Greater Denver has festivities taking place all through the year including concerts, festivals, fairs and sporting events.
The list below presents an overview of the major events in the Denver area.
From the crack of the bat to the slide on into home, NCAA baseball packs a wallop of home run frenzy for what’s oft called America’s favorite pastime. Diamond action starts in January, continuing through most of June.
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National Western Stock Show & Rodeo
Nearly a century old, more than 15,000 animals are displayed and sold at this annual event that includes more than a dozen ticketed events from auctions to bull riding. Call (303) 297-1166 for more information.
Martin Luther King Parade
Billed as the largest Martin Luther King Jr. march in the United States, this annual event draws upward of 30,000 participants, gathering at City Park and proceeding to Civic Center Park for a rally. Call (303) 331-4113 for more information.
GART Sports Expo
This annual expo at the Colorado Convention Center includes products and services for fishing, camping, boating, and hunting. Call (360) 693-3700 for more information.
Be My Denver Valentine Treasure Hunt
For an afternoon of adventure, romantic clues lead couples to downtown Denver hotspots and cozy corners. Clues dictate where to go next, so nothing’s left to chance on the hunt. Call (303) 875-7603 for more information.
Colorado Garden & Home Show
During the first half of February, homeowners from all around reap inspiration for spring landscaping, patio and outdoor projects during this annual extravaganza at the Colorado Convention Center. Call (303) 932-8100 for more information.
Applewood Bridal Fair
Bridal couples can plan their entire wedding celebration from this show in Wheat Ridge, with vendors galore. Every attendee receives a $50 gift certificate. Call (303) 593-2091 for more information.
National Arenacross Series
The world’s largest indoor motorsport series features three days of heat races and more. Call (303) 830-8497 for more information.
All About Kids Expo
Going strong for more than a decade old, this annual fun-filled forum has games and music for kids, and child-friendly exhibits for adults. Call (303) 282-5073 for more information.
SnowBall Gala Carnival
At the end of February, Shining Stars Foundation hosts a fundraiser for the Aspen Winter Games to be held in mid-March, at the Colorado History Museum in downtown Denver, featuring live Brazilian samba music, food, drinks and more. Call (970) 726-8009 for more information.
Home and Garden Bazaar
Home improvement and landscaping experts are available in one place to demonstrate and instruct on the latest methods and products, at the Celebrate event center in Wheat Ridge. Call (720) 331-8540 for more information.
Denver Baby & Kidz Expo
In late February, the National Western Complex hosts a festival of family entertainment, interactive exhibits, children's activities, parent information sessions and more. Call (303) 400-3470 for more information.
Rocky Mountain Thyagaraja Utsavam
Early in March, DesiShades and Bhairavi School of Music welcome Colorado Rasikas to pay tribute to the composers, philosophers and musicians of the past who made an everlasting contribution to the Indian heritage, featuring a number of talents and guest artists rendering masterpieces of Indian classical music. Call (303) 552-5066 for more information.
Colorado RV, Sports, Boat & Travel Show
This half-century old event at the National Western Complex features exhibits, demonstrations, a climbing wall and travel packages. Call (303) 892-6800 for more information.
Your Kids Closet Consignment Sale & Parents Expo
Early in March, Wildlife Experience in Parker hosts a trade shop for kids' clothing, maternity clothes, toys and equipment, where you can bring no longer needed items and trade them in for better ones. Dad and the kids can tour the museum while Mom shops. Call (303) 810-9241 for more information.
In mid-March, Tagawa Gardens in Centennial hosts the Spring orchid show and sale, featuring expert growers offering advice and a magnificent display of orchids. Call (720) 936-3932 for more information.
Travel, Cruise and Golf Expo
In mid-March, the Colorado Convention Center hosts travel agents, cruise and golf package vendors and others where attendees can explore a variety of travel and vacation alternatives in one place. Call (303) 400-3470 for more information.
Denver Jewish Film Festival
Screenings for the Denver Jewish Film Festival unfold annually at the Starz FilmCenter on the Auraria campus. Call (303) 595-3456 for more information.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The city’s biggest annual parade features horses, stagecoaches, marching bands, floats and fun, all with Western-style flair. Call (303) 368-9861 for more information.
