A wild scene at one of the nearby Denver music venues.

Dig the Scene with These 10 Denver Music Venues

Although some people may not realize it, anyone who lives, works, or plays in Denver will tell you it has an awesomely eclectic music scene. From local underground favorites to national and international acts, Denver music venues undoubtedly have many stories to tell. Nestled between the various dive bars and dispensaries, the “Mile-High City” shines bright as a world-class destination when it comes to rocking out. So to help you navigate the many options on your way to getting down for a night on the town, we put together ten well-known, must-visit venues that you can surely add to your things-to-do list.

Your Effortless Guide to the Top Music Venues in Denver

If you’re looking for memorable things to do in Denver, the music venues are a sure-fire bet. Whether you’re a jazz aficionado, a heavy metal head, or simply appreciate live tunes, these 15 hot spots are a great place to embark on a Mile-High musical mission.

  • Dazzle is part of an honorary list of “Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the World” and is the spot for those who appreciate the magical improvisation of a jazz standard in an intimate, laid-back environment.
  • Home to the Colorado Symphony, Boettcher Concert Hall is the place to go if you love orchestral music. The best part is that 80% of the seats are within 65 feet of the performance stage.
  • With its name plastered among the National Register of Historic Places, Downtown Denver’s Paramount Theatre is half time capsule, half music venue. Depending on your state of mind, you might think you’re in the Wild West.
  • Fillmore Auditorium is another historical-landmark-turned-Denver music venue that had played host to a wide variety of musicians since 1968 when it was known as Mammoth Gardens.
  • If you’re the type of music lover who likes to find bands “before they’re cool,” then Ogden Theatre should be right up your alley.
  • Mission Ballroom in RiNo is a newer music venue offering the latest and greatest acoustic technology showcasing a multi-million dollar sound system.
  • Levitt Pavillion is a Denver staple that offers 50 free shows a year, making them an excellent choice for a cost-effective concert solution.
  • With its Art Deco architecture and wrap-around balcony, Gothic Theatre is an intimate Denver music venue that’s not afraid to cater to the local scene between hosting national acts.
  • Another cool spot to find emerging artists is Larimer Lounge, a head-banging hipster magnet boasting cheap beers and packed shows.
  • Although technically not in Denver, we’d be remiss not to include Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which arguably is the Centennial State’s most recognizable music venue. The iconic outdoor stage in Morrison is only about a 30-minute drive from the city and has hosted just about every relevant act you can imagine—as well as some noteworthy up-and-comers.

Hip Condo Vacation Rentals in Denver

Living and dining room interior of a Denver vacation rental in the Espadin LoHi hotel in Denver.

From funk to punk and everything between, musicians and fans agree that Denver’s music venues have much to offer. As one of the best things to do in the city, going out to a concert is something we highly recommend. But don’t take our word for it! Once you’ve decided which LoHi vacation condo is right for you, head to the Denver events page and start planning your itinerary!

A young patron enjoys one of the many Denver art galleries.

Find Your Creative Side at These Denver Art Galleries

After spending some time around town, it doesn’t take long to realize why Denver is an attractive destination for creatives and art enthusiasts. After all, the Denver art galleries are integral in making the “Mile-High City” an eclectic place to visit. Thanks to a diverse population, beautiful scenery, and a centralized national location, Denver is a relatively artsy place, given its size. And unlike sprawling metropolitan areas like New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Denver is easy to navigate and less expensive. 

Still, because of the high density of the local art scene, taking a pointed approach to touring the Denver art galleries seems overwhelming. But with this quick guide from Effortless Stay, you’ll be only your way to discovering cool art, from classic to contemporary. And we can’t think of a better place to stay than at one of our Espadin Lohi Lofts.

Discovering the Denver Arts Districts

Before we delve into the numerous Denver art galleries, it’s worth introducing you to some well-known districts. Here is a simple list that will lend itself to your online research.

  • 40 West Arts (Lakewood)
  • Arts on Belmar
  • Art District on Sante Fe
  • Golden Triangle Creative District
  • River North Art District (RiNo)
  • South Pearl Street
  • Tennyson Street Cultural District
  • Westwood Creative District

10 Must-Visit Denver Art Galleries

OK, now it’s time to start thinking about which art galleries in Denver best align with your tastes. Here is a quick list to help you wade through your options.

