Things to do in May

Embrace the sunshine and shed those layers! Get ready to dive into a season filled with exciting festivities under clear skies as we kickstart May with sunny days ahead.

As Aurora heats up, it's time to trade jackets for sandals and sunglasses! 


Plan ahead. Buy tickets, sign up online, or do a little research before attending these events and activities.

Kentucky Derby Celebration 
When: May 4
Where: Southlands | Directions

Don your fancy hats and get dressed in your Derby best! Celebrate the Kentucky Derby at Aurora’s largest viewing party, complete with fun activities, Mint juleps, the Run for the Roses, and more.

Southlands Farmer's Market
When: May 11 - 25
Where: Southlands | Directions

Mark the arrival of Spring with a trip to Southland’s Annual Farmer’s Market. Shop local with fresh produce, handmade artisan goods, and more!

S'mores on the Shore
When: May 3 - 10
Where: Aurora Reservoir | Directions

S'mores on the Shore is back for the 2024 season! Gather your friends or bring the family for fun on the Aurora Reservoir shore to roast s'mores complete with your own s’mores’ materials, chairs, and firepits! This fun outing is perfect to enjoy the beach-Colorado style!

Mama's Mercado
When: May 5
Where: Chambers Event Center | Directions

Experience the vibrant fusion of Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo at Mama’s Mercado! This lively market boasts local vendors offering an array of finds to shop, explore, and savor. Dive into a celebration brimming with handmade goods, fun music, and authentic Mexican cuisine.

5th Annual Mother's Day Market & Opening Day 
When: May 11
Where: Del Mar Park | Directions

Aurora is beaming with farmer's market this season, and fan-favorite Rebel Marketplace is hosting its opening day this month, with its first market dedicated to celebrating Mother's Day! Enjoy a live DJ, seedlings, and more! This community-driven market offers the best locally grown produce and handmade goods, uniting the Aurora community with local businesses, community activists, food producers, and a fun market to explore! Rebel Marketplace runs every Saturday from June 1 – August 31, so save the dates! 

Chalk Lines and Vines
When: May 18 - 19
Where: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds | Directions

Check out Arapahoe County’s 4th Annual Chalk Lines and Vines event to begin your spring celebrations. Gather your friends to enjoy refreshing wine samples sourced from Colorado wineries and watch captivating chalk art displays and an array of food trucks.

Run Into Summer 5K Run/Walk 
When: May 11
Where: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds | Directions

Gear up, get into the running spirit, and join the Run Into Summer 5k Run/Walk! This fun run promises an energetic kickstart to prepare for the running season! Mingle with the local community post-race and enjoy well-deserved refreshments and an opportunity to win raffle prizes!

2024 Stanley Asian Heritage Night Market 
When: May 18
Where: Stanley Marketplace | Directions

Celebrate Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month with Stanley Marketplace! Bonfire Events Co. and Stanley Marketplace are teaming up to bring a vibrant night market for you to experience the richness of AANHPi cultures through cuisine, music, live performances, and unique items and goods from local vendors and businesses.

Wright's Carnival 
When: May 24 - June 19
Where: Town Center at Aurora | Directions

As the weather heats, it’s time for the ultimate seasonal fun: carnivals and fairs! Head to the Town Center at Aurora for an unforgettable experience at Wright's Carnival. Indulge in classic treats like cotton candy and corn dogs, and enjoy thrilling rides and exciting carnival games for a fantastic evening of family fun.

Colorado Remembers 
When: May 25
Where: Colorado Freedom Memorial | Directions

Join the City of Aurora and the Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation in commemorating the 11th anniversary of the Colorado Freedom Memorial, honoring the brave Coloradans who have served our country. Explore an array of military artifacts, participate in the Remembrance Ceremony, and enjoy entertainment for a memorable experience! 

Things to Do All Month

The following will be open throughout May, making it easy to plan your laid-back adventures in Aurora.

Enjoy Sunday Brunch

Brunch is pure bliss. It's a lazy, lingering time to get your fill of sweet or savory treats, have an extra cup of joe, or maybe even indulge in a mimosa or Bloody Mary without rushing anywhere. As the temperatures get warmer, consider dining outside at one of our many must-visit brunch spots. Read more.

Play a Round of Golf 

With more than 300 days of sunshine annually, Aurora is a golfer's paradise. While most courses are playable year-round, April brings the warmer temperatures that make golfing outdoors more enjoyable. Discover Aurora's courses and choose your adventure. Here's a full description of the courses to try in the city.