Music lovers travel to The Mile High City to attend some of the best concerts and musical events in the state, and many festivals make a tour stop in Denver because the bands and artists adore this city and they know the people here love music. Find a full list of festivals and live music on our Denver 365 event calendar!
Celebrate Denver's jazz heritage and the iconic Five Points neighborhood at the Five Points Jazz Festival, which takes place on the third Saturday of May.
This free, one-day festival benefits Amp the Cause — a group that helps support more than 50 child-focused health and education organizations — and other sponsors to create a downtown Denver music festival that caters to all ages. The event has a five-stage lineup, more than 25 bands, food trucks and lots of family-friendly entertainment.
Held at the end of June, this summer music festival brings local and national acts together for a day of great entertainment. Westword, Denver's alternative newsweekly, has been a staple in the community for decades and it continues to bring great events to the city.
As is the case with most Denver music festivals, the Underground Music Showcase (UMS) started from humble beginnings. During its first year, 300 attendees came out to the Bluebird Theater to hear four bands. By 2006, the festival had to move to South Broadway to accommodate the number of music acts and festivalgoers. Today, it's one of the most popular music festivals in Denver, spanning four days in July with more than 400 local and national acts and more than 15 venues and stages. If you want to experience Denver at its best when it comes to music, make sure to check out this festival.
SKYLINE BEER GARDEN: JUNE–OCTOBER, 2018
Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday during the summer at the Skyline Beer Garden while celebrating the state’s craft beer culture. Play ping pong, mini golf, cornhole and more, then fill up on food truck fare, burgers, brats and German pretzels.
Velorama is a three-day street party that accompanies the annual Colorado Classic, a four-day series of cycling races. Launched in 2017, Velorama attracts top acts.
It might be known as a food festival (hence the name), but A Taste of Colorado also features around 120 bands playing during the four-day weekend. Listen to a variety of genres as you savor culinary offerings from Colorado’s favorite food establishments.
Superfly Productions, the creators of popular festivals including Bonaroo and Outside Lands, will launch its latest music festival in Denver this fall. It will be a three-day weekend festival, featuring big-name headliners — Kendrick Lamar, Florence and the Machine, and Stevie Wonder — plus Denver bands, as well as local food and drink purveyors.