Denver Nightlife: Best Places for Date Night

Typically “date night” conjures up a host of restaurant and bar options, but what to in Denver, Colorado when you want to impress your date with something out of the ordinary? We have the scoop on some unique Denver nightlife activities that are sure to land you a second date.

Indie Dinner and a Movie

The Mayan Theatre is a Denver treasure and an esoteric place to take your date to the movies. The beautiful lobbies, archways, lavish screen curtain, and richly embellished Mayan murals set a romantic tone. The cinema is located in a hip part of South Broadway near plenty of divey restaurants, bars, and ice cream shops for a treat before or after your independent film screening.

On Broadway

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts hosts a high caliber mix of Broadway shows that are sure to impress. No matter what your date’s performance genre preference is, the Company offers classics, revivals, blockbuster musicals, and cabaret productions. Make a dramatic night of it, this is Broadway after all. Dress in your finest and spoil your date with a pre-fixed dinner menu that most of the nearby restaurants offer before the theatre.

Larimer Laughs

There is no better way to break the ice on a date than laughter, especially when you aren’t responsible for producing the comedic material. Comedy Works is Denver, Colorados top stand-up comedy club and has been a date favorite for over 25 years. The club is conveniently steps from Larimer Square, so you can keep the good times rolling over cocktails at a local Denver nightlife lounge.

Graceful Evening

A date night at the Colorado Ballet will not disappoint, this company is truly exceptional. From Swan Lake to the Nutcracker, performances rotate continually and are entrancing for men and women alike. The creativity, athleticism and graceful movement are a feast for the eyes. There are plenty of Denver restaurants near the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for an elegant dessert and glass of wine after the show.

These superbly unique Denver nightlife options are sure to give “date night” a whole new meaning.

Best Art Exhibits Around Denver

Some of the most captivating Denver attractions this season will be found in Denver galleries and museums. We have the top art exhibits, shows and things to do in Denver, Colorado this fall.


WHAT: Frohawk Two Feathers

WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art

WHEN:  Now – September 9, 2012

MCA Denver Colorado showcases the first solo museum exhibition dedicated to the work of Frohawk Two Feathers, the pseudonym for LA-based artist Umar Rashid. The exhibition includes more than 20 paintings, works on paper, and sculpture. Frohawk Two Feather’s collective work brilliantly re-imagines history and recounts the story of Frengland, his fictionalized European empire. By reinterpreting colonial history, his work shows the subjective nature of historical recollection. The artist created new works exclusively for the exhibit that further that expand the narrative to the Western United States.



WHAT: Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful

WHERE: Denver Art Museum

WHEN:  Now – September 30, 2012

From his early years as a Manhattan magazine freelancer in the 1950s to his final days in Los Angeles, Garry Winogrand snapped pictures of street style. When he sensed a perfect composition, he would capture candid images of anonymous strangers – predominantly, women. A 35mm Leica camera enabled Winogrand to quickly photograph as women stepped into taxis, sat in parks, mingled at parties and exited boutiques. ‘Women are Beautiful’ features nearly 50 captivating photographs of the hundreds that Garry Winogrand took.



WHAT: Kizuna: West Meets East

WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens 

WHEN:  Now – November 4, 2012

The Botanic Gardens signature exhibition of the season unites two installation artists working in bamboo: Tetsunori Kawana and Stephen Talasnik. Through different techniques, both artists create large-scale natural works of art with bamboo as their medium. In addition to these serene living installations, the Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavillion and Tea Garden were recently unveiled as additions to the Japanese Garden – another must-see while visiting the Denver Colorado Botanic Gardens.



WHAT: Theodore Waddell’s Abstract Angus

WHERE: Denver Art Museum

WHEN:  Now – December 2, 2012

Theodore Waddell arrived on the New York scene in the early 60s, just a decade after abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock ruled the art world. Waddell extracted elements of this abstract art influence before applying them to his own works from his native Montana. Here he painted figures that symbolized cattle on snowy backgrounds, finely walking the line of abstraction and realism. This 23 piece exhibition is a narration of how Waddell’s abstract paintings, sketches and drawings challenge the norm of all Western Art having a realistic form.



WHAT: What Is Modern?

