This fourth of July weekend (and week) there is a ton of stuff to do in beautiful Colorado. From bluegrass festivals in the mountains to awesome shows in town and at Red Rocks, you can switch easily from outdoor activities to a night out, and take full advantage of all the great things to do. So come on out and enjoy the festivities–Colorado style!

7/2 – Vail Summer Bluegrass Series at Lakeside Stride

Vail, Colorado is  beautiful and scenic, and the perfect place to get out of the city and into the mountains where you can appreciate some pre-holiday festivities outdoors. Their  summer bluegrass series features all kind of great acts throughout that are not to be missed. This Wednesday, the outdoor concert will feature well-known group The Travelin McCourys headlining, with Bill Nershi from String Cheese Incident and Chain Station opening the show. Tickets are $25 online plus fees, and the show takes place from 5:00-8:00pm at Lakeside Stride.

7/2 – The Antlers at the Bluebird

If you’d rather stay in town during the week and escape on the weekend, you can still have a great time Wednesday night by checking out The Antlers, a well known indie-rock band from Brooklyn that incorporates emotion and harmony with harsher tones. Yellow Ostrich will be opening the show, and this should be a good one for those looking to rock out and also get in touch with their sensitive sides. The show starts at 8:00pm, and tickets are $15.00 in advance, $17.00 the day of.

7/4 – Itchy Independence at Atmosphere

If you’re looking to spend your Fourth of July at a raging party that hopefully won’t stop, check out 32-piece masked band Itchy-O at Atmosphere (formerly Dark Star) lounge this fourth. The infamous group will be putting on a killer set with an awesome light show, and the show will be opened by Dirty Few, RUMTUM and djBabyshoe. Tickets are $15.oo, and the show is all ages, starts at 7:00pm, and goes until late.

7/5 – Umphrey’s McGee at Red Rocks

If you are a fan of Umphrey’s McGee and the jams they produce, you’re in for a treat this weekend. They are first playing on  Friday the fourth at the Boulder Theater, and then at Red Rocks on Saturday. This band has been rocking out for years, and now they are bringing along special guests The Motet and Moon Taxi to open both shows. Fans can look forward to awesome covers, amazing instrumentals and an interview with the band coming soon! Tickets for Red Rocks range from $39.50 to $45.00, and you can also buy a pass that gets you into both shows.

7/5 – MKTO at The Gothic

This Saturday at The Gothic, check out producer duo MKTO as they take the stage in Denver as part of their first ever U.S. headlining tour! The group consists of Matt Kelley and Tony Oller, and hilariously enough, they met on the set of a Teen Nick TV show a few years ago. Now they are no longer entertaining young adults but playing large venues instead, and this show promises to be an energetic one, filling the space with a dynamic brand of hip-hop and R&B. Their self-titled album (released in April) showcases the duo’s genre-mixing abilities and makes their jams globally welcomed by the masses. The show will be opened by Action Item and Tiffany Houghton. The show starts at 7:30pm, and tickets are $18.50 in advance, $20.00 the day of. Don’t miss it! And stay tuned for a ticket giveaway on Twitter later this week!

Featured image by Chris Monaghan