With vaccination rates on the rise, events are making a comeback, and Coloradans can expect this Memorial Day to look more familiar than 2020’s pandemic-stricken holiday weekend. Whether you’re looking to entertain the family or to get out of the house and feel some sense of normalcy, there’s plenty to do in and around Denver.
Here are eight epic ways to celebrate Memorial Day — and if you aren’t vaccinated, remember to wear a mask and social distance.
Black Love Mural Festival
Denver’s street art festival featuring exclusively Black talent returns for a second year. Artists (based both locally and beyond) will begin painting murals on May 27 before an official kickoff event on May 30, during which attendees are invited to Civic Center park to enjoy the larger-than-life works of art. The event was born out of 2020’s social justice movement as a way to prevent vandalism while continuing to reiterate that Black lives matter and to support Black artists. Murals will be on display through Aug. 1, and each Sunday there will be special events like yoga and fitness classes (June 6), a chess tournament (June 13), and a Juneteenth water gun fight (June 20).
May 30 at Civic Center park, 101 14th Ave., Denver. Free. Follow Black Love Mural Festival on Instagram for updates.
Boulder on the Run
Bolder Boulder, a Memorial Day tradition in the Front Range running community, is not returning in its usual format thanks to COVID-19. But organizers have mapped out six new 10K courses for an event called Boulder on the Run to keep the spirit of the race alive this year. The certified courses are in Douglas County, Firestone, Loveland, Erie, Broomfield and Littleton, and participants can register to race during two-hour blocks Saturday through Monday between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.
May 29-31 at various locations. Registration is $49. Find information about race routes and more at bb10k.bolderboulder.com.
Colorado Music & Arts Festival
Head to Westminster City Park to indulge in a weekend of tunes, food, shopping and more at the Colorado Music and Arts Festival. With live performances from comedians and magicians, attractions such as classic car and RV shows, and plenty of libations flowing in the wine and cheese garden, the event promises fun for the whole family. Live music comes courtesy of country artists such as Nederland’s Mike Zito, Nashville’s Stone Senate, Texas Hill and more.
May 29-30 at Westminster City Park, 10455 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster. Weekend passes are $10. The festival runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m both days. Buy tickets at coloradoartsfestival.com.
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Fireworks at Elitch Gardens
In one more sign that normalcy may be creeping back into daily life, Elitch Gardens is planning to light up the Denver skyline with Memorial Day fireworks. Whether you buy a day pass for rides or are enjoying the holiday with a libation on a patio, look up at park closing time (8 p.m.) to enjoy the display.
May 31 at Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver. Fireworks start at 8 p.m.
The Disco Biscuits concert
If you’re itching to put on your dancing shoes, Red Rocks Amphitheatre hosts jam band The Disco Biscuits for a three-night run May 28-30. Tickets range from $55 to $75, and more were recently released, as the venue gradually increases its capacity in response to relaxed COVID-19 regulations. Red Rocks expects to return to full capacity — 9,545 people — on June 21.
May 28-30 at 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. before the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. each day. Buy tickets at axs.com.
Evergreen Music Festival
Pair some fresh mountain air with good times at the inaugural Evergreen Music Festival at Buchanan Park in Evergreen. Buy tickets for the morning show or the afternoon show — or both — to enjoy local live music, plus a classic car show. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and/or blankets. General admission tickets cost $25, and veterans and active military personnel get admission discounted to $15.
May 31 at Buchanan Park, 32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen. The morning show starts at 10 a.m.; the afternoon at 2 p.m. Buy tickets at evergreenmusicfestival.org.
Film on the Rocks
Red Rocks Amphitheatre’s signature summer movie series, Film on the Rocks, kicks off Memorial Day weekend with screenings of classics including “Enter the Dragon” (May 28) and “Aliens” (May 31). The venue’s lower south parking lot will be transformed into a drive-in movie theater for much of the season, following the success of last year’s COVID-friendly change in format. The cost per car is $59.50, which includes two sodas, a bag of City Popcorn, M&Ms and Twizzlers.
18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. before movies start at 8:30. Buy tickets at axs.com.
Memorial Day Run & March
Memorial Day is about honoring those who serve our country, and the Memorial Day Run and March in Colorado Springs is one of the best ways to do just that. The event, which this year moved to UCHealth Park, features 5K, 10K and 30K races, plus a 30K march, in which participants have the option of carrying a 25-pound rucksack full of nonperishable food items. Food donations help feed homeless veterans.
May 29 at UCHealth Park, 4385 Tutt Blvd., Colorado Springs. The event opens at 6:30 a.m. before races start at 8. Register at memorialdaymarch.com.
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