Summer Nights @ the Museum

Amplify your Friday nights this summer with local food, science fun, and more! Cash bar. 


Your all-access ticket includes admission to:

  • Discovery Zone: Closes at 8 p.m.
  • Laserium shows in Gates Planetarium: Beatles, 5 p.m., Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, 6:15 p.m., U2, 7:30 p.m., Led Zeppelin, 8:30 p.m.
  • IMAX films: Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D, 5 p.m., D-Day Normandy: 1944 3D, 6 p.m., Pandas: The Journey Home 3D, 7 p.m.
  • Special events and activities in the Morgridge Family Exploration Center

IMAX and Laserium shows are available on a first come, first served basis. An all-access ticket ONLY includes admission to the venues and activities listed above. The rest of the Museum is closed on Friday evenings. 


Summer Nights @ the Museum have been selling out. We strongly recommend purchasing your tickets online.


Special Events Schedule

All events are subject to change.


August 29: Maker Event
Hack, craft, invent, make, and create. This evening is all about celebrating the do-it-yourself mindset. We’ll have artisans, scientists, thinkers and tinkers, and creative brains on hand to show you their handmade masterpieces. New creations await at each booth – a full-size remote control R2D2, wooden Aztec calendars made from 3-D printers, open-source water quality sensors, hand crafted jewelry, pinball machines, and more! The DIY fun doesn’t stop there. Create your own trail mix concoction, build your own sliders, design cupcakes, and make edible playdough!

(Please note: Maya closes August 24 and will be unavailable at this event).


Previous events:


May 30: Farm to Table Tasting
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science culinary team will prepare a variety of small bites from ingredients that are sourced from partner farms within a 100 mile radius of the Museum. Download the tomato gazpacho recipe.


June 6: Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Watch Colorado vs. Los Angeles on our 17-foot-wide Art and Science Imagination Screen and enjoy upscale ballpark snacks from the Museum’s culinary team. The menu for the evening includes loaded tots, lamb corndogs, house made ball park pretzels, house made caramel corn, fresh spun cotton candy, and a nacho bar. Download the lamb corndog recipe.


June 13: Urban Farming
Revealing the hidden mysteries of soil and the sacred connection between culture and agriculture with Maxfield’s. Demonstrations on effective composting techniques and organic vegetable gardening will be available all evening with Maxfield’s soil shaman, Matthew Celesta. Grow Food, Eat Well, Live Full. The fresh finger foods menu for the evening includes pork posole stew served in mini cast iron pots, black bean cakes with chili infused shrimp topped with avocado mousse, conch fritters, and sweet potato chips with pineapple and papaya relish. Download the pork posole stew recipe.


June 20: Coffee and Chocolate: A Maya-Inspired Taste Tour
Take your taste buds on a Maya-inspired tour of Central and South America! Enjoy small samplings of coffee and chocolate, both of which are ingredients important to the Maya culture. Kaladi Coffee Roasters will serve two fair trade coffees: a Mexico Chiapas El Triunfo, medium bodied and soft with a clean, nut-like aroma; and a Guatemala Atitlan Nahuala, medium bodied and winey with a black pepper aroma. Ritual Chocolate will also serve their Belize Bar, a dark chocolate made with cacao grown by a network of Maya farmers in the Toldeo district of Belize. Following presentations, watch the Honduras vs. Ecuador World Cup match!

Please note: Summer Nights @ the Museum ends at 8 p.m., at which time we will turn off the World Cup.


June 27: Backcountry Gourmet
Join us for a mountain getaway without leaving the city! Enjoy picturesque landscapes, snappy bluegrass tunes, and cooking demonstrations that put the glam in glamping from the Museum’s culinary team. We’re serving camp snacks with a touch of class: mini campfire fajitas, petite flatbread pizzas, artisanal sausages, and build-your-own s’mores.