Major League Baseball
Nothing signals advent of spring more than baseball with a capital B, tightly meshed into American culture with historic firsts, icon performances, record-setting events, and traditions from hot dogs slathered in mustard to unexpected curveballs, and seventh-inning stretches. Books and movies about baseball are fine and dandy, but nothing beats Major League Baseball action, playing out each season from April through the World Series.
Earth Day is free at the 1005 York Street location only. Call (720) 865-3500 for more information.
PanAfrican Film Festival
Screenings for the PanAfrican Film Festival unfold annually at the Starz FilmCenter on the Auraria campus. Call (303) 595-3456 for more information.
Cherry Creek Sneak
Starting at Cherry Creek Drive North, participants race, sprint, walk or crawl competitively through a five-mile course on streets near Cherry Creek. Call (303) 394-7223 for more information.
Southern Colorado 9Health Fair
In mid to late April, Remington College Colorado Springs hosts a variety of over 20 free and low cost health screenings, 6050 Erin Park Drive. Call (719) 532-1234 for more information.
Colorado Womens' Expo
Towards the end of April, the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver hosts the largest women's show in the state, featuring speakers and product exhibitors on fitness, fashion, finance, cooking, creative design, and crafts. Call (303) 932-8100 for more information.
HRC Mile High Gala
In late April, the Human Rights Campaign hosts its annual gala at EXDO Events Center in northeastern Denver, featuring a fundraiser dinner, dance and well known speakers. Call (303) 394-0808 for more information.
Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza
At the end of April, the Brown Palace Hotel is the site for a connoisseur's evening co-hosted by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and Robb Report, featuring 80 single malt Scotch whiskies as well as whiskies from Ireland, Japan and New Zealand, where guest can sample the best of the world's whiskies and converse with experts representing the finest distilleries. Call (800) 990-1991 for more information.
Washington Park Home Tour
Over Mother's Day weekend, several of Denver's finest homes in the Washington Park neighborhood, both new and old, are open for tours to benefit Steele Elementary School and Denver Public Schools Outreach program for homeless students. Call (303) 744-1717 for more information.
This annual two-mile walk or run through Washington Park with or without canine accompaniment benefits the Denver Dumb Friends League and the area’s homeless animals. Call (303) 696-4941 for more information.
Cinco de Mayo
Billed as the largest Cinco de Mayo event in the United States, this annual extravaganza draws more than 400,000 to Civic Center Park where hundreds of booths sell Latino food, crafts and art. Call (303) 534-8342 for more information.
Mile High Amazing Race
Based on the popular television series, in mid-May teams race to checkpoints, perform tasks and conquer challenges along the way, starting from downtown Denver around the Pepsi Center, to benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Call (720) 341-3857 for more information.
Colorado Corks and Cuisine
In mid-May, the best vintners and caterers present their finest wares at Four Mile Historic Park in southeast Denver near Glendale, and provide lots of food and a complimentary Four Mile wine glass. Call (720) 865-0815 for more information.
Benefitting the Denver Art Museum, the evening features a silent auction, flavorful wines and experts from the wine and spirits industry. Call (720) 913-0039 for more information.
In Aurora, Java Fest provides opportunity to kick back with a cup o’ joe while taking in acoustic music and an authentic Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Festival activities include a coffee sampling and vendors. Live bands, bocce ball, croquet, and more. Call (303) 326-8386 for more information.
Downtown Denver Arts Festival
During Memorial Day Weekend, over 135 artists who work with mixed media, clay, fiber, photography, furniture, glass, jewelry, wood, and more will display their work at the Denver Pavilions at 16th and Glenarm. Call (303) 330-8237 for more information.
Colorado Environmental Coalition Rebel With a Cause Gala, Dinner and Silent Auction
Towards the end of May each year, the Colorado Environmental Coalition sponsors a dinner and silent auction in the Denver area to benefit programs that protect the state's environment and quality of life. The specific location may vary from year to year. Call (303) 405-6703 for more information.
Aurora Asian Film Festival
This full-blown Asian fair features food, films an entertainment at the Aurora Fox. Call (303) 595-3456 for more information.
Denver’s Greek community serves up baklava and more, with art exhibits, live music, dancing and a big, fat overall good time. Call (303) 388-9314 for more information.
