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 PARK & AMPHITHEATRE 

WHEN: April–October
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.

  • Aug. 24, 2019: Reggae on the Rocks 2019
  • Aug. 25, 2019: Red  Rocks Beer Festival with NOFX, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Bouncing Souls, Leftover Crack and The Lawrence Arms
  • Aug. 26–27, 2019: OneRepublic with the Colorado Symphony
  • Aug. 28, 2019: Josh Groban with the Colorado Symphony
  • Aug. 29, 2019: Joe Russo's Almost Dead
  • Aug. 30–31, 2019: GRiZ
  • Sept. 1, 2019: KIDZ BOP World Tour 2019
  • Sept. 2, 2019: Amos Lee
  • Sept. 3, 2019: Bon Iver
  • Sept. 4, 2019: Gary Clark Jr.
  • Sept. 5, 2019: The Wood Brothers
  • Sept. 6–7, 2019: STS9
  • Sept. 8, 2019: Dark Star Orchestra
  • Sept. 9, 2019: Die Antwoord - House Of Zef USA Tour 2019
  • Sept. 10, 2019: An Evening with Mark Knopfler and Band
  • Sept. 11, 2019: Old Dominion
  • Sept. 12, 2019: Alison Wonderland
  • Sept. 13–15, 2019: Greensky Bluegrass
  • Sept. 16, 2019: Worship on the Rocks Elevation Worship, Jeremy Riddle, Bethel Artists
  • Sept. 17, 2019: Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
  • Sept. 19, 2019: Big Wild / Whethan
  • Sept. 21, 2019: The Revivalists
  • Sept. 22, 2019: Rezz
  • Sept. 23–24, 2019: Greta Van Fleet: March Of The Peaceful Army
  • Sept. 25, 2019: Tash Sultana
  • Sept. 26, 2019: Get the Led Out
  • Sept. 27–28, 2019: Big Gigantic
  • Sept. 29, 2019: Lauren Daigle
  • Sept. 30, 2019: Tyler Childers
  • Oct. 2–3, 2019: Rüfüs Du Sol
  • Oct. 4, 2019: Kill The Snails, Snails, Kill the Noise
  • Oct. 5, 2019: Jeep On The Rocks : AJR
  • Oct. 6, 2019: Mac DeMarco
  • Oct. 7, 2019: Tyler, The Creator, Blood Orange and Goldlink
  • Oct. 8–9, 2019: Vampire Weekend
  • Oct. 10–12, 2019: Illenium
  • Oct. 13, 2019: NF - The Search Tour
  • Oct. 16, 2019: Logic - Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind Tour
  • Oct. 17, 2019: Wardruna
  • Oct. 31, 2019: Wu-Tang Clan
  • Nov. 1–2, 2019: deadmau5

 

BRONCOS STADIUM AT MILE HIGH

WHEN: June
In town during the summer but still want to get a peek at the Denver Broncos' famed home stadium? A concert at Broncos Stadium 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.

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COORS FIELD

WHEN: August
Summer is baseball season, but when the Colorado Rockies are away, the musicians will play — at Coors Field

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DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS

WHEN: June–August
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! 

  • Aug. 25, 2019: José González with Bedouine

 

 

 

PHISH AT DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK

WHEN: August–September
Dick's Sporting Goods Park transforms into a concert venue for one of the biggest, jamming-est concert series of the year!

  • Aug. 30–Sept. 1, 2019: Phish

 

 

CITY PARK

WHEN: Sundays, June–August
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.

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UNION STATION

WHEN: Last Fridays, June–August
Denver Union Station’s free Summer Concert Series is back again this year on Terminal Bar’s extended patio! Watch a stellar lineup of Colorado bands from 7–9 p.m. the last Friday of every month this summer while enjoying local beers and wine on tap.

  • Aug. 30, 2019: Heavy Diamond Ring

 

 

ELITCH GARDENS THEME & WATER PARK

WHEN: June–July
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. 

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LEVITT PAVILION

WHEN: May–September
The Levitt Pavilion is a new, 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.

  • Aug. 24, 2019: Zion I (Free)
  • Aug. 29, 2019: Wild Rivers with The Copper Children (Free)
  • Aug. 30, 2019: Dessa with MONAKR (Free)
  • Aug. 31, 2019: Authority Zero with No Bueno! (Free)
  • Sept. 1, 2019: Grupo Fantasma (Free)
  • Sept. 6, 2019: Marcus Rezaks' Shred is Dead w/Allen Aucoin (The Disco Biscuits) with TULA (Free)
  • Sept. 7, 2019: Native American Arts Celebration with special guests Redbone (Free)
  • Sept. 8, 2019: Face Vocal Band (Free)
  • Sept. 14, 2019: Low Cut Connie (Free)
  • Sept. 15, 2019: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears with Robbie Peoples (Free)
  • Sept. 27, 2019: Three Dog Night with Special Guests Firefall and Hazel Miller Band (Ticketed)

 

 

FIDDLER'S GREEN AMPHITHEATRE

WHEN: April–September
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.

  • Aug. 23–24, 2019: Dave Matthews Band
  • Sept. 7, 2019: The Original Misfits
  • Sept. 13, 2019: Florida Georgia Line with Dan + Shay, Morgan Wallen, Canaan Smith
  • Sept. 21, 2019: Lynyrd Skynyrd with Bad Company, The Steel Woods

 

HUDSON GARDENS

WHEN: June–August 
Hudson Gardens is known for presenting some of the best touring artists in the world in a picturesque natural setting, and the 2019 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.

  • Aug. 25, 2019: WAR

 

ELWAY'S CHERRY CREEK

WHEN: Select Wednesdays, June–August
Head to the Backyard at Elway's Cherry Creek on select Wednesdays this summer for Elway's Taste & Tunes 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. Bands play from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

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COMMONS PARK

WHEN: Select Sundays, June–September
On a few special Sundays this summer, join Swallow Hill Music at Commons Park, along the South Platte River at the edge of downtown Denver, for an evening of tunes by indie artists performing from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Sept. 12, 2019: Roka Hueka

 

Beats on the Creek

WHEN: Most Tuesdays, June-August
Now entering its sixth season, Beats on the Creek will once again take over the historic Wewatta Bridge on Tuesday evenings from 6:30–9 p.m. for an exceptional creek-side scene. This community-minded event with a charity focus offers free concerts to locals and visitors, providing the perfect setting to dine and dance, meet and mingle. 

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FOUR MILE HISTORIC PARK

WHEN: Wednesdays, June–August
Pack up some picnic provisions (and your family) and bring them to the Shady Grove Picnic Series at Four Mile Historic Park on Wednesday evenings for shows that begin at 6:30 p.m. (doors 6 p.m.). This summer tradition has been going on for almost two decades!

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CLYFFORD STILL MUSEUM

WHEN: Select Fridays, June–September
Select Fridays at 5:30 p.m., art and music lovers gather in the forecourt of the Clyfford Still Museum for live concerts, with the contemporary architecture of the art museum as a backdrop.

  • Sept. 6, 2019: Dressy Bessy

 

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Amphitheatre

WHEN: June–August
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.

  • Aug. 24, 2019: Colorado Ballet
  • Sept. 6, 2019: Squeeze – The Squeeze Songbook Tour With X