Events

ESTES PARK EVENTS

Estes Park comes to life in the Colorado Rockies with special events that display the sights, sounds and heritage of the community. Arts and Crafts and music fill the air along with fine foods and drink. Join in the merriment of Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park.

 

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Rooftop Rodeo

JULY 5-10, 2018

There’s non-stop, rip-roarin’ cowboy action in store for rodeo fans at Estes Park’s annual Rooftop Rodeo, a PRCA sanctioned event. It has been recognized as the best small rodeo in the nation, along with being named the top medium-sized rodeo in the Midwest, and the #1 summer rodeo in Colorado by Real American Cowboy Magazine. Nightly professional rodeo performances combine with Mutton Bustin’ competition for the kids, and a parade through downtown Estes Park annual affair. Get your tickets and plan your trip now!

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Estes Park Wine Festival

AUGUST 11&12, 2018

A celebration of Colorado wine in the heart of downtown Estes Park. Enjoy tastings from over 20 Colorado wineries, fresh food, local Colorado vendors and live music. The second annual Estes Park Wine Festival sets up for the weekend in beautiful Bond Park, where festival-goers can soak in the summer sun while enjoying sipping on a variety of locally created wines. From red to white and pink, the Estes Park Wine Festival offers the opportunity to taste and learn about each style of wine and the unique process of how wine is made in Colorado.

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Estes Epic

SEPTEMBER 1&2, 2018

Participate in a 55k Mountain Bike race in beautiful Estes Park, CO. The next morning we come back for a Half+, or 55k Trail Run. Are you truly Epic? Do the Double and receive a special finisher’s award!

 

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Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show

SEPTEMBER 1-3, 2018

The Estes Park Arts and Crafts Show is held every year over Labor Day weekend in downtown Estes Park just west of the Town Hall and Library on Elkhorn Ave.

Over 100 artisans offer one-of-a-kind handcrafted items for you to purchase or just to enjoy viewing. Make your choices immediately or ask your favorite artists for their contact information and shop later.

This year’s show is scheduled for Sept 1 – 3, 2018. This decades-old Estes Park event is a continuation of a fabulous Labor Day weekend tradition.  The weather is usually beautiful and facilitates a weekend of unique shopping in the heart of Estes Park. Many visitors make it an extended weekend with all that Estes has to offer – fabulous shops, restaurants, lodging and of course Rocky Mountain National Park.

This show is sponsored by the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club.

Visit our Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/estesparkartsandcraftsshow

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Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival

SEPTEMBER 6-9, 2018

For more than three decades, Estes Park has been the backdrop for one of the nation’s largest gatherings for those of Scottish heritage, those interested in Scottish heritage, those who like the sound of Scottish brogues, those who enjoy a Scottish malt beverage, those who enjoy the rhythmic sound of Scottish footsteps on a dance floor and more.

Held annually the weekend after Labor Day, Estes Park’s Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival is the largest gathering of its kind between the Mississippi River and California, and traditionally hosts bands from Great Britain, Scotland, Canada and, of course, the United States.

For more information see their website at http://www.scotfest.com/

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Autumn Gold Festival

SEPTEMBER 22&23, 2018

Aspens turn to a golden hue. The sounds of elk bugles reverberate throughout the air. It’s a perfect season for one of Estes Park’s late-autumn traditions when a series of bands herald Autumn Gold – a Festival of Bands, Brats & Beer, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23, 2018.

Entrance is free to dance, listen to music and enjoy the festival. The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary will be offering mustard-smothered bratwursts, cold brews, soft drinks and more as talented local musicians and award-winning Colorado band play. Browse the vendor booths who will be offering corn on the cob, funnel cakes, fresh squeezed lemonade, roasted almonds and desserts.

Bring the kids! Free family activities include face painting, corn bag toss, a bounce house and a classic car show.

Don’t miss the Autumn Gold raffle with the winner taking home the grand prize of $5,000. Additional prizes include a $2,500 runner-up prize and various other cash awards. Raffle tickets are $25 each.

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Elk Fest

SEPTEMBER 29&30, 2018

The haunting call of the bull elk fills the Estes Valley during the early days of fall. The call begins with deep, resonant tones that rise rapidly to a high-pitched squeal before dropping to a series of grunts.

What is this strange sound and what does it mean?

To celebrate the annual elk rut and learn about the “wapiti,” the Native American name for elk, Estes Park hosts the 18thAnnual Elk Fest in Bond Park and the surrounding area.

