Memorial Day Weekend Activity Guide

Looking for something to do for the upcoming three day weekend? Check out our Memorial Day Weekend activity guide for the mile high city! 

Remembrance Events

Memorial Day Parade and Tribute Ceremony
May 24 
Civic Center Park
Denver will celebrate Memorial Day by commemorating those who lost their lives while serving our country during the Denver Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 24 at 11:30 a.m. The parade is followed by the Veterans Memorial Day Tribute at the Veterans Monument. The parade will be held in Downtown Denver in and around Civic Center Park.

national mem day concer.jpg  National Memorial Day Concert 2014

Sunday, May 25, 7pm
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 25th anniversary broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert, a night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. Watch the preview here!


Concerts & Festivals

Denver Day of Rock 

May 23-24
Downtown Denver
For the sixth year in a row, the 16th Street mall will be transformed into a massive block party with more than two dozen free rock concerts throughout the day for the annual Denver Day of Rock.

The lineup includes The Kin, Plain White T's, The Hold Steady, the Wendy Woo Band and many more. Check out the full list.

For the first time, Denver Day of Rock will kick off early with a special evening concert in Skyline Park on Friday, May 23, featuring the Wallflowers.

Denver's Day of Rock is a fundraising event for Concert for Kids, a Denver-based, non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 50 children's charities. For full concert information and updates, visit

Artstir Denver
May 24-25
Denver Pavilions
Artstir Denver is a creative art market exclusively showcasing Colorado Artists designed to stir up the artist in all of us with a spirited showcase of Colorado art, music and style. Featured works include paint, sculpture, photography, drawings, textiles, furnishings and mixed media.

Downtown Denver Arts Festival
May 23-25
Denver Performing Arts Complex
Throughout Memorial Day Weekend at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, mix and mingle with thousands of fellow art lovers at the Downtown Denver Arts Festival, featuring more than 150 of Colorado's best artists. One of The Mile High City's premier cultural events, the 2013 festival attracted close to 150,000 people, who supported Colorado's creative community by purchasing more than $500,000 worth of art.

Red Dirt on the Rocks
May 25
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
$32.50 (advance), $35 (day of show)
Head out to the one-of-a-kind Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre for Red Dirt on the Rocks, a concert featuring the rootsy country rock of the Randy Rogers Band, the Casey Donahew Band and the Turnpike Troubadours.

Get Outdoors!

Water World Opening Weekend
May 24 
Water World
$39.99 (General Admission Ticket) 
Celebrate opening weekend at Water World, Denver's 67-acre water park, home to more than 65 aquatic attractions.

Denver Flea Market
May 24
City Park
A celebration of the finest Colorado-made goods, beer, food and more from our favorite local craftsmen and craftswomen! At the first Denver Flea, experience a hand-picked selection of local artisans, designers, and makers, along with vendors of vintage items, repurposed furniture and other curiosities. There will also be food trucks, craft beer tents and entertainment.

Museum Happenings

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed
NOW - Aug. 24 
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Non-member tickets start at $22
Discover a hidden world at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The largest exhibition about the ancient Maya ever to be displayed in the United States, Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed includes never-before-seen artifacts, hands-on activities, and immersive walk-in environments. Highlights include re-creations of an underground cave and a colorful, life-size frieze that once surrounded the top of El Castillo pyramid at Xunantunich in Belize. Explore the rise and decline of ancient cities, and learn how the Mayans' innovations (such as a 365-day calendar and incredible architecture) still impact our lives today.

Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Collection
March 2-June 8 
Denver Art Museum
Non-member tickets start at $20
The Denver Art Museum (DAM) and the Clyfford Still Museum (CSM) present the must-see Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. This exhibition brings together approximately 50 iconic artworks by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, and Andy Warhol as well as one of Jackson Pollock's finest drip paintings. In all, more than 40 influential artists will be on view. A special ticket will give visitors admission to the exhibition at the DAM as well as 1959: The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Exhibition Recreated, a correlative exhibition at the CSM, through June 15, 2014. 1959 recreates Still's landmark exhibition held at the Albright-Knox in the fall of 1959. This exhibition was the largest of Still's career and the first following his decision to break ties with the art world in 1951.


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