Here's a complete list of the best events in Estes Park this September.
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 September:
Come out and do the Free tour from 5 - 8pm – see what’s happening in the Fine Art world here in Estes Park. Different locations will be serving food and refreshments, hosting artist meet & greets, demonstrations, show openings or hosting live music. Ride the FREE Estes Park Trolley to keep you warm between galleries. It promises to be a fun evening!! This event is created and planned by the Estes Arts District. estesartsdistrict.org
Spend Labor Day weekend in the beautifully centralized Bond Park as you get lost in over 100 booths filled with handcrafted goods from 9 am - 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday and 9 am - 3 pm on Monday. Find jewelry for you and your best friend to wear home, watercolor, oil paintings and photography for your walls, and other locally made gems to make your time in Estes Park that much more memorable. This free outdoor event is a sweet farewell to summer and a warm welcome to autumn! More event info here.
Here's where your kilt comes in. Did you know that this is the largest Scottish Irish festival in the country?! Once a year the Estes Park Events Complex (and Estes Park) is overtaken by this lively festival—and kilted attendees. This weekend-long event showcases a variety of events featuring Scottish athletics, shows featuring the best in Celtic rock and folk music and live field performances. If you don't have a kilt, get one. You won't regret it. Check out their website the range of ticket options available.
This annual juried art show will photography, painting, jewelry, wood, sculpture, metal, wearables, textile arts and more. 100 artists share their art and Kids Corner provides activities for children. Learn more about this free event here.
Celebrate this colorful season with brats, beer and bands in Bond Park as you appreciate the surrounding fall colors. And believe it or not, the fall colors and with the event are FREE from 11am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday. Bring the kids so you can enjoy face painting, bag toss, a bounce house and a classic car show (the bounce house looks enticing even to adults)! More event info here.
This unique event showcases dedicated model railroaders from Colorado and Wyoming and their extensive layouts. This event also features a “Kids Layout” where children can run the rails themselves, clinics and demos on the “how to” of model railroading and more family friendly events! Exhibit hours are from 9-5 on Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday at the Estes Park Event Center. Check their website for the variety of ticket options available.
The Historic Fall River Hydroplant will open its doors for the summer season on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Located at 1754 Fish Hatchery Road in Estes Park, this plant was constructed in 1909 to produce electricity for the Stanley Hotel and surrounding areas. Later, F.O. Stanley sold the plant to the Public Service Company of Colorado. In 1945, the Town of Estes Park purchased and maintained the Hydroplant until it was severely damaged in 1982 by the Lawn Lake Flood. Operating as an interpretive site since 2002, the Historic Fall River Hydroplant will be open Wednesday – Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., through September 30, 2022. Guided tours of the Hydroplant will be given at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m., no reservations are required and admission is free. 970-586-6256; estespark.colorado.gov/museum
The Lazy B is a western summertime tradition in Estes Park. They feature an authentic cowboy meal, and a show featuring live western music. It is family friendly, great for groups, and fun for all ages. Their location is at the Dao House Lodge and Retreat, on CO highway 7, 8 miles south of Estes Park. Doors open at 5 pm Tuesdays- Saturdays. Sunday Matinees, doors open at 1 p.m. 6120 CO – 7, Estes Park, CO 80517; 1-970-235-9400; lazybchuckwagon.com
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
Check out the Estes Park Farmers Market every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Farmers Market days the Visitor Center parking lot will be closed to all vehicles except transit buses, those with valid ADA credentials and those looking to quickly drop off or pick up market products. Farmer's Market patrons must park in the parking structure at 691 N St Vrain/ US 36.
Join them every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m for a special brunch, served buffet style, you can have as much as you like! They'll have a Bloody Mary Bar and Mimosa station for you to enjoy. Reservations and walk-ins are welcome. 4900 S Hwy 7, Estes Park, Colorado, 80517; (970)-586-5397; sevenkeyslodge.com
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
In this class you will learn the 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.
Due to the firing process, you will not be able to take your finished pieces home right away. Classes that are available for booking at 11:00 can be pick up their finished necklaces at the end of the day (7:00 in the summer season) and classes that are available for booking at later times will need to be picked up the next day. If it will not work for you to pick up your pieces the next day, we can ship your finished piece to you for a small fee ($5.00). 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
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
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 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 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
When the chicken and egg both come first. Join us every Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Post Chicken and Beer. 333-D E. Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO, 80517; (970) 287 5001; postchickenandbeer.com/estespark
Karaoke with Dee starting at 6 p.m. to close. 850 N St Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 586-6118; esteslegion.org
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