Denver events in January 2017 include several outdoor winter festivals as well as popular annual indoor events at the convention center.
To get a taste of Colorado's Western traditions, check out the annual National Western Stock Show & Rodeo and Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
Big events such as the boat and RV shows, sportsmen's expo, and bridal show are also big draws.
Take part in festivities honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including the country's largest march and rally.
Be sure to get out of the city to see Colorado's mountain towns and visit their one-of-a-kind outdoor wintertime festivals.
Denver events in January on New Year's Day include shopping along the 16th Street Mall, a visit to the Downtown Aquarium, or a stroll through the Zoo. You will also find a handful of restaurants open, as well as a few local sports bars with college football games on all day long.
You will also find some concerts, theater performances, and other fun nighttime activities.
If you're a hockey fan visiting Denver in January, be sure to check out a Colorado Avalanche game. The team plays six home games this month at the Pepsi Center downtown. Here's the lineup:
Jan. 6: New York Islanders
Jan. 12: Anaheim Ducks
Jan. 14: Nashville Predators
Jan. 17: Chicago Blackhawks
Jan. 23: San Jose Sharks
Jan. 25: Vancouver Canucks
Date: Jan. 7 - 22
Location: National Western Stock Show, 4655 Humboldt St.
Since 1906, Colorado has celebrated its Western traditions at the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo. This is one of the top Denver events in January and here you'll see horse shows, more than 20 cattle breeds, animal exhibitions, and more than two dozen rodeos featuring some of the world's best bull riders.
At high noon on Jan. 5, the 15-day event kicks off during a parade starting at Union Station. The streets of downtown Denver will be filled with a procession of Longhorn cattle, horses, tractors, floats, bands, and of course, cowboys and cowgirls.
Check the stock show's website for hotels offering deals for out-of-town guests.
"Fun Home" (Jan. 10 - 22)
The highly-anticipated Broadway musical "Fun Home" comes to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in January.
This five-time Tony winner, including Best Musical, is based on Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir about growing up in the family's funeral parlor.
The groundbreaking production explores Bechdel's relationship with her dysfunctional family, particularly her enigmatic and volatile father.
In addition to Fun Home, other Denver events in January on stage include Finding Neverland, An Act of God, and The Christians.
If you're in town for New Year's, kick off 2017 with the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. The 2016 champs take on the Oakland Raiders on New Year's Day at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
If you can't snag tickets, celebrate the new year and cheer on the team at a El Patron Sports Bar or Brooklyn's, a couple of fun sports bars near the stadium.
Denver has one of the country's best comedy scenes, so if you love stand-up, you're in the right place. The city attracts nationally known headliners to its famous comedy clubs as well as other top venues around town.
Two top Denver events in January include comedy heavyweights: award-winning comedians Louis C.K. and Kathy Griffin, who's currently on tour promoting her new book.
Denver has a lot of great venues to see live music. One of them, The Ogden Theatre, features two can't-miss acts this month.
California band Reel Big Fish brings its ska punk music to The Ogden on Jan. 4.
The Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers pull into The Ogden for a two-night stand on Jan. 13 and 14.
Some of the biggest Denver events in January are at the Colorado Convention Center downtown. Here are some of the largest ones.
Denver Boat Show (Jan. 6 - 8): Thinking about buying a boat? Then cruise down to the Colorado Convention Center for the boat show. You'll find representatives from boat dealers, repair shops, canvas shops, marinas, and gear shops ready to answer all your questions about boating.
Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering (Jan. 19 - 22): If the Wild West lifestyle interests you, check out this unique event at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden. Cowboys and cowgirls will sing, recite poetry, and tell stories about life in the American West.
Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show (Jan. 5 - 7): Road warriors will want to see the new 2017 model motor homes, trailers, fifth-wheels, and campers at the largest RV show in the Rockies. The Colorado Convention Center will showcase more than 300 RVs as well as accessories and gear.
International Sportsmen's Expo (Jan. 12 - 15): Fishers, hunters, and outdoor lovers can check out more than 500 exhibitors and attend seminars and expert-led clinics at the Colorado Convention Center. Bring the kids — they'll love the huge youth activity center.
