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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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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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.
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!
Rocky Mountain Craft Spirits Festival
October 27, 2018
The Rocky Mountain region is home to a booming craft spirits industry. Distillers and consumers of fine spirits are invited to celebrate this craft at a tasting festival in Estes Park, Colorado. Admission includes a souvenir tasting glass, complimentary pours from a variety of distillers, bar games, and live music. So raise a glass to raised standards, and make your plans for the last Saturday in October.
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Fall Back Beer Festival
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.
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
$35 food and Drink Tasting Tickets 21 & Over
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.
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.