Denver Events in April 2017

Denver events in April 2017 includes Colorado Rockies baseball, Mamma Mia! at the Buell, and the Denver Auto Show. Other highlights this month include comedy shows, festivals, and both indoor and outdoor concerts.

Easter is also in April this year and you will find plenty of things to do all around town. The biggest event is the sunrise service at Red Rocks. In addition, you will find several places to hunt Easter eggs and enjoy a meal at one of our wonderful restaurants.

Read on for additional information on the best things to do in Denver in April.

Denver events in April

Colorado Rockies Baseball

Colorado Rockies

One of the Denver events in April that is a must see is a baseball game at Coors Field. It is the start of the MLB season and is always a fun time for everyone including kids and adults.

April usually has about 10-15 home games so you will have many chances to see the local team play in this gorgeous stadium that also affords views of the Rocky Mountains. The schedule changes every year, but some of the teams you might see include the L. A. Dodgers, The New York Yankees, The Boston Red Sox and others.

Make sure you don't miss the row of purple seats near the top of the stadium. They are located exactly one mile high!

>> Details on this year's Colorado Rockies games

Theater in April

Mamma Mia!

If you aren't a baseball fan but want to see some of the other Denver events in April, you have a lot of choices since there are many amazing theater shows.

One of these is one of Broadway's biggest musical hits, Disney's "Aladdin" will be coming to Denver starting April 6th and runs through April 28th.  Based on the world famous 1992 movie of the same name, you get to follow along as our young prince, Aladdin, is helped by a genie while the terrible Jafar tries to stop him as he falls in love with the wonderful Princess Jasmine. There are three songs specifically written for this live performance that were not in the original movie.

There are a number of other performances,  like "Native Gardens", or even one day shows, so make sure to check out the selection and order in advance!

>> Find this month's full theater calendar

Comedy Shows

Comedy in Denver

If you are looking for a laugh or two, make sure to check out some of the comedy shows during the month of April.

One of the all time great comedians, Lewis Black, stops in the Mile High City this month. Known for his cantankerous attitude, and appearances on The Daily Show, Mr. Black is sure to make you laugh at his antics and political opinions. This one day performance is at the Paramount Theatre on April 20th. This will most likely sell out quickly so plan ahead.

Another big name comedian, Jeff Dunham, will be coming through Denver with his cavalcade of puppets each with their own zany personalities. Probably the most well known comedic ventriloquist at this time, he will be performing on April 4th at the 1st Bank Center.

Some of the other headliners coming through Denver during the month of April include John Heffron, Bobby Lee, Bryan Callen, Bob Marley and others so make sure to click the link below and get ready to laugh the night away.


>> More details on the comedy shows this month in Denver

Easter Activities

Easter in Denver

This year, Easter in on Sunday, April 1st. All weekend long, you will find numerous activities to help you celebrate.

The annual sunrise service at Red Rocks in Morrison starts at 6am. Doors open at 4:30am, so make sure to head up early to grab your seat. This is a very popular event and something everyone should experience at least once if you are in the Mile High City.

You can also enjoy several Easter egg hunts, running races, and places to grab a brunch, lunch, or dinner.

>> More things to do this Easter

Concerts & Live Music

Pepsi Center

There are many Denver events in April to chose from but some of my favorites are the concerts and live music. Luckily, lots of big name stars, and also numerous local favorites, come through the Mile High City every year and this April is no exception.

Some of the more famous bands include Nightwish, all the way from Finland on their word tour at the Paramount Theatre on April 3rd. British rockers, The Darkness play in the gorgeous Gothic Theatre in Englewood on the 7th. Bela Fleck, who has been nominated for more Grammy awards than anyone else, performs his concerto for banjo and Orchestra on both the 13th and 14th of April at the Denver Performing Arts Center.

There are also many not as well known bands playing around Denver that you should see before they are famous!

>> See a calendar of all top concerts and live music shows this month

Denver Auto Show

Denver Auto Show

The Denver Auto Show is both a local and an international favorite. Presented in Denver every April, this event gives you five whole days to check out the newest, raddest, and more stylish cars from all over the world. This year's event is from April 4th - 8th, 2018.

Whether you like electric cars, hybrids or just good ol' American muscle cars, this is the place for you and your family. You'll see all the latest models and also get a glimpse into the future of automobile engineering and design.

It is conveniently located right downtown at the Colorado Convention Center which means you can even take mass transit and avoid the traffic!

Elitch Gardens Opening Day

Elitch Gardens

Being that is it is opening day, Elitch Gardens is always one of the funnest Denver events in April! Opening weekend is Saturday, the 28th and Sunday, the 29th this year. 

