Things To Do In May

May is jam-packed with Cinco de Mayo celebrations, the Kentucky Derby, concerts, farmer's markets, plays, and more, all in Aurora, CO!

Southlands Kentucky Derby Celebration
Where: Southlands
When: May 6th, 2:30-5:30pm

Don your fancy hats, fascinators, and seersucker suits, and join us to watch the Run for the Roses! Featuring live music by Montage, food and drinks from your favorite restaurants, contests, and prizes for "Best Hat," and more. Stop by the Kid’s Corral with lots of fun activities and, of course, the running of the Kentucky Derby!

Night Market at Stanley
Where: Stanley Marketplace
When: May 13th

This FREE event features local food, live dance performances, makers, musicians, and DJs from Aurora's AANHPI community. Performances begin at 12 PM on the Southeast Plaza, followed by the Night Market from 2-8 PM in the Hangar. Come taste the flavors of Asia, dance to K-pop and J-pop, and shop til you drop at this first-ever celebration of its kind here at Stanley.

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo With Ginuwine, Baby Bash, and Frankie J.
Where: Stampede
When: May 4th

National recording artists Ginuwine, Baby Bash, and Frankie J. take over Stampede on May 4th for a hit-filled concert to remember.

Cinco De Mayo Celebration
Where: Town Center at Aurora
When: May 5th

Spend your Cinco De Mayo at Town Center at Aurora for an all-day celebration! Enjoy mariachi from 2-4 pm, and "From Mexico Con Amor" will be handing out candy. The Flavor of Tabasco food truck will also be set up outside of the food court entrance from 5-7 pm.

Aurora Fox Theatre

Treasure Island
Where: Aurora Fox Theater
When: Many Dates Through May 21st

Excitement runs high in this new musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's thrilling tale of pirates, treasure maps, and mutiny on the seven seas. When Jim Hawkins sets sail in search of a long-lost treasure, he has no idea what adventures and trials await him. Our young hero is on a race for hidden riches, but can he hold on to his humanity when pitted against the infamous sea dog, Long John Silver? Get ready for a swashbuckling good time, perfect for the entire family!

The Aurora Singers Present: The Bright Lights Of Broadway
Where: South Middle School
When: Beginning May 6th- October

Light the footlights and raise the curtains! The Aurora Singers ends its 46th season with a tribute to New York City's famed Broadway, a special place that has showcased thousands of shows and produced some of our most memorable songs. They've saved the best for last with some of Broadway's greatest hits, including "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", "Pippin", "Newsies", "Les Miserables", "Godspell" "Grease", "Jersey Boys", and "Singin' in the Rain" to name a few.

Spring Along Scavenger Hunt
Where: Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center
When: Through May 14th

Embark on a springtime scavenger hunt as you search for clues throughout the Gaylord Rockies Resort. Wander through the Grand Lodge, full of spring flowers and seasonal colors, as you work at your own pace. Complete the hunt, solve the puzzle, and take home a springtime surprise!

Rebel Marketplace
Where: Del Mar Park
When: May 13th

Make time to enjoy this unique neighborhood farmers market operating bi-monthly at Aurora's Del Mar Park. Featuring produce cultivated by community members and various local artist craft booths.

Colorado Remembers
Where: Colorado Freedom Memorial
When: May 27th

Activities begin at 8 a.m. with a free pancake breakfast. The special ceremony and tribute will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and will feature the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and Drill Team from Washington, D.C., along with the Sound of the Rockies Men's Chorus. The ceremony will be followed by special tours of the Memorial, the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, and various static military displays for all to experience as we gather to honor, educate and remember. Bring family and friends, and join as we celebrate those we will never forget.

Chalk Lines and Vines
Where: Arapahoe County Event Center
When: May 13th and 14th

Sample wines from 15+ Colorado wineries, watch chalk artists bring their masterpieces to life, enjoy live music, and bring a picnic or hit the food trucks. Sound good? Tickets: $35 general admission online, $40 onsite, $10 designated driver. Grab your tickets now and save $10 off admission. Hurry, this is a limited offer. New—get VIP tickets ($75) for early festival access and a VIP shade tent with catered tapas and wine by the glass! Meet your neighbors and enjoy fun, laid-back vibes. The event is for 21+ only; tickets here.

Strange Natures Immersive Dance
Where: Delaney Historic District
When: May 18th - June 4th

Discover your place in a decaying world with Strange Natures, the immersive show that explores queer identity, pleasure, and the beauty of decay. Immerse yourself in a glittery, trash-filled journey with chaotic vignettes that challenge you to lean into our increasingly plastic future. Strange Natures invites you to find kinship with each other, with trash, and with an ever-evolving world. Don't miss out on a kaleidoscopic experience.

Southlands Farmers Market
Where: Southlands
When: Saturdays Beginning May 13th

The annual Farmer's Market is a Southlands tradition featuring the freshest local and seasonal fruits and vegetables, unique food items, fresh baked breads, jams and jellies and handmade crafts from local artisans, and much more!

Discover Colorado Escape Room: Riches In The Rockies
Where: Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center
When: Through May 14th

Discover fun facts about Colorado history in this interactive escape room as you solve clues and riddles in order to break free!

Field Day and Great Outdoors Of Aurora Exhibit Opening
Where: Aurora History Museum
When: May 7th, 11am-3pm

Learn about Aurora's open space and recreation opportunities and try a new activity. Enjoy performances and workshops, including boomerang demonstrations, kite demonstrations, and outdoor photography tips. Compete in the balloon/egg toss, 3-legged race, wheelbarrow race, and nail-pounding competition. There will also be a rolling pin toss, kid's barrel race, bocce, croquet, stomp rockets, kubb, giant Jenga, outdoor AMC scavenger hunt, and a mini golf game. The event is free, but please register.

Elizabeth Rex
Where: The People's Building
When: Various Nights Beginning May 4th

The idea of gender roles and the belief and expectations associated with them has existed forever. In Elizabeth Rex, by Timothy Findley, questions around these roles take the forefront in this funny, provocative, and soulful drama about a group of Shakespeare's actors, including Shakespeare himself, as they duel and banter with each and Queen Elizabeth when she surprises them backstage after their performance on the night before her ex-lover, the Earl of Sussex, is to be executed.

It's A Scavenger Hunt, Aurora!
Where: Town Center at Aurora
When: May 2nd

This all-age activity is a smartphone-guided event where you play alone with your group in your neighborhood on your own schedule by following instructions provided by the in-game host. Fill your virtual scavenger sack with the items you help choose through riddle-like clues! Explore your surroundings, attempting to quickly locate various items as they are revealed one at a time by your game master. Get outdoors, get creative, and try to get a top spot in the It's a Scavenger Hunt!™ Hall of Fame.

Music of Flight: The Falcon
Where: The People's Building
When: May 2nd

For Superhero fans ages 8 to 80, Music of Flight: The Falcon (Josh Hartwell) is a humorous tale of identity with live bird-inspired music performed by Colorado Chamber Players. Directed by Betty Hart, starring Ronald McQueen and Michaela Murray.