There’s plenty to keep fans here busy while they’re away: The biggest night of every electronic artist’s tour happens just down the road at Red Rocks. The towering, 9,500-person natural amphitheater is a 45-minute drive out of town. That might seem like a hike until you consider fans travel thousands of miles to catch a show there, below the stars and above the Denver skyline. (Alison Wonderland, Above & Beyond and REZZ take over the Rocks in September.) The venue's schedule skews toward dance and creeps into fall, so if you haven't been, what are you waiting for?
But you don't have to leave town to get your hair blown back. Promoter Ha Hau’s production platform Triad Dragons throws Denver's splashiest dance parties in the heart of the city: The carnival-esque Global Dance Fest in the summer, held outside of Broncos’ Mile High Stadium, and New Year’s Eve rager Decadence, which regularly nets a who’s-who lineup on the biggest party night of the year.
You have to put your ear to the ground to find Denver's most exhilarating nights. DeepClub has kept warehouses, basements and bars throbbing with house, techno and other euro-style dance music for the past seven years, until recently in hard-to-find spots (they currently have a monthly residency at Zeppelin Station’s Big Trouble). Invisible City, a secretive collective centered around a temple-turned-clubhouse in Sloan Lake, throws playful parties that evoke the costumed fun of the Burner community. And for those who favor old-school raves, prowl the warehouses along city limits and you’ll probably hit pay dirt by way of Whirling Dervish, a 25-plus-year veteran party producer that hasn’t let the city forget dance music’s fringe roots.
Add legacy clubs and, yeah, the whole legal weed thing, and it’s no wonder Denver’s relative middle of nowhere has caught fire. Just remember: You don’t have to fit it all in one weekend. In fact, for maybe the first time in Denver’s club history, you can’t.
This 19th century church has been a mainstay for Denverites who feel holier on Saturday night than Sunday morning. (It’s still got you on the Lord’s Day, though: The venue stares down the Sunday scaries with “Sin Sundays,” colloquially called goth night, spinning industrial, alternative and forgotten pop gems.) More than a novel room, the club regularly pulls international producers like Gareth Emery and Shiba San, which makes it an easy call for your big night out.