Estes Park Winter Fest
ESTES PARK WINTER FESTIVAL

JANUARY 18, 2013 - JANUARY 21, 2013

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Estes Park Winter Festival presents beer & wine tasting,
chili & mac 'n cheese cook-off, cheese tasting,
live music featuring Coyote Grace,
and unique fun for all ages!

Join us in the indoor heated pavilion for:

FRIDAY NIGHT: 7 PM - 12 AM

(at Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, 1209 Manford Ave)

FREE - Friday night Ceilidh Barn Dance
(Live music, caller, dancers, bar and free s'mores!)

 

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: 11 AM - 5 PM

(at Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, 1209 Manford Ave)

Micro-brews and Wine tastings from Colorado!

A Chili Cook-Off, plus a Mac n’ Cheese Showdown!

Face Painting & Balloon Twisting Artists!

Artisans displaying and selling their art, jewelry and so much more!

Top it off with live music, featuring Coyote Grace and some of the area's best bands and you've got a great way to keep warm while enjoying winter in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado!

Cool off outside with:


Snowzilla toboggan run - fun for kids and adults!

Giant “live” interactive snow globe with free pictures you can take home! You have to see this to believe it! The only one of its' kind in the country!

Pony rides and petting zoo with a camel!

Interactive ice sculptures!

 

MONDAY: 11 AM - 5 PM
Downtown Estes Park Monday Block Party!

Where: Across from Bond Park at the ice skating rink.

When: Monday, January 21, 2013. 11 am - 5 pm

Cost: Varies per activity

What: Pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, balloon artists and FREE ice skating

*Monday is also a fee FREE day at Rocky Mountain National Park!

Hike in your car, cross country ski, snowshoe, wildlife watch, take pictures,
last day for scavenger hunt --take it all in and enjoy breathtaking views!
 

 

MISSION

January Festival guaranteeing memorable fun for all ages, offering new events each year; all while celebrating the numerous activities and adventures available in Estes Park, CO during the Winter.

 

 

 

HISTORY

All six tourism related associations and organizations of Estes Park (Local Marketing District, Estes Area Lodging Assoc., Estes Park Wedding Assoc., Estes Valley Partners for Commerce, Bed and Breakfast Assoc. and Downtown Assoc.) met in February 2009 to share ideas, successes, challenges and network with one another. It was called the “Association Forum.” After several meetings, the Forum agreed to work together and accomplish something as a team. The Forum agreed that Estes Park was the best kept secret in the Winter months. 

Secret no more! 

The Estes Park Winter Festival was launched to celebrate all there is to do in Estes Park in the Winter. Snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hiking, sledding, backcountry skiing and boarding, fly fishing, horseback riding, rock & ice climbing, relaxing spas, exquisite restaurants, unique shops & boutiques, lodging to accommodate every whim…..all rounded out by a Winter Festival like no other. Check out “Festival” and “Schedule” to find out more! This is the 4th  year of the Festival and attendance is EXPLODING to the point that we are now at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park in a heated pavilion to keep up with the crowds and ever-expanding activities.

 

 

FESTIVAL

4th Annual Estes Park Winter Festival

Martin Luther King Weekend, January 18 – 21, 2013

For those that have been with us from the beginning, you have seen us grow from hosting 1,000 people in year one to over 7,000 last year. This event is quickly becoming a popular festival not only in Colorado, but surrounding states.

We will return to last year’s venue at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park in the indoor heated pavilion.


TICKETS for Sat. & Sun.available at the gate or online (Click here).

Age 0-3 years: Free

Age 4-9 years: $5 Admission (Includes ALL activities except pony rides. Pony rides are $5.00)

Age 10 - Adult: $10 Admission (Includes ALL activities except pony rides. Pony rides are $5.00)

Age 21 and up: All you can taste beer & wine. Additional $30 includes beer/wine tasting from a commemorative tasting glass.

Pony rides $5 Must pay Festival Entry.

Estes Park Winter Festival presents beer & wine tasting,
chili & mac 'n cheese cook-off, cheese tasting,
live music featuring Coyote Grace,
and unique fun for all ages!
 

 JOIN US IN THE INDOOR HEATED PAVILION FOR:

FRIDAY

FREE Ceilidh Barn Dance from 7 pm - 12 am
(Live music, caller, professional Irish dancers, sword dance, cash bar and free s'mores!) 

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Micro-brews and Wine tastings from Colorado!

A Chili Cook-Off, plus a Mac n’ Cheese Showdown!

