Saturday, September 21st
1:00pm – moves at midnight
Moves at Midnight is an electrifying dance party from start to finish. Taking elements from hip-hop, soul, R&B and funk, Moves at Midnight fuses them into a sound that will make your body move. Couple that sound with tailoring unique set-lists and song transitions for each outstanding live show; the energy this band exudes is a force to be reckoned with.
2:30pm – maxwell mud
Drawing inspiration from Rock and Roll and Blues music, Maxwell Mud delivers a sound as American as the Ford Mustang. A trio of seasoned musicians from the Midwest, this rock and roll powerhouse produces a rich, high-energy sound to go along with their a sharp-dressed image. They are quickly gaining acclaim for their unrelenting Rock and Roll and classic style and are catching the attention of Rock and Roll purists everywhere.
4:00pm – crescent city connection
This Fort Collins-based band was born out of the respective members’ deep love for the sounds of New Orleans and the Louisiana swamp! With roots planted firmly in the Crescent City, this 6-piece powerhouse serves up the finest Louisiana funk the Colorado front range can offer.
5:30pm – Cary Morin
A critically acclaimed performer and international touring artist based out of Fort Collins, Cary has been described as “one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today.” Cary’s fingerstyle acoustic guitar arrangements, songwriting and soulful singing bring together the great musical traditions of America to create a unique live performance genre that Cary refers to simply as, “Native Americana,” pulling from blues, bluegrass, jazz, jam, reggae, and dance. His new 2018 release, “When I Rise,” will be available October 26th.
7:00pm – guerrilla fanfare
The Guerrilla Fanfare Brass Band (or simply Guerrilla Fanfare or GuFa) brings raw, rowdy, unadulterated New Orleans style funk to the Northern Colorado area. Their mission is always to get everyone up and grooving to our relentlessly fiery and funky sound. GuFa is composed of some of the finest and rowdiest horn players and percussionists in Northern Colorado, and performs hard-hitting funk, New Orleans Second Line style, fiery originals, and raucous arrangements of modern pop hits.
8:30pm – whitewater ramble
Described as “High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass”, Whitewater Ramble (WWR) uses a simple recipe to craft it’s sound: start with bluegrass instrumentation, add drums, and finish with a boundary-less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana.
When: September 21st
Event Hours: 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Old Town Square
Price: Free to the public
This free and family-friendly Fort Collins-style celebration features seasonal microbrews from Odell Brewing, Prost Brewing and High Country Beverage, plus food offerings from BIGS Meat Wagon including their Famous Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Beer Brats, Nachos, and BBQ surprises!
Odell Mountain Standard
Odell Sippin’ Pretty Fruited Sour
Black Cherry White Claw
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What is Fortoberfest?
On Saturday, September 21st, celebrate the last outdoor music festival of the year at Fortoberfest in Old Town Square! The Downtown Business Association proudly presents this free and family friendly Fort Collins-style celebration, which features a full day of live music on the Choice Organics stage, seasonal microbrews from Odell and High Country Beverage and food offerings from BIGS Meat Wagon!
When is the festival?
Saturday, September 21st – 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where is the festival?
The festival takes place in Old Town Square — the heart of Downtown Fort Collins. There are no street closures for this event.
How much does it cost?
This event is free to the public.
Festival Food vendors
Fortoberfest will feature food service from BIGS Meat Wagon! BIGS will be featuring their Famous Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Beer Brats, Nachos, and BBQ surprises!
Be sure to check out our downtown directory in order to plan ahead for lunch, dinner or after-hours drinks in Old Town!
Is parking available?
Yes – parking is available at all three parking structures in Old Town and each are located only one block from Old Town Square! Both the structures at Mountain/Remington and Mason/Laporte are free for the first hour and only $1.00 per hour thereafter. The new Old Firehouse Alley structure accessed via Chestnut Street from Jefferson Street is $1.50 per hour. In addition, on-street parking is available via first-come, first-serve on downtown streets and all surface lots are under normal operations. In other words, there are plenty of places to park within a 3-5 minute walk from Old Town Square!
Who produces this event?
In its 9th year, Fortoberfest is produced by, and serves as a fundraiser for, the Downtown Business Association. Since 1982, the non-profit DBA has promoted and programmed the downtown Fort Collins district and remains active as a producer of signature events, community festivals and business promotions. In addition to Fortoberfest, the DBA produces 75+ days of free family friendly entertainment, including Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, the Old Town Car Show, the Colorado Brewers’ Festival, First Friday Art Walk and many more.
Who are this year’s sponsors?
The Downtown Fort Collins Business Association would like to thank Fortoberfest’s event sponsors: City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, Gallegos Sanitation, Illegal Pete’s, Fort Collins Nursery, KRFC 88.9 FM Radio Fort Collins and Rockfan Entertainment. This event would not be possible without the ongoing support of DBA Annual Sponsors: High Country Beverage/Coors Light, First National Bank, Xfinity, Colorado State University, The Eye Center of Northern Colorado, Dellenbach Motors and Odell Brewing Co.