About the Festival
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free, three-day music festival held each August in historic downtown Fort Collins. The 2015 festival will take place Aug. 14, 15 and 16. In addition to a large Colorado lineup, three renowned headliners anchor main stage performances each night. The annual festival is produced in collaboration with Bohemian Nights as a part of the NewWestFest celebration. This free community music festival features a variety of genres and includes a family-centered Kids’ Music Adventure.
When: August 14-16
Where: Historic Downtown Fort Collins
The Headliners and the Colorado Band Lineup have been announced!
Food Vendors: The deadline has now passed.
Non-Food Vendors (including ALL Craft, Artist & Artisan Vendors): Click here to fill out an application.
What is Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest?
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free, three-day community music festival showcasing Colorado music. In 2015, the festival will be held Aug. 14-16, in historic downtown Fort Collins. In addition to the incredible Colorado lineup, the festival features three internationally renowned headliners.
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is produced in collaboration with the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association. In addition to music and entertainment offerings, the festival features more than 250 art, specialty and food booths. In 2014, the festival marks 10 years of Bohemian Nights music offerings. This family-friendly, urban-setting festival brings bands from across Colorado to Fort Collins for a music-filled weekend. With a variety of genres, there’s music for everyone at Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest!
The music is really free?
Yes! Admission to the festival and all performances are FREE!
Bohemian Nights showcases new, emerging and established Colorado musicians, reveals Fort Collins as a music city and shares the gift of music.
How do I pay for food and beverages?
Festival Bucks are required for food, beverage and carnival purchases. Festival Bucks are non-refundable.
What are the festival hours?
In 2014, the festival hours were:
Friday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Stay tuned for more information about the 2015 festival.
How can I find out what’s available to hear, see and do?
Can I view the headliner performances at locations outside of the Mountain Avenue stage?
Yes! Headliner performances will be simulcast on large live video screens in Library Park. One will be at Library Park Stage and the other will be located just behind the stage, in the northwest corner of Library Park.
Will there be an audio broadcast of the festival on the radio or online?
Yes. Colorado band performances will be broadcast live on KRFC 88.9FM Community Radio. You can also stream it live online at KRFCFM.org.
Headliner performances will not be available via radio broadcast or live stream.
Are there activities for families and kids?
Absolutely! There are two main sections specifically for kids:
Kids’ Music Adventure is the interactive kids’ portion of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. In the Library Park Courtyard, kids experience interaction with real instruments, live musical performances, the opportunity to make their own instruments and much more.
The second area is Kids’ World produced by the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association. This area includes bouncy castles, a giant slide, a petting zoo, pony rides, an obstacle course, a full-scale carnival and more. Festival Bucks for Kids’ World may be purchased at any of the Festival Buck booths.
Restrooms are located throughout the festival. Please consult the 2015 festival map for specific locations.
The festival map can be found on the Bohemian Nights mobile app, website and in both festival guides.
Free water stations
There are free water stations located across the festival. Bring your water bottle and fill up or drink straight from the fountains provided by the City of Fort Collins. Just look for the blue and yellow water banners waving above the stations.
Festival Bucks for food, beverages and the carnival
Festival Bucks are required for food, beverage and carnival purchases. Festival Bucks are non-refundable and good for this year only. Consult the festival map for Festival Buck booth locations.
ATMs are centrally located at most major street intersections of the festival.
Lost and found
Lost and found items are taken to the information booth.
Where can I purchase band and festival merchandise?
100% of band merchandise sales go directly to the artists; please help support local music and purchase your favorite music or music souvenir at the stage during and immediately following their performance or at the central music merchandise tent.
Accessibility sections (ADA)
Given that this is an urban street festival, almost all sections at the eight stages and throughout the festival are open and accessible to all.
Bring This, Not That
What should I bring to the festival?
Don't forget your sunscreen, water bottle, umbrella, sunglasses and a smile.
What should I leave at home?
Bad attitudes, outside alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons, glass bottles, fireworks, dogs, large backpacks and coolers.
Can I bring a lawn chair or blanket?
Please leave your lawn chairs at home. Blankets are allowed at the Library Park Stage only. For more information, please see safety and security FAQs.
Can I bring my own cooler?
No. Please leave coolers at home. Absolutely no outside alcohol is allowed and violators will be asked to leave.
Free water is available throughout the festival and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase using Festival Bucks.
Is alcohol available?
Yes! Beer, wine and margaritas are available for purchase using Festival Bucks for festival attendees age 21 and over. Absolutely no outside alcohol is allowed. Please consult the 2015 festival map for locations throughout festival.
Can I bring my dog or other pet?
