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 the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association and Bohemian Nights Foundation 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
Parking/Transportation: The Old Town Parking Structure located on the corner of Remington Street and Mountain Avenue and the Civic Center Parking Structure located on the corner of Mason Street and Laporte Avenue are open for event parking all day Saturday ($5) and Sunday (free). You can also park at Mulberry Max during the event. Additional parking can be found on public streets around the festival. As part of our greening efforts, we strongly encourage people to carpool, bike (on-site parking available), or use public transportation. The MAX will operate during all festival hours, the transit Center is located two blocks from the festival.
The Headliners and the Colorado Band Lineup have been announced!
View the full 70+ entertainment line-up here.
Food Vendors: The deadline has now passed.
Non-Food Vendors (including ALL Craft, Artist & Artisan Vendors): Click here to fill out an application. Limited quanitites of spots available, view the application for more information.
Activities for Family and Children
There are two main sections of the festival specifically for kids. The first is Kids’ Music Adventure, the free, interactive kids’ portion of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. In the Library Park courtyard, kids can interact with real instruments, see live musical performances, make their own instruments and participate in a number of other music workshops.
- Kids’ Music Adventure is located in the Library Park courtyard on the northeast corner of Mathews St. and Olive St.
The second festival area specifically for kids 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. Don’t miss out on the fun at the Kids’ World Stage; watch interactive acts ranging from kids puppeteers to various dance groups.
- Kids’ World is located in Library Park, with the Kids’ World Stage located on the northwest corner of Mathews St. and Olive St.
Saturday, August 15
12 p.m. Interactive Youth Puppet Choir (Spirit International)- Kids' World
12-12:20 p.m. JumpinJazz Kids (Jazz)- Kids' Music Adventure
1 p.m. Kids' Magic Show (The Great Loudini)- Kids' World
1-1:20 p.m. Mr Kneel’s Hip Hop for Families! (Hip-Hop)- Kids' Music Adventure
2 p.m. Cheer Choreography, Tumbling and Dance (Colorado Cheer Academy)- Kids' World
2-2:20 p.m. Polaris Housebands: Little Kids Rock (Modern Band)- Kids' Music Adventure
3 p.m. Classical & Contemporary Dance: "Nutcracker & Peter Pan" -Kids World
3-3:20 p.m. JumpinJazz Kids (Jazz)- Kids' Music Adventure
4 p.m. Irish Step Dancing (McTeggart Irish Dancers)- Kids' World
4-4:20 p.m. Mr Kneel’s Hip Hop for Families! (Hip-Hop)- Kids' Music Adventure
5 p.m. Taekwondo Demonstration (ATA Family Martial Arts)- Kids' World
Sunday, August 16
12 p.m. All Ages Yoga In the Park (CorePower Yoga)- Kids' World
12-12:20 p.m. Jason Downing (Children’s Music)- Kids' Music Adventure
1 p.m. Tumbling, Trampoline, & Sport Acrobatics (Mountain Kids)- Kids' World
1-1:20 p.m. Tavelli Tiger Rockers: Little Kids Rock (Modern Band)- Kids' Music Adventure
2 p.m. African Drum & Dance Performance (Fale African Drum & Dance)- Kids' World
2-2:20 p.m. Doctor Noize (Pop)- Kids' Music Adventure
3 p.m. Choreographed Martial Arts Demonstrations (Karate West)- Kids' World
3-3:20 p.m. CLPE’s Band of Pirates: Little Kids Rock (Modern Band)- Kids' Music Adventure
4 p.m. Traditional Mexican Forklorico Dance (Colonias de Jalisco)- Kids' World
4-4:20 p.m. Doctor Noize (Pop)- Kids' Music Adventure
5 p.m. Family Friendly American Belly Dance (El Badree Belly Dance Troupe)- Kids' World
Have a question about the festival? Click here to visit our FAQ page.
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.
The annual festival is produced in collaboration with the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association as a part of the NewWestFest celebration. In addition to music and entertainment offerings, the festival features more than 250 art, specialty and food booths. This free community music festival features a variety of genres and includes a family-centered Kids’ Music Adventure.
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?
The 2015 festival hours are:
Friday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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?
On Friday and Sunday, anyone wishing to see the headliner should plan to watch at the Mountain Avenue stage, as no simulcasts will offered.
Saturday’s headliner performance WILL be simulcast at three locations: at Library Park stage, on the screen at the northwest corner of Library Park, and at the Downtown Business Association’s Kids’ World stage.
Will there be an audio broadcast of the festival on the radio or online?
Yes. Colorado band performances will be broadcast live on KRFC-FM (88.9) 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 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 by purchasing 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, pets, 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 aged 21 and over. Absolutely no outside alcohol is allowed. Please consult the festival map for locations throughout festival.
Can I bring my dog or other pet?
We hope to ensure the comfort of all attending, which is why we DO NOT ALLOW pets at the festival. Large crowds and loud noises are common, and pets can often be overwhelmed by sound or be uncomfortably crowded, hot or dehydrated. Your pet may also make other people in the crowd very uncomfortable. Take care of your fellow beings by leaving 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.
If severe weather occurs, including lightning, 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 and security staff. Announcements will be made from the stage regarding delays, cancellations or evacuation procedures. Weather updates will also be posted on the mobile app, Facebook and Twitter. Safety is the responsibility of all attendees. Please use your best judgment when planning on attending the show when inclement weather is expected. Thank you for helping us keep this community event fun and safe for everyone!
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 Structure 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 use public transportation.
Where can I park my bicycle?
Temporary bike parking will be located throughout the festival grounds. Please check the festival 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 visit Shiftboard.com/BohemianNights to sign up. For any questions regarding signing up or the general volunteer program, please email email@example.com or call (970) 227-1933.
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?
The deadline to apply to play 2015 has passed. Look for the 2016 application in January of 2016. Have further questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit DowntownFortCollins.com.
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.