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:

Elk Fest

Fall is rut time for Estes Park's elk herds.  Elk Fest features bugling competitions, educational areas, seminars, live music, Native American storytelling & music, a display of raptors, and guided elk-viewing tours.  NEW THIS YEAR!! Elk Fest Kid’s Corral.  Join us for an “elk dud” scavenger hunt, crafts and a bounce house!  Vendors, entertainment, and fun!

Dates: 
October 4, 2014 - October 5, 2014

 Around Town

Through Sep 30:  Free 5K group run every Tuesday.  Starts at Stanley Hotel.  6 pm

Through Oct 3:  Plein Air Rockies Fall Color Paint Out.  Throughout Estes Park.

Through Oct 18:  Elk Expeditions every Thursday, Friday, Saturday.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or www.RMConservancy.org  

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Sep 25-28:  Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Paint Out held throughout RMNP and Estes Park.

Sep 26:  Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Stanley Hotel Paint Out.  Stanley Hotel.  9 am

Sep 26:  Book Signing of High Altitude Paradise - author Jim Williams.  Brownfield’s.  3 pm

Sep 26-27:  Centennial Speaker Series - author Mary Taylor Young, Rocky Mountain National Park:  The First 100 Years.  Sep 26 at Kawuneeche Visitor Center, RMNP (West Side), Sep 27 at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorim, RMNP (East Side).  7 pm

Sep 27:  Fee FREE Day at Rocky Mountain National Park - get into the park for free!

Sep 27:  Essential Oils Health Benefits.  Riverspointe Spa.  4 pm

Sep 27:  Ghosts of the West - The Bonanza Trail.  Special Benefit Event & Documentary for the Historic Park Theater.  Purchase tickets at the Historic Park Theater box office, Park Theater Café, or online at http://ghosts2014.eventbrite.com   7 pm 

Sep 28:  The World of Wapiti - Rocky Mountain Elk.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or www.RMConservancy.org  12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Oct 4:  The Playground Trail - The National Park-to-Park Highway.  Estes Park Museum.  3-4 pm

Oct 4-5:  Elk Fest.  Throughout Estes Park.  

Oct 5:  Big Screen Football Buffet at The Historic Park Theater.  Denver Broncos vs. Arizona Cardinals.  2:05 pm

Oct 5:  Photographing Elk & Aspen.  Field seminar.  For details & reservations, contact Rocky Mountain Conservancy - 970-586-3262 or www.RMConservancy.org

Oct 10:  Centennial Speaker Series - Robert Stanton leads a discussion at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium, RMNP (East side).  2 pm

Oct 10:  One Book, One Valley Opening Reception - The Big Burn by Timothy Egan.  Estes Valley Library.  5:30 - 7:30 pm

Oct 12:  Big Screen Football Buffet at The Historic Park Theater.  Denver Broncos vs. New York Jets.  11:00 am

Oct 19:  Big Screen Football Buffet at The Historic Park Theater.  Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers.  6:30 pm 

Oct 21:  Fire Rangers of Rocky - a program for Junior Rangers.  Estes Valley Library.  4 pm

Oct 22:  Readings from Enos Mills by Robert Burkhardt.  Estes Valley Library Hondius Room.  12:30 pm

Oct 23:  Big Screen Football Buffet at The Historic Park Theater.  Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers.  6:25 pm

Oct 28:  Enos Mills - Rocky Mountain Naturalist, one-man performance by Storyteller John Stansfield.  Estes Valley Library Hondius Room.  7 pm

Nov 1:  Fall Back Beer Fest.  More than 100 different beers from over 30 different breweries.


Performances

Live Music around town at Rock Inn, Nicky's Restaurant, Lonigans, Coffee on the Rocks, Estes Park Resort, Twin Owls Steakhouse

Sep 26, 28:  Rocky Mountain Opry.  Variety Show 1.  National Park Village Playhouse.   Sep 26 at 7:30 pm, Sep 28 at 2:00 pm

Sep 27:  Rocky Mountain Opry.  Variety Show 2.  National Park Village Playhouse.   2 pm

Sep 27:  Rocky Mountain Opry.  Old Time Rock & Roll 1.  National Park Village Playhouse.   7:30 pm

Oct 5:  Estes Park Winter Concert Series at The Stanley Hotel.  Classical Backcountry Brass Quintet - A tribute to Mal Walker.  For more information and a complete schedule visit www.estesparkmusicfestival.org  2 pm

Nov 2:  Estes Park Winter Concert Series at The Stanley Hotel.  United States Air Force Academy Rampart Winds.  FREE.  For more information and a complete schedule visit www.estesparkmusicfestival.org  2 pm

 

Exhibits

Sep 25:  Centennial Celebration Fine Art Show & Sale - Opening Reception.  Fall River Visitor Center at 6 pm.  For more information and a complete schedule visit www.rmpap.org.  Exhibit continues through Sep 28 

Sep 26:  Climb On!  History of Rocky Climbing in Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park.  Estes Park Museum.  Exhibit continues through Oct. 4, 2015

Sep 27:  Centennial Celebration Fine Art Show & Sale - Quick Draw & Sale.  Moraine Park Discovery Center.  9 am to noon.  For more information and a complete schedule visit www.rmpap.org

Plein Air Rockies 2014 Exhibition & Sale.  Cultural Arts Council.  Exhibit continues through Oct. 26

Beauty All Around Us.  Art Center of Estes Park.  Exhibit continues through Oct 26

Western Light.  Earthwood Collections.  Exhibit continues through Oct. 31.

Autumn Art Walk.  Maps available at Cultural Arts Council.  Throughout Estes Park.  Exhibit Continues through Nov 23


In the Park 

Sep 25-26:  Art in the Park.  Fall River Visitor Center

Bear Necessities - Beaver Meadows Visitor Center 10:30 am Sunday, Tuesday, & Thursday

Amazing Beavers - Beaver Meadows Visitor Center 10:30 am Monday, Wednesday, & Friday

High Country Trails - Alpine Visitor Center 2 pm (weather permitting) Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday

Ranger Led Programs are offered daily & include tundra nature walks, talks about wildlife, children's programs, elk patrol, and more!

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center - Open 8 am - 4:30 pm daily.  Stop by to learn more about wildlife, the junior ranger program, recreational opportunities, and more!  Free 20 minute park film on the hour and half hour, bookstore, and general Park information.  Every Wednesday - Art in the Park.  7:30 pm.  Call 970-586-1206 for more specifics.

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

Moraine Park Discovery Center - Open 9 am to 4:30 pm daily.  Junior Ranger Headquarters will be at this location.  Handicap accessible.  Discovery Days for families every Tuesday from 9 am to 1 pm.

Kawuneechee Visitor Center - Open 8 am - 4:30 pm daily.  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 Lonigan's.
The Wheel Bar specializes in Texas Hold Em, and Twin Owls Steakhouse hosts a magic show. 

Every Tuesday & Thursday - American Legion hosts Bingo.  7 pm

Every Wednesday - Longz Mountain Grill hosts a Trivia night.  7 pm

Every Wednesday - Lonigans hosts an Open Mic.  9 pm

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