The local event calendar is starting to look a lot like 2019, and that includes a plethora of ways to celebrate Memorial Day 2022. Here are 10 events where you can honor our fallen soldiers and make the most of the holiday.
Find a festival
Memorial Day is about honoring those who serve our country, and the Memorial Day Run and March at UCHealth Park in Colorado Springs is an apt way to do just that. Register for a 5K, 10K or 30K run or march on May 29. Proceeds from registration fees and food donations help feed homeless veterans. memorialdaymarch.com
Shop and sip along Denver’s Old South Gaylord Street during the 50th annual Memorial Day Weekend Festival, taking place May 28-30. Expect food trucks, live music and other vendors offering visitors the opportunity to get the flavor of the area. oldsouthgaylord.com
Further north, the Boulder Creek Festival brings family-friendly fun, local live music and an artisan market to downtown Boulder for three days (May 28-30). The fest is free to attend, but adults 21 and up can buy tickets to one of four beer-tasting sessions on Saturday and Sunday ($25). bouldercreekfest.com
Elitch Gardens amusement park will light up the Denver skyline with Memorial Day fireworks on May 29. Whether you buy a day pass for rides or are enjoying the holiday with a libation on a patio, look up at the park’s closing time (9 p.m.) to enjoy the display. elitchgardens.com
Catch a concert
Red Rocks Amphitheatre’s concert calendar is absolutely stacked on Memorial Day weekend, starting with co-headlining performances by bluegrass bands The Infamous Stringdusters and the California Honeydrops on May 26. Then, The Motet and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong come through to please jam fans (May 27), followed by the electro-indie beats of Chromeo (May 28), reggae vibes of Ziggy Marley and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals (May 29) and blues-rock sounds of guitar hero Gary Clark Jr. (May 30). Tickets at redrocksonline.com.
If you’d prefer to save some cash, the Levitt Pavilion in Denver has an equally robust lineup for the holiday weekend and most of the shows are free. Catch Los Amigos Invisibles on May 26, followed by Gasoline Lollipops with Jimbo Darville & the Truckadours on May 27 and The Polish Ambassador on May 28. The weekend closes out with a ticketed show from Tears for Fears with support from Garbage (starting at $49.50). Tickets at levittdenver.org.
Escape to the mountains
If you’re looking to get in your last turns of the ski season, there’s only one mountain that remains open where you can do so. Arapahoe Basin recently received a fresh dump thanks to a spring storm that coated the Front Range, and has several events planned for Memorial Day weekend, including an LGBTQ+ pride celebration (May 28), a swimwear costume day (May 28) and a beer festival (May 29). Tickets at arapahoebasin.com.
Those in the mood for blues, cold beer and hot barbecue should take a hike to Beaver Creek’s appropriately named Blues, Brews & BBQ festival. The event, which runs May 27-29, is free to attend and features kid-friendly attractions, as well as the opportunity for diners to vote for their favorite smoked-meat vendor. The beer festival takes place May 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. and requires a $50 ticket. beavercreek.com/blog
Have a ha-ha-happy Memorial Day at the Vail Comedy Festival, which features dozens of comedians from locally to nationally acclaimed performers like Denver’s Kevin Fitzgerald and Korey David as well as “Late Night’s” Steven Rogers and Usama Siddiquee from “America’s Got Talent.” Events include stand-up routines, live podcast recordings and more. The festival runs May 27-29 and tickets start at $119. vailcomedyfestival.com.
The Western Slope is calling movie buffs to Telluride’s Mountainfilm festival, five days of documentary and feature film screenings coupled with panels, chats and other networking events. Telluride Brewing Co. is debuting a new beer, a cold IPA called Frio on the Rio, for the occasion. Proceeds benefit Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Tickets at mountainfilm.org.