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

Fall is rut time for Estes Park's elk herds.  At this fun "Elktober" event we celebrate elk, known as "Wapiti" by the Native Americans.  At the 19th Annual Elk Fest you can see elk and learn about elk.  Native American storytellers & dancers entertain. The festival is free although there are fees for the elk bugling contest. 

September 30, 2017 - October 1, 2017

 Around Town

Sep 21 & 28 : Estes Park Farmers Market.  Bond Park.  8a - 1p.

Sep 21-23, 25, 28-29:  Elk Expeditions.  Rocky Mountain Conservancy. 5-7:30p.  Call 970-586-3262 for reservations.

Sep 21-23:  Photographing the Wildlife of Kawuneeche.  Rocky Mountain Conservancy. Call 970-586-3262 for reservations.

Sep 23-24:  Autumn Gold Festival.  Bands, Brats, and Beer.  Bond Park.  Sat 10a-7p & Sun 10a-5p.

Sep 23:  Killing Kili.  Adventures on Mt Kilimanjaro with Miles Hamby.  Estes Park Mountain Shop. 7p

Sep 23:  Robert Ruesch, Author Book Signing.  YMCA of the Rockies. 10a.

Sep 23:  Robert Ruesch, Author Book Signing.  Macdonald Book Shop.  1-3p.

Sep 24:  Harrison Jones, Author Book Signing.  Macdonald Book Shop.  11:30a-1:30p.

Sep 28:  All Who Dare.  Eagle Rock documentary premiere screening.  The Stanley Hotel.  7-9p. RSVP.

Sep 30:  Photographing Elk & Aspen.  Rocky Mountain Conservancy. Call 970-586-3262 for reservations.

Weekly Monday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday evening in September & October - Elk Expeditions.  Rocky Mtn Conservancy. 970-586-3262.

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, Wednesday at 5:30p and Saturday at 9am Group Bicycle Ride.  Via Bicycle Cafe.

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 Fridays through Sep 22 - Old Fall River Road Trip: An Educational Adventure by Bus. Rocky Mountain Conservancy. Call 970-586-3262.  9a - 3:30p.

Weekly every Thursday, Friday & Saturday morning in September & October.  From Elk to Aspen. Rocky Mountain Conservancy.



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



Sep 22-30 : Stan & Yelana Art Exhibit.  Earthwood Collections. 10a-8p

Sep 22-30 : Drawings by Patricia Greenberg.  EPMC.


In the Park 

Sep 22-29:  Elk Echoes.  Sheep Lakes Parking & Moraine Discovery Center Amphitheatre.  6-6:30p

Sep 23 & 26:  Road to the Top.  Alpine Visitor Center. 2:30 - 3p.

Sep 26-28 : Lily Lake Stroll.  Lily Lake.  2:30-4p.

Sep 22-23, 25, 27, & 29:  Lily Ridge Hike.  Lily Lake. 10-11:30a.

Sep 22 & 25-29:  Autumn in the Rockies.  Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead. 9:30a. 

Sep 23-26 & 28: Bear Necessities.  Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.  10a-10:30a

Sep 22, 26-27, & 29 : Autumn Bird Walk.  Club Lake Trailhead.  8-9:30a

Sep 22, 24, 27, & 29:  High Country Tails.  Sheep Lakes Parking.  2:30p.

Ranger Led Programs include tundra nature walks, talks about wildlife, childrens programs, elk patrol, and more!

Saturday & Sunday:  Bear Necessities.  Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.  10a.

Saturdays:  Beaver Meadows Evening Programs, 7pm.

Daily:  Big Horn Basics.  Sheep Lakes Info Station. 10:30am

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center - Open daily from 8 am to 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 - Open 9am - 5pm 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 daily (weather permitting) 10:30am - 4:30pm.  Features exhibits on alpine tundra, gift shop & restaurant, and beautiful views!

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

Sheep Lakes Information Station - Open daily.   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, The Other Side Restaurant, Ed's Cantina, The Waterfront Grill and Lonigan's Saloon.  If you want to be part of the entertainment, open mics, open stage, or karaoke can be found at The Wheel Bar and Lonigans.

Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday -  The Rock Inn.  6 pm to 9 pm

Every Friday, Saturday - Nicky's Steakhouse.  Jazz Piano.  6pm.

Every Friday, Saturday - Twin Owls Steakhouse.  Classical Guitar.  6pm - 9pm.

Every Tuesday, Thursday - Ed's Cantina.  6pm - 9pm.

Every Friday - The Other Side.  Jazz.  5pm - 8pm.

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