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–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.

  • Apr. 13, 2019: Flatbush Zombies / Joey BadA$$
  • Apr. 18, 2019: Snoop Dogg / Ice Cube
  • Apr. 19, 2019: 311 with Method Man and Redman
  • Apr. 20, 2019: Stick Figure
  • Apr. 26, 2019: Pardon My French, featuring DJ Snake, Tchami X Malaa and Mercer
  • Apr. 27, 2019: Lotus
  • Apr. 30, 2019: The 1975
  • May 1, 2019: Interpol
  • May 2, 2019: Twiddle / Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
  • May 3–4, 2019: Shpongle Live in Concert
  • May 5, 2019: Nghtmre / Slander
  • May 7, 2019: 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince with the Colorado Symphony
  • May 8, 2019: The Music of ABBA
  • May 9, 2019: Vulfpeck
  • May 11, 2019: Papadosio and The Polish Ambassador featuring Wildlight
  • May 12, 2019: Luke Combs
  • May 13, 2019: I Prevail: 107.9 KBPI Birthday Bash 2019
  • May 14, 2019: Lord Huron
  • May 15, 2019: Walk Off the Earth
  • May 18, 2019: Global Dub Festival 2019: Adventure Club / Bear Grillz
  • May 19, 2019: Trevor Noah
  • May 20–21, 2019: Florence and the Machine: The High as Hope Tour 2019
  • May 23, 2019: Iration / UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell and Astro
  • May 24, 2019: The Devil Makes Three
  • May 25, 2019: The Disco Biscuits
  • May 26, 2019: Celtic Woman – Ancient Land Tour
  • May 27, 2019: Disclosure (DJ Set)
  • May 29, 2019: Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band
  • May 30, 2019: Bela Fleck: Friends & Family featuring The Colorado Symphony, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Abigail Washburn
  • May 31, 2019: Chromeo / Thievery Corporation




WHEN: May–June
In town during the summer but still want to get a peek at the Denver Broncos' famed home stadium? A concert at Broncos Stadium 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.

  • May 26, 2019: The Rolling Stones
  • July 13, 2019: Drums Along The Rockies




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

  • Aug. 8, 2019: Billy Joel
  • Aug. 9, 2019: Zac Brown Band



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! 

  • July 1, 2019: Ziggy Marley
  • July 18, 2019: Michael McDonald
  • July 24, 2019: Gipsy Kings
  • Aug. 5, 2019: Double Vision Revisited featuring Bob James, David Sanborn & Marcus Miller
  • Aug. 6, 2019: JJ Grey & Mofro and Jonny Lang
  • Aug. 12, 2019: Judy Collins
  • Aug. 13, 2019: An Acoustic Evening with John Hiatt




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.

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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. 

  • June 8, 2019: Skillet
  • July 20, 2019: MattyB featuring The Haschak Sisters
  • July 27, 2019: Crowder



WHEN: May–August
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.

  • May 19, 2019: Spread The Word Music Festival
  • May 31, 2019: The Samples with Special Guest Vertical Horizon
  • June 10, 2019: Rob Thomas Chip Tooth Tour with Special Guest Abby Anderson
  • June 22, 2019: Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World with Special Guest Ra Ra Riot
  • Aug. 3, 2019: Tower of Power with Special Guests Average White Band
  • Sept. 27, 2019: Three Dog Night with Special Guests Firefall and Hazel Miller Band




WHEN: May–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.

  • Apr. 28, 2019: Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival featuring The Offspring with Bad Religion, The Vandals, Black Flag, Strung Out, Dwarves
  • June 2, 2019: Summer Song 2019 featuring TobyMac with Zach Williams, Micah Tyler, Social Club Misfits, Jasmine Murray, Land of Color
  • June 20, 2019: Train / Goo Goo Dolls with Allen Stone
  • July 11, 2019: Hootie & The Blowfish with Barenaked Ladies
  • July 19, 2019: Hammer's House Party with Sir Mix‐A‐Lot, Sisqo, Biz Markie, 2 Live Crew, Funky Bunch
  • July 23, 2019: Beck & Cage the Elephant with Spoon, Starcrawler
  • July 26, 2019: Jason Aldean with Kane Brown, Carly Pearce, Dee Jay Silver
  • Aug. 10, 2019: Lost 80's Live featuring A Flock of Seagulls with Wang Chung, Missing Persons, The Tubes, The Motels, Farrington and Mann, original members of When in Rome UK, The Vapors, Book of Love, Boys Don’t Cry, Escape Club, Real Life, Dramarama
  • Aug. 15, 2019:  Mumford & Sons with Lord Huron
  • Aug. 16, 2019:  Mumford & Sons with Tennis
  • Aug. 23–24, 2019:  Dave Matthews Band
  • Sept. 13, 2019: Florida Georgia Line with Dan + Shay, Morgan Wallen, Canaan Smith
  • Sept. 21, 2019: Lynyrd Skynyrd with Bad Company, The Steel Woods



WHEN: 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.

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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 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 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.

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Beats on the Creek

WHEN: Most Tuesday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m., June-August
Now entering its sixth season, Beats on the Creek will once again take over the historic Wewatta Bridge on Tuesday evenings 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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WHEN: Wednesday evenings, 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: Friday Evenings, June–September
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.

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Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Amphitheatre

WHEN: June–September
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 1, 2019: 3rd Law Dance/Theater
  • June 14–15, 2019: Wonderbound presents "Boomtown" with Chimney Choir
  • June 30, 2019: The Denver Brass
  • July 11, 2019: Colorado Symphony presents "Mozart Under Moonlight"
  • July 13, 2019: The CJRO plays the Music of Ray Charles with Count Basie
  • July 21, 2019: Colorado Symphony Tribute to Comic-Con
  • Aug. 24, 2019: Colorado Ballet


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