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.

  • Sept. 15, 2020: Alison Wonderland
  • Sept. 28, 2020: Lynyrd Skynyrd: The Farewell Tour 
  • Oct. 14, 2020: Five Finger Death Punch with Papa Roach, I Prevail and Ice Nine Kills
  • Oct. 15, 2020: Hippie Sabotage with Two Feet, Sebastian Paul
  • Oct. 20, 2020: Opiuo and CloZee with LSDREAM, Of The Trees, K+Lab
  • Oct. 25, 2020: Global Dub Festival: Liquid Stranger, Subtronics with Herobust 
  • Nov. 6–8, 2020: Ganja White Night – Wobble Rocks



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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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WHEN: Select Sundays, June–September
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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WHEN: Select Fridays, June–September
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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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! 

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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.

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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!

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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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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.

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Founders Green at Northfield Stapleton

WHEN: Select Saturdays, June–August
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

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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