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
Participate in a 31 mile Mountain Bike race in beautiful Estes Park, CO. Or enter the 50k Ultramarathon or the 24k+ Heavy Half Marathon. Are you truly Epic? Do the Double and receive a special finisher’s award!
The Estes Park Arts and Crafts Show is held every year over Labor Day weekend in downtown Estes Park. Over 100 artisans offer one-of-a-kind handcrafted items for you to purchase or just to enjoy viewing. Make it an extended weekend with all that Estes has to offer – fabulous shops, restaurants, lodging, and of course Rocky Mountain National Park.
Throughout the summer, Estes Park is home to a robust series of free concerts held in the village at Performance Park. This outdoor amphitheater features a grassy hillside for concertgoers to lounge on blankets or in folding chairs, while enjoying great music in the fresh mountain air.
UPDATE: The Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival has canceled the majority of events scheduled. However, the health department has given approval to hold the Scottish Athletics and Hurling portions of competition on Friday through Sunday, September 11, 12, and 13.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Celebrate everyone’s favorite unofficial holiday – the end of Daylight Saving Time! – in Estes Park this year with this outstanding November festival. Enjoy unlimited beer samples from a wide variety of local brewers with a commemorative tasting glass, or purchase VIP tickets and get 1-hour early admission, an event t-shirt, and access to VIP-exclusive samples!
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.
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.
Winter Trails Day is a Free event held in Rocky Mountain National Park the same weekend as the Estes Park Winter Festival. Try out a wide variety of snowshoes from manufacturers like Atlas, Tubbs, MSR and more and explore Rocky Mountain National Park during this fee free weekend.
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. You can also make it a weekend by starting it off with a Pairing Dinner at nearby Ridgeline Hotel’s Latitude 105.
Model trains of every vintage pull in to the Estes Park Events Complex in February, 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 or game room at The Ridgeline Hotel.
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.
Enjoy a little taste of summer in the middle of winter, at The Ridgeline Hotel’s annual Winter Pool Party. Bring the whole family and dive into the fun in our indoor heated swimming pool, where the temperature is always perfect no matter what the weather is like outside.
Celebrate all things Big Foot with activities, events and entertainment at the Estes Park Events Complex.
The Roots on the Ridge Festival will showcase the creative vibe of Estes Park with a full day of music and arts. Enjoy live performances from some of the biggest names in music, sample craft beers, spirits, and wines from local makers, browse live artisan exhibits and crafts, and more!
Enjoy local and national bands at this annual music festival held at the Estes Park Events Complex.
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!
It’s wellness in the wilderness! Experience a full weekend of activities and events where you can partake in group fitness, meet outdoor experts, try new products, and (most importantly) have some fun!
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.
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. Workshops take place June 11-12, and the Market is open June 13-14.
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.
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!
Base camp to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park is the ideal all-American destination for 4th of July celebrations. In addition to one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the state, Estes Park offers a variety of family-friendly festivities and events specifically tailored for the holiday.
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. Tickets go on sale April 1, 2021.
The 6th annual Estes Park Wine Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 8th and 9th, 2020 in Bond Park in downtown Estes Park!