1. Listen: Five Points Jazz Festival
Why you should go: We consider this festival—with more than 25 bands and eight stages—the official kickoff for the summer music season.
Details: May 16, various locations, Denver
2. Get Dirty: Denver Botanic Gardens’ Spring Plant Sale
Music: Denver Day of Rock
What’s better than an outdoor music festival to welcome summer weather? More than a dozen bands are taking over downtown Denver for a day, with five stages spread along more than five blocks of the 16th Street Mall area. Along with the Gin Blossoms (the ’90s rockers best...