Jazz in the Park (credit: CBS)
The Mile High City is heating up, and with the warmth brings the promise of live music and memories built on the nostalgia of warm summer evenings. Denver offers an abundance of music and concert events across the metro area that won’t break your budget or tap your bank account. These free music events not only enhance the culture and atmosphere in Denver but they also provide a staging ground for memories to be made among friends and family. And those are the things in life that are priceless!
Civic Center Park
1560 Broadway, Suite 2250
Denver, CO 80202
One of Denver’s most celebrated annual concerts is Independence Eve. Presented by Anadarko, it is a sensory mastery that features music from the Colorado Symphony combined with a light show extraordinaire and a grand finale of fireworks that illuminate the sky above Civic Center Park. Make a day of this free concert event and bring a picnic or just some blankets to throw on the lawn as food vendors will also be available throughout the park. Remember to arrive early, as this celebration is well attended by the Mile High City and its surrounding suburbs. This is one of the year’s finest sensory spectacles and is guaranteed to be a celebration you, your friends and your family won’t soon forget.
Coors Light South Platte River Festival
2250 15th St.
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 913- 1311
Date: June 23-24
The Coors Light South Platte River Festival is a new addition to Colorado’s free summer music line-up. The Greenway Foundation has combined its summer concert series at Confluence Park into a two-day signature event. Presented by REI and Coors Light, the festival will feature free music, free paddle board lessons and a world class beer garden among many other things. This inaugural event promises to be a lively experience with a variety of activities that cater to the masses. Call the Parks and Recreation Center in Denver for more information about the event, or keep checking back at the website.
Jazz In The Park
The Pavilion at Denver’s City Park
Denver, CO 80218
Date: Sundays beginning June 2
One of Denver’s signature music events of the summer will always be Jazz In The Park. Centrally located at the Pavillion at City Park, it draws in an audience from sprawling city and surrounding suburbs. It offers a low-key dynamic that is the perfect way to unwind from your weekend festivities and/or gear up for the work week ahead. This year’s line-up includes Hazel Miller, The Kenny Walker Sextet, Henry Butler and a tribute to Neil Bridge, among others. This concert series is entirely free to the public and runs for 10 weeks beginning on June 2.
Juneteenth Music Festival
2700 Welton St.
Denver, CO 80205
Date: June 15
The mission of the Juneteenth Music Festival is simple: to engage the community in the historical significance of the day. Juneteenth marks the calendared date that slaves in Texas learned of their freedom and it’s been celebrated nationally for decades. This year, Denver’s seasoned Five Points neighborhood with host the two-day music festival surrounded by a variety of activities and vendors. The line-up and schedule for the concert is still TBD but scheduled events include a parade, a pageant, an art walk and a youth engagement zone. This event will literally be jam packed with history, inspiration, motivation and entertainment.
Denver Day Of Rock
1616 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
Date: May 25, 2013
Denver’s Day of Rock kicks off the Mile High City’s free summer concert events on Memorial Day weekend. The one-day event jams (literally) some of the best local and national rock bands and entertainment onto five stages that stretch across the 16th Street Mall. The line-up for 2013 is easily as diverse as it is exciting. Produced by Concert For Kids, the event has grown from two stages at its inception to five, and this year it plans to include even more vendors and interactive booths than any year before. It all adds up to a family friendly event that will launch your three-day weekend off on beat.
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Marian is a freelance writer with a passion for music, entertainment and nightlife. She writes regularly on assignment for Examiner.com as their Pop Music Journalist. You can view her page here.