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Mother's Day in Denver

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14, 2023. From flowers to incredible takeout cuisine, The Mile High City knows how to pamper and delight moms. Here are a few ideas to get you started for a memorable Mother's Day in Denver. 

Flowers and Gifts

Kick off the day with a fragrant bouquet of freshly cut, elegantly arranged flowers. Colorado's largest flower business, Lehrer's Flowers, can help you find the perfect combination for your mom. Or order from Bouquets in Lower Downtown — they were named one of America's top 10 florists by Bon Appetit Magazine.

If mom loves vino, get her a bottle of red, white or rose from one of Denver's urban wineries, like Infinite Monkey TheoremCarboy Winery or Bigsby's Folly

And of course you can never go wrong with chocolate! Get her a sweet treat from Chocolate LabThe Chocolate TherapistEnstrom's CandiesTemper Chocolates and Confections or Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream. Explore more of Denver's best chocolate shops

Mother's Day Drinks & Dining

Full Bloom Mother's Day Tea

WHEN: May 13, 2023
WHERE: Center for Colorado Women's History

Invite Mom to join you for a cup of tea and traditional tea nibbles and a tour of this historic home. The Center for Colorado Women's History welcomes you to bring your mother or parent, or perhaps another loved one who with whom you'd like to spend the day. Choose to start your tour at 10:30 am or 1:30 pm at the time of booking.

Nurture | Rewild + Nest Cafe 

WHEN: May 13–14, 2023
WHERE: Nurture | Rewild + Nest Cafe

Head up to the Highland neighborhood for two celebration-filled days at Nurture! On Saturday, May 13, Nurture will host a Mother’s Day Market + Brunch where you can find the perfect gift for all the mamas and mother figures in your life and enjoy a bite of brunch. Then, on Sunday, May 14, Executive Chef Juan Tapia will offer his creative full weekend brunch menu.

¡Viva! Streets Denver

WHEN: May 14, June 4, July 9 and Aug. 6, 2023
WHERE: Various places in and around downtown Denver

¡Viva! Streets Denver offers everyone the chance to walk, bike, roll or scoot down streets in the heart of our city. Enjoy the diversity of our community in a unique way, free from motorized vehicles on Broadway, from Alameda to downtown Denver and Welton, from 20th Street to Five Points! 

Taste of Colorado at ¡Viva! Streets Denver 

WHEN: May 14, June 4 and July 9, 2023
WHERE: Civic Center Park

The reformatted annual festival will take place over three Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Civic Center Park to celebrate diverse food, music and culture.

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa

WHEN: May 14, 2023
WHERE: The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa by Marriott

To celebrate moms this Mother’s Day, The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa is offering an elevated reception-style buffet with action stations that include carving stations, omelet stations and more in the 5280 Ballroom, located on the historic hotel’s second floor.

Mother's Day Brunch at The OG

WHEN: May 14, 2023
WHERE: The Original

Join us at your friendly neighborhood brunch-ery, The OG, for a special Mother's Day brunch. Mom will love the menu of sweet and savory offerings, hand-crafted cocktails and bottomless mimosas. In celebration, enjoy 20% off wine by the glass from The OG's all-women-made wine list and be sure to add a special Flowers on the Vine arrangement to your OpenTable reservation. 

Mother’s Day Brunch at FIRE Restaurant

WHEN: May 14, 2023
WHERE: FIRE Restaurant

Enjoy a spread of culinary delights on Mother’s Day from Chef Ashley Robertson! She'll be dishing out seafood selections, including a whole salmon carving station and an omelet station. Enjoy sweet brunch favorites like scones and danishes, along with hot offerings like maple pecan-wood smoked bacon and more. Yes, you can add on bottomless mimosas for an additional charge! Make a reservation to secure a spot for mom and the whole family; it's $75 per adult and $30 for kids ages 5 to 12.

Mother's Day at Fruition 

WHEN: May 14, 2023
WHERE: Fruition

It’s a very special occasion for Mother’s Day and Mother’s Day only: James Beard Award-winner Alex Seidel’s Fruition (normally only open for dinner) will offer Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 14th. Executive Chef Jarred Russell and the Fru Cru will be serving up a springtime pre-fixe menu for $65.65 per person, including choice of smoked salmon tartine, asparagus salad or strawberries and cream with granola; quiche Florentine, Texas white shrimp with cracked rice or filet Oscar with jumbo lump crab; and macarons for dessert!

