Tour de Fat FAQ

When did Tour de Fat begin?

We launched Tour de Fat earnestly in 2000, as New Belgium’s philanthropic festival of bikes, beer, and fun. We had no idea how big this would become, and this year we hope to eclipse $5 million raised for non-profit partners since the Tour’s beginning.

How many cities is Tour de Fat going to this year?

In 2017 Tour de Fat will expand to 33 cities across the U.S. - our biggest season yet! Shows will run from May 20 in Asheville, NC thru October 7 in Tempe, AZ. For a full list of cities where Tour de Fat will travel to, visit www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat.

Is Tour de Fat still free?

With more cities and bigger acts, Tour de Fat has moved to a paid, ticketed model. By bringing in bigger name musical acts, taking the show to 33 cities, and moving to a paid ticket, we will be able to significantly increase the amount of money we can generate for our NPO partners. Tour de Fat has always been about having fun and raising money for non-profits - this move makes it even more so! Plus, because we’re working with local non-profits in all of the cities we’re visiting, you’re helping to give back to your community, so it’s really a win-win! 

Ticketing Information

  • Tickets range from $15- $25 based on venues and acts. The $25 tickets will shift to $30 two weeks prior to the show, so buy early, buy often and tell your friends!
  • All shows are general admission seating.

Does the non-profit organization get a portion of the proceeds like past years?

Our non-profit partners will continue to benefit financially from Tour de Fat. Some will earn proceeds from beer sales, others will receive a donation directly from New Belgium. Due to licensing and permitting variables from city to city, our non-profit partners will receive funds in different ways, but ultimately Tour de Fat is still a fundraiser for them. 

How much money does Tour de Fat raise for local non-profits?

This year, our goal is that Tour de Fat will exceed the $5 million mark for funds raised since it began in 2000. It is expected to generate more than $600,000 for NPO partners in 2017! 

What acts are performing?

We’re bringing in international acts like The Roots, The Naked & Famous, Third Eye Blind, as well as hot, new, and up coming artists that we love like Wilderado, Rainbow Kitten Surprise and many more will headline this year. The familiar faces of our traveling entertainment ensemble from past years will still be present at many shows in 2017, and we’re bringing in more local and regional acts than ever before. For a full list of cities and performers please visit www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat

Are people still dressing up?

Costumes are still very much encouraged! Which is to say, fluff that tutu, dig up the star-shaped sunglasses, and slip into those pink cowboy boots! 

Will there be a bike parade?

Because the shows run later in the day, parade permitting has been a challenge and many of our newer cities do not possess the infrastructure for a parade at this time (working on it!). The only cities that will have bike parades this year are Fort Collins, Tempe, and Boise.

Are you still doing the car-for-bike swap?

After many successful years, we are retiring the car-for-bike swap and celebrating the bike community at large rather than any one individual. It was a good run, but this is all part of evolving the show.  

Is Tour de Fat still a family-friendly event?

In many cities, the event will be held in venues where you need to be at least 21. There are some cities where Tour de Fat will be held in a park and all ages are welcome to attend. Check www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat to get city-specific details.

Re-Entry Policy

Once you leave, it’s all over. Come, stay and play! We’ll have all you need for a fun, safe, and memorable day!

Weather Policy

Rain or Shine – the show must go on! A Tour de Fat will only be canceled only if weather is severe and unsafe. The decision to cancel a Tour de Fat is never made until the scheduled concert time, or shortly thereafter.

Prohibited Items List

  • No outside beer, liquor, or moonshine.
  • No weapons or anything that can be turned into a weapon.

Cash & Credit Cards

Both cash and credit cards will be accepted at Tour de Fat.

Safety & Medical

Lots of things can happen at Tour de Fat, almost all of them wonderful. Still, we have medical tents set up at each venue. For your safety the medical tents are staffed by licensed professionals. In an emergency, if you are not near a medical tent, find a staff person with a radio, or notify the nearest security personnel so they can get you the help you need. PRO TIP: Drink lots of water often!

Accessibility (ADA)

Tour de Fat is a full access event, and we are dedicated to continually improving our efforts to ensure you have access to all the festival amenities. The venue is fully navigable for people with mobility disabilities. There will be accessible viewing areas made available to ADA patrons who may need to see above the crowd. For any accessibility-related questions and/or needs please email us at tickets@newbelgium.com.

PR/ Media Pass Access

For PR/Media inquiries contact Jenny Foust at jfoust@csg-pr.com.