Taylor Swift, Fab Four and Bill Maher This Memorial Day Weekend!

May 24, 2018

You could spend the entire three-day weekend jumping from one outdoor music event to the next! There are a number of FREE Memorial Day festivals, including the renowned Denver Day of Rock on the 16th Street Mall and the Denver Arts Festival! Plus Taylor Swift, the Fab Four and Bill Maher are in the Denver area this weekend! Aurora hosts a powerful memorial service with a pancake breakfast, and don’t forget this is the opening weekend of Elitch’s Water Park! Get in the mood for summer this Memorial Day weekend!

Thursday-Sunday, May 24-27

Join an experiential theatre event where you are the audience and the actor! A cross between street theatre and a sort of group scavenger hunt, you become one of a group of 50 people swarming Denver on a guided audio tour that seems to follow you as much as you are following it! Experience a soundtrack to the streets, sights, and rooftops of the Mile-High City as a computer-generated voice guides your group’s movements in real time. 

You will see Denver through a new lens, including a hidden side of it through alleyways and dark hallways. Walking distance covered is approximately 2.5 miles and duration is approximately two hours. This event is recommended for ages 13+, and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. Children 6 and under are not permitted to attend.

Lincoln Park – Corner of 13th Ave & Mariposa St., Denver
Thurs./Fri., 6:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25
Phone: 800-641-1222

Friday, May 25

Grab your next-door neighbors and come to The Lakehouse this Friday to enjoy a beer at the newly renovated pub. Bruz Beers will be offering the following selections for purchase:
Onyx – (Belgian-style Stout) a classic Belgian-style stout – strong and very drinkable with an intriguing depth of complexity. Seven imported malts give it a roasty, grainy aroma and flavor profile, with distinct coffee and dark chocolate notes. A generous portion of dark Belgian candi sugar provides flavors of dark fall fruits, raisins and dates, and contributes to Onyx’s complex dry finish. Belgian strong ale yeast rounds out this malty, full-bodied brew. ABV: 7.5%
Dame Blanche (Belgian-style Witbier) is a classic Belgian style White Beer pale, straw-colored and hazy. It is brewed with a combination of barley, wheat, oats, honey, orange peel, coriander, noble hops and exotic spices. Crisp and refreshing, soft and inviting, Dame Blanche means “White Lady” in French and she’s someone you’ll want to get to know. ABV: 6.8%
Dawg Daze IPA– (Belgian-style IPA)with flavors of citrus and fall fruits, soft malts and crisp hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Medium-bodied with refreshing carbonation, a crisp mouthfeel and a touch of smooth alcohol warmth. ABV: 7.8%
Mail Ale (Belgian-Style Amber Ale) is a hearty blend of six malts accentuated by earthy, spicy hops and a clean, distinctly Belgian yeast strain. ABV: 6%

The Lakehouse, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
5:00-9:00 p.m.

In a special art and music extravaganza, the Sky’s the Limit Showcase will feature live entertainment by local artists who have overcome adversity. May is recognized as National Foster Care Awareness month and this event will activate the community with the aim of helping children in Denver’s foster care system. With special performances by DNA Picasso and Cap 6, and a celebrity guest appearance by rising star Latasha Alcindor, this event is sure to be spectacular! Delicious food and drinks by local businesses will be on hand. This event is appropriate for all ages, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.

McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$30 
Phone: 646-953-9305

The final Friday of each month is Denver Art Museum’s night to stay up late! This month’s event jumps off the pages of Denver’s arts and culture scene—designed by the creators of the avant-garde Birdy magazine! 

Local artists come together to produce an adventure-filled late-night program, featuring workshops, performances and tours with a twist. Experience the museum in an entirely different way. College students with valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission to Untitled Final Fridays.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave., Denver
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $14-$28
Phone: 720-865-5000

Taylor Swift presents a whole new side of herself in her Reputation concert: brash, bold and no-holds-barred! It makes for a drama-filled evening of “industrial intensity and gothic overtones” (New York Times), punctuated by her strong new songs as well as old favorites.

The music throughout the evening alternates between high-energy hits like Shake It Off and End Game to softer, dreamy-eyed songs like Gorgeous, Style, Love Story, and You Belong with Me. If you’re a Taylor fan, you won’t want to miss seeing her latest incarnation!

Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St., Denver
7:30 p.m. 
Tickets: Starting at $65
Phone: 720-258-3000

Friday-Sunday, May 25-27

Leonard Bernstein could easily be considered a titan of 20th-century music and culture—he brazenly cut through music genres and came out on the other side with some of the most influential work in American musical theatre, including West Side Story and Candide. In honor of his 100th birthday year, this concert is a celebration of his spirit of adventure, including one of his most iconic works, Overture to Candide, a spirited musical adaptation of Voltaire’s satirical play.

