Ready to celebrate? When Memorial Day weekend (May 27–30, 2022) 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

Denver Day of Rock

WHEN: May 28, 2022
WHERE: LoDo neighborhood 

Denver Day of Rock is a free music festival with four stages of live music in LoDo/downtown Denver. The headliners are Chris Isaak and Lauren Dunn. Also featuring: Augustus, Austin Young Band, Busty and the Bass, Dave Jordan, J & the Causeways, Lola Rising, Mary Louise Lee Band, Pimps of Joytime, Pine Leaf Boys, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, the Green House Band, the Stone Foxes and Trevor Michael. The event unites the community through music and family-friendly entertainment while also raising funds to help Amp the Cause, which supports local nonprofits. 

2022 Denver Spring Tequila Tasting Festival

WHEN: May 28, 2022
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?

Vail Comedy Festival

WHEN: May 27–29, 2022
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. 

Denver Arts Festival

WHEN: May 28–29, 2022
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.

Boulder Creek Festival

WHEN: May 28–30, 2022
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. 

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 on May 28 for the 2022 season, 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.

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

The Motet & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

WHEN: May 27, 2022
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Kick off the weekend at Red Rocks with 97.3 KBCO & Do303 Present:The Motet & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong with Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles.

Chromeo

WHEN: May 28, 2022
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Spend Saturday night with Chromeo, along with Purple Disco Machine, Blu DeTiger and Jim E-Stack.

'Choir Boy'

WHEN: Thru May 29, 2022
WHERE: Kilstrom Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Pharus doesn’t fit in at The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, a prestigious academy dedicated to the education of young black men. Despite embodying the strong, ethical morals the school promotes, being gay has made him an outsider. But this year, his talent and perseverance have paid off with a chance to lead the school’s choir, a position where he may finally have the opportunity to redefine himself as a leader and a confident young man. With its uplifting music and electrifying dance routines, "Choir Boy" will inspire you to raise your voice and cheer as one student boldly stands up to the traditions that seek to silence him.

'Cats'

WHEN: May 24–29, 2022
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater: ”Memory”. Winner of seven Tony Awards®, "Cats" tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn.

Beethoven 'Symphony No. 9' with the Colorado Symphony & Chorus

WHEN: May 27–29, 2022
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Your Colorado Symphony and Colorado Symphony Chorus, plus a star-studded cast of vocal soloists, cap a joyous return season with a pair of colossal choral masterpieces that are sure to delight and inspire. Guest conductor Peter Oundjian lends his experienced hand to Bruckner’s 'Te Deum,' a majestic hymn of thanksgiving and one of the most remarkable declarations of faith ever composed. Beethoven’s 'Ninth Symphony' — so often enlisted for its brilliance, magnitude and thematic potency — has endured for almost two centuries as the greatest artwork about peace, freedom for all and brotherhood ever created.

Ziggy Marley & Stephen Marley and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

WHEN: May 29, 2022
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Enjoy a 75th Anniversary Bob Marley Celebration with Ziggy Marley & Stephen Marley and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and some very special guests.

Gary Clark Jr.

WHEN: May 30, 2022
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Head to Red Rocks to groove to a fusion of blues, rock and soul music with elements of hip hop from Gary Clark Jr., along with Durand Jones & The Indications.

'Blue Ridge'

WHEN: Thru June 5, 2022
WHERE: Miners Alley Playhouse, Golden

Miners Alley presents the regional premiere of this pitch-dark comedy about heartbreak, hell-raising and healing, which premiered at The Atlantic Theatre Company in 2018. A progressive high-school teacher with a rage problem retaliates against her unscrupulous boss and is sentenced to six months at a church-sponsored halfway house, where she attends to everyone’s recovery but her own.

'Quixote Nuevo'

WHEN: Thru June 12, 2022
WHERE: Wolf Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Set in the fictional modern-day Texas border town of La Plancha, Quixote and his luckless but trusty sidekick, Sancho, embark on a fantastical quest in search of long-lost love. Infused with imagination, comedy and Tejano music, "Quixote Nuevo" reveals the joys and perils of facing down Death and becoming the hero of your own story.

'Welcome to the Regular Valley'

WHEN: Thru Oct. 4, 2022
WHERE: The Jester’s Palace

It’s the improv show the refuses to die, no matter how hard we try to kill it. One of the weirdest comedy shows in the city returns with a vengeance. The performers apologize in advance for anything they break during the course of the evening.

'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.

PACHAMAMA: An Exhibition of Nature-based Art

WHEN: Thru June 1, 2022
WHERE: Artemesia Galerie

Pachamama, translated as “World Mother” is an Andean earth goddess who is creatrix of all life with the power to preserve and nurture all living things — but she also has the power to end life and human existence when human beings take without giving back to her. Many indigenous peoples of the Amazon region view our planetary climate crisis as a harbinger of Pachamama’s discipline yet to come for human abuse of the gift of life.  

