Wool Market & Fiber Festival
June 10-12, 2016
2016 Wool Market and Fiber Festival at a glance. Full schedule coming soon:
Wool Market Workshops Estes Park High School June 9-10, 2016, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wooly Wonder Fashion Show Rocky Mountain Park Inn June 11, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Estes Park Wool Market Festival Estes Park Events Complex June 11-12, 2016, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Estes Park Wool Market Festival Estes Park Events Complex June 12, 2016, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Face of Fiber in the Rockies Park Village Playhouse June 11-12, 2016
To register for workshops click here.
Family events don't get much better than this - hands-on activities; fuzzy, approachable animals; entertaining performances; and shopping for mom and dad. Each June, families, knitters and animal enthusiasts attend the free Estes Park Fiber Affair and Wool Market to find all of these great things and more! Those familiar with the wool and fiber industry know this event, held at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, as the largest fiber fest in the West. Families can enjoy tractor rides for kids, a silent auction in the llama tent, and an expanded vendor barn!
The Wooly Wonder Fashion Show! On Saturday, at the Rocky Mountain Park Inn to help celebrate the wool market. The show will feature unique and one of a kind items from your own Wool Market Vendors and more! The event is free to attend, complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available.
FACE of Fiber in the Rockies
FACE of Fiber in the Rockies 4th Annual Juried show features work from Colorado fiber artists as well as the work of our local Estes Valley fiber artists. There will be a wide variety of fiber work on display: embroidery, quilting, weaving, tatting, garments, basketry and more! The display will be at the Village Park Playhouse, downstairs, 900 Moraine Ave, on Friday, June 10, 1 to 6PM; Saturday, June 11, 10 to 5PM; and Sunday, June 12, 10 to 3PM. The Closing reception and Award Ceremony will be from 1 to 3. Awards presented at 2:00PM.
The 26th Annual Wool Market will be at the Estes Fairgrounds and Event Center, June 11 and 12. See sheep, alpacas, llamas, rabbits, goats and other fiber animals. As usual there is the ever-popular vendor barn, the animal tents, demonstrations including sheep to shawl, a children’s tent, sheep shearing, herding dogs and more.
Learning and Loving It
It is well known that kids learn the most when they are having fun and taking part in activities. The Fiber Affair offers plenty of opportunities to get your kiddos engaged and learning new things - without them even knowing it! In the children's tent, they can try spinning and weaving, while also learning how clothes and goods get from farms to their closets.
Show, Shop and Share
In addition to the fun activities, the professionals who participate in the Wool Market show and sell their incredible goods. Showing hand-spun yarns and threads to finished hats, gloves and bags, the skilled artisans display an amazing selection of unique materials and products. Inspired by what you've seen? Start your own projects by purchasing the tools right at the market.
Expand Your Skills
In addition to the two-day public Wool Market, the event includes classes and seminars in many wool-related areas of interest during the two preceding days. Industry leaders hold classes on weaving, spinning, dying and more. Pre-registration is required and typically closes in late May. Enjoy single day workshops, two day workshops and view a complete lists of workshops and instructor bios (info coming soon!)
“Fiber Inspirations” is a new and special invitational event this year. Artists from throughout Colorado were asked to submit their wonderful fiber pieces which include work that is traditional to the inspired. On display will be woven pieces with LED lights, altered books, garments, and fiber for fiber sake. This exhibit will be on display from June 3rd to June 26 at the Cultural Arts Council’s Gallery at 423 W. Elkhorn Ave. This exhibit will open on the First Friday Art Walk weekend, June 3rd from 5 to 8PM.