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.

 

Whiskey Warm Up

March 3, 2018

George Hix Riverside Plaza, outdoor area

Included in ticket prices:

  • Unlimited samples from 23 distilleries
  • Souvenir tasting glass
  • Live seminars
  • Live Music from Monocle, a Boulder Bluegrass Fusion Band

Join Estes Park for Whiskey Warm Up, a whiskey tasting event and celebration with special whiskey-themed events, packages and specials will be happening throughout the weekend.

The Whiskey Warm Up celebrates the winter tradition of warming up from the inside out. Layer up to sip on selections of Colorado whiskeys from a variety of distilleries while cozying up near of one of the fire pits outside in the beautiful George Hix Riverside Plaza. Sway to the toe-tapping sounds of live music, learn more about the styles, tastes and smells of whiskey from a local distillery’s knowledgeable educators, who will be presenting live snapshot seminars throughout the event including Elkins presenting on the challenges of high altitude distilling and how all their materials are sourced from Colorado. Enjoy a local cigar shop selling products and demonstrating cigar rolling, to enjoy alongside your favorite whiskey.

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Estes Park Duck Race Festival

May 5, 2018

The Estes Park Duck Race is held annually on the first Saturday in May. The 29th Annual Duck Race continues a tradition started in 1989, which has returned more than $2 million to local charities and groups.

The process is simple. You adopt a duck or a flock of ducks for a fee of $20 each ($21 for each online adoption) and $19 of what you donate will benefit one of charitable organizations you select at the time of adoption. The more duck adoptions sold by the individual charities, the more money they can raise!

For more info go to http://www.epduckrace.org/

Memorial Day Weekend

MAY 26-28, 2018

 

Shoppers, diners, wildlife watchers, and purveyors of arts and crafts delight in the three-day Memorial Day weekend in Estes Park. Amidst budding trees and blossoming flowers, Estes Park is bustling!

From Saturday through Monday, May 27 to May 29, check out Bond Park in the center of downtown for a wide variety of one-of-a-kind art. More than 90 local, statewide and national artists showcase their talents in an annual juried art show and market.

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Jazz Fest and Western Arts Show

JUNE 2-3, 2018

A weekend of fine art and culture come alive in Estes Park as two special events fill the mountains with live music and world-class art & sculpture! The tradition of the Estes Park Jazz Fest in beautiful Performance Park continues in 2017 and the Estes Park Events Center hosts the Windows to the West Fine Art of the West show & sale which brings the works of world-renowned western artists to Estes Park .

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Wool Market and Fiber Festival

JUNE 7-10, 2018

Family events don’t get much better than this – hands-on activities; fuzzy, approachable animals; entertaining performances; and shopping for mom and dad. Each June, families, knitters and animal enthusiasts attend the free Estes Park Fiber Affair and Wool Market to find all of these great things and more! Those familiar with the wool and fiber industry know this event, held at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, as the largest fiber fest in the West. Families can enjoy tractor rides for kids, a silent auction in the llama tent, and an expanded vendor barn!

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Scandinavian Mid Summer Festival

JUNE 22-24, 2018

Come celebrate the 2018 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival! The Midsummer Festival is a Scandinavian tradition that celebrates the summer solstice. The festival is held in downtown Estes Park at Bond Park, located at the intersection of Elkhorn Avenue (US 34/36) and MacGregor Avenue.

Be entertained and educated about the Scandinavian traditions and culture with fun and lively dancing, exhibits, kids’ activities, and more! Whatever your heritage may be, join in the many families across the country from Scandinavians descent who gather at the festival to share their heritage.

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4th of July Weekend Celebration

JULY 4, 2018

On Wednesday, July 4th, spend the afternoon enjoying hiking, bike riding, paddle boating, miniature golf or check out the Coolest Car Show. More than 100 “Steam -to-Electric” vehicles will be displayed at the new Estes Park Events Complex, located at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. Along with steam and electric cars, other street rods, stock cars, muscle cars, sports cars, vintage and classic cars will be on display.

At 7 p.m., the Estes Village Band tunes up for its annual patriotic concert featuring the works of John Philip Sousa and others. The concert is free to attend and will be held at the Performance Park Amphitheater, at the west end of downtown.

The Fireworks Show starts at 9:30pm over Lake Estes! You won’t want to miss one of Colorado’s most glorious fireworks displays! Find a grass spot at Stanley Park, along the Lake Estes Trail or on your favorite mountainside to join in this annual tradition of national pride.

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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 12&13, 2017

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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Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show

SEPTEMBER 2-4, 2017

From September 2-4, The Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show will fill Bond Park and the adjacent downtown area with over 100 booths featuring a variety of hand-crafted goods. The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary hosts this free unique shopping event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday. Available handmade goods for sale include paintings and drawings, jewelry, metal work, clothing and tapestry bags, gourmet pantry items, home décor, wood carvings, doll clothes and toys, pottery, glass and more.

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Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival

SEPTEMBER 7-10, 2017

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 23&24, 2017

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. 24 and 25, 2016.

Entrance is free to dance, listen to music and enjoy the festival. The Estes Park 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, soap bubbles, corn bag toss, a bounce house and a classic car show.

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Elk Fest

SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 1, 2017

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 21, 2017

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 24, 2017

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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