Face Painting & Balloon Twisting Artists! 

Artisans displaying and selling their art, jewelry and so much more!

Top it off with live music, featuring Coyote Grace and some of the area's best bands and you've got a great way to keep warm while enjoying winter in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado!

Cool off outside with:


Snowzilla toboggan run - fun for kids and adults!

Giant “live” interactive snow globe with free pictures you can take home! You have to see this to believe it! The only one of its' kind in the country!

Pony rides and petting zoo with a camel!

Interactive ice sculptures! 

 MONDAY

MONDAY BLOCK PARTY

Downtown Estes Park Monday Block Party!

Where: Across from Bond Park at the ice skating rink.

When: Monday, January 21, 2013. 11 am - 5 pm

Cost: Varies per activity

What: Pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, balloon artists and FREE ice skating

 *Monday is also a fee FREE day at Rocky Mountain National Park!

Hike in your car, cross country ski, snowshoe, wildlife watch, take pictures, --take it all in and enjoy breathtaking views!

STAY AND PLAY…… Enjoy Estes Park All Winter

Estes Park Specials - lodging, restaurant, shopping and spa, specials will be offered throughout the holiday weekend.

Art Gallery Walk - Tour Estes Park’s art galleries and enjoy hot wassail and other refreshments while you admire beautiful artwork from around the country. Art Gallery Walk maps are available at the Estes Park Visitor Center and the Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park Gallery 423 W. Elkhorn Ave. 

The Winter Art Walk will start on Friday January 18 and it will continue until May 2013. An opening reception for the "4th Annual First Show" on Friday January 18, 2013 will be at the CAC Fine Art Gallery in downtown Estes Park. This is a free event and open to the public. There will be live music, food and wine from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. www.EstesArts.com

Local merchants Displaying and selling their art, photographs, jewelry and so much more!

Massage, Facials, Mani/Pedi – Pamper yourself at one of Estes Park’s many spas.

Ice Skating – Downtown Estes Park, Saturday and Sundays through mid-March. Monday, Jan. 21,, 2013 is FREE skating sponsored by Estes Park Winter Festival

Bowling

Horseback Riding - If you're looking for something more adventurous, try horseback riding through the beautiful forests surrounding the Estes Valley.

Fly Fishing along the area’s lakes and streams.

Estes Park Aquatic Center - Cheer on young swimmers at the High Altitude Classic swim meet Saturday and Sunday or go play on Friday and Monday.

Wine Tasting

Beer Tasting

Indoor Rock Climbing

Hiking, sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country and backcountry skiing in Estes and Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy your great outdoors!

Snow Cat Tours

Ice Fishing

Golf – Yeah, it’s that nice up here! The 9-hole Executive Course is open through March and the 18-hole course opens in April.

Crafting- Indulge your inner artist!

Live Music – Great bands play all over town all year round.

For more information about the Estes Park Winter Festival, call 1-800-44-ESTES or email info@EstesParkWinterFestival.com

Come to experience a beautiful winter weekend in Estes Park and also take advantage of lodging discounts, restaurant specials and retail deals. There is so much to do during the Estes Park Winter Festival and the entire season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CEILIDH - CELTIC BARN DANCE

 

Céilidh Barn Dance    7:00 pm-midnight at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park

Join us for the Estes Park Winter Festival’s kick-off event! A Céilidh Irish Barn Dance in the heated pavilion at the Stanley Park Fairgrounds heated. Be entertained with fun and upbeat folk & Irish music that will make you want to kick up your heels! Follow the Caller to learn the steps. We know you will have a blast!

A Ceilidh is an informal social gathering at which there is Scottish & Irish folk music, singing and folk dancing and story telling. Fun for the whole family!

Ceilidh dances tend to be either a partner dance or a group dance, with a caller who shouts out the moves - which makes a Ceilidh ideally suited for novices in an audience. It's a relaxed opportunity to meet and dance with a lot of people, friends old and new. Because the dances are so energetic, it is quite usual to pause for a chat and a drink between dances - or you can choose to just watch the other dancers while you are soaking up the energy-charged atmosphere.

Take a break from the dancing and enjoy free s'mores and hot cocoa or a drink from the bar with $4 Colorado micro-brews and $5 glasses of Colorado wine. Keep your commemorative glass for a memento of this fun and unique evening.  