'Bubbles and Blooms' Mother's Day at Mercantile 

WHEN: May 14, 2023
WHERE: Mercantile

Treat Mom to a little something special with James Beard Award-winner Alex Seidel’s Mercantile’s ‘Bubbles and Blooms’ brunch. In addition to Executive Chef Alex Astranti’s delicious weekend brunch menu—featuring brunch favorites like the Turkish eggs, breakfast sandwich and croissant French toast—all moms will receive a complimentary glass of bubbles and a spring floral arrangement.

Mother's Day Brunch with Myra Warren & Tenia Nelson at Dazzle

WHEN: May 14, 2023
WHERE: Dazzle

Brunch out with music from Tenia Nelson on piano, Claire Church on drums, Domi Edson on bass and featuring Myra Warren on vocals. The musical menu includes yogurt parfait, scrambled eggs with pulled pork and green chili, scrambled tofu with vegetarian green chili, salmon benedict, a brunch cheeseburger and more. 

Mother's Day Brunch at The Broadmoor's Broadmoor Hall

WHEN: May 14, 2023
WHERE: The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs

This Mother’s Day, celebrate those who love you the most with an unforgettable brunch at The Broadmoor and indulge in an impressive array of pastries, seafood, meats, cheeses, classic brunch favorites and gorgeous desserts that are sure to make her heart swell. 

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Lake House - Pelican Bay at Cherry Creek

WHEN: May 14, 2023
WHERE: The Lake House - Pelican Bay at Cherry Creek, Greenwood Village

Take Mom to Denver’s only lakeside venue for a special brunch at The Lake House. Located in the heart of Cherry Creek State Park, this one-of-a-kind location offers breathtaking views, lifestyle amenities and pure Colorado leisure.

Mother's Day Afternoon Tea Class

WHEN: May 14, 2023
WHERE: Plot Twist Bakery, Littleton

Spend this special day with Mom preparing a beautiful and memorable afternoon tea service. Together, you’ll create classic and delicious tea-time treats, from lemon curd to savory tea sandwiches. After preparing your courses, you’ll sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor, served with complimentary tea and coffee.

Chook Mother's Day for Four To-Go

WHEN: May 14, 2023
WHERE: Chook

For a low-stress yet delicious holiday celebration for which no one has to cook, Chook is *the* way to go. Order the Chook Mother's Day for Four meal for takeout, which comes with a whole chicken, three shareable sides, bigger salad, bottle of Attimo wine, and a limited-edition Chook tea towel (makes the perfect gift!) for $74.95. 

So Damn Gouda Cheese Boxes

WHEN: May 14, 2023
WHERE: So Damn Gouda

There’s no shame in making things cheesy for your Mother’s Day gatherings! So Damn Gouda in Sunnyside is offering their new Spring Collection Tray (serves 10–14 people for $140) and Box (serves 3–5 people for $55) for pickup or delivery, which will surely be a hit at any party. The amounts of items vary, but each features MouCo Camembert; Ewephoria semi-hard gouda; Vermont Creamery goat chevre; Grand Cru, an aged alpine-style cow's milk cheese; Speck; and a variety of accouterments including chocolate-covered almonds, housemade apricot and rose jam, housemade pickled items, fresh radishes, Castelvetrano olives, Cornichons, dried fruits, nuts and more. 

Mother's Day Beer and Cheese Pairing at Bruz Off Fax

WHEN: May 15–16, 2023
WHERE: Bruz Beers (May 15) and Bruz Off Fax (May 16)

Bruz Beers and Truffle Cheese are bringing you and Mom an evening of amazing pairings of the finest beers and cheese. The pairing will include a pre-chosen flight of four 4-oz. Bruz beers paired with four different, carefully chosen cheeses with cured meat and accouterments. Sam from Truffle Cheese Shop and Charlie from Bruz Beers will walk you through each pairing and discuss flavor profiles while you taste.

