Summer in Northern Colorado means our love for bands, festivals and community can be showcased every single week. The region’s summer concert series and movie series feature the best of our local community so we can enjoy the summer the best way we know how: with free NoCo celebrations!
Our guide includes details for 13 recurring weekly happenings scheduled throughout Northern Colorado this summer, including Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Estes Park and more. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss any one of these 113 events!
For more can’t-miss events happening in summer 2018, check out The 16 Essential Summer Festivals in Northern Colorado.
May 31 – August 2 | 10 concerts | Old Town Square | Event info
Photo courtesy of Bohemian Nights, LLC
Hosted by the same team behind NewWestFest, Bohemian Nights Presents Thursday Night Live is a series of free summer concerts held on the Old Town Square Stage each Thursday evening. The series showcases some of Colorado’s most rocking, local talent set amongst one of the community’s favorite neighborhoods.
June 1 – October 5 | 5 concerts | Old Town Square | Event info
Photo courtesy of Richard Haro Photography via Downtown Fort Collins Business Association
Free and open to the public, this Friday evening concert series on the Old Town Square Stage features a diverse line-up of Colorado musicians. In addition to music, each week features beer service from Odell Brewing and High Country Beverage. Swing through the plaza from 6 – 9 p.m. on June 1st, July 6th, August 3rd, September 7th and October 5th to join in the fun!
June 1 – September 21 | 17 concerts | 9th Street Plaza | Event info
With 17 dates throughout the summer, this family-friendly block party in Downtown Greeley brings live music, street performers, fire spinners, face painting, balloon artistry, sidewalk chalk and more to our community. The 2018 lineup includes Pink Hawk, Gasoline Lollipops, Dave Beegle and the Jurassicastors, and 14 other outstanding artists. In conjunction with these performances, several of the events coincide with other annual happenings like Greeley Blues Jam, Greeley Stampede and the WeldWerks Invitational. For full details, check out the website here.
June 1 – September 2 | 8 movies | Various locations | Event info
Set in a different Windsor park each time, this summer series invites the whole family to lounge in front of the big screen. From June 1st – September 2nd, you can laugh along with classics like The Lion King, Jumanji, Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, Free Willy, The Karate Kid, Mary Poppins, and Grease. Don’t miss special events like the family camp-out in Boardwalk Park on July 13th and the Dive-in Movie at Chimney Park Pool on July 27th!
June 5 – August 7 | 10 concerts | Oak Street Plaza | Event info
Photo courtesy of Downtown Fort Collins Business Association
This intimate, lunchtime concert series features small-scale music performances perfectly suited for an afternoon picnic or a lunch break. Free and open to the public, you can stop by Oak Street Plaza to peruse vendors and listen to music from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Tuesday between June 5th and August 7th.
June 7 – August 23 | 12 concerts | Boardwalk Park | Event info
Featuring everything from bluegrass and rockabilly to Motown and blues, this year’s Windsor Summer Concert Series is sure to be a rocking one! Every Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., swing by Boardwalk Park to listen to tunes alongside others in the community. For the full event lineup, check out the website or follow Windsor Parks, Recreation & Culture on Facebook!
June 13 – August 8 | 8 concerts | Colorado State University | Event info
Photo courtesy of Mantooth Marketing Company
Colorado State University and Mantooth Marketing Company come together every summer to present The Lagoon Summer Concert Series, a can’t-miss series that includes some of the area’s best food trucks, vendors and musical talent. For 2018, they’re bringing both local favorites and national acts, including Pandas & People, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Strange Americans, Equally Challenged, Jake Gill and The Wendy Woo Band. You can see the full lineup with genre details here. And come hungry because each week will also bring food trucks like Ba-Nom-a-Nom, The Taco Stop, The Human Bean Coffee Truck, Sustainable Spoon and so many more!
June 13 – July 18 | 5 shows | The Lincoln Center | Event info
This summer, the Lincoln Center Support League is hosting five shows covering comedy, music, dance and story on the Lincoln Center lawn. Great for children of all ages, the shows are each an hour long and begin at 10 a.m. on June 13th, 20th, 27th and July 11th and 18th. Attendance is free so gather your kids, bring your sunscreen and blankets, and get ready for a fun morning on the lawn!
June 16 – September 15 | 17 concerts | Performance Park | Event info
Performance Park is an outdoor amphitheater that features a grassy hillside for concert-goers to lounge on blankets or in folding chairs while enjoying picnics and great music. The 2018 free concert series includes Thursday Night Live events alongside special occasions like Estes Park Village Band & Jazz Big Band on July 4th. Check the schedule here so you don’t miss a single date!
June 20 – August 1 | 4 concerts | Pioneer Museum | Event info
Photo courtesy of Berthoud Historical Society
Hosted by the Berthoud Historical Society in the beautiful Pioneer Museum courtyard, this concert series is organized each year Butch Hause, Berthoud local and former Denver newspaper music critic. In 2018, he and his team are bringing Reckless Abandon on June 20th, Jon Chandler on July 11th, Roz Brown on July 25th, and Harry Tuft on August 1st. For more information and music descriptions, check out the website.
June 21 – July 26 | 6 concerts | Foote Lagoon + Hammond Amphitheater | Event info
This year’s Loveland summer concert series includes five at Foote Lagoon and one in Hammond Amphitheater. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday night between June 21st and July 26th, you can enjoy a new kid’s activity area, performances by regional and nationally touring artists, and reserved VIP Seating for all Rialto Theater members! The full lineup includes Patty Larkin, Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband, Face Vocal Band, Narrow Gauge, Rusty 44 and Jarabe Mexicano to showcase everything from folk-pop to mariachi!
July 6 – August 10 | 5 movies | Various locations | Event info
Since the first Neighborhood Nights in 1996, this summer series has become one of Greeley’s highly anticipated summertime happenings. Free and open to the public and set at a new park each week, you can enjoy Despicable Me 3 on July 6th, Coco on July 13th, Back to the Future on July 20th, Mary Poppins on August 3rd and Wonder on August 10th. For full event details, including sponsors, location and pre-movie activities, click here.
July 10 – August 14 | 6 movies | Old Town Square | Event info
Photo courtesy of Downtown Fort Collins Business Association
This free, family-friendly event is scheduled each Tuesday evening from July 10th through August 14th. Beginning around 8:15 p.m., you can enjoy a movie on a blow-up screen on the Old Town Square Stage alongside free popcorn and, of course, all the local businesses of Old Town are just steps away!
In the comments below, let us know which shows and series you’re most excited for.