourt Family Discovery Hall into a surreal domestic den that is both familiar and fantastic.

Rainbows & Revolutions

WHEN: Thru June 30, 2023
WHERE: History Colorado Center

LGBTQ+ people have always been part of Colorado communities. They have pushed against stereotypes, transforming the way mainstream society views them. Rainbows & Revolutions is about more than just Pride — the exhibit explores how LGBTQ+ people’s very existence in Colorado has been a rebellious act beyond the rainbow, from quiet assertions of identity to loud and proud demonstrations for civil rights and equality.

Return of the Corn Mothers

WHEN: Thru Sept. 30, 2023
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Return of the Corn Mothers marks a three-year effort to honor 22 new Corn Mothers in 2022. What began in 2007 with a small grant from the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute and eight local women has now expanded to include more than 70 women. Join in the rich tradition of honoring Southwest women through this revitalized exhibit.

Fantastic Brush: Twentieth-Century Chinese Ink Art from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection 

WHEN: Thru Nov. 1, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

The 23 ink paintings featured in this exhibit showcase some of the most important artists in twentieth-century China, including Zhang Daqian, Qi Baishi, Xu Beihong, Wu Changshuo and Wu Guanzhong. The collection includes examples by teachers and students, friends and colleagues. The artists come from very different backgrounds: some traveled to Europe to study Western art, some went to Japan to study Japanese art and Western art as filtered through Japanese experience, and others never went abroad. Nevertheless, all were well versed in traditional Chinese ink art.

Confection Perfection: Jolly Rancher Company

WHEN: Thru Dec. 30, 2023
WHERE: Golden History Museum & Park, Golden

Seeking additional income for her family, homemaker-turned-entrepreneur Dorothy Harmsen heard about people making a fortune in Florida selling ice cream from newly invented soft serve machines. In 1949, Harmsen rented a store in downtown Golden and made a down payment on a new machine. Within a few years, she and her husband, Bill, built one of the most iconic confectionery companies in the world.

Epic Events

WHEN: Thru Dec. 30, 2023
WHERE: Golden History Museum & Park, Golden

Epic Events walks you through over three dozen moments that shaped Golden’s past. Those times range from big to small, happy to sad. Some are memorable and some are best forgotten. Step inside this exhibit and feel what it’s like to live through 150 years in Golden.

Legendary People

WHEN: Thru Dec. 30, 2023
WHERE: Golden History Museum & Park, Golden

People are the ingredient that makes Golden a vibrant community. Over the years, so many have called the area home, from nomadic Native Americans, adventurous miners and cunning politicians, to innovative business owners, hard-working students and curious tourists. Their interesting stories make for a rich history. Learn the biographical highlights of some little-known characters, like beloved educator Gertrude Bell, Olympic athlete Lindsey Horan and many more.

Signs O’ The Times

WHEN: Thru Dec. 30, 2023
WHERE: Golden History Museum & Park, Golden

Old signs are powerful evidence of the changes Golden has experienced. Simply put, signs are visual graphics we use to communicate information to each other. We’ve used them for thousands of years, and if you stop and look around, they’re everywhere. The permanent City of Golden collection currently cares for more than two dozen commercial and business signs.

By Design: Stories and Ideas Behind Objects 

WHEN: Thru Jan. 1, 2024
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

A series of thematic installations drawn primarily from the architecture and design collection, this exhibition illustrates the abundance and versatility of approaches to design. How does it come into being? Who creates it and for what purpose? What trends inspire it? And how does it serve society?

The World in Denver: Photography by Robert Weinberg

WHEN: Thru Jan. 10, 2024
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Over the course of his career, Robert Weinberg captured images of those who left their mark on Denver. Best known for his work with the Intermountain Jewish News, Weinberg focused on portraits of people in the Denver community. Weinberg's photography adds a valuable dimension to the visual record of the Mile High City during the 1980s and 1990s. Now legally blind, Weinberg created braille labels to accompany his work, ensuring that his photographs are accessible to all. He continues to advocate for the visually impaired community by promoting organizations to assist people with low vision to live independently.

Gio Ponti: Designer of a Thousand Talents 

WHEN: Thru July 19, 2024
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Gio Ponti was one of the most inventive Italian architects and designers of his time. For more than 60 years, Ponti’s exuberant approach found expression in public and private commissions from buildings, interiors and furniture to glass, ceramics and flatware, influencing international design for more than 50 years. 

