Colorado summer is here, and there's so much to do. Food festivals, fairs and community gatherings galore entertain from the mountains to the plains and from small towns to our largest cities.

Music fills every downtown gathering spot and park in Northern Colorado all summer. Greeley, Loveland, Windsor and Fort Collins all feature one or more nights of regular local performances. Scroll on to find out what's happening each week.

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Things to do in Northern Colorado: Events Calendar

Wednesday, July 10

  • Colorado's nationally touring alt band Pandas and People take the Lagoon Concert Series stage at Colorado State University. Shows are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Food trucks and booths. The event is smoke- and alcohol-free.
  • Nik Parr and the Selfless Lovers play the One Sweet Summer event series at The Foundry on Third Street in downtown Loveland. The Wednesday night concerts include kids art activities, food vendors and downtown craft breweries.

Thursday, July 11

  • The School of Rock plays the Thursday night Sounds of Summer Concert Series from 6 to 8 p.m. at Front Range Village on Harmony in Fort Collins.
  • Minori and Nattali Rize reggae artists play Thursday Night Live. The weekly concerts take place 7-9 p.m. in Fort Collins' Old Town Square.
  • Titonic brings its funk to the 7 p.m. Thursday night Loveland concert series at Foote Lagoon, 500 E. Third St.
  • NoCo Winds Saxophone Free Family FunPlex Concert Series 7-8 p.m. at 1501 65th Ave., Greeley, Colorado.
  • Six One Five country band plays the Windsor Summer Concert Series at Boardwalk Park. Shows are 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 12

  • Americana and Country Night with Bo Depena, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Downtown Greeley Friday Fest at Ninth Street Plaza.
  • Face Vocal Band plays the Sounds of Centerra July concert series 7-9 p.m. at Chapungu Park in Loveland.

Saturday, July 13

  • Northern Colorado Relay for Life, 4 p.m., University High School, 6525 18th St., Greeley. Relay For Life brings the community together to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against every cancer. Find more info about the American Cancer Society event here.
  • Comedian Tom Papa will perform from 6 and 8:30 p.m. at Loveland's Rialto Theater. Tickets and more information are available at rialtotheatercenter.org.

Wednesday, July 17

  • The improvisational Pink Hawks take the Lagoon Concert Series stage at Colorado State University. Shows are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Food trucks and booths. The event is smoke- and alcohol-free.
  • The Guerilla Fanfare Brass Band plays the One Sweet Summer event series at The Foundry on Third Street in downtown Loveland. The Wednesday night concerts include kids art activities, food vendors and downtown craft breweries.

Thursday, July 18

  • Michael Ault takes the Front Range Village stage for the Sounds of Summer Concert Series. The series is 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at the mall on Harmony in Fort Collins.
  • Bluegrass artist Chain Station plays Thursday Night Live. The weekly concerts take place 7-9 p.m. in Fort Collins' Old Town Square.
  • Last Call Romance brings its retro rock 'n' roll and swing to the 7 p.m. Thursday night Loveland concert series at Foote Lagoon, 500 E. Third St.
  • Don Elwood Big Band Free Family FunPlex Concert Series 7-8 p.m. at 1501 65th Ave., Greeley, Colorado.
  • The Dale Cisek Band brings its R and B and blues to the Windsor Summer Concert Series at Boardwalk Park. Shows are 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Friday, July 19

  • Reggae Night with Judge Roughneck, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Downtown Greeley Friday Fest at Ninth Street Plaza.
  • That Eighties Band plays the Sounds of Centerra July concert series 7-9 p.m. at Chapungu Park in Loveland.

Wednesday, July 24

  • Indie artist Alysia Kraft and special guests take the Lagoon Concert Series stage at Colorado State University. Shows are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Food trucks and booths. The event is smoke- and alcohol-free.
  • Chris Daniels and The Kings play the One Sweet Summer event series at The Foundry on Third Street in downtown Loveland. The Wednesday night concerts include kids art activities, food vendors and downtown craft breweries.

Thursday, July 25

  • Three Shots takes the Front Range Village stage for the Sounds of Summer Concert Series. The series is 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at the mall on Harmony in Fort Collins.
  • Soul artist The Charities and Latin doo-wop group The McCharmlys play Thursday Night Live. The weekly concerts take place 7-9 p.m. in Fort Collins' Old Town Square.
  • Jees! Funk Band Free Family FunPlex Concert Series 7-8 p.m. at 1501 65th Ave., Greeley, Colorado.
  • Journey Tribute Band Those Crazy Nights plays the Windsor Summer Concert Series at Boardwalk Park. Shows are 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 26

  • Arts Picnic Kickoff with Jakarta Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Downtown Greeley Friday Fest at Ninth Street Plaza.
  • Soul School, a six-piece band that jams Motown, rhythm and blues, contemporary, golden oldies, beach, country, jazz, rock and funk, plays the Sounds of Centerra July concert series 7-9 p.m. at Chapungu Park in Loveland.

Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28

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  • Greeley Arts Picnic is at 802 10th Ave, Lincoln Park. This free event features artisans from across the country, food and entertainment. Attendees 21 and older can listen to free center-stage music from the Greeley Chamber Orchestra while enjoying a cold beverage in the shade in the Beer Garden. A dozen acts will perform on two stages: a dance group, country music, big band, blues and rock. More at artspicnic.com.

Wednesday, July 31

  • Girl Crush, featuring Wendy Woo, plays the One Sweet Summer event series at The Foundry on Third Street in downtown Loveland. The Wednesday night concerts include kids' art activities, food vendors and downtown craft breweries.
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August 2024: Fairs, events and concerts happening in Northern Colorado 

Thursday, Aug. 1

  • Reminisce plays the Thursday night Sounds of Summer Concert Series from 6 to 8 p.m. at Front Range Village on Harmony in Fort Collins.
  • Heavy Diamon Ring bings its Americana music to Thursday Night Live. The weekly concerts take place 7-9 p.m. in Fort Collins' Old Town Square.
  • New Horizons Swing Band Free Family FunPlex Concert Series 7-8 p.m. at 1501 65th Ave., Greeley, Colorado.
  • Boogie Machine brings on the 70s disco and funk for the Windsor Summer Concert Series at Boardwalk Park. Shows are 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 2

  • Afro-Latin-Rock Night with Supernatural Santana Tribute Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Downtown Greeley Friday Fest at Ninth Street Plaza.

Saturday, Aug. 3

Aug. 4-6

Larimer County Fair PRCA Rodeo at Blue Arena. Tickets are available from AXS.

Wednesday, Aug. 7

  • Roka Hueka plays the One Sweet Summer event series at The Foundry on Third Street in downtown Loveland. The Wednesday night concerts include kids art activities, food vendors and downtown craft breweries.

Thursday, Aug. 8

  • The Childs Play Band plays the Thursday night Sounds of Summer Concert Series from 6 to 8 p.m. at Front Range Village on Harmony in Fort Collins.
  • Jazz artist Takuya Kuroda plays Thursday Night Live. The weekly concerts take place 7-9 p.m. in Fort Collins' Old Town Square.
  • Kream of the Krop Free Family FunPlex Concert Series 7-8 p.m. at 1501 65th Ave., Greeley, Colorado.
  • Blues artists the Delta Sonics play the Windsor Summer Concert Series at Boardwalk Park. Shows are 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 9

  • Success Foundation and D6 Night with School of Rock Loveland, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Downtown Greeley Friday Fest at Ninth Street Plaza.

Wednesday, Aug. 14

  • Benny and Taylors Honky Tonk Express plays the One Sweet Summer event series at The Foundry on Third Street in downtown Loveland. The Wednesday night concerts include kids art activities, food vendors and downtown craft breweries.

Thursday, Aug. 15

  • Taylor Shae takes the Front Range Village stage for the Sounds of Summer Concert Series. The series is 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at the mall on Harmony in Fort Collins.
  • Atomga brings world/funk to Thursday Night Live. The weekly concerts take place 7-9 p.m. in Fort Collins' Old Town Square.
  • John Mills Orchestra Free Family FunPlex Concert Series 7-8 p.m. at 1501 65th Ave., Greeley, Colorado.
  • Bad Colorado, a Bad Company Tribute band, plays the Windsor Summer Concert Series at Boardwalk Park. Shows are 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 16

  • Monster Day Kickoff, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Downtown Greeley Friday Fest at Ninth Street Plaza.

Saturday, Aug. 17

  • Monster Day in downtown Greeley. Monsters. Costumes. Music. Food. Booths. Competitions. This event raises money for Don't Be A Monster, a nationally recognized organization that works alongside haunted attractions to provide free bullying prevention assemblies to schools across the United States.
  • Strongest Man on Earth, presented by The Shaw Classic, hits Blue Arena on Aug. 17 and 18. Get tickets at AXS.

Wednesday, Aug. 21

  • Gasoline Lollipops plays the One Sweet Summer event series at The Foundry on Third Street in downtown Loveland. The Wednesday night concerts include kids art activities, food vendors and downtown craft breweries.

