May 2017 Events | Things To Do In Denver

Here is your guide to all the best events happening in Denver this May!

Fare & Libations

30 Days of IPA

Location: Lowdown Brewery
Date: Friday, April 28th – Saturday, May 27th
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Price: Free Admission

In support of GroundWork Denver, LowDown Brewery is celebrating 30 Days of IPA. They will be tapping a new IPA every day for 30 days. Featuring local, national, and wordly IPA’s, in addition to a couple of their own special recipes. Proceeds from beer sales and merchandise sales will benefit GroundWork Denver. Kick-off is April 28th. Join in for great beer and a great party, all for a great cause.

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Civic Center EATS

Location: Civic Center Park
Date: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, May 2nd – October 5th
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Price: Free Admission

Delicious food, fresh air, gorgeous views, live music and a great cause. An incredible venue in which to experience Denver’s robust gourmet food truck scene, Civic Center EATS provides an opportunity for downtown employees, residents, and visitors to experience the beauty of Civic Center, enjoy a delicious outdoor lunch, listen to live music and connect with the community. Shaded seating is available.

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Colorado Plus 4th Anniversary Party

Location: Colorado Plus Brew Pub
Date: Saturday, May 13th
Time: All Day
Price: Free Admission

Come celebrate Colorado Plus 4th anniversary! 15+ Colorado Plus House Beers, Special House Made Sausage, and Live Music! Raffle Starts at 3pm – 8pm. Every purchase of a house beer gets you a chance to win.

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Denver Bacon and Beer Classic

Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Date: Saturday, May 13th
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Price: Tickets starting at $69

Party on the field at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and indulge in unlimited bacon and craft beer. Sample 80+ beers from regional breweries, eat 30+ bacon-infused dishes from local chefs, play giant Jenga, battle it out on the bungee run, compete in the Hormel® bacon eating contest and more!

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Spring Yappy Hour

Location: Living the Dream Brewing
Date: Thursday, May 18th
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00Pm
Price: Free Admission (RSVP Required)

It’s the “Schools Out!” Yappy Hour at Living the Dream Brewing Co. Enjoy food trucks, giveaways and the chance to win prizes for you and your pet. Collectible pint glasses just $10 (while supplies last). Dress up yourself and your pet in Hawaiian shirts to celebrate the start of summer break.

Please note: Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed, well behaved and kept in hand. Please keep your pet off the furniture and clear of walkways. 

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Bar Wars – Battle of the Bars 2017

Location: X BAR
Date: Saturday, May 20th
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Price: $15 Early Bird, $20 at the Door

Bar Wars brings together the best bartenders from Denver’s favorite LGBT bars and pits them head-to-head in mixology competitions, creating original cocktail recipes in five rounds to determine who will be named the Best of the Best. The community plays an important role in this event; first, nominating your favorite bartender at each participating bar to be sent to Bar Wars to compete; and second, being the taste test judges and selecting the winner at Bar Wars on May 20. Proceeds from this event benefit the Denver Colorado AIDS Project.

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5th Annual Whiskey Throwdown and Doughnut Showdown

Location: McNichols Civic Center Building
Date: Saturday, May 20th
Time: 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Price: Tickets starting at $35

Come celebrate all things Whiskey + Doughnut related while supporting an awesome local charity, Minds Matter of Denver! You’ll enjoy the area’s finest doughnuts and far too many locally-distilled spirits with unlimited sampling making for an event you won’t soon forget! This gathering has been featured in Thrillist, 5280 Magazine, 303 Magazine, Eater DenverOUT FRONT Colorado, Denver Westword, Things to Do in Denver, The Denver Post, My Boring Closet and so many more. You do not want to miss this special event!

