Denver events in May 2020 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, Cirque du Soleil's VOLTA, 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.
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Lovers of Broadway will be glad they picked the month of May to come to the Mile High City. During this month, you will find two incredible Broadway productions shows. The most beloved and famous show this month is The Lion King.
The Lion King: Over 100 million people have seen this incredible Broadway show around the world and the month of May gives you a chance while you are in the Mile High City. This show is based on the baby lion, Simba, who is supposed to grow up and be the lion king. However, the evil Scar wants power for himself and tries his best to stop Simba from becoming king. This musical is famous for its incredible dance routines, costumes, and people that bring to life all the animals in the show.
This show has won 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and continues to be known as one of the best family favorite shows anywhere. The show runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission during the show.
The show runs from May 13th to June 14th.
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.
Top venues around Denver include the Pepsi Center, where you will find some of the largest acts. This month, you will also find some great shows at Red Rocks in Morrison. Other venues on my calendar include the Fillmore, Ogden, and the Grizzly Rose.
Catch a Colorado Rockies games this month in Denver. They have 13 home games this month. They play host to the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Bluejays, and their division rivals the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Philadelphia Phillies.
Make sure to check out the row of purple seats in the outfield when you are there. They are situated at 5,280 feet, so you will be at exactly one mile high when you sit there. You can go there and take a photo even if your seats are elsewhere in the park.
There is a special Mother's Day game and giveaway if you want to surprise mom on Sunday, May 10th.
Most of their games are at night and start at around 6 pm or 7 pm. A few games day games and will start around 1 pm. All games are at Coors Field in downtown Denver.
In addition to the Rockies, you will find additional Denver events in May if you love sports. Both the Colorado Rapids soccer team and the Denver Outlaws play a few games at home.
The Colorado Rapids play three home games this month against the LA Galaxy and the Philadelphia Union. Both games are at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and start at 7 pm. Rapids soccer tickets & info.
The Denver Outlaws are still working on their schedule, but it should be available soon!
Dates: The full month of May
Location: Under the Big Top at the Pepsi Center located in the Prius West Lot
Volta is one of the newer Cirque du Soleil shows and it is awe-inspiring. The show is about Waz, who is a gameshow host has forgotten who is he and what he wants to be in his life. He will attempt to find love and praise from others. However, he finds something much different as he learns to accept himself and that fame doesn't matter nearly as much as he thought. What matters is being yourself and doing what you love each day.
Volta is one of the more unique Cirque shows as it focuses more on street sports like parkour, while also being high flying, acrobatic, and doing the stunts and high-flying daredevil acts that they are known for over the years.
In addition to these great Denver events, you will also find some fun things to do at a discount. These are just a few of my favorites right now.
Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show: Most Saturday nights at 6pm, find tickets at a discount on Goldstar
Colorado Cannabis Tours: Spend a couple of hours on this cannabis tour around Denver, find tickets at a discount on Groupon
Date: Sunday, May 10th
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
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.
Date: Friday, 5/23 to Monday, 5/25
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, Rockies home games, and several concerts. You can also head to the theater, cheer on our other local teams at a sporting event, and explore the city on a tour.
Date: Saturday, 5/9
Do you love bacon? How about bacon with beer? If that got you excited, then head over to Mile High Stadium for the annual Bacon & Beer Classic. This annual event features unlimited samples of beer from local and regional breweries. It also features dozens of bacon creations from local restaurants and chefs.
It includes three tasting times. The first is in the afternoon starting at 1 pm. The evening session starts at 7pm. It is located at Empower Field.
In addition to the Beer and Bacon Classic, 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.
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.
Friday, 5/1: Gabriel Iglesias at The Pepsi Center
Friday, 5/3: David Sedaris at the Paramount Theatre
Friday, 5/3: Jeff Allen at the Denver Improv Comedy Theater
Thursday, 5/7: Comedy Women at the University of Denver
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.
More fun Denver events in May are the traveling exhibits at our top museums. Many of them bring in temporary exhibits that offer you the chance to see some new pieces during your visit. Here are some of the top picks this month.
Denver Art Museum (Opens 5/2): Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom. Norman Rockwell is famous for his classic paintings representing Americans in their everyday life. His art was used to help promote notions of freedom and support for the USA that would help citizens support the World War II effort against the Nazis.
Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street (Opens 5/1): Ursula von Rydingsvard The Contour of Feeling. This interesting exhibition of her work is usually presented outside in nature. However, this combination of towering cedar and bronze sculptures that are set inside the museum so you get a very different perspective of her work both in size and composition.
If you plan to check out several of Denver's museums this month, make sure to check out the Mile High Culture Pass. This pass is a discount card that includes admission to many of Denver's top museums including the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
This 3-day pass offers you admission to each museum once. Overall, you will save quite a bit with this pass vs. paying for admission to all of these museums separately.
Dates: Saturday, 5/2; Tuesday, 5/5; Friday, 5/8; Sunday, 5/10
One of the most anticipated Denver events in May is Opera Colorado's performances of Puccini's Tosca.
This opera closes the 2020 season with this incredible show of people obsessed with power and vengeance. When a corrupt police chief gives Tosca, a famous prima donna, a hateful proposition of either giving into his advances or having her beloved executed, the question is who will survive this horrible ordeal and come out as the winner.
There is a pre-performance discussion before each show. It will be performed in Italian with English and Spanish subtitles. The show is at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
This opera always sells out quickly, so plan ahead and buy your tickets.
Are you excited to learn more about the public art of Denver? If so, you will love these free walking tours offered by Denver Arts & Venues. There are several tours this month covering public art all around town. One offers a closer look at the pieces in and around the Golden Triangle, one will take you through the works all around City Park, and another will tell you all about other pieces currently on display elsewhere.
Each tour is open to only a handful of people, so you must register in advance for your spot.
Date: Saturday, 5/16 and Sunday, 5/17
The Colfax Marathon is one of the Denver events in May that lasts all weekend long. Sunday'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.
Date and movie TBD
Another one of the fun Denver events in May is Films on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. In 2019, you will find nine different shows running from May until September. One of them is this month.
Tickets are $15 per person. The doors open at 6:30pm with the band starting at 7pm. The movies start at dusk.
Date: Saturday, 5/23
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 10 am to 6 pm.
The park stays open all summer. It's a fun way to spend the day during this one of the Denver events in May.