Memorial Day weekend in Denver is the official kick-off to summer, in addition to being a wonderful opportunity to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. We have rounded up Denver’s best family-friendly Memorial Day events, performances and outdoor activities. If you want to instill the true meaning of Memorial Day, check out Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops by First Lady Jill Biden and A Day for Rememberin’: Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day.
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Memorial Day Weekend Events
Denver Day of Rock – Amp the Cause
WHEN: May 28, 2022
WHERE: LoDo neighborhood
Denver Day of Rock is a free music festival with four stages of live music in LoDo/downtown Denver. The headliners are Chris Isaak and Lauren Dunn. Also featuring: Augustus, Austin Young Band, Busty and the Bass, Dave Jordan, J & the Causeways, Lola Rising, Mary Louise Lee Band, Pimps of Joytime, Pine Leaf Boys, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, the Green House Band, the Stone Foxes and Trevor Michael. The event unites the community through music and family-friendly entertainment while also raising funds to help Amp the Cause, which supports local nonprofits. ampthecause.org/our-events/denver-day-of-rock
Denver Arts Festival
WHEN: May 28–29, 2022
WHERE: Central Park’s Conservatory Green
The Denver Arts Festival is a fine art and fine crafts festival that supports Colorado artists while also showcasing a select group of national artists. The fine art and fine craft exhibition features some of Colorado’s and the nation’s best artists, with more than 50,000 people expected to attend. denverartsfestival.com/
Boulder Creek Festival
WHEN: May 28–30, 2022
WHERE: Boulder Central Park and Civic Center, Boulder
Enjoy live music at the bandshell, a marketplace full of local vendors, delicious food trucks, refreshing bar stands and the Creekside Beer Fest. This summer bash brings the community together with three days and nights of fun festivities. Located between Arapahoe and Canyon Road, this anticipated occasion is free for all ages to attend and enjoy. bouldercreekfest.com
Old South Gaylord Memorial Day Weekend Festival
WHEN: May 29-30, 2022
WHERE: South Gaylord Street
The South Gaylord Street Festival Series invites you to participate in their Annual Memorial Weekend Festival with food booths, arts and crafts, food, family and crafts. oldsouthgaylord.com/
Memorial Day Painting
WHEN: May 30, 2022
WHERE: Painting with a Twist
Pick a Memorial Day-themed painting, invite your friends, and enjoy step-by-step instruction with their experienced and enthusiastic local artists. paintingwithatwist.com/
Memorial Day Flowers Tribute
WHEN: May 30, 2022
A Flower on Every Grave 2022 – hosted by COL (Ret) Mikel Burroughs, Bella Burroughs, Wanda Burroughs, Victory For Veterans, and Memorial Day Flowers Tribute! This event for the entire family celebrates and honors our veterans for the true meaning of Memorial Day and to help reduce veteran suicides. facebook.com/events/538874280709578Applebee’s Memorial Day Car Show
WHEN: May 30, 2022
WHERE: Applebee’s Grill + Bar, 10625 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO
Family Outdoor Activities in Denver
We have rounded up our favorite hikes for moms with new babies, the best Denver hikes for moms who are in shape and carrying baby, and best Denver hikes for toddlers. https://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2021/03/22/denvers-best-hikes-for-families/
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!
Beat the heat, relax in the park’s beautifully landscaped 64 acres — and ride some serious waterslides. Water World is opening on May 28 for the 2022 season, just in time for Memorial Day weekend fun!
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater
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.
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.
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.
Spring Tours at Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary
A tour of Erie-based Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary is much more than a fun day spent getting to know our amazing family of rescued animals. In fact, it is nearly impossible to leave without developing a deeper understanding of the unique personalities and complex emotional lives that all animals lead.
Denver’s thought-provoking street art scene also serves an educational purpose and is a fantastic way to explore the Mile High City with your kids. https://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2021/09/28/your-guide-to-denvers-best-street-art-for-families/
Art & Museum Exhibitions
Skyward: Breakthroughs in Flight
WHEN: Thru June 15, 2022
WHERE: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
Opening in congruence with the anniversary of the Wright brothers’ historic flight, Skyward: Breakthroughs in Flight highlights extraordinary aerospace milestones and the people who made them happen by featuring one-of-a-kind artifacts from Wings’ own collection. Featured artifacts include Wright Flyer fabric that went to the moon with Neil Armstrong, an American flag signed by Charles Lindbergh, fabric from the Lockheed Vega that Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Atlantic and more! These artifacts help tell the story of each great moment in flight as well as the people that shaped the course of human history and enabled the next generation of aviators to fly higher, faster and farther. wingsmuseum.org/portfolio/skyward/
Culture of Hair
WHEN: May 12–June 25, 2022
WHERE: Colorado Photographic Arts Center
Hair is a fundamental part of the human body that is fraught with expectations about beauty, identity, age, gender and race. Culture of Hair brings together a diverse group of five women artists whose photographic work explores the multifaceted meanings of hair to gain more understanding on a subject that is at once universal and distinctive. cpacphoto.org/culture-of-hair/
Immersive Van Gogh
WHEN: Thru July 4, 2022
WHERE: Lighthouse Denver
Renowned for transforming venues into unforgettable art experiences, the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit strives to highlight the unique architecture of its spaces while integrating influences from its history and community. Get ready to be transported the second you step inside! denvervangogh.com
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.
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. jurassicworldexhibition.com/plan-visit-denver
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 Seuss-tacular 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. experienceseuss.com
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 onboard the rescue ship. https://mollybrown.org/titanic/heroine-for-kim-2/
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