Denver Events in April 2020

Festivals, Shows, Concerts, Sports & More

Denver events in April 2020 includes Colorado Rockies baseball, MEAN GIRLS 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

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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.

This year, you will find 13 home games so you will have many chances to see the local team play in this gorgeous stadium that also affords amazing views of the Rocky Mountains. This month they play host to the San Diego Padres, the Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, and the 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! Even if you don't sit there, you will want to take a photo and share it with others.

>> Details on this year's Colorado Rockies games

Theater in April

Mean Girls

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.

If you are fans of the comedy of Tina Fey, the music of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the songs from Legally Blonde and the hilarious musical The Book of Mormon, then MEAN GIRLS is the show for you and your kids!

Our lovable hero, Cady Heron, grew up on the African savanna but has moved to the USA as a teen. She hopes she'll fit right in here in suburban Illinois, but she is in for a surprise. 

She becomes "friends" with three other girls, including the powerful Regina George, and learns the rules of being a teen. Sometimes these adventures go well for Cady, sometimes not as much, as Regina sometimes is more of a beast than any lion she's ever met back in Africa. This show is appropriate for ages 10 and up.

There are a number of other lesser known incredible performances including Until The Flood and Dixie's NEVER Wear A TUBE TOP While RIDING a mechanical BULL during the month of April. There are also one day only 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, Jim Gaffigan, stops in the Mile High City this month. He is known for his ability to make fun of himself, and others, at the same time. His jokes about his life, his family, the USA and the world in general will keep you laughing all night long. If you are in Denver this month, you are in for a treat as he will be doing two shows Friday, April 17 at 7 pm and 9:30 pm at the Bellco Theater. Both shows will likely sell out quickly so buy your tickets as soon as possible.

Another big name comedian, Lewis Black, will be coming through Denver this April. Not only is he a great stand-up comedian, he has been an actor for much of his life and became well know as an ongoing guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. You've probably seen him ranting and raving, with his glasses about to fall off, on other shows and movies as well. He will be performing for two nights, Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th, at the Paramount Theatre.

Some of the other headliners coming through Denver during the month of April include Nikki Glaser, Letterkenny Live, and Jo Koy.

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

Hotel Recommendations

You will find a lot of great places to stay in Denver. Here are some of my top recommendations.

Downtown Denver | Near the Convention Center | Near the Pepsi Center | Airport Hotels

You will also find a great selection on Booking.com and through TripAdvisor. Click the links to learn more about each one.

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Easter Activities

Easter in Denver

This year, Easter in on Sunday, April 12th. You will be sure to find many events during this weekend as you celebrate as you enjoy our chocolate bunny candies!

The annual sunrise service at Red Rocks in Morrison starts at 6 a.m. However, the doors open at 4:30 a.m., 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 choose 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.

The month of April starts off with a bang as the amazing Billie Eilish opens at the Pepsi Center on the 1st. Although she is only 18 years old, she has made a name for herself as both a singer and a songwriter. She first became known for her debut song, "Ocean Eyes" and continues to build on her talents each day. Kids and parents alike will love this show.

Some of the more famous artists include the incredible songwriter, singer, and musician, Thom Yorke. He first became famous as the original members of Radiohead and has continued to enthrall audiences as a solo artist. He will be performing at The Mission Ballroom for one night only, so make sure to get your tickets soon.

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

Elitch Gardens Opening Day

Elitch Gardens

Being that is it is opening day, Elitch Gardens is always one of the most fun Denver events in April! 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. 

This fun-filled family park's opening weekend starts on Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th this year. Saturday's hours are from 10:30 am to 8 pm. Sunday's hours are a littler shorter as they still open at 10:30 am but close at 6 pm. 

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 $41.99 in advance but cost $61.99 if you buy them at the main gate! Children under 2 are free with an accompanying adult.

Note: If you plan to go more than once during your trip, or you are coming to Denver more than once this year, make sure to check into the season passes as they are a great deal!

>> Find out more about Elitch Gardens

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.

Denver Art Museum (DAM) Uncorked Reserve 2020 (TBD): This amazing annual wine and food event is one of most delicious of all the Denver events in April. There are two parts to this event with the first being a world class wine tasting and silent auction. The night then continues with a 4-course meal with the best wines of Napa, California.

Rodeo All-Star (Saturday, April 17th - Sunday, 18th): 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!

Belgian Brew Fest 2019 (Friday, April 24th): This brew festival is a favorite among both locals and visitors to the Mile High City. Everyone knows that Denver is home to some of the best breweries anywhere, and this is a great way to celebrate 10 of them all in one day. You will have unlimited pours from any of them and enjoy live music, numerous food trucks for when you get hungry, and vendors so you can purchase all your beer related items. Designated drivers are free.

Free Museum Days in April 2020

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.

This April in Denver, you can visit the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Science and Nature, and the Children's Museum for free. Others with free days this month include both locations of the Botanic Gardens, Clyfford Still, and Four Mile Historic Park.

>> Find more details on my free day calendar

Denver Nuggets Basketball

Denver Nuggets

Denver is known 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, such as Alex English, Dikembe Mutombo, and others are in the NBA Hall of Fame. This is also true of 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 concludes the regular season and features games against the Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

>> More about attending a game at the Pepsi Center

Denver Events in April: Xicanindie Film Fest

Xicanindie Film Fest

Dates: TBD

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 Thursday until Sunday, 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 other amazing choices just outside the city, I've given you just a few of them to check out.

Taste of Vail (Wednesday, April 1st to Saturday, April 4th): Take a gorgeous two-hour drive from Denver to Vail and experience the best wine, food and views of the Rocky Mountains anywhere. With more than 30 of the city's best chefs, and over 50 of the finest wineries from around the country, you know that you will have an experience unlike any other. 

Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival (TBD):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. This fun and magical festival runs from 1 pm to 5 pm.

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. Make sure to check out the beautiful galleries and boutiques when you are visiting here.



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