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Father’s Day in Denver: 30 events the whole family will love

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After the year we have had, wonderful dads need to be celebrated more than ever. As a head’s up, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20, 2021 and Denver has so many awesome things Dad–and the whole family–will love. Visit Denver has some awesome ideas including ‘The Shining’ at Film on the Rocks and checking out the new sloth exhibit at the Denver Zoo…and we’ve shared a few favorites of our own. 

Happy Father’s Day!

FATHER’S DAY IN DENVER 2021

TRAVEL

Colorado Road Trip26 scenic byways and small towns to visit and Colorado Family Vacation Guide 2021.

Fishing20 great fishing holes in Denver  

Funny Colorado – 15 Fun and Quirky Roadside Attractions in Colorado

Best of SummerVisit Leadville and Twin Lakes 

HikesBest Hikes for Kids in the Denver area and 10 of Colorado’s most scenic waterfall hikes

Biking –See why Denver is a paradise for cyclists by going for a ride on the vast network of paved paths. Don’t miss Denver’s best biking for kids.  

WaterCool Off This Summer at Colorado’s Best Beaches and Guide to Denver’s Splash Parks and Spray Fountains

OUTDOOR FUN

Denver Zoo – With more than 3,500 animals on 84 gorgeous acres, Denver Zoo is an amazing experience year-round. Check out the new sloth habitat

Denver Botanic Gardens – One of the top five botanic gardens in the nation, Denver Botanic Gardens is an oasis in the city. Meanwhile, Chatfield Farms, located in nearby Littleton, takes pride in its exemplary nature preserve and gardens.

Hudson Gardens – Enjoy thirty acres of natural beauty offering recreational, educational, and social opportunities for all ages.

Denver 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.

Museum of Outdoor Arts – Despite the name, MOA’s Englewood collection includes both outdoor sculptures as well as indoor exhibits, including the always-popular Cabinet of Curiosities.

Farmers’ Markets – Pick up fresh produce, meat, eggs, breads and more, plus chef demos.

Outdoor Movies – From classic drive-in theaters to movies in the park.

City Parks – Head for the green space at the city’s many public parks.

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS

BLACK LOVE MURAL FESTIVAL

May 27–Aug. 2, 2021
Watch artists paint colorful murals in Denver’s Civic Center Park! Every weekend leading up to Juneteenth, the group will host live paintings, workshops and activations.

JUNETEENTH MUSIC FESTIVAL

June 18–20, 2021
Each year, Five Points — a historic district is formerly known as the “Harlem of the West” — hosts Juneteenth, a celebration of African-American culture. Listen to the sounds of hip-hop, R&B, blues, soul and jazz.

FRIDAY NIGHT BAZAAR

June 18, 2021
WHERE: Friday Night BAZAAR
Enjoy an evening of shopping, sipping and mingling in the River North Art District! The Friday Night BAZAAR features more than 40 local vendors, food trucks, craft beer and cocktails, and live music. Entry is free and everyone is welcome!

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS

COLORADO ROCKIES V. MILWAUKEE BREWERS
June 17–20, 2021
Grab dad and head to Coors Field to cheer on the Colorado Rockies as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers!

MUSIC, FILM & PERFORMING ARTS

UMPHREY’S MCGEE

June 18–20, 2021
Jam out for three nights with Umphrey’s McGee at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre in Morrison.

FILM ON THE ROCKS DRIVE-IN: ‘INDIANA JONES AND THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK’

June 18, 2021
Watch the adventures of everyone’s favorite archaeologist from the comfort of your car in the Lower South parking lot of Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. All tickets include a bag of CityPop Popcorn, a theater-size box of plain M&M’s, Twizzlers and two Coke products (choice of Coke, Diet Coke or Sprite; Dasani bottled water upon availability).