Colorado Bridal Show (Jan. 8 at The Curtis Hotel Downtown and Jan. 29 at Hyatt Regency Tech Center): Did you get engaged over the holidays? Then you won't want to miss this boutique bridal show where you can get wedding ideas and meet vendors who can help make your special day a dream come true.
Date: Jan. 16
Location: City Park, East 22nd Avenue and Colorado Boulevard
The Martin Luther King "Marade" (a merger of "march" and "parade") is the country's largest march and rally in honor of the civil rights activist's birth.
This one-of-a-kind celebration begins at 10:45 a.m. at City Park, but get there early for a good spot. The 5K march ends at Civic Center Park and is followed by a special program at the Greek Theater.
Some of Denver's top attractions offer regularly scheduled "free" days. Make note of these dates when entrance fees are waived at the following museums.
Jan. 3: Children's Museum of Denver (4 to 8 p.m.)
Jan. 7: Denver Art Museum
Jan. 22: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Jan. 27: Clyfford Still Museum (art museum showcasing the work of the abstract expressionist)
Top Exhibits in January
Denver Art Museum: "Star Wars and the Power of Costume" showcases more than 70 costumes worn in the film series.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science: "Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs" features mummies from Egypt and Peru.
Head to the Pepsi Center for some fast-paced hoops. In January, the NBA's Denver Nuggets have six home games. You can see them take on the Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Orlando Magic, L.A. Clippers, Utah Jazz, and Phoenix Suns.
Don't miss out on these fun Denver events in January!
Dates: All month
Location: Skyline Park, Arapahoe Street at 16th Street
One of the best Denver events in January for the entire family is ice skating. Everyday in January, you and your family can skate all day at the Southwest Rink in downtown Denver's Skyline Park.
Ice skating is free if you bring your own skates; otherwise, skate rental is $2.
Some of the best Denver events in January happen at Boettcher Concert Hall, home of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. If you're in town this month, come hear wonderful music performed by one of Denver's treasured organizations.
Programs in January include both traditional and modern — from Beethoven's Ninth to Harry Potter tributes. There's also a concert in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Jan. 10.
Some of the best Denver events in January are just a short drive away in our gorgeous mountain towns. Here are a few of the most popular options this month.
International Snow Sculpture Championships (Jan. 24 - 31): Bundle up and head to Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge to see international snow artists compete in this fun contest. You'll learn about the snow-sculpting process and get to vote for your favorite sculpture. Beautiful ice carvings will also be on display.
Ullr Fest (Jan. 11 - 14): Also in Breckenridge this month is the annual Ullr Fest, a snow lovers' fun paradise named after the Norse God of Winter. You'll see skiers wearing Viking hats, the Ullympics featuring a frying-pan toss, ski jumpers, and mobile hot tubs. Events include a parade, bonfire, hangover breakfast, ice plunge, and comedy night.
Cirque du Soleil (Jan. 18 - 22): Always a spectacular show, Cirque du Soleil brings its new production, "OVO," to the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs this month. "OVO" (Portuguese for "egg") reproduces a grand ecosystem of insects and details their daily lives. See how the insects react to a mysterious egg appearing in their ecosystem and watch in awe at the beautiful acrobatic acts performed by international performing artists.
Wintersköl at Aspen (Jan. 12 - 15): This annual event in the ski town of Aspen features an eclectic variety of activities. You'll find snow-sculpturing and soup-making competitions, ice skating, shopping night, kids' night, food, lectures, live music, films, theater, and much more.
Winter Craft Beer Festival (Date TBD): Come to Boulder for some tasty brews. This indoor festival features dozens of breweries from Boulder County as well as food, games, and live music. Tickets required.
Estes Park Winter Festival (Jan. 14 and 15): Estes Park, in the heart of the Rockies, hosts this family-friendly festival that includes local wine and beer tastings, chili cook-offs, live music, kids' activities, a climbing wall, historical reenactors, and snowshoeing.
Chocolate Village at Keystone (through Jan. 8): Chocolate lovers will want to visit this village made out of chocolate that's on display at the Keystone Lodge and Spa – Lakeside Village. The miniature alpine village is handcrafted from 7,000 pounds of chocolate. You'll see a chocolate gondola, waterfall, and six-foot Christmas tree. The display is free and open 24 hours a day.