The Poudre River Public Library District has gathered a pretty great list of the FREE musical performances available in the Fort Collins, Windsor, and Loveland areas this summer. It’s certainly not a complete list of live music entertainment, but it’s a good start.
Please check the organizers’ or performers’ websites for schedule updates and weather cancellations. This list was compiled based on information available at the time.
FORT COLLINS AREA
Poudre River Public Library District will be hosting various musical performances for young and old as part of the Game On! Summer Reading Challenge – check the events calendar on our website for dates and times.
Concerts at Harmony Library (Select Fridays @ FRCC Student Center Plaza)
Whether you’re into the musical styles of jazz and swing, or want to get outside the box with Celtic-pirate-punkgrass-rock, we’ve got something for you. More info: Poudre River Public Library District events website.
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM 4616 S. Shields St., Fort Collins
Noontime Notes Concert Series (Tuesdays @ Oak Street Plaza)
This lunch-time concert escape is held in Oak Street Plaza with live music performances. More info: Downtown Fort Collins website.
11:30AM –1:00PM College & Oak St., Old Town Fort Collins
June 7th Moors & McCumber (Americana)
June 14th Cary Morin (acoustic, finger picking)
June 21st The Twirling Zucchini Trio (blues, world blend)
June 28th Liz Barnez (folk)
July 5th Michael Kirkpatrick (folk, rock)
July 12th Justin Roth (singer-songwriter, acoustic)
July 19th Mark Sloniker & Colleen Crosson
July 26th Elise Wunder (Americana)
August 2nd The Seers Band (acoustic)
August 9th Dale Cisek Duo (R&B, soul)
2016 Food Truck Rally Series (Tuesdays @ City Park)
The series features live music and mobile food trucks every week. Bring a blanker or camp chair for picnic-style seating in the grass. For details, weather cancellations, and announced performers and musicians, visit their website.
5:30PM – Dusk 1500 W. Mulberry St., Fort Collins
2016 Children’s Summer Series (Wednesdays @ Lincoln Center Lawn)
Great for children of all ages, this entertainment series features hour-long presentations of culture, comedy, music and dance. Bring blankets and sunscreen as shade is limited; those with blankets get priority lawn seating. More info: Lincoln Center website.
10:30AM – 11:30AM 417 W. Magnolia St, Fort Collins
June 15th Jeff & Paige (music, stories, science/nature)
June 22nd Salida Circus Olympic Games (circus troupe)
June 29th Mr. Kneel’s Hip Hop for Families (children’s hip hop, education)
July 13th Rocky Mountain Puppets (ventriloquist)
July 20th Flamenco Vivo! (Flamenco, instruments)
Lagoon Series (Wednesdays @ Colorado State University Lagoon)
The popular Lagoon music series is back! Pack up your blanket, lawn chairs and picnic gear. Dogs welcome! Visit the Lagoon Series website for more info.
6:00PM – 8:30PM CSU Lagoon
June 15th Wendy Woo Band (pop, singer-songwriter)
June 22nd Bonnie and the Clydes (country)
June 29th Maxwell Mud (classic rock)
July 6th Euforquestra (funk, groove)
July 13th The Burroughs (funk, soul)
July 20th Winchester Holiday (folk rock)
July 27th Union Gray (country)
August 3rd Danielle Ate the Sandwich (indie singer, ukulele)
Bohemian Nights Thursday Night Live (Thursdays @ Old Town Square)
The music series showcases new, emerging, and established Colorado artists. Visit the Bohemian Nights website for more info.
7:00PM – 9:00PM 354 Walnut St., Fort Collins
June 9th Katie Glassman and Snapshot (western swing, fiddle)
June 16th Blues Dogs (blues, rock)
June 23rd Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene (roots rock)
June 30th Blue Grama (bluegrass)
July 7th Kutandara Marimba Experience (world)
July 14th Mama Lenny & the Remedy (R&B)
July 21st Surprise concert (to be announced July 18th)
July 28th Grupo Presidio (Latin)
August 4th Pandas and People (alt-folk)
Downtown Summer Sessions Concert Series (Select Fridays @ Old Town Square)
The evening concert series feature a diverse line-up of small and medium-sized Colorado musical acts. More info: Downtown Fort Collins website.
7:00PM – 8:00PM TBA
8:30PM – 10:00PM Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band ft. Erica Brown
Ben & Jerry’s FAC Concert Music (Various Fridays @ Old Town Square)
The locally-owned scoop shop sponsors a free all ages live music series. Visit their website for more info.
