Rock On This Memorial Day Weekend, Whether By Land, River Or... Air

May 26, 2016

Ever wondered: What’s the sound of two hands playing a non-existent guitar?

Apparently it's pretty loud, at least it is if you’re a contestant at the U.S. Air Guitar National Qualifiers.

The event returns to Denver after taking a few years off. Not sure what to expect? Think crazy costumes and wild moves set to some of rock’s (pre-recorded) greatest hits. The winner goes on to the semifinal round in Kansas City to vie for the chance to be crowned the U.S. Air Guitar Champ. From there, it's on to the world finals in Finland. Thinking you have what it takes to be an air guitar hero? It’s not too late to sign up.

U.S. Air Guitar National Qualifiers, 9 p.m. May 27, 2016, Lion’s Lair, Denver. $12; $15 to compete.

If you's like your guitarists to play, you know, actual guitars, look no further than the 16th Street Mall for Denver Day of Rock. Five stages. 25 bands. All for zero bucks. Check out local bands like The Burroughs and The Railbenders, along with national act Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.

Denver Day of Rock, 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 28, 2016, 16th Street Mall, Denver. $Free/$250 VIP lounge passes (proceeds go to Amp the Cause)

For those looking to get into the great outdoors, Buena Vista’s Paddlefest may be just the thing. The festival will feature a variety of events - whether on whitewater, flatwater or land - along the Arkansas River. Highlights include the Pro Whitewater Rodeo. Never seen freestyle kayaking? This is your chance to check out professional (and amateur) kayakers basically doing gymnastics on the rapids.

Buena Vista Paddlefest, May 27-30, 2016, Buena Vista Whitewater Park. $Free.