Denver Events in May 2017

Denver events in May 2017 include theater productions of Disgraced, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and The Secret Garden. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Chris Brown + 50 Cent, and The 1975 are the top concerts. 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 2017

Top Theater & Broadway Shows in May

Curious Incident

May is a great time to head to the theater. This month, you will find three interesting productions: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Disgraced, and The Secret Garden.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time begins at the end of the month. It's the story of a 15-year old autistic boy's journey after he is wrongly accused of killing the neighbors dog. It runs from May 30 - June 18.

Disgraced is the story of a climate change scientist that is asked to speak at a hearing in Greenland. It's shortly after her husbands death and it follows her inner struggles and that might hold her back from moving her career forward. It runs from March 31 - May 7.

The final top production this month is The Secret Garden. Based on a 1911 book, it's the story of a young orphan that goes to live with her uncle. While there, she finds her aunts secret garden and works to bring it back to life.

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.

  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: 5/29 & 5/30 at Red Rocks
  • The 1975: 5/6 & 5/7 at The Fillmore Auditorium
  • Chris Brown, 50 Cent, OT Genesis & Fabolous: 5/8 at the Pepsi Center

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 14

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 26 - 29, 2017

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.

Here are the 2017 dates for some of this month's top festivals.

  • Cinco de Mayo Festival: 5/6 & 5/7
  • Walk for Israel | Celebrate Family: 5/7
  • Colorado Chocolate Festival: 5/12 & 5/13
  • Cotopaxi Questival: 5/12 & 5/13
  • Colorado Bike Expo: 5/19 & 5/20
  • Five Points Jazz Festival: 5/20
  • Indian Market & Pow Wow: 5/20 & 5/21
  • Denver Day of Rock: 5/27

>> 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.

Cedric The Entertainer at the Denver Improv on 5/5 & 5/6

Kathleen Madigan at the Paramount Theatre on 5/5 & 5/6

Bill Engvall at the Paramount Theatre on 5/19

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 February allow you to take advantage of their generosity and save money while seeing some great artwork and exhibits. 

You will also find some great traveling exhibits this month. 

  • Denver Art Museum: Shock Wave, Japanese Fashion Designs from the 1980s and 1990s
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Vikings, Beyond the Legend on display all month long

Opera Colorado: Lucia di Lammermoor

Lucia de Lamoore

May 6, 9, 12, and 14

One of the most anticipated Denver events in May is Opera Colorado's performances of Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor."

It's the story of a young woman, Lucia, that is forced by her brother to marry for money and not love. Shortly after she is married, she loses her mind and kills her husband.

The opera is set in 1838 and uses period specific costumes and set. 

This opera is in Italian with both English and Spanish subtitles.

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

Colfax Marathon

Colfax Marathon

May 20 & 21

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 (2016 Details)

Films at Red Rocks

(2017 Dates & Films are still TBD)

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 27

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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