Denver events in May 2019 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.
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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. These shows include WICKED and SWEAT.
WICKED is an alternate view into the wonderful world of OZ. Instead of there being a simplistic view of the good and the bad, this musical shows that there is a lot of grey in-between the green and blonde. Glinda, the Good Witch, has always been shown to be perfect, while Elphaba the Bad Witch, has always been shown to be the problem child.
During this stage spectacular, you will see the truth behind the story and how this came to be well before Dorothy showed up in Oz. Glinda is actually a person driven by self-interest and popularity, while Elphaba is moral, strong, and stays honest about who she is and supports her friends through thick and thin. This show is famous for songs such as "For good", "Popular", and the most famous song of the show, "Defying Gravity." WICKED runs from May 8th until June 9th. It is 2-hours and 45-minutes with one intermission.
SWEAT is based on the fictional town of Reading, Pennsylvania and the people that work in a factory there. It chronicles the ups, downs, and everything that happens when the boss decides to cut costs and lay off some of them. The workers decide to picket and fight back against this unfair treatment.
This show examines how easy it is to be suddenly forgotten and ignored as people because of the choices of people who employ the common folk. With the exploration of racism, sexism, and more, this show is incredibly important during this difficult time in the country's political climate. SWEAT was voted the #1 Play of 2017 by TIME magazine. SWEAT runs from April 26th until May 26th.
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.
Friday, 5/10: Snow Patrol at the Paramount Theatre
Friday, 5/10 and Saturday, 5/11: Eric Church at The Pepsi Center
Saturday, 5/18: Tech N9ne at the Fillmore Auditorium
Monday, 5/20 and Tuesday, 5/21: Florence and The Machine at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sunday, 5/26: The Rolling Stones at the Broncos Mile High Stadium
Wednesday, 5/29 and Thursday, 5/30: Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
See More: Find a full calendar of May concerts
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 Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants.
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 12th.
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 play several games at home.
The Colorado Rapids play three home games this month against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Real Salt Lake, and the Columbus Crew. All three games are at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and start at 7 pm. Rapids soccer tickets & info
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
Sunday, May 12th
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.
Friday, 5/25 to Monday, 5/28
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.
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 1pm. The evening session starts at 7pm.
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, 5/3: Paula Poundstone at the Paramount Theatre
Saturday, 5/4: Chelsea Handler at the Paramount Theatre
Thursday, 5/9: David Sedaris at the Paramount Theatre
Sunday, 5/19 & Monday, 5/20: Trevor Noah at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Saturday, 5/25: Ali Wong at the Paramount Theatre
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: Stampede - Animals in Art, Jordan Casteel's Returning the Gaze, Eyes On by Erika Harrsch, and The Incubation Effect
Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Leonardo di Vinci: 500 Years of Genius
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.
One of the most anticipated Denver events in May is Opera Colorado's performances of The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart
This comic opera is based on the love story between the stunning Susanna, and the romantic Figaro. However, Count Almaviva has a different plan for them as he tries to seduce her away from poor Figaro. As would be expected, Count Almaviva's countess is not amused by this, but you will enjoy being a spectator to this hilarious opera.
There is a pre-performance discussion before each show. It will be performed in Italian with English and Spanish subtitles.
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.
Saturday, 5/18 and Sunday, 5/19
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.
Opens Saturday, May 25
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 during this one of the Denver events in May.