Denver Entertainment Guide

Denver Entertainment includes a variety of concerts, festivals, and annual events. On this page, you will also find details on the best tours, things to do by month, and theater performances.

Denver Entertainment

In addition, you will find the best nightlife, when the local sports teams are playing, and what to do just beyond the Mile High City.

Read on for tips on planning your best visit ever!

Things to Do by Month

Denver Tours

If this is your first visit to Denver (or your second or third!), you will love the variety of activities available each month.

On the pages below, you will find the top Denver Entertainment scheduled each month. It includes events, tours, festivals, and more.

May | June | July | August

September | October  | November | December

Denver Entertainment: Event Calendars

Cherry Creek Blossom Festival

If your plans are already set and you are looking to see what annual events are scheduled during your visit, then click the links below. Each one has dates and times for that month's biggest events. I also recommend bookmarking these pages as I continually add new events when they are scheduled.

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August 

September | October | November | December

Concert Calendars

With dozens of concerts each week, it can be hard to find the best shows. To help you out, I created monthly concert calendars. They include performances at both indoor and outdoor venues. Click the links for a full concert calendar for that month.

 January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August

September | October | November | December

Denver Festival Calendars

July Festivals

Denver is well known for the amazing number of festivals. They include a selection of beer, wine, cultural, and food festivals. 

You will find most of the top outdoor festivals between May and September, when the weather is a little warmer. However, you will also find some fun, large indoor festivals during the colder months. Click the links below for a full schedule of festivals each month.

MayJuneJuly | August | September | October

Holiday Events and Things to Do

Fireworks in Denver

If you are looking for Denver entertainment during the holidays, then check out my holiday insider's guides. 

They will give you everything you need for the perfect holiday or holiday weekend visit.

 Valentine's DayMother's Day | Memorial Day | Father's Day | Fourth of July 

Labor Day Weekend | Halloween | Thanksgiving | Christmas Eve & Day | NYE

Where to Stay

If your Denver entertainment schedule keeps you here overnight, then you will be excited by the selection of places to stay. You will find everything from high-end hotels to budget friendly gems. Click the links below to find my recommendations in each category.

Theater Shows & Broadway Hits

Finding Neverland

I'm always amazed at the level of theater productions Denver attracts each year. There is no need to go to New York, as you can see all of the top Broadway shows here!

Theater is one of the best Denver entertainment options as you can see both large and small productions. Broadway shows that have played here include The Lion King, Disney's The Beauty and the Beast, and Finding Neverland.

There are shows all year long, so make sure to check out my theater calendar for a list of performances during your stay.

>> Click here to check out my theater performance calendar

More Performing Arts

Denver Ballet

In addition to the theater, you can also enjoy Denver entertainment by the Colorado Ballet, the Colorado Symphony, and Opera Colorado.

The Colorado Ballet offers four to five performances each year. Their season starts in September and runs through April. Their most popular performance, The Nutcracker, starts in late November and runs through late December. Find out more about the Colorado Ballet here.

The Colorado Symphony performs from September to May. They also have several summer performances each year. Their shows include everything from movie scores to the classics such as Beethoven and Bach. Click here for this year's schedule.

Opera Colorado has three to four performances a year. In addition to their annual shows, you can also attend one of their opening night dinners or enjoy their Fall Gala. Click here to learn more about the Opera in Denver.

Sporting Events

Denver Broncos

Denver is home to seven major sporting teams. The top four include the Denver Broncos (football), the Colorado Rockies (baseball), the Colorado Avalanche (hockey) and the Denver Nuggets (basketball).

In addition, Denver is also home to the Colorado Rapids (soccer), the Denver Outlaws (outdoor lacrosse), and the Colorado Mammoth (indoor lacrosse). 

Since we have so many teams, you will find this Denver entertainment option all year long. During most months, you will find that at least two or three teams will be in action at home.

>> Find additional details on Denver sports teams and who is playing each month

Denver Comedy Shows, Improv & Comedians

Comedy Works

Another popular form of Denver entertainment is to laugh all night long at one of the local comedy shows. In addition to shows, the city also brings in a variety of well-known comedians. 

You will find a show almost every night. Most are at the local comedy clubs all around town. Some of the biggest comedians also play at places such as the Pepsi Center or the Paramount Theater.

>> Find a full list of places to see comedy during your visit

Denver's Best Tours

Foothills

If you want to learn more about Denver, you will find several great guided tours. You can explore the city by bus, on a bike, or on foot. Many tours in Denver run all year long. Click here to learn more about the best tours of the city.

In the summer, you will also find some wonderful tours that take you to popular places nearby including the foothills, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Garden of the Gods. You can also go zip lining or hiking during your stay.

In the winter, you will find tours that will take you skiing or exploring on the snowy mountain tops. 

If you love wine, make sure to sample some local wines during your stay. You will find my recommendations for eight of the best options. They include by guided and individual winery tour options. Click here to check them out today.

Denver is also becoming known as a great place for foodies. You can walk around sampling on your own or join one of these 10 fun food tasting tours.

Denver Breweries: Tours & Sampling

Beer in Denver

Your Denver entertainment schedule should also include a stop at some of the city's best breweries. The Mile High City's beer scene is so exciting that it's been dubbed "the Napa Valley of beer."

At many of the breweries, you can step inside for a nice cold brew any day of the week. Several of them also offer tours where you can take a closer look at how they produce their beers.

In addition, many tour companies are getting into the game and offering brewery tours. On these tours, you will stop by several breweries in one day to sample their locally made brews and take a step inside their production facilities. You will also get the chance to meet some of the brewmasters that make these tasty creations.

>> Find my 12 favorite brewery tours in and around Denver

Shopping

Denver shopping

A visit to Denver would not be complete without enjoying some time shopping. You will find several large indoor malls all around Denver and the surrounding areas.

You will also love our outdoor shopping areas. Places like the 16th Mall, Cherry Creek North, and Larimer Square are lovely places to shop on those sunny, beautiful Denver days.

>> Find a list of my favorite places to shop in Denver

Beyond Denver

Skiing Generic

You will find so many great Denver entertainment options. In addition, you will love the options just outside of the Mile High City.

Boulder is just a quick 30 to 35-minute drive away. Here you can explore Pearl Street, enjoy some of the local galleries, and attend one of Boulder's many annual festivals.

Colorado Springs is just over an hour south. Here you will find many outdoor activities such as exploring the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, Red Rocks Canyon Open Space, or Cheyenne Mountain State Park. You can also savor local flavors at one of their highly rated restaurants or spend the night at the luxurious Broadmoor.

Skiing is another popular Denver entertainment option. Many ski resorts are within one to three hours of Denver including Keystone, Aspen, and Vail.

Other Things to Do in Denver

State Capitol Tours | Denver Zoo | Denver Mint

Denver Art Museums


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