Quantum Sensation Art Exhibit Opening Feat. Sahand Tabatabai

WHEN: Thru June 10, 2022
WHERE: SassaBird Fine Art

Sahand has exhibited his artwork for decades around the globe — including here in Denver, landing on the cover of the Denver Art Museum's magazine after the museum bought some of his artwork. As a youth, he found himself using linear brush strokes in his figurative paintings that have evolved into a nearly 3-dimensional visual of light and dark. His abstracts explore the concepts of ancestry, immigration, quantum physics and spirituality.

Skyward: Breakthroughs in Flight

WHEN: Thru June 15, 2022
WHERE: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Opening in congruence with the anniversary of the Wright brothers' historic flight, Skyward: Breakthroughs in Flight highlights extraordinary aerospace milestones and the people who made them happen by featuring one-of-a-kind artifacts from Wings’ own collection. Featured artifacts include Wright Flyer fabric that went to the moon with Neil Armstrong, an American flag signed by Charles Lindbergh, fabric from the Lockheed Vega that Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Atlantic and more! These artifacts help tell the story of each great moment in flight as well as the people that shaped the course of human history and enabled the next generation of aviators to fly higher, faster and farther.  

The Art of Banksy

WHEN: Thru June 20, 2022
WHERE: The Denver Sports Castle

This globally acclaimed showcase features original and authenticated works associated with, arguably, the most intriguing and talked-about artist in modern history.

Culture of Hair

WHEN: Thru June 25, 2022
WHERE: Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Hair is a fundamental part of the human body that is fraught with expectations about beauty, identity, age, gender and race. Culture of Hair brings together a diverse group of five women artists whose photographic work explores the multifaceted meanings of hair to gain more understanding on a subject that is at once universal and distinctive.

Seed Vault

WHEN: Thru June 25, 2022
WHERE: K Contemporary

In art and life, there are so many ideas and daydreams to propagate and so little time to actualize. Seed Vault is an imaginary architectural space for the seeds of art and life to germinate or to die on the vine — a subconscious doomsday garden teeming with ladybugs, lush watermelons and fleshy totems of human fertility. Mixed mediums include painting, sculpture, psychedelic epiphanies, neon lights, climate anxiety, NFT's, personal demons, photography, gallery installations, poetry and the existentially distressing passage of time.  

Immersive Van Gogh

WHEN: Thru July 4, 2022
WHERE: Lighthouse Denver

Renowned for transforming venues into unforgettable art experiences, the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit strives to highlight the unique architecture of its spaces while integrating influences from its history and community. Get ready to be transported the second you step inside!

Evolutions: Looking Back | Moving Forward, & What Did Ming Miss?

WHEN: Thru July 16, 2022
WHERE: Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden

The challenge: to have quilters look back at their very first quilt to where they are at this point in the evolution of their quilting. Evolution: defined as growth — a process of continuous change, from lower to higher or from simpler to more complex. Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum challenged the entrants to create their concept of an evolution quilt that represents their transition in the art of quilting. The entrants could interpret evolutions any way they chose — on a personal level, on a global level, or related to changes and growth of their favorite means of creative expression, the quilt.

ReVisión: Art in the Americas

WHEN: Thru July 17, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This thematic presentation will explore land, people and place by linking ancient and contemporary artworks that address political and social issues at the heart of the region’s cultural heritage as well as expand the narrative through voices that include women artists and contemporary voices that speak to the diversity of the Americas.

Malinalli on the Rocks

WHEN: Thru July 23, 2022
WHERE: Museo de las Americas

Malinalli on the Rocks will provide opportunities for Colorado artists to explore and re-discover one of the most enigmatic historical figures of the Americas: La Malinche.

Brick & Soul // Armando Geneyro

WHEN: Thru July 30, 2022
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Local photographer Armando Geneyro connects the build environment with the people who shape its meaning. A versatile photographer, Armando specializes in events coverage and photojournalism. His passion for street photography allows him to connect to his subjects and immerse himself in different cultures.

Seeing the Invisible

WHEN: Thru Aug. 1, 2022
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Seeing the Invisible presents virtual works that engage with existing features of the natural landscape. The augmented reality exhibition features new works by international artists including Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, John Gerrard, Ori Gersht, Mohammed Kazem and Sigalit Landau — including several artists’ first works in AR. Beyond the boundaries of what is possible with physical artworks, many of the works created for the exhibition address themes of nature, environment, sustainability and the intersection of the physical world with the digital one.

Modern Women/Modern Vision: Works from the Bank of America Collection

WHEN: Thru Aug. 28, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Modern Women/Modern Vision: Works from the Bank of America Collection presents more than 100 images by women artists. The traveling exhibition celebrates the bold and dynamic contributions of women to the development and evolution of photography in the 20th century. Diverse in style, tone and subject, these images range from spontaneous to composed, detached to empathetic, monumental to intimate.

