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:

Memorial Day Celebration Weekend

From Saturday to Monday, May 28 to 30, come see the Annual Juried Art Market where there will be more than 90 local, statewide and national artisans showcasing their talents.  Live music and food available throughout the weekend!  Local galleries will be displaying their art in the Gallery Row.  Saturday & Sunday hours are from 9 am to 6 pm, Monday hours are from 9 am to 3 pm.

Dates: 
May 28, 2016 - May 30, 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, 970-480-2955970-480-2955 .  Mondays & Wednesdays at 6 pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 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 Tuesday - Grand Lake Safari.  Starts on Jun 14 through Aug 30 Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  

Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - Adventures in Textures.  The Stichin' Den.  4 to 6 pm

Weekly on Wednesday & Thursday - Journey to the Top: A Trail Ridge Road Bus Adventure.  Starts Jun 8 through Sep 1  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 Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday - Weaving Demonstrations.  Weaver's Attic in the Old Church Shops.  1 to 3 pm  

Weekly on Friday - Sunset Safari.  Starts on Jun 10 through Sep 2 Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  

May 20 & 26:  Meet the Brewery - Tastings with different Colorado breweries.  The Barrel.  4 pm to 6 pm

May 20:  Legendary Locals Book Signing.  Estes Park Museum.  2 pm

May 20-21, 28, Jun 4, 11 & 18:  Evening Programs at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.  7 pm to 7:45 pm

May 21:  Fall River Village Resort Grand Opening Party.  10 am to 2 pm

May 21:  Dragon Leaf Tea Company Grand Opening Party.  2 pm to 4 pm

May 21:  Nature's Engineers - Beavers.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  3 pm to 8 pm

May 21:  Orienteering for Beginners - Map & Compass Basics in RMNP.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  12:30 pm to 5 pm

May 23:  Valentine's Mighty American Circus.  Stunts, Tricks & Daredevils.  Estes Park Events Complex.  5 pm and 7:30 pm

May 25:  For the Love of Estes Park - Author Peter Kageyama presents the philosophies and ideas behind his book, For the Love of Cities.  Town Hall.  7 pm

May 26:  Birds at Twilight.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  5:30 pm to 10 pm

May 28:  Customer Appreciation Festival.  Estes Park Mountain Shop.  12 pm

May 28-30:  Memorial Day Weekend Art Market.  Bond Park.  Sat & Sun - 9 am to 6 pm, Mon - 9 am to 3 pm

May 30:  Memorial Day Observance.  Estes Park Memorial Gardens.  11 am

Jun 3:  First Friday Art Groove.  Art walk through Estes Village.  5 pm to 8 pm

Jun 3-5:  Windows to the West Art Show & Sale.  Estes Park Events Complex.  Times vary

Jun 4:  Falcons - Streamlined for Speed.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Jun 4-5:  Technology of Your Ancestors - Primitive Survival Skills.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  9 am to 4:30 pm both days

Jun 8, 22 & 29, Jul 13 & 27, Aug 10:  Plant & Wildflower Identification with a Naturalist.  Jun 8 - Mustard Family, Jun 22 - Pea Family, Jun 29 - Veronica Family, Jul 13 - Carnation Family, Jul 27 - Sunflower Family, Aug 10 - Gentian Family.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org.   8 am to 12 noon

Jun 9, 16 & 30, Jul 7 & 14:  Summer Birding with a Naturalist.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  7 am to 11:30 am

Jun 10:  Unexpected Beauty - The Orchids of RMNP.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Jun 11-12:  100 Ideas for Keeping a Travel Sketchbook.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  9 am to 4 pm both days

Jun 11:  Birds of the Kawuneeche Valley.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  8 am to 4 pm

Jun 12 & Aug 21:  Day-tripping Photography, A Day in the Field Photographing Wildlife.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  6:30 am to 7:30 pm

Jun 14 & 28, Jul 12 & 26, Aug 9:  Hollowell Park Nature Hunt - A Virtual Geocache Adventure.  Program for children 9 to 13 years old.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  9:30 am to 12 noon

Jun 16, Jul 14 & 28:  Lions, Coyotes & Bears, Oh My!  Program for children 4 to 6 years old.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  10 am to 11:30 am 

Jun 16 & 23, Jul 7 & 14:  Campfire Ghost Stories - Living History Tales of the West.  Jun 16 - Iron Thumb, Jun 23 - Pioneers' Wild Animal Encounters, Jul 7 - Enos Mills, Jul 14 - Rocky Mountain Tales of Survival.  Children 5 & under are free.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  7:30 pm to 9 pm

Jun 17:  Knock, Knock, Who's There? - The Importance of Tree Cavities to Nesting Birds & Other Wildlife.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  8 am to 4:30 pm 

Jun 17-19:  This is for the Birds - When, Where & How to Photograph Wild Birds.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  Various times depending on day

Jun 20:  Hummingbirds - Field Research West of the Divide.  Grand Lake Area Class.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  7:30 am to 1 pm

Jun 21, Jul 5 & 19, Aug 2:  Upper Beaver Meadows Nature Hunt - A Virtual Geocache Adventure.  Program for children 9 to 13 years old.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  9:30 am to 12 noon

