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:

Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Show

Over a hundred artisans offer one-of-a-kind handcrafted items for you to purchase or just to enjoy viewing. Make your purchases immediately or ask your favorite artists for their contact information and shop later.  Downtown Estes just west of the Town Hall and Library on Elkhorn Ave on Labor Day Weekend, September 3-5.  Saturday & Sunday, 9am to 5 pm; Monday, 9am to 3 pm.

Dates: 
September 3, 2016 - September 5, 2016

 Around Town

Weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - Sip & Paint.  Learn to paint a masterpiece while enjoying delicious drinks.  Murphy's Resort.  Call for info, 970-480-2955.  Mondays & Wednesdays at 6 pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 7 pm

Weekly on Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday from Sep 8 through Oct 15 - Elk Expeditions.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org.  Sep Tours 5 pm to Dusk (7 pm or 7:30 pm), Oct Tours 4:30 pm to Dusk (6:30 pm or 7 pm)

Weekly on Tuesday - Free 5K group run.  Starts at the Stanley Hotel.  Warm-up at 5:30 pm, Run begins at 6 pm

Weekly on Wednesday through Sep 28 - Summer Enchanted Evening Lecture Series. The Baldpate Inn. 7 pm

Weekly on Wednesday & Thursday through Sep 1 - Journey to the Top: A Trail Ridge Road Bus Adventure.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  9 am to 3:30 pm

Weekly on Friday through Sep 2 - Sunset Safari.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  

Weekly on Friday starting through Sep 16 - Old Fall River Road Trip - An Educational Adventure by Bus.  Field seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 on online at www.RMConservancy.org  9 am to 3:30 pm

Weekly on Sunday through mid-October.  Explore Rocky Mountain Yoga.  All levels yoga class for locals and visitors.  Performance Park.  8:15 am to 9:45 am

Aug 31 & Sep 7:  National Park Night at REI Base Camp - live music & lawn games. The Stanley Hotel. 5 pm to 9 pm

Sep 1 & 8:  Estes Park Farmer's Market. Bond Park. 8 am to 1 pm

Sep 2:  Hike with a Naturalist - Lone Pine Lake.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  7:30 am to 5 pm

Sep 2:  First Friday Art Groove. Throughout Estes Park.  5 pm to 7 pm

Sep 2:  Spoken Word & Poetry Slam. Inkwell & Brew.  7 pm to 9 pm

Sep 3:  The Persevering Pika - Secrets of Alpine Survival.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  8:30 am to 5 pm

Sep 3:  Yoga in the park. Riverside/Baldwin Park.  11 am to 12 pm

Sep 3-4:  Estes Park Alpaca Market. Estes Park Events Complex. 10 am to 4 pm

Sep 3-5:  Estes Park Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show. Bond Park. 9 am to 5 pm

Sep 5 & 6:  Downtown History Walk. Bond Park. 8:30 am to 10 am

Sep 5:  Meet Me at the Museum. Estes Park Museum. 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Sep 8-11:  Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival.  Estes Park Events Complex. 9 am to 5 pm 

Sep 9:  Hike with a Naturalist - Bear Lake to Fern Lake Trailhead.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  7:30 am to 5 pm

Sep 16-18:  Photographing Wildlife - When, Where & How.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  Times vary.

Sep 16:  Hike with a Naturalist - Pear Lake.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  7:30 am to 5 pm

Sep 17:  RMNP Limber Pine Metapopulation - The Role of Clark's Nutcracker & Other Dynamics.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  8 am to 3:30 pm

Sep 24-25:  Photographing the Wildlife & Wonder of Autumn with John Fielder.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  Times vary

 

Performances

Live Music around town at Rock Inn, Nicky's Restaurant, Lonigans, The Barrel, Estes Park Resort, Twin Owls Steakhouse, Marys Lake Lodge, Snowy Peaks Winery, Fajita Rita's, Hunter's Chophouse, and American Legion.