Summer Art Market (SAM)
For more than a decade, the Summer Art Market (SAM), sponsored by the Art Students League of Denver, has been a magnet for art savvy buyers and collectors, providing opportunity to mingle with artisans and buy affordable art in a relaxed neighborhood setting. Call (303) 778-6990 for more information.
Denver celebrates the end of slavery in Texas at the Five Points neighborhood with a parade, gospel extravaganza, entertainment and exotic food. Call (303) 832-3770 for more information.
Madame Lou Bunch Day and Brass Bed Races
Central City hosts an annual festival along Main Street featuring a bed race, and general feather-bedecked revelry with attendees dressed as Dapper Dan, Sporting House Girl, or the Madame. Call (720) 560-0177 for more information.
Film on the Rocks
From mid-June until mid-August, Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison hosts a film festival sponsored by Denver Film Society and XBox 360, featuring classic films, live bands, and emceed by top comedians. Call (303) 595-3456 for more information.
A morning parade leads to a flamboyant festival at Cheesman Park with food, live music and information about gay/lesbian community activities. Call (303) 492-2783 for more information.
Ride The Rockies
The annual bicycle tour pedals through challenging mountain passes. Call (303) 820-1338 for more information.
Aurora’s Latino community goes all out for this colorful fiesta, with food, art and culture, live music, dance, a beer garden and mercado. Call (303) 326-8386 for more information.
Dogs in the Park 3K Walk / Run
Towards the end of June, E.B. Rains, Jr. Memorial Park in Northglenn sponsors a competition for runners and walkers and their pets, with snacks and goodie bags donated by local businesses, to benefit Friends of Retired Greyhounds. Call (303) 667-5122 for more information.
Do at the Zoo
Multiple parties, multiple bands, and one wild night constitute Doo at the Zoo, where every dollar raised is matched by the Zoo Improvement Bond, doubling the gift for the Denver Zoo’s Asian Tropics project. Call (303) 376-4865 for more information.
Fourth of July Spectacular in Aurora
The city of Aurora hosts the largest Independence Day fireworks in the metropolitan area, preceded by a number of live band performances, best enjoyed from the lawn of the Aurora Municipal Center. Call (303) 326-8386 for more information.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival
In early July, Denver's Cherry Creek North neighborhood hosts visual, performing and culinary artists along with vendor booths, family activities, and four stages of live entertainment including cooking demonstrations and live music. Call (303) 355-2787 for more information.
Wild Nights at Denver Zoo
This multicultural event celebrates the influence of animals on worldwide music, stories, cuisine and beliefs. Call (303) 376-4846 for more information.
Colorado Gay Rodeo
Goat dressing and a wild drag race add to more traditional rodeo events at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Call (303) 839-8810 for more information.
Cherry Creek North Sidewalk Sale
Over a weekend in mid-July, the restaurants with outdoor patios along the 16 blocks of Cherry Creek North offer specials, and tents full of fashions, gifts and home furnishings at once a year prices line the street. Call (303) 394-2904 for more information.
Colorado Irish Festival
The largest such celebration in the Rockies includes and Irish dancing, drama, storytelling, food and drink. Call (303) 561-4007 for more information.
Summer Brew Fest
In mid to late July, the Mile High Station hosts over 45 state and local breweries offering over 125 Colorado crafted beers, accompanied by live entertainment, to celebrate the state's craft beverages and to benefit the Swallow Hill Music Association.
Our Lady of Visitation Summer Bazaar
Over a weekend in mid July, the Summer Bazaar features live entertainment, a horseshoe tournament, authentic homemade Mexican food, kids' games, wheel games and a raffle. 2534 West 65th Place. Call (303) 429-7947 for more information.
In Aurora’s Bicentennial Park, KidsSpree features more than 60 hands-on activities, plus entertainers, attracting a crowd of nearly 40,000 each year. Call (303) 326-8386 for more information.
Global Dance Festival
Great DJs gather under the stars at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Morrison to celebrate evolution of dance music. Call (303) 295-4444 for more information.
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
At Lakewood’s Sloan’s Lake Park, enjoy Dragon Boat races, Explore Asia where you can explore villages from three Asian countries, performing artists, a Marketplace, plenty of childrens' activities, a Taste of Asia Food Court and much more featured at the Colorado Asian Pacific American community's annual cultural festival. Call (303) 832-4600 for more information.