Admission to the Ceilidh is FREE. Sponsored by the Estes Park Wedding Association www.estesparkweddings.com

 

SCAVENGER HUNT

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ESTES PARK SCAVENGER HUNT

2013

 

Hello and thanks for participating in the Estes Park Winter Festival Scavenger Hunt! We have a great variety of merchants participating this year!  Pay special attention to how the clues are written and the wording, and you’ll have an easier time figuring out the scavenger hunt stop locations.  Here’s how it will work:

 

Pick up a scavenger hunt form at the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) or the Downtown Ice Rink on Friday through Monday, or at the Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday.  Please note, there is a different hunt for each of the four days of the Winter Festival, and each hunt will take you all over Estes Park so driving may be necessary.

 

Everyone is welcome to participate all four days!

 

You will decipher the clues one by one and determine what store location the clue is leading you to.  You will arrive at that store and the person there may ask you to complete a task in the store to receive your store-specific stamp.   Once you have completed the task (if any) the merchant will stamp your clue sheet, and then you will continue on to one of the remaining clues. The stamps do not have to be completed in the order on your sheet.

 

The Friday scavenger hunt starts at noon, and the Saturday, Sunday and Monday hunts start at 10am.  The hunts are not timed.   Once you have obtained all the stamps, there are three locations with drop-off boxes to turn in your completed scavenger hunt sheet: The Ice Rink downtown on the Southeast corner of Elkhorn Ave. and Riverside Dr., The CVB on Big Thompson Ave., and at the Estes Park Fairgrounds (Sat/Sun only).  The deadline for drop-off of the previous day’s hunt is the next morning before 10am.  Several daily winners will be drawn from among the correctly completed forms.  The winners of the previous day will be announced at the fairgrounds at 11a.m. for pick-up, or the prize can be mailed.  Monday’s winners and the winners of the Grand Prize weekend package will be contacted by email or telephone with the information you provide on your entry form. 

 

Maps can be obtained at the Convention and Visitors Bureau or at many local stores.

 

Please keep in mind that these shop owners have given time and prizes to provide this scavenger hunt for the festival.  Please be courteous when in their shops, and be mindful of the fact that there may be customers ahead of you in line.  Please wait your turn and allow the shopkeeper to finish transacting business with paying customers. 

 

You can ask anyone for help and in some cases, if you are unfamiliar with Estes Park, asking for help may be necessary. 

 

FAQ

Q:   Will there be a TV for football coverage?
A:   Yes, football fans, we have you covered!  We will have two, 60 inch TV's for your viewing pleasure.  One will be in the main Festival building and the other will be in a nearby private building (right by the public restrooms).  This building will be the "Football Suite," and will have full sound so you can focus on the game and hear it.  This building is within Festival grounds so you can eat, drink and enjoy yourself.  This building is heated as well. 

Q:   Do you allow pets?
A:   We love our pets too, but due to the food and beverage on site, we can not host your pet.

Q:   Is there going to be ice skating?
A:    Yes, there is a real ice rink in downtown Estes Park, across from Bond Park in the Dairy Queen Parking lot.  The Estes Park Winter Festival is hosting free ice skating at the Block Party on Monday from 11 am - 5 pm.

Q:   Is the building heated?
A:    Yes, the building is indoors and heated.  

Q:   Are there bathrooms?
A:    Yes, there are upscale full service bathrooms with running water and heat!  

Q:   What is the cost of entry?
A:    Age 0-3 years: Free
Age 4-9 years: $5 Admission 
(Includes ALL activities except pony rides. Pony rides are $5.00)
Age 10 - Adult: $10 Admission 
(Includes ALL activities except pony rides. Pony rides are $5.00)

All you can taste beer & wine: Additional $30 includes beer/wine tasting from a commemorative keepsake tasting glass.

Cash or credit accepted.

There is no "free" entrance into the festival unless you sign up for a volunteer shift.  See "Get Involved" tab.  It's a real deal!

Q:   Do you accept checks?
A:    Sorry, we can not accept checks. We do accept cash or credit cards.

Q:   Can I take my wine or beer glass outside and enjoy the other activities?
A:   Yes!  You can take your food or drink anywhere within the large gated area of the Festival.  Walk around and enjoy!

Q:   I hear CASI sanctioned chili cook off is going to be there!  Is that true?
A:   Yes, if you would like to cook on site and compete with CASI you can!  Many prizes to be won with this division.

Q:   I am interested in competing with chili but I prefer not to cook on site.  Does this option exist?
A:   Yes, you can cook from home and drop off your chili.  Feel free to promote your business, association or non profit. It's a great marketing opportunity. Or you can drop off your chili and the Festival volunteers will serve it for you.

