Sounds of Summer: Free Outdoor Concerts 2018

If you’re a lover of live music, Colorado Springs has you covered. Here’s your guide to outdoor concerts for almost every day of the week this summer.

Break out the lawn chairs. Throw a blanket on the grass. Kick off your shoes. If you’re a lover of live music, Colorado Springs has you covered. You can get a free outdoor show almost every day of the week, no matter what your favorite style. Here’s your guide to outdoor concerts this summer.


Little London Winds Summer Concert Series
Mondays, 7 p.m.
Soda Springs Park, 42 Park Avenue, Manitou Springs
June 18: Strike Up the Band
June 25: A Bit o’ the Green
July 2: Patriotic Cheer
July 9: Big Band
July 16: On Broadway
July 23: Movie Night
July 30: Space & Beyond
Agust 6: Cartoon-a-palooza
August 13: People’s Choice

Musical Mondays
Mondays, 7 p.m.
Monument Valley Park, lawn west of the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St.
July 9: The Wayne Wilkinson Trio (high octane jazz guitar)
July 16: Triggered (classic to modern rock)
July 23: Tribe (blues, reggae, New Orleans R&B)


Manitou Library Lawn Concerts
Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
Manitou Springs Library, 701 Manitou Ave.
June 5: Blue Frog (blues rock)
June 12: Balanced Rock (rock)
June 19: Edie Carey (folk-pop singer-songwriter)
June 26: Archtop Eddy (20th century music)
July 3: Tenderfoot Bluegrass (bluegrass)
July 10: The Storys (folk, classic rock)
July 17: Out of Nowhere (bluegrass)
July 24: The Mitguards (Americana folk)
July 31: Michael Reese (rock)
Aug. 7:Skean Dubh (neo-traditional Celtic)
Aug. 14: Unlok (easy listening)


Jazz in the Park
The Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society presents concerts on Wednesdays in parks throughout the region. 6-8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

May 30: Springs City Jazz Band, Foothills Park in Rockrimmon
June 27: New Horizons “Kicks” Band, Bear Creek Regional Park
July 11: Summit Jazz Ensemble, Bancroft Park​
July 18: The Swing Connection, Bear Creek Regional Park
July 25: Mississippi Mudders, The Glen at Broadmoor Community Church
Aug. 1: Academy Jazz Ensemble, Bear Creek Regional Park
Aug. 8: New Horizons All In Jazz Ensemble, Bear Creek Regional Park
Aug. 15: 101st Army National Guard Dixieland Band, Fountain Creek Regional Park
Aug. 22: Triple Play Quartet, Bear Creek Regional Park
Aug. 29, 5 p.m.: USAF Academy Band Falconaires and Alumni Band, Bear Creek Regional Park

Monument Concerts in the Park
Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.
Limbach Park, 151 Front St., Monument
June 6: Collective Groove (pop, dance, funk, soul, R&B)
June 13: Phat Daddy & the Phat Horn Doctors (pop, dance, funk, soul, R&B)
June 20: 6035 (classic rock)
June 27: Atomic Fireballs (pop, country, blues, Americana)
July 11: WireWood Station (Americana, bluegrass, pop)
July 18: Woodshed Red (pop, jam, bluegrass)
July 25: Inman Brothers (pop, rock, Americana, classics)
August 1: Dotsero (pop, contemporary jazz)

Summer Concerts in the Glen
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave.
July 11: Woodshed Red (Americana bluegrass)
July 18: Skean Dubh (neo-traditional Celtic)
July 25: Mississippi Mudders (traditional New Orleans Style Dixieland)
Aug. 1: Joe and Kate Uveges (singer-songwriter folk)
Aug. 8: Acme Bluegrass (high energy bluegrass)
Aug. 15: The Beatidudes (Christian, gospel, folk-rock)

