Estes Park is a year round destination. Enjoy the fun, food and entertainment of festivals, arts and crafts shows and special events throughout the year. Here is a little taste.
January 16-17, 2016
The Estes Park Winter Festival coordinates with Annual Winter Trails Day in Rocky Mountain National Park. Test out snowshoes in the park, warm up with a chili cook-off and sample your favorite wines and beers. The Ice Castle enchants kids of all ages.
Whiskey Warm-Up Weekend
March 12, 2016
Warm up from the inside out at Estes Park’s Whiskey Warm-Up Weekend: a day of tastings from local distilleries around a fire pit at Riverside Plaza. Bring your whole family to enjoy activities like face painting, pony rides, a s’mores bar and more! Live bluegrass music and seminars to increase your whiskey knowledge are included.
Stanley Film Festival
April 28-May 1, 2016
Horror fans will have plenty to love at the Stanley Film Festival, including a chance to see some of the year’s best offerings months ahead of their worldwide release. Trivia games, Q&As with actors and other professionals, and other activities join the mix. It all takes place at the Stanley Hotel, famous for inspiring Stephen King’s classic novel The Shining.
Jazz Fest & Art Walk
June 3-5, 2016
Estes Park welcomes the summer season with two days of jazz performances and special art gallery exhibitions.
June 9-12, 2016
Perfect for the whole family, Estes Park’s free Wool Market features kids’ tractor rides, animal shows and a petting zoo with everything from rabbits to llamas. Try your hand at spinning, sign up for an early workshop or simply wander around the West’s largest fiber festival. This event will be taking place at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park.
Estes Park Go 4th Festival
July 3-4, 2016
The “rockets’ red glare” over Lake Estes is the grand finale of a day long July 4 Celebration. Start this year’s Independence Day right at the town’s pancake breakfast, then check out the car show and brass band concert.
July 6-11, 2016
Rooftop Rodeo brings a week of acclaimed rodeo events to the Stanley Park Fairgrounds, beginning with a giant parade down Elkhorn Avenue.
Rocky Mountain Half Marathon
July 30, 2016
Rocky Mountain Half Marathon fallows a course along the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, home of some of Colorado’s most beautiful landscapes.
Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival
September 8-11, 2016
Celebrate everything Scottish with bagpipe bands, parades, dancing, food and traditional highland games at the Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival.
Autumn Gold Festival
September 24-25, 2016
This free-to-enter festival of “Bands, Brats & Beer” is a fun celebration open to your whole family. Kid-friendly activities include face painting, a corn bag toss and fire engine rides!
October 1-2, 2016
What is that strange sound? Starting in early September and lasting into later October, elk bugling signals the annual elk rut in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Elk Fest honors these impressive animals and the changing of the seasons.
Fall Back Beer Festival
November 5, 2016
Over a hundred beers from thirty Colorado breweries make an appearance at the annual Fall Back Beer Festival. Guests of all ages are welcome to try craft soda and hear live bluegrass and rockabilly music. A shuttle will run from the event’s location at the new Estes Park Events Complex to different locations in town.
Catch the Glow Christmas Parade & Celebration
November 27-28, 2016
Catch the holiday spirit the day after Thanksgiving with the Estes Park Catch the Glow Holiday Parade & Celebration. Mother Nature often adds her own magical touch to the parade. It’s just the beginning of a new month of festivities!