Festivals & Events

Mother's Day Jewelry Bar

WHEN: May 11, 2023
WHERE: Uncle Tim's Cocktails

Treat Mom with an experience she won't forget! Expert jewelry maker Raquel Paiz will set up a DIY jewelry bar and lead guests through a jewelry-making workshop, all while sipping on delicious cocktails from Uncle Tim's Cocktails. Your ticket includes entry to the event, one welcome cocktail, cheese and charcuterie, and some Brazilian chocolate truffles! At the event, you will be able to create meaningful pieces starting at $30 and up. There will also be some pre-made pieces for sale.

Colorado Chocolate Festival

WHEN: May 12–13, 2023
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center

The popular Colorado Chocolate Festival is back, with thousands of chocolates to sample and buy from a variety of chocolatiers, bakers and vendors. Enjoy tastings, cooking demos, contests, a chocolate fountain, food and drinks, gifts, the Chocolatier Championships, games, kids’ activities and fun for all!

Wash Park Home Tour & Mother's Day Market Street Fair

WHEN: May 13, 2023
WHERE: Washington Park

This long-standing community event showcases a unique mix of four distinctive homes in the East Washington Park neighborhood. Tour the properties at your leisure and enjoy local artisans, vendors and entertainment at the Mother's Day Market Street Fair, conveniently located on the 500 block of South Race Street! This event is hosted by Steele Elementary's PTA and raises funds to directly support many programs and services that make Wash Park's neighborhood DPS elementary school a special place. Additionally, a percentage of funds raised go directly to benefit families in need through the LOVVE Project by providing fresh food, hygiene products and cleaning supplies to our neighbors in Virginia Village in partnership with Steele's sister school, Ellis Elementary.

Hops in the Park

WHEN: May 13, 2023
WHERE: Clement Park, Littleton

Colorado is home to all different sizes and styles of breweries and beers. And what better place to enjoy those beers than at scenic Clement Park? Hops in the Park is a festival for ages 21+, featuring beer sampling, food trucks, vendors selling the hottest beer-related swag, artist booths, yard games and entertainment.

Mother Earth Hike and Painting Class

WHEN: May 13, 2023
WHERE: South Table Mountain, Golden

Switch up the typical Mother's Day brunch with a morning hike followed by a painting class. Kiddos are welcome! Merrell will be on-site with free boot demos and giveaways, and Colorado artist Jesse Crock, known for his colorful landscape pieces, will be instructing and leading the class. All painting supplies are included in your registration, and there will be brews from Mountain Toad. Each participant will receive a raffle ticket for the opportunity to win a prize from sponsors Merrell, National Geographic, Sierra Nevada and more. The Olivine South Table Loop is a moderate, 1.5-mile moderate hike.

Olde Town Arvada Second Saturdays Summer Concert Series

WHEN: May 13, 2023
WHERE: Olde Town Arvada

The Second Saturday Summer Concert Series returns to Olde Town Arvada! Enjoy groovy bands on two different stages that will have you dancing all night long. There also will be artisan vendors, food, and libations, and a kid’s zone to keep the whole family entertained. As always, these events are free! 

Chalk Lines & Vines

WHEN: May 13–14, 2023
WHERE: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Aurora

Mark your calendar for a fun day out! Chalk Lines & Vines is back for its third year. Sample wines from more than 15 Colorado wineries, watch chalk artists bring their masterpieces to life, and enjoy live music and entertainment. Bring a picnic or hit the food trucks!

¡Viva! Streets Denver

WHEN: May 14, 2023
WHERE: Olde Town Arvada

¡Viva! Streets Denver offers everyone the chance to walk, bike, roll or scoot down streets in the heart of our city. Enjoy the diversity of our community in a unique way, free from motorized vehicles on Broadway, from Alameda to Downtown Denver and Welton, from 20th Street to Five Points! 

Music, Film & Performing Arts

'The Sandman'

WHEN: Thru May 14, 2023
Featuring live (yes, live!) music performed by the Gasoline Lollipops, this epic, newfangled western chronicles the journey of characters ripped from the lyrics of Gas Pops frontman, Clay Rose.

'On the Exhale'

WHEN: Thru June 10, 2023
WHERE: Curious Theatre Company

When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a liberal college professor finds herself inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime—and to the irresistible feeling of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Peering down the barrel of a uniquely American crisis, she begins to suspect that when it comes to gun violence, we’re all part of the problem.

