Estes Park offers visitors more than magnificent mountain adventures and abundant wildlife. Plan your trip so that you can also experience one of our many festivals and events. These exciting venues include the Rooftop Rodeo, Elk Fest, Duck Race and Sidewalk Sale, Art Walk, Highlands Festival Craft Fair, 4th of July fireworks on the lake and much, much more.



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Events

These are just a few of the many events scheduled in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park each year. Be sure to look at the calendar of events before you plan your trip so you might enjoy one or more during your stay.


Elk Fest | October 03-04, 2015

In celebration of the annual elk rut, Estes Park will host its annual Elk Fest. Coinciding with the magnificent fall colors, the event features a Mountain Man Rendezvous, bugling competitions, Native American storytelling & music, seminars, live music, guided elk-viewing tours, educational areas, and a display of raptors,. Many vendors will also be offering memorable souvenirs and great food. Admission is free to attend Elk Fest. Elk-viewing bus tour tickets will be available to purchase. See event website for full schedule of events.



Dine Around Estes Park | March 05-26, 2015

Join Estes Park every Thursday night in March for a town-wide dine around event! Dozens of restaurants all throughout the village will offer a $5 tasting plate from 4:30pm - 7:30pm with a different menu each week. Stop by two or three restaurants each week to see friends, join in the fun, and taste great food from all different restaurants!

  • Weekly on Thursday
  • From: 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Throughout Estes Park Restaurants
  • Website

Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival
September 10-13, 2015

This annual event held the weekend after Labor Day, features Highland & Irish Dancing, bagpipes & drums, jousting competitions, Folk music and Celtic rock, athletic and other competitions. Home to the largest Scottish Festival in the West and traditionally hosts bands from Great Britain, Scotland, Canada and, of course, the United States.

The hour-long parade on Elkhorn Avenue is one of the weekend highlights. Brass military bands, bagpipes, drummers, dancers, precision drill teams, clans in tartan and Dogs of the British Isles, give visitors a glimpse of what the festival offers.

  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $20 advanced tickets - $25 at the gate
  • Stanley Park
  • US Highway 36 & Community Drive, Estes Park, CO 80517
  • (800)-90-ESTES   info@scotfest.com

Mini Film Festival | February 28th, 2015
Running on the Edge & MUT Runner

Join the Estes Park Mountain Shop for a mini film fest featuring VFuel athlete Sage Canaday's film MUT Runner and Matt Trappe's film Running on the Edge. Enjoy free beer, VFuel samples and fun raffle prizes!

  • 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 Suggested Donation to Scholarship Fund
  • Estes Park Mountain Shop
  • 2050 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
  • (970)586-6548   Website

Peak to Peak Concert #6 | February 21, 2015

Local music groups the Rocky Recorders and the VIOLAtions, plus piano duets by Madison Casey and Diane Roehl enjoy playing chamber music together so much that they want to share the enjoyment with you. These music groups radiate from Oratorio Society Orchestra. A reception will follow the concert so that you may meet them in person.


Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial | October 14 - September 04, 2015

Come visit Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park and reconnect with the natural beauty that our nation has preserved for 100 years. All generations have been astounded, and amazed by the majestic views that surround your eyes and your senses. From September 3, 2014 through September 4, 2015, Estes Park will be joining Rocky Mountain National Park in celebrating their centennial anniversary with educational series, live music, and special events.
Come celebrate with Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park during this special 100th year, open year-round, the national park offers fun at every level during each season. From hiking along the 300 miles of trails to snowshoeing the popular beginner trails of Bear Lake and Dream Lake to world-class backcountry skiing and ice climbing –there is an adventure for everyone!


Snowshoe Ecology Walk, Ranger-Led Program
January 04 – March 21, 2015

Come snowshoe with a ranger, learn techniques to traverse various terrain as you explore the nature world of subalpine forest. Ages 8 - adult. Bring your own snowshoe; rentals are available through local outfitters. Call the Estes Park Visitor Center to inquire about snowshoe rentals, 800-443-7837. No previous snowshoeing experience needed for this fun park adventure! Reservations are required, no more than 7 days in advance. Please call Rocky Mountain National Park at 970-586-1223 for questions and reservations. Snowshoe ecology walks are offered every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday from Jan 4, 2014 - March 21st, 2015.


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