Estes Park Duck Race Festival

May 6, 2017

Highway 34 is open this weekend! Starting Saturday, May 6 at 6am until Monday, May 8 at 8:30am! Come celebrate at the Duck Race Festival and enjoy the Visit Estes Park Fun Zone with lawn games galore and even a dunk tank!

With a drop from a giant bucket, thousands of little yellow rubber ducks are ceremoniously dropped into Fall River at Nicky's Resort where they begin their journey. The ducks are scooped out of the water one-by-one by waiting volunteers and prize winners begin to be announced.

Interested in adopting a $20 duck to possibly win one of the hundreds of prizes offered, in the past, including a trip to Ireland, Disney, Vegas or San Francisco, while also contributing to over 60 different Estes Valley charities? These charities will receive 95% of the money collected from adoptions. It's a fun family outing with lots of music and entertainment as well.

Race festivities get underway at Nicky's Resort at 11 a.m. on race day. Ducks go into the water at 1 p.m. and activities continue in Riverside Plaza until the last duck swims past the finish line. On race day, beginning at 8 am, Bond Park will feature FREE family fun, music, activities, duck sales and more!  As a bonus for the Duck Race Festival weekend, merchants in downtown Estes Park set up tables outside their businesses for the annual spring sidewalk sale on Saturday and Sunday. 

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Duck Race & Festival Schedule:

9:00 a.m. - Duck Waddle 5k Race

This 5K race begins at Bond Park. Each runner and walker will follow the scenic Fall River path and return on Wonder View to downtown Bond Park finish line. The Duck Waddle 5k race welcomes all abilities and those wanting to have a ton of fun at the festival!

Entry Cost (includes race shirt, a rubber Duck entry in the DUCK RACE ):

  • Adults: $25.00 (receive one Duck adoption)
  • Youth (14 & under): $23.00
  • Seniors (60 & up): $23.00 (receive one Duck adoption)
  • Register early!

11:00 a.m. - Nicky's Restaurant offers music, food and duck stuff for sale!

TBA - Beer garden, food vendors, live entertainment, and FREE interactive children’s games at Bond Park!

1:00 p.m. - Official Duck Race Starts

Join us at the starting line at Nicky’s Restaurant to see the ducks drop in the water! Then waddle on down to the finish line at Rockwell Plaza where the winners are posted in real time!