Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free, three-day music festival held each August in historic downtown Fort Collins. The 2017 festival will take place Aug. 11, 12 and 13. The annual festival is produced in collaboration 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! Click here to view the 2016 festival lineup. Stay tuned for the 2017 lineup announcement.
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is free in order to reflect the core purpose of Bohemian Nights -- showcase new, emerging and established Colorado music; reveal Fort Collins as a music city; and share the gift of music.
The 2016 festival hours were:
Friday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Stay tuned for details about the 2017 festival.
Click here to view the 2016 festival lineup. Stay tuned for the 2017 lineup announcement. Stay in the know and carry festival info wherever you go by downloading the Bohemian Nights mobile app.
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 festival-goers customized music recommendations and sample music from all Colorado bands. 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 experience interaction with real instruments, live musical performances, the opportunity to make 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 SW corner of Library Park) includes a carnival, mechanical rides, games and more. Don’t miss out on the fun at the Kids’ World Stage (located at the intersection of Olive and Mathews St.); watch interactive acts ranging from kids puppeteers to various dance groups. Learn more at DowntownFortCollins.com
Mountain Ave. stage performances are typically broadcast live on KRFC-FM (88.9) Community Radio. You can also stream it live online at KRFCFM.org. Stay tuned for additional details about the audio broadcast and streaming for the 2017 festival.
Headliner performances will be simulcast live on large screens at at various locations throughout the festival. Stay tuned for additional details about simulcast locations for the 2017 festival.
Restrooms are located throughout the festival. Please consult the festival map for specific locations.
The festival map can be found on the Bohemian Nights mobile app, website and in the pocket music guide.
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. Just look for the blue and yellow water banners waving above the stations.
ATMs are centrally located at most major street intersections of the festival.
During the weekend of the festival, lost and found items will be taken to the info booth at the intersection of Mountain Ave. and Mathews St. After the 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 your favorite music or music souvenir at the stage during and immediately following their performance or at the central merchandise tent. With every purchase of $10 or more of Colorado band merchandise at the central merchandise tent, festival-goers will receive a FREE pair of Bohemian Nights sunglasses or earbuds while supplies last.
The central merchandise tent is located near the intersection of Linden and Walnut. Click here to view the festival map.
Wanna meet the band? Get your favorite CD signed, purchase merchandise and use the official Bohemian Nights selfie station to take your photo with the band! Click here to view the 2016 CD signing schedule.
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.
Please leave your lawn chairs at home. Blankets are allowed at the Library Park Stage only. For more information, please see safety and security FAQs.
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 and margaritas are available for purchase for festival attendees aged 21 and over. Please consult the festival map for vendor locations throughout festival.
Absolutely no outside alcohol is allowed. Personal items are subject to search throughout the festival.
No. Smoking of any kind is prohibited in all areas of the festival and downtown Fort Collins.
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 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.
Wanna get your photo taken with the band? Head over to the central merchandise tent to use the official festival selfie station with your friends. Don't forget to use #FoCoMusic in your post! Click here to view the 2016 CD signing schedule.
No. Unless given permission by artists, recording of performances is not allowed. Any recordings should be for personal use only and should not be used for any commercial purposes.
The headliners respectfully request that you do not record their performances.
Safety and Security
All personal items are subject to search throughout the festival.
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 even 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. Please use your best judgment when planning on attending the show when inclement weather is expected.
Safety is everyone’s business at Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.
During the headliner shows, the Mountain Avenue Stage 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.
Top 5 things you need to know about the Mountain Avenue Stage 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.
2. The venue is general admission. If you leave the venue, you must re-enter from the main entrance. There is no guaranteed re-entry.
3. All personal items are subject to search. 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 IF FOUND. Smoking of any kind is prohibited.
4. No strollers, chairs or coolers are allowed. Pets are not allowed (for their sake and for others’).
5. At 5:30 p.m. 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.
Remember to please report any suspicious activity immediately to event security staff in black polo shirts or police. Please also be respectful of the event security staff, police and welcome ambassadors 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 SE 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.Stay tuned for additional details about Max transportation during the 2017 festival.
Street closures/openings are staggered due to set up and neighborhood needs.
Click here to download a PDF detailing 2016 street closures by day. 2017 street closures will be posted closer to the festival.
To volunteer to help the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association during the festival, visit DowntownFortCollins.com, or call (970) 484-6500.
Please visit DowntownFortCollins.com between January and May 1 to apply.
Interested in being a food vendor? Click here to fill out the 2017 Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest Food Vendor application.
Please note that festival bucks have been eliminated. Food vendors will be allowed to use cash or credit card to collect payments, as well as sell non-alcoholic beverages. Because of this change, the Downtown Business Association will not be collecting any commissions off of sales.
Interested in being a non-food vendor? Click here to fill out the 2017 Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest Non-Food Vendor application.
Have further questions? Please contact the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association at DowntownFortCollins.com or by calling (970) 484-6500 for information.
Please contact the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association by visiting DowntownFortCollins.com or by calling (970) 484-6500 for information regarding sponsorship opportunities at the festival.