If you love music, Fort Collins is your perfect destination. The Fort Collins music scene is thriving all year long, but summer is one of the best times to enjoy a variety of festivals, concerts and other musical events. With unique ways to enjoy tunes such as iconic live music venues and pianos scattered throughout town, you'll find countless opportunities to immerse yourself in the city's vibrant music scene. Keep reading to discover the best ways to step out, listen, dance, and enjoy everything Fort Collins has to offer!


1.     Pianos About Town

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The Pianos About Town program brings art and music to the streets of Fort Collins. During the summer, 20 hand-painted pianos take up residence outside, providing whimsical pops of color and music. Sit down and play a song yourself, or just admire and listen!


2.     The Music & Sound Lab at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

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The Music & Sound Lab is a permanent Museum of Discovery exhibit supported by Bohemian Foundation. Visitors of all ages have the opportunity to learn about the science of sound through a variety of interactive, hands-on activities. Check out the museum at fcmod.org.


3.     Bohemian Nights Presents Thursday Night Live

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Thursday Night Live is a free summer concert series that takes place each Thursday night right in the heart of Old Town at the iconic Old Town Square Stage. Thursday Night Live concerts showcase Colorado’s established and emerging musical talent in a fun outdoor venue for all to enjoy. This year the weekly concerts run through September 5th - check out their full lineup when you click here.


4.     Bohemian Nights Presents Concerts at the Armory

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For a truly one-of-a-kind music experience, attend a concert at the century-old Fort Collins Armory building. The Armory is a revitalized space that reflects the historic charm of downtown Fort Collins. This year-round series pairs a nationally known artist with a local artist, increasing the number of local live performances and supporting local artists. Sound lovers particularly enjoy these concerts, as the acoustics of the Armory are high-quality and uniquely suited for intimate listening experiences. Get tickets HERE.


5.     The Music District

The Music District, which opened in 2016, is a creative endeavor supported by Bohemian Foundation. It serves as a dynamic gathering hub, workspace and playground for the music community. For the novice or pro, it’s a place where anyone can hone their craft, learn the business and share skills and passions with musicians and music lovers. Find out more at themusicdistrict.org.


6. Music on the Lawn at Foothills

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Music on the Lawn is BACK at Foothills this summer! This free outdoor concert series features the best local live music, a beer garden, vendor markets and more. Registration is not required, but if you would like to reserve a spot, as well as check out their lineup, click here.


7. Meet Me at the Mish


The Mishawaka is a legendary music venue, restaurant and bar located in the stunning Poudre Canyon in Bellvue, CO. "The Mish" can be found 13.7 miles up the Poudre Canyon Highway. Mishawaka Amphitheater is a 1000 person outdoor venue next to the Poudre River. It has become home to some of the most astonishing musical experiences that Colorado has to offer and has showcased some of the greatest talent in country. Click here to see listings of upcoming shows. The Amphitheatre viewing area is an open space with no fixed seating. Patrons are welcome to bring lawn chairs (space allowing). Some shows offer VIP deck access providing preferred viewing areas. Click here for ticketing info.


8. Summer Concert Series

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Summertime in Fort Collins is all about good times spent groovin' with friends and family to live tunes outdoors while taking in all the beauty that is Fort Collins. Read our latest blog to discover the outdoor concert series and community live music events that you don't want to miss this season!


If live music is your passion, then come out to Fort Collins year-round (but especially in the summer!) to experience all the awesome concerts and events that make FoCo a unique music city. We will see you on the dance floor!