Downtown Fort Collins’s newest event FORToberfest, Sept 20 & 21, has an impressive music lineup and brings this end of summer celebration for Fort Collins. The city’s music scene, rich history of beer brewing, and extremely active bicycle culture help give character to the Downtown area and to Fort Collins. FORToberfest will help bring the three elements of our Fort Collins popular culture together, bicycles, beers and bands.
Date & Times:
Friday, September 20th 5:00pm-10:30pm Old Town Square Only
Saturday, September 21st 11:00am-10:30pm
Location: Downtown Fort Collins (Walnut St. and Old Town Square)
Cost: Free Admission
SPECIAL NOTICE: People are encouraged to come in costume and to ride their bikes to downtown!
FORToberfest will feature Fort Collins and Colorado bands from funk to bluegrass and rock to indie. The music begins Friday night with headliner Fort Collins’ 12 Cents for Marvin. The Saturday line-up begins at 11:00am and continues throughout the day and evening and includes a dozen Colorado bands of all genres reflecting the many talented musicians in the area. The two stages culminate with different Colorado headliners The Railbenders playing their brand of hard hitting Alt Country and the reggae sounds P-Nuckle. All of the entertainment is offered free to the public.
FRIDAY, Sept 20th
Old Town Square Stage
SATURDAY, Sept 21st
Bohemian Foundation Music Sponsor Main Stage
11:00-12:00pm Wendy Woo & Robin Hoch (Folk & Rock)
12:30-1:30pm The 14ers (Colorado Jam & Rock)
2:00-3:00pm Bad Brad & the Fat Cats (High Energy Blues)
3:30-5:00pm James and the Devil (Fiddle and Rock Band)
5:30-6:30pm Wasteland Hop (Rap/Hip Hop)
7:00-8:30pm Bad Brad & the Fat Cats (High Energy Blues)
9:00-10:30pm The Railbenders (Hard Country)
Old Town Square Stage
12:00-1:00pm Rodney James & the High Gear Daddies (Rock’n’Roll & Rockabilly)
1:30-2:30pm Widow's Bane (Zombie Alt Folk Rock)
3:00-4:30pm Mosey West (Jam & Rock)
5:00-6:30pm The Hollyfelds (Country & Americana)
7:00-9:00pm Jeff Brinkman Band (Acoustic Rock)
These three pillars of Fort Collins culture are showcased in the event as well as in the year round businesses that capture these passions. Nine bike manufacturers, sixteen bicycle retailers and over a dozen bike enthusiast groups make up the rich variety of options for bike lovers in Fort Collins. Ten nationally and international recognized breweries dot Fort Collins. A professional bike stunt show will be presenting shows all afternoon starting at 12:00pm, six local breweries will be bringing their seasonal brews, and the band lineup is filled with diversity of genres with a focus on Fort Collins bands.
“Bicycles are a key part of our identity as a community; they illustrate Fort Collins’ independence, innovation and sense of fun.” – Holly Wright, event committee chair and member of the DBA board of directors.
“Brewing beer is in our community’s roots and fostering the next generation is exciting and energizing.” – Doug Odell, Odell Brewing Company.
Thousands are expected to participate in this fun, funky, and laid-back atmosphere much like hanging out in Fort Collins' backyard. The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant will bring their wildly popular remote “Rio Patio” with famous margaritas to the event on Saturday. Event planners designed the event as a “backyard” festival with a relaxed and familiar hometown feel. There will also be a free ride on My Handlebar between Stevetoberfest and Fortoberfest.
The festival organizers also remind people to wear sunscreen to enjoy the beautiful Colorado sunshine safely. No pets are allowed on festival grounds; please leave all pets at home. Attendees are encouraged to hang out to enjoy entertainment all day or enjoy the restaurants and shops in historic downtown.
Thank you to our presenting event sponsors: Annual Sponsors: Eye Center of Northern Colorado, First National Bank, The Group, Inc., Poudre Valley Hospital/University of Colorado Health. Music Sponsor Bohemian Foundation. Official Event Sponsors are: Odell Brewing Co., Dellenbach Subaru, Coors Light, High Country Beverage, Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, Xfinity, and Satellite Guru, Wilbur’s Total Beverage and Whole Foods. Thanks to our media partners The Fort Collins Coloradoan, 94.9FM and K99 FM. And thank you to our contributing sponsors: Flexx Productions and Go West T-Shirt Company. This event produced by The Downtown Fort Collins Business Association.