Elitch Gardens is famous for being one of the best Theme and Water Parks anywhere in the USA. There are roller coaster rides, water rides, games and even concerts. 

If you and your kids get hungry, there are all kinds of different concessions to choose from and lots of friendly staff to help you with everything you need to have a great opening day! Make sure to buy your tickets online as they are only $39.99 in advance but cost $59.99 if you buy them at the main gate! Tickets are $34.99 for children (less than 48 inches tall) whether you buy them online or at the gate. If you plan to go more than once, make sure to check into the season passes as they are a great deal!

April Festivals

Rodeo All Star

It may still be a little chilly in the Mile High City but that doesn't stop anyone from these festivals and outdoor fun. Here are just some of the top festivals in Denver this April.

Queenz of Hip-Hop (TBD): This three day event, with the best of local female djs, is always a great time for all. Showcasing the best djs around, you will love the beats and get up on your feet and dance the night away. This musical event is at City Hall at 1144 Broadway in Denver.

Rodeo All-Star (April 13th - 14th): With three different rodeo performances, some of the best rodeo riders in the world, a fashion show, and a mechanical bull, I can't think of a better way is there to spend a weekend that at the Rodeo All-Star in Denver. Come watch and see who gets to be crowned the All-Star Champion!

NaturalTango Festival (April 26th - April 29th): If you are a tango dancer, or even just love to watch tango, you do not want to miss the LAST NaturalTango Festival this year. Many of the greatest tango dancers, and teachers, will be here and you can watch performances and take lessons if you want to learn from the best. There are two different locations, the Mercury Cafe and La Rumba, so make sure to check in advance to find the right location for this event.

Make sure to check the link below to find more festivals in Denver and the surrounding areas.

Free Museum Days in April 2017

Botanic Garden

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:

April 3rd: Children's Museum of Denver (Free First Tuesday Night of every month from 4 pm to 8 pm)

April 6th: Four Mile Historic Park (Free First Friday of every month)

April 7th: Denver Art Museum (Free First Saturday of every month)

April 7th: Denver Museum of Nature & Science (Free First Saturday of every month)

April 27th: Clyfford Still Museum: An art museum showcasing the work of the abstract expressionist. (Last Friday of every month) 

TBD: Botanic Garden - York Street

TBD: Botanic Garden - Chatfield Farms & the Children's Museum of Denver from 4pm to 8pm (Tuesday)

TBD: Denver Museum of Nature & Science for Earth Day 

TBD: Denver Museum of Nature & Science for Dia del Nino

Denver Nuggets Basketball

Denver Nuggets

Denver is know as a serious sport city and the local NBA basketball team, the Denver Nuggets, is a fan favorite. As you can probably tell by the name, the Nuggets were named after the famous Gold Rush era in the Rockies Mountains.

Even though the team has yet to win an NBA Championship, it has a long history of winning conference and division championships. Some of the Nuggets' players are in the NBA Hall of Fame as are some of their coaches. The team always plays their opponents tough and the high altitude location makes it especially difficult on visiting teams. This month features the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Portland Trailblazers.

>> More about attending a game at the Pepsi Center

Denver Events in April: Xicanindie Film Festival

Xicanindie Film Fest

One of the most cultural of the Denver events in April is the XicanIndie Film Festival. This festival brings together some of the best Latin indie films from around the world. Being that many are shorts that last only a few minutes, you will have a lot to choose from and enjoy. If you want longer films, there are also full length Hollywood feature films.

You will also be able to see, and hear, actors, screenwriters and directors talk about their films and what inspired them to make these masterpieces. 

The XicanIndie Film Festival runs for four days, from April 5th to April 9th and is a must see during the month of April.

Beyond Denver

Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival

There are so many Denver events in April, you don't really even need to leave the city. However, since there are so many other amazing choices just outside the city, you might want to try them also.

Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival (April 8th) :This festival is situated on the beautiful Pearl Street in Boulder, CO. This event allows people to dress up as Elves and Fairies as they welcome in the Spring. There are over 15,000 tulips scattered around Pearl Street mall as well as actors, musicians and shows for kids of all ages.

The Taste of Pearl (TBD): The Taste of Pearl is also located in the gorgeous city of Boulder. This food fest is from 2-6 pm, starting at Pearl Street. Taste food, and wine, until you are full at this amazing event.

Interweave Yarn Festival (April 12th - 15th): If you love to weave, or want to see some of the best weavings, knittings, crochets, and the Interweave Yarn Festival is definitely a stop you want to outside of Denver in the city of Loveland. The festival also has a marketplace if you want to buy yarn or pieces of art made by others.


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