Jazz Fest & Art Walk. Pack a picnic and bring the kids for a weekend afternoon of free jazz performances and an art walk at the outdoor theater in downtown Estes Park. Performance Park Amphitheater, 417 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, CO, 80517. 970/586–6104. www.visitestespark.com/events-calendar/special-events/jazz-fest-and-art-walk.
Wool Market. Watch shearing, spinning, and sheepdog herding contests, plus angora goats, sheep, llamas, and alpacas being judged for their wool. Shop for knitting and weaving supplies as well as finished woolen items, such as hats, coats, and mittens. Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, 1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park, CO, 80517. 970/586–6104. www.visitestespark.com/events-calendar/special-events/wool-market.
Estes Park Music Festival. In July and August, the Colorado Music Festival Chamber Orchestra teams with the Estes Park Music Festival for a series of concerts at the historic Stanley Hotel Concert Hall ($30 for adults; children are free). Come winter, concerts featuring a variety of performances are held at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon from November through April (admission is $7). Stanley Hotel, 333 E. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, CO, 80517. 970/586–9519 or 800/443–7837. www.estesparkmusicfestival.org.
Rooftop Rodeo. Rooftop Rodeo. Consistently ranked one of the top small rodeos in the country (and a tradition since 1908), this six-day event features a parade and nightly rodeo events, such as barrel racing and saddle bronc riding. Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, Intersection of U.S 36 and Community Dr., Estes Park, CO, 80517. 970/586–6104. www.rooftoprodeo.com. $10–$17.
Elk Fest. In late September, the calls of bull elk fill the forest as the animals make their way down the mountains for mating season. Estes Park celebrates with elk bugle contests, Native American music and performances, and elk educational seminars. For $5, tour buses take visitors to the best elk-viewing spots. Bond Park, E. Elkhorn Ave. and MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO. www.visitestespark.com/events-calendar/special-events/elk-fest.
Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival. A traditional tattoo (drum- and bugle-filled parade) kicks off this four-day fair of ancient Scottish athletic competitions, including full-armor jousting and throwing contests involving hammers and 20-foot-long, 140-pound wooden poles (called cabers). The festival also features Celtic music, Irish dancing, and events for dogs of the British Isles (such as terrier racing and sheepdog demonstrations). Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, 1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park, CO, 80517. 970/586–6308 or 800/903–7837. www.scotfest.com.
Estes Park Winter Festival. You'll find plenty of cures for cabin fever during this festival, including chili cook-offs, toboggan races, and ice skating. Be sure to check out the annual Winter Trails Day, which gives families the chance to try out snowshoeing equipment and learn proper techniques from instructors. Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, 1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park, CO, 80517. www.visitestespark.com/events-calendar/special-events/winter-festival.
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