New Belgium's Urban Assault Ride
During the last week in July, Skyline Park hosts a full day of beer and cycling, featuring a bike scavenger hunt with prizes and a moustache contest. 1125 16th Street Mall. Call (970) 481-5577 for more information.
Rocky Mountain Rollergirls' Golf Tournament
During the last week in July, Park Hill Golf Course, 4141 E. 35th Ave. hosts a special that includes green fees, cart, balls, award dinner and an opportunity to spend time with the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls. Call (720) 984-3132 for more information.
Firefighters Appreciation Day
Kermit the frog rides a fire truck downtown at this annual fest with history of the Denver Fire Department, a menu of fire house favorites and more. Call (303) 892-1436 for more information.
Art from the Heart
Art from the Heart features a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, libations, live music and more to benefit the Seniors’ Resource Center. Call (303) 235-6927 for more information.
Colorado State Fair
Parades, concerts, contests, animals and art exhibits return to the fairgrounds. Call (719) 561-8484 for more information.
AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Boulder Open
Dozens of top professional beach volleyball athletes including Olympic gold medalists compete in a beach party atmosphere at the Boulder Reservoir. Call (303) 441-3461 or (310) 426-8000 for more information.
Adult Film Star Ball
Toward the end of August, La Boheme Gentlemen's Cabaret hosts the stars and producers of the adult film and entertainment industry, together with headliners from the WWE world, for an annual extravaganza of partying, DJ music and assorted events. Call (303) 820-3212 for more information.
Nutritarian Festival for Nutritional Research
In late August, The Aspen Club & Spa hosts lectures on nutrition by best selling authors on how a nutrition based diet can prevent and cure heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity will be featured, along with a fundraiser dinner catered by Aspen's best restaurants, and a Nutritarian Challenge Cookoff. 1450 Ute Avenue, Aspen. Call (210) 867-6717 for more information.
Over the last weekend in August, Skyline Park in downtown Denver near 16th St. Mall and Arapahoe hosts an all day and evening festival featuring live music, art, craft and food vendors, all from Colorado, to benefit the Rett Syndrome Research Foundation. Call (303) 548-4742 for more information.
National Football League
If it’s fall and you’re ready for some football, count on the National Football League to deliver non-stop grid action, leading to playoffs, and the incomparable Super Bowl. The NFL has come a long way since its 1920 founding in Canton, Ohio at Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile dealership. NFL action was first televised in 1939 when NBC broadcast within New York City. The NFL’s Longest Day was on Christmas, 1971, in a playoff between the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, and Miami’s 17-0 Perfect Season unfolded the following year. But that’s history, and prospects for new milestones start in September.
NCAA Football, created in 1997 to promote college football ideals, makes no bones about the importance of each game. Losing at any time during the season can thwart a team's chances for postseason action or an NCAA Championship. No wonder NCAA Football marketers have adopted a tagline of "NCAA Football: Every Game Counts."
On every weekend during September and October, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield features a 9-foot tall walk-in corn stalk maze, along with a mini-maze for younger children, featuring 2 haunted houses -- 'The 25th Hour' and 'The Butcher' -- and other seasonal surprises. The path is changed every year, so the maze remains the most popular and challenging of its kind in the country. Call (720) 865-3500 for more information.
Colorado European Festival
On the first Sunday in September, Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch hosts European performers, chefs, musicians and artists to delight the senses with the best in food and entertainment that Europe has to offer, with proceeds benefitting the Highlands Ranch Veteran's Memorial Monument in Civic Green Park. Call (616) 712-2596 for more information.
Colorado Performing Arts Festival
Dance, theater, music, opera, story-telling and more unfold at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, with nine theaters seating 10,000. Call (303) 640-6952 for more information.
Sunnyside Music Fest
On a weekend in early to mid September, Chaffee Park at 44th and Tejon in north Denver hosts a family festival featuring top name local entertainment, a beer garden, and lots of fun activities for the kids. Call (303) 722-9383 for more information.
Red Rocks Run and Roll
Amid mountain environs of Red Rocks Amphitheatre, more than 4,000 runners experience the rapture of racing along a course with occasional bald eagle sightings. Mid-September’s 5k and 3k run, walk and roll includes a hand cycle division, promoting progressive sports/recreation opportunities for children and adults with physical disabilities. Call (720) 936-2999 for more information.
