Estes Park Colorado

Estes Park, Colorado

Major Events for 2006

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Major Event: Dates
Jazz Fest & Art Walk May 13 - 14
Annual Wool Market June 17 - 18
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival June 24 - 25
Fireworks over Lake Estes July 4
Rooftop Rodeo July 11 - 16
Annual Longs Peak Scottish Irish Festival September 7 - 10
Autumn Gold - A Festival of Brats & Bands September 23 - 24
Elk Fest Sept 30 - Oct 1
Catch the Glow Christmas Parade November 24

Complete Event Calendar for 2006

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Jazz Fest & Art Walk

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May 13 - 14— Jazz Fest is one of the highlights of the spingtime season. Free concerts by regional groups and artists held every year in conjunction with Art Walk. Performances take place between 12:30 and 5:00 p.m. right downtown in Bond Park.

Annual Wool Market

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June 17 - 18— This fiber festival in the Rockies is the largest natural fiber show in the country with two days of exhibits, demonstrations, competitions and vendor booths.

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

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June 24 - 25— Come celebrate the summer solstice in the Scandinavian tradition from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Saturday and Sunday. Opening ceremony with a procession of national flags and a parade of costumes. On Saturday the activities at Bond Park include a colorful opening ceremony, parade of national flags, and no-stop performances from Scandinavian dance and folk groups. Bond Park is located just east of downtown Estes Park on the north side of Elkhorn Ave.

Fireworks over Lake Estes

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July 4 — The Fireworks in Estes Park are the 5th largest in Colorado! Activities start at dusk, usually between 9:30 and 9:45 on the North Shore of Estes Park Lake. Excellent viewing from anywhere around the lake. The Estes Park Firework display has become so popular with people from Denver to Fort Collins, that it can take from two to three time as long to get back to their homes in the front range.

Rooftop Rodeo

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July 11 - 16 (7:30 p.m.)— Grab your cowboy hat and boot and head on over to the Stanley Park Fairgrounds for six PRCA Rodeo sanctioned events including Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Calf Roping, Bareback Bronc Riding, Lady's Barrel Racing and Bull Riding. Also, Team Roping and Mutton Bustin'. Be around on July 13 for the 10:30 am Parade down Elkhorn Ave. that will include bands, groups on horseback, floats, unique automobiles, rodeo royalty and more.

General admission prices are $15 for adults and $5 for children (3 to 11). Box seats are available for $20. For tickets in advance, or to register your child for "Mutton Bustin" or for information, contact the Estes Park Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 1967, Estes Park, CO 80517, call 970-586-6104 or email them at

Annual Longs Peak Scottish Irish Festival

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September 7 - 10— Competition is the name of the games at the Scottish Highland/Irish Festival at Stanley Park Fairgrounds. Get ready for bagpipers, Scottish Highland and Irish Step Dancing in addition to the sport competitions of caber toss (throwing a telephone pole sized log end to end.), and such things as the sheaf toss, the hammer throw, and the stone put. Also, there are traditional jousting competitions with real weapons and competitors from all over the world.

When you tire of the competition, you can listen to folk singers, storytellers and fiddle players. Eat anything from hot dogs to traditional Cornish pasties. Drinks include soft drinks to single malt Scotch whiskey. More than just a touch of Scotland and Ireland.

Autumn Gold - A Festival of Brats & Bands

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September 23 - 24— Beginning at 10:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday there will be brats, soft drinks, beer and hot cider in Bond Park, to enjoy along with the live music until 6 p.m.

Sunday will also feature the annual Autumn Gold raffle, with periodic drawings including a $5,000 cash prize.

Sponsored by the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary and the Town of Estes Park.

Elk Fest

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Sept 30 - Oct 1 —A celebration of all things Wapiti, the American elk that is native here. Seminars, bugling contests, elk tours.

Catch the Glow Christmas Parade

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November 24— Every year on the day after thanksgiving, the Catch the Glow Christmas Parade draws amost 40,000 people to Estes Park for the Annual Christmas Parade. Visitors from all the Front Range comminities come to Estes Park to enjoy a day of shopping, visiting the park and to enjoy all the wide furry creatures that rome up and down main street greating all with holliday cheer. This is one of the major events of the year.

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The EstesPark.US Website and its companion Website, RMNP.Com is supported by Lodge, Restaurant and Shop owners of Estes Park. Their contributions and sponsorship, allow us to list all lodging, restaurants, shops that server the Estes Park Valley. Also their sponsorship of our Rocky Website allow you an independent view of Rocky Mountain National Park. This 300 page Rocky Website is designed for you, our guests.