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:

4th of July - Independence Day Weekend

4th July Fireworks Band

Go 4th Festival - a family fun evening of activities, food, and music celebrating our nation's Independence Day.  Fairgrounds at Stanley Park 6:30 - 9:00 pm on July 3rd with music from Walker Williams.  Fireworks over Lake Estes starting around 9:30 pm on July 4th.  Professional Bull Riding (Touring Pro Division).

Dates: 
July 3, 2016 - July 4, 2016

 Around Town

Weekly on Monday - Artisan's Market.  Handmade goods from local artisans.  George Hix Riverside Plaza.  10 am to 4 pm

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 through Aug 30 - Grand Lake Safari.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  

Weekly on Wednesday & Thursday through Sep 1 - Journey to the Top: A Trail Ridge Road Bus Adventure.  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 Friday through Sep 2 - Sunset Safari.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  

Weekly on Friday starting July 8 through Sep 16 - Old Fall River Road Trip - An Educational Adventure by Bus.  Field seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 on online at www.RMConservancy.org  9 am to 3:30 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

Jun 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 28:  Passing Showers Cardigan Knitting Class.  The Stitchin' Den.  3 pm to 5 pm

Jun 28-29:  Meet the Brewery - a fun brewery talk & tasting.  The Barrel.  Times vary, visit website for more information. 

Jun 28:  Geeks who Drink Trivia.  The Barrel.  6 pm to 8 pm

Jun 29, Jul 13 & 27, Aug 10:  Plant & Wildflower Identification with a Naturalist.  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 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 29 & Jul 2:  Weaving Demos.  Weaver's Attic.  1 pm to 3 pm

Jun 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 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

Jul 1:  Longs Peak Up-Close.  Field seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org  7 am to 3:30 pm

Jul 1, 15 & 29:  To Be a Tree.  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

Jul 1:  First Friday Art Groove.  Downtown Estes Park.  5 pm to 8 pm

Jul 1:  Spoken Word Poetry Slam.  George Hix Riverside Plaza.  7 pm to 9 pm 

Jul 1, 15 & 22, Aug 12:  Stories Behind the Moon & Stars.  Program lasts 1.5 hours.  Meet at Moraine Park Discovery Center.  July programs at 8:15 pm, Aug program at 8:00 pm.

Jul 2:  In Pursuit of Rocky's 10 Most Interesting Insects.  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

Jul 2-3:  Arabian Horse Show.  Free!  Estes Park Events Complex.  9 am

Jul 4:  Crossroads Fundraiser - 4th of July Pancake Breakfast.  Our Lady of the Mountains Church (920 Big Thompson Avenue).  7 am to 10:30 am

Jul 4:  The Coolest Car Show in Colorado.  Estes Park Events Complex.  10 am to 4 pm

Jul 4:  Fireworks Display over Lake Estes.  9:30 pm

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

Jul 6 & 20, Aug 3:  Kids' Art in the Park.  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

Jul 6 & 20, Aug 3:  Rocky Mountain Trailblazers - Kids' Hiking Series.  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

Jul 6:  Rooftop Rodeo Parade.  Downtown Estes Park.  10:30 am

Jul 6-11:  Rooftop Rodeo.  Estes Park Events Complex.  

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

Jul 7 & 14:  Campfire Ghost Stories - Living History Tales of the West.  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

Jul 8, Aug 12:  Secret Places in Rocky Mountain National Park.  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

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

Jul 8 & 22, Aug 5 & 12:  Kids' Fly-Fishing & Stream Ecology.  Program for children from 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 pm

Jul 8 & 29, Aug 5 & 26:  Astronomy in the Park.  Observe the night sky with a ranger and a volunteer expert astronomer.  30-minute program followed by viewing.  Meet at Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead.  Jul 8 & 29 at 8:15 pm, Aug 5 & 26 at 8:00 pm

Jul 9:  West Side Wonders - Green Mountain Trail through the Eyes of an Ecologist.  Field seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or online at www.RMConservancy.org.  Starting from the Kawuneeche Visitor Center.  9 am to 5 pm

Jul 9:  Historic People & Places - History of the Estes Valley and 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 3 pm

Jul 9-10:  Birding the Life Zones.  Field Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 or or online at www.RMConservancy.org  7 am to 3:30 pm

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 

Jul 15:  Macroinvertebrates - The Underwater World of Insects & Other Small Creatures in RMNP.  Field seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.  Reservations required at 970-586-3262 on online at www.RMConservancy.org  8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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

Jul 28-30:  Rocky Mountain National Park Night Sky Festival.  Activities, Speakers, Programs & Night Sky Viewing.  Times vary.

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

 

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 Mondays, Tuesdays & Sundays - Cowboy Singalong with Brad Fitch.  Bond Park.  7 pm to 8 pm

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

Weekly on Wednesdays & Thursdays - 2nd Annual Wednesday Night Live & 18th Annual Thursday Night Live.  Performance Park, 417 West Elkhorn Avenue.  Concerts begin at 7 pm weather permitting.  For more information and list of performers, call 970-586-9203 or www.EstesArts.com

Weekly on Thursdays - Mountain Town Trio performing classic rock at the Estes Park Resort

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

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

Weekly on Sundays - Jon Pickett playing Acoustic at The Rock Inn.  11 am to 2 pm

Jun 28:  Friends of Folk Festival.  Performance Park.  6 pm to 9 pm

Jun 29:  Adam Green or Riverside Ramblers.  Performance Park.  7 pm

Jun 30:  Jeff Van Devender.  Performance Park.  7 pm

Jul 1:  Movies in the Mountains - Kicking & Screaming.  Performance Park.  6 pm

Jul 4:  Village Band July 4th Concert.  Performance Park.  7 pm

Jul 6:  Rootamentary.  Performance Park.  7 pm

Jul 7:  Summer Song Fest VII.  Performance Park.  7 pm

Jul 13:  Steve Smersh & Friends.  Performance Park.  7 pm

Jul 14:  Estes Park Jazz Big Band.  Performance Park.  7 pm

Jul 20:  David Michael Boyd.  Performance Park.  7 pm

Jul 21:  Peggy Mann.  Performance Park.  7 pm

Jul 27:  Highland Brass Quintet.  Performance Park.  7 pm

Jul 28:  Riverside Ramblers.  Performance Park.  7 pm

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


Exhibits

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

Rocky Mountain Treasures.  Earthwood Collections.  Exhibit continues through Jun 30.  10 am to 5 pm

Impressionism and Realisms.  Art Center of Estes Park.  Exhibit continues through Jul 31.  10 am to 5 pm

 

In the Park 

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  970-586-4227970-586-4227 

Park Theater  970-586-8904970-586-8904