'The 39 Steps'

WHEN: Thru June 18, 2023
WHERE: Singleton Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Combine a film masterpiece by Alfred Hitchcock with a juicy spy novel and add a large splash of Monty Python humor. The result? A fast-paced whodunit with four versatile actors portraying more than 50 roles! It's London in 1935, and the rather dull Richard Hannay encounters a woman who claims to be a spy. When she is suddenly murdered, Richard finds himself the focus of a nationwide manhunt led by a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps.” A fresh take on the classic adventure-comedy, this is theatre at its best: an absurd, delightful journey that can only be brought to life on stage.

'Les Misérables'

WHEN: May 10–21, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, "Les Misérables" tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. This epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. The magnificent score includes the songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Master of the House” and many more. Seen by over 130 million people worldwide in 53 countries and 22 languages, "Les Misérables" is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals.

Henry Cho

WHEN: May 11–14, 2023
WHERE: Comedy Works Downtown in Larimer Square

Comedian Henry Cho has made appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show, CBS’s The Late Late Show, and NBC’s Young Comedians Special. His one-hour Comedy Central Special, "What’s That Clickin Noise?" is currently running and he can also be heard daily on Sirius/XM and Blue Collar Radio. Catch him on Mother's Day for an all-ages, family-friendly matinee!

Tchaikovsky’s 'Nutcracker' Conducted by Andrew Litton

WHEN: May 12–14, 2023
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Visions of sugar plum fairies will dance in your head as Tchaikovsky’s enchanting music from "The Nutcracker" moves from the theatre stage to the concert hall under the baton of our distinguished former Music Director, Andrew Litton. Tchaikovsky’s brilliant orchestrations blur the lines between fantasy and reality while his imaginative use of instrumental color showcases the emotional depth of the familiar musical themes that make "The Nutcracker" so irresistible.

'Whiskey Soaked: Burlesque, Blues and Booze'

WHEN: May 12, 19, 26 and 28, 2023
WHERE: Clocktower Cabaret

"Whiskey Soaked" is a burlesque tribute to the blues. It's deep, husky voices and the sultry feel of a perfectly aged spirit. It's the tingle on your tongue and the sweet burn in your throat, as it warms you from the inside. Featuring live music, sexy burlesque and stunning aerial artists, this unique display of all things "Whiskey Soaked" is guaranteed to satisfy every taste.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse plays Music of The Beatles

WHEN: May 13, 2023
WHERE: The Bluebird Theater

The Rock and Roll Playhouse plays Music of The Beatles + More for this family-friendly Mother's Day Celebration! A portion of the proceeds will go to support Femme House.

'Pop Divas Undressed: A Burlesque Revue of Lady Legends'

WHEN: May 13, 20 and 27, 2023
WHERE: Clocktower Cabaret

Fire and Flames Productions Presents "Pop Divas Undressed: A Burlesque Revue of Lady Legends." Enjoy burlesque, drag and circus acts set to the music of your favorite modern pop divas, from Britney Spears and Beyonce to Lady Gaga! 

'Cirque Kalabante: Afrique en Cirque'

WHEN: May 14, 2023
WHERE: PACE Center, Parker

"Afrique en Cirque" isa highly colorful creation featuring amazing acrobats and musicians performing their authentic choreography to the frantic rhythms of djembes and other native instruments of Guinea. To the melodious sound of the Kora, artistic director and company founder Yamoussa Bangoura takes you into an elsewhere that radiates the diversity of traditional African arts combined with the virtuosity of the North American modern circus performance.

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre Concerts

No summer in Denver is complete without at least one — or two, or five — trips to the awe-inspiring Red Rocks Amphitheatre, just 15 miles from downtown Denver. More than 70 million years in the making, the 9,450-seat venue is flanked by enormous 300-foot red sandstone rock formations and always boasts a star-studded musical schedule.

  • May 11–12, 2023: Billy Strings
  • May 13, 2023: Gary Clark Jr. with Allen Stone
  • May 14, 2023: John Summit with Green Velvet, SOSA, Lucati

Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre Concerts

Grab a blanket and take a seat on the lawn or buy a reserved seat at this beautiful venue just south of Denver in Greenwood Village. Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre has a variety of acts coming up this spring and summer.

