Old Breckenridge wooden structure in greyscale
RMU Beergarden and crowd in Breckenridge

Where to see Live Music in Breckenridge

Seated and acoustic or live, loud and out of your seat, music is the universal language that brings us all together. Get ready for a night out to dance, rejoice and sing along- here’s where to see live music in Breckenridge.

Jazz, Orchestra, Bluegrass, Folk and Rock Performances

National Repertory Orchestra concert at the Riverwalk Center.
National Repertory Orchestra concert at the Riverwalk Center.

The National Repertory Orchestra

Craft the perfect romantic date night around a National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) concert at the Riverwalk in Breckenridge. During its eight-week summer season, the NRO performs as many as 21 orchestral concerts and more than 32 free community concerts. Select from a variety of orchestral and chamber works—such as Romeo & Juliet or E.T. The Extra Terrestrial Film in Concert—led by Music Director Carl Topilow and joined by world-renowned guest conductors.

BreckCreate’s Sonic Lodge

Check the BreckCreate event calendar for these monthly musical gatherings at Old Masonic Hall on Main Street. The gallery space hosts mini-concerts performed among art installations and interactive exhibits, while Broken Compass Brewery offers a cash bar.

Breckenridge Music 

What started in 1981 as a 10-day festival dubbed “Bach, Beethoven & Breckenridge” has since evolved into a full-on locally coveted institute serving the community year-round performances,  from New Orleans funk band Trombone Shorty to Colorado folk artist Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival. Search the Breck Music event calendar to sort by classical, popular, festival and social performances and gatherings. Watch for national jazz, rock, folk, bluegrass and country acts playing at the Riverwalk Center throughout the summer.

Don’t party like you did in your twenties? Check out our guide to a low-key night out in Breckenridge.


Music Festivals and Events in Breckenridge

Tree-o features three musicians — cellist Russick Smith, violinist Karen Lauffer and mandolinist Kevin Larkin – in a series of free concerts held in the forest for Breckenridge International Festival of Arts.
Tree-o features three musicians — cellist Russick Smith, violinist Karen Lauffer and mandolinist Kevin Larkin – in a series of free concerts held in the forest for Breckenridge International Festival of Arts.

Trail Mix: A Breckenridge International Festival of Arts Series – June 19-21 and Aug. 27-30, 2020

Art aficionados, hikers and music lovers are all invited to take part in Trail Mix: A Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA) Series. Trail Mix connects art and music to our natural environment through trailside concerts and art installations in Breckenridge’s outdoor landscape.  BIFA’s pop-up installations and performances will take place during two separate weekend festivals instead of one ten-day festival.

Breckenridge Strings, Beer & Ciders – September 25-27, 2020

Beer and Cider are some of the most loved beverages in the universe and the route to all things magnificent. Add in some live Bluegrass, delicious food, gorgeous Breckenridge mountain views and great friends, and you have an irresistible recipe for making magic!  These indulgences all come together for the 4th Annual Breckenridge Strings, Beers & Ciders, September 27th – 29th, 2020.

Check out all Breckenridge festivals and eventsfor more live music throughout the year!


Lounge, Restaurant and Bar Venues 

Rocky Mountain Underground Breckenridge live music in beer garden.
RMU’s hidden beer garden is perfect for music, corn-hole and sunshine!

Seek out acoustic happy hours, local bands and the hottest mountain DJs at the following restaurants and bars.

  • Local’s Tip: Your best bet for a comprehensive and current live music calendar is BreckInsider.

The Historic Brown 

Start your night with a friendly game of pool, air hockey, ping-pong or foosball before moving down to the two-level stage area inside The Fox’s Den at The Historic Brown. Breckenridge’s favorite venue brings in lively regional and national acts spanning indie, rock, pop and beyond.

Motherloaded Tavern 

There’s always something fun happening at the comfort-food queen, Motherloaded Tavern. Check out live music every Friday and Saturday, open-mic night on Mondays and happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m.

Blue River Bistro 

Sip handcrafted martinis in Blue River Bistro’s mod upscale setting while regional talent plays everything from Delta Blues to Jazz Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays during the off-season). Don’t miss their late-night happy hour for 2-for-1 martinis and apps starting at 9 p.m.

Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub 

Nicknamed the pub that parties like a club, Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub is an unpretentious, laid-back time with familiar bar food, a pool table and a stage that hosts popular entertainers. When the 6 Million Dollar Band plays, don your best neon 80’s gear and join loyal fans in a high-energy dance-til-you-drop jam out.

The Gold Pan Saloon 

Breckenridge’s dance party go-to and locally loved watering hole, The Gold Pan Saloon is home to the longest held liquor license west of the Mississippi. Head here on Friday and Saturday nights for live tunes and a small, but rowdy, dance floor.

Rocky Mountain underground (RMU) 

Rocky Mountain Underground’s hidden beer garden is the perfect spot to kick back in an Adirondack chair with a cool cocktail and take in indie, bluegrass and rock performances from an intimate stage under the stars. Play a round (or two) of corn hole, and check out their locally made and award winning ski gear too!

The Blue Stag Saloon

Enjoy live music at The Blue Stag‘s cozy, intimate atmosphere and catch up with friends and family. Try their craft cocktails, over 40 rotating craft bottle beers, 8 rotating taps, a wide variety of whiskeys, and a selection of vine products that can accommodate any palate.

Windy City Pizza 

Windy City Pizza is a fun, family-friendly option for live acoustic tunes over happy hour deals from 3- 6 p.m. Try their Chicago-style slices, appetizers, beer and specialty cocktails.

Cecilia’s Martini Bar & Nightclub 

For a guaranteed good time late-night scene, Cecilia’s Martini Bar and Nightclub keeps the south end of Main Street bumping with DJ-driven dance floors.

Be sure to catch these popular local acts stirring up crowds around town year-round: El Paso Lasso, TLoop, 2Dudez, DJ Cyn, The Frisco Funk Collective, James West, Joe Teichman, Mark Schlaefer and The Jerry Weiss Trio.

By Lisa Blake
The Breckenridge Tourism Office works to enhance and promote the unique character and experience of Breckenridge as a world-renowned destination resort and to represent, serve and perpetuate the common interest and character of its membership and community. Lisa Blake is a regular contributor. The Breckenridge-based freelance writer, editor and mom enjoys researching and sharing stories on health, wellness, dining and the outdoors. Find her work in Breckenridge Magazine, The Purist,, and at