May Events | Whiskey & Doughnut Showdown

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Denver Beer and Music Festival

Location: City Hall
Date: Saturday, May 20th
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Price: $35 – $50

The Denver Beer and Music Festival is an all-inclusive event bringing guests to downtown Denver at the beautiful City Hall Indoor Venue. While there, guests can try unlimited samples of over 50 craft beers, wines, and spirits. Enjoy the beautiful sunset as this event starts during the light and ends in the dark. Live bands and DJ’s set the stage and get the crowd on their feet. The event will feature a food as well. Rockstarbeer production travels the united states raising funds to support the Coastal Conservation Association

May Events | Denver Music & Beer Festival

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Crawfish Boil

Location: Watering Bowl
Date: Saturday, May 20th – Sunday, May 21st
Time: Saturday at 5:00 PM & Sunday at 8:00 PM
Price: $20

Crawfish time! The Watering Bowl will be hosting a Saturday and Sunday event this year as they sell out the one day event every year. Tickets will be limited to 200 for each event. Sign up to this event as tickets will sell out this year as well. Tickets are $20 each and no one has ever left hungry. They will be cooking up over 1,000 pounds of fresh Crawfish for each event. Families welcome!

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Colorado Corks and Cuisine

Location: Four Mile Historic Park
Date: Thursday, May 25th
Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Price: $30 – $45

Local artisans offer their brewed, distilled, vinted, and plated creations at this annual tasting event and fundraiser. Sample the delights of summer while helping Four Mile Historic Park continue to provide engaging community events and low-cost school programming year-round. Sponsored by Rickenbaugh Automotive Group.

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Music Scene

The Ogden Theater

Jamey Johnson

Date: Wednesday, May 3rd
Time: Doors at 7:30 PM
Price: Tickets Starting at $53

Eleven-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson is “one of the greatest country singers of our time,” according to the Washington Post. He is one of only a few people in the history of country music to win two Song of the Year Awards from both the CMA and ACMs.

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Date: Friday, May 26th
Time: Doors at 7:30 PM
Price: Tickets starting at $12

D.R.A.M. is neither strictly a rapper or a singer, instead, he’s both, on any given song, covering any given topic. He takes musical cues from people like George Clinton and Bilal, while showing appreciation for what squads like Dipset did for hip-hop.  The Hampton, VA-bred artist is in a space — perched just beyond chasing rap dreams, now facing rap realities off the strength of his most recent project “1 Epic Summer”.

This event is only open to DU Students. Students may bring one non-DU guest. Guest must be present alongside student to gain entrance to the event. Student IDs will be required for admission

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The Disco Biscuits

Date: Wednesday, May 31st
Time: Doors at 8:00 PM
Price: Tickets starting at $25

The Disco Biscuits are an entirely different band today than they were when they first broke out of Philadelphia in the mid-90s. That’s not to say that they’ve abandoned their foundations, switched gears entirely, or set sail for distant shores. The Disco Biscuits are still very much the trailblazers of “trance-fusion” that they’ve always been, bridging the gap between electronic music and jam bands.

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The Pepsi Center

Chris Brown: The Party Tour

Date: Monday, May 8th
Time: Doors at 7:30 PM
Price: Tickets starting a $29.95

In 2005, a 16-year-old Chris Brown stormed the pop and R&B charts with his self-titled debut album and smash hit “Run It!”. The album presented trendy electronic production techniques and updated homages to Brown’s heroes Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Usher.

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 1st Bank Center

Take Note The Concert

Date: Thursday, May 4th
Time: Doors at 6:30 PM
Price: Tickets starting at $25

Proceeds from Take Note The Concert will support the Governor’s initiative, Take Note Colorado, for expansion of music education programs and access to musical instruments in Colorado’s schools. Featuring Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, with Isaac Slade of The Fray, Todd Park Mohr, Bill Nershi of The String Cheese Incident, Tracksuit Wedding, and Josh Blue.

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Jean-Michael Jarre: Electronica Tour

Date: Wednesday, May 24th
Time: Doors at 7:00 PM
Price: Starting at $49.95

Pioneer of one of the fastest growing trends in the industry today, electronic music, composer Jean-Michel Jarre elevated the genre to new peaks of popularity as early as the late 70’s and 80’s with 80 million albums sold worldwide, to date. Emerging as an innovative international superstar, he creates a new format of out-door concert performance that has contributed to break the ground for a new generation of out-door live cultural events.