DAIRY DRIVE-IN: SANS SOUCI FESTIVAL OF DANCE CINEMA (ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE)

June 18–19, 2021
All the World’s a Stage at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder where you’ll see a collection of films featuring exquisite performances and stunning cinematography. It opens with three shorts, two of which won the Audience Choice Awards in 2020. The anchor of the program is a feature-length film that chronicles the making of a one-night-only performance by three local artists performing different ancient art forms and weaving into the fabric of the Colorado community.

FILM ON THE ROCKS DRIVE-IN: ‘INDEPENDENCE DAY’

June 19, 2021
Watch Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum attempt to save the planet from an alien invasion from the comfort of your car in the Lower South parking lot of Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. All tickets include a bag of CityPop Popcorn, a theatre-size box of plain M&M’s, Twizzlers and two Coke products (choice of Coke, Diet Coke or Sprite; Dasani bottled water upon availability).

SHALLOU

June 19, 2021
Enjoy an evening of music during Shallou’s Magical Thinking Tour at The Ogden Theatre.

FILM ON THE ROCKS DRIVE-IN: ‘THE SHINING’

June 20, 2021
It’ll be a night of terror, but you’ll be safe in the comfort of your car in the Lower South parking lot of Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. All tickets include a bag of CityPop Popcorn, a theatre-size box of plain M&M’s, Twizzlers and two Coke products (choice of Coke, Diet Coke or Sprite; Dasani bottled water upon availability).

SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL

May 21–23, May 26–30, June 2–6, June 10–13 and June 16–20, 2021
The Denver Comedy Lounge at Colorado Sake Co. features the best local and national comedy talent with two shows back to back every Friday. Enjoy full-service dining from Denver Sushi House and Colorado Sake!

COMEDY SHOWCASE

Thru June 25, 2021 (Fridays)
The Denver Comedy Lounge at Colorado Sake Co. features the best local and national comedy talent with two shows back to back every Friday. Enjoy full-service dining from Denver Sushi House and Colorado Sake!

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

FUTURE SELF STORAGE

Thru June 19, 2021
The disembodied plaster, clay and fiber figures in Laura Shill’s sculptural installation reach, tumble and spill throughout Leon Gallery, resisting the vessels that try to contain them.

MILE HIGH NATIONAL PASTEL EXHIBITION

May 10–June 25, 2021
This show at the Curtis Center for the Arts in Greenwood Village is a wonderful representation of diverse methods, styles and visions! The medium of pastel is brilliantly luminous in the hands of different artists. Enjoy the bold colors, subtle rendering and expressive mark-making employed in this collection of artworks.

CHANGING LANDSCAPE

May 13–June 26, 2021
On view at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, this collection of photographs from bodies of work by Adriene Hughes, Stephan Jahanshahi and Brad Temkin explores the natural landscape and opens our view to the adaptations of a place.

TENSION & RELEASE

May 15–July 10, 2021
The conflict of tension and release is at the heart of the creative process; the interplay of these opposing elements adds intrigue and energy to the works of art. The six artist’s techniques in this exhibition at Walker Fine Art vary in medium and style, but synonymously address this idea of tension through natural, digital, mental and emotional realms.

RADIANT SEASON: PAINTINGS BY KEVIN SLOAN

Thru July 11, 2021
Sloan’s paintings elevate the often-overlooked plants, animals and discarded objects inhabiting the edges of the urban landscape: thistles, traffic cones, sparrows and the like. See it at Denver Botanic Gardens.

ARTEMESIA PRESENTS: MEETING WITH THE GODDESS

Thru July 18, 2021
Who or what is the Goddess? This show asks the artists directly about their own intimate encounters with the divine feminine within themselves or throughout the world as we know it. See it at Artemesia Galerie.

ENDURING IMPRESSIONS: DEGAS, MONET, PISSARRO, AND THEIR PRINTMAKER GEORGE WILLIAM THORNLEY

Thru July 18, 2021
Impressionism is one of the most well-known movements in the history of art. This unique exhibit at Longmont Museum features original paintings, charcoal illustrations and prints by iconic impressionists like Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro. All three painters produced copious amounts of stunning lithographs in collaboration with printmaker George William Thornley. This exhibition is among the first to examine these remarkable relationships and to showcase the works that emerged from this influential moment in time.