Bernstein’s Serenade (After Plato’s Symposium), a violin concerto in all but name, is also on the program. Finally, to honor Bernstein’s lifelong study and reverence of Gustav Mahler, the Colorado Symphony gives a performance of Mahler’s aptly named Titan— a gripping work of unceasing energy performed by the full orchestra!

Boettcher Concert Hall/DPAC, 1000 14th St. #15, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$94
Phone: 303-623-7876

Saturday, May 26

What better way to celebrate Memorial Day than with this annual event by the city of Aurora and the Colorado Freedom Memorial to honor Colorado military personnel and their families who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country? 

A formal ceremony preceded by a pancake breakfast, with musical entertainment provided by Sound of the Rockies and more! Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy this inspiring event.

Colorado Freedom Memorial, 756 Telluride St., Aurora
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE 
Phone: 303-739-7170

A free day of music across five stages, featuring Elle King (Ex’s & Oh’s), A Thousand Horses, Delta Rae, Samantha Fish, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Nicole Atkins and many more! 

Denver Day of Rock is a one-of-a-kind music event presented by Amp the Cause, a non-profit organization for kids. This event 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.

16th Street Mall, Denver
2:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE 
Phone: 303-605-2885

If you ever wished for a chance to see the Beatles live in concert, the Emmy Award- winning Fab Four is the closest you’ll get! The Fab Four delivers a phenomenal, note-for-note live rendition of Beatles’ classics such as Can’t Buy Me Love, Yesterday, A Day in the Life, Twist and Shout and Here Comes the Sun. 

This talented foursome will transport you back to the heart of “Beatlemania.” You’ll experience the evolution of the Beatles’ rock-and-roll music—this stage performance includes three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles’ ever-thriving career! An added bonus: the concert is held outdoors in the amazing Colorado springtime weather—rain or shine! 

Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave., Denver
6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$60
Phone: 800-745-3000

Much more than a comedian, Bill Maher has set the standard for smart, funny political commentary for the past twenty years. First on Comedy Central’s Politically Incorrect in the 1990s and then for the last fourteen years on HBO’s Real Time, Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 40 Emmy nominations. 

He has hosted guests including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kerry Washington, Michael Steele, Howard Dean, Michael Moore, Eva Longoria, Drew Barrymore, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Gen. Wesley Clark, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner, Gary Hart and Pat Buchanan. Don’t miss your chance to see this cultural icon live on stage!

Buell Theatre/DCPA, 1350 Curtis St., Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $$49.50 – $95.00
Phone: 800-641-1222

Saturday-Sunday, May 26-27

What could be more fun than a great big outdoor arts festival, complete with live music, a wine and beer tent, kids’ art zone, and fabulous artwork by more than 150 artists? The Denver Arts Festival will celebrate their 20th anniversary in a big way, so you won’t want to miss it!

Held at the sprawling Stapleton’s Conservatory Green, it’s like a block party for the entire city—with an artistic flair! Bring the entire family because this event is FREE!

Stapleton’s Conservatory Green, 8304 E. 49th Pl., Denver
Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 303-330-8237

Saturday-Monday, May 26-28

Nothing says summer like the opening of the Water Park at Elitch’s! Admittance to the Island Kingdom Water Park is included with Elitch Gardens theme park admission. Two parks, for one admission price, with unlimited rides for everyone in the family!

Don’t forget that proper swimwear is required for all Water Park attractions. No thong or g-string type swimwear is allowed. Also, denim and swimwear with zippers, buckles or rivets are not permitted on Water Park attractions.

Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver
Sat./Sun., 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Mon., 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $39.99 – $59.99

A unique way to get artsy this Memorial Day weekend is the Eat Sip & Paint event, presented by Aurora Cultural Arts District (ACAD). The theme this weekend is unicorns and milkshakes! 

What’s better than art? Art, food, drinks and friends! Get two sliders, a milkshake, and a paint class all for one price. Bring your friends or make new ones! You must pre-register to attend.

Aurora Cultural Arts District (ACAD), 1400 Dallas St., Aurora
Sat./Sun./Mon., 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Register: $30 – $40 
Phone: 720-251-4573

This is a classic neighborhood Memorial Day Festival, featuring rides and a bounce house for the kids, and live music and craft fair for the entire family! The historic Washington Park neighborhood hosts this free event over all three days of the long weekend!

More than 50 craft venders will be selling their art, clothing, jewelry, ceramics, hats, skin care products, dog accessories, leather goods, home décor, paper goods, and more! Music acts appearing include the Shawn Nelson Band, Tiffany Christopher, New Orleans Suspects, and two Schools of Rock!

Old South Gaylord Street, 1059 S. Gaylord St., Denver
Sat., 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Mon., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Plenty to do in the Southshore Area!

There’s no end to your entertainment choices near the master-planned community of Southshore! If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and see why this is a great place to be! You can tour the inspiring models and check out additional designs from Toll Brothers in Vista Point, Century Communities in The Hills, and Richmond American Homes at Lakeview. Ranch and two-story models in Southshore are priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.