Colorado is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States, with its beautiful Rocky Mountains with over 30 ski resorts, and of course, its amazing concert venues that even attract some of the biggest musicians in history. This post contains the top 5 venues in Colorado that you should be sure to visit at least once in your lifetime.
Map of Listed Venues
#5: 1stBank Center, Broomfield, CO
Like many other event buildings, the 1STBANK Center is a multi-purpose arena, functioning for sporting events, conferences and meetings, and of course, concerts. The venue, opening in 2006, fills a capacity of 6,500 guests, and is the premiere mid-sized venue in the Denver area. It is located 15 miles northwest of the Denver area in Broomfield, Colorado. Belonging to 1STBANK, a financial company since 2010, the venue is often referred to as the Broomfield Event Center.
#4: Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, CO
Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado is most popular for serving as the home field for the Denver Broncos American football team. The stadium has undergone many name changes, including Invesco Field at Mile High and Sports Authority Field at Mile High, to now, Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Notice the only thing that remains constant is the “Mile High,” due to its elevation at 5,280 feet. This venue is popular mainly for football, but proms and homecomings are also held here.
Frequent concert goer Danny Kowalski, 20, was a fan of last year’s Global Dance Festival that is held at the stadium every year.
“Global Dance was one of the best festivals I’ve been to. Tiesto was the best artist there, I mean he threw down man, it was insane. I’ll definitely be going next year,” said Kowalski.
Global Dance Fest is one of Colorado’s most anticipated annual festivals, where more than 20 different Dance/EDM artists perform. This year’s lineup will feature huge names including Illenium, Excision, Diplo, Kaskade, Galantis, Keys N Krates, ZHU and many others.
#3: Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
The Fillmore Auditorium located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Denver, Colorado is a big attraction for guests along with big-name artists themselves, because it is the largest indoor venue for general admission seating in Colorado with a capacity of 3,900 visitors. The Fillmore has functioned to host both public and private events since 1907. Since it is a smaller, more intimate venue where the fans are able to feel close and connected to the musician, almost every artist who has played the Fillmore has sold out the venue.
“I’ve only been to the Fillmore twice, but I really liked it because the artist is like, right in front of you and you’re in awe. It feels like a party since it’s smaller and everyone’s close together going crazy with the real-life artist right within arms length,” said Kowalski.
#2: Telluride Town Park Stage, Telluride, CO
Town Park stage in Telluride, Colorado is a beautiful scenic venue that is a huge gathering place, consisting of camping and sports facilities, a swimming pool, playground and ice skating rink. The summer festival venue has been a main attraction in the park since 1973, following the opening of the Telluride Ski resort one year earlier. The area is a huge tourist attraction due to the fact that along with the sporting events and concerts, it also offers a handful of nearby trails, softball fields, fishing areas and open fields for frisbee golf and a lot of other summer games!
#1: Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
Located in Morrison, Colorado, Red Rocks Amphitheater is the single most stunning, naturally-occurring event holder in the state. Since 1906, Red Rocks holds its rank as the second most beautiful concert venue in the world. The venue is also known for hosting “Film on the Rocks” as well as “Yoga on the Rocks.” It is also a popular destination for active people to run to and around; it provides an extremely productive workout. The venue is obviously most popular for its concerts; artists travel locally and internationally just to play this venue (see Fun Fact #2), and tourists travel from all over the world as well just to see their favorite musicians light up the rocks.
“There’s no question that Red Rocks is the best venue ever. It’s so insane when you stop and turn around and face the rocks and the audience with all the lights. It almost brings tears to your eyes, let alone seeing a musician that you love and hearing their music that you listen to every day right there with your own eyes. Just the thought of going back to concerts there this summer gives me chills,” said Kowalski.
This year may be the best yet for anticipated shows, starting with the hosting of two annual festivals on the rocks: Global Dub Festival, with Adventure Club and Bear Grillz, and headlining Gud Vibrations is NGTMRE and Slander. The rocks will also feature some of the most popular artists this summer including Florence and the Machine, Alison Wonderland, Big Wild, Whethan, Louis the Child, Zedd, San Holo, Zeds Dead and Illenium. Check out these shows along with many others coming up this summer at AXS.com.
Fun Fact #1: Red Rocks has a sound restriction for concerts in order to protect the natural rocks that surround the central venue and stage (equivalent continuous noise and sound pressure levels shall not exceed 123.0 dB bands for 1-minute averages).
Fun Fact #2: One of the biggest EDM (electronic dance music) artists in history, Flume, has just released his new 2019 album after taking a break from producing music since his last 2016 album. His only show in the entire United States this year will be held at Red Rocks in August, 2019.
These 5 concert venues are 5 of the best located in Colorado. All different styles and genres of music are performed at each and every one of them. They are all used for other events other than just concerts, and they are all places that everyone should try to visit at least once if they get the chance.