Gem and Mineral Show
In mid-September, concurrent with the Colorado Fossil Expo, the Denver Merchandise Mart hosts the largest regional arts and crafts exhibition of lapidary and earth sciences dealers and hobbyists, including a walking dinosaur and gold panning lessons for kids, speakers and free mineral and gem identification. Call (303) 915-7457 for more information.
Arvada Harvest Festival
In mid-September, the town of Arvada hosts the second oldest festival in Colorado, featuring a carnival and over 100 vendor booths highlighting the produce and products of Colorado. Call (303) 456-2121 for more information.
Firebird Festival: A Taste of Russia
In mid-September, All Saints of Russia Orthodox Church celebrates Russian culture, including food, live entertainment, locally made Russian crafts, musical performances and tours of the church. Call (303) 757-3533 for more information.
Larimar Square’s Oktoberfest
A restored section of Denver’s oldest street hosts celebrants with oompah bands, bratwurst, and ample quantities of beer. Call (303) 685-8143 for more information.
Taste of Cherry Creek
Mouthwatering dishes from Denver’s finest eateries are served up each year to benefit the Denver Komen Race for the Cure in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Call (303) 388-6022 for more information.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado Charity Kickball Tournament
In mid to late September, Coors sponsors a kickball tournament at Dick's Sporting Goods Park to benefit children with life-threatening diseases. Call (720) 988-3295 for more information.
Vintage Harvest Festival
Food, wine and the arts take center stage when the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey near Canon City hosts the Vintage Harvest Festival, with an eclectic mix of local produce, a fiesta-style grape crush, Mexican buffet, belly dancers and fine art. A Winemaker’s Dinner kicks off the fun. Call (719) 276-5191 for more information.
Festival International at Fletcher Plaza, sponsored by the Northern Aurora Business Association, celebrates rich area diversity with food, music, dancing, and more. Call (303) 361-6169 for more information.
Peace Through Action Day
In mid to late September, Care for the Planet Organization sponsors a 2 mile walk around Cheeseman Park, followed by inspirational presentations and a special service in support of Peace. Call (303) 330-2949 for more information.
National Hockey League
The National Hockey League’s rough and tumble world packs a motherlode of milestones, from 1917’s NHL opener, to when Maurice Richard was first to score 50 goals in one season in 1944-45, to when Clint Benedict was the first goalie to put on a mask after a shot knocked him unconscious, to when Manon Rheaume made headlines in 1992 as the first woman playing in one of the four major sports leagues, goaltending for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the St. Louis Blues. From October on, it’s non-stop action in the world of hat tricks -- three goals in a game by a player -- and sudden death overtime.
Zombie Apocalypse - Littleton Zombie Crawl and Pig Roast
On October 1, the haunted houses of the greater Denver area invite you to dress up like a zombie, splash on some red paint, and participate with professsional actors in scaring the wits out of the guests. 1500 West Littleton Boulevard, Littleton. Call (720) 261-0570 for more information.
Boo at the Zoo
The Denver Zoo takes on the look of a haunted park filled with mysterious creatures and fun for tiny trick-or-treaters. Call (303) 376-4800 for more information.
Knock Your Boots Off Beer Tasting and Chili Cookoff
In mid-October along Arapahoe Street in Golden, 60 different breweries from small independents to big name commercial brands, plus amateur and professional chili chefs, will be featured in this annual street festival. Call (303) 522-9045 for more information.
In mid-October, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield hosts a number of Fall-themed activities and exhibits for all ages, and families can select the perfect pumpkin for the season. Call (720) 865-3500 for more information.
Halloween with Horses Fall Festival
A week or so before Halloween, the High Prairie Farms and Colorado Horse Park provide a trick-or-treat barn, pumpkin patch, costumed horse contest and pony rides. Call (303) 841-5550 for more information.
Starz Denver International Film Festival
Filmmakers introduce slate of movies at the Temple Buell Theater and the Starz FilmCenter. Call (303) 595-3456 for more information.
