Your guide to living summer music

Opera theater

Ready for the sweet sounds of summer?

Several free summer concert series are brewing in Fort Collins and Windsor – bringing acts from near and far to Old Town Square, Colorado State University and northern Colorado parks.

Take your pick from these free music offerings in and around Fort Collins.

Beats at Boardwalk Park

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays from June 2 to August 18

Or: Boardwalk Park, 100 N. Fifth St., Windsor

Want to hear live tunes by the lake? Head to Windsor for its free summer concert series in the city’s Boardwalk Park. Each concert will feature local food trucks and games for the City of Windsor cornhole league. The range of the series is:

  • June 2: 6 Million Dollar Band (80s theme party)
  • June 9: Five-month trip
  • June 16: 40 ounces at liberty
  • June 23: The samples
  • June 30th: Michael Morrow and the culprits
  • July 7: Echo 10 years
  • July 14th: Dave Beegle and the Jurrasicasters
  • July 21: Rick Scheuler’s Rocky Mountain Christmas Experience
  • July 28: Corb Lund
  • August 4: awesome business
  • August 11: Jesse Daniel
  • August 18: Facial voice band
Live concerts at the Lagoon take place on Wednesdays from June 15 to July 27.  coloradoan photo file

Living at the Lagoon

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays from June 15 to July 27

Or: The West Lawn of the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University

Ready for another summer of live music at CSU Lagoon? For 25 years, the Mantooth Company has hosted the Lagoon Summer Concert Series, and this year will be no different. Starting in mid-June, CSU’s West Lawn and Lagoon will be transformed each Wednesday with a series of free live music acts and local food truck stops. For more details on the series’ performers and a food truck schedule, visit

The lineup for this year’s Lagoon Summer Concert Series:

  • June 15: awesome business
  • June 22: Just the 90s
  • June 29: Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts
  • July 7: Christine-Alice
  • July 13: Clark Street Station
  • July 20: Rusty 44
  • July 27: The Wendy Woo Group

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Live from the Old Town…it’s Thursday Night Live

When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays from June 2 to Sept. 15.

Or: Old town square scene

After spending last summer at New Belgium Brewing, Bohemian Nights’ free summer concert series, Thursday Night Live, returns to its Old Town roots. The series will resume on June 2, hosting weekly live music on the stage in Old Town Square on Thursday evenings.

Now in its eighth year, Bohemian Nights Presents Thursday Night Live will take over Old Town Square for free summer concerts on Thursday nights.

This year’s Thursday Night Live lineup is as follows:

  • June 2: The calm tide
  • June 9: Jackie Venson
  • June 16: SAMI
  • June 23: Reminders
  • June 30th : Selasee and the Fafa family
  • July 7: Shamar Allen
  • July 14th : Schama Noel (opening artist) and The New Respects
  • July 21: analog wires
  • July 28: Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra and Fiesta Colorado
  • August 4: Iguanas
  • August 11: Kaleta Group and Super Yamba
  • August 18: iZCALLi
  • August 25: Brazen Brothers
  • September 1st : Big Richard
  • September 8: Companion (opening artist) and Slow Caves
  • September 15: Collyns (opening artist) and Neoma

Food trucks and melodies

When: From 5:30 p.m. to dusk every Tuesday until September 13 (no event on July 7)

Or: City Park (at Mulberry Street and Sheldon Drive), Fort Collins

Chris and Laurel Hageseth find shade under a tree with their dog, Simba, as they eat at City Park during the first FoCo Food Truck Rally of the summer on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Food Trucks will congregate in the park every Tuesday this season until September.

Ready for dinner and a show? The FoCo Food Truck Rally, which takes up part of City Park’s Sheldon Drive most Tuesday nights in the summer, will also feature free live music presented by the Mishawaka Amphitheater. The musical program of the rally is as follows:

  • May 30: Cardiac medicine
  • June 7: Pipin’ Hot
  • June 14: Julia Kirkwood
  • June 21st: Chtonk
  • June 28: Spare change with Big Daddy Ty
  • July 12: Co-Stanza
  • July 19: Zee
  • July 26: carlos barata
  • August 2nd : Mad Dog Blues
  • August 9: Taylor Shae Group
  • August 16: Johnny Johnson
  • August 23: David Halchak
  • August 30: Hand Turkey
  • September 6: Mike Heuer
  • September 13: twisted rugs

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Become an opera addict

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Or: Southridge Golf Course (Mackenzie’s Pub & Grill), 5750 S. Lemay Ave.

Live opera… in a pub? It’s so crazy it could work. The Opera Fort Collins Guild produces Get Hooked on Opera – an afternoon of opera and musical theater featuring singers Kristi Muzzio, Ruby Celestia, Julianne Perkins and Pablo Romero. Tickets are free, but donations are welcome.

Did we miss a series of concerts? Email [email protected] for possible inclusion on this online list.

Erin Udell reports on current affairs, culture, history and more for the Coloradoan. Contact her at [email protected] The only way she can keep doing what she does is with your support. If you subscribe, thank you. Otherwise, sign up for a digital subscription to the Coloradoan today.