Denver Events in May 2018

Denver events in May 2017 include theater productions, concerts, and comedy. You can also see the Colorado Rockies, the Colorado Rapids, and the Outlaws Lacrosse sports teams in action.

Other highlights this month include top festivals such as Denver Day of Rock, the Cotopaxi Questival, and the Colorado Chocolate Festival. You will also find great ideas to spoil your mom on Mother's Day and find the best things to do this Memorial Day Weekend.

Top Denver Events in May 2018

Top Theater & Broadway Shows in May

Who's Tommy

May is a great time to head to the theater. This month, you will find three interesting productions: Native Gardens, The Who's Tommy, and Human Error

Native Garden is the story of a Latino family that move into a neighborhood with people that have lived there almost all their lives. Things get tough when the well meaning neighbors disagree over the location of the property lines. Runs from April 6-May 6.

The Who's Tommy follows a young man that has decided to step away from society after a tragic accident. In his time along, he learns he is amazing at Pinball. He takes his skills on the road and becomes a well know, successful Pinball player. He and his family enjoy the life they are leading and give new energy into The Who’s iconic 1969 concept album. Runs from April 20 - May 27.

The final top production this month is Human Error. It's the hilarious story of what happens when two very different families work through an issue created by their fertility doctor. Carrying each other's babies is not easy when both side have very different values and life attitudes. Runs from May 18 - June 24.

More: Find a calendar of all theater shows this month in Denver

May Concert Calendar

Florence & the Machine

Enjoy a concert during your stay in Denver. This month's calendar is full of well known artists. You will also find quite a few smaller shows all throughout the city.

5/8: Pink at the Pepsi Center at 7:30pm

5/10: Hall and Oats + Train at the Pepsi Center at 7pm

5/25: Taylor Swift at Mile High Stadium at 7pm

See More: Find a full calendar of May concerts

Sports Events in Denver this May

Colorado Rockies

Do you love sports? How about catching a game this May?

The Colorado Rockies, Colorado Rapids, and the Denver Outlaws seasons are all in full swing this month. 

Rockies baseball tickets & info

Rapids soccer tickets & info

Outlaws lacrosse tickets & info

See All: Find all sporting events this May in Denver

Mother's Day

Sunday, May 13

Spoil your mom this year with these fun activities on Mother's Day. My insider's guide for this special holiday includes recommendations for brunch and lunch.

You will also find some great places to go shopping, the best tours to explore the city, and details on the top events every year. My guide also includes a list of the best half-priced tickets, so you can save along the way.

Learn More: Full guide to Mother's Day in Denver

Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day

May 25 - 28, 2018

Memorial Day weekend in Denver features a variety of events, activities, tours, and other fun things to do. Top Denver events in May include Memorial Day ceremonies at local cemeteries.

Other highlights this weekend include Denver Day of Rock, The Pressed Conference, and several concerts. You can also head to the theater, cheer on our local teams at a sporting event, and explore the city on a tour.

Learn More: Discover a full calendar of events this holiday weekend

May Festivals

Day of Rock

The May festival calendar is full of fun events. You will find everything from the popular Colorado Chocolate Festival, the Five Points Jazz Festival, and Denver Day of Rock.

Other top festivals this month include Cinco de Mayo and the Denver Art Festival.

>> Find details about these and other top festivals this month in Denver

Comedy Shows & Performances

Ron White

Other Denver events in May include comedy shows and performances. This month, you can see big name comedians on stage. You can also enjoy several improv shows and other hilarious performances at some of my favorite comedy clubs all around Denver.

5/1: Weird Al Yankovic at the Paramount

5/11: Ron White at the Buell

5/26: Bill Maher at the Buell

More: Find additional shows this month

Free Museum Days & Top Exhibits

Denver Art Museum

Some of Denver's biggest attractions waive admission fees on their "free museum days." These Denver events in May allow you to take advantage of their generosity and save money while seeing some great artwork and exhibits. 

>> Find a full calendar for this month

You will also find some great traveling exhibits this month. 

Denver Art Museum: DEGAS, A Passion for Perfection through May 20 and GANESHA, The Playful Protector all month long

Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Creatures of Light on display all month long

Opera Colorado: Falstaff

Lucia de Lamoore

May 5, 8, 11, & 13 (2018)

One of the most anticipated Denver events in May is Opera Colorado's performances of Verdi's  "Falstaff."

It's the story of a greedy and overweight king that seeks to increase his fortunes. He romances two women at the same time in an effort to marry them both. His real motive is to take both of their husband's money.

The opera is a comedy and was first performed in Milan in 1893.

>> Additional details about Opera Colorado and tips to attend a show

Colfax Marathon

Colfax Marathon

May 19 & 20

The Colfax Marathon is one of the Denver events in May that lasts all weekend long. Saturday's events include the Colfax 5K and the Health and Fitness Expo.

Sunday's races include the 26.2 marathon, the marathon relay, the half-marathon, and the urban 10 miler. The day wraps up with a big BBQ after party with beer garden lakeside.

Click here to register for this fun, annual race.

Films at Red Rocks

Films at Red Rocks

TBD for 2018

Another one of the fun Denver events in May is Films on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. In 2016, you will find nine different shows running from May until September. Three of them are this month. 

You can catch a showing of Purple Rain on 5/12, Grease on 5/23, and The Big Lebowski on 5/30. The doors open at 6:30pm with the band starting at 7pm. The movies start at dusk.

Opening Day at Waterworld


Opens Saturday, May 26

Summer is almost here and it's time for the opening of Denver's popular water park, Water World! The park opens on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. The hours that weekend are from 10am to 6pm. 

The park stays open all summer. It's a fun way to spend the day in the warm Denver sun.

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