Denver is packed with outdoor activities, blockbuster museum exhibitions and family-friendly fun before and after this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2–5, 2022. Check out these hotel deals and plan a dream getaway.

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Can't-Miss Events

Taste of Colorado

WHEN: Sept. 3–5, 2022
WHERE: 16th Street Mall

Come out and enjoy the end-of-summer celebration, complete with multiple outdoor performance stages, dozens of food vendors, a large arts and crafts marketplace, and an expanded Kids Zone packed with family-friendly activities.

Art RiNo

WHEN: Sept. 5–11, 2022
WHERE: River North Art District - RiNo

This year the RiNo Art District is launching Art RiNo, a new, week-long arts festival featuring art in all its forms, with murals, music, installations, arts workshops and special events in partnership with Westword Music Showcase.

Denver Food + Wine Festival

WHEN: Sept. 6–10, 2022
WHERE: Throughout Denver

This multi-day extravaganza celebrates The Mile High City’s dynamic dining scene with tasting events, seminars, a cocktail competition, an al fresco plated dinner, industry appreciation and a whole lot more!

 

Music, Movies & Performing Arts

Nine Inch Nails

WHEN: Sept. 3, 2022
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails takes over Red Rocks to kick off the weekend. 

Phish 2022

WHEN: Sept. 1–4, 2022
WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City

Phish returns to Dick's Sporting Goods Park for their annual slate of Labor Day weekend shows!

Kidz Bop LIVE 2022

WHEN: Sept. 4, 2022
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

This is the perfect opportunity for the kiddos to experience the magic of Red Rocks for the first time, featuring family-friendly cover versions of your favorite pop songs.

Imagine Dragons: Mercury World Tour

WHEN: Sept. 5, 2022
WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City

Wrap up the weekend with the Imagine Dragons: Mercury World Tour live with Macklemore and Kings Elliot.

Shakey Graves

WHEN: Sept. 5, 2022
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Enjoy the music of Shakey Graves and Sierra Ferrell live at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The SpongeBob Musical

WHEN: Thru Sept. 3, 2022
WHERE: Boulder's Dinner Theatre, Boulder

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

'Hadestown'

WHEN: Aug. 30–Sept. 11, 2022
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

"Hadestown" intertwines two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, "Hadestown" is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.

'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.

'Theater of the Mind'

WHEN: Aug. 31–Dec. 18, 2022
WHERE: York Street Yards

"Theater of the Mind" from Denver Center for Performing Arts will take audience members through an immersive journey in a 15,000-square-foot historic warehouse within the adaptive reuse campus of  York Street Yards in the Clayton neighborhood. Audiences will explore how they perceive the world through sensory experiments that reveal the inner mysteries of the brain as they are led by a Guide whose stories are inspired by the creators' lives. It's a journey of self-reflection, discovery and imagination, inspired by and grounded in neuroscience, co-created by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and writer Mala Gaonkar.

'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.

Museum Exhibitions

Distortions Monster World

WHEN: Thru Sept. 4, 2022
WHERE: Denver Pavilions

Ready to get up close and personal with the things that go bump in the night? Come to Distortions Monster World (if you dare), where surprises will greet you around every corner on an out-of-this-world interactive adventure. This series of cinematic environments featuring immersive installations and infamous creatures and characters will truly transport you to another place!

The FRIENDS™ Experience

WHEN: Thru Sept. 4, 2022
WHERE: Cherry Creek Shopping Center

Fans of the "Friends" TV show shouldn't miss this interactive experience, featuring 12 nostalgia-packed rooms filled with original props and costumes, set re-creations, a retail store and more! Fans will have the opportunity to explore the show’s history, re-create favorite moments and learn behind-the-scenes information.

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.

Earth Illuminated: Dark Mode

WHEN: Thru Sept. 5, 2022
WHERE: Denver Pavilions

Earth Illuminated is an immersive experience where the natural world and digital media merge to take you on an ethereal journey. Wander through a 13,000-square-foot space showcasing our planet's beauty from air, land and sea. Explore a series of immersive environments and large-scale interactive art installations that change the way you experience art and nature.

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.

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 spectacular 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.

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. 

Verse: The Art of the Future

WHEN: Thru Sept. 15, 2022
WHERE: Denver Pavilions
Verse: The Art of the Future is an exhibition featuring augmented reality holograms and artwork. Fully immerse yourself in the people, technology and stories surrounding the NFT world! The experience uses the Microsoft HoloLens 2, a powerful mixed reality headset that allows you to see your surroundings and fellow guests while innovative augmented art comes to life around you.

