Denver Memorial Day Weekend Events

Denver Memorial Day Weekend Events

Denver Memorial Day Weekend Events


There are tons of events happening around Denver for this long Memorial Day weekend from pro sports, concerts, can’t-miss museum exhibits, amazing theatre and much more!

Denver Day of Rock
When: May 25
Where: Downtown Denver
Cost: Free
For the fifth year in a row, the 16th Street pedestrian mall will be transformed into a massive block party with 25 free rock concerts throughout the day for the annual Denver Day of Rock.
– Fishbone, The Railbenders, and What Made Milwaukee Famous are among the acts slated to appear. Check out the full lineup.
– The performance areas will be along the 16th Street Mall, Denver’s mile-long pedestrian promenade, making it easy to roam from act to act.
– Food and beer gardens will be set up throughout downtown for the event, with free music rocking the city from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m.
– Sponsored by Newmont Mining, Denver’s Day of Rock is a fundraising event for Concert for Kids, a Denver-based, non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 50 children’s charities.


Memorial Day Parade and Tribute Ceremony
When: May 25
Where: Civic Center Park, Downtown Denver
Cost: Free
To many Memorial Day is a day that signals the beginning of summer with a three-day weekend to spend camping, on the lake or at home relaxing but lets not forget Memorial Day is also a day of remembering and honoring the men and women who died while serving us in the United States Armed Forces – This is a holiday in which Denver takes great pride in!

Denver will celebrate Memorial Day 2013 by commemorating those who lost their lives while serving our country during the Denver Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. The parade is followed by the Veterans Memorial Day Tribute at the Veterans Monument. The parade will be held in Downtown Denver in and around Civic Center Park.


When: May 24-27
Where: Denver Pavilions
Cost: Free
Artstir Denver is a creative art market exclusively showcasing Colorado Artists designed to stir up the artist in all of us with a spirited showcase of Colorado art, music and style. Featured works include paint, sculpture, photography, drawings, textiles, furnishings and mixed media.


Downtown Denver Arts Festival
When: May 24-26
Where: Denver Performing Arts Complex
Cost: Free
Throughout Memorial Day Weekend at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, mix and mingle with thousands of fellow art lovers at the Downtown Denver Arts Festival, featuring more than 150 of Colorado’s best artists. One of the Mile High City’s premier cultural events, the 2012 festival attracted close to 150,000 people, who supported Colorado’s creative community by purchasing more than $500,000 worth of art.

Water World Opening Weekend
When: May 25
Where: 88th & Pecos, Denver
Cost: $39.99 (General Admission Ticket)
Celebrate opening weekend at Denver’s 67-acre water park, home to more than 65 aquatic attractions.


Colorado Rapids vs. Chivas USA
When: May 25
Where: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Cost: Tickets start at $22
See a high-energy game of Major League Soccer as the Rapids battle Chivas USA.


Sense and Sensibility: The Musical
When: Through May 26
Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts
It’s your last chance to see this Broadway bound musical in Denver! See what Jane Austen’s Dashwood sisters do in the original romantic comedy. A performance 200 years in the making, Sense & Sensibility the Musical combines Jane Austen’s trademark wit, unforgettable songs, and the irresistible allure of romance, gossip and high society.
The Denver Brass Remembers
When: May 25-26
Where: Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Cost: $24-$44
Join The Denver Brass as they honor the heroes, past and present, responsible for making our community, nation and the world a better place. Guest conductor, Lowell Graham, resident conductor of Klavier Music Productions and former conductor of The US Air Force Band of Washington DC, draws passion and reverence from the greatest American sounds.


Les Misérables
When: May 22-26
Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Cost: Varies
Les Miz is back! Due to overwhelming demand, Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables returns to Denver for one week only. With glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes.


Red Dirt on the Rocks: Randy Rogers Band / Casey Donahew Band
When: May 26
Where: Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Cost: Tickets start at $32.50
Enjoy an Americana-filled evening at one of the world’s most famous outdoor concert venues.


The Rite of Spring
When: May 24-26
Where: Boettcher Concert Hall
Cost: $5-$83
The Colorado Symphony brings Stravinsky’s classic to life, with conductor Andrew Litton and pianist Jeffrey Kahane.


Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist
When: Through June 30
Where: Foothills Art Center
Cost: $5
Golden’s Foothills Art Center presents a unique selection of drawings, prints and photographs by the illustrious French artist, Edgar Degas (1834-1917). Exploring beyond Degas’ familiar ballerinas, you will experience a fascinating view into Degas’ art and life including his early drawings of objects in the Louvre Museum.


Catalyst: Colorado Sculpture
When: Through January 12, 2014
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens (York Street)
Cost: Free with general admission
Denver Botanic Gardens celebrates the achievements and vision of Colorado sculptors in this outdoor group exhibition. Twelve artists view the garden spaces differently, injecting change in the surrounding landscape with their 3-D work. Perspectives of space are altered as visitors experience the Gardens’ grounds in a new way. The artwork introduces a variety of color, texture, and form into an already rich environment.


Spun: Adventures In Textiles
When: Through September 22
Where: Denver Art Museum
Cost: Free with museum admission
The Denver Art Museum (DAM) takes a wide-ranging look at textiles from pre-Columbian weavings to modern fiber art, Navajo blankets to an examination of clothing in art and photography in the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. The museum-wide show is in celebration of the DAM’s new textile art galleries, which also will be unveiled on May 19. 


Mammoths & Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age
When: Through May 27
Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Cost: $8-$13
At the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, encounter some of Earth’s most awe-inspiring mammals, roam among saber-toothed cats and giant bears, and wonder over some of the oldest human artifacts in existence.


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