PARIS TO HOLLYWOOD: THE FASHION AND INFLUENCE OF VÉRONIQUE AND GREGORY PECK

Thru July 18, 2021
A selection of haute couture, fashion sketches, photographs, film clips, family snapshots and documents will be exhibited publicly for the first time, providing a unique look into the style of one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples. Through more than four decades of material from the 1950s to the 1990s, the presentation provides an overview of how fashion changed as the roles of women in society evolved in the 20th century. In conjunction with the exhibition, Véronique and Gregory’s daughter, Cecilia Peck Voll, has gifted the Denver Art Museum 20 of her mother’s iconic looks for the museum’s collection.

GREGG DEAL: PYRAMID LAKE PAIUTE

Thru July 31, 2021
What does America mean to a person whose ancestors were insulted in its founding document? Gregg Deal of the Pyramid Lake Paiute leads an Indigenous exploration of what democracy means in Indian Country through his unique, dynamic works at History Colorado Center.

SOMOS

Thru July 31, 2021
Domestic violence is an issue that affects everyone in our community. Museo de las Americas is joining forces with the Latina Safehouse and Art + Color to show a full exhibition about domestic violence, resilience and healing.

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: WORKS FROM THE SBAI

May 29–Aug. 15, 2021
From daffodils to daisies and buttercups to bananas, discover a world of yellow growing all around you through illustrations created by students and faculty of Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration (SBAI).

THE ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION: SELECTIONS FROM THE MOA COLLECTION

Thru Aug. 20, 2021
Founded in 1981, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Museum of Outdoor Arts! To celebrate this milestone anniversary, MOA has acquired a single artwork from several of the exhibitions it has hosted over the years to create an eclectic, one-of-a-kind collection that tells the story of the museum’s past.

EACH/OTHER: MARIE WATT AND CANNUPA HANSKA LUGER

May 23–Aug. 22, 2021
This is the first exhibition to present together the work of Watt and Luger, two leading Indigenous contemporary artists whose processes focus on collaborative artmaking. The exhibition will feature 24 mixed-media sculptures, wall hangings and large-scale installation works, along with a monumental artist-guided community artwork. Although each artist’s practice is rooted in collaboration, they have never before worked together or been exhibited alongside one another in a way that allows audiences to see both the similarities and contrasts in their work. See it at Denver Art Museum.

COLORADO IN THE PRESENT TENSE: NARKITA GOLD, RICK GRIFFITH, NATHAN HALL, AND MAIA RUTH LEE

Thru Aug. 22, 2021
This exhibition of site-specific responses, large-scale projects, photography, sculpture, sonic movements and works that may live beyond the four walls of a museum centers on how artists in Colorado are absorbing, responding to, grappling with and reimagining the upended world in which we presently find ourselves, from COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter, climate change and beyond. See it at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

JAIME CARREJO: WAITING

Thru Aug. 22, 2021
This new installation by the Denver-based artist explores the relationship between confinement and duration. Through a layering of Southwestern symbolism, mid-century design and objects from his own domestic space, Carrejo offers an environment reminiscent of an interior waiting room and exterior courtyard. These settings intend to prompt reflection on various physical and psychological barriers experienced during the pandemic as well as also pose the question of what will come after this extended period of waiting. See it at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

KEITH HARING: GRACE HOUSE MURAL

Thru Aug. 22, 2021
Recently excavated from its original site, this site-specific mural that Haring executed in 1983/84 for those living at Grace House, a Catholic youth center in Manhattan, now exists as a series of 13 panels and additional ephemera, including the original plaque, mailbox and two doors that Haring integrated into his design. See it at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

SALVADOR DALÍ: GARDENS OF THE MIND

Thru Aug. 22, 2021
Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind features two rarely seen series of fanciful color lithographs of flowers and fruits on loan from The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mixing flora with the artist’s signature motifs, these works underscore Dalí’s ongoing infatuation with his native landscape of Catalonia and the intriguing images of his Surrealist works. See it at Denver Botanic Gardens.

