by Lauren Batson
September is a lovely time in Colorado; the leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler, and school is back in session. The community can finally feel a sense of calm and routine after the sometimes hectic, non-stop of summer. September is a sort of last hoorah before winter comes to steal the last bit of warm weather from us, which makes it the ideal time for a fall harvest festival. Fort Collins has taken full advantage of this time of year with one of my personal favorite non-holidays, Tour De Fat; a wacky and wonderful day filled with costumes, bikes, friends and of course, delicious beer. Just a few short weeks after Tour De Fat, comes FORToberfest, one of Fort Collin’s newest festival additions. Sticking to true form, FORToberfest celebrates all that this little city embodies: beer, bikes, music, and of course…local local local. Starting Friday, September 19, FORToberfest hits the city with two fun-filled days of music. From 5pm-10:30pm you will be able to enjoy live act after live act on two stages-one being in Old Town Square, the other located on Walnut St. Beginning at 11am Saturday,September 20, music will run all day up until 10:30pm that night. Acts are to be announced, so be sure to check back as there is sure to be something everyone can enjoy. Admission to the event is free, but 100% of the tips received will go to local flood relief efforts. In addition to all the fun to be had at this event, The Rio Grande will be serving their famous margaritas.While pets are not allowed on event grounds, the whole family is encouraged to come. So grab some bikes and buddies and be sure to head to FORToberfest to enjoy the last days of summer sun before the snow returns to our beautiful city!