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Psst… 32 Things to do in Denver this May 201814 min read

Taylor Swift | The Denver Ear

So many fun and great events taking place in Denver this month. Check out our favorite 32 things to do in Denver this May 2018!

32 THINGS TO DO IN DENVER THIS MAY 2018

#1 CIVIC CENTER EATS
Civic Center Eats Denver | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Civic Center Conservancy

When: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday throughout May 2018

Where: Civic Center Park, 101 14th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204

Time: 11am – 2pm

Civic Center EATS, presented by Bank of America & Westword, is Metro Denver’s largest gathering of gourmet food trucks and carts, accompanied by gorgeous views and live music, and all in support of a great cause, the nonprofit Civic Center Conservancy.

#2 POST MALONE

When: May 2, 2018

Where: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: Re-Sell starting from $125+

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Post Malone will be performing live at Red Rocks, with special guests, 21 Savage SOB X RBE.

#3 MAKS, VAL & PETA LIVE ON TOUR: CONFIDENTIAL 
Maks, Val & Peta Tour | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©AXS

When: May 2, 2018

Where: Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 8pm

Cost: $39.50 – $99.50

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Maks, Val & Peta Live on Tour: Confidential is the all-new dance tour from the stars of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd.

#4 MOVIE AT THE SYMPHONY: JURASSIC PARK IN CONCERT

Jurassic Park | The Denver Ear

When: May 3 – 4, 2018

Where: Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: $25 – $99

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Experience Jurassic Park, the ground-breaking film as never before: with your Colorado Symphony performing Williams’ magnificent score live in concert!

#5 X AMBASSADORS

When: May 3, 2018

Where: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: $35 – $40

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X Ambassadors will be performing live at Red Rocks, with special guests, MisterWives and Allan Rayman.

#6 MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU: ART WAR PARTY
Art War Denver | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Art War Denver

When: May 4, 2018

Where: The Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Cost: $15

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Over 30 local artists will be displaying 85+ pieces of original Star Wars themed art at Art War Denver‘s May the Fourth Be With You event.

Psst… Cosplay highly encouraged!

#7 FURRY SCURRY
Furry Scurry | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Dumb Friends League

When: May 5, 2018

Where: Washington Park, 701 S Franklin St, Denver, CO 80209

Time: Starting from 7:30am

Cost: Adults $45 – $55,  Children 12 & Under $20 – $30

Register Online

Furry Scurry, presented and in support of Dumb Friends League,  is two-mile walk and fun run in Washington Park with your furry friends. This event helps raise money to care for more than 20,000 homeless pets each year.

#8 CINCO DE MAYO ‘CELEBRATE CULTURE’ FESTIVAL

When: May 5 – 6, 2018

Where: Civic Center Park, 101 14th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204

Time: 10am – 8pm

Cost: Free

A weekend filled with food, fun and culture, Denver’s Cinco de Mayo ‘Celebrate Culture’ Festival puts the spotlight on the Mile High City’s vibrant Latino population. With more than 400,000 attendees expected, it’s one of Denver’s most fun and family-friendly events. The Cinco De Mayo Festival includes a parade, a taco eating competition, chihuahua races, live music concerts, a kids zone and food and drink vendors.

#9 THE DENVER MINI DERBY
 The Denver Mini Derby | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©The Denver Mini Derby

When: May 5, 2018

Where: Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora, CO 80010

Time: 1pm – 6pm

Cost: $79 – $169

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Come take part in a fun Kentucky Derby Day event at The Denver Mini Derby at Stanley Marketplace. Right after you watch the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby,  enjoy a “mini race” and showing of adorable mini horses trotting around on-site in a charity *race*!  Enjoy viewing on the biggest screens, a live band and DJ, an open bar, tons of great food options, Best Derby hat contests, BBQ, a Corgi Race and an atmosphere like no other!

