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.
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.
Celebrate the seventh annual Peach Festival in Old Town with live music, family activities and peaches from Palisade.
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.
Celebrate the last outdoor music festival of the summer in Old Town Square! FORToberfest is a Fort Collins-style Fall festival, featuring 10+ hours of live music on the Old Town Square Stage and specialty tastings of local, seasonal craft beers. Best of all, the festival is FREE, with no admission charge to enjoy a full day of live music and community celebration Downtown!