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Estes Park Winter Festival

January 16th - 19th, 2015, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend:

Celebrate the winter season in Estes Park at the Estes Park Winter Festival weekend! Be amazed by high-flying skiers and snowboarders demonstrating their skills on indoor trampolines, ice skate downtown, demo snowshoes, taste award-winning chili, and sip a variety of beers and wines at the Estes Park Winter Festival, Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend 2015 at the new Estes Park Events Complex!

Friday, Jan. 16th:

Be entertained and dance away to the Celtic sounds of the Fort Collins Irish inspired band, The Commoners. Bagpiper Daniel Lowell will grace the stage and watch the McTeggart Irish Stepdancers perform. This fun evening of dancing and delicious Irish drinks at the Estes Park Events Complex runs from 7pm -10pm! Admission $15. Brought to you by the Rocky Mountain Irish Gathering

Saturday, Jan. 17th & Sunday Jan. 18th:
12pm - 5pm 
Ticket prices for main festival:
$5 children (ages 4 - 9), Children under 4 are free
Tickets without craft beverage tasting, $17 per day or $30 for a two day pass
Tickets with unlimited craft beverage tasting, $30 per day or $55 for a two day pass (ages 21 or older)

Purchase Online Tickets Here 

This year's Winter Festival is back and bigger than ever! Sample local Colorado wine and beer from over 30 different drink booths! Rocky Mountain National Park will be at the festival sharing their expert knowledge on outdoor winter adventures, equipment demos, offering winter safety tips and fun information about Rocky Mountain National Park. Gear up for the season by browsing the vendor area where you can find winter apparel and outdoor adventure gear. Sample chili throughout the weekend, featuring a red chili cook-off on Saturday and the green & white chili cook-off on Sunday. Stick around for the many fun giveaways including Estes Park snowcat tours, a Rocky Mountain National Park annual pass, outdoor adventure gear, private snowmobiling tours, and more! Stay warm and toasty at the festival in the new Estes Park Events Complex, 1209 Manford Ave.

Sunday, Jan. 18th - Rocky Mountain National Park 100th Birthday Party at the Estes Park Winter Festival, 2 pm - 3pm 
Celebrate the 100th Birthday of Rocky Mountain National Park with cake and a viewing of the new Centennial film by Fall River Productions at the Estes Park Winter Festival, located in the new Estes Park Events Complex. See the Centennial "Cake" Float from the Catch the Glow Parade, meet rangers and staff from Rocky Mountain National Park and enter to win an annual pass to Rocky Mountain National Park! 

Saturday Music Line Up:
12pm - 2pm: James and the Devil
3pm - 5pm: White Water Ramble

Sunday Music Line Up:
12pm - 2pm: The Burroughs
3pm - 5pm: Archie Funker 

Kids' Activities - in the Pavilion at the Estes Park Events Complex:
Just next door the main Winter Festival complex is the fun and interactive Kid's Festival! Enjoy snowman human bowling, "snowball" fights and a "snow" filled pool. Get crafty by building candy cane necklaces and smile for the interactive photo booth. Family activities also include slapstick hockey, ice picking, a science station, face painting, trackless train rides, and interacting with the feature film, "Frozen" ice sculptures! Get epic with the snowboard simulator, where you can try it out for the first time or test your skills in this simulated downhill ride!

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 Lexy Jacobson, 970.577.3902 or ljacobson@estes.org  

Saturday, Jan. 17th: Winter Trails Day in Rocky Mountain National Park  
10am - 3pm, Bear Lake Park & Ride Area 

Snow is no reason to stop hiking. Though your favorite footpath may be covered in deep powder, why 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.

Winter Trails Day is a free snowshoe festival with hundreds of demo snowshoes for adults and children; advice from snowshoe experts, demos snowshoes to try out and outdoor gear displays . Bring food and water. Note: Beginning at 2:00 PM, the available quantity of demo equipment will be restricted; so be sure to arrive early enough so that you can demo each and every model! Please bring your driver's license to registration. Event is free, but normal park entrance fees apply. 

Monday, Jan. 19th:
Downtown activities free to the public!   

Celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday with fun activities next to the ice skating rink located in the heart of downtown Estes Park from 10am - 3pm. The Town of Estes Park and the Rotary Club present fun for the whole family including ice dancing performances, "beat the goalie" hockey game, face painting, live music, a dog costume contest, and more! Kids can even meet the big yellow and friendly, Lucky the Duck! Fill up on savory chili, hot coco, cider and s'mores!   Enjoy shopping in the unique boutiques and shops downtown and stop into one of the local coffee shops to warm up with a hot chocolate or coffee! Venture into Rocky Mountain National Park, it is a free entrance day on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday! Snowshoe to Dream Lake or a more casual walk around a snowy Bear Lake.

Make it a weekend! In addition to the festival, spend a day snowshoeing or backcountry skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park during the holiday 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!

For all vendor and sponsorship information, please contact Lexy Jacobson at ljacobson@estes.org  

Volunteers are needed for each day of the event and will receive festival tickets. Interested individuals should contact Rhonda Mickelson at rmickelson@acacamps.org for details of volunteer duties and a registration form. The deadline for volunteer registration is Monday, January 12. 

Thank you to our 2015 Winter Festival Sponsors!  
 

Mamas   Poppys  Muller  YMCA logo

 

Additional Winter Festival Sponsors: 

Rocky Mountain Park Inn

Ponderosa Lodge 

Estes Park Condos  

Rocky Mountain Resorts

Estes Park Resort

Peppers Mexican Grill

Marys Lake Lodge

Longz Mountain Grill

McGregor Mountain Lodge

The Grill Guy  

Chelitos 

El Mex Kal  

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Della Terra Mountain Chateau 

Rambos Longhorn Liquor

Castle Mountain Lodge

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew  

 

 

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