Weekly on Tuesdays & Wednesdays - James Davis.  Spanish & Classical Guitar.  Twin Owls Steakhouse.  6 pm

Weekly on Thursdays - Mountain Town Trio performing classic rock at Fajita Rita's.  6 pm to 9 pm

Weekly on Fridays - Live music - Acoustic.  Snowy Peaks Winery.  4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Sep 2:  Max Wagner & Paul Shinn playing Jazz. Earthwood Collections. 5 pm to 8 pm

Sep 3:  John Denver Tribute Concert performed by Brad Fitch and the TropiCowboy Band. YMCA of the Rockies. 5 pm to 8:30 pm

Sep 4:  Music in the Mountains - American Roots. Rocky Ridge Music Center. 3 pm

 

Exhibits

Drawn to Black Canyon - The History & Beauty of MacGregor Ranch.  Estes Park Museum.  Exhibit continues through Oct 31.  Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm

Leaves of Glass.  Art Center of Estes Park.  Exhibit continues through Sep 11.  10 am to 5 pm

Oil Painters Lyse Dzija and Julia Dordoni.  Earthwood Collections. Exhibit continues through Aug 31.  10 am to 9 pm

Sep 2:  Oil Painter Margaret Jensen. Earthwood Collections. Show Opening Sep 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Exhibit continues through Sep 30. 10 am to 9 pm

 

In the Park  

Aug 31:  Centennial Hike. Starting from Bear Lake Park & Ride. 8:30 am

Aug 31:  Road to the Top.  Alpine Visitor Center.  2:30 pm

Aug 31 & Sep 1:  Birds of Upper Beaver Meadows. Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead. 7 am to 8:30 am

Aug 31:  High Country Geology. Alpine Visitor Center.  9 am

Aug 31 & Sep 1:  Volunteer at Rocky.  Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Aug 31 & Sep 1:  Rocky - Then & Now.  West Horseshoe Park.  2 pm

Aug 31 & Sep 1-3:  Wildlife through the Seasons. Fall River Visitor Center.  10 am

Sep 1 & 4:  All About Lightening. Alpine Visitor Center. 2:30 pm

Sep 2:  Tundra to the Trees. Milner Pass. 9 am

Sep 2:  Longs Peak - Experience the Keyhole Route. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. 7:30 pm

Sep 3:  Perspectives of Longs Peak. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. 7:30 pm

Ranger Led Programs include tundra nature walks, talks about wildlife (Bear Necessities & Big Horn Sheep), childrens programs, elk patrol, and more!

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center - Open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.  Stop by to learn more about wildlife, the junior ranger program, recreational opportunities, and more!  Free 23 minute park film on the hour and half hour, bookstore, and general Park information.

Fall River Visitor Center - Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.  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 daily 10:30 am to 4 pm (weather permitting).  Features exhibits on alpine tundra, gift shop & restaurant, and beautiful views!

Moraine Park Discovery Center - Open daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm.  See natural history exhibits or walk a half-mile nature trail.  Handicap accessible.

Sheep Lakes Information Station - Open daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm (weather permitting).  Great viewing spot for park wildlife:  bighorn sheep, coyote, elk, and badgers.

Kawuneechee Visitor Center - Open daily from 8 am - 5 pm.  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, 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 The Barrel and Lonigans.

Every Tuesday -  Open Bluegrass Jam.  The Rock Inn.  6 pm to 9 pm

Every Wednesday - Lonigans hosts an Open Stage.  9 pm

Every Thursday - Folk Bluegrass Pick.  The Barrel.  6 pm to 9 pm

Every Friday & Saturday - Lonigans hosts a Karaoke Night.  9 pm

Every Sunday - The Barrel hosts an Open Mic.  3 pm to 6 pm

 

Every Week - call for current shows and times

Reel Mountain Theatre  970-586-4227

Park Theater  970-586-8904