Estes Park Winter Festival, Jan 19-23, 2012, Estes Park Winter Festival, an event that features a candyland ice village with interactive games & sculptures, ice skating, pony rides, musical entertainment, a Ceildh (Kaylee) party with dancing and storytelling, chili cookoff, wine and beer tasting, downtown scavenger hunt, horse and carriage rides and more! Festival entry fee: $5 per person; no charge for children under three. Additional cost fo
Winter Trails Day, Jan 19, 2013, Rocky Mountain National Park, Winter Trails Day features free snowshoe tryouts, winter safety seminars, and a Challenge Clinic from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
34th Annual Frost Giant 5K & 10K Runs, Jan 27, Estes Park Municipal Building
Rails in the Rockies 2013, February 16-17, 2013, Estes Park Conference Center, Experience model railroad layouts in many scales. Over 16,000 sq ft of excellent model railroading. Shop model railroad and railroad related vendors. Enjoy interactive children and adult activities
Taste of Estes, April 25, 2013, Estes Park Conference Center. The Taste of Estes is an edible showcase of Estes Park's finest restaurants highlighting their menu specialties. Because tickets often sell out prior to the event, diners are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Money raised is used for Quota Club's various youth, adult and senior community projects.
25th Annual Estes Park Duck Race, May 4, Begins at Nicky's Resort on Fall River at noon Ends at Riverside Plaza in Downtown Estes Park
Behind the Scenes at RMNP, May 10, Beaver Meadows Visitor Center , Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a park like Rocky? Here is your chance to learn the secrets of how the employees of the Park do their jobs to keep Park operations running smoothly for visitors just like you. Stroll along paved pathways to experience the “behind the scenes” functions of the backcountry office, fire management building, ranger operations station, Park greenhouse, and museum storage facility. End your journey at the Rocky Mountain Nature Association building for lunch, and learn how you can help support your parks today!
23rd Annual Jazz Fest/Art Walk Weekend and Spring Art Walk, May 18-19, 2013.
Estes Park Western Art & Antiques Show, May 25-27, 2013, Fairgrounds at Stanley Park - Barn W. More than 50 vendors offer a treasure trove of Western art, antiques and collectibles.
Art Market, May 25-27, 2013, Bond Park. More than 90 artisans assemble to kick off the summer season and to showcase their art in Bond Park in the center of downtown Estes Park. Local, regional and national artisans will offer fine arts and crafts for sale
Western Heritage Antique Show, May 25-27, 2013, Fairgrounds at Stanley Park - Barn W
Barrel Race, June 1-2, 2013, Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, competitive barrel racing.
Fishing Derby, June 1, 2013, Lekae Estes Marina, The 27th Annual Fishing Derby is held at Lake Estes, which is stocked with trout, mostly rainbows, from the Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW) the day prior to the event.
Wool Market, June 8-9, 2013, The 23rd Annual Wool Market offers two exciting days of exhibits, demonstrations, competitions and vendor booths. Sheep dog herding demonstrations and sheep-shearing demonstrations are held four times a day throughout the weekend. An announcer will provide play-by-play explanations of the many herding and sheep-shearing techniques used by these animals and their handlers.
Cowboy Mounted Shooting Show, June 15-16, 2013, Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, Watch as men and women sharpshooters shoot at targets while riding by on horses. It is quite a challenge to hit targets while you are moving.
Ranch Horse Versatility Show, June 15-16, 2013, Fairgrounds at Stanley Park
Wednesday Night At Performance Park, June 19 to August 28, Performance Park Amphitheater. Enjoy performances under the summer skies at Performance Park. A different performance every week.
Thursday Night Live, June 20 to August 22, 2013. Performance Park Amphitheater. Performances brought to you by the Cultural Arts Council. Different artists will appear weekly.
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, June 22-23, 2013, Scandinavian midsummer celebration with music, dance, food & craft vendors, craft and lefse demonstrations, Viking re-enactors, silent auction, and raffle. Starts with raising of the Maypole at 9:30 Saturday, followed at 10 with a parade of flags and costumes, and the national anthems. Continuous entertainment all day. Free, all ages, handicap accessible.
