Annual Arts and Crafts Show
From September 2-4, The Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show will fill Bond Park with over 100 booths featuring a variety of hand-crafted goods. The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club hosts this free unique shopping event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday. Available handmade goods for sale include paintings and drawings, jewelry, metal work, clothing and tapestry bags, gourmet pantry items, home décor, wood carvings, doll clothes and toys, pottery, glass and more.
13th Annual John Denver Tribute Concert
Keeping icon John Denver’s legacy very much alive, Brad Fitch will perform Denver’s classics on Saturday. Doors for the tribute concert will open at 4 p.m. and the music will kick off at 5 p.m. with opening acts and Fitch to follow.
The list of things-to-do doesn’t stop at these three events; explore the trails of Rocky Mountain National Park, take a scenic drive or enjoy the last hoorah of summer at one of the family amusement parks. It’s a weekend that promises plenty of relaxation and enjoyment. Find your perfect place to kick-up your hiking boots at the end of the night; make your weekend lodging reservations in Estes Park today!
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.
Aspens turn to a golden hue. The sounds of elk bugles reverberate throughout the air. It’s a perfect season for one of Estes Park’s late-autumn traditions when a series of bands herald Autumn Gold – a Festival of Bands, Brats & Beer, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25, 2016.
Entrance is free to dance, listen to music and enjoy the festival. The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary will be offering mustard-smothered bratwursts, cold brews, soft drinks and more as talented local musicians and award-winning Colorado band play. Browse the vendor booths who will be offering corn on the cob, funnel cakes, fresh squeezed lemonade, roasted almonds and desserts.
Bring the kids! Free family activities include face painting, corn bag toss, a bounce house and a classic car show.
The highlight of the Autumn Gold Festival is the popular raffle with the winner taking home the grand prize of $5,000. Additional prizes include a $2,500 runner-up prize and various other cash awards. Raffle tickets are $25 each.