Mile High Melodies: Denver’s Unforgettable Live Music Venues

Nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Denver, Colorado is one of the major cities in the American West. It’s also one of the primary Western markets on any artist’s North American tour, and concerts in Denver offer fans a who’s who of both rising talent and A-list musicians.

Below, we’ve rounded up five of Denver’s most loved music venues, including several that are more than 100 years old and one particularly thrilling space that remains one of the most famous concert venues in North America.

Ball Arena


Address: 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, CO 80204

Box office hours: The Ball Arena box office is currently closed to the public. All tickets can be purchased online via Ticketmaster and are delivered electronically.

Located on the main thoroughfare of downtown Denver, Ball Arena is more than a home court for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets. The indoor arena has capacity for 21,000 music fans and has held concerts in the past for Depeche Mode, Burna Boy, Doja Cat, P!nk and more.

Fillmore Auditorium

Address: 1510 Clarkson St., Denver, CO 80218

Box office hours: Fridays: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Having opened in 1907 as the Mammoth Roller Rink, the Fillmore Auditorium has brought live entertainment to Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood for more than 100 years. Since it became a music venue in 1999, the Fillmore has seen greats like David Bowie, Coldplay and Bob Dylan play its stage. And here’s a fun fact: the venue holds the distinction of being the state of Colorado’s largest indoor theater with general admission seating.

Ogden Theatre


Address: 935 E Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80218

Box office hours: Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and one hour prior to doors opening on show days

Once a movie theater, the Ogden Theatre was converted into a live music venue and now holds 1,600 fans for intimate concerts by the likes of Jackson Brown, the Smashing Pumpkins and Iggy Pop. Another century-old structure in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the Ogden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and once hosted the great escape artist Harry Houdini.

Mission Ballroom


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Address: 4242 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO 80216

Box office hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; for Sunday shows, open one hour prior to doors opening

The Mission Ballroom is one of the newer additions to Denver’s live music scene, having opened in 2019. The 4,000-capacity indoor theater in the city’s RiNo neighborhood may be the relative new kid on the block, but it’s already drawn major talent to its stage including Kesha, Tinashe, Nickel Creek and Reneé Rapp.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre


Address: 18300 W Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, CO 80465

Box office hours: Saturdays: 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Arguably one of the most famous event venues in America, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is located just ten miles southwest of Denver and offers truly breathtaking views from any of its 9,545 seats. In its nearly 120-year history, Red Rocks has seen everyone from The Beatles (in the summer of ‘64) and Jimi Hendrix to Johnny Cash and Bruce Springsteen play its iconic setting.

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