Hillside Gardens and Event Center
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
$7 admission includes a beverage
1006 S. Institute St.
June 6: Psychedelegates (’60s and ’70s soft rock)
June 13: Carrie Dell (eclectic)
June 20: Tribe (New Orleans R&B)
June 27: The Davenports (classic rock)
July 4: TBA
July 11: BJ Estares and Route 61 (electric blues)
July 18: George Sisneros (dance)
July 25: Balanced Rock (acoustic rock)
Aug. 1: Rick Blessing and Trip Ziegler (Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin)
Aug. 8: Robert Beard (rock)
Aug. 15: Joe and Kate Uvegas (folk)
Aug. 22: Redraw the Farm (folk rock)
Aug. 29: Skean Dubh (Celtic)
Sept. 5: Boyd Sweeney Band (swing dance)
Sept. 12: Bill Emery Band (swing, jazz)
Sept. 19: Larry Lafferty and Vehicle (big band dance)


Paint the Town Blue Concert Series
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., by the Pikes Peak Blues Community
Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave.
June 14: The Movers & Shakers
June 21: BJ Estares and Route 61
June 28: Eef & The Blues Express
July 5: West Side Rhythm Kings
July 12: Eric Boa & The Constrictors
July 19: Austin Young Band

Manitou Springs Summer Concert Series
Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.
Soda Springs Park, 42 Park Avenue, Manitou Springs
June 7: Jazz Express
June 14: Jazz Express
July 19: Jazz Express
July 26: Jazz Express
Aug. 9: Jazz Express
Aug. 30: Jazz Express

Flying Horse Summer Concert Series in the Park
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.
Angel Mist Park, 13509 Silverton Road
June 7: Leslie Tom & The Boys (classic country)
June 21: Better Than Biscuits (contemporary folk)
July 5: Jenny Shawhan & Branden Sipes (pop, rock, country blues)
July 19: The Burnt Lips (reggae, rock, jazz, blues)
August 2: Slopeside (rock, pop, blues)
August 16: John Weeks Band (groove blues)

Summer Concerts at Banning Lewis Ranch
Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.
6885 Vista Del Pico Blvd.
June 7: Wirewood Station (Americana, pop, bluegrass)
June 21: Phat Daddy & the Phat Horn Doctors (dance, pop, R&B, funk)
July 12: Wendy Woo Band (rock, pop)
July 26: The Inman Brothers (pop, Americana, rock)
Aug. 9:Dotsero (pop, jazz, contemporary instrumental)
Aug. 23: The Martini Shot (horn-powered pop, rock)


First and Main Summer Concert Series
Fridays, 5-7 p.m.
3650 New Center Point
June 1: MoDaZz (jazz)
June 8: Narrow Gauge (country, rock, dance)
June 15: The Verdict (classic rock)
June 22: Cari Dell Trio (guitar rock, blues)
June 29: Wirewood Station (Americana, bluegrass, pop)
July 6: Run with Scissors (rock)
July 13: Tony Exum Jr (jazz)
July 20: SuCh (soul, R&B, pop)
July 27: Groove ‘N Motion (horn-driven rock, R&B, funk, soul, Latin, jazz)

Forest Lakes Summer Concert Series
Fridays, 6-9 p.m.
Waterfront Park, Monument
June 8: Wirewood Station (eclectic acoustic, Colorado dance grass)
June 22: Wendy Woo (singer-songwriter guitar)
July 13: Miguel Dakota (singer-songwriter, America’s Got Talent finalist)
July 27: Here’s To Fightin’ (indie folk)
Aug. 10: Martini Shot (horn-powered pop rock)
Aug. 24: Inman Brothers Band (classic rock)