I Invite Myself Vol. II

WHEN: Feb. 3–July 30, 2023
WHERE: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Colorado Springs

In the first museum solo exhibition by the award-winning inter-disciplinary artist Eiko Otake, the artist's experimental, movement-based art practice engages and pushes traditions of dance, exploring themes of mortality, time and place. The Fine Art Center’s exhibition foregrounds Otake’s recent film and video works, which have developed alongside her dance, choreography and performance installations. The works feature a body as it moves in and through various places, including the urban infrastructure of Tokyo and New York, irradiated post-nuclear disaster Fukushima, and the vast landscapes of Wyoming and California. Viewers are strongly encouraged to return, as select media will rotate over the course of the exhibition in recognition of changing seasons.

Vance Kirkland’s Cosmos

WHEN: Feb. 15–May 28, 2023
WHERE: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Vance Kirkland was among the most important Colorado and regional painters of the 20th century. During the last half of his career, Kirkland’s paintings made a break from the earthly environment and explored outer space, first with his Nebulae paintings, beginning in 1954 pre-Sputnik, using his unique mixtures of oil paint and water. His imagination led him to create numerous series depicting the evolution and expansion of his own universe, culminating in his vibrant Dot Paintings. The museum's first temporary exhibition of Kirkland’s work in 20 years will feature examples from eight series of the visions of his cosmos from 1954 to 1981. The exhibition includes some of the artist’s impressive large-scale paintings, seldom seen on public display. A lecture on Vance Kirkland will accompany the exhibition.

Disney Animation: Immersive Experience

WHEN: Feb. 16–May 29, 2023
WHERE: 3900 Elati St.

This innovative celebration takes you inside the greatest films of Walt Disney Animation Studios, from their very earliest, groundbreaking features to the beloved hit movies of today. Imagine stepping into the Casita with Mirabel from "Encanto," or being at Pride Rock as Rafiki presents Simba. Imagine hopping on a train with Judy Hopps and going into "Zootopia," or taking a magic carpet ride with Aladdin and Jasmine. Now you can! Step into the art and legacy of Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Awful Bigness

WHEN: Feb. 17–Sept. 10, 2023
WHERE: Clyfford Still Museum

Awful Bigness fills the museum’s largest, skylit galleries and celebrates Still’s biggest, most ambitious works. This installation follows a chronological display of Still’s works in the museum's first four rooms, offering an overview of Still’s groundbreaking path to abstraction.

Breakthroughs: A Celebration of RedLine at 15

WHEN: Feb. 24–May 27, 2023
WHERE: MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

This juried group exhibition is a collaboration with RedLine Contemporary Art Center to celebrate their fifteenth anniversary of artist residencies and fostering education and engagement between artists and communities to create positive social change. It reflects the current creative practice of artists living in Colorado, as well as artists who have recently lived in the Denver area. Breakthroughs will present artworks made within the last two years, the majority of which will be on view for the first time in Denver. 

Tamara Kostianovsky: Renewal

WHEN: Feb. 26–June 18, 2023
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Textile sculptor Tamara Kostianovsky presents 13 large-scale sculptures of tropical birds, flora and tree stumps. The works draw inspiration from her childhood home in Argentina and seek to envision a utopian future restored from past and present exploitation. Repurposing clothing from her own wardrobe as well as clothes, linens, upholstery and towels from family and friends, Kostianovsky forges connections to loved ones and childhood memories.

Colombia: The Corn, The River, and The Grave

WHEN: March 16–Aug. 20, 2023
WHERE: 
Museo de las Americas
An identity story of the anxiety and the calm of the Colombian territory, this exhibition weaves a possible fabric about the complexities of the land as a point of divergence between the sacred and the mercantile. Exhausted from development driven by selfish interests, the alteration of the rivers, and the uneven expansion of the tombs of war, Colombia has reached a historical crossroads.

Fitness & Professional Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. New York Mets

WHEN: May 26–28, 2023
WHERE: Coors Field - Home of the Colorado Rockies

Cheer on the Colorado Rockies as they take on the New York Mets for this three-game series!

Colorado Rapids vs. FC Cincinnati

WHEN: May 27, 2023
WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park

The Colorado Rapids soccer team challenges FC Cincinnati on Saturday evening. 

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