7 Fort Collins Events to Put on Your Calendar NOW
Fort Collins plays host to some of the greatest festivals and events in the state of Colorado each and every year. Enjoy weekend-long events celebrating everything great about our town from craft beer to bikes to music and food. Here are seven events that should already be penciled in on your travel schedules.
Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 11)
Throw on your favorite green shirt or dress and head down to Historic Old Town Fort Collins for the Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Party, where everyone is Irish for the day. The parade will take place Saturday, March 11th, and will feature creative floats, performers and family fun for all. After the parade, Wilbur’s Total Beverage will host the Old Town Irish Party which will feature live music and a “green beer garden.” Admission to the parade and party is free and it will open at 10:00 am and conclude at 5 pm.
If you are looking for something to add to your itinerary sign up for the Sharin ‘O’ the Green 5K, which is produced by Partners Mentoring Youth. This race is open to individuals of all abilities, families, youth, and furry friends. The 5K starts at 7 am, has a route that goes through the heart of downtown Fort Collins, and it kicks off the local running season.
Small Batch Revival Festival (May 27)
This craft beer festival hosted by Odell Brewing Co. offers people the chance to enjoy a variety of unique beer, music and food while enjoying the beautiful weather on the Odell patio, which is easily one of the best patios in Fort Collins. This festival is unique in the sense that Small Batch specifically features brews inspired from Odell Brewing’s small-batch pilot system. Last year’s festival featured more than 40 different beers on tap, ranging from its regular lineup to rare beers like Russian Pirate, Friek and Wooden Tusk. This will be the sixth time Odell Brewing will be hosting Small Batch. Tickets will be $35 and will get you 2 beer tokens and a commemorative stainless steel cup. Any additional beers are $5 each.
Taste of Fort Collins (June 9-11)
The Taste of Fort Collins is a Northern Colorado tradition. Each year this weekend-long event takes place in historic Old Town Fort Collins, featuring incredible food, local vendors, eclectic displays of fine artisans work and amusement rides for the whole family and live music all weekend long. This community celebration with family-friendly activities is it the perfect kick off to summer in Fort Collins. Stay tuned for the 2017 schedule.
Colorado Brewers’ Festival (June 24 & 25)
Everyone knows that Fort Collins is a craft beer mecca, and as the craft beer capital of Colorado, we never miss the chance to celebrate our love for the industry. The 28th Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival is a weekend-long festival featuring craft beer from some of Colorado’s best craft breweries. Enjoy live music, family-fun, local food trucks and of course…craft beer tents galore. Become an expert in Colorado craft beer and at this annual summer event! If you’re looking for a more intimate tasting experience where you can enjoy limited edition and unique brews from local Colorado breweries, don’t miss the Summit which is a kick-off celebration that happens Friday evening before the festival begins.
Bohemian Nights NewWestFest (Aug. 11, 12 & 13)
As one of Fort Collins’ most popular and highly anticipated events, Bohemian Nights NewWestFest has earned its fame through showcasing, revealing and sharing live music in Fort Collins for FREE. This three-day live-music event is northern Colorado’s largest live music festival and it brings in crowds from near and far that are pumped to see internationally renowned headliners and an incredible Colorado line-up all performing in beautiful Old Town Fort Collins. Produced in conjunction with the Downtown Business Association, New West Fest also features more than 250 art, specialty and food booths along with family friendly activities and carnival rides. Enjoy a wide variety of genres that the whole family can enjoy at this music-filled festival in Fort Collins! Stay tuned for the 2017 lineup announcement.
Tour de Fat (Sept. 2)
Bikes, Beer and Bemusement is the slogan of this annual costumed bike and beer parade and festival. This bike parade gone wild is an annual Fort Collins event that draws crowds from near and far. Dress up in your craziest costumes, hop on a bike, and participate in this downtown bike parade ending in a celebration of New Belgium craft beer, bicycles, and music in a purely fun-loving atmosphere. This event will put you in a fantasy world for the day and give you a good taste for New Belgium Brewing.
The FORTitude Labor Day 10K Classic (Sept. 4)
FORTitude is a brand new 10K road race coming to Fort Collins on Labor Day. The race will showcase several city landmarks like City Park, downtown and the Colorado State University Oval. The race’s finish will be at CSU’s new on-campus stadium, Sonny Lubick Field at CSU Stadium, making FORTitude the first official public event to take place in the much-anticipated multi-use facility.
Fort Collins plays host to dozens of races every year, so staging a race with the magnitude of FORTitude made so much sense. The race was created in collaboration with BolderBoulder Inc., which has put on the BolderBoulder, a race widely considered one of the top 10K races in the world, every Memorial Day each year since 1979.
The FORTitude 10K will bring together the community, university, racers, runners, joggers, and walkers for a first-class running experience. The FORTitude name and battle cry – GO FORT AND CONQUER – embody the spirit that invites new runners to join the fun and challenges seasoned runners to show their toughness.