The Mile-High City combines an outdoorsy spirit and mountains of culture to create a music scene that’s hard to beat. Whether you want to hear your favorite band at Red Rocks Amphitheater or a local musician in a more intimate setting, Denver has a variety of music festivals to choose from.

The Denver Chamber Music Festival showcases top-notch classical performers in a variety of settings. From the beautiful Newman Center for the Performing Arts to non-traditional venues, DCMF’s season features performances by artists that range from classical to jazz to world music. Find out

For a more laid-back experience, check out the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons. This mellow music fest has featured artists like Brandi Carlile, Josh Ritter and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and features songwriting workshops throughout the day. You can also enjoy impromptu late-night campsite sessions, or take a dip in the St. Vrain River just steps away from the venue.

Dive into Denver’s Music Scene: Must-Visit Festivals This Weekend

Beethoven and Brews at the ‘Plex pairs concert events in Boettcher Concert Hall with a beer-centric experience on the Performing Arts Complex’s Front Plaza. The event benefits Amp the Cause, which raises funds for nonprofit organizations in the Denver area.

Every summer, the Denver Botanic Gardens hosts the Garden Music Series, a series of free outdoor concerts in the UMB Bank Amphitheater. The shows feature nationally known musicians, and food and drink are available for purchase on the lawn.

The Denver Jazz Festival offers a full weekend of live music in downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park. The festival features three dynamic stages and a variety of activities for attendees. You can participate in a 3-legged race, try your hand at a dunk tank or glam yourself up before you head to the stage. The festival is also home to the annual Deadbeats Hot Dog Eating Contest.