July 4: No Summer Nights @ the Museum


July 11: Bikes and Brews
Denver is one of the nation’s top bike-friendly cities. And with a number of local organizations dedicated to making bicycling easily accessible, it’s not hard to see why! Chocolate Spokes will give demonstrations on basic bike maintenance and share their passion for creating high quality, from-scratch bike frames. From selling consignment to building custom pieces, Chocolate Spokes knows how to find the bike you’ll fall in love with. Plus, enjoy beer tastings from New Belgium Brewery’s sensory team. Small bites for the night include beer cheese soup with popcorn crunch, beer battered shrimp with house made cocktail sauce, fried cheese curds with creamy chipotle ranch, and chocolate bread pudding.


July 18: Cooking with Kids
Learn how to make great food – and have fun doing it! The IKEA Centennial culinary team will be in the house with demonstrations on how to cook with kids, including recipes for three versions of their Swedish meatballs. Learn about kid-friendly utensils that let little ones get their hands dirty in the kitchen. Plus, make your own coasters and family name plates. From healthy recipes to home recycling options, IKEA has the best cooking tips for your family! Menu for the night includes no bake protein balls, Swedish meatballs with cream sauce, party meatballs, Swedish meatballs with apples and gooseberry jam, and fruit sushi roll ups.


July 25: No Summer Nights @ the Museum


August 1: Modern Mexican Cooking Demonstration and Tequila Pairing with Chef Richard Sandoval
With 40 restaurants around the world, Chef Richard Sandoval has been named the “Father of Modern Mexican” by The Financial Times and was a semifinalist for James Beard’s “Outstanding Restaurateur.” Locally, Chef Sandoval is known for his Denver staples, including Zengo, Tamayo, La Biblioteca, and La Sandia. Join Chef Sandoval as he takes your taste buds on an expedition of Latin cuisine. He’ll serve three small bites – Chicken Tinga Tostadas, Mahi Mahi Ceviche, and Bacon and Chicharon Guacomole – each prepared live and displayed on our 17-foot-wide Art and Science Imagination Screen. Chef Sandoval will feature his unique spin on Latin cuisine while teaching guests Latin cooking techniques and ingredients. Recipes will be posted online for guests to create at home (click here to download). Tequila Proximus will be on hand for tastings and to educate guests on tequila and food pairings. They will serve samples of their blanco sipping tequila and paloma, a mixed drink made with tequila and grapefruit. Click here to download paloma recipe.

  • 5:30 p.m. – Cooking demonstrations with Richard Sandoval
  • 6:15 p.m. – Tequila pairing with Tequila Proximus
  • 6:45 p.m. – Cooking demonstrations with Richard Sandoval
  • 7:15 p.m. – Tequila pairing with Tequila Proximus


August 8: Bacon, Beer, and OhHeckYeah!
Bacon, beer, and arcade games. Was there ever a better combination? We think not. Powered through our 17-foot-wide Art and Science Imagination Screen and with you as the controller, OhHeckYeah's custom video games are the arcade of today. Plus, enjoy bacon-inspired bites from the Museum’s culinary team, including whole hog street tacos, pork belly BLT, breakfast in a bacon cup, bacon cupcakes, and chocolate covered bacon. Wash it all down with beer tastings from Denver Beer Co., including a Maya-inspired beer created in collaboration with the Museum.


August 15: No Summer Nights @ the Museum


August 22: Colorado Recipes, Then and Now
Take a walk down memory lane! On August 22, we’re preparing recipes from History Colorado’s Baur’s collection. Located at 1512 Curtis Street, Baur’s was a historic confectionery, bakery, and restaurant that served many happy customers from 1918-1970. Our “then” menu will feature Baur’s classics, including Swedish meatloaf, potato salad, deviled crab patties, and their famous Mija Pie. Look for updated twists in our “now” menu, including smoked buffalo meatloaf, bacon and chipotle tri-color fingerling potato salad, and peach ice cream. Plus, travel through time as you explore Baur’s photos and artifacts from History Colorado’s Collection.


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