  • Denver Art Society is a nonprofit co-op where everyone has a chance to view various forms of art. They also offer beginner and intermediate classes to help you hone your creativity.
  • Fascination Street Fine Art has an unpretentious atmosphere perfect for casual art lovers who appreciate a range of work, from realistic still life to avant-garde surrealism.
  • FooLPRoof contemporary art is brought to you by the celebrated local artist Laura Phelps Rogers. This Denver staple offers an impressive combination of visiting artists and Laura’s personal creations.
  • If you’re looking for an exhibit that begs the question, “What is art?” then look no further than RULE Gallery.
  • Our list simply wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Denver Art Museum, one of the largest art museums west of the Mississippi River. You may also want to check out the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.
  • Speaking of museums, the Clyfford Still Museum celebrates the work of one of the first abstract expressionist painters following World War II.
  • Millers & Rossi is a one-stop shop for contemporary art, food, and drinks. They have everything from sculptures to photographs as well as some killer cocktails. 
  • Cherry Creek Art Gallery is a purely Colorado gallery only featuring artists from “Centennial State.”
  • Core Art Space is another nonprofit organization that provides artists with somewhere to perfect their craft.
  • Black Book Gallery is one of Denver’s most renowned art spaces specializing in contemporary art. This relatively high-class gallery is only open by appointment and features prominent artists like Banksy, Shepard Fairey, and Dan Lam.

Denver Condo Rentals for a Mile-High Art Tour

Dining room and living room inside a Denver vacation rental at Espadin Lohi hotel in Denver.

Now that you have a few Denver art galleries to consider, it’s time to start thinking about places to stay! The Espadín LoHi, Effortless Stay’s curated Denver vacation rental collection in the eclectic Lower Highlands neighborhood, is intentionally designed with comfort, lifestyle, and sustainability in mind. These loft-style accommodations are ideal for anyone looking for an immersive “like a local” experience. To learn more or to make reservations, please visit us online today!

Here’s how you can spend your days (and nights) in the month of April in Denver and the state of Colorado.

*Health and safety guidelines may vary based on event size, space, or other factors. If an in-person event catches your eye, please check the event website link provided for details.

Peak Patio Season

Source: denver.org

Check out the cities top spots for outdoor drinking and dining – spring has sprung and so have the patio scene!

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Source: mlb.com/rockies

Catch the Colorado Rockies at home against the Cincinnati Reds to close out the month. 

Get Your Nomad On at the Denver Travel & Adventure Show

Source: denver.org

Plan a trip, attend an educational seminar, or try your luck at winning a trip giveaway! Much like the exploration it inspires, the Denver Travel & Adventure Show knows no bounds. Get your tickets here. 


Red Rocks Amphitheater

Source: redrocksonline.com

Mission Ballroom
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Summit Music Hall

Source: summitdenver.com

Mile Hi-larious Comedy

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Denver Location

South Location

Paula Poundstone at the Paramount Theater – April 29th

Now that we’ve gained another hour of daylight, the opportunities seem even more abundant than before. Here is how you can spend your days (and nights) in the month of March in Denver and the state of Colorado.

*Health and safety guidelines may vary based on event size, space, or other factors. If an in-person event catches your eye, please check the event website link provided for details.

Holidays in March – How to Celebrate

March is Women’s History Month

Celebrate women and their imprint on the city of Denver and beyond with a myriad of events this March!

Source: do303.com

St. Patrick’s Day – March 17, 2022 – Your full guide to all things green and celebratory for St. Patricks Day in Denver.

Source: 303magazine.com

World Water Day – March 22, 2022
Show some gratitude and respect for the vital element of water with these recommended activities!

Source: watercenter.colostate.edu

Earth Hour – March 26, 2022
Turn off your non-essential electric lights from 8:30-9:30 pm – so light a candle and take part in Earth Hour!