University Village Colorado Free Summer Concert Series
Fridays, 6-8 p.m.
5246 N. Nevada Ave.
June 15: Soul School (R&B, dance, soul, funk)
June 22: Inman Brothers Band (Americana, pop, rock)
June 29: Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand (pop, indie, folk, Americana)
July 6: Wildermiss w/ Special Guest Nina de Freitas (indie, pop, rock)
July 13: Incendio (world, Latin)
July 20: The Martini Shot (pop, rock)
July 27 Dotsero (contemporary jazz)
Aug. 3: Musketeer Gripweed (blues fusion, jazz)
Aug. 10: Rob Drabkin (indie pop, rock, acoustic)
Aug. 17 Buddy Whittington & The Atomic Fireballs (Americana, blues, country)

Jazz in the Garden
every other Friday, 7 p.m.
Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St.
June 1: Tony Exum, Jr. (contemporary jazz)
June 15: Air Force Academy Falconaires (jazz)
July 29: Gregory Goodloe and the Light Years Ahead Band (
July 13: Barbara Ernst and Mistura Bela (bossa nova, swing, Latin jazz)
July 27: Grass It Up (bluegrass)
Aug. 10: Hennessy 6 (jazz)
AUG. 24: The Wire Pilots (jazz)


Gold Hill Mesa Summer Concert Series
Saturdays, 4-7 p.m.
142 S. Raven Mine Dr.
June 9: Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons (bluegrass)
July 14: Pandas and People (alt rock)
August 11: Blue Steel (Air Force rock)
September 1: Jyemo Club (Latin, reggae fusion)
September 8: Spinphony (pop, electric string quartet)
September 15: High Altitude (Army rock)
September 22: We Dream Dawn (featuring Bridget Law of Elephant Revival, alt folk)

Music on the Labyrinth
Saturdays, 6:30 p.m.
First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave.
June 2: Colorado Brass Arts (brass)
June 23: Joe and Katie Uveges (singer-songwriter)
June 30: Alicia Baker (virtuoso accordianist)
July 14: Academy Jazz Ensemble (big band)
July 28: All Those Who Wander (alternative folk)
August 11: Summer Creek Bluegrass Band (bluegrass)

Various Days

Colorado College Summer Music Festival

21 concerts in three weeks. Days, times and venues vary. Admission ranges from free to $35.
June 7: Festival Artists Concert
June 10: Festival Artists Concert
June 11: Music at Midday
June 11: On the Fringe: An Evening of Bluegrass with Sierra Hull
June 12: Festival Orchestra Concert
June 13: Music at Midday
June 14: Festival Orchestra Children’s Concert – Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf
June 14: Festival Artists Pre-Concert Recital
June 14: Festival Artists Concert
June 15: Music at Midday
June 16: Student Concerto Reading
June 17: On The Fringe: The Jazz Age
June 18: Music at Midday
June 19: Festival Artists Concert
June 20: Music at Midday
June 21: Music at Midday
June 21: Now Hear This – Episode 2: Riddles of Bach
June 22: Music at Midday
June 22: Festival Artists Pre-Concert Recital
June 22: Festival Artists Concert
June 23: Festival Orchestra Concert

Summer Symphony: Colorado Springs Philharmonic

July 4: Independence Day, Memorial Park
July 5: Woodland Park, Symphony Above the Clouds

Woodland Music Series

Free concerts in Woodland Park at various venues.
June 1: Jazz in June, Swing Factory Big Band at Ute Pass Cultural Center
June 9: City Above the Clouds Concert, Woodland Park Wind Symphony at Ute Pass Cultural Center
July 14: Purely Bluegrass, Flatt Five and Blue Canyon Boys at Midland Pavilion
July 15: Picnic on the Green Concert, Woodland Park Wind Symphony and Pikes Peak Brass Band at Midland Pavilion
Aug. 11: Jazz and Big Band, Swing Factory Big Band and Dotsero at Midland Pavilion
Aug. 11: An Intimate Evening with Dotsero at Shining Mountain Golf Club
Aug. 25: Pikes Peak Brass Band at Midland Pavilion
Sept. 8: Nuthin’ But Blues, Chaz Depaolo Band and Hazel Miller Band at Midland Pavilion

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