Estes Park’s First People's Festival celebrates Indigenous culture, art, music, language and oral traditions.

Vendors from across the country will offer their wares while workshops, cultural demonstrations and live performances entertain. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the Indigenous connection to the Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park. Here is a glimpse of what you can expect at the first annual First People’s Festival, January 12-14, 2024.

Indigenous Inspired Dinner

The festival kicks off with the Indigenous Inspired Dinner at Twin Owls Steakhouse on January 12. Those lucky enough to have secured one of the limited tickets will enjoy a delicious meal blessed by a Northern Cheyenne Elder and a participatory sweet grass offering. They’ll also have the chance to mingle with Indigenous demonstrators, educators and workshop leaders in town for the festival. Unfortunately, 2024’s dinner is now sold out!

First people's festival beadwork

Vendor market, workshops and entertainment

On January 13 and 14, live music, traditional dancers, singers and drummers will entertain festival-goers. Indigenous artisans with tribal affiliations from across the country will be on hand to sell traditional art, jewelry, instruments and clothing. A two-day workshop teaching quillwork will take place each morning. Learn more about the workshop and purchase tickets here.

Women Are Sacred 16 inch - Alaina Buffalospirit

Join us to become immersed in the traditions, artistry and artistic cultural practices of Indigenous peoples in Estes Park’s inaugural First Peoples Festival.

First People’s Festival Details

  • What: A celebration of Indigenous culture, art, music, language and oral traditions.
  • When: January 12-14, 2024
  • Where: Estes Park Events Complex, 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park, CO 80517
  • Cost: Free entry

Learn about Estes Park’s Indigenous Connections

Estes Park as we know it is a family-friendly outdoor destination that guests have enjoyed for generations, but its roots go back thousands of years to the Ute, Arapaho, Cheyenne and other Indigenous tribes. Learn more about the first peoples of Estes Park in the Indigenous Connections: Exploring Estes Park podcast.