Source: earthhour.org

Source: comedyworks.com

Comedy Works – Downtown Location

Shane Gillis – March 17th – 20th, 2022

Adam Cayton-Holland – March 23rd, 2022

Brian Posehn – March 24th – 26th, 2022

Russell Howard – March 30th, 2022

Ricky Velez – March 31st, 2022

Comedy Works – South Location

Joe Dombrowski – March 18th – 19th, 2022

John Novosad – March 23rd, 2022

Derrick Stroup – March 24th, 2022

Up Next (up and coming showcase) – March 30th, 2022

George Lopez – March 31st, 2022

Paramount Theatre

Demetri Martin – March 25th – 26th, 2022


Mission Ballroom (Denver, CO)
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Glass Animals – March 14th, 2022

Bonobo – March 17th, 2022

Madeon – March 18th, 2022

Lee Brice – March 24th, 2022

Said The Sky – March 25th, 2022

Beach House – March 30th, 2022

Ball Arena (Denver, CO)
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Justin Bieber – March 16th, 2022

Billie Eilish – March 19th, 2022

John Mayer – March 27th, 2022

Tyler, The Creator – March 29th, 2022

Summit Music Hall (Denver, CO)
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Fit for a King – March 16th, 2022

Poppy – March 17th, 2022

Deafheaven – March 18th, 2022

Outlaw Country – March 19th, 2022

Inahler – March 21st, 2022

Wobbleland Pre-Party w/ Smoakland & Super Ave – March 24th, 2022

Club 90’s Presents: Midnight Memories One Direction Night – March 26th, 2022

The Amity Affliction – March 27th, 2022

Vibes on Vibes Tour: Eric Bellinger x Sammie – March 28th, 2022

Animals As Leaders – March 30th, 2022

Whatch What Crappens 10th Anniversary Hunky Dory Tour – March 30th, 2022

Belly Up Aspen (Aspen, CO)
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The Motet – March 16th, 2022

Madeon – March 17th, 2022

Umphrey’s Mcgee – March 18th – 20th, 2022

Franc Moody – March 21st, 2022 

Neal Francis – March 22nd, 2022

The Infmaous Stringdusters – March 24th, 2022

It may be the shortest month of the year, but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of things to do in Colorado this month. With so much to celebrate, we’ve got you covered with things to do and places to be in the month of February.

*Health and safety guidelines may vary based on event size, space, or other factors. If an in-person event catches your eye, please check the event website link provided for details.


Lunar New Year Celebration & Street Food Fair at KUTEA – Boba Milk Tea & Vietnamese Desserts, 1147 S. Federal Blvd. (February 5th, 2022)


The lunar new year is an annual international holiday celebrated in a number of Asian countries and by more than a billion people worldwide. Celebrate the year of the tiger at with a fair featuring a variety of performances and over 20booths of Street Food and products from local vendors.

Source: Denverite.com

**VIRTUAL EVENT** World Cancer Day 1M 5K 10K 13.1 26.2 (All month long)


February 4th is World Cancer Day – show your support and help stomp out Cancer by signing up for a virtual “choose your own distance” run – registration costs are $18, which includes your medal, bib and at least 15% of every entry will be donated to charity. Sponsored by Virtual Run Events powered by Moon Joggers.

Source: Eventbrite.com

10 Best Spots to Spend Superbowl Sunday (February 13th, 2022)


The Broncos may not be playing, but it’s something to do on a Sunday.

Source: Yelp.com

Season of Love – Valentine’s Day Events and Ideas (February 14th, 2022) 

For the Gals

Galentine’s Day Sweat N’ Shop (February 12th, 2022)


Source: Eventbrite.com

For the Lovebirds

Denver’s Sexiest Cocktail Bars


Source: 303magazine.com

For the Singletons

16 Great Places to Eat Alone in Denver


Source: 303magazine.com

303 Magazine Food & Drink Guide – February 2022


Keep your taste buds in the loop and check out the places to eat, drink, and be merry this month in Denver. 

Source: 303magazine.com


Source: comedyworks.com

Iliza: Back in Action Tour at the Bellco Theatre


Comedy Works – Downtown Location

Beth Stelling (February 3rd-5th, 2022)


New Talent Night (February 9th & 16th & 23rd, 2022)


Chris Redd (February 10th-12th, 2022)


Ari Shaffir (February 17th-20th, 2022)


Thick Skin (February 22nd, 2022)


Steve Rannazzisi (February 24th-27th, 2022)


Comedy Works – South Location

Rocky Laporte (February 3rd-5th, 2022)


Matthew Broussard (February 10th-12th, 2022)


Jackie Kashian (February 17th-19th, 2022)


