About the Festival

Education • Restoration • Celebration


Poudre RiverFest Job Opportunity!

We’re hiring an Event Coordinator for the 2020 Poudre RiverFest! Do you know someone who loves to organize events and would enjoy working with us and the wider community to produce this amazing festival? Poudre RiverFest is seeking an event coordinator/marketer to help deliver 2020 Poudre RiverFest!

Click here to download the Request for Proposal information and application instructions.

What is the Poudre RiverFest?

Poudre RiverFest is a free, family-friendly festival in Fort Collins, Colorado, that restores, celebrates and educates people about the Cache la Poudre River, an important natural resource in our community. The festival features a variety of activities for people to explore the role of the river as an important habitat for wildlife, a recreation area and a source for clean drinking water. Educational and volunteer activities take place throughout the day with a culminating celebration in the afternoon.

There will not be a festival event in 2019 as the volunteer organizing committee is taking time for planning, improving our education and restoration goals, and working towards building our capacity to sustain the festival. We are reaching out to the Fort Collins business community, securing site(s) for future festivals, developing educational programs, and identifying river restoration projects which the event can support. 

Join us for the 2019 Poudre RiverFest Mini-Event!

Raise a glass with us at New Belgium Brewing Company on Friday, July 26 from 4-8pm for a special mini-celebration of the Poudre River!  We’ll have music by the Greyhounds, New Belgium beer and food trucks, several river related activities for families, opportunities to learn more about the Poudre RiverFest and its organizing non-profits, and a chance to win some great prizes from local businesses! Visit our Facebook page for the latest updates and information about the event.

Poudre RiverFest is made possible through the support of generous sponsors in our community that care about the Cache la Poudre River. The festival is a collaborative event that brings together like-minded nonprofits from our local conservation community:

Proceeds support the festival activities allowing the community to have a free event where they can learn about and engage with the Poudre River.

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The current iteration of Poudre RiverFest was first held in May of 2014 in the wake of the devastating high floodwaters of 2013. A group of local nonprofits decided to pool their resources and bring together their unique expertise to create a festival focused solely on the Cache la Poudre River, where people could learn about the river, get their hands dirty and raise a glass to this natural treasure.