Denver events in January 2020 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.
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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 Avalanche have won the National Hockey League's Championship Stanley Cup 2 times in this history with the first in 1996 and the latest in 2001. This year they are ready to do their best and win it all.
Hockey fans will easily recognize some of their most famous players who have included greats such as Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic, Ray Bourque and others.
The team plays six home games this month at the Pepsi Center downtown which is a gorgeous arena if you are a hockey fan of the Avalanche or of watching the visiting team as they battle each other each game.
Date: Saturday, 1/11 - Sunday, 1/26
Location: Main location will be at the 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. It has been nicknamed "The Best 16 Days in January" for just this reason.
At high noon on Jan. 11th, the 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. Make sure to check the schedule since there are numerous locations depending on which event you want to see and enjoy.
Date: Tuesday, 1/28 - Sunday, 2/9
Location: Buell Theatre
For any Donna Summer fan, this is one of the Denver events in January that you will want to see and feel "Deep Down Inside" as she sang in one of her most famous songs! During this show, you will see how Donna started as a gospel singer and worked her way into being one of the 80's most famous disco queens anywhere in the USA and even the world!
This show highlights over 20 of her most known songs including top 10 hits like, "Love to Love You, baby", "Hot Stuff", Bad Girls" and others that will have you wanting to get out of your feet and do the hustle! Bring yourself back to the hip nightclub era of the 80s during this show. However, you might want to leave your leisure suit and velour shirts at home as you don't want to upstage the Disco Diva Donna Summer!
Date: Monday, 12/23/2019 - Sunday, 1/5/2020
Location: Buell Theatre
You will want to kick back, relax, and grab a margarita (or two) when you watch this musical based on the magical land described in Jimmy Buffet's song. Rachel, who is a scientist, and her best friend Tammy decide to take a week long vacation before Tammy gets married to a jerk of a fiancee. During their trip they meet Tully Mars, a laid back guitar player, and his buddy Brick, who is a sweet bartender. From that point on, the music and the partying really get going!
If you are a "Parrothead" (as his fans are named) you will love tapping your feet to some of Jimmy's biggest hits including ones like, "Cheeseburger in Paradise", It's Five O'Clock Somewhere", and many others. And if you are new to the scene, you'll still have a blast and love everything happening here. Since Margaritaville is known for being the place "Where work is a dirty word", you'll never want to leave.
You will find a lot of great places to stay in Denver. Here are some of my top recommendations.
You will also find a great selection on Booking.com and through TripAdvisor. Click the links to learn more about each one.
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.
There are numerous locations to catch the newest comedians, and some of the best traveling ones, when you are in town. These clubs include Voodoo Comedy, Denver Improv, Comedy Works Downtown, and others for your laughter and giggles enjoyment.
Top comedians that have come through the Mile High City have included heavyweights such as the award-winning comedians Jake Johannsen, Tim Allen, Beth Stelling and many more.
Denver has a lot of great venues to see great music.
Some of the places to see live performances include The Pepsi Center, The Ogden, The Paramount Theatre, and many others that will get you dancing and singing along all night long.
Some of the great bands that have toured through Denver, so you will have a wide variety of acts when you want to check out some of the many musical events in the Mile High City.
Some of the biggest Denver events in January are at the Colorado Convention Center downtown. Here are some of the largest ones.
Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show (1/9 - 1/11): Road warriors will want to see the new 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.
Colorado Bridal Show (1/5 & 1/19): 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. Make sure to visit The Curtis Hotel Downtown and find everything you desire at this year's Colorado Bridal Show.
International Sportsmen's Expo (1/9 - 1/12): 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.
Denver Boat Show (1/17 - 1/19): 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 (1/16 - 1/19): 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.
Denver Winter Brew Fest (1/25 - 1/26): Starting at 6 pm and ending at 10 pm, this is a chance for you to celebrate and sample some of the best local brews around Colorado and from other states as well. Always known as a great party, this event is held at the beautiful Mile High Station. There will also be food, art vendors and live music during the event.
Location: City Park, East 22nd Avenue and Colorado Boulevard
Time: Participants gather at 9 am. Parade begins at 10 am
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.
If you are an art lover, then these free days are not to be missed when you are looking for Denver events in January. Since some of our city's museums offer regularly scheduled "free" days.
Top Exhibits in January
Denver Art Museum: "The Light Show" You will experience many different ways to view light during this exhibition. Most of us think of light as something that comes from bulbs or from the sun, but in reality it is much more. The artists here will present light in a spiritual, metaphysical, and different ways of seeing it. This presentation will run through the full month of January.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science: "Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits!" Have you ever wanted to feel like Superman and fly through the air? Maybe try rock climbing the highest heights? Or how about diving down to the deeps trenches in the ocean? If so, then this is the exhibit for you and your whole family! Using special effects, and other physical tools, you can be transported into these adventures and try others to learn more about them...and about yourself too. This show runs through the whole month of January.
Head to the Pepsi Center for some fast-paced hoops. In January, the NBA's Denver Nuggets have six home games.
Depending on the schedule you may see teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Don't miss out if you are a basketball fan and want to see them at the awesome Pepsi Center!
Dates: All month
Location: Skyline Park, Arapahoe Street at 16th Street
Time: 11 am - 7 pm
One of the best Denver events in January for the entire family is outdoor 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. There are also free lessons given every Sunday from 10 am to 11 am.
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.
The Denver Symphony's schedules are well known for including both traditional classics all the way up to the most modern and innovative ones anywhere.
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 (1/20 - 1/29): 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 around 150 West Adams Avenue.
Wintersköl at Aspen (Thursday, 1/9 - Sunday, 1/12): 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.
UllrGrass Music & Beer Festival (Friday, 1/24 - Sunday, 1/26): Ullr, who is the Norse God of the Winter, has decreed that there will be much beer drinking, music, dancing, and people wearing Viking outfits for these three days. Oh, and more beer drinking. There is a special "Family Day" on Sunday with dance performances, egg hunts for the kiddies, and more. All profits are donated to the Kids Music Project by Carol Creek.
Estes Park Winter Festival (1/19 & 1/20): Estes Park, in the heart of the Rockies, hosts this family-friendly festival that includes beer tastings, ice skating, inflatables for the kids, and free food samples from local food trucks.