Miniature Horse Show, June 26-27 and June 29-30, 2013. Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. Watch the competitions and visit the horses. Competition continues until days events have been completed.
Westernaires, June 28-29, 2013. Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. Come watch the precision equine maneuvers of the ever popular Westernaires.
Coolest Car Show in Colorado, July 4, 2013, Bond Park On the 4th of July, The Coolest Car Show in Colorado will draw Classic, Antique, Vintage, and Alternative Fuel Cars to celebrate our 14th annual car show featuring up to 130 motor vehicles. Follow the cars to the mountains for a real cool 4th of July family experience.
Rooftop Rodeo Parade, July 9, Elkhorn Avenue,
Rooftop Rodeo, July 9-14, 2013, Named the Outstanding Small Rodeo in the nation four years in a row, the Annual Rooftop Rodeo will kick off with a colorful parade on Tuesday, July 9 at 10:30 am in downtown Estes Park.
Downtown Half Penny Hunter/Jumper Show, July 17-18, Fairgrounds at Stanley Park
Copper Penny Hunter/Jumper Show, July 19-21, 2013, Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, Enjoy watching the jumping competition as skilled riders guide horses over jumps.
Mid Summer Festival, July 19-21, 2013, Bond Park, Hear local music and bands, take advantage of food from various booths and beverages, local arts and crafts and lots of activities for the kids: dunk tank, games, jumping castle and more.
Estes Park Festival I Hunter/Jumper Show, July 23-28, 2013. Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, Enjoy watching the jumping competition as skilled riders guide horses over jumps.
Estes Park Festival II Hunter/Jumper Show, july 30 - August 4, 2013, Fairgrounds at Stanley Park.
Gran Prix/Block Party, July 26 - August 3, 2013. Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, It's a party for all! Come for the free Grand Prix competition in the Hunter Jumper Horse Show or just for the dinner, concert, beer and more. Horse show competition begins at 5 p.m. The party starts at 7 p.m.
Estes Park Festival III Hunter/Jumper Show, August 6 - August 9, Fairgrounds at Stanley Park
Heritage Festival, August 17 - August 18, Bond Park, Explore the history of Estes Park with mountain men, early settlers of the area and music.
Colorado Senior Pro Charity Rodeo, August 23-24, 2013, Fairgrounds at Stanley Park
John Denver Tribute Concert, Agust 31, 2013, Fairgrounds at Stanley Park
Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show & Sale, Aug 31-Sept. 2, 2013, Bond Park, More than 100 booths feature a variety of hand-crafted goods including paintings and drawings, jewelry, metal work, clothing and tapestry bags, gourmet pantry items, home decor, wood carvings, doll clothes and toys, pottery, glass and more.
Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival, Sept., 5-8, 2013, Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. Enjoy bagpipes & drums, Highland & Irish Dancing, Folk music, jousting, athletic and other competitions at the largest Scottish Festival in the West
Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Show, Sept 14-15, 2013, Bond Park,Typically, more than 200 artisans apply for this juried show that features jewelry, metal sculpture, paintings, wood sculpture, textile arts and more
Autumn Gold - A Festival of Bands, Brats 'n Beer, Sept. 21-22, 2013, Bond Park, Listen to some foot tapping music and relax with a cold brew and a mustard-smothered bratwurst at the 20th Autumn Gold Festival. This free Sunrise Rotary fundraiser features cold beer, soft drinks, bratwursts, hot dogs and live music from talented local and Front Range bands. The highlight of Autumn Gold is the popular raffle with the winner taking home the grand prize of $5,000.Elk Fest, September 28-29, 2013, Downtown Estes Park, Elk Fest features bugling competitions, educational areas, seminars, live music, a Mountain Man Rendezvous, Native American storytelling & music, a display of raptors, and guided elk-viewing tours. There will also be a variety of vendors offering memorable souvenirs of your time at Elk Fest. Food vendors will be on site as well offering plenty of choices! The event is FREE, but Elk-viewing bus tour tickets will be available to purchase.