Downtown Fort Collins

Old Town Square Fort Collins

Get a feel for settler life in this well-preserved downtown Fort Collins district of over twenty restored historical buildings that are part of both national and local designated historic districts.  Included is the Northern Hotel, a Fort Collins landmark that was restored to its former “Art Deco” elegance.  You’re likely to notice a strong resemblance to Disneyland’s Main Street USA: we’re proud to say that it is modeled after our own Downtown Fort Collins!  The alleys have been upgraded into European style walkways with potted flowers and tivoli lights making the journey to the next place a beautiful experience of its own.

Old Town Fort Collins is lined with nature, tourist, cooking, retail and novelty and confectionery shops.  There are a variety of restaurants (over 84 of them, actually) to provide a taste for any craving, and countless places to dine outdoors.  Additionally, ride the only original trolley car west of the Mississippi through a beautiful historic Old Town neighborhood.  And on any given day, you can enjoy the sounds of live music drifting through the newly renovated Old Town Square.

What is Going on in Downtown Fort Collins

Events and festivals in Downtown Fort Collins are a staple during nice weather with weekly free concerts, beer and food and music festivals. Decades of event tradition in Old Town have brought in huge concerts, childhood memories while showcasing a vibrant Colorado music scene and internationally recognized brewing industry.  You can be a part of some of the most popular Fort Collins festivals too including FoCoMX, the Colorado Brewers’ Festival, Tour de Fat or Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.

Historic Fort Collins was advantageously located along the Cache la Poudre River, and Downtown still boats proximity to all the major city sights. Museums, breweries, markets and Old Town Square are all within walking distance of the original Fort parade grounds.  Power walk, stroll or bike ride along the Poudre Trail located just 2 blocks from Old Town Square, or take an historic tours and self-guided public art tours to get to know the Old Town area and learn all the stories.  Dotted with art-covered pianos, romantic alleys, cozy restaurants and open plazas, downtown also makes a perfect date location. Downtown Fort Collins also has its very own Creative District which was put in place to serve as a hub for creative economic activity, which in turn enhances the area as a desirable place to live and visit.

Downtown is rich in energy and it shows through an entrepreneurial spirit that is welcoming, exciting and infectious.  You can encounter a diverse array of experiences all within the same block of historic buildings.  Renovated 1800’s storefronts both showcase a romantic honoring of the west’s history while within they are embracing new technologies, innovative shops, and lifelong passions all focused on a high quality of life, making this a place of possibilities, coined the “New West”.

So many things to do from shopping, to theater and live performance shows, dining out, art galleries, or just meeting up with friends, Downtown is the ultimate Fort Collins experience.  To plan your outings check our calendar for upcoming events in Old Town or visit for additional information.

Curious what’s going on in Old Town at this moment? Check out the live video feed here.

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