Free Outdoor Music Festival, Professional Sports Games and Can't Miss Exhibits Kick Off The Mile High City's Spectacular Summer
DENVER, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Denver celebrates the start of the summer season with a long weekend packed with events, ranging from a free, daylong music festival with five stages and twenty live bands in Downtown Denver, to thrilling professional sports games. Spend three perfect days in Denver with great summer hotel deals.
Denver Day of Rock When: May 26 Where: Downtown Denver Cost: Free For the third year in a row, the 16th Street pedestrian mall will be transformed into a massive block party with twenty free rock concerts throughout the day, performing on five stages, for the annual Denver Day of Rock.
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.
The performance areas will be along the 16th Street Mall, Denver's mile-long pedestrian promenade, making it easy to roam from act to act. Food and beer booths will be set up throughout downtown for the event, with free music rocking the city from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Newmont Mining, 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 40 children's charities. VISIT DENVER, the Downtown Denver Partnership, RTD, CBS4, Entercom, the Denver Post and the City of Denver are supporting the event.
Colorado Rockies vs. Houston Astros When: May 28 Where: Coors Field Cost: Tickets start at $5 (in the "Rockpile") 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.
Colorado Rapids vs. Montreal Impact When: May 26 Where: Dick's Sporting Goods Park Cost: Tickets start at $22 See a high-energy game of Major League Soccer as the Rapids battle the Impact.
Downtown Denver Arts Festival When: May 25-28 Where: Denver Pavilions (500 16th St.) 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.
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.
Rhapsody in Red, White & Brass When: May 26-27 Where: Newman Center for the Performing Arts Cost: $9-$24 Celebrate America with the Denver Brass in a concert featuring Steven Mayer's rendition of George Gershwin's stunning Rhapsody in Blue and Steve Taylor's "Sinatra Tribute" and "Lincoln Portrait" narration.
Water World Opening Weekend When: May 26-Sept. 3 Where: 88th & Pecos, Denver Cost: $39.99 (General Admission Ticket) Celebrate opening weekend at Denver's 67-acre water park, home to more than 65 aquatic attractions. The park is adding two new rides in 2012: The Mile High Flyer, Colorado's only hydromagnetic water coaster, which shoots riders up and down over two minutes of hills, drops and thrills; and Double Dare, a pulse-quickening speed tube slide.
The Big Eat When: May 27, 2-6:00pm Where: Union Station, Downtown Denver Cost: $25 for admission and food (drinks can be purchased for $5 each at the event) Hungry? Not for long. Thirty-six restaurants, three breweries, four wineries, and local spirits will be highlighted in this fun-filled, circus-themed eating extravaganza. Each restaurant brings their signature food and enthusiasm, while a plethora of unique acts entertain the crowds, and libations created from Denver and Colorado's finest local ingredients are served.
Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection When: Through June 17 Where: Denver Art Museum Cost: $3-$13 (general admission ticket) Drawn from the personal collection of former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, this exhibition features more than 200 pins, many of which Secretary Albright wore to communicate a message or a mood during her diplomatic tenure.
Untitled #47: (LOL) When: May 25, 6-10:00 p.m. Where: Denver Art Museum Cost: Free, with general museum admission On the final Friday of every month, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) offers a dose of the unexpected with offbeat art encounters, unique detours of the DAM collection, art-making, local music, cash bar, munchies and more. On May 25, visitors will search for connections between art and humor with scientific chats, funny stories and comedian-led tours.
Tour the World In One Mile High Weekend From exotic reptiles to DaVinci's flying machines, Denver's international flair is on full display during Memorial Day Weekend.
Lizards & Snakes When: Through July 8 Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science Cost: $6-$12 (general admission ticket) Lizards & Snakes stars the Burmese Python, Gila Monster, Komodo Dragon, Green Basilisk, and more live reptiles from five continents, The interactive experience introduces visitors to these adaptable, colorful, and sometimes dangerous creatures.
The DaVinci Machines Exhibition When: Through September 30 Where: Denver Pavilions Cost: $9-$14, or family pack for $40 (up to five tickets) On loan from the Museum of Leonardo DaVinci in Florence, Italy, this exhibition contains more than 60 hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo's 500-year-old designs and is the life work of three generations of Florentine artisans, who have painstakingly brought to life the creations by the brilliant scientist, inventor and artist Leonardo DaVinci.
West Meets East: Kizuna When: Through November 4 Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, York Street Cost: $9-$12.50 Kizuna, a Japanese word meaning "the bonds between people," celebrates the profound influence Japan has had on the West with the presentation of site-specific bamboo installations by internationally known artists. See this powerful and versatile natural material in a variety of forms, including living plant displays.
Dale Chihuly: Venetians When: Through June 30 Where: Foothills Art Center, Golden Cost: $5-$10 This gorgeous exhibition showcases more than 45 works from Dale Chihuly's most innovative and unusual series inspired by Art Deco Venetian art. The highlight of the exhibition is the famous Laguna Murano Chandelier that has over 1500 separate pieces of glass that make up five separate elements.
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