BUILDING DENVER: VISIONS OF THE CAPITAL CITY

May 29–Aug. 31, 2021
This exhibition at History Colorado Center shares the many visions for and stories of the growth, urban development and architecture of Denver from 1860 to today. It explores how civic leaders, designers and residents have steadily worked to bring their own visions of Denver to life by engaging the city’s natural landscape, navigating the movement of people across the city and responding to a boom-and-bust economy.

EXPLORATION OF FIVE POINTS

June 1–Sept. 1, 2021
In this exhibition, students and architects from the University of Colorado-Denver will explore the historic neighborhood of Five Points through the lens of the built environment. The project will culminate with a large installation in the atrium and on the front porch of the History Colorado Center and a Museum of Memory project showcasing the human stories and collective memory of this important neighborhood.

ANSEL ADAMS: MASTERWORKS

May 29–Sept. 4, 2021
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is pleased to present 48 works from renowned photographer Ansel Adams.

STONEHENGE: ANCIENT MYSTERIES AND MODERN DISCOVERIES

Thru Sept. 6, 2021
After centuries of speculation, experts are finally starting to understand the mysteries of Stonehenge, thanks to archaeological excavations and advances in scientific techniques. Explore where, when, why, and perhaps most intriguing, how Stonehenge was built. See it at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

SIMPHIWE NDZUBE: ORACLES OF THE PINK UNIVERSE

June 13–Sept. 12, 2021
A genre first conceptualized in Latin America, magical realism infuses reality with elements of the fantastical. In the first U.S. solo museum exhibition for South African contemporary artist Simphiwe Ndzube, Oracles of the Pink Universe presents seven new immersive works exploring the interplay between magical realism and history. See it at Denver Art Museum.

ALL THE COSMOS A CANVAS

Thru Sept. 15, 2021
Drift deep into space and experience the majesty and wonder of our universe purely through images in this contemplative, aesthetic and introspective exhibition at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

NUMBERS IN NATURE: A MIRROR MAZE

June 4–Sept. 19, 2021
This immersive experience at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is hardly by the numbers. It beautifully illustrates how patterns surround us in nature, from the veins in a leaf to the spiral of a nautilus to the spots on a giraffe. Enjoy, fun hands-on activities to spot patterns in music, art, architecture and even your own body.

LOOKING FORWARD/LOOKING BACK

Thru Sept. 19, 2021
Celebrate Historic Denver’s 50th anniversary! Looking Forward/Looking Back relives the early days as Historic Denver began restoring the home of the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown and the beginnings of the Molly Brown House Museum, which for the first time allowed the public to enter Brown’s Denver residence and learn about the mark she left on the world.

STORIES WE TELL: THE COLLECTION TWO WAYS

Thru Oct. 10, 2021
This exhibition digs deep into the Clyfford Still Museum’s vaults to present the collection in two complementary but alternate ways as a means to understand how artworks and their meaning can change based upon curatorial strategy. It begins with a new chronological presentation in the first five galleries. In the remaining four rooms, the artworks are grouped into specific thematic categories regardless of their chronology.

THE CIVIL WAR MONUMENT ‘ON GUARD’

Thru Oct. 15, 2021
This monument stood in front of Colorado’s State Capitol until it was toppled in June 2020 during protests for Black lives. Installed in 1909 to memorialize Colorado’s role in the Civil War, the monument holds multiple meanings for viewers today: a tribute to those who’ve served and sacrificed in the nation’s armed forces, a reminder of atrocities committed against Indigenous peoples, a symbol of white supremacy and injustice, a casualty of destructive lawlessness, and more. Lonnie Bunch, the first African American and first historian to serve as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, said, “What you really want to do is use the statues as teachable moments. Some of these need to go. But others need to be taken into a park, into a museum, into a warehouse, and interpreted for people, because they’re part of our history.” See it at History Colorado Center.