WHERE: Denver Art Museum

WHEN:  Now – March 24, 2013

An impressive show dedicated to furniture and decor from the early nineteenth to the early 21st century. Curator Darrin Alfred has assembled revolutionary furniture, lighting and graphic masterpieces. The exhibition takes a chronological look at how technological advancements informed the development of modernism, starting with a bentwood chair from 1808 by Samuel Gragg. The objects represent a lineage of innovative thinking that embodies the modern experience. “In its simplest form, the term modern implies the up-to-date, a current development, or, better still, a spirit in step with its own time,” muses Alfred.



WHAT: Sixteenth Street Mall Festival of the Arts

WHERE: 16th Street between Arapahoe and Stout

WHEN:  September 14 – September 15, 2012

The Art District on Santa Fe in collaboration with the Denver Theatre District debuts the first annual 16th Street Mall Festival of the Arts. This exciting new event will feature artists and galleries from Denver’s famed Santa Fe Art District. Explore and purchase painting, sculpture, photography, drawings, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, metal and wood works, or enjoy the live performances, demonstrations and videos. This is sure to be one of the best new things to do in Denver, Colorado.



WHAT: Andy Berg: New Works

WHERE: Rule Gallery

WHEN:  September 21 – November 3, 2012; Reception on Friday 9/21 from 6 – 9PM

Artist Andy Berg explains “Painting for me is an opportunity to play for the creative act alone. I approach the process with no restrictions or truths, which allows in the best of moments, for it to become whatever it becomes. There is value in the process rather than in the result. By not identifying with or attaching to the result, I am able to find meaning as it relates to the process.” Visitors of the exhibition step into the experience as they view the dynamic results of Berg’s mystery.  Berg’s artwork presents his contemporary view of spontaneity and creativity to Denver, Colorado.

Best Denver Activities in September

Summer may be cooling down, but things to do in Denver, Colorado are heating up for fall. Here is a list of shows, events and Denver activities you won’t want to miss!

SEE: Frohawk Two Feathers

September 1 – September 9

MCA Denver Colorado is showcasing the first solo museum exhibition dedicated to the work of Frohawk Two Feathers, the pseudonym for L.A.-based artist Umar Rashid. The exhibition includes more than 20 paintings, works on paper, and sculpture. Frohawk Two Feather’s collective work brilliantly re-imagines history and recounts the story of Frengland, his fictionalized European empire. By reinterpreting colonial history, his work shows the subjective nature of historical recollection. The artist created new works exclusively for the exhibit that further that expand the narrative to the Western United States.

SEE: La Cage Aux Folles

September 4 – September 16

Before there was The Birdcage, there was La Cage! This fall-out-of-your-seat hysterical Broadway production is the winner of three Tony Awards. La Cage tells the story of the owner of a glitzy nightclub in Saint Tropez and his partner who moonlights as a glamorous chanteuse as they meet the conservative parents of their son’s fiancée. A wild and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay together and stay true. Sensational Denver nightlife entertainment at the Buell Theatre!

DO: Fashion Night Out on Larimer Square

September 6

Those who think that the world of glamour is confined to Manhattan need only to dust off the heels and stroll down Larimer for FNO. Historic Larimer Square’s chic boutiques will be celebrating Fashion’s Night Out on Thursday, September 6th with designer trunk shows, nibbles and cocktails from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. A final rooftop fashion show at 8PM offers fashionistas the chance to win a $500 shopping spree! Donations benefit the Colorado AIDS project.

DO: Denver Food and Wine

September 6 – September 8

The 8th Annual Denver Food and Wine event is a three day culinary experience for gourmands, beer and wine lovers. The foodie weekend starts on Friday with the Restaurants Rock Fundraiser at Metropolitan State University of Denver Colorado. Guests will indulge in wine, spirits, and divine dishes from the city’s finest restaurants while enjoying live music. On Friday you may also purchase a ticket to one of the seminars like the “Dueling Chefs” presentation with Reality TV Stars Kelly Liken (Top Chef) and Jenna Johansen (Around the World in 80 Plates). The food and drinks keep coming on Saturday during the DFW Grand Tasting event from noon to 4:00PM at Metropolitan State University. Sample you heart out with +600 featured wines, signature spirits, haute cuisine from Denver’s top restaurants, a silent auction, and a Viking Culinary Chef showcase. Premier restaurants include The Brown Palace, Linger, Root Down, Jax, Cholon, Row 14, Zengo, La Tour, and many more!

