Summertime in Denver is all about the outdoors. Denverites spend these months making the most of the plentiful sunshine and copious fresh air — hiking, biking and enjoying a host of live music extravaganzas.
RED ROCKS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre
No summer in Denver is complete without at least one — or two, or five — trips to the awe-inspiring Red Rocks Amphitheatre, just 15 miles from Downtown Denver. More than 70 million years in the making, the 9,450-seat venue is flanked by enormous 300-foot red sandstone rock formations and always boasts a star-studded musical schedule.
A few highlights of the 2017 lineup, which is still being announced:
- Sunday, May 21: Elephant Revival with The Oh Hellos and Mandolin Oranges
- Mon. and Tues., May 29 and 30: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Joe Walsh
- Wednesday, May 31: Trey Anastasio Band with Vulfpeck
- Friday, June 2: The Motet and Jurassic 5
- Sunday, June 4: John Prine with Kacey Musgraves
- Saturday, June 10: Big Head Todd and The Monsters with Collective Soul
- Wednesday, June 14: Norah Jones
- Friday, June 30-July 2: Umphrey’s McGee
- Wednesday, Aug. 2: The Head and the Heart with Grouplove
- Monday, Aug. 28: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
ELWAY'S TASTE & TUNES SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
WHEN: Wednesdays, mid June–mid August (Backyard opens at 5 p.m., music runs from 5:30–9:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Elway's Cherry Creek
Head to the Backyard at Elway's Cherry Creek every Wednesday this summer for Elway's Summer Music Series. Enjoy free music from some fantastic bands (including some of the area's best tribute bands), cocktails, the restaurant's signature menu and beautiful Colorado evenings. DJ Tanner spins from 5:30–6:30 p.m. and bands start at 7 p.m.
ELITCH GARDENS THEME & WATER PARK SUMMER CONCERTS
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park is not only a great, family-friendly attraction with roller coasters, water slides and more — it also offers an excellent concert series. All concerts are free with admission to the park.
DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens is a lush oasis located in the heart of The Mile High City, with hundreds of rare and lovely species of plants populating the grounds. But it's also home to a stellar summer concert series. The lawns surrounding the stage are general admission, so bring a blanket or lawn chair along with a bottle of wine and a picnic dinner and enjoy the great music in an unparalleled setting. Word to the wise: virtually all Botanic Gardens concerts sell out — so get your tickets early!
HUDSON GARDENS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
WHEN: Sundays, June–September
WHERE: Hudson Gardens & Event Center
Hudson Gardens is known for presenting some of the best touring artists in the world in a picturesque natural setting, and the 2016 season is shaping up to be one of the most dynamic and exciting yet! All seating is general admission, so bring a blanket or low-back chair. You can bring your own food, or visit one of the many local food trucks that will be dishing out eats during the shows.
FIDDLER'S GREEN AMPHITHEATRE SUMMER CONCERTS
WHERE: Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
Grab a blanket and take a seat on the lawn or buy a reserved seat at this beautiful venue just south of Denver in Greenwood Village. Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre has a variety of acts coming up this spring and summer.
MUSIC AT THE BOTTOM ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY PATIO CONCERTS
WHEN: Fridays, June–July
WHERE: Rock Bottom Brewery on 16th Street Mall
The Rock Bottom Brewery is located right on the 16th Street Mall (between Champa and Lawrence Sts.) and offers a weekly happy hour concert series on its sunny patio. Sit back with one of the brewery's handcrafted ales and enjoy some great live music! Doors open at 5 p.m. and bands take to the stage at 7 p.m.