8 May Events You Just Can't Miss

Editor's pick:

BreckCreate WAVE: Light + Water + Sound (Courtesy of Julie Hughes)

BreckCreate WAVE: Light + Water + Sound
May 31 – June 3
Blue River Plaza, Breckenridge

This free four-night festival transforms the townscape into canvases, stages and exhibition spaces. Immerse yourself in Aura by Julie Hughes, a celebration of light and color with thousands of hand-painted and cut acrylic paintings netted together.


The Durango Wine Experience

The Durango Wine Experience
May 3-5

Three delicious days of educational seminars, wine dinners and unique tastings featuring hundreds of wineries, artisan spirits and craft beers. Top local chefs pair up with wineries, distributors, breweries and distilleries around the world at the Grand Tasting on Saturday, May 5, from 3-6:30 p.m.


Fruita Fat Tire Festival (Photo by Mattias Fredriksson)

Fruita Fat Tire Festival
May 4-6


The 23rd annual festival celebrates Colorado mountain biking. Enjoy live bands under the summer stars in downtown Fruita, as well as one of the top cycling expos in the state. Mountain biking enthusiasts from around the world can browse goods from Giant Bicycle, Club Ride Apparel and Evil Bike Co. to name a few.


May 5
Sculpture Park, Denver

The original Denver Derby Party, now in its 17th year, is the biggest of its kind outside of Kentucky. The Colorado tradition brings colorfully clad horse racing enthusiasts to downtown Denver for a day of fun and philanthropy. All ticket proceeds benefit the Sean Ranch Lough-Foundation, which provides four-year college scholarships to underprivileged students.


Estes Park Duck Race

Estes Park Duck Race
May 5
Estes Park

Little yellow rubber ducks take over Fall River at Nicky’s Resort in Estes Park for the annual race. Head to Bond Park for family fun, music, activities, duck sales and more. Browse goods from local merchants downtown at the annual spring sidewalk sale. 


Colorado Governor's Art Show & Sale; Balkanski's Afternoon Passage

Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale
May 12 – June 17

The largest juried art show to exclusively feature Colorado artists has selected 56 artists for the 2018, including paintings from Jenny Robinson and John Lintott. Don’t miss the special beer-pairing edition of the show on May 23, where guests can enjoy a pour from Verboten Brewing while they browse the gallery.


Five Points Jazz Festival (Photo by Trevor Davis)

Five Points Jazz Festival
May 19
Five Points, Denver

Once known as the Harlem of the West, Five Points was home to several jazz clubs that hosted jazz music legends such as Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. Celebrate the history of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood while grooving to the likes of the Hazel Miller Band, Ginga, and The Southside Jazz Project at different venues throughout the area.


Denver Arts Festival

Denver Arts Festival
May 26-27
Conservatory Green at Stapleton, Denver

More than 100 of Colorado's most esteemed artists showcase paintings, sculpture, photography, glasswork and woodwork for over 50,000 attendees at the annual fine arts festival in Denver’s up-and-coming Stapleton neighborhood.

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