Estes Park Winter Festival & Winter Trails Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, January 14th & 15th, 2017, 12pm - 4pm 



Buy tickets here!
  • $35 food and Drink Tasting Tickets  21 & Over
  • $17 Chili Tasting 10 & up
  • $5 Children 4-9

Celebrate the winter season in Estes Park at the Estes Park Winter Festival! Sample local Colorado wine and beer from all over!  Sample chili throughout the weekend, featuring a red chili cook-off on Saturday and the green & white chili cook-off on Sunday. Stay warm and toasty at the festival in the Estes Park Events Complex, 1209 Manford Ave.

Festival Fun: 

Live Music!

Revel in the lively tunes all weekend! Just look at this line up: 

Amplified Souls Saturday 12:30-2:30pm
Air Traffic Controllers Saturday 3:00-5:00pm
Dixie Leadfoot Sunday 12:30-2:30pm
Chain Station Sunday 3:00-5:00pm

Kids' Activities:

Bring the kids for a variety of interactive games and fun!

  • The Shutterbus. A working vintage VW van complete with photo booth.         
  • Bungee Run                                   
  • Obstacle Course                                     
  • St. Bernard Rescue   
  • Frozen Themed Bounce House & Temporary Tattoos
  • Crafts

Outdoor Adventures

Get a taste of Estes Park adventure with a Climbing wall (complete with experienced climbers to field you questions), fat bike display and outdoor fat bike course!

Chili Cook-Off

Showcase your chili! The Colorado Chili Pod, the local chapter of CASI (the Chili Appreciation Society International), is excited to once again be part of the Estes Park Winter Festival! Inviting anyone who likes red competition chili to join us this year and either cook your best pot of chili or be a judge and help choose the best chili of the day! If you are interested in cooking or judging please contact

Craft Beer & Wine Tasting

Enjoy  samplings from breweries, wineries and distilleries from around Colorado. Participants include:

  • Snowy Peaks
  • Decadent Saint 
  • Hunters Moon Meadery 
  • Miracle Stag Meadery 
  • Ten Bears Winery
  • Vino Passarelli 
  • Wild Women Winery 
  • Blue Mountain Vineyards 
  • Talon Wine Brands 
  • Black Arts Cellars 
  • Wild Cider
  • Colorado Cider Company
  • Colorado Wassail Company
  • Lost Prairie Winery
  • Elkins Whisky


Historic Estes

Learn more about Estes Park's fascinating history by interacting with F.O. Stanley, Joel Estes and Mountain Men reenactors as well as local experts like:

  • Macdonald Book Shop                            
  • MacGregor Ranch                           
  • Elkhorn Lodge                                
  • Estes Park Museum                      
  • Crag’s Lodge                                 
  • The Stanley Hotel                           
  • Rocky Mountain National Park     
  • The Rocky Mountain Conservancy 


Saturday Only: Winter Trails Day in Rocky Mountain National Park, 10am - 3pm

Snow is no reason to stop hiking. Though your favorite footpath may be covered in deep powder, don't pine for spring when you can slip on a pair of snowshoes and get out on the trail all winter long. Snowshoeing, after all, is simply hiking in winter. Located at the Park & Ride Lot across from Glacier Basin off Bear Lake Road.

Winter Trails Day is a free snowshoe festival with hundreds of demo snowshoes for adults and children, advice from snowshoe experts, and outdoor gear displays - all in the scenic setting of Rocky Mountain National Park! Come early for the best selection, as around 2:00 PM, the available quantity of demo equipment declines. Please bring your driver's license to registration. Event is free, normal park entrance fees apply. 


Make it a weekend! In addition to the festival, spend a day snowshoeing or backcountry skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park during the long weekend. Cozy up in a cabin or sit fireside in one of the lodges, browse all lodging here and book your holiday weekend getaway today!