Estes Park Events Calendar | What's Up This Week

Coming to Estes?  See our calendar of Estes Park Events coming up, and what's happening in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Festivals are listed first, then other Event categories below that include:  Around Town,  Performances,  Exhibits In the Park,  Estes Park at Night, and Every WeekScroll down to see them all.



Yoga in the Rockies

Yoga Retreat in the Rockies - popular Yoga Conference held at the YMCA of the Rockies in the fall.  One day, two days, or a whole week of classes, concerts, and immersion in everything yoga.  Special vegetarian meal options.  100+ Master Classes.  Baron Baptiste 3 day immersion; Krishna Das Concert.  Learn more & register at

September 14, 2014 - September 22, 2014

Autumn Gold - Festival of Bands, Brats & Beer

22nd Annual Autumn Gold Festival - Listen to great music and relax with some cold brew and a mustard-covered bratwurst.  Cold beer, soft drinks, hot cider, bratwursts and hot dogs, and all the accompaniments are served throughout both days beginning at 10 am.  The bands rev up at 11 am and the bluegrass, folk, rock and jazz sounds continue until 5 pm each day.  Free entertainment.  Located at Bond Park.  970-577-9900 or 800-443-7837 for more information.

September 20, 2014 - September 21, 2014

 Around Town

Through Sep 24:  Summer Enchanted Evenings at the Baldpate Inn, every Wednesday at 7 pm.  Free.

Through Sep 25:  Farmer's Market every Thursday.  Bond Park.  8:00 am to 12:30 pm

Through Sep 30:  Free 5K group run every Tuesday.  Starts at Stanley Hotel.  6 pm

Through Oct 3:  Plein Air Rockies Fall Color Paint Out.  Throughout Estes Park.

Through Oct 18:  Elk Expeditions every Thursday, Friday, Saturday.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or  


Sep 19-28:  Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Paint Out held throughout RMNP and Estes Park.

Sep 20:  Running of the Bulls - 3.75 Mile run/walk.  Starts at Estes park Marina.  10 am

Sep 20:  Rocky Mountain Mud Volleyball Tournament.  Fairgrounds.  11 am

Sep 20:   Tassel-eared Squirrels:  Ghosts of the Ponderosa Pine Forest.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or  8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Sep 20-21:  Autumn Gold - A festival of Bands, Brats & Beer.   Bond Park.  11 am

Sep 20-21:  Photographing the Wildlife & Wonder of Autumn with John Fielder.  Centennial Celebration Class.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or  

Sep 21:  Big Screen Football Buffet at The Historic Park Theater.  Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks.  2:25 pm

Sep 26:  Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Stanley Hotel Paint Out.  Stanley Hotel.  9 am

Sep 28:  The World of Wapiti - Rocky Mountain Elk.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or  12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Oct 4-5:  Elk Fest.  Throughout Estes Park.  

Oct 5:  Photographing Elk & Aspen.  Field seminar.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or  

Nov 1:  Fall Back Beer Fest.  More than 100 different beers from over 30 different breweries.


Live Music around town at Rock Inn, Nicky's Restaurant, Lonigans, Coffee on the Rocks, Estes Park Resort, Twin Owls Steakhouse

Sep 18:  Rocky Mountain Opry.  Variety Show.  National Park Village Playhouse.   7:30 pm 

Sep 19, 21, 24:  Rocky Mountain Opry.  Variety Show 2.  National Park Village Playhouse.   Sep 19 & 24 at 7:30 pm, Sep 21 at 2 pm

Sep 20:  Rocky Mountain Opry.  Variety Show 1 & Old Time Rock & Roll 1.  National Park Village Playhouse.   Variety Show 1 at 2 pm, Old Time Rock & Roll at 7:30 pm

 Sep 20:  Neal Whitlock, Rob Yocom, Yann Treguier & Tom Oates.  Musical Variety.  Performance Park.  7 pm

Sep 25:  Rocky Mountain Opry.  Country Jubilee Variety Show.  National Park Village Playhouse.   7:30 pm

Sep 26:  Rocky Mountain Opry.  Variety Show 1.  National Park Village Playhouse.   7:30 pm