  • May 13, 2023: Jammin de Mayo 2023 with Zapp, Midnight Star, Evelyn "Champagne" King, GQ, All-4-One, Color Me Badd, MC Magic, Amanda Perez, A Lighter Shade of Brown

Art & Museum Exhibitions

Duality: Contemporary Works by Indigenous Artists

WHEN: Thru May 14, 2023
WHERE: Longmont Museum, Longmont

Nationally-recognized activist and artist Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe) guest curates this new contemporary Native American art exhibition presenting the work of locally and nationally known Indigenous American artists. The exhibition showcases paintings, ceramics, sculpture, beadwork, video and more.

Speaking with Light

WHEN: Thru May 21, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Speaking with Light: Contemporary Indigenous Photography is one of the first major museum surveys to explore the practices of Indigenous photographers working over the past three decades. Featuring works by more than 30 contemporary Indigenous photographers, the exhibition highlights the historically underrepresented views and voices of Indigenous communities. The works aim to shift power dynamics and bring attention to misrepresentations by focusing on Indigenous perspectives, exploring themes of history, loss, identity and representation.

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

WHEN: Thru May 23, 2023
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Pages from the original Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo—a document that transformed this part of the world forever by significantly expanding the United States and setting the stage for Colorado’s statehood—will be exhibited in Denver for the first time ever. 

Breakthroughs: A Celebration of RedLine at 15

WHEN: Thru May 27, 2023
WHERE: MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

This juried group exhibition is a collaboration with RedLine Contemporary Art Center to celebrate their fifteenth anniversary of artist residencies and fostering education and engagement between artists and communities to create positive social change. It reflects the current creative practice of artists living in Colorado, as well as artists who have recently lived in the Denver area. Breakthroughs will present artworks made within the last two years, the majority of which will be on view for the first time in Denver. 

Vance Kirkland’s Cosmos

WHEN: Thru May 28, 2023
WHERE: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Vance Kirkland was among the most important Colorado and regional painters of the 20th century. During the last half of his career, Kirkland’s paintings made a break from the earthly environment and explored outer space, first with his Nebulae paintings, beginning in 1954 pre-Sputnik, using his unique mixtures of oil paint and water. His imagination led him to create numerous series depicting the evolution and expansion of his own universe, culminating in his vibrant Dot Paintings. The museum's first temporary exhibition of Kirkland’s work in 20 years will feature examples from eight series of the visions of his cosmos from 1954 to 1981. The exhibition includes some of the artist’s impressive large-scale paintings, seldom seen on public display. A lecture on Vance Kirkland will accompany the exhibition.

Near East to Far West: Fictions of French and American

WHEN: Thru May 28, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

French Orientalism refers to artworks produced by French artists during the 1800s inspired by North Africa and the greater Islamic world. Their creation paralleled French colonial expansion into Algeria beginning in the 1830s and, as the United States expanded westward, presented a template for how American artists depicted landscapes and people of the American West. This exhibition presents more than 80 artworks exploring the many ways that the style and substance of French Orientalism directly influenced American artists and their representations of the American West in art and popular culture during this period.

Rugged Beauty: Antique Carpets from Western Asia

WHEN: Thru May 28, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Open a window into the artistic and utilitarian innovations of weavers, domestic consumption and the cross-cultural exchanges between present-day Turkey, Iran and the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) from the 1500s to the 1900s. The stories in Rugged Beauty showcase the living traditions of western Asia, a vast and culturally rich region of the world. Each of the more than 40 objects on display were made by hand, predominantly dyed by hand, and hand-woven using the knotted-pile weaving technique. Although the individual identities of the makers are mostly unknown, the rugs' designs of rich colors, intricate patterns and complex symbols reveal a deep history of trade, diplomacy and foreign relationships.

Melanie Yazzie: Peace Walking

WHEN: Thru May 29, 2023
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Contemporary artist Melanie Yazzie was born in northeastern Arizona to a family from the Salt Water and Bitter Water Diné (Navajo) clans. In this exhibit, she weaves together nature and narrative in multi-layered prints, paintings and sculptures to explore the experiences that shaped her. Yazzie employs iconography featuring animal, plants, land maps and female figures to tell a story that is deeply personal but also communal in nature. Her work conveys qualities of wonder and healing, while encouraging viewers to engage with complex Indigenous experiences.

