Estes Park Festivals, Events, & Concerts

Estes Park, CO is a hotbed for special events! During nearly any month of the year, there is something unique and interesting happening in our immediate area, and The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park® is your ideal home base for ease of access. We are located just steps away from Downtown Estes, and within half a mile of the nearby Estes Park Events Complex where many of these large events take place, keeping you within easy walking distance of where the action is (this is especially helpful for events involving beer/wine/spirits!). In addition, there is also a free community shuttle that includes stops at The Ridgeline, adding another layer of convenience for event goers.

Read on for a list of some of the popular local events taking place in Estes Park! For dates or more information about these events, please visit the official Estes Park website.

*Indicates an event taking place at the Estes Park Events Complex

Catch the Glow Christmas Parade & Celebration – Nov 25, 2022

As dusk falls the day after Thanksgiving, the magic begins to unfold! Experience a lighted Christmas parade with marching bands, floats, dancers, and more. Visit Santa Claus at his workshop near Bond Park, and enjoy shopping in magical downtown while holiday music is broadcast throughout the town.

Estes Park Winter Festival* – 2023 Dates TBD

Celebrate winter over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend at the Estes Park Events Center, just a short walk from the Ridgeline Hotel. Festival fun includes: indoor ice skating, live music, free beer samples, free food and more.

Wine and Chocolate Festival* – Feb 4, 2023

A popular February event that sells out regularly, Estes Park’s Wine and Chocolate Festival provides sweet chocolate samples and wine sipping from a variety of local vintners.

Whiskey Warm Up – Mar 4, 2023

Free shuttles whisk you directly from The Ridgeline to the Whiskey Warm Up at George Hix Riverside Plaza where you can enjoy unlimited samples of a variety of local whiskeys, while enjoying live music and more.

Bigfoot Days* – Apr 14-15, 2023

Celebrate all things Bigfoot with activities, events and entertainment in Estes Park!

Estes Park Duck Race Festival – May 6, 2023

Estes Park’s annual Duck Race is a tradition to experience! “Adopt” a duck for the race down Fall River in Estes Park, participate yourself in the 5K Duck Waddle race, win prizes, enjoy live music, and more all while supporting local charities and organizations.

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration – May 26-28, 2023

Delight in the three-day Memorial Day weekend in Estes Park with an abundance of events ad activity all three days. Amidst budding trees and blossoming flowers, Estes Park is bustling!

Jazz & Blues Festival – 2023 Dates TBD

Enjoy music from a variety of Jazz and Blues artists at The Stanley Hotel Concert Hall. Stay tuned for 2023 details!

Estes Park Wool Market & Fiber Festival* – June 8-9, 2023

The mission of the Estes Park Wool Market is to bring together natural animal fiber producers, educators, retailers and consumers for the benefit of the industry.

Estes Park Marathon & Half-Marathon – June 18, 2023

The Estes Park Marathon is one of America’s most scenic marathon courses! Runners will enjoy the new road course that is surrounded by glorious 360-degree views of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival – 2023 Dates TBD

Be inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Scandinavia! Artisans, organizations, and performers share their cultural heritage through food, crafts, demonstrations, and entertainment. Come for the raising of the Midsummer Pole, peruse the Scandinavian Market, and visit the Fjellborg Viking Village!

Rooftop Rodeo – July 5-10, 2023

Estes Park’s Rooftop Rodeo is recognized as the best small rodeo in the nation, as well as the #1 summer rodeo in Colorado by Real American Cowboy Magazine! Enjoy nightly professional rodeo performances, a Mutton Bustin’ competition for the kids, and a parade through downtown Estes Park.

SnowyGrass Music Festival – July 14-16, 2023

Beginning in 2016, this beautiful and quaint riverside music festival has filled the mountain air with the sweet sounds of Bluegrass and Americana string bands in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. It feels like festivals used to; simple, family oriented, dog friendly, and free-spirited. Come enjoy local craft beverages, food trucks, and a welcoming community of music lovers.

Rocky Mountain Half-Marathon, 5K, and Elk Double – July 28-29, 2023

This is a challenging but scenic run just outside Rocky Mountain National Park. It starts and ends by the lake at the fairgrounds in historic Estes Park, Colorado, which means it has some killer mountain views!

With the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon, 5K, and Elk Double (Half Marathon + 5K) you can choose your own adventure!

Estes Park Wine Festival – Aug 12-13, 2023

The 8th annual Estes Park Wine Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 12th and 13th, 2023 in Bond Park in downtown Estes Park!

Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival – Sept 8-10, 2023

Immerse yourself in Celtic culture at the Highland Festival in Estes Park, CO. Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival, Inc. hosts the largest such festival in the country, including Scottish athletics, the best in Celtic rock and folks music, and live field performances.

Autumn Gold Festival – Sept 23-24, 2023

Enjoy bands, brats, and beer at the Estes Park Autumn Gold Festival! Celebrate the changing of the season with this amazing festival in Estes Park’s attractive Bond Park. Enjoy a mustard-smothered bratwurst and a cold beer while listening to talented local musician and award-winning Front Range bands. Free family activities include face painting, soap bubbles, corn bag toss, a bouncing room, and a classic car show.

Rails in the Rockies – 2023 Dates TBD

Model trains of every vintage pull in to the Stanley Fairgrounds Event Center Complex in September, showcasing the craftmanship of model railroaders from Colorado and Wyoming. Kids will enjoy running trains, participating in a Seek and Search game (for all ages), a LEGO layout and more. Then bring them back for fun in the indoor pool at The Ridgeline Hotel.

Elk Fest – Sept 30-Oct 1, 2023

The haunting call of the bull elk fills the Estes Valley during the early days of fall. To celebrate the annual elk rut, Estes Park hosts the annual Elk Fest in Bond Park. This free September festival features bugling contests, elk exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, elk-inspired arts and crafts, Native American music, dancing and storytelling, and more!

Pumpkins & Pilsners – Oct 6-7, 2023

This free October 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 food trucks, a beer tent, face painting, free pony rides, lawn games, and more!

Rocky Mountain Craft Spirits Festival* – 2023 Dates TBD

The Rocky Mountain region is home to a booming craft spirits industry, and on the last weekend in October, distillers and consumers of fine spirits are invited to celebrate this craft at a tasting festival in Estes Park. Enjoy pours from a wide variety of local and regional distillers, bar games, live music, and more!

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