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Estes Park Winter Festival

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January 16 – 19, 2015
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:
Tickets Available for the Estes Park Winter Festival Begin on December 1st, 2014.

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.

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: Pandas and People

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 face painting, s'mores, 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 

Monday, Jan. 19th:
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, trackless train rides and more! Kids can even meet the big yellow and friendly, Quilten the Duck! Fill up on savory brats, 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 skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park during the holiday weekend. Cozy up in a cabin or sit fireside in one of the lodges, book your holiday weekend getaway today!


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