DO: The Wildlife Experiences 10th Anniversary Event

September 8

Visit the Wildlife Museum on Saturday, September 8th for a special $1 admission and the opportunity to enjoy a variety of family friendly outdoor adventure activities throughout the museum grounds. Younger children can meet Diego from Nick Jr.’s popular show Go, Diego, Go!, create spin art, jump in the elephant bounce house, and get inked with a wild temporary tattoo. Visitors can nosh on carnival fare like kettle corn and BBQ or catch in a wildlife film in the 3D Extreme Screen Theater.

SEE: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

September 19

Frankie Valli came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of The Four Seasons and is still hotter than ever. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Seasons’ first hit “Sherry,” Frankie is on an international tour that makes a September stop at Denver Colorado’s Buell Theatre. We know this will be Oh what a night!

DO: Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & Half Marathon

September 22

The 24 or 12 mile course will lead runners from Civic Center Park through Denver Colorado’s beautiful parks, neighborhoods and historic landmarks with views of the Rockies. Not a runner? Cyclists can also participate in the Bike Tour beginning prior to the Marathon. Denver bands perform live music from alternative to classic rock, punk, funk, and blues. The beats keep the runners jamming from to the finish line!

SEE: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

September 22 – September 23

The famed Aspen Santa Fe Ballet returns to kick off their tenth season of dance at Denver Colorado’s Newman Center. This eclectic, progressive dance company has a sophisticated foundation in classical ballet that creates an incredible and moving impression on viewers of any age.


September 25 – September 30

Buell Theatre

Stomp is an explosive, sexy performance that is unparalleled by any typical theatre experience. The international percussion sensation has received an artillery of accolades and is fun for the entire family. The eight-member troupe uses unconventional percussion instruments from Zippo lighters to garbage cans to light up the stage with rhythm and Denver nightlife euphoria.

The Perfect One Night Getaway in Denver Colorado

For many suffering from the back to school blues, there is no better time to plan a mini-vacation to revitalize before the chaos of scheduling and carpools ensues. We have the perfect itinerary of indulgent Denver activities, stimulating Denver attractions, and posh nightlife that will melt away your cares.


11AM: Check into a regal suite at Denver, Colorado’s iconic Brown Palace.

11:30AM: Head to the hotel’s luxurious spa for a romantic Couple’s Massage. A serene candlelit VIP Couple’s Suite sets the mood as you experience a soothing and detoxifying massage together. This is the ultimate way to unwind into your mini-vacation.

2PM: Feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, head over to Wynkoop Brewing Company for a tour of Denver’s oldest brewpub. Reserve a spot for a free brewer-led tour through the brewing process of some of Denver’s most acclaimed beers. The S. Brown Mercantile building’s original timber pillars and pressed tin ceilings are as iconic as the beers. Sample the hops and enjoy a gourmet pub lunch.

6PM: Once you have rested in your suite after a day at the microbrewery, get dolled up and head to the atrium lobby for some live jazz and a refreshing Palace Collins cocktail.

7PM: Let the swinging melody and libations lead the way to a dinner on the town. Stroll under the twinkling lights of Larimer Square to a Denver, Colorado favorite, Bistro Vendome. A classic dinner of escargot and steak frites set amidst the elegant French bistro makes for a quintessential date night with your honey.


10AM: Enjoy the rare opportunity to sleep in and bring an appetite to The Brown’s lavish Champagne Brunch. Sip Dom Perignon as you sample from the tables of gourmet fare.

12PM: Engage your curiosities before heading home by exploring the impressive Western American Art and American Indian Art Collections at the Denver Art Museum. Here you will find the world’s premier collections of Native American art, each piece revealing the hand and eye of an individual artist. You will leave feeling a sense of awe from these premier collections as well as the architectural beauty of the museum itself.

How can you resist the best of indulgent and fascinating Denver activities before the back to school grind begins?

Denver Nightlife: The Perfect Book of Mormon Outing

The hottest of Denver attractions is about to hit theaters and shake up the Denver nightlife scene. The highly anticipated winner of winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical debuts Tuesday August 14th at the Ellie Caulkins Opera house. For those of you lucky enough to obtain tickets to the sold out Broadway sensation, we have designed the perfect theater outing.