Night on the Town - Black-Footed Ferret Benefit
Support black-footed ferret recovery efforts by attending a benefit dinner and auction, featuring special guests and live black-footed ferrets, hosted by the Colorado History Museum and sponsored by Prairie Wildlife Research. Call (970) 217-7068 for more information.
Victorian Fetish Ball
A feather and ice fetish party designed to tantalize the mind and the senses creating euphoria of sensuality. People of various circles gather for this 2,000-person costume mandatory event. Call (720) 936-2999 for more information.
Red Bull Soapbox Race
Late in October, Red Bull sponsors a series of soap box races commencing in the Denver area at the Red Rocks Amphitheater. Call (303) 697-4939 for more information.
Victorian Fetish Ball
In mid to late October, visitors from all over the world are expected at this erotic Halloween party, featuring live entertainment and assorted festivities. Diamond Cabaret and After Dark. 1222 Glenarm. Call (720) 936-2999 for more information.
Haunted Animal Hospital and Purr-Fect Howl-O-Ween Fundraiser
During the week preceding Halloween, North Metro Vet Hostpital at I-70 and Peco Street hosts Denver's only haunted animal hospital and fundraiser, featuring pet psychics, animal caricature artists, photographers, pet vendors, raffles, a low-cost vaccination clinic, dog wash, and more. Call (303) 433-8835 for more information.
Stepping Stones to Success Dinner
In the last week of October, Marriott Civic Center hosts a black tie optional gala reception dinner to benefit the Tennyson Center for Children, featuring live music and dancing. Call (720) 855-3316 for more information.
Red Bull SoapBox Race
During the last two weeks of October, Red Bull sponsors a soapbox derby for amateur enthusiasts to race their uniquely crafted non-motorized vehicles, along Trading Post Road in Red Rocks Park, southwest of Lakewood. Call (214) 957-5990 for more information.
Clever clues lead participants to downtown hotspots and haunted corners, where adults and kids encounter a cast of ghostly characters revealing Denver’s haunted history. Call (303) 875-7603 for more information.
During the last week of October, the Hyatt Regency - Tech Center hosts the largest science fiction convention of writers, publishers, vendors, panel speakers and fans in the Rocky Mountain region. Call (303) 376-4800 for more information.
Trick or Treat Streets at the Forney Museum
The Forney Museum of Transportation hosts a Halloween party featuring a costume contest, games, crafts, and trick-or-treating, plus a performance by a magician. Call (303) 297-1113 for more information.
First devised by James Naismith in 1891, with the first recorded collegiate game in 1893, legions testify there’s no sound so soothing as a basketball whooshing through the net after a flick of the wrist. NCAA basketball brings grass roots hoop dreams to an entirely new level each fall, building toward March Madness, the NCAA Division Basketball Championships.
Colorado Buffaloes, Air Force Falcons, CSU Rams, Denver Pioneeers
During the first week in November, the University of Denver's School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management hosts the Chef's Wine and Food Competition, the student-crafted Vintners' Grand Dinner, and the Grand Tasting of International Wines and Food where hundreds of wines from over 19 countries will be featured. Call (303) 664-5700 for more information.
Weim and Cheese
Early in November, Bonacquisti Winery hosts a wine and cheese benefit for Mile High Weimaraner Rescue, featuring hors d'oeuvre, live and silent auctions, and desserts. Call (720) 214-3144 for more information.
Light Up Larimar
In mid November, organizers light up the shopping district for the holiday season downtown. Every weekend through early January becomes an extravaganza with carolers, tuba concert, ice sculpting and more. Call (303) 685-8143 for more information.
In mid-November, the 16-block East End Arts District of Aurora hosts an open house where visitors can mingle with artists and explore all of the galleries. Call (720) 333-2617 for more information.
Holiday Gift & Garden Market
For some four decades, the Denver Botanic Gardens’ annual holiday shopping event has featured horticultural and crafty gifts, food and beverages. Call (720) 865-3500 for more information.
Castle Clay Artists Holiday Show and Sale
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, During the first week in December, the Sixth Avenue United Church hosts an exhibition of locally created ceramics, jewelry, wood, glass and other crafts. Call (303) 377-5535 for more information.
Holiday Food & Gift Festival
At the Colorado Convention Center with Santa and a big model train, this Christmas shopping extravaganza features vendors by the hundred with gourmet items, clothing, art, pottery, jewelry, and more. Call (503) 526-1080 for more information.
