For more than three decades, Estes Park has been the backdrop for one of the nation’s largest celebrations of the heritage, the sounds, the tastes, and the arts of the Scottish and Irish cultures.
Held annually the weekend after Labor Day, Estes Park’s Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival is the largest gathering of its kind between the Mississippi River and California, and traditionally hosts bands – from the marching kind to the rocking kind and everything in-between – hailing from Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and, of course, the United States.
With jousting knights, dancing girls, hoisting athletes and calling bagpipes, groups and families of all ages will catch the Celtic spirit at this festival – surrounded by the scenic peaks of Estes Park!
One of the weekend highlights is the free hour-long parade on Elkhorn Avenue, Estes Park’s main street. Bagpipes, drummers, dancers, clans in tartan, Dogs of the British Isles, brass military bands and precision drill teams give a preview of what can be seen on the festival grounds.
Music & Entertainment
Scottish Irish Shopping Markets: Browse a variety of Scottish and Irish vendors in the shopping tents to find highland inspired jewelry, clothing, kilts, accessories, home décor, and more.
Scottish Athletics: Strong Man Competition. On the Festival field, there will be hammer throws, putting the stone, and caber throwing contests. Come join us and see a mere man toss a 19’7″, 140 lb. caber end over end!
US/International Jousting Championships: Games, Light Armor & Heavy Armor
Dogs Of the British Isles: Dog Agility & Herding, Terrier Races & Dog Exhibit Booths
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During the festival, many Estes Park business feature live Celtic music and whiskey tastings throughout the village! Check out the event calendar for additional events throughout the weekend.
See full event schedule at the Longs Peak Scottish Irish Festival Website.
$35 food and Drink Tasting Tickets 21 & Over
$17 Chili Tasting 10 & up
$5 Children 4-9
Celebrate the winter season in Estes Park at the Estes Park Winter Festival! Sample local Colorado wine and beer from all over! Sample chili throughout the weekend, featuring a red chili cook-off on Saturday and the green & white chili cook-off on Sunday. Stay warm and toasty at the festival in the Estes Park Events Complex, 1209 Manford Ave.
Festival Fun: Details Coming Soon
Craft Beer & Wine Tasting
Saturday Only: Winter Trails Day in Rocky Mountain National Park, 10am – 3pm
Snow is no reason to stop hiking. Though your favorite footpath may be covered in deep powder, don’t pine for spring when you can slip on a pair of snowshoes and get out on the trail all winter long. Snowshoeing, after all, is simply hiking in winter. Located at the Park & Ride Lot across from Glacier Basin off Bear Lake Road.
Winter Trails Day is a free snowshoe festival with hundreds of demo snowshoes for adults and children, advice from snowshoe experts, and outdoor gear displays – all in the scenic setting of Rocky Mountain National Park! Come early for the best selection, as around 2:00 PM, the available quantity of demo equipment declines. Please bring your driver’s license to registration. Event is free, normal park entrance fees apply.
Clanging bells, tooting whistles, and blaring horns will fill the Estes Park Events Complex as trains from the steam age to the present time roar along tracks of model railroad layouts at the annual “Rails in the Rockies” exhibit.
Organized by the Estes Valley Model Railroaders, these working exhibits include models of trains from many regions of the United States as well as selected models of British railroads, all of which have been crafted in detail by dedicated model railroaders from all over Colorado. Children will enjoy the “Kids Layout” where they can actually operate model trains themselves.
Exhibit hours for the show are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 per person, although children under 12 get in free with an adult.