FORTober Fest 2013

Downtown Fort Collins will be playing host to another event, FORTober Fest, as we all still try to dry off from last week’s heavy rains.  With warmer weather predicted for this weekend, it should be perfect to get out and enjoy the sun, delicious food and beer, plus live music!

We owe thanks to Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, as it was their wedding party that started it all.  Getting married on October 12th, 1810, these two hosted such an extravagant wedding party that it became an annual celebration that begins in September and ends on the first Sunday of October, lasting 16 to 18 days.  Celebrating its 200th year of existence in 2010, Oktoberfest, has become the world’s most famous beer festival.

For those that can’t make it to Germany in time for this celebration, Fort Collins is hosting their own version of Oktoberfest this weekend on September 20th and 21st.  FORTober Fest, an event that brings together three mainstays of Fort Collins’ culture, beer, bikes and local music, will be celebrated by thousands in historic Downtown Fort Collins.  This is an event for the whole family and it all begins on Friday evening with music starting at 5pm on the Old Town Square Stage and headlining act, 12 Cents for Marvin, taking the stage at 8:45pm. Music will continue Saturday morning beginning at 11am and will continue throughout the day with P-Nuckle closing it out on the Bohemian Foundation Music Sponsor Main Stage at 9pm.

Six local breweries will be on site to serve up some of their most delicious seasonal beers and the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant plans to have their portable patio set up, serving their delicious margs.  FORTober Fest goers are encouraged to try all the food and drink vendors on site, as they have many amazing things planned for the event.  Or stick around the downtown area and stop by that restaurant you’ve been meaning to try forever between your favorite bands sets.

All in all this weekend’s festival has lots to offer and may be one of the few last nice weekends you get to spend outside before needing your winter jacket, so we suggest getting out there!

New Belgium Bike-In-Cinema is back!

Good news and bad news… The drive-in movie theater is closed for the season but New Belgium’s Bike-In-Cinema is just about to open up!

Fort Collins is lucky enough to be the home of one of the few functioning drive-in movie theaters left in the United States.  And we are even luckier to have a Bike-In Cinema brought to us by our good friends and craft brewers, New Belgium.  Every year since 2004, they have hosted these screening events as summer comes to a close and the fall season greets us with changing leaves.

For the next four Thursdays join fellow beer, movie and fun enthusiasts and bike on down to New Belgium’s “Mothership” to catch a flick.  Bring blankets, chairs, and your favorite movie snacks and get there before dusk to pick out your spot.  If you don’t have time to grab a bite to eat beforehand they’ve got you covered, with a hot dog cart and Pizza Casbah slices.  And unlike other theaters or drive-ins, here you will be able to sip on some of your favorite New Belgium beers while watching the movie and taking in Colorado’s refreshing Fall air.

All beer proceeds will go to Wolverine Farm Publishing, a Fort Collins based non-profit arts/literary organization, whose mission is “To publish quality literature and art that mindfully engages humans with the world.”  They publish books, newspapers and online content, and operate a bookstore located inside a local coffee shop, The Bean Cycle.

So leave your alcoholic beverages at home and help support this awesome non-profit, plus they aren’t allowed!

Here’s a list of this year’s featured films:

Sept. 12th – Tremors

Sept. 19th – Karate Kid

Sept. 26th – Shut Up and Play the Hits

Oct. 3rd – Stepbrothers

SoPro Music Festival

In case you haven’t had your fill of concerts and music this summer, the SoPro Music Festival offers you another chance to enjoy some local favorites outside!

Join music and food lovers from all over this Saturday, September 7th, at the southwest corner of College and Prospect to take part in the 4th Annual SoPro Musical Festival.  As the summer heat makes its last efforts to make us miserable, SoPro helps take the heat down a notch with Coin Margs, Rio Margs and Estebans from El Monte Grill and Lounge and their sister restaurant Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant.

The music and fun starts at 5pm, with opening acts of Better Than Bacon and Lindsey O’Brien Band. These two Rock ‘n’ Roll bands will get things started off and lead the way for headlining act Whitewater Ramble, who are described as “High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass”. You won’t want to miss this high energy group of musicians that will have you dancing and singing along all night long!

Your $5 entry fee at the door will go towards Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, a non-profit that aids in the healing and restoration of public lands.  Enjoying awesome Colorado music, margs and food while supporting the beautiful lands around us has a pretty big upside!