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:

Stanley Film Festival

From April 30 to May 3, come see classic and contemporary independent horror cinema at the Stanley Film Festival 2015.  The four-day event showcases filmmakers' latest works, Q&A discussions, industry panels, student film competition, and special events for cinema insiders, enthusiasts and fellow artists. In addition to being able to see the film festival with films by both emerging and established filmmakers, you can participate in games, a Zombie Crawl, a murder mystery dinner, a Big Wheel Death Race, and Dead Right Horror Trivia.  

Dates: 
April 30, 2015 - May 3, 2015

Estes Park Duck Race for Charity

Annual Rotary fundraiser for Estes Park Charities. Adopt a Duck and watch him jostle for position!  Ducks leave Nicky's at 1 pm for a race down Fall River and through Downtown. Great prizes! Spring Sidewalk Sale - Downtown.  Entertainment at Nicky's from 11 am - 1 pm.  Entertainment at Riverside Plaza from 1-4 pm.  Lodging specials for the weekend too!

Dates: 
May 2, 2015

 Around Town

Weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday throughout the winter - 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 Tuesdays through April 2015:  Free 5K Group Run.  Starts at The Stanley Hotel.  Warm-up at 5:30 pm, 6 pm

Weekly on Wednesdays. Bugs & Brews.  Tie flies, fishing talk and tasty brews.  Estes Park Feed & Supply.  6 pm

Weekly on Fridays.  Taste & Create.  A painting class & local wine.  Snowy Peaks Winery.  5 pm

Apr 25:  Earth Day/National Junior Ranger Day.  Events at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center including Biodiversity Olympics, Volunteer Trash Pickup (11am-12pm), All Day Kids Arts & Crafts, and several walks and programs.  10 am - 2 pm

Apr 25:  Essential Oils - Chemical-Free Living.  Riverspointe Spa.  4 pm

Apr 25:  GeoFest  - a family-friendly & interactive celebration of our planet.  Estes Park Events Center.  10 am - 6 pm

Apr 25:  Chasing the Aurora Borealis.  Lecture given by Mike Molloy.  Estes Park Observatory.  7 pm

Apr 27:  Pioneers of the Peaks - Local Climbers Who Made History : A Ranger's Mountain Rescues with Keith Lober.  Estes Park Museum.  7 pm

Apr 30-May 3:  Stanley Film Festival.  Stanley Hotel & Throughout Estes Park

May 1:  Wild Inspirations - Artists speaking to inspirations received from RMNP.  Aspen & Evergreen Gallery.  5 pm

May 1:  Bingo Fundraiser for the Keith Trahan "Slow it Down" Scholarship.  American Legion.  7 pm

May 2:  Duck Race Festival.  Starting at Nicky's Resort 11 am-1 pm, Festivities continue after duck drop at Riverside Plaza from 1-4 pm 

May 2-3:  Sidewalk Sale.  Downtown and throughout Estes Park. 

May 8:  Behind the Scenes at RMNP.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  For more information and to reserve go to www.RMConservancy.org or call 970-586-3262.  9 am to 1 pm

May 8:  Estes Park Events Center "Opening the Doors to All Seasons" Grand Opening.  Estes Park Events Center.  6 pm

May 14:  Hawks in Flight - Birds of Prey.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  For more information and to reserve go to www.RMConservancy.org or call 970-586-3262.  9 am to 1 pm

May 15:  Life Signs - Tracking the Invisible.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  For more information and to reserve go to www.RMConservancy.org or call 970-586-3262.  8:30 am to 4:30 pm

May 28:  Birds at Twilight.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  For more information and to reserve go to www.RMConservancy.org or call 970-586-3262.  5:30 pm to 10 pm

May 30:  Orienteering for Beginners - Map & Compass Basics in RMNP.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  For more information and to reserve go to www.RMConservancy.org or call 970-586-3262.  12:30 pm to 5 pm

Jun 5:  Wild Inspirations.  Hear how RMNP has inspired the art of local artists.  Aspen & Evergreen Gallery.  5 pm to 7 pm

Jun 6:  International Bird Migration Day - Ranger-led birding excursion in RMNP.  Call 970-586-1206 for more information.  8 am - 12 pm

Jun 6:  North American Eagles.  Field seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  For more information and to reserve go to www.RMConservancy.org or call 970-586-3262.  8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Jun 6:  Technology of Your Ancestors - Primitive Survival Skills.  Field seminar led by Rocky Mountain Conservancy - Centennial Celebration Series.  For more information and to reserve go to www.RMConservancy.org or call 970-586-3262.

