Summer 2015 – Festivals & Farmer’s Markets

A view of Fort Collins from the top of Arthur's Rock.
A view of Fort Collins from the top of Arthur’s Rock.

Summers in Northern Colorado are anything but lazy. We take our outdoor recreation seriously, because it’s not just a hobby – it’s a lifestyle. In between the camping, fishing, mountain biking, and paddle-boarding, you can hardly find time to join the unending parade of music festivals, beer and foodie extravaganzas, or community events like farmer’s markets and fundraisers. Here’s a breakdown of the most happenin’ hot spots in and around Larimer County all summer long, with links to more information:

May 30            Poudre River Fest, Legacy Park, Fort Collins – Come celebrate the Poudre River and learn how you can help restore and preserve one of our most vital natural resources. Food, beer, music, activities, and free to enter!

May 30           Front Range Rally, Loveland Food Share – Craft beer and food truck festival with loads of great beer and a few bands for your entertainment.  Proceeds help support the Food Bank of Larimer County.

June 12-14      Taste of Fort Collins, Civic Center Park – A three day festival with tons of culinary color. Featuring local and national cuisine, impressive musical headliners like Smashmouth, artwork, activities, and more.

June 12-13      Greeley Blues Jam, downtown Greeley – This festival is all about the Blues. Lineup will include some big names in the genre, and the atmosphere is family oriented.

June 20-27     Fort Collins Beer Week – A wide spread celebration of craft brews and community connection all week long. Event benefits several local restaurants, breweries, and businesses.

June 25-July 5 Greeley Stampede – Break out the boots and spurs and head to Greeley. This iconic 10-day event features rodeos, parades, art shows, comedy shows, plenty of food and drink, and all the western style garb you can buy.

June 28-29     Colorado Brewer’s Festival, downtown fort Collins, Washington park and Civic Center Park – If you love local beer, you won’t want to miss this! Featuring over 100 kinds of pure Colorado brewskies, 50+ of the state’s breweries, plenty of music, and an interactive “Beer School!” Get there early, this event can draw over 20,000 people.

August 1           Gnarly Barley Brew Fest at The Ranch Complex in Loveland, CO – Because we just can’t get enough beer festivals, this one features tons of breweries, food and beer pairings, and a competition for the best homebrew.

August 14-16 Bohemian Nights at New West Fest, downtown Fort Collins – Celebrate the birthday of Fort Collins in historic downtown with food, drink, arts, crafts, and past musical numbers like Pat Benetar and Big Head Todd & the Monsters.

September 5  New Belgium’s Tour de Fat, Civic Center Park downtown Fort Collins – the infamous bicycling circus filled with the craziest costumes imaginable, and, of course, plenty of beer.

Farmer’s Markets –

  • Wednesdays – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the corner of Harmony & Lemay
  • Saturdays – 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Oak St. Courthouse, & 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Drake shopping center east of Shields.
  • Sundays – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Harmony & Lemay