Frequently Asked Questions

Gates open at 5:30pm. Concerts start with an opening band, followed by the main act. Concerts are usually finished around 9 or 9:15 pm.

From Lincoln Avenue (US HWY 40) in downtown Steamboat Springs, turn toward the Yampa River on 5th street, cross the bridge about two blocks down, turn right, and you’re pointing towards the Howelsen Hill parking area.

You can bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and all ages are welcome.

  • There is a kid’s play area for burning off youthful energy.
  • Many of our vendors have great options for kid friendly food and treats.
  • Some kids like to have earmuffs or ear plugs because the music gets loud.
  • Outside food & beverages are not allowed at the shows.
  • Food and drinks, including beer and bottled alcoholic drinks, are available for sale at the show. Beer sales support the concert series and future series.
  • We accept credit cards for Tokens. The tokens exchange for different price beverages. Most of our vendors also accept credit cards for food and soft drinks.

Yep, there is an ATM on-site.

NO SMOKING in the concert site,
It’s a City of Steamboat Springs law.

Please leave your pets at home.

The shows are free, mostly covered by sponsorships from the local community and beverage sales at the events. We want to keep this free, and keep it going. Our shows cost upwards of $20,000 per act. Any donations help us make this possible.

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The Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series (SSFSCS/the Series) began in 1993 as a small concert series with several hundred in attendance and presented on the lawn of the Routt County Court House, the community gathering space in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs. Started by a small record shop owner and friends, the Series now features 5 concerts per year with attendance averaging 3,500 to 7,000 per concert for an annual average of 25,000. The SSFSCS boasts nationally recognized artists in the area of pop-rock, reggae, bluegrass, blues, and funk. The series is a gathering for all ages and has become truly one of the signature family events in the valley. Audience sizes can fluctuate relative to the performer’s popularity or how the concert is schedule in relation to signature event weekends. With a great mix of locals and visitors the concerts are both a social event for those who call Steamboat home and an awesome addition to any vacation to the Yampa Valley. With the stratification of the haves and the have-nots in our rural resort community, the Series is supported by many businesses as a way for them to provide added benefit to their employees.

Past Shows

2017 Free Concerts

Tribal Seeds
Tribal SeedsJune 23, 2017, Howelsen Hill
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
Bruce Hornsby & The NoisemakersJuly 1, 2017, Howelsen Hill
The Record Company
The Record CompanyJuly 14, 2017, Howelsen Hill
The Wood Brothers
The Wood BrothersJuly 28th, 2017, Howelsen Hill
End of Summer Jam. feat Fruition
End of Summer Jam. feat FruitionSeptember 23rd, 2017, Howelsen Hill

2016 Free Concerts

Booker T Presents: A Stax Revue
Booker T Presents: A Stax RevueJune 24, 2016, Howelsen Hill
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Karl Denson's Tiny UniverseJuly 5, 2016, Howelsen Hill
Hot RIze
Hot RIzeJuly 16, 2016, Howelsen Hill
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Robert Randolph and the Family BandJuly 30, 2016, Howelsen Hill

2015 Free Concerts

Chris Robinson Brotherhooe
Chris Robinson BrotherhooeJune 19, 2015, Howelsen Hill
New Orleans Suspects
New Orleans SuspectsJuly 3, 2015, Howelsen Hill
Jonny Lang
Jonny LangJuly 18, 2015, Howelsen Hill
Ziggy Marley - Fly Rasta Tour
Ziggy Marley - Fly Rasta TourJuly 26, 2015, Howelsen Hill
Jeff Austin Band
Jeff Austin BandAugust 15, 2015, Howelsen Hill

2014 Free Concerts

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Trombone Shorty & Orleans AvenueJune 21, 2014, Howelsen Hill
Big Head Todd & The Monsters
Big Head Todd & The MonstersJuly 5, 2014, Howelsen Hill
Uncle Lucius
Uncle LuciusJuly 18, 2014, Howelsen Hill
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
Nicki Bluhm & The GramblersJuly 26, 2014, Howelsen Hill
The Infamous Stringdusters
The Infamous StringdustersAugust 8, 2014, Howelsen Hill

2013 Free Concerts

Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
Ivan Neville's DumpstaphunkJune 28, 2013, Howelsen Hill
Sam Bush
Sam BushJuly 5, 2013, Howelsen Hill
Drive by Truckers
Drive by TruckersJuly 12, 2013, Howelsen Hill
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Carolina Chocolate DropsJuly 26, 2013, Gondola Square
Vintage Trouble
Vintage TroubleAugust 16, 2013, Howelsen Hill

Dark Star Orchestra

1964 The Tribute

Trampled by Turtles

The Samples & Zach Heckendorf


MarchFourth Marching Band

Electric Hot Tuna

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Freddy Jones Band

G. Love and Special Sauce

3 Twins Broadband Featuring Members of the Subdudes

Big Kenny Krutzman

Easy Star All Stars

JJ Grey & Mofro

Emmitt Nershi Band

Big Kenny Krutzman

Rusted Root

Grey Boy All Stars

Freddie Jones Band

Susan Tedeschi

The Avett Brothers

Drew Emmitt

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Lez Zepplin

Cross Canadian Ragweed

Kenny Wayne Shepard

The Wailers

JJ Grey & Mofro

Los Lonely Boys

Sam Bush Band

Pato Banton

Chicago Blues Reunion

JJ Grey & Mofro

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Los Lobos

Matt Costa

Susan Tedeschi

Steel Pulse

Big Head Todd & the Monsters

Sonny Landreth

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band


Bela Fleck

Sonia Dada

South Austin Jug Band


Little Feat

Delbert McClinton

John Haitt

North Mississippi All Stars

Los Lobos

Jimmy Vaughn

Dave Mason

Creedence Clearwater Revisited



Little Feat

Michelle Shocked

Marshall Tucker

Tab Benoit

Karl Denson

Lucinda Williams

Susan Tedeschi

Double Trouble

Sam Bush

Fabulous Thunderbirds


Toots & the Maytals

Craig Chaquico

Floodplain Gang/John Cowan


William Topley/Stephen Stills

Buckwheat Zydeco

Keb Mo

John Mayall

Robben Ford/Charlie Hunter

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band


Robert Bradley

String Cheese Incident

Spin Doctors

David Grissman

Maceo Parker

CJ Chinier

The Commitments

Asleep at the Wheel

Bela Fleck

Hazel Miller

Sonny Landreth


Zachary Richard

Leon Russell

Robben Ford

Wind Machine