Mazes & Brain Games

WHEN: Thru Sept. 25, 2022
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)

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.

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.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Photographer

WHEN: July 3–Nov. 11, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Georgia O’Keeffe: Photographer brings a trove of newly identified photographs by the groundbreaking artist to Colorado in an exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) with the collaboration of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe. The presentation reveals a new aspect of the modernist artist’s career through nearly 100 photographs.

The Center on Colfax Open Art Studio’s Exhibition

WHEN: June 24–Dec. 24, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

The Center on Colfax opened in 1976 and has grown to become the largest LGBTQ community center in the Rocky Mountain region. The Open Art Studio launched in 2010, providing a safe space for individuals to come together to connect and create. This exhibit is a product of the Center's participants, talents, hopes, dreams, pain, tears, fears, love and more.

By Design: Stories and Ideas Behind Objects

WHEN: Thru Dec. 30, 2022
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?

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

WHEN: Thru Dec. 30, 2022
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.

Gio Ponti: Designer of a Thousand Talents

WHEN: Thru Jan. 1, 2023
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. 

Frank Lloyd Wright: Inside the Walls

WHEN: Thru Jan. 8, 2023
WHERE: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

The exhibition will explore the relationship between Wright’s architecture and decorative art. Wright believed in the concept of “a total work of art,” with the accessories and furnishings of a building complementing the architecture to create a unified whole.

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.

You Select: A Community-Curated Exhibition

WHEN: Aug. 19, 2022–Feb. 12, 2023
WHERE: Clyfford Still Museum

In the culminating exhibition of the Clyfford Still Museum's tenth anniversary year, You Select: A Community-Curated Exhibition hands the curatorial reins to art lovers from the surrounding Denver community and beyond. This exhibit is designed to foster far-reaching engagement and appreciation of Clyfford Still’s art and artistic legacy.

Other People's Pictures

WHEN: Aug. 28, 2022–Feb. 26, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This exhibition of more than 70 photographic works from a collection donated to the DAM in 2018 by Robert and Kerstin Adams explores the reciprocal relationships among artists and their creative exchange of objects. It also examines the themes of collecting, the pleasure of looking, and how diverse points of view interact to shape perspectives.

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.

Who Tells a Tale Adds a Tail: Latin America and Contemporary Art

WHEN: July 31, 2022–March 5, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This exhibit features mostly site-specific, commissioned artworks by emerging artists in dialogue with the unique architecture of the DAM's Hamilton Building. The 19 participating millennial-generation artists from countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico have developed work that creates new worlds and realities, inviting spectators to engage in narratives through a multitude of media: painting, sculpture, installation, textile, video, sound, digital and performance art.

 

Sports

Colorado Rockies v. Milwaukee Brewers

WHEN: Sept. 5–7, 2022
WHERE: Coors Field - Home of the Colorado Rockies

Cheer on the Colorado Rockies as they take the field against the Milwaukee Brewers!

 

Outdoor 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!

City Skate at Skyline Park 

Roll into summer like never before. City Skate is your go-to spot for summer fun. Featuring downtown's first-ever roller rink and the return of the Skyline Beer Garden, City Skate is the place to be in downtown Denver. With free mini golf, local food and beer, and events throughout summer, City Skate is sure to let the good times "roll" through Oct. 2, 2022.

Water World 

Beat the heat, relax in the park's beautifully landscaped 64 acres — and ride some serious waterslides.

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.

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.

 

Day Trips from Denver

Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department Annual Mountain Festival

WHEN: Aug. 1–Sept. 10, 2022
WHERE: 10830 Rist Canyon Rd., Bellvue

Benefitting the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, events include a full day’s lineup of performers, demonstrations, booths and activities for the entire family. Other festival favorites include a used book sale, silent auction, bake and plant sales, craft and art vendors, food trucks, educational booths and demonstrations. Admission, parking, a hayride shuttle to/from the parking area, live musical entertainment and ice cream all are free of charge.

Colorado State Fair

WHEN: Aug. 26–Sept. 5, 2022
WHERE: Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo

The annual Colorado State Fair creates an entertaining, inspiring and educational inter-generational experience highlighting the preservation, promotion and exposition of our State’s vibrant and diverse agriculture, industry and culture.

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