Egypt: The Time of the Pharaohs

WHEN: Thru Sept. 5, 2022
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
Experience the spheres of everyday life in one of the most storied and enduring civilizations in human history—the private, public and secret space—through hundreds of artifacts, stunning artwork and engaging interactives for insights into ancient Egypt’s enduring impact on our own modern cultures.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition

WHEN: Thru Sept. 5, 2022
WHERE: National Western Center
This immersive 20,000-square-foot experience is based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history. Visitors will walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs and explore richly themed environments. Get an up-close look at a Velociraptor, stand in awe under a towering Brachiosaurus and encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. 

The Dr. Seuss Experience

WHEN: Thru Sept. 5, 2022
WHERE: Centennial Promenade
The Dr. Seuss Experience is an imaginative and interactive immersion into the wondrous world of Dr. Seuss! This Seuss-tacular sensory spectacle takes each guest on an awe-inspiring journey through nine different Dr. Seuss books, allowing each visitor a chance to magically step into the pages of each of the books.

Fashion Designs of Carla Fernández

WHEN: Thru Sept. 5, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
This is the first exhibition to fully explore the career of Mexican artist and fashion designer Carla Fernández, founder of the eponymous fashion brand. The acclaimed Mexico City-based fashion brand Carla Fernández (established in 2000) is a couture house that aims to bring new meaning to the luxury world as an agent of social and ethical change and innovation.

Age of Armor: Treasures from the Higgins Collection at the Worcester Art Museum

WHEN: Thru Sept. 5, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
Age of Armor examines the historical context of armor and the pragmatic functions it served, as well as the ideological sentiments about armor throughout time, from the Middle Ages into the modern era. The exhibition will feature more than 80 objects from the Higgins Collection, supplemented by several pieces from the DAM’s own collections. These works will encourage visitors to consider how the legacy of armor and the cultural meanings it reflects have endured through time, influencing modern artwork, and, in some cases, challenging traditional histories and ideals.

Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City

WHEN: Thru Sept. 6, 2022
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Tour this time-traveling exhibition with a captivating expert and see The Mile High City in a whole new light! Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City explores the growth, urban development and architecture of Denver from 1860 to today. Throughout 3,000 interactive square feet, the exhibition reveals how civic leaders, designers and residents have steadily worked to bring their own visions for Denver to life.

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

WHEN: Thru Sept. 11, 2022
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

This is an ambitious celebration of one of the most influential sculptors working today! Von Rydingsvard is renowned for her towering cedar and bronze public outdoor sculptures; this exhibition provides a unique, indoor opportunity to experience a large collection of cedar sculptures and works on paper. Additionally, one outdoor sculpture made of resin will be presented. 

Heroine of the Titanic

WHEN: Thru Sept. 25, 2022
WHERE: Molly Brown House Museum
Commemorate 110 years since the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The exhibit brings survivors’ memories of that fateful night to life – including those of Margaret "Molly" Brown. She was not known as “Unsinkable” during her lifetime, but instead as the “Heroine of the Titanic.” Learn about the tragedy through Margaret’s many Titanic interviews including her first one, given when she was still on board the rescue ship.

Mazes & Brain Games

WHEN: May 19–Sept. 25, 2022
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Maneuver your way through mind-bending adventures, 3-D puzzles and full-body games. Wind through dozens of experiences that inspire exploration and ingenuity. Test your perception to navigate the maze of illusions, run a marathon with your fingers on the finger mazes and become a "webmaster" by climbing through an intricate web of ropes without getting tangled. In Mazes & Brain Games, you’ll conquer puzzling challenges and discover new ways of problem solving around every corner.

Disruption

WHEN: Thru Jan. 23, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Works from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection presents about 50 artworks including paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media works, and several artworks never before displayed at the museum. This outstanding collection features many works by noted North American and international contemporary artists including Kent Monkman, Yang Shaobin, Zhang Dali, Elmgreen and Dragset, Agustina Woodgate, Glenn Ligon, and Jenny Saville.

Memory Mirror

WHEN: Thru March 5, 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.

Fitness & Professional Sports

Lifeway Kefir Yoga at Immersive Frida Kahlo 

WHEN: May 27 and 29, 2022
WHERE: 3900 Elati Street

People of all fitness levels are welcome at this 35-minute yoga classes led by certified yoga instructors within the multi-sensory and all-encompassing Immersive Frida Kahlo exhibit. Each workout is designed to challenge the body and inspire the mind; choreographed in harmony with the music, sounds, light, and moving images from Frida Kahlo’s vast catalog of masterpieces. After your class, you are invited to stay and experience the art around you for an additional 25 minutes. All participants will receive a nutritious kefir sample compliments of Lifeway Foods.

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