Denver Music Festivals and Then Some - The truth is, people travel to Denver to attend some of the best music events in the state, and many festivals make a stop in Denver on their tours because the bands and artists adore this city and know the people here love music. Find a full list of festivals and live music on our Denver 365 event calendar!
This free, one-day festival partners with 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. In 2017, performances will include the Austin Young Band, The Dustbowl Revival, Hot 8 Brass Band, Nick Waterhouse, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Young Rising Sons and many more.
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. Highly anticipated headliners for 2017 will include Shakey Graves, The Revivalists, Cut Copy, Bob Moses and Coin. Mark your calendar and be sure to make it out to this fun music festival.
As is the case with most Denver music festivals, the Underground Music Showcase (UMS) started from humble beginnings. During its first year, 300 attendees come 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 a four-day period 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.
Riot Fest is a multi-day music festival that specializes in metal, rock, punk, hip-hop and alternative music. Starting off in Chicago in 2005, the festival was such a success it expanded to have stops in both Toronto and Denver. This independent music festival is full of the best of the best in each genre, from well-known artists to new artists and everything in between. The 2017 event has been canceled but it may return in 2018.