#10 DENVER’S LARGEST PRINCESS PAR-TEA
Denver's Largest Princess ParTEA | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Wands & Wishes Occasions

When: May 6, 2018

Where: Marriott Denver South at Park Meadows, 10345 Park Meadows Dr, Lone Tree, CO 80124

Time: 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm

Cost: $35 – $125, Free for Children 2 & Under

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Your family is cordially invited to a magical and whimsical experience at Denver’s Largest Princess ParTEA, presented by
Children’s Hospital Colorado and Macaroni Kid. Bring your little Princes and Princesses dressed in their favorite regal attire to enjoy a Royal Tea Party with some of their favorite Princesses, sponsored by Wands & Wishes Occasions.

Psst… Check out our Facebook Page April 28 – 30 for details on how to win a free Family 4-Pack for this event!

#11 CHEFS UP FRONT
No Kid Hungry | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©No Kid Hungry

When: May 6, 2018

Where: Colorado Convention Center Mile High Ballroom, 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 5pm

Cost: Starting from $500

Psst… 100% of proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry Colorado.

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Chefs Up Front for No Kid Hungry Colorado is the region’s most trend-forward charitable food and beverage event.

Chefs Up Front features the largest gathering of award-winning chefs preparing a multi-course meal at your table along with mixologists from the region crafting beverages just for the occasion’s opening reception. In addition to delicious food, fine wines, and premium spirits, 300 guests also enjoy a premium silent auction, and the opportunity to network with professionals from diverse sectors.

#12 P!NK: BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA TOUR
P!nk | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©P!nk’s Official Facebook Fan Page

When: May 8, 2018

Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: $47.45 – $499.95

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P!nk will be performing live at the Pepsi Center, with special guest, DJ KidCutUp.

#13 AN EVENING WITH ALAN CUMMING: LEGAL IMMIGRANT
An Evening with Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Altitude Tickets

When: May 9, 2018

Where: Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 8pm

Cost: $39.50 – $79.50

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An Evening with Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant is a collection of musings on Cumming’s ten years as a US citizen, growing older and what it feels like to be an immigrant in today’s America. He will cover songs made famous by female musical legends as diverse as Pink, Edith Piaf, Adele and Marlene Dietrich.

Psst…  The evening will end with Cumming inviting the audience to sing along with him to one of America’s best known and, in his opinion, most maligned anthems!

#14 THE PURPLE XPERIENCE: THE GREATEST PRINCE TRIBUTE
The Purple Xperience | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©The Purple Xperience

When: May 10, 2018

Where: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465

Time: 8pm

Cost: $45.50

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The Purple Xperience: The Greatest Prince Tribute benefits Colorado Public Television 12. Performing to over 300 thousand fans, this 5-piece band has distinguished themselves as the greatest and most authentic production of Prince and The Revolution, and as the world’s foremost Prince tribute concert.

#15 COLORADO CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

Colorado Chocolate Festival | The Denver Ear

When: May 11 – 12, 2018

Where: Denver Mart, 451 E 58th Ave, Denver, CO 80216

Time: Friday 4pm – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm

Cost:  $5; Free for Children 5 & Under, Samples $10 for dozen

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Sample and buy the finest chocolates in Colorado at the Colorado Chocolate Festival. This festival features 30,000 sq ft of chocolate heaven, with over 90 vendors from across the US. Enjoy chocolate candy, cakes, cookies, truffles, fudge, brownies, toffees, coffees and more. Plus a  Mother’s Day Gift Market with jewelry, clothes, imports, crafts, and more.

#16 NORTHGLENN FOOD TRUCK CARNIVAL
Northglenn Food Truck Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Northglenn Food Truck Festival

When: May 11 – 13, 2018

Where: Northglenn City Hall, 11701 Community Center Dr, Denver 80233

Time: Friday 3pm – 10pm, Saturday 11am – 10pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm

Cost: Free

Psst… Carnival Rides Fee-Based.

The Northglenn Food Truck Carnival will include some of Denver’s best gourmet food trucks set against a traditional carnival with amusement rides, midway games, fair concessions and roving entertainers. Also enjoy the Big Top stage with eight bands representing Colorado’s best Americana and Bluegrass Music.