Oct 5:  Estes Park Winter Concert Series at The Stanley Hotel.  Classical Backcountry Brass Quintet - A tribute to Mal Walker.  For more information and a complete schedule visit  2 pm

Nov 2:  Estes Park Winter Concert Series at The Stanley Hotel.  United States Air Force Academy Rampart Winds.  FREE.  For more information and a complete schedule visit  2 pm



Sep 19:  Beauty All Around Us.  Art Center of Estes Park.  Exhibit continues through Oct 26

Sep 25:  Centennial Celebration Fine Art Show & Sale - Opening Reception.  Fall River Visitor Center at 6 pm.  For more information and a complete schedule visit  Exhibit continues through Sep 28 

Sep 26:  Climb On!  History of Rocky Climbing in Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park.  Estes Park Museum.  Exhibit continues through Oct. 4, 2015

Sep 27:  Centennial Celebration Fine Art Show & Sale - Quick Draw & Sale.  Moraine Park Discovery Center.  9 am to noon.  For more information and a complete schedule visit

Plein Air Rockies 2014 Exhibition & Sale.  Cultural Arts Council.  Exhibit continues through Oct. 26

Western Light.  Earthwood Collections.  Exhibit continues through Oct. 31.

Autumn Art Walk.  Maps available at Cultural Arts Council.  Throughout Estes Park.  Exhibit Continues through Nov 23

In the Park 

Sep 25-26:  Art in the Park.  Fall River Visitor Center

Bear Necessities - Beaver Meadows Visitor Center 10:30 am Sunday, Tuesday, & Thursday

Amazing Beavers - Beaver Meadows Visitor Center 10:30 am Monday, Wednesday, & Friday

High Country Trails - Alpine Visitor Center 2 pm (weather permitting) Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday

Ranger Led Programs are offered daily & include tundra nature walks, talks about wildlife, children's programs, elk patrol, and more!

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center - Open 8 am - 4:30 pm daily.  Stop by to learn more about wildlife, the junior ranger program, recreational opportunities, and more!  Free 20 minute park film on the hour and half hour, bookstore, and general Park information.  Every Wednesday - Art in the Park.  7:30 pm.  Call 970-586-1206 for more specifics.

Fall River Visitor Center - Open 9 am to 5 pm daily.  Features general Park information, life-sized wildlife displays, a bookstore, and a discovery room where kids can touch objects and try on dress up clothes.  Handicap accessible.

Alpine Visitor Center - Open 10:30 to 4:30 daily.  Features exhibits on alpine tundra, gift shop & restaurant, and beautiful views!

Moraine Park Discovery Center - Open 9 am to 4:30 pm daily.  Junior Ranger Headquarters will be at this location.  Handicap accessible.  Discovery Days for families every Tuesday from 9 am to 1 pm.

Kawuneechee Visitor Center - Open 8 am - 4:30 pm daily.  1 mile north of Grand Lake on the Park's west side.  Features exhibits on the Colorado River, books, and the 20 minute park film.


Estes Park at Night 

For those night owls who don't go to bed when it gets dark, Estes Park has live entertainment galore.  Nightlife rocks at local bars, lounges, nightclubs, and pubs.

Live music from jazz, country, rock and blues to easy listening can be found at Nicky's Restaurant, Mary's Lake Lodge, Rock Inn Mountain Tavern, Crags Lodge, Aspen Lodge, Time Out, Estes Park Resort, and Lonigan's Saloon.  If you want to be part of the entertainment, open mics, open stage, or karaoke can be found at Wapiti Grill, Ed's Cantina, Mountain Tiki Bar, and Lonigan's.
The Wheel Bar specializes in Texas Hold Em, and Twin Owls Steakhouse hosts a magic show. 

Every Tuesday & Thursday - American Legion hosts Bingo.  7 pm

Every Wednesday - Longz Mountain Grill hosts a Trivia night.  7 pm

Every Wednesday - Lonigans hosts an Open Mic.  9 pm

Every Friday & Saturday - Lonigans hosts Karaoke.  9 pm


Every Week - call for current shows and times

Reel Mountain Theatre  970-586-4227

Park Theater  970-586-8904