Begin primping for the evening with The Brown Palace Signature Manicure at the hotel’s elegant spa. Complete with exfoliation, hydrating mist and paraffin wrap, this treatment will have your Colorado dry skin polished and theater-worthy in no time.

Now that you have been pampered like a Broadway star, it is time for a light pre-theater dinner. Row 14 Bistro & Wine Bar is a sophisticated, seasonal restaurant in the heart of Denver, Colorado’s performing arts center. The octopus flatbread and tender belly pork loin are masterpieces deserving of a lavish night out.

Hurry along now, The Book of Mormon curtains open by 7:30. Sit back and enjoy your privileged seat at this hit performance!

Sadly all things must come to an end, but the night is not over.  Reminisce and relish over the show with a post-theatre indulgence at Crave. A short walk from the Opera House, this Dessert Bar & Lounge is a favorite Denver nightlife spot.

After a full night on the town, check into a beautiful room at the historic Brown Palace. The plush bedding and cozy bathrobes are just want you desire after a dramatic evening.

How to Plan Your Summer Staycation in Denver Colorado

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Why waste precious time and money on summer vacation when you can book your staycation right here in Denver, Colorado. We have a list of the best Denver accommodations and Denver attractions that will leave you wondering why you would ever leave.


First things first, Denver accommodations. Check in to The Brown Palace as a carefree mood is set with evening jazz in the lobby.

Unwind and wet the palate with an old-fashioned cocktail in the polished, club atmosphere of the Churchill Bar.

Ease into dinner at the nearby, newly-opened Kitchen restaurant. You are in for a fabulous experience of chic farm-to-table dining.


Wake up and order a room service tea and light breakfast before bundling in luxurious robes and heading downstairs to the Spa at the Brown Palace. The Signature Massage pampers and restores with a blend of lemongrass and sage essential oils that melt stress away.

Walk over to Larimer Square for lunch and people watching at one of the many posh outdoor cafes. After lunch, stroll Larimer for premium home decor, fashion and gift shopping.

If you have the stamina, hop a short taxi ride over to the Denver Art Museum. The architecture is as breathtaking as the art work the museum houses. The Western American works are truly of a caliber you will not find outside of Denver.

After a long day, relax in the comforts of your elegant room before a late dinner reservation.

Supper tonight is on of elegance and class at our very own Palace Arms. Known for its contemporary fine dining in its unique Napoleonic setting, the menu features signature items as well as new twists to old classics.


Finish the weekend staycation in style with Champagne Brunch at Ellyngton’s. Sip Dom Perignon and indulge in lavish tastes and pastries from the hotel’s very own bakery. The infamous brunch is a Denver attractions must!

Denver Nightlife: Top Five Theater Performances

We are always seeking unique ways to enjoy Denver nightlife, and an evening at the theatre is unsurpassable. These shows have incredible casts that will make you laugh, cry and dance in your seat. Purchase tickets soon as these short-season performances do sell out.


I love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

In Theaters now to October 14th at the Garner Galleria Theatre

Everything you have experienced or wanted to know about dating, mating and marriage! A hysterical satire that explores everything from parents who talk baby talk, men who over-talk and women who pretend to listen, infidelity, and the injustice of lines for the ladies room. Four actors present the lives of more than 20 characters (husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, parents, in-laws and children) as they tackle the act of dealing with the opposite sex. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is the perfect Denver nightlife date.



In theatre now to August 11th at the Central City Opera + special performances at the DU Campus on August 5th and August 7th

Step back in time into the territory now known as Oklahoma. Here is the beloved story of a handsome cowboy and a strong-willed farm girl. This love story has been told for decades and has won the hearts of people time and time again. There isn’t a better setting to see this gem than the old-world Central City Opera House. Hum along to favorite numbers like “People Will Say We’re In Love” and “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’.”


Jersey Boys

July 17th to August 11th at the Buell Theatre

Twelve million people worldwide have flocked to see this musical masterpiece. After a smashing success in 2008, Jersey Boys is visiting Denver for a second time! Jersey Boys is the Grammy and Tony Award Winning Best Musical about the hall of fame rock n’ roll group, The Four Seasons. Watch the inspiring story of four blue-collar kids who became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Jersey Boys features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night”, and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”


The Book of Mormon

August 14th to September 2nd at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House

This sold-out show is the winner of nine Tony Awards for the Best Musical of the Year. The New York Times claims “It’s the best musical of this century” and Vogue touts it as “The best musical of the last 25 years.” This Broadway phenomenon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone has swept the country. The Book of Mormon does contain explicit language, so it is best as a Denver nightlife experience for adults…if you are lucky enough to find tickets!


