Memorial Day Weekend in Denver 2020

Events, Concerts, & More Fun Things to Do

Memorial Day Weekend in Denver includes several ceremonies, a parade, and other things to do. You can also catch a Rockies baseball game, see a show at the theater, or enjoy a concert.

Other fun events include opening day at Water World, fireworks at Elitch Gardens, and the Denver Day of Rock festival.

This year's holiday weekend is May 23 - 25. Read on to learn more about these and other fun activities this holiday weekend.

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Memorial Day Weekend Ceremonies

The biggest Memorial Day ceremony this weekend is the Veterans Memorial Day Tribute Ceremony at the POF Hall at 1340 Sherman St just south of the Colorado State Capitol Building. The event honors Colorado's fallen soldiers with a parade and ceremony. It's on the Saturday before the holiday and starts at 10 am.

Another annual ceremony is at the Fort Logan National Cemetery at 4400 W. Kenyon Avenue. The event features guest speakers and ends with a 21-gun salute. All activities are near the lake and start at around 11 am on Monday.

Theater Performances

Memorial Day Weekend in Denver is the perfect time to catch performances of the award winning Lion King. 

The cute lion cub Simba has been declared the next Lion King and will succeed his father, Mufasa. However, Scar, his uncle, is a bitter and distrustful lion who wants to be in control and rule the Pride Lands. Scar schemes with a clan of evil hyenas and tries to kill Mufasa and Simba.

As the hyenas and Scar work towards taking over the Pride Lands, Simba makes two new friends, a meerkat named Nala and a warthog named Timon. As this amazing musical continues, Scar and Simba have a final battle to decide who will rule and who will fall. Will Simba win or will it be Scar? You'll have to see the show to find out!

You may have seen the Lion King movie but there is nothing like seeing it in person. As a winner of 6 Tony Awards, including the prestigious Best Musical, this show is famous for its incredible costumes, dancing, songs, and special effects.

Unfortunately the theater is closed on Monday, so there isn't a show on Memorial Day. There is one show on Friday, two shows on Saturday, and two more shows on Sunday so you can still see The Lion King during Memorial Day Weekend. All shows are at the Buell Theater.

>> Find a full calendar of theater performances in Denver

Colorado Rockies Baseball Games

Spend Memorial Day weekend in Denver at the ballpark and cheer on the Rockies! They will be playing one of the top teams from the East, the Philadelphia Phillies, with their star Bryce Harper, as they start the Memorial Day weekend at Coors Field from Friday the 22nd to Sunday the 24th.

Then starting on Memorial Day, the Rockies face their most hated rival, The Los Angeles Dodgers, from May 25th to May 28th. This Memorial Day match up is sure to be a great one as they are both always in the hunt for the division and will be putting up a great line up for you to see each day.

So make sure to grab a hot dog, a cold drink, and enjoy the sunshine. While you are there, you'll want to check out the row of purple seats around the outfield. They are in the upper deck, in row 20, and are exactly one mile above sea level.

>> Find a full calendar of Rockies games this year

Weekend Concerts

This Memorial Day Weekend in Denver you will find several great concerts. There are some great musicians and bands coming to the Mile High City and  you will not want to miss out.

Saturday the 23rd: The Devil Makes Three & Punch Brothers at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Monday the 25th: Jai Wolf at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Monday the 25th: Spread the Word Music Festival at numerous locations in Denver

Other concerts this week include Local Natives & Foals at The Mission Ballroom and Tech N9ne at the Fillmore Auditorium.

>> Find additional concerts this weekend in Denver

Hotels for Memorial Day Weekend in Denver

Are you looking for a great place to stay this Memorial Day Weekend in Denver? If so, then click the links below for my top picks all around town.

Denver Day of Rock

Date: TBD for 2020

Numerous stages around downtown Denver

This one-day music festival benefiting children's nonprofit Amp the Cause features five stages of local and national musicians. All performances are downtown on the 16th Street Mall. Admission is free. Vendors and food trucks will be onsite.

Not only will you be able to enjoy great live music, food, and more, but you'll be supporting a great charity that helps child-based and educational services throughout the state of Colorado.

Comedy During Memorial Day Weekend

You will find some great comedians on stage all weekend long. You will find both international stars as well as local favorites and up-and-comers.

In addition, some of our comedy venues will feature improv and other comedy shows.

>> Visit our comedy page to learn more

Colorado Symphony

Dates: Friday, 22nd at 7:30 pm; Saturday, 23rd at 7:30 pm; Sunday, 24th at 1 pm

Location: Boettcher Concert Hall at 1000 14th Street

The Colorado Symphony performs Friday, Saturday and Sunday night during Memorial Day Weekend in Denver. This weekend's performance is Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" conducted by Brian Mitchell. The show also includes two other pieces that bracket Symphony No. 3. 

This piece is known as a turning point in Beethoven's musical career as he moved in the romantic era. 

The show opens with Saint-Saens' "Bacchanale" from Samson and Delilah

Beethoven's No. 3 "Eroica"

Mason Bates' Children of Adam

This will be the last show for the Colorado Symphony's 35th season so be sure not to miss it.

>> More details on attending the symphony

Fireworks at elitch Gardens

Date: TBD

Spend the day at Elitch Gardens and then watch the fireworks display after closing. Every Memorial Day Weekend in Denver, Elitch Gardens offers a free fireworks show over their park. You can watch from the parking lot, near the Pepsi Center or anywhere near the park in the downtown area.

Water World: Opening Day

Date: Saturday, 5/23

Location: 8801 Pecos St., Federal Heights, CO 80260

Dig out your swimsuit and break out the sunscreen, because Water World opens Memorial Day weekend! This 64-acre family water park features about 50 attractions, including the famed Screamin' Mimi, a ride that has speeds of up to 30 miles an hour. This is a perfect way to start up your Memorial Day weekend in Denver.

If that’s not your speed, and you just want to chill out, check out the leisurely Lazy River. There are also picnic areas, food stands, and a gift shop. Water World is open from 10 to 6 pm.

Rocky Mountain Zip Line Tours

A zip-line adventure lets you see the Rockies in a whole new way! All weekend long, you have the chance to glide along some of Colorado's longest lines while taking in beautiful mountain scenery. Some moderate hiking is required. You can choose between the 4-line or 6-line adventure. Depending on which one you choose, you will be able to ride over 6,000 feet of cables, all of which will give you an amazing view of the Rockies!

Professional guides provide assistance, training, and safety equipment. Maximum weight is 225 pounds; minimum age is five years old. Hotel pick-up and drop-off available. 

>> Find additional details and ticket availability on Viator

Other Fun Tours this Weekend

Colorado Rapids Soccer

Date: Friday, 5/23

Location: Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Get in on the excitement of world-class soccer when the Colorado Rapids take on the Philadelphia Union. If you love soccer, this is the match for you. And if you've never seen a soccer game live, you'll want to check this out during Memorial Day weekend in Denver. This match will be starting at 7 pm and is at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. 

>> More details on attending a game


Date: Monday, 5/25

Location: 30th & Walnut to Folsom Field

One of the largest and most popular road races in the US is in BolderBoulder on Memorial Day. With more than 50,000 runners every year, the BolderBOULDER's 100 different waves of athletes start at 6:50am on Monday morning.

The International Pro Race starts at 11:15 am. These runners race though the course with the first participants finishing around 11:45 am.

Make sure to stick around Folsom Field for the Memorial Day Tribute. It's one of the largest in the US with more than 70,000 spectators.

More: Click here for more details and to register for this race today

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