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.

 

Festivals:

Estes Park Bluegrass Festival

Cancelled!!!  Read Official Notice at www.estesparkbluegrassfestival.com     The Estes Park Bluegrass Festival 2014 at the New Stanley Park Event Center & Pavilion featuring The Boxcars, Blue Canyon Boys, and more (3 stages, over 20 bands).  Jam Stage for all Festival Pickers - hop on stage and play along with members of the bands performing at the Festival!  or join in the Picker's Row.  Friday night VIP Concert.

Dates: 
August 22, 2014 - August 23, 2014

Heritage Festival

Take a step back in time and explore the history of Estes Park at the Heritage Festival. Your entire family can participate, learning about the hearty pioneers who settled the region. As quilters and woodcarvers demonstrate their crafts nearby, children don leathergloves and help assemble a log home. Draft horses haul families around in an antique wagon from historic MacGregor Ranch. Experience another era in a vintage Stanley Steamer, invented by F.O. Stanley of Stanley Hotel fame.

Dates: 
August 23, 2014 - August 24, 2014

 Around Town

Through Aug 21:  Plein Air Rockies 2014.  Outdoor Painting Festival.  Cultural Arts Council.

Through Aug 26:  Grand Lake Safari: An Educational Adventure by Bus, Tuesdays from 8 am to 5 pm.  Reservations required.  For more details, contact Rocky Mountain Nature Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or www.RMConservancy.org

Through Sep 4:  Journey to the Top!  A Trail Ridge Road Adventure, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9 am to 3:30 pm.  Reservations required.  For more details, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or www.RMConservancy.org

Through Sep 5:  Escape to Bear Lake:  An Educational Adventure by Bus, Fridays from 8 am to noon.  Reservations required.  For more details, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or www.RMConservancy.org

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

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Aug 15:  Joe Halpern 1933 Memorial Hike.  Estes Park Archives.  Meet at Bear Lake Ranger Station.  7:30 am

Aug 15:  Secret Places in Rocky Mountain National Park - A Grand Lake area class.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or www.RMConservancy.org  8 am

Aug 15:  "Suri Strut" Alpaca Fiber Fashion Show.  Rocky Mountain Park Inn.  1 pm

Aug 15:  Meet the Authors Ice Cream Social.  Celebrating the newly released family guide to RMNP.  Estes Park Museum.  6:30 pm

Aug 15-17:  Mastering the Art & Craft of Landscape Photography.   For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or www.RMConservancy.org  

Aug 15-17:  Dressage Horse Show.  Fairgrounds.  9 am

Aug 15, 18 & 19:  Downtown Walking History Tour.  Bond Park.  8:30 am

Aug 16:  Rocky Mountain National Park Butterflies - West of the Divide.  A Grand Lake area class.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or www.RMConservancy.org  8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Aug 16:  Crash! Bang! Astronomy:  Perils to Earth.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or www.RMConservancy.org  6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Aug 16-17:  Plein-Air in the Park:  Oil Painting.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or www.RMConservancy.org  8:30 am to 4:00 pm each day

Aug 17:  Big Screen Football Buffet at the Historic Park Theater.  Denver vs. San Francisco.  2 pm

Aug 18:  Mushrooms & Other Fungi.  A Grand Lake area class.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or www.RMConservancy.org  8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Aug 20:  Two-Wheelin' History Tour.  Bike Tour.  Estes Park Museum.  5:30 pm

Aug 21-24:  Silent Movie Comedy Film Festival.  Historic Park Theater.  Aug 21 & 24 at 2 pm, Aug 22-23 at 7 pm

Aug 22:  Floods - Going to New Extremes.  Seminar.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or www.RMConservancy.org  8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Aug 22-24:  Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl - Celebration of knitting & yarn.  The Stitchin' Den.  For details - 970-577-8210

Aug 23:  When Ice Ruled the Park.  Seminar.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or www.RMConservancy.org  8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Aug 23-24:  Mountain Lion - RMNP's Top Predator.  Seminar.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or www.RMConservancy.org  8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Aug 29:  Hike with a Naturalist - Granite Falls.  A Grand Lake area class.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or www.RMConservancy.org  8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Aug 30:  Climate Change in the Rockies.  Seminar.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or www.RMConservancy.org  8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Performances

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

Aug 14:  Estes Park Village Band.  Classic Marches.  Performance Park.  7 pm

Aug 15:  Brandon Sipes.  Acoustic.  Barlow Plaza.  5:30 pm

Aug 16:  Laurie Dameron.  Acoustic.  Barlow Plaza.  5:30 pm

Aug 16:  Performance Park Summer Concert Series.  Performance Park.  7 pm

Aug 17:  Sunday Readers Theater.  Baldpate Inn.  3 pm

Aug 17:  Outdoor Movie, "E.T."  Performance Park.  8 pm

Aug 17:  Magician Bradley Mayhew.  Magic show.  Barlow Plaza.  5:30 pm

Aug 21:  Matthew Gurnsey, The Kilted Man.  Traditional & Updated Celtic.  Performance Park.  7 pm

Aug 31:  Nashville in the Rockies featuring Mark Selby & Tia Sillers, and special guest Rick Brantley.  Presented by the Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center.  Doors open at the Estes Park Events Center at 6pm, concert begins at 7:30 pm

 

Exhibits

Plein Air Rockies Prelude Show.  Cultural Arts Council.  Exhibit contines through Aug 21.  

Summer Art Walk.  Throughout Estes Park.  Maps available at Cultural Arts Council.  Continues throug Sept 1.

Look What's Turning my Crank!  Art Center of Estes Park.  Exhibit continues through Sep 14.

Aug 22:  Western Light Opening Reception.  6 pm.  Earthwood Collections.  Exhibit continues through Oct. 31.

 

In the Park 

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 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday - Cowboy Sing-Along with Brad Fitch.  Bond Park.  7 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