The Eight Best Venues to Take Out-of-Town Friends to — 2016 Edition

Planet Bluegrass
Planet Bluegrass
Lewis Cooper

Less than a month from now, school will be back in session for most students and families across the country, and the summer tourist season will wind to an end. If you’re expecting out-of-town guests during the last weeks of summer vacation — and we know you are, because everybody and their mother wants to visit the Mile High City — and are wondering which of Denver's plethora of musical experiences might be worth their time, we have a list of music venues perfect to give them a glimpse into what makes Colorado unique.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Brandon Marshall

8. Red Rocks Amphitheatre 
This one is obvious. Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is a special venue, with fantastic views of Denver and the Front Range from the seat of a geological wonder. Those interested in the history of, and more information about, the park can visit the Trading Post, the Colorado Music Hall of Fame and the Visitor Center. Check the website for seasonal hours. Hiking, biking and sightseeing in the park is available to view the red rocks of Red Rocks before you experience a one-of-a-kind show from international and local bands, or a movie as part of the Film on the Rocks series. Just don't climb the rocks!

The War on Drugs at the Fox Theatre.
The War on Drugs at the Fox Theatre.
Adam Perry

7. The Fox Theatre, Boulder
The Fox is located in the University Hill (“the Hill”) neighborhood of Boulder, the heart of CU Boulder’s entertainment and nightlife for college students. Before the show, you can easily explore the area’s coffee shops, tattoo parlors, smoke shops, music store Albums on the Hill, and local restaurants (including a lot of great late-night food, because it is a college town, after all). And if your friends from out of town don’t see enough dreadlocks back home, they’ll surely see them in Boulder.

The Paramount Theatre
The Paramount Theatre
Westword

6. Paramount Theatre
Apart from the Paramount's being a striking art-deco space and one of Denver’s oldest theaters, its location makes it a great venue for visitors. Your friends can spend time on the 16th Street Mall before the show; although it's the most tourist-heavy part of Denver, the pedestrian mall does offer street performers, prime people-watching, shopping, and cuisine from fast food to higher-end restaurants. Plenty of transportation and hotel options make it easy for visitors as well.

Steve Earle and the Dukes at Chautauqua.
Steve Earle and the Dukes at Chautauqua.
Adam Perry

5. The Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark
Chautauqua is located at the foot of the spectacular Flatirons of Boulder. The park is open for hiking and picnicking and has cabins and cottages for rent. The historic auditorium is the state's oldest music venue and provides an atmospheric setting for dances, talks, film screenings, theater performances, and musical acts like Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Andrew Bird and more.

Read on for four more best Denver venues to take your out-of-town visitors to.


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