Riot Fest, Sept. 2-4, National Western Complex.
At heart, Riot Fest is a punk rock festival that bills bands like Descendents and NOFX from the genre’s heyday. But they are also bringing in huge names like Jane’s Addiction, Ween, and Nas so that every single person in their right mind wants to go. Along with carnival games, rides, and a freak show circus, we are so glad that the Chicago-based festival found its second home in Denver. This is year four for us, and each one has been amazing. It’s a little pricey, 3-Day general admission is $199, but more than worth it.