Find great live performances at these ten awesome venues found in Colorado.
Author’s Note: Follow local COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, which vary from locations in this list.
1. Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison
The Red Rocks Amphitheatre concert season typically runs from April through October, offering concertgoers plenty of opportunities to catch a range of music shows at the outdoor venue. Built between towering red rocks, the amphitheater was constructed as a unique place to hear the acoustics bounce between the natural formations. According to the venue’s website, it was once listed among the Seven Wonders of the World.
Photo Credit: daveynin (Flickr).
2. The TANK– Rangely
One of the strangest music venues in Colorado is found in a retired 1940s water tank in a remote area of the state. The TANK Center for Sonic Arts, located in Rangely, offers a unique steel structure where acoustics can sustain for up to 40 seconds.
Photo Courtesy: Town of Rangely
3. Switchbacks Stadium – Colorado Springs
The brand-new Switchbacks Stadium is now hosting concerts in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. The stadium opened in early 2021, with concerts beginning in May. Views of Pikes Peak, Cheyenne Mountain, Rampart Range, and the foothills make Weidner Field a stunning venue to see live music – or catch a soccer game with the professional soccer team, the Colorado Springs Switchbacks.
Photo Credit: Christian Murdock, The Gazette.
4. Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre – Greenwood Village
Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre is designed to be a “large-scale earth sculpture,” its website says. The rolling grassy slopes of the amphitheater offer more than just a picnic in the park - they boast a capacity of 17,000 people. Grab tickets for renowned bands like Zac Brown Band, Dave Matthews Band, and Backstreet Boys this 2021 season.
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5. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre – Vail
Great music meets the majesty of the Rocky Mountains at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre in Vail. Shows include well-known bands in genres like rock, pop, country, bluegrass, and more.
Photo Credit: Dbenbenn (Creative Commons).
6. Mission Ballroom – Denver
Since opening in 2019, the Mission Ballroom in Denver has become a state-of-the-art concert venue. The 60,000 square feet of space can shrink or expand to accommodate various sizes of events. The Ballroom’s tiered seating offers great views of the stage from any vantage point, a large dancefloor, and quality sound and light systems.
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7. Telluride Town Park – Telluride
Several music festivals are held each year in Telluride Town Park, with some allowing onsite camping at the venue. Long-standing festivals held in Telluride’s largest outdoor venue include the Bluegrass Festival and the Jazz Festival. Locals claim the Blues & Brews festival is their favorite because it signifies the start of fall colors and the upcoming ski season.
Photo Credit: Telluride Blues & Brews Festival.
8. Mishawaka Amphitheatre – Bellvue
This riverside stage tucked into Poudre Canyon is one of the most classic Colorado music venues. Mishawaka Amphitheatre resounds with authenticity and character, hiding away in the small town of Bellvue. The venue also includes a restaurant and bar where guests can choose to sit inside with mountain views or on the outdoor deck over the Poudre River.
Photo Credit: Massat (Creative Commons).
9. Benedict Music Tent – Aspen
The Benedict Music Tent in Aspen provides an elegant scene for live concerts. Acoustics project unamplified with stunning clarity in this music venue. The space is filled with natural light and fresh mountain air, giving it a feeling of openness. The Benedict Music Tent can seat up to 2,055 people, who all get a great view of the stage.
Photo credit: Lovethearts (Wikimedia Commons).
10. Eldo – Crested Butte
Another classic Colorado music venue combines live music and craft beer. The Eldo in Crested Butte is a craft brewery, tap room, pub, and venue offering live entertainment in one of Colorado’s most picturesque ski towns.
Photo Credit: Larry Lamsa (flickr).
Leslie James is all about Colorado when it comes to writing features, sharing adventures, and creating colorful galleries. She loves camping, hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding. Leslie joined OutThere Colorado in November 2020.