Alonzo Bodden (February 24th-27th, 2022)


Casey Frey (February 28th, 2022)



Mission Ballroom (Denver, CO)Source: missionballroom.com

Beth Hart: The Thankful Tour (February 7th, 2022)


Action Bronson & Earl Sweatshirt (February 9th, 2022)


Polo & Pan: Cyclorama Tour (February 10th, 2022)


Sullivan King (February 11th, 2022)


Dark Star Orchestra (February 12th, 2022)


The War on Drugs (February 18th, 2022)


Zomboy (February 19th, 2022)


Still Woozy (February 24th, 2022)


The Wood Brothers (February 25th, 2022)


Ball Arena (Denver, CO)Source: ballarena.com

Bad Bunny (February 9th, 2022)


Monster Jam (February 11th-13th, 2022) 


Your favorite Monster trucks will be at Ball Arena for what is sure to be an SMASHING good time.

Kacey Musgraves | Star-Crossed: Unveiled (February 16th, 2022)


Summit Music Hall (Denver, CO)Source: summitdenver.com

Thursday (February 8th, 2022)


Set It Off: Welcome to Elsewhere Tour (February 9th, 2022)


Dreamstate Presents: Vini Vici (February 12th, 2022)


Adrenalina – A Night of Reggaeton, Salsa, and Cumbia (February 18th, 2022)


Scary Kids Scaring Kids & D.R.U.G.S: Velocity Records Tour (February 21st, 2022)


Fire Boy DML (February 23rd, 2022)


Olan Rogers (February 24th, 2022)


Gimme Gimme Disco (February 25th, 2022)


Jazmine Sullivan: The Heaux Tales Tour (February 28th, 2022)


Belly Up Aspen (Aspen, CO) Source: bellyupaspen.com

Nora En Pure (February 5th, 2022)


Galactic (February 7th, 2022)


MK (February 9th, 2022)


Dark Star Orchestra (February 10th, 2022)


NGHTMRE (February 11th, 2022)


Donovan Fankenreiter (February 12th, 2022)


Gorgon City (February 16th, 2022)


Cautious Clay (February 17th, 2022)


Alesso (February 18th, 2022)


Chris Lake (February 19th, 2022)


Tiësto (February 20th, 2022)


Lukas Nelson & POTR (February 22nd-23rd, 2022)


Sofi Tukker (February 26th, 2022)


Drive-By Truckers (February 27th, 2022)


The new year is here and that means new events, opportunities, and adventures in and around Denver. Where will 2022 take you? Take a look at what’s shakin’ in the city during the month of January*.. 

*Health and safety guidelines may vary based on event size, space, or other factors. If an in-person event catches your eye, please check the event website link provided for details.


Cheese and Thank You! Spots to Celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day (January 20, 2022)


Cheese seems to be the one thing everyone can agree upon (why else was Lactaid created?) Check out one of these spots to indulge in one of dairy’s greatest delights.  

Source: thedenverear.com

Get Tropical on National Opposite Day (January 25, 2022)


Life’s a beach in January thanks to opposite day. These bars and restaurants offer menus and ambiances that will be the closest thing to a ticket to paradise. 

Source: 303magazine.com

303 Bible – January Food + Drink


The monthly rundown is back! See where you need to be in January if you want to imbibe and ingest the best of the best.

Source: 303magazine.com

Ski X Board Tune Night at New Terrain Brewing (January 19, 2022)


Grab your gear and grab a beer! New Terrain Brewing’s monthly tune-up night turns an errand into an entertaining evening. You’ll be thankful you went before your next trip to the mountains. 

Source: newterrainbrewing.com

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at the Singleton Theatre (January 7 – March 6, 2022)


This month’s theatre feature is the critically-acclaimed “powder-keg” drama. Putting the fun in dysfunctional, George and Martha invite the audience into their living room and shine a light on the darkness their marriage hides behind. 


Open Mic Night at Bruz Off Fax (Every Tuesday)

Ever want to give stand-up comedy a try? Your chance is here! Laughter is healing – and so is beer.  


