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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.

  • April 16, 2020: Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa & Cypress Hill
  • April 17–19, 2020: Ganja White Night – Wobble Rocks
  • April 20, 2020: Ice Cube / Method Man & Redman / Action Bronson
  • April 24, 2020: Galantis and 3LAU, with Mat Zo, KLO
  • April 25, 2020: Lotus with Marc Rebillet, Breakbot, Eminence Ensemble
  • April 27, 2020: Five Finger Death Punch with Papa Roach, I Prevail and Ice Nine Kills
  • May 1, 2020: Trevor Hall / Citizen Cope with Rising Appalachia
  • May 2, 2020: Sublime with Rome with Streetlight Manifesto
  • May 5–6, 2020: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Leah Senior
  • May 7, 2020: Hippie Sabotage with Two Feet, Sebastian Paul 
  • May 8–9, 2020: Brantley Gilbert with Chase Rice, Brandon Lay
  • May 10, 2020: Die Antwoord - House Of Zef USA Tour 2020
  • May 11, 2020: The 1975 with Phoebe Bridgers and beabadoobee
  • May 13, 2020: Russ with Benny The Butcher, Bia and Bugus
  • May 16, 2020: Global Dub Festival: Liquid Stranger, Subtronics with special guest Herobust 
  • May 17, 2020: In This Moment & Black Veil Brides with special guests Hollywood Undead, Bad Wolves and Ded 
  • May 18, 2020: Hillsong Worship
  • May 19, 2020: Kevin Gates with Jay Rock, Mozzy
  • May 21, 2020: Quinn XCII with Chelsea Cutler, Jeremy Zucker, ayokay
  • May 22, 2020: The Motet with TBD special guests and Turkuaz with Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew
  • May 23, 2020: The Devil Makes Three and Punch Brothers with Charley Crockett
  • May 25, 2020: Jai Wolf with Kasbo, Manila Killa, Claud
  • May 28, 2020: Opiuo and CloZee with LSDREAM, Of The Trees, K+Lab
  • May 29, 2020: Chromeo and Madeon with Yung Bae and Benny Sings
  • June 3–4, 2020: Lord Huron with Black Pumas
  • June 5, 2020: Joe Russo's Almost Dead
  • June 6, 2020: Michael Franti & Spearhead with Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph
  • June 7, 2020: Stick Figure with very special guests
  • June 11, 2020: Brit Floyd
  • June 12, 2020: The Revivalists with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Neal Francis
  • June 13, 2020: Big Head Todd & The Monsters with Violent Femmes
  • June 16–17, 2020: Glass Animals with Denzel Curry
  • June 18, 2020: Chicago with Rick Springfield
  • June 19–21, 2020: Umphrey's McGee
  • June 23, 2020: Barenaked Ladies with Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • June 24, 2020: Andrew Bird, Calexico and Iron & Wine with special guest Neko Case
  • July 1, 2020: Above & Beyond Acoustic with the Colorado Symphony
  • July 2–3, 2020: Zeds Dead
  • July 10–12, 2020: The Avett Brothers
  • July 13–14, 2020: Rainbow Kitten Surprise with Mt. Joy
  • July 16, 2020: Trampled By Turtles / CAAMP with Erin Rae
  • July 17–19, 2020: The String Cheese Incident
  • July 21, 2020: KALEO with Matt Maeson and Belle Mt.
  • July 22, 2020: Foreigner Juke Box Heroes Tour 2020 with Kansas, Europe
  • July 23, 2020: David Gray - White Ladder: The 20th Anniversary Tour
  • July 24–25, 2020: STS9
  • July 26, 2020: Colorado Symphony & Chorus Perform: Beethoven 9
  • July 27–28, 2020: HALSEY with blackbear and PVRIS
  • July 29, 2020: Goo Goo Dolls with Lifehouse, Forest Blakk
  • July 30, 2020: Dispatch with The Colorado Symphony with Ripe, Emelise
  • July 31–Aug. 1, 2020: Tedeschi Trucks Band with St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Gabe Dixon
  • Aug. 2, 2020: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with Lucinda Williams
  • Aug. 6, 2020: Dermot Kennedy: Without Fear Tour with Bishop Briggs, Mallrat
  • Aug. 12–13, 2020: Rüfüs Du Sol
  • Aug. 18, 2020: Lauv with Charlotte Lawrence, Alexander 23
  • Aug. 20, 2020: "1964" The Tribute
  • Aug. 21, 2020: Big Wild with Bob Moses (Club Set), Crooked Colours, Mild Minds
  • Aug. 22–23, 2020: Reggae On The Rocks 2020 with Rebelution, Steel Pulse, Inner Circle, The Green, Israel Vibration, Keznamdi, Judge Roughneck, DJ Mackle
  • Aug. 24, 2020: Steve Miller Band, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Gary Mule Deer
  • Aug. 26, 2020: A Special Evening Of Music With Nathaniel Rateliff with Kevin Morby
  • Aug. 27–28, 2020: Louis The Child with What So Not, Elderbrook, MEMBA
  • Aug. 30–31, 2020: The Black Crowes Present: Shake Your Money Maker
  • Sept. 1, 2020: Nickelback with Stone Temple Pilots, while Switchfoot
  • Sept. 3–4, 2020: Rezz
  • Sept. 6, 2020: KIDZ BOP World Tour 2020
  • Sept. 12–13, 2020: Brandi Carlile with The Colorado Symphony
  • Sept. 18–20, 2020: Greensky Bluegrass
  • Sept. 24, 2020: Get the Led Out
  • Sept. 25, 2020: ROWDYTOWN IX: GIGANTIC NGHTMRE with GoldFish, Covex
  • Sept. 26, 2020: ROWDYTOWN IX: Big Gigantic with Peekaboo, slenderbodies, Dreamers Delight
  • Oct. 7, 2020: Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is A Highway Tour 2020 with King Calaway
  • Oct. 21, 2020: Bikini Kill