Q:   I don't have a 4 gallon pot to cook my chili or mac 'n cheese in.  What can I do?
A:    We have over100, 6 gallon pots with lids that you can borrow for the Festival.  Email info@EstesParkWinterFestival  or call Estes Park Condos at 970-577-0068 to arrange pick-up.  Address is 1400 David Dr.  Borrow as many pots as you want to fill with "good eats!"

Q:   How do we taste the chili?
A:    We have ordered over 150,000 Tostitos Scoops from Frito Lay corporate!  We also have paper tasting cups for anyone with allergies.  

Q:   Are there things to do for families and couples?
A:    Yes, the Festival focuses on having fun things to see and do for all ages, --all included in the entry fee.  The only exception is the $5 pony rides.  Snowzilla Toboggan ride, huge "live" interactive snow globe, interactive ice sculptures, face painting, balloon artists and so much more!

Q:   Are there other activities going on around Estes Park?
A:    Yes, there is a Town scavenger hunt with fabulous prizes.  Estes Park always has lots of winter activities no matter what weekend.....Cross country skiing, hiking, sledding, relaxing spas, exquisite dining, cool shops, indoor rock climbing, fishing, downtown art walk, and SO much more!  

Q:   What activities are extra outside of the $10 entry and $30 wine/beer tasting?
A:   Everything at the Festival is all inclusive of the entry gate price except for the $5 pony rides. We have added even more fun activities to partake in this year, all for free after the entry fee.  Massive toboggan run, huge "live" snow globe with pictures you can take home, face painting, balloon artists and cookie decororating.

Q:   Is there going to be a petting zoo?
A:    Yes, including a camel!  

Q:   Is there good cell phone coverage?
A:    Verizon, AT&T and the T-Mobile work the best. We will have a FREE "cell phone charging station" at the Festival.

Q:   Will there be wifi?
A:    Yes, there will be free wifi for the event, sponsored by Estes Park Winter Festival.

Q:   What is going on Friday night?
A:    Friday night is the Ceilidh Barn Dance.  It's in the same location as the Sat. and Sun. Festival (Fairgrounds at Stanley Park).  Be entertained with fun and upbeat folk and Irish music led by a professional Caller who helps you learn the steps effortlessly. Professional dancers will be there to entertain you as well.  This is a FREE-entry event which includes s'mores.  Cash bar available.

Q:   What is going on Monday?
A:    Monday is the Downtown Block Party at the Dairy Queen Parking Lot across from Bond Park.  Activities include free ice skaiting (sponsored by Estes Park Winter Festival), face painting, ballloon artists, petting zoo and pony rides ($5) and a nut roaster.   Monday is also the day we celebrate all there is to do in Estes Park in the Winter:  Ice skating, hiking, spa, dine, shop, movies, art gallery walk, snowshoe, cross country ski, sled and so much more.  Also, Monday is "fee free day" in Rocky Mountain National Park.

 

FESTIVAL TEAM

Elizabeth Fogarty – Festival Project Manager

Estes Park Condos - www.EstesParkCondos.com

Also involved with:  EALA Board Vice President, LMD Branding Committee & Website Committee, EVPC Member, EPWA Member and Economic Development Task Force.

Interests:  Skiing, dirt bike riding, hiking, cooking and community outreach.  Thank you to everyone who supports and attends this Festival!

 

Candice Mohr – Festival Asst. Manager

Owner/Manager of Snowy Peaks Winery, member of EALA, Estes Valley Partners for Commerce, Front Range Winery Association, Colorado Association of Viticulture and Enology, Foothills Childbirth Education Association.

Interests: Wine, rafting, community service, parenting

 

Ken & Carrie Arnold – Festival Treasurer and Winter Trails Committee Head

Also involved with:  Estes Area Lodging Association (EALA) Board Member
Interests:  Wildlife viewing, football, off roading, community outreach
 
Lynett Lott - Festival Coordinator
Also involved in: EALA and LMD Board of Directors and the LMD Branding Committee
Interests:  Cooking and travel.

 

PRESS RELEASE

 January 9, 2012

ESTES PARK WINTER FESTIVAL

The Estes Park Winter Festival presents two days of chili, wine & beer tasting, live music, ice rink, ice bowling and an interactive Candy Land Ice Castle!

Get Toasty Inside the Heated Pavillion: 

•          Wine and Beer tastings from Colorado

•          A Chili Cook-Off with local cooks and restaurants.

•          Local merchants displaying and selling their art, jewelry and so much more!

