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.


WHEN: April–November
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.

  • Apr. 23–24, 2021: Lotus
  • Apr. 29–30, 2021: Trevor Hall with Cas Haley
  • May 3, 2021: Zhu with Manic Focus
  • May 4, 2021: Zhu with Marvel Years
  • May 6, 2021: Hippie Sabotage with Two Feet and Sebastian Paul
  • May 7–8, 2021: Brantley Gilbert
  • June 5, 2021: Michael Franti & Spearhead with Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joesph and Satsang
  • June 10, 2021: Brit Floyd
  • June 11, 2021: The Revivalists with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Neal Francis
  • June 12, 2021: Big Head Todd & The Monsters with Violent Femmes
  • June 17, 2021: An Evening with Chicago and Their Greatest Hits
  • June 22, 2021: Barenaked Ladies with Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • July 1, 2021: Dirty Heads with G. Love & The Special Sauce
  • July 2–3, 2021: Zeds Dead
  • July 7, 2021: Lindsey Stirling with Kiesza and MAKO
  • July 9, 2021: The Avett Brothers with G. Love & Special Sauce
  • July 10, 2021: The Avett Brothers with Rachael & Vilray
  • July 11, 2021: The Avett Brothers with Mark Lanegan
  • July 15, 2021: Trampled by Turtles / Caamp with Erin Rae
  • July 21, 2021: Foreigner
  • July 22, 2021: David Gray
  • July 23, 2021: STS9 with Shpongle and MIZE
  • July 24, 2021: STS9 with Tycho DJ Set and Chrome Sparks
  • July 25, 2021: Colorado Symphony & Chorus Perform: Beethoven 9
  • July 28, 2021: Goo Goo Dolls with Lifehouse and Forest Blakk
  • July 30–31, 2021: Tedeschi Trucks Band with St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Gabe Dixon
  • Aug. 1, 2021: Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit with Lucinda Williams
  • Aug. 5, 2021: Dermot Kennedy: Without Fear Tour with Bishop Briggs and Mallrat
  • Aug. 8–9, 2021: Jon Bonamassa
  • Aug. 10, 2021: Wilco & Sleater-Kinney with NNAMDÏ
  • Aug. 11–12, 2021: Rufus Du Sol
  • Aug. 14, 2021: Slightly Stoopid with Pepper, Common Kings and Don Carlos
  • Aug. 15, 2021: Slightly Stoopid with Citizen Cope, Fortunate Youth and The Hip Abduction
  • Aug. 19, 2021: "1964" The Tribute
  • Aug. 20: 2021: Big Wild with Bob Moses (Club Set), Crooked Colours and Mild Minds
  • Aug. 21–22, 2021: Reggae on the Rocks with Rebelution, Steel Pulse, Inner Circle, The Green, Israel Vibration, Keznamdi, Judge Roughneck and DJ Mackle
  • Aug. 23–24, 2021: A Special Evening of Music with Nathaniel Rateliff
  • Aug. 26–27, 2021: Louis the Child with What So Not, Elderbrook and Goth Babe
  • Aug. 29–30, 2021: The Black Crows
  • Sept. 2, 2021: Rezz with Rusko, Lucii, Champagne Drip, Meso and sfam
  • Sept. 3, 2021: Rezz with I_o, Golden Features, Ivy Lab, X&G and Sara Landry
  • Sept. 5, 2021: Kidz Bop World Tour 2021
  • Sept. 7 & 9, 2021: Jimmy Buffet and The Coral Reefer Band
  • Sept. 11–12, 2021: Brandi Carlile with the Colorado Symphony with Tanya Tucker
  • Sept. 15, 2021: Alison Wonderland
  • Sept. 17, 2021: Greensky Bluegrass with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
  • Sept. 18, 2021: Greensky Bluegrass with Circles Around the Sun
  • Sept. 19, 2021: Greensky Bluegrass with Railroad Earth
  • Sept. 23, 2021: Get the Led Out
  • Sept. 24, 2021: Rowdytown IX: Gigantic Nghtmre with GoldFish and Covex
  • Sept. 25, 2021: Rowdytown IX: Big Gigantic with Peekaboo, slenderbodies and Dreamers Delight
  • Sept. 26, 2021: Lake Street Dive with special guests The Wood Brothers
  • Sept. 27, 2021: Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Oct. 3, 2021: Mandolin Orange with The Tallest Man on Earth and Bonny Light Horseman
  • Oct. 5, 2021: Heilung
  • Oct. 10, 2021: Opiuo and Clozee with LSDREAM, Of The Trees and K+Lab
  • Oct. 11–12, 2021: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard with Leah Senior
  • Nov. 12, 2021: Ganja White Night with Boogie T, SubDocta, Stratus B2B Walter Wilde, Computa B2B Matt Doe
  • Nov. 13, 2021: Ganja White Night with Mala, The Widdler, Ternion Sound, Khiva
  • Nov. 14, 2021: Ganja White Night with Caspa, TRUTH, Mr. Bill, Pushloop