Source: 303magazine.com

Aziz Ansari at Paramount Theatre (January 15, 2022) 


Matteo Lane at Comedy Works – Downtown Location (January 27-29, 2022)

New Talent Night at Comedy Works – Downtown Location (Every Wednesday)


New Talent Night features a mix of local amateurs and nationally-touring pros that are proud to call Colorado home! Imagine seeing the next big name in comedy perform one of their first sets. 

Or imagine your $12 ticket granting you access to a surprise visit from top stars. Names worth dropping are always stopping by New Talent Night for an unannounced set! Past guests include Mike Birbiglia, Josh Blue, Ron White, and even Dave Chappelle!”

Source: comedyworks.com


Red Rocks Amphitheater (Morrison, CO)

Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks: Diplo, Sofi Tukker (January 28, 2022)


Source: redrocksonline.com

Mission Ballroom (Denver, CO)

Tchami x AC Slater (January 14, 2022)


Lee Brice (January 15, 2022)


Charley Crocket (January 22, 2022)


Dillon Francis x Yung Gravy (January 27, 2022)


Leftover Salmon feat. Tim O’Briend (January 28, 2022)


CharlestheFirst Memorial Benefit (January 29, 2022)

Source: missionballroom.com

Ball Arena (Denver, CO)

Tool (January 27, 2022) 

Source: toolband.com

Summit Music Hall (Denver, CO)

mewithoutYou – Brother, Sister 16 Year Anniversary (January 13, 2022)


Pecos & The Rooftops (January 15, 2022)


Mother Mother (January 21, 2022)


Brian Fallon and The Howling Weather w/ The Dirty Nil and Worries (January 28, 2022)


IDKHOW presents the Thought Reform Tour with Benches (January 29, 2022)


Alina Baraz (January 30, 2022)


Source: summitdenver.com

Belly Up Aspen (Aspen, CO)

Mersiv (January 12, 2022)


Seven Lions (January 13, 2022)


Sam Feldt (January 14, 2022)

Claptone (January 15, 2022)


Milky Chance (January 17, 2022)


Goth Babe (January 19, 2022)


Ferg (January 20, 2022)


Illenium (January 21-22, 2022)


Louis the Child (January 23, 2022)


Steve Aoki (January 28, 2022)


Jamestown Revival (January 30, 2022)



Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Committee’s “Marade” (January 17, 2022)

A one-of-a-kind event for a one-of-a-kind leader, the “Marade” will begin in front of the MLK Statue in Denver’s City Park and will end in Civic Center Park.

Source: drmartinlkingjrchc.org

MyCultureRules: Black History Month Film Series at Trident Cafe (January 27, 2022) [https://www.tridentcafe.com/events/2022/1/27/my-culture-my-rules-film-night]

In anticipation of Black History Month in Feburary, watch films that elevate, honor, and celebrate Black culture and traditions and engage in conversation with the Black filmmakers who educate and inspire through their work.

Source: tridentcafe.com

‘Tis the season for colder weather, but the warmth of the holiday season is shining bright here in Denver! Here are some places to go and things to do with your Colorado crew this month. 

Don’t forget your mask!

Hot Chocolate Havens 


There’s nothing quite like a sip of hot chocolate on a cold December’s day (or night!) Get your dopamine fix at any of these local hot (cocoa) spots. 

Naughty, Nice, and Everything Spice


You can turn up the heat without racking up your Xcel bill at these restaurants that have spicy dishes. 

Film on the Rocks (December 10 & 12) 


Don’t miss out on your chance to watch some reels on the rocks. Love Actually will be playing 12/10 and A Christmas Story will close out this winter film series on 12/12. 

Cherry Creek Holiday Market (through December 24)


Anxious about online orders arriving on time this year? Get all your shopping done at the 2nd annual market – featuring 30 local makers, designers, and creators. 

A Christmas Carol (December 6 – 26)


Get your tickets to the Wolf Theater’s production of this classic holiday story before it becomes a play of Christmas past!

Mile High Holiday (through January 1)


‘Tis the season for holiday happiness! Enjoy a variety of events, exhibits, and entertainment for all during the most wonderful time of the year.

Denver Zoo Lights (through January 2*)
*December 31st is low-sensory night


Lions and lizards and lights – oh my! Feast your eyes on over 2 million LED lights that are guaranteed to astound.

Even as the leaves fall and we bust out our coats, the fun keeps coming in Denver. Check out some of the events that you can fill your November with!