I can remember a time not too long ago when there were two or three restaurants or bars in Downtown Greeley that were worth going to. In recent years the downtown area has cleaned up and added many great business. Now the area has become the first in the state to allow you to take your alcohol to go as well. Tonight, the new law goes into effect and to help celebrate, the  Friday Fest kickoff concert is tonight as well.

Earlier this week it was confirmed that Greeley would become the first city in the state to allow people to drink out of open alcohol containers while strolling outside in certain areas. The area being called the “Go-Cup” district is confined to the 9th Street Plaza in Downtown Greeley.  The allowance will be limited to Friday nights from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. (with last call at 10 p.m.) June 8 through Oct. 26, weather permitting.

The Downtown Development Authority said it expects about 2,000 attendees at the debut of the “Go-Cup” district and Friday Fest kickoff tonight.

Along with the music and the booze, you can also register to win a VIP Las Vegas Trip valued at $3,500 (Final winner will be drawn  August 17), a Trip for 2 to Copper Mountain Resort valued at $800 (winner will be drawn July 13th), and monthly prizes of Rockies Club Level Tickets.

The complete Friday Fest Line-Up:

June 8 – “Johnny O Band”  (Blues Jam Kick-Off) Followed by bands in 12 different downtown venues later that night. Here’s a youtube sampling of the Friday night line-up for downtown Greeley!

June 15 –  ”Luke & the Cool Hands” Greeley Stampede Kick-Off- The Greeley Stampede takes over downtown for this one with their usual western flair. This will NOT be a Go-Cup night for our downtown bars. You will get your to-go drinks from the Stampede booth on the plaza as part of theri annual fundraising efforts. Put your country on and come downtown.

June 22 – Sears Real Estate Night with  ”Audible Clique” – & “Dizzy Block” Classic Car Cruise

June 29 - “Seven Sundays” from Cheyenne

July 6 –  ”Contraband” & 8th Steet Art Showcase

July 13 –  ”Kris Lager Band” from Lincoln, Nebraska & “Dizzy Block” Classic Car Cruise

July 20 -  Houtchens, Houtchens & Greenfield Night with “The Stubby Shillelaghs” – Irish Theme Night

July 27 –  ”Funkiphino”  (Arts Picnic Kick-off) Enjoy this special Friday Fest celebration – then come downtown Saturday and Sunday for one ofGreeley’s premier events – the annual “Greeley Arts Picnic”

August 3 – “Foxfield Four” & “Dizzy Block” Classic Car Cruise

August 10 – “Under the Radar”

August 17 – “Deb Stafford & Stone Soup”

August 24 - “Reverand Hooch”

August 31 – “The Modnicks” – 60’s Theme Night

September 7 -  (TBA ) & “Dizzy Block” Classic Car Cruise

September 14 - (TBA)

September 21 – “My Favorite Bands” Kickoff. 3 bands performing covers of your (their) favorite bands. The festival continues Saturday in Lincoln Park with 10 more bands! Be prepared to hear the likes of Springsteen, Heart, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, The Pretenders, The Band, Grateful Dead, Thin Lizzy, Joe Walsh, Journey, and more!

September 28 – Friday Fest will be on hold this week for the big annual downtown Oktoberfest September 28 & 29 in Historic Downtown Lincoln Park.

October 5 – (TBA) & UNC Homecoming

October 12 - “Retro” – 80’s Theme Night

October 19 – “Turn 4″

October 26 - (TBA) Trick or Treat Street & 2nd annual Zombie Crawl



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