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Denver is lucky enough to boast more than 300 sunny days a year, and summer brings plenty of clear skies and sunshine.  What better way to enjoy the great Colorado outdoors this summer than listening to some amazing music. From jam bands, to indie, to 90s rock, this list has something for everyone.

Higher Ground Music Festival
2631 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205

Dates: August 20 through 22, 2015

Higher Ground Music Festival is a two day event that takes place right in the middle of Denver on Larimer Street.  The third annual festival will feature more than 50 indie bands on six stages from across the country and Colorado.  The family friendly event will also feature vendors, food trucks, children’s activities, games and more. The festival will showcase bands like RDGLDGRN, Modern Suspects and Dreamers.  Visit their website for unbelievable ticket deals like the 3 Day Jump Start VIP Festival Pass for $55 which includes a VIP pre-party Thursday night with live performances, access to two exclusive VIP areas during the festival, national artist meet and greet, VIP lanyard, private entrance, exclusive VIP bar and two drink tickets per day to use at the festival.

Arise Music Festival
Sunrise Ranch
100 Sunrise Ranch Road
Loveland, CO 80538
(970) 679-4200

Dates: August 7 through August 9, 2015

The Arise Music Festival in Loveland, Colorado is a three day, family friendly festival of music, yoga and workshops featuring more than 100 artists performing across six stages. The outdoor festival takes place at the beautiful Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, which is sort of an organic farming community paired with a scenic, spiritual destination. The ranch believes in sustainability and clean living which spills over into the theme of the festival. An eclectic mix of conscious music will be in abundance at the festival with names like Edward Sharp and The Magnetic Zeros, The Polish Ambassador, Rising Appalachia and Ozomatli. Camping for the three day fest is available for tents and  RVs. VIP passes with backstage access, complimentary drinks, gift bag and more are available. Visit the website for the concert lineup, to purchase tickets or for more information on camping.

Global Dance Festival
Red Rocks Amphitheater
18300 West Alameda Parkway
Morrison, CO 80465
(720) 865-2494

Dates: Friday, July 17 through 19

The Global Dance Festival 2015 takes place over three days at the Red Rocks Amphitheater. Starting July 17, Red Rocks will host the 13th annual event with acts like Benny Benassi, Datsik, Goldfish and Manufactured Superstar will be pumping out electrifying tunes for eager party-goers to get their groove on. Red Rocks is the perfect venue for a festival of this caliber. The natural geological site provides astounding acoustics and a gorgeous backdrop for the three day laser light and electronic music fest.

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Underground Music Showcase
UMS Box Office
21 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

Dates: July 23 through July 26, 2015

The Underground Music Showcase is a four day festival of Colorado’s finest musicians and independent acts from around the country that takes place in Denver’s historic Baker neighborhood. More than 1500 musical acts submit applications to perform at this gathering of burgeoning artists but only a select number are invited making this event a power-packed weekend not to be missed. Enjoy musical acts like 40th Day, Black Lamb, Brick and Mortar, Homebody, Input, Pale Sun and more. Tickets are only $50 for the four day show if purchased in advance or $75 at the gate. Volunteer for a short shift and receive free entry into the show.

Loudwire Music Festival
Jam Ranch
1065 Highway 6 & 50
Grand Junction, CO 81525
(855) 821-9211

Dates: June 26 through 28, 2015

Last but certainly not least is the Loudwire Music Festival in Grand Junction. Grand Junction may be a few hours from Denver, but it is more than worth the trip for this three day festival. Travel across Colorado through the mountains and pass by all of the gorgeous scenery on your summer adventure to this epic event. Experience rockstar bands like Linkin Park, Hinder, Rob Zombie, Chevelle, Hoobastank and more. A three day pass is only $105 or $90 for students with proper ID. Numerous camping options are also available including VIP camping and quiet areas. Visit the website for directions and to purchase tickets.

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Kristin Mason is a culinary professional and degree-holding chef living in Breckenridge, Colorado. She enjoys traveling and sharing her love of food through her writings. Her experience includes writing for the local Summit Daily News as well as other publications online and in print as a freelance writer. Read more on