La Cage aux Folles

September 4th to September 16th at the Buell Theatre

Before there was The Birdcage, there was La Cage! This fall-out-of-your-seat hysterical Broadway production is the winner of three Tony Awards. La Cage tells the story of the owner of a glitzy nightclub in Saint Tropez and his partner who moonlights as a glamorous chanteuse. When the son brings his fiancée’s conservative parents home to meet the flamboyant pair, the bonds of family are put to the test. La Cage is a wild and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay together and true to themselves. Fabulous Denver nightlife entertainment!



Make the Most of Fourth of July: Denver Activities

Civic Center Park Fireworks

July 3, Civic Center Park

An annual summertime favorite for Denver activities! Enjoy a patriotic concert by The Colorado Symphony, an innovative light show, and a stunning rooftop fireworks display atop the Denver City and County Building. This event is open to the community and seating is available on a first-come basis. Lay out a summer picnic spread or sample cuisine from local food vendors on-site.

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Fireworks at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

July 4, Elitch Gardens

Spend a thrilling afternoon riding the roller coasters and cruising the water slides at downtown Denver’s favorite amusement park. At dusk, cool down with a lemonade or adult Daiquiri and prepare for a spectacular fireworks display to light up the night sky. The marvelous show can be seen from across the city and is an annual Denver activities favorite.

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Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration

July 4, Four Mile Park

Looking for different things to do in Denver? Pay homage to American heritage by bringing the entire family to Four Mile Historic Park’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. Festivities include musical performances, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and visits with our forefathers Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Uncle Sam. Tour Denver’s oldest standing structure, the Four Mile House Museum, and learn how early settlers celebrated the Fourth and dealt with the summer heat. Traditional summertime food and refreshments will be available.

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Liberty Run 4 Mile & Firecracker Kids Fun Run

July 4, Washington Park

Start the Fourth of July with some patriotic exercise! Come out with the family to Denver’s largest 4th of July run. The Liberty Run includes a 4 Mile Run/Walk and the Firecracker Kids Fun Run. Dazzle the crowds in your finest red, white and blue attire. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed.

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5th Annual Fourth of July Highland Parade

July 4, Highlands

Just an old fashioned 4th of July parade! Bring a red, white and blue decorated ride, a can of food for the local food bank, and a blanket to sit on. The parade route is from 32nd Ave & Alcott to 16th Street at Hirshorn Park. Parade marchers should meet at the intersection of 32nd & Alcott Street by 9AM.

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The B-52s and Squeeze Concert

July 4, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

The first event of the Summer Concert Series will be held on Independence evening.

Spend the 4th at the Botanic Gardens beautiful location in Littleton. Roam the gardens before the concert begins at 6:30.

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Lee Greenwood at Hudson Gardens

July 3-4, Hudson Gardens

Hudson Gardens is proud to present their first-ever two night Independence Day concert stand featuring Lee Greenwood, best known for his rendition of “God Bless the USA”. This celebration concert salutes the Armed Forces and honors family, community, and patriotism. A dazzling fireworks display followseach concert!

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4th of July Fireworks Lacrosse Game

July 4, Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Celebrate Independence Day with the Denver Outlaws as they take on the Ohio Machine and stay after the game for the largest close-proximity fireworks show in the city. American Red Cross Colorado Chapters will bet at the game to collect cash supporting the relief efforts with the Colorado wildfires.

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Cherry Creek Arts Festival

July 6-8, Cherry Creek North

Join the 350,0000+ annual visitors that flock to this free outdoor cultural celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts – a gem of artful Denver activities.

A wonderful opportunity to chat with international visual artists, sample fine cuisine, and delight in a myriad of family friendly entertainment. Stroll ‘Artivity Avenue’, a block of interactive activities for kids; groove at ‘Cultural Pavilion’, a platform for global music, dance and theater; and feast on cuisine from popular Denver restaurants on ‘Culinary Avenue’.

