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October 2022 Events in Estes Park

Here's a complete list of the best events in Estes Park this October.

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. Check out what is going on in October:

Elk Fest

elk rut

October 1 & 2

Celebrate Estes Park's resident elk at this family-friendly festival in downtown Bond Park. Enjoy vendors, live music, food trucks, bugling contests, performances and more at this year's Elk Fest! More event info here
 

YMCA of the Rockies Fall Fest

October 1

Gather the family for a fun afternoon of live music and autumn activities! Take a hayride, paint a pumpkin, craft your own pinecone feeder, and more! Find out more.
 

20 Years of Kind Coffee Celebration

October 1

Join Kind Coffee for an all-day party to celebrate their 20th Anniversary! Stop by for their newest coffee, Anniversary Blend, a Velvet Elk Latte, and lots of great merchandise, snacks! Check it out.
 

Treats & Spirits

October 1

Join the Colorado Cancer Foundation (CCF) and the Dao House, a scenic Estes Park retreat center, for Treats & Spirits, a family-friendly fundraiser benefiting the Colorado Cancer Foundation and those it serves. Take part in horseback riding, hiking, and nature gazing in an unparalleled natural setting! Learn more.

Pumpkins & Pilsners

October 8

The perfect place to pick your pumpkins with live music and craft beer for the adults, as well as pony rides, air tattoos and more. Bring the whole family and plan a fall outing around this great Estes Park Festival & Fundraiser! Details here.
 

Rocky Mountain Craft Spirits Festival

craft spirits festival

October 22

The Rocky Mountain Craft Spirits Festival, presented by Elkins Whisky, returns to the Estes Park Event Center Saturday, Oct. 22 from 1–4 p.m. This festival showcases the finest spirits the Colorado Rockies have to offer. Festival goers will receive a commemorative tasting glass to sample spirits from over 25 different craft distilleries, listen to live music, hear talks featuring industry experts, play bar games and much more. Find out more.
 

The Shining Ball

October 22

Come play with The Stanley Hotel on October 22. Stay tuned for details!

 

Recurring Events:

Latino Night at La Cabaña Mexican Bar & Grill 

Weekly on Saturdays

Join La Cabaña Mexican Bar & Grill every Saturday from 6 p.m.  to 10 p.m. for dinner and a dance party. Dance to the tunes of bachata and reggaeton by Sonido Cali. 165 Virginia Drive, Estes Park, CO, 80517; lacabanabarandgrill.com
 

Estes Park Ghost Tours

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Weekly on Friday & Saturday 

Guided Ghost Tour for all ages. Enjoy the tales of hauntings, history and odd phenomenon in Estes Park and the nearby Rocky Mountains while strolling around the streets and historic buildings of Estes Park with a professional guide. This one-hour tour is an easy walk through two to three blocks and is mostly outdoors on flat ground. 453 Wonderview Ave, #252, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 617 6187; fortcollinstours.com/estes-park
 

Open Mic Night at Avant Garde Aleworks

Avant Garde

Every 1st & 3rd Wednesdays

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; avantgardealeworks.com
 

Live Music at Twin Owls Steakhouse

Twin Owls

Weekly on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Delight in a fine glass of wine paired with your favorite meal as soothing live music creates a relaxing atmosphere. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6-9 p.m. For dining guests only, some exceptions apply. 3110 S St Vrain Ave Suite B, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 586-9344; taharaa.com/twin-owls-steakhouse/
 

Geeks Who Drink Trivia at The Post Chicken and Beer

Post Chicken

Weekly on Thursday

Geeks who drink brings the nation's best live hosted pub quiz every Thursday at 7 p.m. Cozy up with us every Thursday for specially priced bar bites and drinks only at The Post. 333-D E. Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO, 80517; (970) 287 5001; postchickenandbeer.com/estespark
 

Fridays: Teacher Appreciation Day at Avant Garde Aleworks

avant garde

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; avantgardealeworks.com
 

Tie Dye Friday: Make your own Tie-dye T-shirt at Inspired Artisan Market & Studio 

Weekly on Fridays 

Come make a T-shirt as groovy as you are! Learn the different tying techniques to create different styles of patterns on your shirt; such as stripes, spirals, kaleidoscopes, even the Colorado Flag! We use only professional level dyes here at Inspired, meaning that the many different colors that we offer will remain as vibrant and timeless as tie-dye itself. This experience is great for all ages, from 2 to 102. All of our shirts are 100% preshrunk cotton, and we offer a wide range of sizes to make sure everyone can show off how cool they are, inside and out! This class is available all day Friday (from 10:00 - 7:00) and we take both drop-ins and bookings, so be sure to come see us! 138 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 685-8818; inspiredartexperiences.com
 

'My Favorite Things' Birdhouse Collage Class at Inspired Artisan Market & Studio 

Weekly on Thursdays 

Experience the incredibly fun organized chaos of Art Collage! Learn how to decoupage different papers on a 3D object and to attach embellishments to make an art piece that is unique to you. We do provide a wide variety of papers and embellishments, but feel free to bring some items that are special for you (such as stamps, letters, buttons, pins, coins, keys, etc.) so that you can decoriate your birdhouse in a few of your 'Favorite Things'! All materials and tools required for the class are provided.  138 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 685-8818; inspiredartexperiences.com
 

Fused Glass Necklace Class at Inspired Artisan Market & Studio

Weekly on Thursdays 

In this class you will learn the basics of creating amazing fused glass pieces while also make a beautiful necklace all your own! Experience cutting glass into different shapes, layering different types of glass, and firing your unique piece. You will also get to design and string a custom beaded necklace using a huge variety of beads that your finished fused glass pendant will prominently display on. Participants must be age 12 or above. 138 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 685-8818; inspiredartexperiences.com
 

Felted hummingbirds Class at Inspired Artisan Market & Studio

Weekly on Thursdays and Sundays 

Come have some fun with felting! This class is a fun and colorful introduction to the very relaxing and (stress leaving) art of Needle Felting! Learn how to sculpt simple shapes from core wool, and then add bright embellishing colors to bring these sweet little creatures to life. Every participant will leave with at least one finished piece they are proud of and is ready to be hung in their home (if there is time we can create a second hummingbird). Create a beautiful reminder of spring that you can have year round! All materials and tools required for the class are provided. Participants must be age 12 or above. 138 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 685-8818; inspiredartexperiences.com
 

Alcohol Ink Landscape Class at Inspired Artisan Market & Studio 

Weekly on Fridays 

This is an introductory class into the popular new art medium, Alcohol Inks. You will learn how to use Alcohol Inks to create beautiful landscapes and experiment with different techniques to create a one-of-a-kind creation!  Alcohol Inks are very interesting to work with and, in certain respects, in a league of their own. They are easier to manipulate than watercolor and they produce vibrantly colored finished pieces that are absolutely striking. All materials and tools are provided and we offer 16 vibrant colors for our participants to play and experiment with. Each participant will leave with a finished matted, art piece that is ready to frame and hang in your home! 138 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 685-8818; inspiredartexperiences.com
 

Inktense Totebag Class at Inspired Artisan Market & Studio 

Weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays 

Inktense Blocks are a fun, vibrant new art medium that are very easy to use and incredibly versatile! In this class, you will learn how to apply them to a cotton reusable tote bag to make them color fast, as well as learn how to layer and blend the tints and shades to create depth and visual interest to your painting. 138 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 685-8818; inspiredartexperiences.com
 

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; esteslegion.org
 

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; esteslegion.org
 

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; rockinnestes.com
 

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