Red Rocks shows are back baby! It's hard to contain our excitement, a year without Red Rocks shows is a year too many. For Denver locals, attending Red Rocks shows is a "right of passage" with many of us waxing poetic about the amazing shows we have been to in the past. It's a local Coloradan "notch in the belt" if you will - and everyone we talk to is beyond excited to get back for shows. There are some changes this year to make it safe for everyone to attend a show, most notable is a reduced capacity of 2,500 (normal capacity is 9,525). Short of fewer tickets being available, it will be a different and dare I say unique experience to be there with 74% fewer people. For one, you won't need to get there as early to find a good seat. Masks will be required in every area except the amphitheater, which is definitely nice!

There are fewer shows this year, as many larger acts have canceled their tours (Global Dub Festival, Stick Figure, and Halsey being the most notable cancellations). Make sure to check the official Red Rocks concert calendar - shows are still being added for the summer schedule, and unfortunately some are being postponed or rescheduled.

Red Rocks 2021 schedule and concert tips

In addition, there have been some changes to regularly scheduled Red Rocks events that fill the calendar throughout the season.

Yoga on the Rocks

If you want to experience on of the most extraordinary venues in the world from a different perspective (Downward Dog), then make sure to check out Yoga on the Rocks! here are currently 12 scheduled dates for Yoga on the Rocks, the first YOTR is Sat June 5th at 7:00 AM.

Film on the Rocks

New this year are drive-in films! The drive-in movies will be presented on an LED screen located in the Red Rocks Lower South Lot 2 parking area with audio delivered via FM radio. In addition to the drive-in films, there will be 3 movies this year in the actual amphitheater (Casino Royale, Jurassic Park, and The Princess Bride). There will be 17 drive-in films, taking the grand total to 20 films being presented in all this year (the most ever in a single season). The drive-in concept is really cool, and likely something that will stick around long after Covid. You can peruse the entire Red Rocks film schedule here

Red Rocks Concert & Show Tips

  • Red rocks is the best place to see a concert in the world. period. 
  • There are no assigned seats (unless you purchase VIP seats) - so get there early for the best seats 
  • Red Rocks Park is open to the public from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset every day of the year (gates open 1.5 hours before most shows)
  • In our opinion, entry 4 is the best way to access the amphitheater (typically fewer lines)
  • Tailgating is permitted before shows - but no alcohol is allowed (but everyone still does)
  • Coolers and food are allowed as long as they are no bigger than 10” long x 7” wide x 7” high or smaller
  • Alcohol is no Bueno, but they do have bars and serve - soft drinks, beer, lemonade margaritas, and cocktails.
  • Remember where you parked or get ready for a long and wandering hike
  • Bring a poncho or trash bag for evening storms!
  • Wear good walking or hiking shoes
  • Bring a blanket, it can be cold in the evenings (long sleeves are recommended after the sun goes down)
  • Don’t want to wait forever to get home? Park your car in Morrison and ride your bikes into the park - wheeeeee!
  • Sealed non-alcoholic drinks less than 32 oz are allowed (hint, hint, wink, wink)
  • No re-entry is allowed
  • if you don’t like the smell of marijuana Red Rocks may not be enjoyable (somewhat show dependant)

Red Rocks Official Covid Statement

As recently announced, Red Rocks Amphitheatre has been cleared to open for our 80th anniversary season with a reduced capacity – currently set at 2,500. Everyone on the Red Rocks team is excited to welcome fans and live music back to this special place.

Throughout the season, all events will be held in alignment with government guidelines. While 2,500 is the number we’re currently allowed to have, please know that conditions and event capacities may be updated and hopefully increase throughout the summer.

New shows that are announced will be sold at the allowable capacity.

Due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19 in our state, the continued use of masks in crowded settings is recommended. Masks are required inside restrooms, the Trading Post, Visitor Center and any indoor area.

Well, there you have it. Our official Red Rocks 2021 round-up. Make sure to get your tickets early as almost every show is likely to sell out. Hope you enjoy the shows this year!

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