First Night Fort Collins

Make plans to be Downtown on New Year’s Eve for First Night Fort Collins! This non-alcoholic, FREE, family-oriented, arts-based celebration attracts an all-ages audience to 30+ performances at 7 venues throughout Downtown. This event is produced by the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association.

When: Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Event Hours: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Location: Downtown Fort Collins

Price: Free to the public

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it cost anything?

This event is FREE! First Night Fort Collins is open to the public thanks to our generous supporters and sponsors. Please keep in mind that all show capacities are limited and seating will be available on a FIRST- COME, FIRST-SERVED basis. Please create a backup plan in the event a venue is at capacity.

What happens if I miss the first performance or capacity is full?

All performances occur AT LEAST twice over the course of the night. If you miss a performance or if show capacity is filled, come back later or stick around until the current show ends.  

Is this a non-alcoholic event?

Yes! This is a family-friendly and non-alcoholic event.

Will there be a firework display?

Yes! There will be a firework display visible from Civic Center Park. The Park is located just South of the Laporte Ave. & Howes St. intersection. It will not be held in Old Town Square as in previous years. Please make your way to the park after the last performance to see the firework show at 10:00pm.

Transportation & Parking

We anticipate New Year’s Eve to be a busy evening Downtown. Please plan accordingly and park in 3 available parking structures/lots. The two parking garages will be FREE all day on Saturday, December 31st.

Don’t feel like driving? Hitch a ride on the Max Bus Rapid Transit Service. This bus picks up along Mason St. between Harmony Rd. and Downtown. Ride the MAX for $1.25 per person each way. 17 & under ride free! Please visit the Max website at to see all stops and times.

Take a ride on the First Night Shuttle! There will be 3 First Night Shuttles running along the blue course below stopping at stops indicated by orange circles. The Shuttles will run every 3-5 minutes.

Interested in volunteering for this event? Follow this link to view current volunteer opportunities!

New to volunteering wtih the DBA? Follow this link to create an account!

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