Rocky Mountain Craft Spirit Festival 2018

Saturday, October 27, 2018 2pm – 5pm

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.

Why not make a weekend out of it?  Check out the other activities and amenities being offered around town:

PAIRING DINNER:  Latitude 105 will be offering a pairing dinner the weekend of the event.  Join Executive Chef Jacob Tew on Friday, October 26 as he presents an outstanding culinary experience featuring pairings with regional craft spirits by Breckenridge Distillery and Elkins Distillery.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the pairing dinner website.  Please note that the dinner and the tasting festival each require a separate ticket.

DISTILLERY TOUR:  Elkins Whisky is the tasting festival’s presenting sponsor, and these folks are pleased to offer a behind the scenes tour of their distillery the day of the tasting festival.  Arrive at 1pm and take a peek at the processes used to bring you the first and only spirits made (legally) in Estes Park.  Talk to the distillers, try out a sample in the tasting room, and then catch a free trolley over to the festival.  The trolley will bring you back to Elkins at the conclusion of the event for a chance to say hi once again to some of your new friends in the craft spirits industry.  Tickets to the tour are offered here, and are only offered with the purchase of a festival ticket.

TRANSPORTATION:  The Town of Estes Park will be providing a FREE shuttle the day of the event.  This service will make stops at a variety of locations around town, including Streamside on Fall River.  Book yourself a room, don’t worry about driving, and head for the festival.  

2018 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 annual Elk Fest in Bond Park.

The free festival features bugling contests, elk exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, elk-inspired arts and crafts, Native American music, dancing and storytelling, a childrens’ area with elk-themed activities, and a craft beer garden. For safe & respectful elk viewing tips, please visit our Wildlife Watching page. 

Vendors will display artwork, handmade elk-ivory jewelry, and will offer distinctive elk cuisine.  Mountain men from around the country will gather at the Mountain Man Rendezvous to sell their wares and demonstrate their skills. 

Enjoy the Educational Seminar Tent to learn more about Elk and wildlife in Estes Park from a variety of professionals including Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Mile High Note Game Calls. Representatives from the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program will display on a gloved hand some of their magnificent rescued birds.  It’s amazing to see these majestic birds close up! Colorado Parks and Wildlife are on-site offering an Elk Camp where you can explore a variety of educational booths, and their staff will be helping in the field as attendees take the self-guided elk tour!

Live country, rock and bluegrass music will light up the park Saturday and Sunday with popular Colorado bands performing on stage. 

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. 

Autumn Gold Music Lineup

Saturday

11am-1pm: Brad Fitch and the TropiCowboys

1:30-4pm: Wendy Woo and the Woo Crew

4:30-6:30pm: Rock Country Revival Band

Sunday

11:30-2pm: Last Men on Earth

2:30-5pm: The Long Run

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 celebrations of the heritage, the sounds, the tastes, and the arts of the Scottish and Irish cultures.

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 the marching kind to the rocking kind and everything in-between – hailing from Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and, of course, the United States.

With jousting knights, dancing girls, hoisting athletes and calling bagpipes, groups and families of all ages will catch the Celtic spirit at this festival – surrounded by the scenic peaks of Estes Park!

One of the weekend highlights is the free hour-long parade on Elkhorn Avenue, Estes Park’s main street. Bagpipes, drummers, dancers, clans in tartan, Dogs of the British Isles, brass military bands and precision drill teams give a preview of what can be seen on the festival grounds.

Festival Activities:

Music & Entertainment

Scottish Irish Shopping Markets: Browse a variety of Scottish and Irish vendors in the shopping tents to find highland inspired jewelry, clothing, kilts, accessories, home décor, and more.

Scottish Athletics: Strong Man Competition. On the Festival field, there will be hammer throws, putting the stone, and caber throwing contests. Come join us and see a mere man toss a 19’7″,  140 lb. caber end over end!

US/International Jousting Championships: Games, Light Armor & Heavy Armor

Dogs Of the British Isles: Dog Agility & Herding, Terrier Races & Dog Exhibit Booths

During the festival, many Estes Park business feature live Celtic music and whiskey tastings throughout the village! 

Estes Park Jazz Fest Weekend

June 2-3, 2018
For two days the mountains are alive with the sounds of great jazz. The Estes Park Jazz Fest has become one of Colorado’s premier Jazz Festivals, noted for its commitment to excellence in Jazz. Presenting the finest national and regional Jazz artists, the festival features stellar line-ups of performers, representing the music from New Orleans roots to its thriving and diverse present, and venturing into the music’s vibrant future. Taking place at Performance Park, you’ll enjoy sounds of jazz with views of the Fall River and enchanting rock walls surrounding the amphitheater.  At the 28th annual Estes Park Jazz Fest, enjoy music from seven Jazz bands & musicians over two days. Sip on the fine wine of local Colorado wine selections in the wine garden. Enjoy tastings from Estes Park’s Snowy Peaks Winery along with Turquoise Mesa Winery.
Tickets: $10 per day or $15 for a weekend pass, 12 & Under are free. Tickets will be sold at the door, no pre-sale.