Disney Animation: Immersive Experience

WHEN: Thru May 29, 2023
WHERE: 3900 Elati St.

This innovative celebration takes you inside the greatest films of Walt Disney Animation Studios, from their very earliest, groundbreaking features to the beloved hit movies of today. Imagine stepping into the Casita with Mirabel from "Encanto," or being at Pride Rock as Rafiki presents Simba. Imagine hopping on a train with Judy Hopps and going into "Zootopia," or taking a magic carpet ride with Aladdin and Jasmine. Now you can! Step into the art and legacy of Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Memory Mirror

WHEN: Thru June 18, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Lares Feliciano's Memory Mirror is an immersive installation that invites visitors to explore their relationship with memory through animation, dioramas and interactive storytelling. Designed to evoke the memory of a relative's living room, this exhibition will transform the museum's Precourt Family Discovery Hall into a surreal domestic den that is both familiar and fantastic.

Tamara Kostianovsky: Renewal

WHEN: Thru June 18, 2023
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Textile sculptor Tamara Kostianovsky presents 13 large-scale sculptures of tropical birds, flora and tree stumps. The works draw inspiration from her childhood home in Argentina and seek to envision a utopian future restored from past and present exploitation. Repurposing clothing from her own wardrobe as well as clothes, linens, upholstery and towels from family and friends, Kostianovsky forges connections to loved ones and childhood memories.

Explorations of Resilience and Resistance / Our Backs Hold Our Stories

WHEN: Thru June 28, 2023
WHERE: East Window Gallery, Boulder

East Window is an exhibit window viewable outdoors from the east side of the building. Lights are on from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm every day. Kali Spitzer is an Indigenous, femme, queer, photographer living on the traditional unceded lands of the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam peoples. Her heritage deeply influences her work as she focuses on cultural revitalization through her art, whether in the medium of photography, ceramics, tanning hides or hunting. She has documented traditional practices with a sense of urgency, highlighting their vital cultural significance.

Rainbows & Revolutions

WHEN: Thru June 30, 2023
WHERE: History Colorado Center

LGBTQ+ people have always been part of Colorado communities. They have pushed against stereotypes, transforming the way mainstream society views them. Rainbows & Revolutions is about more than just Pride — the exhibit explores how LGBTQ+ people’s very existence in Colorado has been a rebellious act beyond the rainbow, from quiet assertions of identity to loud and proud demonstrations for civil rights and equality.

Her Brush: Japanese Women Artists from the Fong-Johnstone Collection

WHEN: Thru July 16, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This exhibition takes a nuanced approach to questions of artistic voice, gender and agency through more than 100 works of painting, calligraphy and ceramics from 1600s to 1900s Japan. Many of these artworks will be on view for the first time to the public. 

I Invite Myself Vol. II

WHEN: Thru July 30, 2023
WHERE: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Colorado Springs

In the first museum solo exhibition by the award-winning inter-disciplinary artist Eiko Otake, the artist's experimental, movement-based art practice engages and pushes traditions of dance, exploring themes of mortality, time and place. The Fine Art Center’s exhibition foregrounds Otake’s recent film and video works, which have developed alongside her dance, choreography and performance installations. The works feature a body as it moves in and through various places, including the urban infrastructure of Tokyo and New York, irradiated post-nuclear disaster Fukushima, and the vast landscapes of Wyoming and California. Viewers are strongly encouraged to return, as select media will rotate over the course of the exhibition in recognition of changing seasons.

From Chaos to Order: Greek Geometric Art from the Sol Rabin Collection

WHEN: Thru July 30, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This exhibition, traveling to Denver from the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, presents 57 artworks from 900 to 700 BCE, an expressive period of Greek art characterized by balance, symmetry and rhythm, all aimed at refining the concept of beauty down to its elemental core. These works, many of which have never before been on public display, open new windows into this formative period of Greek art history, revealing what beauty (Greek: kallos) meant to Greeks of the Geometric period.

Colombia: The Corn, The River, and The Grave

WHEN: Thru Aug. 20, 2023
Museo de las Americas
An identity story of the anxiety and the calm of the Colombian territory, this exhibition weaves a possible fabric about the complexities of the land as a point of divergence between the sacred and the mercantile. Exhausted from development driven by selfish interests, the alteration of the rivers, and the uneven expansion of the tombs of war, Colombia has reached a historical crossroads.


