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: June–September
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.

A few highlights of the 2017 lineup:

  • Mon. and Tues., Aug. 21 and 22: Sam Hunt with Maren Morris, Chris Janson and Ryan Follese
  • Fri., Aug. 25: Father John Misty with Jenny Lewis
  • Sat., Aug. 26: Reggae on the Rocks
  • Mon. and Tues., Aug. 28 and 29: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
  • Mon., Sept. 4: Foreigner with Cheap Trick
  • Fri.–Sun., Sept. 8–10: STS9
  • Tues., Sept. 12: Nickelback with Daughtry and Shaman's Harvest
  • Mon., Sept. 18: Muse with Thirty Seconds to Mars and PVRIS
  • Sat., Sept. 23: Greensky Bluegrass with Fruition



WHEN: Year-round
Rock, pop and country's biggest stars often make a stop at Pepsi Center — a major sports arena that's right in the heart of the city. When the center isn't hosting basketball's Denver Nuggets, hockey's Colorado Avalanche or lacrosse's Colorado Mammoth, you can catch killer music acts here year round.

A few highlights of the summer 2017 lineup:

  • Fri., Aug. 25: Depeche Mode
  • Tues., Aug. 29: Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey
  • Fri., Sept. 15: Jason Aldean with Chris Young, Kane Brown and Dee Jay Silver



WHEN: June–August, select dates
In town during summer but still want to get a peek at the Denver Broncos' famed home stadium? A summer concert at Sports Authority 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.

The summer 2017 season has ended. Check back later for the summer 2018 lineup.



WHEN: June–early August, Sun., 6–8 p.m.
The City Park Bandstand and Pavilion turns into a swinging, open-air jazz club, 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.

The summer 2017 season has ended. Check back later for the summer 2018 lineup.



WHEN: Wednesdays, mid June–mid August (Backyard opens at 5 p.m., music runs from 5:30–9:30 p.m.)
Head to the Backyard at Elway's Cherry Creek every Wednesday this summer for Elway's 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. DJ Tanner spins from 5:30–7 p.m. and bands play 7–9:30 p.m.

The summer 2017 season has ended. Check back later for the summer 2018 lineup.



WHEN: June–August
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. 

The summer 2017 season has ended. Check back later for the summer 2018 lineup.



WHEN: June–September
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! 

The summer 2017 season has ended. Check back later for the summer 2018 lineup.


WHEN: Sundays, June–September 
Hudson Gardens is known for presenting some of the best touring artists in the world in a picturesque natural setting, and the 2017 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.

Summer 2017 concert lineup:

  • Sun., Aug. 27: The B-52s
  • Sun., Sept. 3: YES Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman



WHEN: June–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.

A few highlights of the 2017 lineup:

  • Fri., Aug. 25; Sat., Aug. 26 and Sun., Aug. 27: The Lumineers with Andrew Bird
  • Tues., Aug. 29: Lady Antebellum with Kelsea Ballerina and Brett Young
  • Sat., Sept. 2: Dierks Bentley with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi 
  • Fri. and Sat., Sept. 9 and 10: OneRepublic with Fitz & The Tantrums and James Arthur
  • Tues., Sept. 12: Sammy Hagar and The Circle with Collective Soul



WHEN: July–August 2017
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 plans to host 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.

Summer 2017 lineup:

  • Thurs., Aug. 24: Gaby Moreno with Vanessa Zamora
  • Sat., Aug. 26: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
  • Wed., Aug. 30: Ripe with Chris Daniels & The Kings
  • Sat., Sept. 2: Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 with Reason the Citizen and Povi
  • Fri., Sept. 8: Pandas & People with Chimney Choir
  • Sun., Sept. 10: Humming House with Treehouse Sanctum
  • Sun., Sept. 17: Katastro with Mouse Powell and Forgotten Roots
  • Thurs., Sept. 21: Shel with Megan Burtt
  • Fri., Sept. 22: Josh Abbott Band


Dick's Sporting Goods Park

WHEN: September 1–3, 2017
This Labor Day weekend concert series has been an annual tradition since 2011. Join Phish and fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for three nights of outdoor jams, dancing and an end-of-summer celebration. 

Swallow Hill Music at Commons Park

WHEN: Select Sundays, July–September 2017

On a few special Sundays this summer, head to 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.

Summer 2017 lineup:

  • Sun., Sep. 3: Tallgrass 


Shady Grove Picnic Series

WHEN: Wednesday Evenings, June 8–Aug. 17

Pack up some picnic provisions (and your family) and bring them to 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!

Summer 2017 lineup:

  • Wed., Aug. 23: Atomga


Clyfford Still Museum Friday Outdoor Concerts

Friday 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 backdrop.

Summer 2017 lineup:

  • Fri., Sept. 8: Juno What?!