#17 SPREAD THE WORD MUSIC FEST
Spread the Word Fest Music Fest | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Spread the Word Fest Music Fest

When: May 11 – 13, 2018

Where: Multiple Locations in Downtown Denver

Time: Varies

Cost: $20 – $50

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Spread the Word Fest Music Fest will feature live music by over 60 music bands across 10 stages in Downtown Denver. The festival highlights local Colorado talent and includes a party shuttle that provides free transportation between venues.

#18 SPRING HORSESHOE MARKET
Spring Horseshoe Market | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market

When: May 12, 2018

Where: Tennyson St & W 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80212

Time: 9am – 4pm

Cost: Free

The Spring Horseshoe Market is entering its 9th season and is kicking off the spring season with a bang!

Over 130 vendors as well as emerging artists, makers and vintage collectors, artisanal food vendors, food trucks including a brand new ice cream truck called Sprinkle Me Smitten and a super cool vintage mobile boutique coming from Aspen called Heir Vintage. A bunch of vendors will be having Mother’s Day specials since the market is the day before Mother’s Day plus live music from Matt Rouchand margarita tastings from new vendor, Sangre de Azul.

#19 HILLTOP ANNUAL GARAGE SALE
Hilltop Annual Garage Sale

Photograph courtesy of ©Team Denver Homes

When: May 12, 2018

Where: Hilltop Neighborhood, Denver 80220

Psst… View Map of Participating Homes Online from May 9th

Time: 10am – 2pm

Cost: Free

The 5th Annual Hilltop Garage Sale, presented by Team Denver Homes – Kentwood Real Estate & Mor Zucker, Founder of The Denver Ear, returns this May in partnership with WeeCycle, a Denver-based nonprofit that improves the lives of local families in need.

This free community wide event will feature multiple homes that will set their no longer wanted items up for sale. An interactive and printable map of the participating homes will be published on May 9th, 2018.

#20 DENVER BACON AND BEER CLASSIC
Denver Bacon And Beer Classic | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Denver Bacon and Beer Classic

When: May 12, 2018

Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St, Denver, CO 80204

Time: 12pm / 5pm

Cost: $69 – $125

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The Denver Bacon And Beer Classic will take place at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and will feature over 30 original bacon dishes, 100+ craft beers, music, contests, games, and more.

#21 DISNEY JUNIOR DANCE PARTY ON TOUR
Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour Presented by Pull-Ups® Training Pants | The Denver Ear

Photo Credit: ©Disney/Matt Petit

When: May 15, 2018

Where: Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 6pm

Cost: $30 – $50, Free lap-seating for Children 1 & Under

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Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour Presented by Pull-Ups® Training Pants is an all-new interactive live concert experience. Sing and dance along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters. Kids of all ages and their families are all invited to the biggest dance party around!

#22 JA RULE & ASHANTI
Ja Rule + Ashanti | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Ja Rule

When: May 18, 2018

Where: Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 8pm

Cost: $45 – $105

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Ja Rule & Ashanti will perform live together at the Bellco Theatre, with special guest, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

#23 FIVE POINTS JAZZ FESTIVAL
Five Points Jazz Festival Main Stage

Photograph courtesy of ©Five Points Jazz Festival

When: May 19, 2018

Where: Five Points, Denver

Time: 11am

Cost: Free

The Five Points Jazz Festival takes place the third Saturday of May and celebrates the history of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. Once known as the Harlem of the West, Five Points was home to several jazz clubs which played host to many of jazz music’s legends such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and many more. Come out to Five Points to enjoy this free festival of music, food, culture and fun.

#24 WHISKEY THROWDOWN & DOUGHNUT SHOWDOWN
Whiskey + Doughnuts | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Whiskey + Doughnuts

When: May 19, 2018

Where: Denver Rock Drill, 1717 E 39th Ave, Denver, CO 80205

Time: 2pm – 9pm

Cost: $30 – $65

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Come celebrate all things Whiskey + Doughnuts related while supporting the Denver local charity, Minds Matter of Denver! You’ll enjoy the area’s finest doughnuts and locally-distilled spirits with unlimited sampling.

