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Best summer festivals and outdoor concerts in Denver 2017

When Denver finally shakes off the cold and snow, they celebrate the coming of summer with some spectacular summer festivals and outdoor concerts.

With an event calendar packed with things to do over the summer months, picking the right festival or concert may be tough, but that’s where we come in. AXS is here to you find the five summer festivals and concerts that will transform your summer in the Mile High City.

City Park Jazz
July 2 – Aug. 6 @ 6 pm
City Park Bandstand and Pavillion — 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205
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Who doesn’t love a little bit of Jazz on a warm summer evening? If you’re in Denver, you can enjoy the soothing sound of Jazz in the City Park Jazz series, which will allow fans to bring a blanket and folding chair and watch some of Denver’s best local Jazz bands and musicians do their thing. It’s free, and it will be a treat on a nice summer night in the Mile High City.

Summer Concerts at Elitch Gardens
July 22 – Aug. 12 @ Various Times
Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park — 2000 Elitches Cir., Denver, CO 80204
(303) 595-4386

Rollercoasters and waterslides are not the only activities that are in the offering at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park. Denver’s downtown fun zone will also play host to the Summer Concert Series which will feature great artists and bands and will provide a nice alternative to the high-speed thrills that carpet’s the park. The best part of it all? It’s free with your park admission.

Denver Burger Battle
Aug. 3 @ 6:30 pm
Tivoli Quad Park at Auraria Higher Education Center — 1156 W.7th Ave., Denver, Co 80204
(303) 556-3206

This will be the summer of the burger in Denver. The Denver Burger Battle will pit some of the best restaurant burgers against each other to see who has Denver’s best burger. The burgers are quite creative, and it will make you hungry, but in the end, this event will be a ton of fun for the entire family.

27th Annual Rocky Mountain Folk Festival
Aug. 18 – 20 @ Various Times
Planet Bluegrass Ranch — 500 W. Main St., Lyons, CO 80540
(303) 823-0848

If you want to go to a great folk festival, Lyons is the place to be. Now in its 27th year, the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival is a weekend-long tribute to the great sounds of folk music. With both national and local up-and-coming acts taking the stage in Lyons, you’ll not want to miss one of the best folk festivals in America.

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