WHEN: Thru Aug. 27, 2023
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)

Precision flight, swarm intelligence, mind control … enter the world of bugs! This exhibition, created by Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand and Weta Workshop (the creative studio behind the Lord of the Rings films’ fantastical sets), reveals the secrets of insects and arthropods in delightful, dazzling ways. From immersive activities that get you thinking to hands-on games that get you moving, Bugs inspires us to be curious about the tiny-but-mighty creatures among us, appreciative of the vital role they play in the natural world, and energized to help them thrive. 

Las Adelitas Living the Arts: Community, Creativity, and Empowerment

WHEN: Thru Aug. 31, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

A grassroots non-profit organization, Las Adelitas supports women who have endured acts of violence and trauma through the healing power of community, the arts and creative empowerment. This exhibition showcases the creative work of the organization’s artists, including paintings, poetry, video art and the vibrant dresses, stories and performances of the Las Adelitas Ballet Folklorico Dance Group.

Awful Bigness

WHEN: Thru Sept. 10, 2023
WHERE: Clyfford Still Museum

Awful Bigness fills the museum’s largest, skylit galleries and celebrates Still’s biggest, most ambitious works. This installation follows a chronological display of Still’s works in the museum's first four rooms, offering an overview of Still’s groundbreaking path to abstraction.

Return of the Corn Mothers

WHEN: Thru Sept. 30, 2023
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Return of the Corn Mothers marks a three-year effort to honor 22 new Corn Mothers in 2022. What began in 2007 with a small grant from the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute and eight local women has now expanded to include more than 70 women. Join in the rich tradition of honoring Southwest women through this revitalized exhibit.

Fantastic Brush: Twentieth-Century Chinese Ink Art from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection

WHEN: Thru Nov. 1, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

The 23 ink paintings featured in this exhibit showcase some of the most important artists in twentieth-century China, including Zhang Daqian, Qi Baishi, Xu Beihong, Wu Changshuo and Wu Guanzhong. The collection includes examples by teachers and students, friends and colleagues. The artists come from very different backgrounds: some traveled to Europe to study Western art, some went to Japan to study Japanese art and Western art as filtered through Japanese experience, and others never went abroad. Nevertheless, all were well versed in traditional Chinese ink art.

Confection Perfection: Jolly Rancher Company

WHEN: Thru Dec. 30, 2023
WHERE: Golden History Museum & Park, Golden

Seeking additional income for her family, homemaker-turned-entrepreneur Dorothy Harmsen heard about people making a fortune in Florida selling ice cream from newly invented soft serve machines. In 1949, Harmsen rented a store in downtown Golden and made a down payment on a new machine. Within a few years, she and her husband, Bill, built one of the most iconic confectionery companies in the world.

Epic Events

WHEN: Thru Dec. 30, 2023
WHERE: Golden History Museum & Park, Golden

Epic Events walks you through over three dozen moments that shaped Golden’s past. Those times range from big to small, happy to sad. Some are memorable and some are best forgotten. Step inside this exhibit and feel what it’s like to live through 150 years in Golden.

Legendary People

WHEN: Thru Dec. 30, 2023
WHERE: Golden History Museum & Park, Golden

People are the ingredient that makes Golden a vibrant community. Over the years, so many have called the area home, from nomadic Native Americans, adventurous miners and cunning politicians, to innovative business owners, hard-working students and curious tourists. Their interesting stories make for a rich history. Learn the biographical highlights of some little-known characters, like beloved educator Gertrude Bell, Olympic athlete Lindsey Horan and many more.

Signs O’ The Times

WHEN: Thru Dec. 30, 2023
WHERE: Golden History Museum & Park, Golden

Old signs are powerful evidence of the changes Golden has experienced. Simply put, signs are visual graphics we use to communicate information to each other. We’ve used them for thousands of years, and if you stop and look around, they’re everywhere. The permanent City of Golden collection currently cares for more than two dozen commercial and business signs.

