Denver celebrates the start of the summer season with a long weekend packed with events, including a free, day-long music festival in downtown Denver, thrilling pro sports and outdoor adventure. This is just the beginning of summer in The Mile High City.
1. Honor our military heroes at the Memorial Day Parade and Tribute Ceremony, May 25
Denver will commemorate those who lost their lives while serving our country during this event, starting at 11:30 a.m. in Civic Center Park. The Veterans Memorial Day Tribute at the Veterans Monument follows the parade.
2. Encounter Mammoths & Mastodons at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, through May 27
It’s the last weekend to experience this exhibit, where you will encounter some of Earth’s most awe-inspiring mammals and see the fossils discovered at the Snowmass Dig in Colorado.
3. See Thomas Jefferson’s Bible at the History Colorado Center, through May 27
Don’t miss this rare showing of Jefferson’s Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, which Thomas Jefferson assembled in 1820.
4. Rock out all day long at Denver Day of Rock, May 25
For the fifth year in a row, downtown Denver’s 16th Street pedestrian mall will be transformed into a massive block party with 25 free rock concerts performed on five stages throughout the day.
5. Shake things up at ArtStir, May 24-27
Local creatives get crafty at the first ArtStir Denver, a weekend-long market at the Denver Pavilions showcasing Colorado art, music and fashion.
6. Wander through Colorado’s best art at The Downtown Denver Arts Festival, May 24-26
Mix and mingle with thousands of fellow fine art lovers at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, during the 15th Annual event that features more than 150 of Colorado’s best artists.
7. Experience major league soccer with the Colorado Rapids, May 25
At Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the Rapids take on Chivas USA
8. Take a date to Sense and Sensibility The Musical, through May 26
It’s your last chance to see this musical in Denver at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
9. Sing along with Les Misérables, May 22-26
Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables returns to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts for one week along with the songs you know you can’t help but sing along to.
10. Catch a concert under the stars at Red Rock Park and Amphitheatre with the Randy Rogers Band and the Casey Donahew Band, May 26
Enjoy an Americana-filled evening with two country bands at one of the world’s most famous outdoor venues.