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

  • Aug. 26, 2021: Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts


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. 3, 2021: Backstreet Boys


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

  • Aug. 16, 2021: Guns N' Roses 2021 Tour
  • Aug. 25, 2021: The Hella Mega Tour-Green Day/Fall Out Boy/Weezer
  • Sept. 3–5, 2021: Phish


Mile High Music Series - Concerts for a Cause

Mile High Station is bringing The Mile High City their Mile High Music Series. 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.

  • May 13, 2021: Sarah & Sarah / Alex Creamer
  • May 20, 2021: Shad Buxman & the Graveyard Shift / Jen Korte
  • May 27, 2021: Chris Dismuke Band
  • June 3, 2021: Hazel Miller & the Collective /  Jenny Shawhan
  • June 10: 2021: Lucas Wolf / Micki Balder 
  • June 17, 2021: Jah Sun & the Rising Tide / Mighty Mystic
  • June 24, 2021: TBA 
  • July 1, 2021: Grayson / Eric Golden
  • July 8, 2021: Knot Rock / Captain Steve & the Sharkbites
  • July 15, 2021: TBA 
  • July 22, 2021: Sarah Christine / Kenny Lee Young
  • July 29, 2021: Those Crazy Nights / Amanda V's Material Girl
  • Aug. 6, 2021: TBA 
  • Aug. 19, 2021: TBA 
  • Aug. 27, 2021: TBA 
  • Sept. 2, 2021: TBA 
  • Sept. 9, 2021: TBA 
  • Sept. 16, 2021: TBA 
  • Sept. 23, 2021: TBA 


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.

Check back for the 2021 lineup. 

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Amphitheatre

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.

Check back for the 2021 lineup. 


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 2021 lineup. 


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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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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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 2021 lineup. 


Enjoy dinner and a concert every Thursday in beautiful Larimer Square. This VIP socially distanced rooftop ticket includes live music, a reusable picnic tote full of Bonanno Concept eats and breathtaking views. Preorder cocktails, wine and other beverages to enhance your experience, or grab them from the rooftop bar the day of the show!! 

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

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Select Fridays at 5:30 p.m., art and music lovers gather outside the Clyfford Still Museum for the Summer Lawn Series, which features live concerts, with the contemporary architecture of the art museum as a backdrop.

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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! 

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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.

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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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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.

The 2021 concert season is canceled. Check back for the 2022 lineup. 

Founders Green at Northfield Stapleton

Stapleton has created its own outdoor amphitheater! 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. Either way, it's a great way for the whole family to enjoy music under the stars. All concerts start at 6 p.m. and are free to attend. 

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Beats on the Creek

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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Head to the Lone Tree Arts Center to enjoy live music from national and international touring acts played on the terrace! 

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