Jun 6 & 13:  Rocky Mountain Molecules - Chemical Storylines of Wonder.  Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium.  7 pm

Jun 8:  Boreal Toads - Amphibians at High Altitudes.  Field seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  For more information and to reserve go to www.RMConservancy.org or call 970-586-3262.  8 am to 5 pm

Jun 17:  Art Adventures. Field Seminar for kids led by Rocky Mountain Conservancy - Centennial Celebration Series.  For more information and to reserve go to www.RMConservancy.org or call 970-586-3262.


Performances

Live Music around town at Rock Inn, Nicky's Restaurant, Lonigans, Longz Mountain Grill, Coffee on the Rocks, Estes Park Resort, Twin Owls Steakhouse, Marys Lake Lodge, and American Legion.

Apr 24:  Estes Valley Handbell Ensemble Spring Concert.  Rocky Mountain Church.  7 pm

Apr 24-25:  It's Showtime! Music Variety Show.  Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies.  Apr 24 - 7 pm, Apr 25 - 2 pm

May 8-10, 15-17:  "Laura" by Vera Caspary and George Sklar.  Presented by the Repertoire Theater Company.  Masonic Lodge.  All dates at 7 pm except May 17 at 2 pm

Jun 12-13:  The Oratorio Society of Estes Park presents a RMNP Centennial Celebration Concert.  Estes Park High School Auditorium.  Jun 12 at 7 pm, Jun 13 at 2 pm

 

Exhibits

Student Expression.  Cultural Arts Council.  Exhibit continues through Apr 26. 

Dancing Colors.  Art Center of Estes Park.  Exhibit continues through May 10

May 2:  Capturing the Light.  Cultural Arts Council.  Exhibit continues through May 31

Jun 6:  Celebrating Rocky Invitational Art Show Opening Exhibition.  Cultural Arts Council.  Exhibit continues through July 23.  5 pm to 7 pm

Jun 12-14:  FACE of Fiber in the Rockies 2015.  The Village Playhouse @ The Other Side Restaurant.  Jun 12, 12 pm to 5 pm; Jun 13, 10 am to 5 pm, Jun 14, 10 am to 3 pm 

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


In the Park 

Bear Necessities - Beaver Meadows Visitor Center 10:30 am - 11 am Saturday & Sunday

Spring Bird Walks - Bring binoculars & a field guide.  Meet at Cub Lake Trailhead in Moraine Park.  8 am - 9:30 am Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

Ranger Led Programs are offered on weekends & include tundra nature walks, talks about wildlife, childrens programs, elk patrol, and more!

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center - Open daily through winter 8 am - 4:30 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 - Closed for the Winter.  Will re-open weekends in early May & will re-open daily on May 18, 2015.  8 am to 4:30 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 - Closed for the Winter.  Will re-open late May 2015, weather permitting.  Features exhibits on alpine tundra, gift shop & restaurant, and beautiful views!

Moraine Park Discovery Center - Closed for the Winter.  Junior Ranger Headquarters will be at this location.  Handicap accessible.  

Kawuneechee Visitor Center - Open daily for the winter from 8 am - 4:30 pm, closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  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 Lonigans.
The Wheel Bar specializes in Texas Hold Em, and Twin Owls Steakhouse hosts a magic show. 

Every Wednesday - Lonigans hosts an Open Mic.  9 pm

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

 

Every Week - call for current shows and times

Reel Mountain Theatre  970-586-4227

Park Theater  970-586-8904