Festival tips and tricks

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Planning ahead is one of the best ways to help ensure a good time at Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. Here are some tips and tricks as you plan for an awesome weekend filled with free music, funnel cakes and fun times.

Construction and street closures

Construction is like going to the dentist – nobody likes it, but it’s necessary. During the festival, some construction will be taking place in various areas downtown. This up-to-date trip planner and map from the City of Fort Collins shows construction areas, road closures and more. Several streets will also be closed leading up to and during the festival weekend. See detailed festival street closures here.  


The MAX Rapid Bus Transfort will run all weekend during the festival in 10 minute intervals from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Riding your bike is great option as well. Bike racks are available at several locations around the festival. If you don’t have a bike, check out the Fort Collins bike-sharing program.

Skateboard parking is now available in Old Town Square at the intersection of Trimble Court Alley and Whitton Alley. Make sure to bring a lock and utilize this great feature, especially since skateboards are not allowed in Mountain Avenue venue. 

With several street closures and so many cars downtown during the festival, driving may not be the most convenient way to get to there. But if you need to drive, there are a few parking options available. The Old Town Parking Structure is located on the corner of Remington Street and Mountain Avenue, and the Civic Center Parking Structure is located on the corner of Mason Street and Laporte Avenue. On Friday normal rates apply, on Saturday parking is $5, and on Sunday parking is free. Additional parking can be found on public streets around the festival.

“Where is the…?”

The Bohemian Nights website and app are great resources for most things you would need to locate at the festival, including water tables, and restrooms. If you need to find out where specific vendors are, head over to the information booth tent to talk to a DBA volunteer. They can point you in the right direction. 

What’s new this year

There are a lot of exciting changes this year. 

The newly renovated Old Town Square Stage has returned and will feature music performances on Saturday and Sunday. 

The three headliner simulcast locations are now Library Park Stage, Linden Street Stage, and the northwest corner of Library Park next to the Carnegie building. 

Festival bucks are no longer required for the purchase of items at the festival! Food, beer and beverages can be purchased using card or cash. Carnival bucks are required for carnival purchases and may be purchased at the entrance to the carnival. 

There is a selfie station at the Central Music Merchandise where you can snap a photo with a band during their CD signing. Use #focomusic to share your photos!

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Greta Cornett

Meet Our Writer

Greta Cornett is a local musician, as well as a local music lover and supporter.

She is most recognized as the trumpet player for 12 Cents for Marvin, the 3 Twins, and Mama Lenny and the Remedy. She is a graduate of the CSU music department and her behind the scenes work includes co-founding the Fort Collins Musicians Association, co-creating FoCoMX, working as the marketing director for the Boulder Theater and the Fox Theatre and volunteering at KRFC 88.9 FM.

This is her 7th year blogging for Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest in addition to being on the Bohemian Nights Talent Advisory Committee. She recently joined the Bohemian Foundation staff on the Music Programs Team as Marketing and Talent Coordinator.