SHIKI DREAMS BY PRISMAJIC

Thru Dec. 19, 2021
Shiki Dreams is the latest immersive adventure from Prismajic, the creators of 2019’s smash hit Natura Obscura. The multi-sensory immersive experience leads guests on a fun and mystical journey of exploration and discovery that combines art and technology in beautiful and amazing ways.

MUSEUM FOR BLACK GIRLS

Thru Dec. 31, 2021
“Black Girl Magic” is more than a buzzword or trend. It’s the essence of Black women. The Museum for Black Girls is a space to celebrate this essence, as well as educate about the journey to their present state and liberation. Finally and most importantly, the museum serves as a love letter to Black women and their experiences. This interactive pop-up gallery features multiple, vibrant exhibits. Visit at 1421 26th Street in Denver.

EARTH ILLUMINATED

Thru Dec. 31, 2021
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 at Denver Pavilions.

FORTY YEARS ON THE ’FAX

Thru Dec. 31, 2021
Take a nostalgic ride down Colfax, with stops at the quirky and memorable places that gave the street its worldwide reputation. See it at History Colorado Center.

BLACK IN DENVER

Thru Mar. 5, 2022
Narkita Gold is a Denver-based artist who’s been honing her skills in digital photography since 2009. Her exhibition, Black in Denver, is a portrait and interview series that takes delves into Black life in Denver. See it at History Colorado Center.

STATE HISTORICAL FUND RETROSPECTIVE

Thru Apr. 30, 2022
This exhibit explores the rich contributions of History Colorado’s State Historical Fund. Through the preservation of the built environment, the SHF has enhanced vibrant communities across the state for more than three decades.

NIGHT LIGHTS DENVER

Night Lights Denver features rotating content designed by local artists and the community and projected on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower every Thursday through Saturday evening.

MUSIC & THEATER

COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: ‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’
June 18–20, June 25–26, July 2–3, July 11, July 14–15, July 18, July 23–24, July 29–30, Aug. 4, Aug. 6–7, Aug. 11–12 and Aug. 15, 2021
Lift your spirits with a summer-long party! In this glam run of Shakespeare’s electric comedy, the paths of four young lovers, some feuding fairies, a mischievous sprite and a troupe of bumbling actors collide. Join them in the forest as enchanting and peculiar schemes unfold across one unforgettable midsummer night. See it at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre in Boulder.

DISTORTIONS MONSTER WORLD

Thru Dec. 31, 2021
Ready to get up close and personal with the things that go bump in the night? Come to Distortions Monster World (if you dare) at Denver Pavilions, 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!

VIRTUAL FUN

TINY TOTS – EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS

Thru July 1, 2021
Your kiddos will delight in the Tiny Tots virtual performances, musical online games and activity books for screen-free fun. They’ll sing, dance and imagine along with the music performed by instruments of the orchestra and special guest artists.

BINH DAHN: C.A.R.S ONLINE

Thru Aug. 25, 2021
The artist-curated C.A.R.S. Online series features past participants in the long-running Critic & Artist Residency Series at Colorado State University. In this virtual exhibition, Binh Danh investigates his Vietnamese heritage and our collective memory of war. His technique incorporates his invention of the chlorophyll printing process, in which photographic images appear embedded in leaves through the action of photosynthesis.

JESS T. DUGAN: C.A.R.S ONLINE

Thru Sept. 30, 2021
The artist-curated C.A.R.S. Online series features past participants in the long-running Critic & Artist Residency Series at Colorado State University. In this virtual exhibition, Jess T. Dugan explores issues of identity through photographic portraiture.

​CMC PRESENTS: BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR

Thru Oct. 24, 2021
Get stoked for the 2021 presentation of the most outrageous, adventure-packed films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Follow along as some of the world’s best adventurers and filmmakers hike tough trails, paddle wild waters and ski steep slopes.

‘UNTIL THE FLOOD’

Thru Apr. 22, 2023
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.

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