Guide to Summer, Part 4: The Best Outdoor US Music Venues

Summer is in full swing, and it’s got us doing our best to spend as much time as we can outside and enjoy it while it lasts. To help you make the most of the season, we’ve teamed up with Victoria lager to present a Guide to Summer, a four-part series presenting some of the best outdoor spots, events, and ideas in the country. In this installment, we take a look at our favorite outdoor music venues, from a geological wonder in Colorado to a modern take on ancient construction. Check it out and let us know what we missed. Then be sure to catch our other posts on themed BBQ ideas, top picnic spots, and the greatest outdoor film series.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison CO

The first venue to get name-checked when outdoor concerts get mentioned, Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado is a geological marvel in addition to providing an acoustically unmatched entertainment experience. Owned by the city of Denver, the ampitheatre is surrounded by natural rock formations that date back millions of years, in an area that also offers breathtaking hiking, biking, and climbing opportunities. Performances have been held on the grounds for over 100 years, further adding to the grand sense of history on the site.

Upcoming highlights: The Flaming Lips w/ Primus, Aug 3; Stevie Nicks, Aug 9; Thievery Corporation w/ Ghostland Observatory, Aug 14; Kings of Leon, Aug 31 & Sep 1

Click through the links below for more of our outdoor venue picks.