Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free, three-day music festival held each August in historic downtown Fort Collins. The 2017 festival will take place Aug. 11, 12 and 13. The annual festival is co-produced by Downtown Fort Collins Business Association and Bohemian Nights. This free community music festival features 80+ Colorado bands, including headliner performances at the main stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; seven stages of entertainment; more than 250 specialty, art and food booths; and a family-centered Kids’ Music Adventure and Kids’ World area.
Friday, August 11: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, August 12: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, August 13: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
Please stay tuned for the 2017 music line-up, which will be released in Summer 2017.
Check out the wonderful line-up we had in 2016 below!
2016 Downtown Fort Collins Kids World Stage Line-Up
Saturday, August 13
11:30am: Karate West Demo Team (Choreographic Martial Arts)
12:30pm: Cheer and Dance Connection (Cheer Chants, Choreography, Jumps and Tumbling)
1:30pm: The Great Loudini Magic Show (Magic Performance)
2:30pm: Northern Colorado Elite (Cheer and Tumbling Teams)
3:30pm: Ripple Effects Martial Arts (Martial Arts Demonstration)
Sunday, August 14
11:30am: ATA Family Martial Arts (Martial Arts Demonstration)
12:30pm: El Badree Belly Dance Troupe
1:30pm: 6k Gymnastics (Tumbling Demonstrations)
2:30pm: Mountain Kids (High Energy Tumbling Exhibition)
3:30pm: FALE African Drum and Dance (Traditional African Dance Troupe)
Do you love Downtown and want to help our area thrive? Volunteer and make an incredible impact! All revenue generated from the Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest beer sales, carnival and vendors go back into our Downtown community. Contributions from all Downtown Fort Collins events help to fund St. Patrick's Day Parade, Tiny Tot Halloween, Downtown Holiday Lights, and many more beloved community endeavors throughout the year.
Volunteer opportunities will be available beginning in June 2017.
Interested in being a non-food vendor for Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest? The application will be available in Spring 2017.
Interested in being a food vendor for Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest? The application will be available in Spring 2017.
What is Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest?
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free, three-day music festival held each August in historic downtown Fort Collins. The 2017 festival will take place Aug. 11, 12 and 13. The annual festival 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. 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! The 2017 music line-up will be released in Summer 2017.
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is free in order to reflect the core purpose of Bohemian Nights -- showcase new, emerging and established Colorado music; reveal Fort Collins as a music city; and share the gift of music.
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.
How can I find out what’s available to hear, see and do?
Stay in the know and carry festival info wherever you go by downloading the Bohemian Nights mobile app. There will also be event guides and maps available at the festival.
Don’t know which bands to see? Ask Me About Local Music is staffed by members of the Fort Collins Musician’s Association, and offers festival-goers customized music recommendations and sample music from all Colorado bands. Stop by the Central Merchandise tent (see map) to say hello and get music info!
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 festival area specifically for kids is Kids’ World, produced by the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association. This area (located at the SW corner of Library Park) includes a carnival, mechanical rides, games and more. Don’t miss out on the fun at the Kids’ World Stage (located at the intersection of Olive and Mathews St.); watch interactive acts ranging from kids puppeteers to various dance groups.
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.
Can I view the headliner performances at locations outside of the Mountain Avenue stage?
Yes. Saturday’s headliner performance will be simulcast live on large screens at three locations: Library Park Stage, Linden Street Stage and the northwest corner of Library Park next to the Carnegie building.
On Friday and Sunday, anyone wishing to see the headliner should plan to watch at the Mountain Avenue Stage, as no simulcasts will offered.
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 the pocket music guide.
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.
ATMs are centrally located at most major street intersections of the festival.
Lost and found
Did you lose an item at the 2016 festival? Visit the main info booth at Mountain Ave and Mathews St. OR contact Police Services to recover lost items after the weekend.
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 (see map).
Accessibility sections (ADA)
Given that this is an urban street festival, almost all areas at the six stages and throughout the festival are open and accessible to all. Stages at Mountain Avenue, Library Park, and Linden Street each have additional ADA-only sections.
Bring This, Not That
What should I bring to the festival?
Don't forget your sunscreen, water bottle, sunglasses and a smile.
What should I leave at home?
Bad attitudes, outside alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons, glass bottles, fireworks, dogs, selfie sticks, large backpacks and coolers. Personal items are subject to search throughout the festival.
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.
Is alcohol available?
Yes! Beer, wine and margaritas are available for purchase for festival attendees aged 21 and over. Please consult the festival map for vendor locations throughout festival.
Absolutely no outside alcohol is allowed. Personal items are subject to search throughout the festival.
Can I smoke at the festival?
No. Smoking of any kind is prohibited in all areas of the festival and downtown Fort Collins.
Can I bring my dog or other pet?
We hope to ensure the comfort of all attending, which is why we STRONGLY DISCOURAGE people from bringing their pets to 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.
Selfie sticks are prohibited.
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
All personal items are subject to search throughout the festival.
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.
About Mountain Ave. venue
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. Portable toilets, water and beer are available 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. If you leave the venue, you must re-enter from the main entrance. There is no guaranteed re-entry.
3. All personal items are subject to search. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: glass, weapons, and illegal and recreational drugs. Alcohol purchased outside of the festival is also prohibited AND WILL BE CONFISCATED IF FOUND. Smoking of any kind is prohibited.
4. No strollers, chairs or coolers are allowed. Pets are not allowed (for their sake and for others’).
5. At 5:30 p.m. portable toilets are available in each section. Water and select beers are available for purchase in each section. ALL sidewalks will close by 5:30 p.m.
Remember to please report any suspicious activity immediately to event security staff in black polo shirts or police. Please also be respectful of the event security staff, police and welcome ambassadors who are there to help make this free community event safe for everyone.
Parking and Transportation
Where can I park my vehicle?
Parking is available in the Old Town Parking Structure, on the corner of Remington Street and Mountain Avenue, and the Civic Center Parking Structure, on the corner of Mason Street and Laporte Avenue. Parking is available at regular rates on Friday, $5 all day Saturday, and free all day Sunday. Parking also is available on public streets around the festival, except those streets closed for the festival. Parking is FREE at Mulberry Max all weekend.
Where can I park my bicycle?
Attendees are encouraged to use bike parking, available for the duration of the festival. There are two temporary bike parking locations: on Walnut Street near the intersection of Linden Street, and near the southeast corner of Peterson Street and Olive Street. Bicycles left at temporary parking after the conclusion of the festival will be removed at the owner’s expense.
Skateboard Parking: There is a skateboard parking structure available for use in Old Town Square at the intersection of Trimble Court Alley and Whitton Alley. Skateboards are not allowed in Mountain Avenue venue.
Is there a shuttle or bus service available?
Yes! The Downtown Transit Center is located two blocks from the festival. MAX bus service will operate during all festival hours, including extended hours until midnight on Friday and Saturday, and a special addition of Sunday service from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Extended service does not include other TransFort routes. Visit www.ridetransfort.com or download the TransFort mobile app for information about schedules and fares.