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.



Elk Fest

Elk Fest Estes Park

Fall is rut time for Estes Park's elk herds.  At this fun event we celebrate elk, known as "Wapiti" by the Native Americans.  At the 18th Annual Elk Fest you can see elk and learn about elk.  Native American Dancers entertain. The festival is free although there are fees for the elk bugling contest and elk viewing bus tours. 

October 1, 2016 - October 2, 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 through Oct 15 - Elk Expeditions.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at  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 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

Sep 29:  Estes Park Farmer's Market. Bond Park. 8 am to 1 pm

Sep 29:  Colorado Experience Road Show - preview showings of Rocky Mountain PBS's series.  Historic Park Theatre. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Sep 30 & Oct 1: Banding Boreal & Saw-whet Owls - A Service Learning Seminar. Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at  6 pm to 10 pm

Sep 30-Oct 2:  Vintage Market Days. Estes Park Events Center.  9 am to 5 pm

Sep 30:  Purple Pride Color Run.  One-mile homecoming race fund raiser for the cross-country team at EP High School. 4 pm to 6 pm

Oct 1:  Rut Run 5K.  Starts in Bond Park at 9 am

Oct 1-2:  18th Annual Elk Fest. Bond Park.  10 am to 4 pm  

Oct 1:  Yoga in the Park.  Baldwin/Riverwalk Park.  11 am to 12 pm

Oct 2:  Estes Trail Ascent Race. A 5.8-mile race starting at 8,500' at the top of Pole Hill Road. The high point of the race is at 9,085'.  10 am

Oct 3:  Meet Me at the Museum. Estes Park Museum. 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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

Oct 8:  Pumpkins & Pilsners. Festival with pumpkin patch, beer, live music and more. Bond Park.  11 am to 5 pm

Nov 5:  Fall Back Beer Festival.  Estes Park Events Complex.  12 pm to 5 pm

Nov 25:  Catch the Glow Parade.  Along Elkhorn Avenue.  5:30 pm



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

Nov 11 & 12:  An Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter. The Stanley Hotel.  Buy tickets at or call 970-577-4111. Doors open at 7:00 pm



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

Oil Painter Margaret Jensen. Earthwood Collections. Exhibit continues through Sep 30. 10 am to 9 pm

Shades of Gray, Splashes of Color. Art Center of Estes Park.  Exhibit continues through Oct. 23.  10 am to 5 pm

Autumn Art Walk. Throughout Estes Valley.  Art Walk continues through Dec. 9.  12 pm to 5 pm

Plein Air Rockies Fall Color Paint Out.  Cultural Arts Center Fine Arts Gallery.  Exhibit continues through Oct. 2.  12 pm to 5 pm 

Oct 7 - Nov 30:  Fine Arts Show featuring Maggie Renner Hellmann & Lou Renner.  Earthwood Collections.


In the Park  

Daily through Oct 6:  Autumn in the Rockies. Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead. 9:30 am to 11 am

Daily through Oct 10:  Bear Necessities. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. 10 am

Daily:   Elk Echoes. Moraine Park Discovery Center. 6 pm

Sep 28 & 29:  Autumn Bird Walk. Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead. 8 am to 9:30 am

Sep 30:  Centennial Hike. Bear Lake Park & Ride. 8:30 am

Sep 30:  Rocky - Then & Now. Moraine Park Discovery Center.  10 am

Sep 30:  Twilight Walk.  Reservations at Moraine Park Discovery Center. Times & locations vary.

Sep 30 through Oct 3 & 6-9:  Wildlife Through the Seasons.  Fall River Visitor Center.  2 pm to 3 pm

Oct 1-3, 5-6, & 8-10:  Moraine Park Nature Walk.  Moraine Park Discovery Center.  10 am to 11 am

Ranger Led Programs include tundra nature walks, talks about wildlife, 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