EMPOWER FIELD 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 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.

  • June 13, 2020: Justin Bieber Changes Tour
  • July 12, 2020: Drums Along The Rockies
  • Aug. 8, 2020: Chillaxification Tour 2020 - Starring Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line and Old Dominion

 

COORS FIELD

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

  • Aug. 29, 2020: The Lumineers with Gregory Alan Isakov
  • Aug. 30, 2020: Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

 

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! 

  • June 11, 2020: Jesse & Joy
  • June 16, 2020: Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • July 10, 2020: DeVotchKa
  • July 29, 2020: Chris Botti
  • Aug. 4, 2020: José González
  • Aug. 5, 2020: Amadou & Mariam + Blind Boys of Alabama and Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Aug. 10, 2020: The Dead South
  • Aug. 17, 2020: Randy Newman

 

DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK

WHEN: July–September
Every summer, Dick's Sporting Goods Park transforms into a music venue for some of the biggest, jamming-est concerts of the year!

  • July 28, 2020: The Hella Mega Tour with Green Day / Fall Out Boy / Weezer
  • July 29, 2020: Guns N' Roses 2020 Tour
  • Sept. 4–6, 2020: 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.

Check back for the 2020 lineup. 

 

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.

Check back for the 2020 lineup. 

 

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. 

  • July 25, 2020: Zach Williams

 

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.

  • May 22, 2020: Gondwana w/E.N Young (free)
  • May 24, 2020: Celtic Woman with Special guest Chloë Agnew (ticketed)
  • June 5, 2020: Busty & The Bass (free)
  • June 6, 2020: La Santa Cecelia (free)
  • June 11, 2020: Alex Cuba (free)
  • June 13, 2020: Rebirth Brass Band (free)
  • June 19, 2020: Logan Mize (free)
  • June 28, 2020: The Slackers (free)
  • July 16, 2020: Las Cafeteras (free)
  • July 17, 2020: Patrick Sweany (free)
  • July 26, 2020: John King (free)
  • Aug. 6, 2020: An Evening with The Beach Boys (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.

  • July 9, 2020: Lady Antebellum with Jake Owen and Maddie & Tae
  • July 25, 2020: Incubus with 311 and Badflower
  • Aug. 15, 2020: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile with Aoife O'Donovan
  • Aug. 19, 2020: Backstreet Boys
  • Sept. 25–26, 2020: Zac Brown Band

 

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.

Check back for the 2020 lineup. 

 

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.

Check back for the 2020 lineup. 

 

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.

Check back for the 2020 lineup. 

 

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. 

Check back for the 2020 lineup. 

 

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!

Check back for the 2020 lineup. 

 

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.

Check back for the 2020 lineup. 

 

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.

  • June 5, 2020: The Capitol Steps - The Lyin' Kings
  • June 6, 2020: 3rd Law Dance/Theater
  • June 19–20, 2020: Wonderbound presents The Sandman with Gasoline Lollipops
  • June 28, 2020: The Denver Brass - Totally Awesome Summer Mix
  • July 18, 2020: CJRO plays Funk and Soul – featuring Robert Johnson
  • Aug. 1, 2020: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
  • Aug. 11, 2020: The Australian Pink Floyd Show - All That You Feel World Tour 2020
  • Aug. 15, 2020: Face Vocal Band
  • Aug. 29, 2020: Colorado Ballet – An Evening Under the Stars
  • Sept. 12, 2020: Ultimate 70s Tour: Poco, Orleans & Pure Prairie League

 

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