Denver events in March 2017 include the always popular St. Patrick's Day parade through downtown, so don't forget to pack something green to wear.
If you love the arts, book tickets to the opera, ballet, or Broadway musical productions of "An American in Paris" and "Kinky Boots." There are also several days throughout the month when you can get into museums such as the Denver Art Museum and Children's Museum for free.
Sports fans have a lot of chances to see home games by the Colorado Avalanche and the Denver Nuggets. Outdoor sports enthusiasts will want to see the thrilling adventure films during the Banff Mountain Film Festival.
Read on for more fun things to do this month in Denver.
Date: March 11, 9:30 a.m.
Location: Downtown Denver
Since the 1960s, more than 200,000 Irish and wannabe Irish have donned their green and headed downtown for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade features marching bands, dancers, floats, and more honoring the Emerald Isle.
It begins in the Coors Field parking lot and ends at 27th Street and Blake Street (renamed Tooley Street for the parade). The parade's ending spot is the best place for families to watch.
If you're coming from out of town, prepare for Denver's unpredictable weather by dressing in layers, and be sure to bring a lot of water so you won't get altitude sickness. This is one of the Denver events in March you will not want to miss!
This month is a great time to be in Denver if you love live theater.
At the Garner Galleria Theatre, you can catch "An Act of God" through March 12. In this comedy by the award-winning David Javerbaum ("The Daily Show"), God itself hilariously sheds light on life's big questions.
Two of the hottest Broadway musicals make stops at The Buell Theatre this month. The Tony-winning "An American in Paris" (March 8 - 19) features Gershwin tunes that tell about life in post-World War II Europe.
"Kinky Boots" (March 21 - 26), with music written by Cyndi Lauper, is a heartwarming story about a drag queen and business owner trying to keep a shoe factory from closing down.
If you love hockey, don't miss your shot to catch an Avalanche game during your time in Denver. Luckily, you'll have many chances to do so, because the team plays nine home games this month on home ice at the Pepsi Center.
March 5: St. Louis Blues
March 7: Carolina Hurricanes
March 9: New Jersey Devils
March 11: Ottawa Senators
March 15: Detroit Red Wings
March 21: St. Louis Blues
March 23: Edmonton Oilers
March 29: Washington Capitals
March 31: St. Louis Blues
Denver is known for its comedy scene and ability to draw some of the biggest acts around. These Denver events in March are no exception.
On March 3 and 4, comedian Chris Rock brings his "Total Blackout" stand-up tour to the Bellco Theatre. You won't want to miss his observational, and often controversial, humor.
If you can't snag tickets, however, there are still plenty of venues where you can catch stand-up acts. Try Backstage at Beryl's, Denver Improv, or either of the Comedy Works locations.
The Pepsi Center features Denver event in March that will be rockin' the downtown district all month long. Four big shows are scheduled.
March 2: The Red Hot Chili Peppers bring their funk rock to the stage with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue opening the show.
March 14: New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi play in support of their new release, "This House Is Not for Sale."
March 17: Panic! at the Disco brings MisterWives & Saint Motel along on their "Death of a Bachelor" tour.
March 19: Immerse yourself in the world of "Game of Thrones" when the television show's composer, Ramin Djawadi, performs a score featuring a full orchestra and choir.
Dates: March 17 - 19
Location: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St.
Planning a home remodel or just looking to make a few improvements around the house? Then head to the Denver Home Show where you can see the newest products and get some inspiring ideas for your home and garden.
Hundreds of exhibitors will be on hand to demonstrate innovative products and offer special savings. You can also get tips from industry experts, including Matt Blashaw of HGTV'S "Yard Crashers" and "Vacation House for Free."
It's one of the biggest Denver events in March.
Dates: March 24 - 26
Location: Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St
The annual Denver March Powwow honors Indian heritage. The big draw are the many different styles of traditional powwow dancing. There's also singing, drumming, dancing contests, and storytelling.
Food vendors will serve up fry bread and other traditional dishes. Also, be sure to check out the arts and authentic Indian-made crafts.
NBA fans visiting the Mile High City can catch the Denver Nuggets in nine home games this month on the hardwoods at Pepsi Center.
Teams they'll face include the 2016 NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings, and Los Angeles Lakers.
Some of the most popular Denver events in March are our annual festivals. In addition to the large Saint Patrick's Day Festival, there are a few others to check out during your stay.
Collaboration Fest (March 25): At this beer festival at the National Western Complex, each beer is created by a team of two or more breweries working together. Your ticket gets you unlimited tastings of these special collaborations from more than 100 brewers. There's also live music and food.
Travelers on a budget can take advantage of Denver's free museum days. On select days each month, some of the area's top attractions waive admission fees. Here are some suggestions.
March 4: Denver Art Museum
March 5: Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys
March 7: Children's Museum of Denver (4 to 8 p.m.) and Denver Botanic Gardens - Chatfield Farms
March 10: Four Mile Historic Park
March 13: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
March 22: Denver Botanic Gardens - York Street
March 28: Molly Brown House
Top Exhibits in March
Denver Art Museum: "'Star Wars' and the Power of Costume" features more than 70 original costumes from the film series. "Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place" showcases works by Latino artists that depict modern life in the American West.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science: "Vikings: Beyond the Legend" (begins March 10) features recent archaeological discoveries and more than 500 Viking treasures from Scandinavia.
If you're a performing arts fan in town March 2 - 4, come see Colorado Opera's production of "As One" at the Pinnacle Charter School.
This opera centers around Hannah, the transgender protagonist, as she grows up in a small town, moves away for college, and travels to Norway.
Dates: March 10 - 12
Location: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St.
This is one of the great family-friendly Denver events in March and perfect for horse lovers and owners. You can attend more than 100 presentations given by clinicians and speakers, visit with vendors and horse exhibitors, ride with experts, view crafts, or buy fine art that celebrates all things equine. There's also a stick horse rodeo where kids can participate in races, obstacle courses, and other competitions.
At the "Mane Event" on Friday and Saturday evening, you'll be entertained by reining freestyle champions, penners, vaulters, and dressage champions. More than 90 horses will perform, including draft and miniature breeds.
Colorado Ballet presents the Hans Christian Andersen classic fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" from March 31 to April 2 at Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
Kids of all ages will love the colorful costumes, entertaining score, and beautiful dancing that depict what life is like under the sea. The narration and lyrics will make it easy for younger children to follow along.
The performance opens with Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1.
Dates: March 2 - 4
Location: The Paramount Theater, 1621 Glenarm Place
One of the best Denver events in March for outdoor adventurers (or arm-chair enthusiasts) is the Banff Mountain Film Festival. The film shorts and documentaries let viewers escape to exotic locales, learn about different cultures, and watch athletes take on daring outdoor adventures.
About 6,000 people are expected to attend the festival, so order tickets early. Proceeds go to the Colorado Mountain Club's conservation and education efforts.
Boulder Strong Ale Fest (March 4): Head to Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder for this annual event featuring ales from craft brewers nationwide.
To be a part of the festival, all beers must be eight-percent ABV or more.
Ticket prices include pours.