By Design: Stories and Ideas Behind Objects

WHEN: Thru Jan. 1, 2024
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

A series of thematic installations drawn primarily from the architecture and design collection, this exhibition illustrates the abundance and versatility of approaches to design. How does it come into being? Who creates it and for what purpose? What trends inspire it? And how does it serve society?

The World in Denver: Photography by Robert Weinberg

WHEN: Thru Jan. 10, 2024
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Over the course of his career, Robert Weinberg captured images of those who left their mark on Denver. Best known for his work with the Intermountain Jewish News, Weinberg focused on portraits of people in the Denver community. Weinberg's photography adds a valuable dimension to the visual record of the Mile High City during the 1980s and 1990s. Now legally blind, Weinberg created braille labels to accompany his work, ensuring that his photographs are accessible to all. He continues to advocate for the visually impaired community by promoting organizations to assist people with low vision to live independently.

Gio Ponti: Designer of a Thousand Talents

WHEN: Thru July 19, 2024
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Gio Ponti was one of the most inventive Italian architects and designers of his time. For more than 60 years, Ponti’s exuberant approach found expression in public and private commissions from buildings, interiors and furniture to glass, ceramics and flatware, influencing international design for more than 50 years. 

Fitness & Professional Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies

WHEN: May 12–14, 2023
WHERE: Coors Field - Home of the Colorado Rockies

Grab Mom and come cheer on the Rockies as they take on the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game home series.

Go-Karting on Ice Part 2

WHEN: May 12–14, 2023
WHERE: Big Bear Ice Arena

Enjoy the thrill of driving on an icy rink, the perfect way to have some unique and competitive fun with your friends and family! There are also plenty of games on-site to keep you entertained while you're waiting for your turn on the ice. Prizes will be given out for the best dressed so grab your fun fancy dress for some costume ice-karting!

Colorado Rapids vs. Philadelphia Union

WHEN: May 13, 2023
Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City
Is Mom a soccer fan? Then head to Dick's Sporting Goods Park this Mother's Day weekend to watch the Colorado Rapids take on the Philadelphia Union.

Federal Cup 5k

WHEN: May 13, 2023
WHERE: Denver Federal Center 

The 2023 Federal Cup 5K Run and Walk is a timed event at the Denver Federal Center with a 1K Kids Fun Run too!

Colorado Women's Classic

WHEN: May 14, 2023
WHERE: Westminster

The Colorado Women's Classic is about the positive parts of being in a community of women! So many women run this event with their training buddies: run partners, sisters, mothers, daughters and granddaughters. This year it's now open to the men in your life too. The Women-Centric Expo will feature representatives from businesses whose job it is to meet the needs of women. And don't worry — there will be plenty of post-race food and other goodies!

Outdoor Activities

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Carved from towering red rock monuments, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre in Morrison is one of the world's most renowned concert venues. The surrounding park has hiking trails that weave in, around and over the colorful red rocks.

Farmers' Markets

The Mile High City's more than 20 farmers' markets aren't just about locally grown produce, delicious baked goods and prepared foods — though you'll find those in abundance! Each market is a festive, weekly street fair, many with live entertainment and family-friendly activities. 

Denver Zoo

With over 3,500 animals on 84 gorgeous acres, Denver Zoo is an amazing experience year-round. Your donation helps to provide world-class care for the lions, giraffes and elephants, as well as other wild animals and wild places, from the Rockies to Mongolia.

Denver Botanic Gardens

One of the top five botanic gardens in the nation, Denver Botanic Gardens is an oasis in the city, offering year-round events, a children’s garden, lifelong-learning opportunities and research to preserve Colorado’s precious natural resources. Meanwhile, Chatfield Farms, located in nearby Littleton, takes pride in its exemplary nature preserve and gardens. Located on 750 acres, this picturesque site includes display gardens and a historical farm with a rustic barn.

Denver's City Parks

No matter where you find yourself in The Mile High City, you’re likely only a few steps away from a lush and relaxing green space. Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to explore Denver's more than 5,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways, as well as an additional 14,000 acres of spectacular mountain parks in neighboring counties that are maintained by the City and County of Denver.

Denver Street Art

Denver street artists have been busy brightening (and enlightening) the urban landscape for decades by making canvases of the city’s alleyways, building exteriors, warehouses, garage doors and storefronts. Grab your camera and take a stroll past some of the city's favorite murals. 

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