Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free, three-day music festival held each August in historic downtown Fort Collins. The 2018 festival will take place Aug. 10, 11 and 12. The 2018 lineup will be announced in the summer. The annual festival is co-produced 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.
Yes! Admission to the festival and all performances are FREE!
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is free in order to reflect the core purpose of Bohemian Nights--to showcase new, emerging and established Colorado music; reveal Fort Collins as a music city; and share the gift of music.
The 2017 festival hours were:
Friday: 5-10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
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 festivalgoers customized Colorado music recommendations. Representatives from Ask Me About Local Music will be wearing red shirts and will be stationed at the Central Music Merchandise Tent and stage merchandise tents.
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 interact with real instruments, enjoy live musical performances, build 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 southwest corner of Library Park) includes kids’ activities, games, and more. Don’t miss out on the fun at the Kids’ World Stage (located at the intersection of Olive Street and Mathews Street); watch interactive acts ranging from kids’ puppeteers to various dance groups. Learn more at DowntownFortCollins.com
Mountain Avenue Stage performances are broadcast live on KRFC-FM (88.9) Community Radio. You can also stream performances live at KRFCFM.org.
Saturday night’s headliner performance is simulcast live on big screens throughout the festival.
Restrooms are located throughout the festival. Please consult the festival map on the Bohemian Nights mobile app for specific locations.
The festival map can be found on the Bohemian Nights mobile app, website and in the pocket music guide available at information booths.
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. Please consult the festival map for specific locations.
ATMs are located at most major street intersections of the festival.
During the weekend of the festival, lost and found items will be taken to the Information Booth next to the Central Music Merchandise tent near the intersection of Walnut Street and Linden Street. After festival weekend, lost and found items are given to Fort Collins Police Services. Fort Collins Police Services can be reached at 970-221-6835.
100% of band merchandise sales go directly to the artists; please help support local music by purchasing merchandise at the stage during and immediately following performances, or at the Central Music Merchandise tent. With every purchase of $10 or more of non-headliner artist merchandise at the Central Music Merchandise tent, festivalgoers will receive FREE Bohemian Nights sunglasses while supplies last. With every purchase, festivalgoers will receive a FREE Bohemian Nights tote bag while supplies last.
The Central Music Merchandise tent is located near the intersection of Linden Street and Walnut Street. Please consult the festival map for specific location.
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
Don't forget your sunscreen, water bottle, sunglasses and a smile.
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, and attendees can expect all-day bag checks at the entrance to the Mountain Avenue venue.
Please leave your lawn chairs at home. Blankets are allowed at the Library Park Stage only. For more information, please see the “Safety and Security” FAQs in the section below.
Strollers are allowed throughout the festival, with the exception of the Mountain Avenue venue. Strollers can be parked “at your own risk” at the southwest corner of Mountain Avenue and Mathews Street.
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.
Yes! Beer, wine, cider and margaritas are available for purchase for festival attendees aged 21 and over.
Absolutely no outside alcohol is allowed. Personal items are subject to search throughout the festival. Attendees can expect all-day bag checks at the entrance to the Mountain Avenue venue.
No. Smoking of any kind is prohibited in all areas of the festival and downtown Fort Collins, and may result in a citation from Fort Collins Police Services. More information is available here.
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 and your pet’s health by leaving your pet at home.
Photographs are allowed unless a performer specifically requests that no photos be taken. We do ask that you please limit flash photography during evening performances.
Selfie sticks are prohibited at the festival. Head over to the Central Music Merchandise tent to use the official festival selfie station with your friends. Don't forget to use #FoCoMusic in your post!
No. Unless given permission by artists, recording of performances is not allowed.
Safety and Security
All personal items are subject to search throughout the festival. Attendees can expect all-day bag checks at the entrance to the Mountain Avenue venue.
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 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.
Safety is everyone’s business at Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.
The Mountain Avenue venue 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.
Things to know about the Mountain Avenue 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.1. All personal items will be searched upon entrance. 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. Smoking of any kind is prohibited.
2. The main entrance at Mountain Avenue and Mathews Street is the only entrance to the Mountain Avenue venue. When you reach your section, please locate the closest exit.
3. The venue is general admission. If you leave the venue, you must re-enter from the main entrance. There is no guaranteed re-entry.
4. No strollers, chairs or coolers are allowed. Pets are not allowed.
5. 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.
6. The first two sections of Mountain Avenue venue will be covered by a sun shade to keep festivalgoers comfortable during the day.
Please report any suspicious activity immediately to event security staff in yellow shirts or police. Please be respectful of the event security staff and police, who are there to help make this free community event safe for everyone.
Parking and Transportation
The Old Town Parking Structure located on the corner of Remington Street and Mountain Avenue and the Civic Center Parking Structure located on the corner of Mason Street and Laporte Avenue are open for event parking all day Friday (normal rates apply), Saturday ($5) and Sunday (free). Additional parking can be found on public streets around the festival. As part of our greening efforts, we strongly encourage people to carpool, bike or use public transportation.
Attendees are encouraged to use temporary bike parking available during 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.
There is a free skateboard parking structure available for use near Trimble Court Alley and Whitton Court Alley. Please utilize this structure, as skateboards are not allowed in the Mountain Avenue venue.
Yes! The Downtown Transit Center is located two blocks from the festival. Refer to the Transfort and MAX transit schedules at ridetransfort.com/max.
Street closures/openings are staggered due to set up and neighborhood needs.
To volunteer with the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association during the festival, visit DowntownFortCollins.com.
Please visit DowntownFortCollins.com
Interested in being a vendor? Click here to fill out the Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest Food Vendor application.
Have further questions? Please contact the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association at DowntownFortCollins.com.
Please contact the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association by visiting DowntownFortCollins.com.