•          Top it off with live music, featuring SHEL and some of the area's best bands; and you've got a

 great way to keep warm while enjoying winter in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado!

 

Saturday’s event features restaurants competing to determine who has the "Best of the Fest.”

Sunday’s event features a CASI sanctioned Chili Cook-Off sponsored by the Colorado Chili Pod featuring amateur cooks from Estes Park and across Colorado; as well as many local Estes Park chili cooks sharing their favorite recipes in the “home-cooked” version of the competition.

Live music includes SHEL, Lalla Rookh, Dennis Tobias Band, Mary D’Ambrea and Ellwood.

 

Cool Off Outside: 

Ice Candy Land Castle & ice sculptures, ice rink, pony rides, petting zoo with a camel, horse & carriage rides, interactive games and so much more!

Jess Parrish with Cool Hand Ice is creating an Interactive Candy Land Ice Castle for Saturday and Sunday. While children explore the ice maze, zoom down the snow slide and enjoy a sno-cone from the ice luge; adults can watch Jess Parrish and his crew create intricate ice carvings. The castle also includes a money cube, ice ring toss and other interactive snow & ice games, including a state-of-the-art synthetic ice rink and ice bowling.

The festival is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the cost is $5 per person, which includes fairgrounds entry and chili tasting. There is no charge for children under three. Wine and Beer tasting is an additional $20 and includes a commemorative glass.  Pony and horse carriage rides are an additional $5 per person. Ice skating is $1 per skate.

Please visit our website for a full schedule of events.  www.EstesParkWinterFestival.com

 

NEW THIS YEAR!

Friday night kick-off event, Sat. Jan. 13, 7 pm – 12 am

Ceilidh - Celtic Barn Dance.    

Fairgrounds at Stanley Park

Join us for the Estes Park Winter Festival’s kick-off event! A Céilidh Irish Barn Dance in the heated pavilion at the Stanley Park Fairgrounds. Be entertained with fun and upbeat Celtic music by Lalla Rookh and professional caller, Molly Bennett complemented by Irish dancers to round out the entertainment.  Follow the Caller to learn the steps and you will want to kick up your heels!  We know you will have a blast!

Take a break from the dancing and head outside to the bonfire where you can enjoy ghost stories with FREE hot cocoa and s’mores. We’ll also have pony rides and a chance to take a sneak peak at the ice carvers at work.

Come back inside and enjoy a drink from the bar with $4 Colorado micro-brews and $5 glasses of Colorado wine plus cocktails from local distilleries. Keep your commemorative glass for a memento of this fun and unique evening.

Admission to the Ceilidh is FREE.  Sponsored by the Estes Park Wedding Association.

ALSO NEW THIS YEAR!

Sunday after-festival celebration, Sun. Jan. 15, 5 pm – 7 pm

Winter Glow - Vow Renewal and Best Wedding Reception EVER

Fairgrounds at Stanley Park

Join us outside the Festival Pavilion for a group vow renewal ceremony around the Winter Wedding Arch. Afterwards, come back inside the heated Pavilion for a game-filled Celebration of Love, featuring the Newlywed Game, couples challenges, and dance lessons with lots of great prizes, including a second honeymoon in Estes Park! Free Cake and punch provided. A professional photographer will be on hand for couples portraits. This event is FREE and open to anyone, married or not.  Sponsored by the Estes Park Wedding Assoc.

 

ON MONDAY, ENJOY ALL THAT ESTES PARK OFFERS IN THE WINTER TIME!

Cross Country or back country skiing, hiking, sledding, snow shoeing, fishing and horseback riding.  Enjoy a relaxing massage at one of the many spas or get in touch with your inner artist and spend some time at the craft, knit or scrap booking stores.  Be adventurous and go rock climbing, --inside or out.  Take advantage of the Festival weekend deals at the cool shops, and then relax over a delicious meal at one of the many savory restaurants.  Be sure to enjoy Rocky Mountain National Park and take in the views, as well as the plentiful wildlife abounding!  ‘And don’t forget to participate in the Scavenger Hunt all weekend where you have TWELVE chances to win with daily drawings Fri. – Mon.

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November 28, 2011 

 

ESTES PARK WINTER FESTIVAL

Explore a CandyLand Ice Castle, demo snowshoes, taste award-winning chili and sip a variety of beers and wines at the 3rd Annual Estes Park Winter Festival, Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend, Jan. 13 through 16, 2012. This family festival partners with the 17th Annual Winter Trails Day held Saturday, Jan. 14 in Rocky Mountain National Park, offering a weekend jam-packed with events.

