Jan 4, 2024 - Things to Do

Denver weekend events: Light Up the New Year, Western Stock Show and more

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This weekend in Denver, see light displays at Hudson Gardens, attend a rodeo at the Western Stock Show or party with Shaquille O'Neal at the Mission Ballroom.

✨ 1. Light Up the New Year

Keep the festive spirit alive by visiting an illuminated garden exhibition in Littleton.

What's happening: The Hudson Gardens and Events Center opened "Light Up the New Year" on Tuesday, a new light display running until the last weekend of the month.

  • The exhibition includes color cubes and an illuminated sphere.

Location: Hudson Gardens

Dates: Through Jan. 28

When: Doors open at 5pm, last entry at 8:45pm

Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for children 4 and older, free for children 2 and younger. Tickets.

🎧 2. Shaq's Bass All-Stars

  • Former NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal will be behind the turntables as "DJ Diesel" 7pm Friday at the Mission Ballroom. Tickets start at $93.

🎨 3. First Friday Pop-Up Art Gallery

🤠 4. National Western Stock Show

  • The annual livestock rodeo opens this weekend with events including mutton bustin', livestock exhibitions and kids shows. Tickets.
  • When: Daily through Jan. 21
  • Cost: $22 for adults, $5 for kids
  • Go deeper: What to know about the stock show

🐘 5. Denver Zoo Free Days

  • The Denver Zoo is offering free admission for seven days in 2024, starting Friday. Tickets are available online only on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Dates: Jan. 5, Jan. 21, Feb. 11, April 7, Nov. 1, Nov. 9, Nov. 17
  • Of note: You can book tickets for a group of up to five people on each free day.

🖼️ 6. MCA Denver Penny Saturday

  • Colorado residents can check out sculptures, paintings and other exhibits at MCA Denver for a penny this and every first Saturday of the month. Tickets.
  • Hours: 10am–5pm
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