Northern Colorado Music Festivals Happening This Summer

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The Northern Colorado music festival scene heats up right along with the temperature! Each summer, Northern Colorado comes alive with a variety of live, local, and global music experiences. There is something for everyone’s listening and dancing pleasure. Northern Colorado is a great place to be if you love music in the great outdoors.

Here are three of our favorite Northern Colorado Music Festivals that everyone should enjoy this summer!

What: Rockygrass Colorado Music Festival

When: July 26 – 28

Where: Lyons, Colorado

The last weekend of July, five thousand Colorado music festival fans descend on the historic quarry town of Lyons for one of the world’s premier traditional bluegrass festivals. With recent headliners Steve Martin, Ricky Skaggs, Peter Rowan, The Infamous Stringdusters, Del McCoury Band, and Alison Krauss, RockyGrass has consistently sold out in advance for the past decade. Renowned as a picker’s festival, during the week leading up to the event, the RockyGrass Academy offers three hundred musicians of all ages an opportunity to learn bluegrass from many of the festival performers, including instrument building and a Kids Camp. Tickets and more information are available here.

What: Arise Colorado Music Festival

When: August 2 – 4

Where: Loveland, Colorado

This August will mark the 7th year of one of Colorado’s most beloved music festivals, ARISE! The ARISE Music Festival is a multi-genre music festival with 7 stages of world-class performances ranging from funk, reggae, bluegrass, jam, hip-hop, rock, electronic, and folk, to conscious roots music. This Colorado music festival is committed to producing an annual gathering that acts as a vehicle for building and strengthening the community. At the core of the ARISE mission is a firm belief that creating a festival experience which inspires positivity, joy, and active engagement in issues of social justice is a call to celebrate the beauty and wonder of this precious life. ARISE is a family-friendly camping festival that prides itself on a leave-no-trace ethos and is committed to planting one tree for every ticket sold. As always, children 12 and under are free. Check out the amazing lineup and purchase tickets here.

What: Bohemian Nights at New West Fest Colorado Music Festival

When: August 9 – 11

Where: Fort Collins, Colorado

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free, three-day Colorado music festival held each August in historic downtown Fort Collins. The 2019 festival will take place August 9, 10 and 11. In addition to nearly 100 Colorado bands in the lineup, three renowned headliners anchor main stage performances each night. The annual festival is produced in collaboration with the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association as a part of the NewWestFest celebration. This free community music festival features a variety of genres and includes a family-centered Kids’ Music Adventure. Did we mention it’s FREE?
We love being a part of the Northern Colorado music scene, and we love to promote local music events. Be sure to tune in to KRFC 88.9 FM Radio Fort Collins or stream online at to stay up to date on live, local, and global music, news, and public affairs!