Downtown Fort Collins’s newest event FORToberfest, Sept 19 & 20, 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.

The Details

Date & Times:

Friday, September 19th 5:00pm-10:30pm Music Old Town Square Only
Saturday, September 20th 11:00am-10:30pm Music in Old Town Square and Mainstage on Walnut St.

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 Young Ancients.  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 dual Colorado headliners Soul School and a tribute to Van Halen with Romeo Delight. All of the entertainment is offered free to the public.

FRIDAY, Sept 19th 

Old Town Square Stage                     

5:00-6:00pm      Sofie Reed
6:30-8:00pm      Better Than Bacon
8:30-10:30pm    Young Ancients

SATURDAY, Sept 20th

Bohemian Foundation Music Sponsor Main Stage                 

11:00-12:30pm  Eef & the Blues Express
1:00-2:30pm      Knocean
3:00-4:30pm      The Burroughs
5:00-6:30pm      Shatterproof
7:00-8:30pm      Ryan Chrys
9:00-10:30pm    Romeo Delight: A Live Tribute to Van Halen

Old Town Square Stage                     

12:00-1:00pm    Blue Canyon Boys
1:30-2:30pm      Choice City Seven
3:00-4:30pm      Whiskey Blanket
5:00-6:30pm      Futaba
7:00-9:00pm      Soul School

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.

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, Colorado State University and Schrader Oil.  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.

Featured Brewery District Beers

1933 Brewing Company - est. 2014 (4025 S. Mason St.)

Penitentiary Pale Ale:  A bright grapefruit aroma leads into a palette of tropical and citrus fruits accompanied by crystal malt sweetness and fresh bread.  Layers of flavor circle back to a grapefruit bite with a crisp finish. ABV 5.5%

Black Bottle Brewery - est. 2012 (1611 S. College Ave.)

Ginger: American red ale made with dark crystal malts and U.S. hops. It is not made with actual ginger. ABV 6.9%

CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewery - est. 1989 (5 Old Town Square)

Octoberfest: Munich, pilsen and honey malts combine to give a sweet character, while German noble hops, a long aging period and fermentation with lager yeast results in a very smooth, copper-colored beer. ABV 6.6%

Fort Collins Brewery - est. 2003 (1020 E. Lincoln Ave.)

Black IPA:  This black IPA is an elegantly blended array of bright citrus and earthy hop aromas with subtle notes of chocolate and coffee. ABV: 6.8%

Freedom’s Edge Brewing Company - est. 2014 (224 Linden St.)

Hop Heaven IPA:  This American India pale ale features a high hop bitterness and tropical hop flavors of columbus, amarillo, mosaic, falconer's flight 7 C's, citra and summit hops.  ABV 6.6%

Horse & Dragon Brewing Company - est. 2014 (124 Racquette Dr.)

Düsseldorf Altbier: This authentic old-style German brew blends slight hop notes and biscuity malt flavors in a crisp combination of hop character with a nutty, dry finish. An off-white head covers a bronze-colored, ultra-clear beer. ABV 5.2%

Pateros Creek Brewing Company - est. 2011 (242 N. College Ave.)

Riverside Passion: Made with passion fruit and coconut, this light and fruity beer features just a hint of nuttiness on the end. ABV 4.5%

Snowbank Brewing Company - est. 2014 (225 N. Lemay ave.)

Colorado Red: This American red ale features a ripe pineapple and peach aroma, with ribbon candy and caramelized peaches on the tongue and a hoppy tangerine finish. ABV 7.0%

MillerCoors - est. 1873

Coors Banquet: Brewed in the Rockies for a uniquely crisp, clean and drinkable taste. ABV 4.9%

Coors Light: “The Silver Bullet,” a unique frost-brewing process locks in a taste as cold as the Rockies. ABV 4.2%

New Belgium Brewing Company - est. 1991 (500 Linden St.)

Tour de Fall Pale Ale: This amber-colored ale is dry-hopped with amarillo and cascade hops and features pine, floral, tangerine and tropical fruit notes with a honey bread malt character that balances the hop aroma bouquet. ABV 6.0%

Odell Brewing Company: est. 1989 (800 E. Lincoln Ave.)

5 Barrel Pale Ale: This ale is an infusion of fresh whole hop flowers and select hop essential oils, as well as four hop additions in the kettle boil to complete the fresh, lively flavor and aroma. ABV 5.2%

90 Shilling: Odell’s flagship beer since 1989, this is a smooth and medium-bodied amber ale. Their answer to, “what if we lightened up the traditional Scottish ale?”  ABV 5.3%

Mountain Standard: Featuring homegrown hops from Colorado’s western slope, this dark-pouring beer features a light tan head and a slightly roasted hoppy nose. Roasted malts combine with an assertive American hop profile, resulting in an ephemeral bitterness and act of balance. ABV 9.5%

Zwei Brüder Brewing - est. 2014 (4612 S. Mason St.)

Zwei Brüder Märzen : A rich, copper-colored lager, with a toasty-bready malt body and soft, smooth finish. ABV 5.6%

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