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, from Red Rocks Amphitheatre to City Park Jazz.
In town during the summer but still want to get a peek at the Denver Broncos' famed home stadium? A concert at Empower Field at Mile High might be just the ticket. Big-name acts take to the open-air stage as music carries on the Colorado breeze above the storied gridiron for a concert experience you won't forget.
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.
Denver Botanic Gardens' popular Music at the Gardens series is back! Shows in the UMB Bank Amphitheater feature national, award-winning musicians. Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. at the York Street location. Note: Food is available for purchase at the Gardens, but alcohol is not. You may bring alcohol in its original container to both the Summer Concert Series and Evenings al Fresco.
Right next to the State Capitol, this downtown venue offers easy access, surrounded by greenspace and gardens.
Every summer, Dick's Sporting Goods Park transforms into a music venue for some of the biggest, jamming-est concerts of the year!
The Levitt Pavilion is a state-of-the-art amphitheater in Ruby Hill Park that was created as a gift to the community. This outdoor venue hosts a slew of free concerts every summer, and a few ticketed events, too. Bring a blanket and a picnic, kick back on the lawn and enjoy artists from a wide range of genres.
Head to the urban oasis that is Denver Botanic Gardens for Evenings al Fresco on select Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30–8:30 p.m. Unlike a traditional concert setting, visitors strolling through the Gardens encounter small ensembles or musicians performing works designed to underscore and bring delight to their evening visit. Timed tickets must be purchased in advance; tickets are limited in each time slot. Note: Food is available for purchase at the Gardens, but alcohol is not. You may bring alcohol in its original container to both the Summer Concert Series and Evenings al Fresco.
Central Park has not one but TWO outdoor concert venues! Dance 'til you drop or just sit back and relax as some of Denver's most well-known brands hit the stage for Concerts on the Green on the South Green and MoJaBlu Concerts on the North Green. Either way, it's a great way for the whole family to enjoy music under the stars. Concerts on the Green start at 6 p.m. and MoJaBlu concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and both are free to attend. Come early and buy some tasty treats from one of the many food trucks!
For two nights every August, Central Park hosts Opera on the Green on the South Green from 6 to 8 p.m. Opera on the Green is free to attend. Come early and buy some tasty treats from one of the many food trucks!
The City Park Bandstand and Pavilion turns into a swinging, open-air jazz club on Sundays from 6–8 p.m., as music lovers of all ages congregate for City Park Jazz. Bring a blanket or folding chair — but be prepared to spend plenty of time on your feet, too. City Park Jazz encourages dancing. Best of all, these concerts are free.
Come and enjoy free outdoor musical performances at Green Valley Ranch Town Center Park, with delicious food from local food trucks available for purchase. Bring your own lawn chair, shade umbrellas and/or blankets and get ready for a good time from 4 to 6:30 p.m.!
The free Downtown Lakewood Summer Concert Series at the Belmar Shopping Center is excited to present six evenings of live music featuring talented acts that will keep you dancing all summer long. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.
The free Orchard Town Center 'til Dark 3rd Friday Concert Series at the Orchard Town Center in Westminster, Colorado, presents four evenings of live music from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. that will have you dancing and singing along.
This free eight-concert series is sure to be a highlight of the Highlands Ranch summer! Gather the whole crew and dance to an incredible line-up of bands coming to Highlands Heritage Regional Park (behind the Highlands Ranch Post Office). Bring a chair, a blanket, a picnic meal or money to purchase food truck treats and enjoy live music while watching the sun set behind the Rocky Mountains. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Arvada Center's Outdoor Amphitheater offers exceptional acoustics in an intimate setting perfect for enjoying live music featuring national and local artists. The amphitheater features a weather-friendly covered seating area with close-up views of the stage and delicious concessions, including burgers, sandwiches, beer and wine. And on Wednesday evenings from July to September, the Front Porch Series presents local solo and duet musical acts, food and brews in a shady, beer-garden setting on the front plaza.
Head to the Shady Grove Concert Series at Four Mile Historic Park on select Thursday evenings for shows that begin at 6:30 p.m. (doors 5:30 p.m.). This summer tradition has been going on for almost two decades! The Turkish Chef Food Truck will be on-site at all shows, and a full bar will be serving Family Jones Spirit House, Dry Dock, Attimo Wine, Proximus Tequila, soft drinks, water and light snacks (chips, popcorn, etc.). Charcuterie is also available for pre-order at checkout when buying your tickets, and bottles of wine will be available for purchase on-site for $25 or $20 if you pre-order with your ticket).
Mile High Station is bringing The Mile High City their Mile High Music Series yet again. Enjoy live outdoor music performances, drink specials, food from Scratch Catering’s mobile kitchen and an unforgettable night under the lights. Reservations required! $5 of every ticket sold goes directly to a non-profit partner of the week.
Check back for the 2023 lineup!