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The Fillmore Auditorium

P. J. Harvey

Date: Tuesday, May 2nd
Time: Doors at 7:30 PM
Price: Tickets starting at $45.72

PJ Harvey is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, writer, poet, and composer, whose musical career began in 1988 when she became the vocalist, guitarist, and saxophone player for a local band called Automatic Dlamini. Three years later, she formed a trio with other members of this band under the name PJ Harvey.

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The 1975

Date: Saturday, May 6th & Sunday,May 7th
Time: Doors at 6:30 PM
Price: Tickets starting at $48

Their first single from the ambitiously titled “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it,” “Love Me” sounds like fusion of Fall Out Boy and INXS, reflecting the band’s musical influences of funk, synthpop and pop rock. Their performance is fun and uplifting, with singer Matthew Healy delivering a passionate performance that is at once both vulnerable and flamboyant.

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Flogging Molly

Date: Saturday, May 13th
Time: Doors at 8:00 PM
Price: Tickets starting at $58

The 7 piece Irish-punk act, formed in Los Angeles, are a furious hard-hitting mix of traditional Irish music and ugly punk, winning the attention of SideOneDummy Records with their fearsome energy live!! Flogging Molly’s 2017 tour will be in support of their long-awaited, brand-new upcoming album – be among the first to hear the new material live.

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Date: Monday, May 22nd
Time: Doors at 7:00 PM
Price: Tickets starting at $84

Veteran alt-rock band Soundgarden were formed in Seattle in 1984 by Chris Conell, frontman, guitarist Kim Thayil, Hiro Yatamo, bassist, and the later recruitment of Matt Cameron on drums and Ben Shepard replacing Yamatomo on bass. They were one of the original creators of the grunge genre along with contemporaries Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam, signed initially along with other grunge acts to the Sub Pop record label.

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The Gothic Theater


Date: Monday, May 1st
Time: Doors at 7:00 PM
Price: Tickets starting at $30

From humble origins in Zwolle, Netherlands, to their current status as one of the hottest bands in the entire heavy music world, Delain have written their own story, with every successive chapter taking them deeper into the spotlight’s glare. They began life as a symphonic metal band with big ambitions and bigger ideas, led by keyboard maestro Martijn Westerholt and the supreme vocal talents of Charlotte Wessels.

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Date: Friday, May 12th
Time: Doors at 8:00 PM
Price: Tickets starting at $25

Just now pushing fifty, Jay Farrar, the creative force behind Son Volt, is still not as old as his voice. Not nearly. His singing voice, an ageless gift which sounds something like old timber looks, like the unpainted walls framing Walker Evans’ best portraits from Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: simple, durable, weathered and grooved and unplanned.

May Events | SON VOLT

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Date: Sunday, May 14th
Time: Doors at 7:00 PM
Price: Tickets starting at $25

As we speak, these platinum selling, Falun-based heavy metal heroes are headlining some of the biggest European festivals through fires and flames and playing massive stadium concerts in front of tens of thousands of enthusiastic fans with legendary comrades, such as IRON MAIDEN and SCORPIONS.

May Events | Sabaton

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Kids & Family

Inside the Orchestra’s Tiny tots Performances

Location: CU South Denver
Date: Wednesday, May 3rd
Time: 9:30 AM & 10:45 AM
Price: Tickets are $9.95

Tiny Tots gets children truly “inside the orchestra” by seating the audience on the floor and surrounding them with our 30+ piece professional orchestra. The conductor faces the audience and talk directly to the kids throughout the performance, asking questions and teaching them about the music as it is playing around them. Designed for children six and under, Tiny Tots is a 45-minute program that gives young ones the chance to interact with the conductor and the musicians and learn about the instruments in the process.

