Downtown Fort Collins has a tradition of celebrating the town’s birthday with an all-encompassing festival. Each August, Historic Downtown hosts Fort Collins’ premier community and music festival. The FREE event showcases 250+ arts, crafts, vendor and food booths, a Kid’s World area and carnival attractions. Additionally, eight (8) stages feature live musical performances by community groups, local & regional bands and a main stage anchored by three national music acts.
When: August 14-16
Where: Historic Downtown Fort Collins
Click here if your band wants the chance to play at Bohemian Nights @ NewWestFest. The deadline to apply is Feb. 26th at 4pm.
Food Vendors: Click here to fill out an application.
Non-Food Vendors (including ALL Craft, Artist & Artisan Vendors): Click here to fill out an application.
2014 Festival Information and FAQs
General Festival Information
What is Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest?
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free, three-day community music festival showcasing 70+ Colorado bands, eight stages of continuous entertainment and over 250 specialty and art booths, all held Aug. 15-17, 2014, 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, speciality 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 and will be available at nine locations throughout the festival. Festival Bucks are non-refundable. Consult the festival map for all Festival Buck booth locations.
What are the festival hours?
- Friday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest launches Friday, Aug. 15, with music performances and the carnival kicking off at 5 p.m., and shows and activities running all weekend through Sunday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.
How can I find out what’s available to hear, see and do?
Information on festival offerings can be found through a variety of sources. For music lineups and schedules, download the Bohemian Nights mobile app, go to BohemianNights.org or pick up a music guide at the festival. For the full schedule of all NewWestFest stages, booths and activities, check out DowntownFortCollins.com or grab a full festival guide at the festival.
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 ticketing booths.
Restrooms are located throughout the festival. Please consult the 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 at the intersection of Oak Street and Mathews Street.
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 located on Walnut Street between Mountain Avenue and Linden Street.
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. In addition, designated accessible sections are located at:
Mountain Avenue Stage on the south sidewalk toward the east end of the venue.
Linden Street Stage to the west of the sound mixing tent.
Library Park on the north side of the park directly off the sidewalk.
Each of these three sections will have Event Safety Staff or Accessibility Volunteers who can assist patrons gaining access to the designated sections.
Headliner performances will not be available via radio broadcast or live stream.
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, pets, 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 festival map for locations throughout festival. Limited brands of beer are also located in the Mountain Avenue Stage venue.
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 stage, 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:
The main entrance at Mountain and Mathews is the only entrance to the Mountain Avenue stage. When you reach their section, please locate the closest exit.
This venue is general admission. There is NO re-entry to ANY section if you leave it.
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.
No strollers, chairs or coolers ALLOWED IN ANY SECTION AND no pets allowed (for their sake and others’).
At 5:30 p.m. water, beer and port-o-lets are available in each section. 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.
Beverage service and port-o-lets
Limited beer service, water and port-o-lets are available in each section starting at 5:30 p.m. to make it easier for everyone to stay in their viewing area.
Sidewalks around the Mountain Avenue Stage close at 5:30 p.m. each night. For safety reasons, the sidewalks will remain closed until the conclusion of the headliner performance. If you need to access a business affected by the sidewalk closures, you will need to arrange special permission prior to arriving at the festival. For ADA accessibility please see Accessibility (ADA) FAQ.
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 at three primary locations: on Walnut Street near the intersection at Linden Street, near the southeast corner of Peterson Street and Remington Street (Library Park) and at the former Elks Lodge location at Oak Street and Remington Street. Please check the 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, including a special addition of Sunday service, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.! Sunday service does not include other Transfort routes. More info at www.ridetransfort.com.
What streets are closed during the festival?
Street closures/openings are staggered due to the set up and neighborhood needs. The streets and lots listed below will be fully closed over the weekend of Aug. 15-17, and some streets may be closed on Aug. 14 to allow for festival setup. If you have specific street closure questions, please contact the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association at 970-484-6500.
Street closures include, but may not be limited to:
Walnut Street (from Mountain Avenue to College Avenue)
Linden Street (from Walnut Street to Jefferson Street)
Oak Street (from Remington Street to Peterson Street)
Mathews Street (from Mountain Avenue to Magnolia Street)
Olive Street (from Remington Street to Peterson Street)
Mountain Avenue (from College Avenue to Jefferson Street)
Peterson Street (from Mountain Avenue to Oak Street)
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 or contact the Bohemian Nights Volunteer Team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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?
Please visit BohemianNights.org in late January to access the band application form. Inquires 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 970-484-6500 for information.
Who do I contact for sponsorships?
Please contact the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association at 970-484-6500 for information regarding sponsorship opportunities at the festival.