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May 2023 Events in Estes Park

Here's a list of the best events in Estes Park in May! Check back for updates and additional details.

You can't hike the entire time you're in town, although no one here will blame you for trying. Instead, fill out your trip with local events that will give you a taste of the sights, sounds and flavors of this vibrant little mountain town.

First Friday Art Groove

May 5

Take a free tour of local art galleries! Various locations will be serving food & refreshments and hosting artist meet & greets, demonstrations, show opening and live music. Ride the free Estes Park Trolley to keep you warm between galleries. Addresses and hours vary;

Cinco de Mayo at The Barrel

May 5

The sun will be shining (hopefully) and the patio popping! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with margarita specials, a photo booth and so much more! Food truck will be on site with caliente Tex-Mex! 251 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 616-2090;

35th Annual Estes Park Duck Race Festival

May 6

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Save the date for the 35th annual Duck Race Festival! Participate in a Duck Waddle 5K, enjoy live music and much more!

Duck Waddle 5K

May 6

Race, jog or waddle thru the pathways of downtown Estes Park and along the Fall River at the Duck Waddle 5K. All abilities are welcome! Enjoy the Spring season and spectacular scenery of the snow capped Rocky Mountains along your route. This festive and fun foot race kick starts the Rotary Club's Duck Race.

Estes Park Sidewalk Sale

May 6 & 7

Downtown Estes Park merchants will have their annual Spring Sidewalk Sale where select items are marked down.

Mother's Day Makers Market at Avant Garde Aleworks

May 13

Shop gifts for the mom in your life from Colorado-based, women & non-binary owned businesses, all while enjoying a beer or two. Vendors list will be announced before the event. 920 Dunraven St, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 591-2700;

Mountain Strong Ale Festival at The Barrel

May 13

Sample strong ales from several CO breweries! Corn hole tournament 1-6 p.m. LIve music 6-9 p.m. More info coming soon! 251 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 616-2090;

Commodres at The Stanley Hotel

May 19 & 20

Don't miss your chance to experience one of the most successful vocal groups of all time as The Commodres continue to thrill audiences with their Greatest Hits Tour live at the Historic Stanley Hotel! 333 Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 577-4000;

Longs Peak Reunion Benefit Concert & Silent Auction at American Legion Post 119

May 19

Historic Preservations, Inc will hold a 3-day Longs Peak Reunion commemoration in August to remember historic events that happened on the Longs Peak Trail--stories that should not be forgotten! The first event to kick off the celebration is this fundraising concert on May 19, featuring a performance by Lost Penny. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music at 7 p.m. A taco bar will be served for $10. All ticket proceeds benefit the greater commemorative project, officially deemed Longs Peak Reunion. 850 N Saint Vrain Ave; (970) 586-6118; RSVP & More Information

Kevin Nealon Live at The Stanley Hotel

May 26

Get ready to laugh your heart out as Comedy Works Entertainment and Stanley Live present KEVIN NEALON, live on stage at The Stanley Hotel Concert Hall! 333 Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 577-4000;

Estes Park Art Market

May 27-29

The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies presents the Estes Park Art Market happening Memorial Day Weekend in downtown Estes Park! 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO, 80517; (970) 699-1509;


Recurring Events:

Live Music at The Bull Pin

See website for dates

Bowl on into The Bull Pin for live music, games, food & drinks and a good time! 555 S Saint Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 591-7771;

Open Mic Night at Avant Garde Aleworks

Avant Garde

Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday

Calling all musicians, poets and performers! Come grab a beer before you take the stage and enjoy a night of live music in the taproom, hosted by local musician, Chris Theunissen. 920 Dunraven St, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 591-2700;

Latino Night at La Cabaña Mexican Bar & Grill 

Weekly on Saturdays

Join La Cabaña Mexican Bar & Grill every Saturday from 5-9 p.m. for dinner and a dance party. Dance to the tunes of bachata and reggaeton by Sonido Cali. 165 Virginia Dr., Estes Park, CO, 80517;

Live Magic at The Stanley

Most nights; Visit website for details

Hidden beneath The Post Restaurant, upon the historic Stanley Hotel grounds, there is a secret subterranean theatre, where the greatest magicians in the world perform. Master Magician Aiden Sinclair, from the hit series America's Got Talent and Penn and Teller's Fool Us, has invited only the finest prestidigitators to appear in this enchanting new venue. Join them for an unforgettable and immersive experience that will inspire your imagination and kindle the wonder in your soul. 333 E. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, CO, 80517; 970-290-2361;

Live Music at Twin Owls Steakhouse

Tahara Property

Every Wednesday - Saturday

Enjoy live music every Wednesday - Saturday at the Twin Owls Steakhouse. Wednesdays starting at 6:30pm, listen to local bluegrass. Thursday - Saturday starting at 5:30pm, stop in for James Davis Spanish & Classical Guitar. For dining guests only, some exceptions apply. Call (970) 586-9344 to make a reservation. 3110 S. Saint Vrain Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 586-9344;

Karaoke night at the American Legion Post 119

Weekly on Saturdays

Karaoke with Dee starting at 6 p.m. to close. 850 N St Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 586-6118;

Bingo Night at the American Legion Post 119

Weekly on Sundays

Bingo nights return to Circle 119. It's great family fun with cash prizes! Every Sunday at 6 p.m. 850 N St Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 586-6118;

Teacher Appreciation Day at Avant Garde Aleworks

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Weekly on Fridays

Estes Park teachers and educators are welcome to join in the taproom for 20% off all draft beers and hard seltzers every Friday! 920 Dunraven St, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 591 2700;

Weekly Classes at Inspired Artisan Market & Studio

Wednesdays - Sundays

From DIY Tie Dye Shirts and Fused Glass Necklaces to Felted Hummingbirds and Acrylic Pour Painting, Inspired Artisan Market & Studio offers no shortage of unique experiences for all ages. See their website for details.138 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 685-8818;

Live Music at The Rock Inn Mountain Tavern 

Every week, rotating musicians

Originally a sandwich shop at the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park and then evolved into a dance hall, The Rock Inn now boasts weekly live music paired with an ever-evolving food menu & full bar. 1675 State Highway 66, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 214 2953;

Check out our full list of events and book your next trip to Estes Park.

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