#25 UPSLOPE GET DOWN
Upslope Get Down | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Upslope Brewing Company

When: May 19, 2018

Where: Upslope Brewing Company, 1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 2pm – 10pm

Cost: Free

Upslope Brewing Company‘s 5th Annual Upslope Get Down is a free spring musical festival that features beer, food trucks, games, art, a Kids Zone and more. The festival will take place at the the back parking lot of Upslope Brewing Company’s Flatiron Park Brewery with a day full of live music on three stages.

#26 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: CORTEO
Corteo by Cirque du Soleil | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Corteo by Cirque du Soleil

When: May 24 – 27, 2018

Where: 1STBANK Center, 11450 Broomfield Ln, Broomfield, CO 80021

Time: Varies

Cost: $39 – $135

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Cirque Du Soleil’s newest production coming to Denver, Corteo, will take place this month at 1STBANK Center. Corteo, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.

#27 TAYLOR SWIFT: REPUTATION STADIUM TOUR
Taylor Swift | The Denver Ear

Photo Credit: ©Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock.com

When: May 25, 2018

Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St, Denver, CO 80204

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: Starting from $65.50

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Taylor Swift will be performing her Reputation tour live at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium!

Psst… The Denver Ear will be giving out two free tickets to the event once we hit 20,000 Facebook likes! Follow our Facebook Page to stay up-to-date!

#28 DENVER DAY OF ROCK
Denver Day of Rock | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Amp the Cause

When: May 26, 2018

Where: 16th Street Mall, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 2:30pm

Cost: Free

Denver Day of Rock is a one-of-a-kind music event presented by Amp the Cause, a non-profit organization for kids. This free event features five stages of live music throughout Denver on Memorial Day weekend. Denver Day of Rock unites the community through music and family friendly entertainment while also raising funds to help Amp the Cause continue to support non-profits in our community.

#29 DENVER ARTS FESTIVAL
Denver Arts Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Denver Arts Festival

When: May 26 – 27, 2018

Where: Conservatory Green at Stapleton, Denver 80238

Time: Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free

The Denver Arts Festival is a fine arts and fine crafts festival that continues to be dedicated to supporting Colorado artists while also showcasing a select group of national artists.

The Denver Arts Festival holds its annual premier event at Stapleton’s Conservatory Green Plaza in Northfield. The fine art and fine craft exhibition features some of Colorado’s and the nation’s best artists with over 50,000 people expected to attend.

#30 SOUTH GAYLORD STREET’S KICK OFF TO SUMMER
Old South Gaylord Street | The Denver Ear

Photo Credit: ©J.Mimna Photography. Photograph courtesy of ©Old South Gaylord Street

When: May 26 – 28, 2018

Where: Old South Gaylord Street, 1059 S Gaylord St, Denver, CO 80209

Time: Saturday 4pm – 10pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm, Monday 10am – 4pm

Cost: Free

South Gaylord Street is hosting a Memorial Day Weekend Festival to kick off the summer season. The festival will feature three days of great family-friendly entertainment, delicious food, live music, and local vendors. The Festival Series has a long history of bringing together the local community and purveyors of fine products to celebrate this wonderful historic neighborhood in Washington Park.

#31 BILL MAHER
Bill Maher Live | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©AXS

When: May 26, 2018

Where: Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 8pm

Cost: $49.50 – $95

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97.3 KBCO Presents Bill Maher live at the Buell Theatre this May!

#32 MASK ON: A HIP HOP MASQUERADE PARTY

Masquerade Party | The Denver Ear

When: May 27, 2018

Where: Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 9pm

Cost: $20 – $250

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Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with the special event, Mask On: A Hip Hop Masquerade Party, with new music from International Hip Hop artist and writer Daiyon with soundtrack provided by Club Killers DJ Tanastadi and Grammy winning producer for Ludacris, Jamie Foxx, Shawnna, Montell Jordan & others, Las Vegas Deftal DJ-DJ Sun Junkie.

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