Jun 22, Jul 6 & 20, Aug 3:  Kids' Art in the Park.  Jun 22 - Photography, Jul 6 - Painting, Jul 20 - Crafting, Aug 3 - Sketching.  Program for children 6 to 10 years old.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  9 am to 12 noon

Jun 22, Jul 6 & 20, Aug 3:  Rocky Mountain Trailblazers - Kids' Hiking Series.  Jun 22 - The Pool, Jul 6 - Cub Lake, Jul 20 - Bierstadt Lake, Aug 3 - Emerald Lake.  Program for children 7 to 15 years old.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  9 am to 1:30 pm

Jun 23-24:  Watercolor Brushstrokes - Painting the Landscapes of RMNP.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  8:30 am to 4 pm

Jun 23, Jul 7 & 21:  Who Pooped in the Woods?  Program for children 7 to 12 years old.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  9 am to 12 noon

Jun 23, Jul 21, Aug 4:  Bugs, Beetles & Butterflies - Tiny But Amazing Creatures of Rocky.  Program for children 4 to 6 years old.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  10 am to 11:30 am

Jun 24, Jul 8, Aug 12:  Secret Places in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Jun 24 - Colorado River, Jul 8 - Lower Beaver Meadows, Aug 12 - Moraine Park.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  8 am to 12 noon

Jun 24 & Jul 8:  Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Rockies - Plants for Hunger & Health.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Jun 25-26:  Hidden History - A Billion Years of Rocky Mountain National Park.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days

Jun 25-26:  Painting the Kawuneeche - A Beginner's Watercolor Class.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  8:30 am to 4 pm

Jun 25 & 26:  100 Years, 100 Flowers - Wildflowers of RMNP.  Jun 25 - Montane & Subalpine, Jun 26 - Alpine.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Jun 29, Jul 13 & 27:  What's Hiding Underwater.  Program for children 8 to 12 years old.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  9 am to 12 noon

Jun 30, Jul 7, Aug 11:  Rocky Mountain Rock Hunt.  Program for children 4 to 6 years old.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  10 am to 11:30 am

Jun 30:  Diversity in Wildflowers.  Program at Alpine Visitor Center.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  8 am to 4 pm

 

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, and American Legion.

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

Weekly on Thursdays - Open Bluegrass Jam at the Rock Inn;  Mountain Town Trio performing classic rock at the Estes Park Resort; and Folk Bluegrass Pick at The Barrel.  All from 6 pm to 9 pm

Weekly on Thursdays - Raise the Roof USO Show.  American Legion Post.  7 pm to 8:30 pm

Weekly on Fridays - Will Thomas.  Acoustic.  Snowy Peaks Winery.  4 pm to 6 pm

Weekly on Fridays & Saturdays -  Ray Young playing Jazz Piano at Nicky's Steakhouse.  6 pm to 9 pm

Weekly on Saturdays - Mountain Town Trio playing classic rock at Mary's Lake Lodge.  6 pm to 9 pm  

May 21:  Kenneth Kelly & Will Thomas.  Acoustic.  Historic Park Theater.  8 pm

Jun 3:  Spoken Word & Poetry Slam.  Inkwell & Brew.  7 pm to 9 pm

Jun 9 & Aug 18:  Great Blue singing acoustic/folk/Americana.  Performance Park.  7 pm to 9 pm


Exhibits

Art Upstairs - John W. Wolf.  Estes Valley Library.  Exhibit continues through May 31.

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

Capturing the Light 2016.  Cultural Arts Council Fine Arts Gallery.  Exhibit continues through May 29.  12 pm to 5 pm

Oil Paintings by Jennifer Cline.  Art Center of Estes Park.  Exhibit continues through Jun 19.  10 am to 5 pm

Jun 3-26:  A Fiber Show.  Cultural Arts Center Fine Art Gallery.  12 pm to 5 pm

 

In the Park 

May 28:  Coyote Valley River Walk.  Meets at Coyote Valley Trailhead in RMNP on the West side of the park along Trail Ridge Road.  10 am to 11 am

Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday through Jun 16:  Spring Bird Walk.  Leaving from Cub Lake Trailhead in Moraine Park.  9 am to 10:30 am

Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday through Jun 18:  Bear Necessities.  Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.  10:30 am to 11 am

Daily from May 14 to Jun 18:  Bighorn Basics.  Sheep Lakes Information Station.  10:30 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 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 season, except Dec 12-13, 19-24 and Dec 26-Jan 3, 2016 from 9 am to 4 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 season.  Features exhibits on alpine tundra, gift shop & restaurant, and beautiful views!

Moraine Park Discovery Center - Closed for the season.  See natural history exhibits or walk a half-mile nature trail.  Handicap accessible.  

Kawuneechee Visitor Center - Open daily 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, 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 Wednesday - Lonigans hosts an Open Stage.  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

May 31:  Open Mic Night.  Ed's Cantina.  6 pm to 9 pm

 

Every Week - call for current shows and times

Reel Mountain Theatre  970-586-4227970-586-4227 

Park Theater  970-586-8904970-586-8904