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Denver’s Largest Princess ParTEA

Location: The Falls Events Center
Date: Saturday, May 13th
Time: 10:100 AM – Noon & 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Price: Tickets starting at $35

Bring your little Princes and Princesses dressed in their favorite regal attire to enjoy a Royal Tea Party with some of our favorite Princesses. Meet & Greet Cinderella, Beauty Princess, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Snow Queen, Snow Princess, Arabian Princess, Lily Pad Princess, Little Mermaid and the Fairy Godmother sponsored by Wands & Wishes Occasions!! All family members are welcome to visit our Tea Room, where Alice and the Mad Hatter will serve everyone Tea and Sweet Treats! To complete the Princess pampering your little ones will have an opportunity to visit our Beauty Boutique for Hair and Fashion!

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The Illusionists – Live From Broadway 

Location: The Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Date: Friday, May 19th – Sunday, May 21st
Time: Varies
Price: Tickets starting at $30

This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible Illusionists on earth.  The IllusionistsLive From Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.  This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

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Location: Butterfly Pavillion
Date: Saturday, May 20th
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: General Admission

This nature-filled extravaganza celebrates the wonder of flowers and the pollinators who make their growth possible. This event is part of their national Pollinator Awareness through Conservation and Education (PACE) initiative focused on increasing awareness of invertebrate pollination, encouraging the conservation and restoration of habitats.

Through this exciting event, learn how to turn your backyard into a haven for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds with hands-on gardening activities led by experts, and take home your very own seeds and plants from our Plant Sale, equipped with planting instructions and garden design guides. Witness a ladybug release, and explore plant diversity through a guided Garden Safari, a tropical scavenger hunt, a Plant Petting Zoo, and more. All special activities are included in general admission!

May Events | Bloomapalooza

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Parker Family 5k

Location: Stroh Ranch Soccer Field
Date: Sunday, May 21st
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Price: Varies

The Mission of the Parker Family 5k is to have a fun, exciting and family friendly event that brings the Parker community and surrounding areas together to raise money to benefit String of Pearls non profit organization through sponsorships, donations and registration fees.

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Festivals & Events

Heirloom Tomato Farms Annual Plant Sale

Location: RINO Art District & Capitol Hill
Date: May 5th – May 7th
Time: Friday from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Price: Free Admission

HTF specializes in the cultivation and preservation of organic, non-gmo heirloom tomato plants. They have two farms located in Denver, Colorado. Each year they sell over 5,000 heirloom tomato plants with 100 or so different and “Hard to Find” varieties. They grow their seedlings in small batches so they can experiment with different varieties that grow well in Colorado.

May Events | Heirloom Tomato Farms

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The Denver Mini Derby

Location: Stanley Marketplace
Date: Saturday, May 6th
Time: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Price: $69 – $139

The best viewing party for the famed 2017 Kentucky Derby and now with its own “Mini Derby”! Grab your fanciest hat, iron the pastel pants and prepare for an event like no other! The 2017 Denver Mini Derby brings the spirit of Kentucky Derby right to this great state of Colorado! More than simply a viewing party with unlimited cocktails, the event will feature a LIVE MINI Derby! Join several thousand of your new best Southern styled friends for the most memorable social experience of the year!

May Events | Denver Mini Derby

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Pike’s Peak Antique Machinery Days

Location: The Western Museum of Mining & Industry
Date: Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 14th
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Price: $5 General Admission

The Western Museum of Mining & Industry will host the first annual Pikes Peak Antique Machinery Days on our historic 27- acre Reynolds Ranch! Join WMMI, the Arkansas Valley Flywheelers, Front Range Antique Power Association, antique automobile clubs, tractor pulls, and more!

May Events | Pike's Peak Antique Machinery Days

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Colfax Marathon

Location: 17th Avenue & Colfax
Date: Saturday, May 20th & Sunday, May 21st
Time: Varies
Price: Varies

The best urban tour around! Run the mile high course that takes you on and off Colfax, through parks, neighborhoods, trails and downtown. Enjoy amazing views of the front range, Confluence Park, Sports Authority Field at Mile High’s concourse, and the Cherry Creek trail. The half runs through the Denver Zoo!

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Five Points Jazz Festival

Location: Five Points, Denver
Date: Saturday, May 21st
Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Price: Free

The free 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. Since its inception in 2004, the Five Points Jazz Festival has grown each year in size and popularity.

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