Due to concerns around COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this summer’s Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, which was scheduled for Aug. 14-16. We look forward to the 2021 festival, scheduled for Aug. 13-15.
This annual festival is one of our favorite ways to celebrate and build community around music. As disappointing as it is to cancel, we need to prioritize the health and safety of artists, fans, employees, volunteers and partners. We know that it is in the best interest of the community to do what we can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Too much is unknown to continue to prepare for this event. Because this community festival takes months to plan and hundreds of people to coordinate, we made this difficult choice based on the information we have today.
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free, three-day music festival held each August in historic downtown Fort Collins. Due to concerns around COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this summer’s Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, which was scheduled for Aug. 14-16. We look forward to the 2021 festival, scheduled for Aug. 13-15. 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 200 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 support Bohemian Nights' goals--to showcase new, emerging and established Colorado music; reveal Fort Collins as a music city; and share the gift of music.
The 2019 festival hours are:
Friday: 5-10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
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 festivalgoers customized Colorado music recommendations. Representatives from Ask Me About Local Music will be wearing red shirts and will be stationed at information booths.
Absolutely! There are two main sections specifically for kids:
At Kids’ Music Adventure, kids of all ages can interact with real instruments, listen to live music performances, make their own instruments, and participate in a variety of other music workshops. Build-a-Band performances provide an opportunity for kids visiting Kids' Music Adventure to practice and perform a song on stage for the community.
The second festival area specifically for kids is Kids’ World, produced by the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association. This area, located south of Library Park, includes kids’ activities, games and more. Don’t miss out on the fun at the Kids’ World Stage. Watch interactive acts ranging from kids’ puppeteers to various dance groups. Learn more at DowntownFortCollins.com
Some Mountain Avenue Stage performances are streamed live on KRFC 88.9 FM Radio Fort Collins and at KRFCFM.org.
Saturday night’s headliner performance by Bonnie Raitt will be broadcast live on large screens located at Old Town Square Stage, Library Park Stage and the northwest corner of Library Park.
Safety and Accessibility
Visit the Safety and Accessibility page for more information.
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 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.
Bohemian Nights is committed to reducing waste and minimizing the environmental impacts of the festival.
Transportation to and from festivals is a major producer of carbon emissions. Bohemian Nights encourages festival-goers and artists to bike, walk, skate, carpool or take public transportation to the festival. The festival provides temporary bike parking in addition to existing bike and skateboard parking in the downtown area. Public transportation routes increase during the festival weekend.
Bohemian Nights works with the City of Fort Collins to provide free, cool, filtered water at hydration stations throughout the festival. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottles instead of purchasing single-use plastic water bottles. Water stations are also available backstage for artists, volunteers and crew.
Our artist green room uses zero plastic; all dishware, glassware and silverware are washable. In an effort to reduce food waste, excess meals and snacks are donated to local organizations.
The festival's waste management provider, Gallegos Sanitation, focuses on preventing cross-contaminnation, enhancing the collection of recyclable materials and reducing water use. The Gallegos Sanitation Special Event Greening Program focuses on authentic recycling by keeping valuable materials out of the landfill. Landfill diversion and recycling reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and reduce pollution.
Library Park Stage and the first two sections of the Mountain Avenue venue are covered by sun shades to help keep festivalgoers cool and comfortable throughout the day.
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 on Walnut 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.
Band merchandise is sold at each stage during and immediately following performances. 100% of band merchandise sales go directly to the artists.
Bring This, Not That
Don't forget your sunscreen, water bottle, sunglasses and a smile.
Bad attitudes, outside alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons, glass bottles, umbrellas, fireworks, pets, 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.
Organizers discourage festivalgoers from bringing lawn chairs onto the crowded festival grounds. No lawn chairs will be allowed in Mountain Avenue Venue, even if folded. Those with disabilities are permitted to bring a chair into ADA viewing areas. If festivalgoers desire seating, it is available at Oak Street Stage.
Strollers are allowed throughout the festival, with the exception of the Mountain Avenue venue.
No. Please leave coolers at home. Absolutely no outside alcohol is allowed and violators will be asked to leave.
Free water stations are 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. 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.
Yes. Under two conditions: please turn off your flash, and if a performer requests that no pictures be taken, please honor their request. Selfie sticks are prohibited at the festival. Don't forget to use #FoCoMusic in your post!
No, unless the artist has given you permission.
Parking and Transportation
There are three downtown public parking structures open for event parking: the Firehouse Alley Parking Structure located on the corner of Jefferson Street and Chestnut Street, the Civic Center Parking Structure located on the corner of Mason Street and Laporte Avenue and the Old Town Parking Structure located on the corner of Remington Street and Mountain Avenue. More information about parking downtown can be found at fcgov.com. We strongly encourage people to carpool, bike or use public transportation.
Attendees are encouraged to use temporary bike parking available during the festival. Please consult the festival map for locations. 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 setup and neighborhood needs.
Interested in being a food vendor? Click here to fill out Downtown Fort Collins Business Association’s Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest Food Vendor application.
Interested in being a non-food vendor? Click here to fill out Downtown Fort Collins Business Association’s Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest Non-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 at DowntownFortCollins.com.
To volunteer with the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association during the festival, visit DowntownFortCollins.com.
Please visit DowntownFortCollins.com.