The free festival features bugling contests, a Cabela’s Daisy Inflatable Shooting Range & Elk Camp, exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, a Mountain Man Rendezvous, Native American music, dancing and storytelling, elk-viewing bus tours, a childrens’ area with elk-themed activities, and a craft beer garden.

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Pumpkins and Pilsners

OCTOBER 13, 2018

This free fall festival has activities and entertainment for all ages. The perfect place to pick your pumpkins with live music and craft beer for the adults, as well as games, crafts and a bounce house for the little ones.

Enjoy additional activities like pony rides (free from 1-4pm), face painting, temporary tattoos, tractor rides, pumpkin bowling, sack races and giant Jenga. Challenge your friends in the strider mini-bike course or on the hay bale jump.

The pumpkin patch sells pumpkins for only $5 each and you can set them aside in the well-guarded ‘sold’ corral while you enjoy the fun. Bring or decorate a pumpkin and enter into the decorating contest (by 1pm) for a chance to win great prizes!

 

Whiskey Summit: Tasting Festival

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This free fall festival has activities and entertainment for all ages. The perfect place to pick your pumpkins with live music and craft beer for the adults, as well as games, crafts and a bounce house for the little ones.

Enjoy additional activities like pony rides (free from 1-4pm), face painting, temporary tattoos, tractor rides, pumpkin bowling, sack races and giant Jenga. Challenge your friends in the strider mini-bike course or on the hay bale jump.

The pumpkin patch sells pumpkins for only $5 each and you can set them aside in the well-guarded ‘sold’ corral while you enjoy the fun. Bring or decorate a pumpkin and enter into the decorating contest (by 1pm) for a chance to win great prizes!

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Fall Back Beer Festival

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Held each year on the day we turn the clocks back, Fall-Back Beer Fest is not only a celebration of beer, but also the people who make it. Held in the new Estes Park Events Complex!

With over 100 different beers being poured by the brewers themselves from over 30 Colorado breweries, festival goers are sure to walk away having learned something new about their favorite beer from the people who created it.

The Fall Back Beer Festival also coincides with the American Homebrewers Associations Annual Learn To Homebrew Day. To help celebrate, a number of AHA sanctioned homebrewing clubs will be present and brewing for everyone to watch.

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Catch the Glow Christmas Parade & Celebration

NOVEMBER 23, 2018

As dusk falls the day after Thanksgiving, the magic begins to unfold! Bands come down the street playing favorite Christmas songs with tiny white twinkly lights reflecting in the bright polished brash. Dancers sway to music. Floats loom from the night, huge and ethereal, with more and more lights that add to the mysteries and magic of Christmas legends and solstice dreams.

With holiday music broadcast outdoors throughout the town helping set the scene, visitors can interact with strolling animal characters, enjoy free hayrides and visit with Santa Claus throughout the day. Daytime activities begin at noon; parade begins at 5:30 pm. All activities are free.Santa will be at his workshop to entertain kids with many fun hands-on holiday themed activities! Kids can see the Catch the Glow Parade floats up-close, decorate kid-friendly trees, create their own gingerbread house from the candy construction station, ride in the barrel train, get creative at Santa’s construction work station, and much more!

Estes Park Winter Festival & Winter Trails Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, January 13th & 14th, 2018

Tickets

$35 food and Drink Tasting Tickets 21 & Over
$17 Chili Tasting 10 & up
$5 Children 4-9

Celebrate the winter season in Estes Park at the Estes Park Winter Festival! Sample local Colorado wine and beer from all over! Sample chili throughout the weekend, featuring a red chili cook-off on Saturday and the green & white chili cook-off on Sunday. Stay warm and toasty at the festival in the Estes Park Events Complex, 1209 Manford Ave.
Festival Fun: Details Coming Soon
Live Music!
Kids’ Activities:
Outdoor Adventures
Chili Cook-Off
Craft Beer & Wine Tasting

Saturday Only: Winter Trails Day in Rocky Mountain National Park, 10am – 3pm

Snow is no reason to stop hiking. Though your favorite footpath may be covered in deep powder, don’t pine for spring when you can slip on a pair of snowshoes and get out on the trail all winter long. Snowshoeing, after all, is simply hiking in winter. Located at the Park & Ride Lot across from Glacier Basin off Bear Lake Road.

Winter Trails Day is a free snowshoe festival with hundreds of demo snowshoes for adults and children, advice from snowshoe experts, and outdoor gear displays – all in the scenic setting of Rocky Mountain National Park! Come early for the best selection, as around 2:00 PM, the available quantity of demo equipment declines. Please bring your driver’s license to registration. Event is free, normal park entrance fees apply.

For reservations or general inquiries call (970) 577-0087


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