Saturday, June 2
      12-12:50pm – Estes Park Big Band Swing
               Classic big band swing
       1:10-2:10pm – Max Wagner Quartet
               Modern mainstream Jazz sax & vocals
       2:30-3:30pm – Gabriel Mervine Quartet
               Top flight innovative jazz trumpet
       3:50-5:00pm – Chipman – Hancock Collective
               Straight ahead Jazz, fusion and Neo Soul
Sunday, June 3
      12-1:10pm – Quirktett
              Four dynamic jazz vocalists with a great rhythm section
       1:40-3:10pm – Jeremy Pelt Quintet
             World class, Cutting edge New York jazz trumpeter and his New York quintet
      3:40-5:00pm – Lionel Young Band
             Award-winning deep blues, eclectic violin

2018 Estes Park Wine and Chocolate Festival

 

The Estes Park Wine and Chocolate Festival will take place at the Estes Park Events Complex on Saturday February 10, 2018 from 1pm – 5pm.

Sample sweets from the region’s finest chocolatiers, taste pours from a variety of wineries, and enjoy a romantic weekend in beautiful Estes Park!

When you arrive you’ll receive a wine glass to taste free pours from the wine vendors, and tickets to exchange for chocolate samples! You’ll also have the chance to purchase bottles of wine, chocolates and other romantic gifts to take home with you! You’ll enjoy jazz music from Max Wagner as you browse and taste.

Give Streamside on Fall River a call for discounted tickets!

Catch the Glow Christmas Parade & Celebration

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.

The annual “Catch the Glow” parade the day on November 24 caps a day of full activity in downtown Estes Park. With holiday music broadcast outdoors throughout the town helping set the scene, visitors can interact with strolling animal characters, enjoy family hay rides and visit with Santa Claus in Bond Park from noon to 4pm.  The lighted Christmas parade begins at 5:30 pm and runs the length of Elkhorn Ave. All activities are free.

With all of this activity, you’ll want to be sure to stay for the entire Catch the Glow Weekend celebration! Create new Thanksgiving traditions and weekend memories with your mountain getaway in Estes Park!

Estes Park Holiday Market

Mark your calendar for the 5thAnnual Estes Park Holiday Market the weekend before  Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 18th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, November 19th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

This event will be held at the Estes Park Conference Center (201 S. St. Vrain Avenue off Highway 7 in Estes Park), adjacent to the The Ridgeline Estes Park. This event is FREE to the public. Drawings will be held every hour for a $10 certificate that the winner can spend with any of the vendors this weekend only.

The Holiday Market will feature many hand-crafted and collectible items including but not limited to: handmade quilted items, home decor, handmade rugs, polymer clay hair accessories and jewelry, knitted hats and scarves, custom handmade jewelry, hand thrown stoneware, pottery and ceramics, ornaments, Christmas wreaths and decorations, photographs, coasters, puppets, handmade cards, alpaca clothes, socks, yarn, gloves and scarves, hand knitted and needle felted gifts, illustrated quotations, quilling, tatting & beadwork, kids books, handcrafted dolls, wood ornaments, wood carvings, signs, soaps, handwoven scarves & blankets, specialty teas and coffee, salsa and dips, along with many other one of a kind unique items for your holiday shopping. Most of the vendors only accept cash or check. Visit www.estesparkholidaymarket.com for more information.

Along with the Holiday Market, there will be a silent auction to benefit flood victims so please come and support this cause!

2017 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, and beer education, held in the Estes Park Events Complex! November 4th, 2017;  VIP 12-5 & General Admission 1-5pm

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 home brewing clubs will be present and brewing for everyone to watch.

With seminars from beer industry experts, demonstrations from equipment fabricators, local hop farms, giveaways from local homebrew supply shops, and much more, there is sure to be something for everyone. Grab some grub at the food trucks.

As always, FBBF is family-friendly! Helping with the celebration of brewing are Colorado craft soda breweries pouring samples for guests of all ages! Plus, for everyone’s entertainment, the winner of the 2017 Rockygrass Band Competition, Meadow Mountain, will take the main stage to keep you all moving!

For ticket information and additional event information, visit the Fall Back Beer Festival Website.

The FREE shuttle will be making its rounds to help do the driving. The shuttle loops from The Visitor Center (500 Big Thompson Ave) to Bond Park in downtown (corner of E. Elkhorn & Park Ln) to Fall Back Beer Fest then back again. The loop picks up every 30 minutes with the last run leaving Fall Back at 5:10pm.

The fun will continue at Rock Cut Brewing Company following the festival. At 6pm, they’re doing a special tapping of the Wooden Goblin, a barrel-aged Black IPA, one keg only! Two Chicks Wings and Henhouse is serving a decadent Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake that pairs with it. The extra hour in Estes never sounded so delicious!

91st Annual Rooftop Rodeo

The Stanley Park Fairgrounds

  • July 5, 2017 – July 10, 2017
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: 1125 Rooftop Way, The Stanley Park Fairgrounds, CO
  • Phone: (970) 586-6104
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Price: $20 GA, $30 reserved box seats

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, with world-class stock from PRCA Hall of Fame stock contractor Cervi Championship Rodeo, combine with Mutton Bustin’ competition for the kids, and a parade through downtown Estes Park annual affair. Watch the Rooftop Rodeo live broadcast on Saturday, July 8th.

Tickets available now!

Enjoy the VIP Experience at the Rooftop Rodeo! Enjoy an unprecedented level of exclusive access, convenience and extras! Beginning with a tour of the rodeo grounds, you’ll then have a blocked off area to enjoy incredible views of the arena and complementary drinks from a private bartender. You’ll also have access to the hospitality tent where you’ll enjoy free food from local restaurants and be able to dine with the cowboys! The VIP Experience at the Rooftop Rodeo is sure to be a night you won’t soon forget!