We hope you will join us for family, friends, food, and fun at the upcoming 2013 4th Annual Estes Park Winter Festival!
Friday, January 18, 2013
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 indoor pavilion at the Stanley Park Fairgrounds. Be entertained with fun and upbeat Celtic music, --you'll 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.
Enjoy a drink from the cash bar featuring Colorado micro-breweries and wineries, plus cocktails crafted by several local distilleries. Then take a break from the dancing and head outside to the bonfire where you can enjoy ghost stories and local lore by the fire with FREE hot cocoa and s'mores.
Admission to the Ceilidh is FREE. Sponsored by the Estes Park Wedding Association www.estesparkweddings.com
Estes Park Aquatic Center
Open swim, Friday- 6 to 8pm and Monday 1 to 3pm
Estes Park Aquatic Center, 660 Community Drive
$5 per person
Cheer on young swimmers at the High Altitude Classic swim meet Saturday and Sunday.
Friday and Saturday, January 18-19, 2013
Star Gazing at the Estes Park Memorial Observatory
6:30pm-8:30 pm at the East end of Stanley Park
Gaze at the planets and stars in Estes Park’s crystal clear skies. The Estes Park Memorial Observatory features a 16 foot dome with a computer controlled 12 inch Meade telescope, for a close-up view of the night sky. FREE www.angelsabove.org
Saturday, January 19, 2013
17th Annual Winter Trails Day
10:00 am – 2:00 pm in Rocky Mountain National Park at the Park and Ride lot near Glacier Basin
Learn how to snowshoe, try complimentary snowshoes from you 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. Don't miss the igloo - a crowd favorite!
Participants 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, Estes Area Lodging Association and REI sponsor this free event.
FREE, Rocky Mountain National Park entrance fees apply.
Estes Park Winter Festival Gallery Tour-opening receptionThe opening reception for the "4th Annual First Show" will be at the CAC Fine Art Gallery in downtown Estes Park.
Saturday and Sunday, January 19-20, 2013
Estes Park Winter Festival
11:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park
The Estes Park Winter Festival presents two days of chili, mac ‘n cheese, wine and beer tasting, live music, and fun activities for the whole family.
Join us in the indoor heated pavilion for:
- Wine tastings from Colorado wineries.
- Beer tastings from Colorado micro-breweries.
- A Chili Cook-Off, plus a Mac n’ Cheese Showdown.
- Artisans displaying and selling their art, jewelry and 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:
A toboggan run, giant “live” interactive snow globe, pony rides, petting zoo, interactive ice sculptures and so much more!
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 chili cooks sharing their favorite recipes in the “home-cooked” division of the competition. Anyone can join the fun, click here for more details.
New this year! We’ve added a macaroni and cheese cook-off, come taste how this family favorite can reach new heights.
Saturday and Sunday (January 19-20, 2013)
Friday - Monday
Pick up clues at the Estes Park Visitor's Center, Festival entrance (Sat. and Sun. only) or ice skating rink.
3 prizes each day, for a total of 12 prizes. Prizes are a free weekend in Estes Park, CO
Downtown Estes Park Monday Block Party!
Where: Across from Bond Park at the ice skating rink.
When: Monday, January 21, 2013. 11am - 5pm
Cost: FREE (Tips for artists appreciated), except for $5 pony rides
What: Pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, balloon artists, nut roaster 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, drive to Many Curves for great views –take it all in and enjoy breathtaking views!