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Best Places to See Art in Denver Colorado

While the Mile High City is certainly admired for its mountain views, local breweries and festivals, it is also home to a burgeoning society of art and culture. The following is just a small introduction to what Denver, Colorado has to offer for those looking to take in art on your next summer vacation or short weekend getaway.

The Denver Art Museum:

Tickets: Prices depend on residency, age and the exhibits you want to see. Go here for more information.

Hours:Closed on Monday
Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Denver Art Museum is one of the biggest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast. There are over 70,000 pieces in the nine permanent collections which include art from cultures around the world, photography and modern and contemporary art. There are also several interesting temporary exhibits this summer including Yves Saint Laurent: Retrospective and Garry Winogrand: Women Are Beautiful.

Clyfford Still Museum

Tickets: Members Always Free
Adults – $10
Students/Seniors (65+) – $6
Youth (ages 6-17)- $3
5 and Under – FREE

Hours:Closed on Monday
Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clyfford Still was one of the earliest Abstract Expressionist artists who developed a new and unique painting style in the years following WWII. Still’s will stipulated that his entire estate and collection of work would be given to the city that agreed to build a museum completely dedicated to his work. In 2004, Denver became home to the Clyfford Still Museum and holds 94%  of Still’s work. The Clyfford Still museum is a must-see for art enthusiasts because it can’t be seen anywhere else!

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Hours:Tuesday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tickets: Adults: $7.00

Seniors, Teachers & Students: $6

The Kirkland Museum has an elaborate collection of decorative art, Colorado art and paintings by Vance Kirkland. Most of the collections include furniture and home accessories from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. What most distinguishes Kirkland from other contemporary art museums is its unique salon-style displays that showcase fine art in the same galleries as decorative art. Go here for more information on exhibits and tours.

If you don’t want to commit to just one museum for a day, check out Denver’s Art Districts. Stroll along gallery-lined streets to see both local and  international artists.

Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend in Denver

Memorial Day weekend is a particularly special time for many people. We remember America’s fallen heroes and put our patriotism on full display. Memorial Day in Denver also unofficially kicks off summer in the Mile High City. Over the three-day weekend there will be some exciting things happening in and around the city. Enjoy a weekend with family friendly events and special services. Here are some things to do over Memorial Day weekend:

1. Memorial Day Parade and Tribute Ceremony 

  • When: May 26
  • Where: Civic Center Park, Downtown Denver
  • Cost: Free

Denver will celebrate Memorial Day 2012 by commemorating those who lost their lives while serving our country during the Denver Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 26 at 10 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.


2. Downtown Denver Arts Festival

  • When: Friday, May 25 – Monday, May 28, 2012
  • Where: Denver Pavilions, Downtown Denver
  • Cost: Free

Throughout Memorial Day Weekend at the Denver Pavilions, 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 2011 festival attracted close to 150,000 people, who supported Colorado’s creative community by purchasing more than $500,000 worth of art.


3. Colorado Rockies vs. Houston Astros

  • When: Monday, May 28, 2012, 1:10 p.m. and 6:10 p.m.
  • Where: Coors Field
  • Cost: Tickets are $4 – $100.

Catch the Rockies versus the Astros at Coors Field during a special matinee Memorial Day game starting at 1:10 p.m. and a second game at 6:10 p.m. Following the evening game, fireworks will light up the sky. Before and after, Lower Downtown bustles with rooftop dining and drink specials.


4. Denver Day of Rock

  • When: Saturday, May 26, 2012, 2:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Five stages along the 16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver
  • Cost: Free admission

For the third year in a row, the 16th Street pedestrian mall will be transformed into a massive block party with 25 free rock concerts throughout the day, performing on five stages, for the annual Denver Day ofRock. ‘80’s rock giants TOTO are headlining this year, in addition to such favorites as Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Samples and Fishbone. Some of the Mile High City’s most talented performers will also take to the stage, including John Common, Something Underground and Air Dubai.


5. The Big Eat

  • When: Sunday, May 27, 2012, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Where: Union Station
  • Cost: $25 admission covers food. Drinks are $5 each.

The second annual Big Eat event features 36 restaurants, as well as local breweries and wineries. Sponsored by the Independent Restaurant Network, the event showcases local restaurants including Euclid Hall, Linger and the Wynkoop.


Take advantage of great Memorial Day Weekend hotel deals here at The Brown Palace! For more information regarding reservations or for general inquiries please call 303.297.3111 or e-mail us at