Downtown Denver Grand Illumination
Over the last weekend in November, the City & County Building, Larimer Square, Denver Pavilions, Union Station, Skyline Park, and the 16th Street Mall will be lit up and decorated for the holidays. Call (303) 534-6161 for more information.
Christmas Expo & Indoor Tree Lot
Every weekend, from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, the Christmas Expo & Indoor Tree Lot at 5300 West 44th Avenue (the pink Merchandise Building at Sheridan) offers lots of kid friendly vendors, photos with Santa, unique ornaments, holiday pies and much more, with a portion of the proceeds going to The Tennyson Children's Center and Operation Santa. Call (303) 358-0336 for more information.
Conscious Boutique and Holistic Expo
The Taxi-Rhino Art District in northeast Denver hosts a day of shopping options where proceeds benefit the local community, the Children's Global Peace Project, ovr the first weekend in December. Call (303) 261-2512 for more information.
Denver Christkindl Market
From the last weekend in November until the day before Christmas Eve, vendors from Germany and other foreign countries offer hand-carved wooden figurines and other handcrafts at Skyline Park where German food and beer, pastries, candies and Glühwein will be featured. Call (303) 534-6161 for more information.
Georgetown Christmas Market
Victorian Georgetown captures the magic of an old-fashioned Christmas in the tradition of the Swedish Julmarknad and the German Christmarket, an annual program of the Aurora History Museum. Call (303) 326-8650 for more information.
9NEWS Parade of Lights Presented by Southwest Airlines
In the first week of December, marching bands, lights, floats and giant balloons parade along two miles of downtown Denver street, starting at the Denver City and County Building, with the Denver skyline in the background. Call (303) 534-6161 for more information.
Denver Potters Association Holiday Show and Sale
During the first week in December, the Sixth Avenue United Church hosts an exhibition of unique pottery, jewelry, wood, glass and other crafts. Call (303) 377-5535 for more information.
Flatirons Mineral Club Annual Gem & Mineral Show
In early December, the Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building in Longmont north of Denver hosts dealers displaying gems and lapidary supplies, and local organizations offering classes and other presentations, with lots of activities for children and gift shopping options and educational programs for adults. Call (303) 366-3064 for more information.
During the first week of December, East High School hosts amateur body building, fitness and figure championships, in the Theater. Call (303) 282-9999 for more information.
Blossoms of Light
Illumination of 12 acres of gardens, with carolers, dancers and more unfold at the Denver Botanic Gardens throughout the month. Call (720) 865-3500 for more information.
Living Lights - Illuminating Small Wonders
Every evening for a week in mid-December, Butterfly Pavilion illuminates its tropical rain forest and gardens with thousands of tiny lights offering a special holiday viewing of the insect kingdom. Call (303) 469-5441 for more information.
In mid-December, the University of Colorado at Denver's College of Arts & Media presents 400 tuba players who will perform traditional holiday songs at Skyline Park. Call (303) 534-6161 for more information.
"A Christmas Carol," The Musical, at DU
The Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theatre presents a holiday play for all ages, based on the novel by Charles Dickens, with a cast of young actors under the direction of Professor Anthony Hubert, at the University of Denver's Margery Reed Hall. Call (303) 476-0222 for more information.
Luminaria Night in Washington Park
On the Sunday night before Christmas, all of the residents in the neighborhood which surrounds Washington Park place candles on their lawns to light up the park area for beautiful night of joy and friendship. Call (303) 589-2320 for more information.
Georgetown Christmas Market
Victorian Georgetown captures the magic of an old-fashioned Christmas in the tradition of the Swedish Julmarknad and the German Christmarket. Call (303) 569-2840 for more information.
Jingle Bell Run
Benefitting the Arthritus Foundation, this national 5K run and walk starts in Washington Park. Call (303) 756-8622 for more information.
Xcel Energy Parade of Lights
For two evenings in early December starting at the Denver City and County Building, lighted floats and the state’s top marching bands parade through downtown. Call (303) 534-6161 for more information.
New Year's Eve Fireworks
Downtown Denver Events, Inc. and Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau present two fireworks displays along the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver, at 9PM and again at 12 midnight on New Year's Eve. Call (303) 534-6161 for more information.