Every year, Fort Collins proudly hosts some of Colorado's most renowned festivals and events, showcasing the vibrant spirit of our city. From celebrations of craft beer and biking to music and culinary delights, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Listed below are annual events that deserve a spot on your travel itinerary, so mark your calendars! While a few dates are yet to be officially confirmed, it's never too soon to familiarize yourself with these noteworthy occasions and incorporate them into your plans for an unforgettable Fort Collins experience!


The Downtown Fort Collins Foodie Walk

Every 3rd Friday of each month - all year long!

People walk down a street in Fort Collins attending the Foodie Walk

Fort Collins Foodie Walk is a monthly free self-guided walking tour from 5-8pm on the third Friday of each month. It celebrates the culinary culture and thriving foodie scene in Downtown Fort Collins. Join Downtown’s finest culinary shops each month for interactive showcases, seasonal flavors, and exciting taste experiences! Learn more here.


The Horsetooth Half Marathon

April 14th, 2024

Two runners participate in the Horsetooth Half Marathon

The 51st running of the Horsetooth Half Marathon is coming up on April 14th, 2024. This annual race takes you on a scenic journey from Hughes Stadium, the former home of the CSU Rams, to the finish line party hosted at New Belgium Brewing

  • Date: Sunday, 4/14/24
  • Start Time: 8:30 AM
  • Distance: 13.1 miles with +917 ft / -1,154 ft of elevation change (net 237 ft loss)
  • Point-to-Point Course: Holiday Twin Drive-In to New Belgium Brewing
  • Prize Purse: $11,000
  • ParkingHoliday Twin Drive-In
  • Views: Pure Colorado
  • Course: Challenging. Rewarding. Net Downhill.
  • After Party: New Belgium Brewing



April 19th-20th, 2024


The 16th annual FoCoMX (Fort Collins Music eXperiment) will take place April 19-20, 2024, and is presented by the Fort Collins Musicians Association (FoCoMA). This unique live music festival will showcase 400+ Northern Colorado Bands across 30+ different local venues in a two-day span. Over the years, FoCoMX has garnered national attention and earned the unofficial title of “The Biggest Little Festival in America.” Tickets are on sale now! Get your tickets HERE.


Earth Day Fort Collins

April 20th, 2024

A family visits a booth at the Earth Day Celebration in Fort Collins

Taking place on April 20th, 2024 from 11 AM - 5 PM in Civic Center Park, Earth Day Fort Collins is a free event to celebrate Earth Day and inspire the Fort Collins community to honor the Earth each and every day. This event, put on by the Sustainable Living Association, includes informational booths and displays, kids' activities, arts & crafts, live music, speakers, local food trucks and farmers market, and even a beer garden.


Fort Collins Art Week

May 3rd-12th, 2024

Pianos About Town Art Week

Downtown Fort Collins Art Week, happening May 3-12, 2024, is back to showcase the Choice City’s lively arts and culture scene. From experiencing vibrant, year-round public art to enjoying collectible and shareable art to uncovering tiny hidden art and experiencing artistic expression in its various forms, Downtown is bursting with creativity! (Photo features Pianos About Town, piano artwork by Amelia Furman and Kristen Vohs.)


Odell Brewing Company Small Batch Beer & Wine Festival

May 25th-27th, 2024

Small Batch Festival Music

Small Batch Beer and Wine Festival is hosted by Odell Brewing Company and is a celebration of the small-batch liquid arts. There will be food trucks, live music, games, and craft small-batch beverages, of course! Visit their website for more information. Since this event is not ticketed, make sure you plan ahead to catch your favorite bands!


Taste of Fort Collins

June 8th-9th, 2024

A singer performs live at the Taste of Fort Collins event

The Taste of Fort Collins is an annual two-day festival hosted in Washington Park on June 8-9, 2024. The annual tradition is a fun celebration with family-friendly activities, food from local restaurants, entertainment from acclaimed musicians, and an eclectic display of fine artisanal work. This year's headliners are Andy Grammer and Rick Ross, and tickets will be on sale soon - make sure you check their website for updates!


Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks Celebration

July 4th, 2024


The 4th of July celebration in Fort Collins is quite the spectacle. There are a ton of events happening all over town, giving you a number of opportunities to celebrate the festivities on the day of and the rest of the weekend after. One of the most popular Fort Collins traditions in years past is the 4th of July Parade! Although this event is yet to be officially announced for this year, you can expect to sit in awe as you watch incredible floats, firetrucks and even tractors go down historic Mountain Ave. This is the perfect family-friendly activity in historic Old Town. The celebration usually concludes in the evening at City Park with live music and fireworks. Keep an eye on the official event page for more updates coming soon!


FoCo Fondo

July 21st, 2024

FoCo Fondo

As a platinum-level bike-friendly city, Fort Collins offers many events and recreational opportunities for cyclists! This July 21st, 2024, is the FoCo Fondo: "A gravel ride, a gravel race, rooted in the insanity of a Fondo with the levity of the Fort Collins community. Whether you’re into racing bikes or all-day bike parties in the open range of Colorado, FoCo Fondo is your adventure." Interested in participating? Check the routes here and register here. Learn more about the FoCo Fondo here.


Summertime Concerts in Fort Collins

Summer 2024

Summer Concert

Summertime in Fort Collins is about good times spent groovin' with friends and family to live tunes outdoors while taking in all the beauty that is Fort Collins, Colorado. You can attend events like The Lagoon Concert Series at CSU, Bohemian Nights Thursday Night Live in Old Town Square, and The Lincoln Center's Children's Concert Series, among many other regular concert series! Be sure to watch our event calendar for specific dates and more updates coming soon.


Tour de Fat

August 24th, 2024

A crowd rides bikes at the annual Tour de Fat Event at New Belgium Brewery

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Tour de Fat is an annual Fort Collins summertime tradition that you definitely do not want to miss! "Bikes, Beer, and Bemusement" is the slogan of this annual costumed bike and beer parade and festival taking place on August 24, 2024. 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 idea of what New Belgium Brewing is all about.


Bluebird Music Festival

October 3rd-5th, 2024

Bluebird Music Festival 2024

After being in Boulder for the past 6 years, the iconic Bluebird Music Festival has moved to Fort Collins for 2024! This exciting lineup of live performers will be rocking out at Washington's, The Armory, and The OBC Wine Project over 3 epic days. We are so stoked to welcome Bluebird to FoCo - this is sure to be an event you can't miss! For tickets and more information, visit their website.


Tour de Corgi

October 5th, 2024

A group of corgi dogs and their owners attend Tour de Corgi event in Fort Collins

Prepare yourselves for the cutest parade you will see all year. The 10th Annual Tour de Corgi will be taking place on October 5, 2024. Tour de Corgi consists of hundreds of costumed corgis that prance their way through Old Town Fort Collins every year. The event includes a corgi meet-up with dozens of vendors and a costume contest that takes place at Civic Center Park before culminating with a trot through Historic Old Town. Best of all, profits are donated to benefit local dog rescues!


Holiday Lighting Ceremony

November 1st, 2024
A crowd gathers at the holiday light ceremony 2023 in Downtown Fort Collins

Don't miss the Downtown Fort Collins Holiday Lighting Ceremony which takes place each year in early November! This year, it will be happening on November 1st, 2024. Historic Old Town Fort Collins will shine as thousands of strands of holiday lights "flip on" to illuminate the alleyways, sidewalks, and street-tops of our beloved downtown during this annual event. The dazzling display of low-energy and sustainable LED lights stretches through seven blocks to illuminate Old Town’s canopied treetops, unique storefronts, and historic alleyways. The lights stay up through February 14th and make for quite a nostalgic experience in Historic Old Town Fort Collins. Visit the Downtown Fort Collins website for more information!


With all these fantastic Fort Collins events happening in 2024, why wouldn't you start planning your travels now? Remember that all event activities and dates are subject to change. Please check the event websites for the most up-to-date information. We will see you this year in Fort Collins!