7:00PM – 9:00PM
June 10th Dale Cisek Band (R&B, blues, rock, Americana)
June 17th In the Mojo (high-energy dance)
June 24th Daddy Rab (“classic hot hits and cool originals”)
July 8th The Absolutes (blues, dance, funk, R&B, soul)
July 15th Buzz Brothers Band (blues)
July 22nd Doctor Robert (Beatles tribute band) for Ben & Jerry’s FoCo 20th Anniversary Celebration
July 29th Johnny Johnston & Colorado Blue (finger picking’ blues)
August 26th Amplified Souls (classic and current pop/rock)
Sept. 9th Youth Night (11 year-old Emma Marie & 15-year-old Maya Bennett)
Sounds of Summer (Saturdays @ Front Range Village Shopping Area)
Grab a lawn chair or blanket and set up on the lawn next to Mary’s Mountain Cookies, just east of the Council Tree Library. Visit the Sounds of Summer website for more info.
6:30PM – 8:30PM 2720 Council Tree Avenue, Fort Collins
July 9th Steve Manshel Band (rock, pop, country)
July 16th Winchester Holiday (indie, folk rock)
July 23rd The Coteries (folk rock)
July 30th Archie Funker (funk, rock)
August 6th The Scones (Americana rock)
August 13th The Backline (Motown, classic rock)
August 20th Pandas & People (alt-folk)
August 27th 14ers (rock, acoustic rock)
Bohemian Nights New West Fest (3-Days in August @ Old Town)
The annual 3-day free music festival will be held in Old Town Fort Collins from August 12–14. The musical lineup will be announced in mid-June.Visit the New West Fest website for information and updates.
Windsor 2016 Summer Concert Series (Thursdays @ Boardwalk Park)
The Town of Windsor offers a variety of family-friendly special events and concerts throughout the summer. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Visit the concert series website.
6:30PM – 8:30PM 100 N. 5th St., Windsor
June 9th Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams (honky tonk)
June 16th Taarka (indie, gypsy folk)
June 23rd The Country Music Project (modern country)
June 30th Equally Challenged (reggae rock)
July 4th Concert & Fireworks featuring The Burroughs (soul, R&B)
July 14th Taste of Windsor (4:30PM) with Chris Daniels & the Kings (funk)
July 21st Finnders & Youngberg (Americana folk, roots)
July 28th The Stolen Winnebagos (cover rock)
August 4th Rusty 44 (bluegrass)
Free Music Friday (Fridays @ The Sand Bar at Pelican Lakes)
Located in the Water Valley neighborhood, The Sand Bar is part of the Pelican Lakes Golf Club, open to the public. Visit the Sand Bar’s Facebook page for info.
7:00PM – 10:00PM 1600 Pelican Lakes Point, Windsor
June 10th Jiggawatt (rock, dance rock)
June 17th Dale Cisek Band (roots music, blues, rockabilly)
June 24th The Seers Band (indie, folk rock)
July 1st My Pet Fly (classic rock)
July 8th Come August (classic rock)
July 15th Retro Radio (80s music)
July 22nd Weekend Weather (rock, country rock, power pop)
July 29th Jiggawatt (rock, dance rock)
August 5th My Pet Fly (classic rock)
August 12th I-69 (rock)
August 19th Retro Radio (80s music)
August 26th Jiggawatt (rock, dance rock)
Sept. 2nd My Pet Fly (classic rock)
Sept. 9th Come August (classic rock)
Sept. 23rd Weekend Weather (rock, country rock, power pop)
Sept. 30th I-69 (rock)
Loveland Foote Lagoon Music Series (Thursdays @ Foote Lagoon)
The City of Loveland, along with the Loveland Museum/Gallery, hosts the summer concert series. Visit the museum’s concert series page for information.
Foote Lagoon Amphitheater 500 E. 3rd St., Loveland
9th Annual Sounds of Centerra (Fridays @ Chapungu Sculpture Park)
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and find a comfortable spot on the Great Lawn to enjoy local and regional musicians. There’s something for everyone. Visit the Sounds of Centerra webpage.
7:00PM – 9:00PM 6105 Sky Pond Drive, Loveland
July 8th 101st Army Dixieland Band (Dixieland, traditional jazz)
July 15th The Michael Scott Band (country)
July 22nd The Scones (rockin’ Americana)
July 29th Soul School (funk, R&B)
August 5th The Commoners (Irish rock)
August 12th Hey, Lady (B-52’s tribute band)
10th Annual Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews (2-Days in July @ Downtown Loveland)
The popular Loveland event brings together BBQ, local brews, and great live bands. This event goes on rain or shine! Visit the event website for all the details.
July 15th & 16th Railroad Avenue (between 4th & 5th Streets)
12:00PM – 2:00PM Dixie Leadfoot (rockabilly)
2:30PM – 4:30PM Plumb Loco (rock, country rock)
5:00PM – 7:00PM Off The Clock (classic rock, country)
8:00PM – 10:00PM Soul School (all kinds of music)
Do you know of other free family-friendly music being offered throughout the regioni? Share it with our readers in the comments section.