Dogs are not allowed and we STRONGLY DISCOURAGE people from bringing pets to the festival. Congested streets and large crowds are common at the festival. Pets can easily get trampled, burn their feet and get dehydrated. Also, please remember that dogs’ hearing is even more sensitive than ours, and loud music can damage their ears. Some people are also very uncomfortable with other people’s animals around them. You may be asked to leave the festival if you bring your pet. For everyone’s sake (human and animal) please leave your pet at home.
Can I take photographs of festival performances?
Photographs are allowed unless a performer specifically requests that no photos be taken. We do ask (and the headliners have requested) that you please limit flash photography during evening performances.
Can I record festival performances?
No. Unless given permission by artists, recording of performances is not allowed. Any recordings should be for personal use only and should not be used for any commercial purposes.
The headliners respectfully request that you do not record their performances.
Safety and Security
Please be aware…
Safety is everyone’s business at Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.
During the headliner shows, the Mountain Avenue stage is divided into sections that encourage better crowd flow and also allow medical and safety personnel quicker access. At the entrance, Volunteer Venue Ambassadors will help you navigate the queuing lines, get access to helpful information and locate bathrooms, water and beer in each section.
Top 5 things you need to know about the Mountain Avenue Stage venue:
1. The main entrance at Mountain and Mathews is the only entrance to the Mountain Avenue stage. When you reach your section, please locate the closest exit.
2. The venue is general admission. There is NO re-entry to ANY section if you leave it.
3. All personal items are subject to search. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: glass, illegal drugs and weapons. Alcohol purchased outside of the festival is also prohibited AND WILL BE CONFISCATED IF FOUND.
4. No strollers, chairs or coolers ALLOWED IN ANY SECTION AND no pets allowed (for their sake and others’).
5. At 5:30 p.m. water, select beers and port-o-lets are available in each section. Festival Bucks and cash accepted for beverages (no credit cards). ALL sidewalks will close by 5:30 p.m.
Remember to please report any suspicious activity immediately to Event Safety Staff in lime green shirts or Police. Please also be respectful of the Event Safety Staff, Police and Venue Ambassadors who are there to help make this free community event safe for everyone.
First aid stations are located at the southwest corner of Mountain Avenue and Mathews Street, and at the northwest corner of Library Park. For critical medical emergencies please contact on-site personnel.
Typical of Colorado, the weather can change from one minute to the next. It can be extremely hot, rainy or windy – all in the same day. The festival will continue if rain doesn’t present a safety threat to the performers or audience. However, if severe weather occurs, including lighting, strong continuous wind, wind bursts or hail, we may need to delay or even cancel shows. In the event of severe weather, please seek appropriate shelter as directed by Event Safety Staff and Police. Announcements will be made from the stage regarding delays, cancellations or evacuation procedures. Weather updates will be posted on the mobile app, website, Facebook and Twitter. Unfortunately, any performances that are canceled will not be rescheduled.
Parking and Transportation
Where can I park my vehicle?
The Old Town Parking Structure located on the corner of Remington Street and Mountain Avenue and the Civic Center Parking Garage located on the corner of Mason Street and Laporte Avenue are open for event parking all day Saturday ($5) and Sunday (free). Additional parking can be found on public streets around the festival. As part of our greening efforts, we strongly encourage people to carpool, bike, or utilize public transportation.
Where can I park my bicycle?
Temporary bike parking will be located throughout the festival grounds. Please check the 2015 map for information. Permanent bike parking is also located throughout downtown Fort Collins at the on-street bike racks, as well as along the sidewalks. Bicycles left at temporary bike parking after the conclusion of the festival will be removed at owner’s expense.
Is there a shuttle or bus service available?
Yes! The Downtown Transit Center is located two blocks from the festival. MAX will operate during all festival hours.
What streets are closed during the festival?
Street closures/openings are staggered due to the set up and neighborhood needs. Stay tuned for 2015 street closures.
How can I volunteer?
To volunteer to help with the music program at the festival, please fill out the volunteer application at BohemianNights.org/volunteer. There is a full range of volunteer positions available.
To volunteer to help the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association during the festival, visit DowntownFortCollins.com, or call 970-484-6500. There are several volunteer positions available including Festival Buck sales, information booth attendants and more.
How can I apply to perform at the festival?
Click here to access the band application form. Inquiries can also be sent to email@example.com.
Please visit DowntownFortCollins.com between January and May 1st to apply.
Who do I contact about vending?
Food, art and business vendors may contact the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association at DowntownFortCollins.com or by calling 970-484-6500 for information.
Who do I contact about sponsorship?
Please contact the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association by visiting DowntownFortCollins.com or by calling 970-484-6500 for information regarding sponsorship opportunities at the festival.