Red Rocks Offers Outdoor Summer Entertainment

Red Rocks Ampitheater at night

Red Rocks offers plenty of entertainment opportunities if you plan on staying around Golden this summer. The park is popular among tourists, and for a good reason: Concerts are a one-of-a-kind experience and the scenery is unforgettable.

The amphitheater is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and according to their website, the amphitheater was once listed among the Seven Wonders of the World. Geology classes frequent the site to look at the towering resistive structures and the pediment features. If you get sick of summer, Red Rocks is only a short drive away so you can go measure strikes and dips of outcrops and map out the geology of the area.

But there is more to look at then the rocks. Film on the Rocks will be back and it kicks off May 12 with Purple Rain in honor of Prince. On these nights, the park waits until sunset and then starts playing the movie to the audience.

It is a truly memorable experience to sit on the amphitheater steps and watch the movie along with the crowd. It is Colorado’s version of a drive-in movie— just be sure to bring a jacket! Other movies on schedule include classics such as “The Big Lebowski” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. Film on the Rocks closes on September 6 with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

If you like being outside, there are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy Red Rocks during the day. You can hike on the trails throughout the site or run up and down the steps of the actual amphitheater. There are also programs to get active and work on your bod. Yoga on the Rocks and Red Rocks Fitness Challenge will be starting up again to get you going at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings.

And of course, Red Rocks is known for its concerts. With events such as the Global Dance Festival, in July, and Reggae on the Rocks, there is something for everyone. Eric Church, The Lumineers, Twenty One Pilots, LCD Soundsystem, and The Avett Brothers are some of the notable performers of the season. The Colorado Symphony will also be performing.

Whether you want to get back in shape for the school year or spend a night at an infamous Red Rocks concert, the park has you covered.

Photo by David Amirault.



Joan Sanborn


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