7 best things to do in Denver this Memorial Day weekend

Posted at 6:15 PM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 22:17:35-04

DENVER – Every weekend, Denver7 compiles a list of some family friendly events you might enjoy. Here are our picks for the 7 best things to do in the Denver metro area this weekend.

1. Denver Day of Rock

What: Denver Day of Rock, a one-day music festival in the heart of downtown Denver, features five stages of live music along the 16th St. Mall on Memorial Day weekend. A total of 25 bands will be performing this year, including: Elle King, A Thousand Horses, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Hellraisers, Unlikely Candidates and more.  

Where: 16th St. Mall in downtown Denver

When: Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Admission: Free (but you can purchase a Festival Pack for $50; more information about the pack and what’s included can be found here.)

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2. Denver Arts Festival

What: If you’re an art lover, you won’t want to miss this year’s Denver Arts Festival. Over 100 Colorado artists will showcase their works including sculptures, photographer, fiber arts, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, woodworking and painting. There will also be a wine and beer garden, live music performances, a kids art zone a booth layout map and much more.

Where: Conservatory Green at Stapleton Northfield, 8304 E. 49th Place in Denver, Colo.

When: Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Admission: Free

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3. 39th annual Memorial Weekend Festival in South Gaylord Street

What: The South Gaylord Street Festival Series is hosting the 39th Annual Memorial Weekend Festival to kick off the summer in Denver. Enjoy three days of great family-friendly entertainment, foods, vendors and so much more.

Where: Old South Gaylord Street, 1059 S. Gaylord Street in Denver

When: Saturday, May 26 starting at 4 p.m.; Sunday, May 27 from 10 a.m.; Monday, May 28 from 10 a.m.

Admission: Free

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4. Little Shop of Horrors

What: A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

Where: The Bug Threatre, 3654 Navajo Street in Denver

When: Saturday, May 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Admission: $20

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5. 31st annual Boulder Creek Festival

What: Widely considered Boulder County’s favorite event, the Boulder Creek Festival kicks off the unofficial start of summer in Boulder County with nine separate areas featuring 500 vendors showcasing everything from arts and crafts to the newest tech in the market. Three performance stages will also feature a wide variety of music and dance.  

Where: Boulder Bandshell, 1212 Canyon Blvd. in Boulder, Colo.

When:  Saturday, May 26 from noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Memorial Day from 11 am. to 7 p.m.

Admission: Free

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6. Memorial Day weekend fireworks at Elitch Gardens

What: Elitch Gardens’ Island Kingdom Water Park is opening for the season this Memorial Day weekend, and to send the weekend out in style, Elitch’s will light up the downtown Denver skyline with the park’s annual Memorial Day Weekend fireworks show

Where: Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Cir., in Denver

When: Sunday, May 27, 2018 from 10 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Admission: Free with a one-day pass ($59.99) or season pass ($69.99)

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7. Family Festival at Northfield Stapleton

What: Bring the entire family and enjoy rides, festival food, midway games, a Ferris wheel and more! The festival will take place in Northfield’s east parking lot between Off Broadway Shoes and Old Navy
Where: 8340 E. Northfield Blvd. in Denver, Colorado

When: Saturday, May 26 though Memorial Day, May 28 from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Admission: $1

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