Thursday, Aug. 22

  • Gily and The Macks plays the Thursday night Sounds of Summer Concert Series from 6 to 8 p.m. at Front Range Village on Harmony in Fort Collins.
  • Kayla Marque plays pop/R&B/soul at Thursday Night Live. The weekly concerts take place 7-9 p.m. in Fort Collins' Old Town Square.

Friday, Aug. 23

  • Rockin' Blues Night with The Danny Derail Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Downtown Greeley Friday Fest at Ninth Street Plaza.

Wednesday, Aug. 28

  • Sugar Britches and Friends plays the One Sweet Summer event series at The Foundry on Third Street in downtown Loveland. The Wednesday night concerts include kids art activities, food vendors and downtown craft breweries.

Thursday, Aug. 29

  • Wendy Woo takes the Front Range Village stage for the Sounds of Summer Concert Series. Shows are 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at the mall on Harmony in Fort Collins.
  • Afrobeat band Paa Kow plays Thursday Night Live. The weekly concerts take place 7-9 p.m. in Fort Collins' Old Town Square.

Friday, Aug. 30

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  • Colorado Grit Night with Little Moses Jones, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Downtown Greeley Friday Fest at Ninth Street Plaza
  • Rick Springfield, 7:30 p.m. at Greeley's Union Colony Civic Center. Tickets $58-$98. Over the past four decades, Rick Springfield is best known for creating some of the finest power-pop hits of the '80s as a Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and musician – selling 25 million albums and scoring 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers," "An Affair of the Heart," "I've Done Everything for You," "Love Somebody," and "Human Touch."

September 2024: Festivals and events in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and across Northern Colorado

Thursday, Sept. 5

  • Indie rockers Lady Denim play Thursday Night Live. The weekly concerts take place 7-9 p.m. in Fort Collins' Old Town Square.

Friday, Sept. 6

  • Block Party, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Downtown Greeley Friday Fest at Ninth Street Plaza

Friday, Sept. 13

  • Mexican Independence/UNC Night with Mariachi Aguila, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Downtown Greeley Friday Fest at Ninth Street Plaza
  • Leslie Jones, 7:30 p.m. at Greeley's Union Colony Civic Center. Tickets $38-$78. Comedian Leslie Jones is a three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee as well as a Writer's Guild Award and NAACP Award nominee for her work on "Saturday Night Live." Honored as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People, Jones recently wrapped production on season two of the HBO Max series "Our Flag Means Death." She starred opposite Eddie Murphy in "Coming 2 America," for which she won an MTV Movie Award and was nominated for a People's Choice Award.

Friday, Sept. 27

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top play Blue Arena in Loveland. Get tix at AXS.

October 2024 events in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins and the Northern Colorado region

Friday, Oct. 4

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  • Ashley McBryde, 7:30 p.m. at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley, Colorado. Tickets $58-$98. Grammy-award winner Ashley McBryde cut her teeth playing country songs in biker bars – and it shows. McBryde has gained critical acclaim as an authentic and courageous voice as she's earned six Grammy nominations and garnered honors from the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music. McBryde's latest album, "The Devil I Know," is available now, featuring chart-climbing lead single "Light on in The Kitchen."

November 2024 Northern Colorado calendar of events

Tuesday, Nov.12

  • Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, 7 p.m. at Greeley's Union Colony Civic Center. Tickets $38-$58. Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox "Life in the Past Lane World Tour" blends modern-day earworms and iconic pop hits with the original styles that put American popular music on the map: ragtime, swing, big band, country/western, doo-wop and soul. Postmodern Jukebox is equal parts time-traveling musical variety show and career-launching talent platform, featuring a cast of performers from their wildly popular YouTube channel.

December 2024 holiday events and more things to do in Loveland, Fort Collins, Greeley and NoCo communities

Tuesday, Dec. 3

  • Disney Jr. Live On Tour: Let's Play!, 6 p.m. at Union Colony Civic Center—tickets $47-$77. Mickey is getting ready for the biggest playdate ever at the Clubhouse with all his favorite pals – including Minnie and Goofy, the Puppy Dog Pals, Ginny and Bitsy from "SuperKitties" and Ariel from "Disney Jr.'s Ariel" – but mysterious weather keeps interrupting the fun. Can Team Spidey from "Marvel's Spidey and his Amazing Friends" find out who is behind this and help save the playdate?

Wednesday, Dec. 4

  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, 7 p.m. at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley, Colorado.

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From small block-sized gatherings to attendance of tens of thousands, Coloradans know how to gather in city parks, fairgrounds and hillsides, whether for a little music or educational outdoor escapades.

Counting down the best of the best is a challenge, but we've come up with 12 you gotta go to at least once.

Gallery Credit: Christine Kapperman

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