All the Best Things to Do in Denver
Event Calendars, Concerts, and Other Fun Things to Do!
Denver has 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.
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!
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Things to Do in Denver Each Month
If this is your first visit to Denver (or your second or third!), you will love the variety of activities available each month. The top Denver Entertainment scheduled each month will be found on the pages below.
Each page includes events, tours, festivals, and more.
Monthly Event Calendars
If your plans are already set, and you want to see what annual events are scheduled during your visit, 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.
Denver Concert Calendars
Finding the best shows with dozens of weekly concerts can be hard. 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.
Theater Shows & Broadway Hits
I’m always amazed at the level of theater productions Denver attracts each year. No need to go to New York, as you can see all of the top Broadway shows here!
The theater is one of the best Denver entertainment options since you can see 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 check out my theater calendar for a list of performances during your stay.
More Performing Arts
In addition to the theater, you can 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 attend one of their opening night dinners or enjoy their Fall Gala. Click here to learn more about the Opera in Denver.
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).
Since we have so many teams, you will find this Denver entertainment option all year. During most months, you will find that at least two or three teams will be in action at home.
Denver Comedy Shows, Improv, and Comedians
Another popular form of Denver entertainment is laughing 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.
Holiday Events and Things to Do
Check out my holiday insider’s guides if you want Denver entertainment during the holidays.
They will give you everything you need for the perfect holiday or weekend visit.
Where to Stay
If your Denver entertainment schedule keeps you here overnight, 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.
Denver Best Tours
You will find several great guided tours if you want to learn more about Denver.
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 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 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 Denver food-tasting tours.
Denver Breweries: Tours & Sampling
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.”
You can step inside for a nice cold brew any day of the week at many of the breweries. Several 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 to meet some of the brewmasters making these tasty creations.
A visit to Denver would not be complete without enjoying some time shopping. You will find several large indoor malls 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.
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 local galleries, and attend one of Boulder’s many annual festivals.
Colorado Springs is just over an hour south. You will find many outdoor activities here, 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.