The event kicks off on Friday, Jan. 13 with an old-fashioned Ceilidh Irish barn dance with live music followed by a weekend schedule that includes winter fun for all ages. Included in the activities will be a chili cook off & beer/wine tasting in a heated pavillion, CandyLand ice village and maze, ice skating, pony rides, ice bowling, scavenger hunt, horse and carriage rides and much more!

Live music, featuring SHEL is sure to be a major draw; along with Dennis Tobias Band, Elwood Band, Tom Nugent and Mary D'Ambrea!

Headquarters for the festival has been moved to a heated pavilion at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park to accommodate the numerous activates that are planned for the Festival.  Festival grounds are open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the cost is $5 per person, which includes entrance into the Festival and chili tasting. There is no charge for children under age three.  Wine and beer tasting is an additional $20 per person. 

 

Ice Sculpture CandyLand and Children’s Activities

Jess Parrish returns with his Cool Hand Ice Crew, famous for their carvings all over the country. While children explore the ice sculptures and games, zoom down the snow slide and enjoy a sno-cone from the ice luge; adults can watch Jess and his team create intricate ice carvings. The money cube has been a popular and rewarding activity that returns this year!  Ice Bowling is one of many new activities!  There is no charge for children under age three.  Pony and horse carriage rides are an additional $5 per person. To ice skate, the cost is $1 per skate.

Especially for those who enjoy food, brews and wine

The highlight for “foodies” is two days of eating chili and tasting Colorado beer and wine. There are two separate competitions of the Chili Cook-off. On Saturday, Colorado restaurants compete for “Best of the Fest” chili.  On Sunday, chili cooks from throughout the region will compete in a Chili Appreciation Society International-sanctioned competition. Anyone can compete, visit the Winter Festival website for more details.There’s also a jalapeno eating contest for the brave.

For those looking for variety, be sure to visit the Food Trucks, featuring "Sweet" and "Savory" choices.  Additional food options include corn on the cob, baked or sweet potato, roasted nuts, sno cones and popcorn!

Nine Colorado wineries will showcase their award-winning wines, including Snowy Peaks Winery, Turquoise Mesa Winery, Bookcliff Vineyards, Dithyramb Winery, Augustina’s Winery,Zephyr Cellars, Spero Winery, Ten Bears Winery and Settembre Cellars. Plus, Colorado Cider Company will be sampling their handcrafted hard ciders.

If microbrews are something you enjoy, try the suds from a variety of breweries including  Bristol Brewing, Estes Park Brewery, Pateros Creek Brewing, Funkwerks, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Left Hand Brewing Co, Odell Brewing, Wynkoop, Colorado Native and many more!

 

Winter Trails Day

Learn how to snowshoe at the 17th Annual Winter Trails Day, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14 in Rocky Mountain National Park. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  There’s no charge to demo snowshoes from your choice of manufacturers (Tubbs, Atlas, MSR, Crescent Moon and more). Receive expert advice on selecting and fitting snowshoes, along with other fun ideas about how to enjoy winter in the mountains.

Participants in Winter Trails can attend free informational clinics which include educational stations on winter activity basics, safety techniques, nutrition and hydration tips, essential conditioning exercises and how to dress for winter hiking and camping. The national Winter Trails organization, REI and Estes Area Lodging Assoc. sponsor this free event. No entrance fees to Rocky Mountain National Park will be charged during the weekend.   

 

Scavenger Hunt

Each day (Friday through Monday), take part in a town-wide scavenger hunt with a chance to win lodging, retail and restaurant prizes.  Pick up clues at the Estes Park Visitor Center Friday – Monday and the Estes Park Winter Festival entrance on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Ceilidh, S’mores and More!

Friday night, help launch our new kick-off celebration with the Ceilidh Irish Barn Dance. Be entertained by Lalla Rookh with fun and upbeat folk & Irish music that will make you want to kick up your heels!  Professional caller, Molly Bennett and her Celtic dance troup will also add entertainment to the evening. Take a break from the dancing and head outside to the bonfire where you can enjoy ghost stories and cowboy poetry by the fire with FREE hot cocoa and s’mores. Enjoy a drink from the bar with $4 Colorado micro-brews, $5 glasses of Colorado wine and cocktails from Dancing Pines Distillery.  The Estes Park Wedding Association sponsors this event. Free admission!

For more information see www.EstesParkWinterFestival.com or write info@EstesParkWinterFestival.com or call 970-577-9900 or 800-443-7837.

 

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