Things to Do in Denver in May


Uncover details on the best things to do in Denver in May. They include the top events, festivals, and concerts. You will also find details on this month's top sporting events, tours, and nightlife options.

Other highlights include tips to entertain the kids, what to wear during your stay, and where to go shopping. 

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May Events Calendar

Blue Star Weekend

The first place to look for things to do in Denver in May is my detailed May events calendar. It includes dates, times, and details for the top events this month.

Some of the top annual events include the Blue Star Weekend, the Colfax Marathon, and the Five Points Jazz Festival.

You will also find dates for this month's free museum days, the movies playing at Films at Red Rocks in May and more.

>> Click here for updated events information in Denver in May

May Holiday Guides

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You will find plenty of fun things to do in Denver in May during the holidays. On Mother's Day weekend, many restaurants offer special brunch and lunch menus. You can also catch a game played by one of the local team, head out on a tour to explore Denver, or spend some time at the theater.

Memorial Day weekend is also full of activities. During this three-day weekend, you can head to one of the Memorial Day ceremonies, enjoy an outdoor festival, or head to a concert at Red Rocks.

It's also the weekend for the huge BolderBOULDER run and the opening of the Water World Outdoor Family Water Park.

Hotel Recommendations for May

You will find a lot of great places to stay in Denver. Here are some of my top recommendations.

Downtown Denver | Near the Convention Center | Near the Pepsi Center | Airport Hotels

You will also find a great selection on and through TripAdvisor. Click the links to learn more about each one.

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Denver City Tours

City Hall Denver Tour

With the gorgeous weather during this time of year, it's also a great time to learn more about the city. You can explore on foot, on a scooter, or on a Segway. 

There are also several great bus tours where you will see all the highlights in just one day. 

Denver is well known for its thriving beer scene, so why not spend some time this month on one of the many brewery tours.

Additional Fun Tours & Activities in May

Broadway & Theater Shows

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The May theater calendar is always full of great shows. You will find Broadway productions such as An American in Paris, the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, or Wicked. 

You will also find dozens of performances at smaller theaters all around the city. They feature lesser known and local productions.

The theater calendar changes each year, so click the link below for a calendar of the shows coming up this May in Denver.

>> Full theater calendar for Denver

May Sports Events

May Sports

Another one of the fun things to do in Denver in May is attend a sporting event. The month, the Colorado Rapids, the Colorado Rockies, and the Denver Outlaws have regular season games.

All three have several games throughout the month.

It's also playoff season for the NBA, NHL, and the NLL, which means if the Avalanche, Nuggets, or Mammoth make it to the playoffs, you will also get a chance to see them in action in May.

>> Find out more about each team and a schedule of upcoming games

May Weather in Denver

Blue Sky and Clouds

The weather in Denver during May is warm and mild with cooler temperatures in the evenings. The average highs are in the lower 70s with the lows averaging in the mid-40s.

It's also the rainiest month of the year. Don't let that fool you though as we still only get around 2.5 inches a month.

Even though most of the snow has passed by this time, there is still a chance of the powder hitting the ground until the end of May. The first year I lived here, I was shocked when we had a nice dusting of snow about three days before Memorial Day Weekend. Just a few hours later the sun came out and the snow had melted entirely by the end of the day.

Make sure to pack short sleeves for the day time and bring along a sweater or jacket for the evenings. This will ensure you are prepared for what mother nature might throw at you in May.

Where to Go Shopping

Denver Shopping

May is the time of year when you can take advantage of both the indoor and outdoor shopping. On a warm day, there is nothing better than heading to the 16th Street Mall or cruising around the shops in Cherry Creek Shopping Center.

If you are downtown, you can also do a little shopping in Larimer Square or head to the shops in the Denver Pavilions. You can also save money at the Colorado Mills Outlet Mall or find higher end items at the Cherry Creek.

Top Denver Festivals

May Festivals

May is the beginning of festival season in Denver. This month, you will find more than a dozen festivals in the city. You will also find several others in the surrounding areas.

The top festivals this month include the Day of Rock, Cotopaxi Questival, and the Pressed Conference (an event focused on craft ciders). You can also enjoy the Cinco de Mayo festival early in the month or the Docuwest Film Festival that is often mid-May.

>> Find a full list of festivals this month in Denver

Best Attractions & Museums to Visit

Denver Art Museum

During your stay this month, make sure to spend some time at Denver's top attractions and museums. I recommend stopping by the Colorado State Capitol for a free tour around this gorgeous structure or visit the Botanic Gardens to see the flowers in bloom.

There are also several wonderful museums here. Some of my favorites include the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

Things to Do in Denver in May with the Kids

Jellyfish in Aquarium

The best things to do in Denver in May with kids include visiting the Children's Museum in Denver, spending the day at the zoo, or heading to a baseball or soccer game.

Other fun activities for the entire family include climbing around on the red rocks in the foothills, riding the roller coasters at Elitch Gardens, or watching the jellyfish float at the Downtown Aquarium.

>> Find a list of my top picks with kids

Enjoy a Night Out on the Town

Denver Nightlife

Of course some of the best things to do in Denver in May can be the nightlife. Whether you enjoy heading out for a few drinks at night or enjoy catching a show, Denver has a wide variety of nightlife options. Some of the most popular include the bars in the Lower Downtown (LoDo) area, its famous breweries all around town, and comedy clubs featuring local and international acts.

You can also head out to the theater, enjoy a concert, or a local sports bar to watch your team in action.

What to Do Just Beyond Denver

Foot Hills Tour

You will also find a lot of fun things to do just beyond Denver. You can spend the day on a driving and hiking day tour to the foothills, a guided tour to Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs or an escorted trip to Mountain Evans.

You can also enjoy top events and festivals such as BolderBOULDER in Boulder, the Strawberry Festival in Longmont or the Colorado Craft Spirits Festival in Colorado Springs.

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