Memorial Day Weekend In Denver
DENVER DAY OF ROCK
WHEN: May 23-24
WHERE: Downtown Denver
For the sixth year in a row, the 16th Street pedestrian mall will be transformed into a massive block party with more than two dozen free rock concerts throughout the day for the annual Denver Day of Rock.
The lineup includes The Kin, Plain White T’s, The Hold Steady, the Wendy Woo Band and many more. Check out the full list.
For the first time, Denver Day of Rock will kick off early with a special evening concert inSkyline Park on Friday, May 23, featuring the Wallflowers (known for their chart-topping single, “One Headlight”).
The performance areas will be along the 16th Street Mall, 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.
Visitors can enjoy rock star status at some of Denver’s best hotels with exclusive Denver Day of Rock packages.
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.
For full concert information and updates, visit DenverDayofRock.com.
WHEN: May 24-25
WHERE: Denver Pavilions, 500 16th St.
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 23-25
WHERE: Denver Performing Arts Complex, 950 13th St.
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 2013 festival attracted close to 150,000 people, who supported Colorado’s creative community by purchasing more than $500,000 worth of art.
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND TRIBUTE CEREMONY
WHEN: May 24
WHERE: Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave.
Denver will celebrate Memorial Day by commemorating those who lost their lives while serving our country during the Denver Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 24 at 11:30 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.
WATER WORLD OPENING WEEKEND
WHEN: May 24
WHERE: Water World, 88th & Pecos
COST: $39.99 (General Admission Ticket)
Celebrate opening weekend at Water World, Denver’s 67-acre water park, home to more than 65 aquatic attractions.
WHEN: May 24
WHERE: City Park, 17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd.
A celebration of the finest Colorado-made goods, beer, food and more from our favorite local craftsmen and craftswomen! At the first Denver Flea, experience a hand-picked selection of local artisans, designers, and makers, along with vendors of vintage items, repurposed furniture and other curiosities. There will also be food trucks, craft beer tents and entertainment.
RED DIRT ON THE ROCKS
WHEN: May 25
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
COST: $32.50 (advance), $35 (day of show)
Head out to the one-of-a-kind Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre for Red Dirt on the Rocks, a concert featuring the rootsy country rock of the Randy Rogers Band, the Casey Donahew Band and the Turnpike Troubadours.
COLORADO RAPIDS VS. MONTREAL IMPACT
WHEN: May 24
WHERE: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City
COST: Tickets start at $22
See a high-energy game of Major League Soccer as the Colorado Rapids battle the Montreal Impact.
ELITCH GARDENS THEME & WATER PARK
WHEN: All weekend long
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
COST: $34.99 for adults, $31.99 for kids under 48 inches tall and people over 62 years old, kids 3 and under are free
Head to Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park – the only downtown theme & water park in the USA – for roller coasters, water slides, family entertainment and much more.
WHEN: May 23-25
WHERE: Buell Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 950 13th St.
COST: Tickets start at $25
Based on Green Day’s groundbreaking rock opera of the same name, American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia, and features the smash hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Holiday” and “21 Guns.”
MAYA: HIDDEN WORLDS REVEALED
WHEN: Through August 24
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.
COST: Non-member tickets start at $22
Discover a hidden world at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The largest exhibition about the ancient Maya ever to be displayed in the United States, Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed includes never-before-seen artifacts, hands-on activities, and immersive walk-in environments. Highlights include re-creations of an underground cave and a colorful, life-size frieze that once surrounded the top of El Castillo pyramid at Xunantunich in Belize. Explore the rise and decline of ancient cities, and learn how the Mayans’ innovations (such as a 365-day calendar and incredible architecture) still impact our lives today.
MODERN MASTERS: 20TH CENTURY ICONS FROM THE ALBRIGHT-KNOX COLLECTION
WHEN: March 2-June 8
WHERE: Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. / Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St.
COST: Non-member tickets start at $20
The Denver Art Museum (DAM) and the Clyfford Still Museum (CSM) present the must-seeModern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. This exhibition brings together approximately 50 iconic artworks by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, and Andy Warhol as well as one of Jackson Pollock’s finest drip paintings. In all, more than 40 influential artists will be on view. A special ticket will give visitors admission to the exhibition at the DAM as well as 1959: The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Exhibition Recreated, a correlative exhibition at the CSM, through June 15, 2014. 1959 recreates Still’s landmark exhibition held at the Albright-Knox in the fall of 1959. This exhibition was the largest of Still’s career and the first following his decision to break ties with the art world in 1951.
OUTDOOR CAFES, BARS & RESTAURANTS
Spend some time dining in the sunshine. With 300 days of sunshine, Denver is a city that loves to live outdoors. There are 42 outdoor cafes on the 16th Street Mall alone. Huge rooftop cafes at Amato’s, Viewhouse, LoDo’s Bar & Grill, the Tavern Downtown, Linger and Lolaoffer views of the city and the nearby snowcapped Rocky Mountains. And don’t miss the newRooftop at Coors Field – the largest outdoor bar in any sports stadium in the nation that is exactly one mile high with a bar 52 feet 80 inches long.
Denver has one of the largest bike trail networks in America — some 850 miles of paved, off-street bike trails. A perfect way to explore the system is on Denver B-cycle, which was the first bike sharing program in America. More than 800 sturdy, red Trek bikes are available at 83 stations across the city. Swipe a credit card, and for just $9 a day, all rides of half hour or less are free. Hop on, pedal across town, and leave the bike at another station and explore the city.