Why You Don't Want to Miss Estes Park Jazz Fest

Estes Park Jazz Fest

Jazz Fest is coming to Estes Park this weekend, Saturday, May 17th - Sunday, May 18th, and you won't want to miss it! Come up for the day, or stay all weekend. Whether you love Jazz music, art, the outdoors, fine wine and dining, or simply want a last minute getaway to the mountains, you are sure to love being in Estes Park this weekend! Here's why:

Art Walk - throughout the town of Estes Park there will be galleries and exhibits of beautiful and unique artwork. Stroll around and get inspired! Maybe you'll even find the perfect piece to take back home.

A Taste of Colorado - Snowy Peaks Winery is offering A Taste of Colorado for festival guests to sample wines from several of CO's finest wineries. 

Free Parking - Don't worry about all the little charges that add up! Free parking is offerred, however space is limited. 

Wonderful Live Music - Live music always puts us in a festive mood, and Jazz Fest is no exception! With seven different Jazz groups playing over 2 days you'll be swaying, tapping your feet, and boogieing down to a diverse sampling of jazz styles from the early years to the future of jazz. 


Saturday, May 17

Noon – 12:45 Estes Park Jazz Big BandSwingin’ Big Band Sounds

1:05 – 2:10 Manuel Lopez and The Latin Jazz Trio featuring Maria LopezLatin Jazz and Cuban Classics

2:30 – 3:40 The Max Wagner Quartet  - Modern Mainstream Jazz, Jazz Vocals

4:00 – 5:00 United States Air Force FaconairesModern Big Band Jazz

6:30 – 9:30 The Max Wagner Quartet Downtown at Mama Rose’s Italian RestaurantThe Max Wagner Quartet features Max Wagner on saxophone & Jazz vocals, Myra Warren on Jazz vocals, with Eric Gunnison at the piano, and Ken Walker on bass. Expect an exciting, entertaining and intimate evening of Live Jazz with The Max Wagner Quartet!  Mama Rose’s is an official sponsor of The Estes Park Jazz Festival (reservations suggested - 970-586-3330).  Mama’s is located at:  338 E. Elkhorn Ave.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Noon – 1:20 Myra Warren with the Ellyn Rucker QuartetSwinging Jazz Vocalist with top flight Jazz Group

1:45 – 3:15 Festival Headliner: Sax AppealNew York Saxophone Legends Javon Jackson, Jimmy Heath, Gary Bartz, and Donald Harrison

3:40 – 5:00 Scott Martin with Devoted to The Standard Classics of The Great American Songbook

A Front Range Family's Day Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park

Family at Many Parks Curve

One of the undisputed benefits of living in the Front Range is the easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park. A short drive from any of the communities along the Front Range, the beautiful RMNP is a great day trip for both locals and visitors. 

One local family decided to take advantage of their easy access to the mountains a couple of weekends ago.  The mom, Kim said, "With friends visiting from out of town, a day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park was the perfect start to their Colorado adventure."  As usual with springtime in the Rockies, there were afternoon showers, but they were so light they didn't get in the way of any fun.  Kim remarked, "We had beautiful views during the whole drive."

Their first stop upon arriving to RMNP was the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center to speak with a park ranger.  The visitor center is a good spot to watch a short park informational video, pick up a map, or talk with an expert ranger about acitivies in the park.  The ranger recommended their young family either head to Bear Lake for a short hike (the snow is well-packed on the path), or take a scenic drive to Many Parks Curve on Trail Ridge Road.  Most of Trail Ridge Road is still closed for the season, but you can drive up to the beautiful overlook at Many Parks Curve.  There's ample parking and a stunning panoramic view. 

Panoramic view of Many Parks CurveOnce at the scenic overlook, they got out of the car for a short walk to enjoy the view.  There was snow on the side of the road, and several families were playfully throwing snow balls at each other.  Kim said, "The kids really enjoyed climbing around on the rocks, and we saw a beautiful blue bird flitting in the trees nearby. You could see Longs Peak and Mount Meeker peeking out under the clouds." It was a beautiful day to take in the Rocky Mountain views!

Climbing the rocks along Trail Ridge Road