Winter in Estes Park. Photo: hahndigitalarts.com
Estes Park transforms into a snowy wonderland each January when they celebrate their winter festival. Enjoy live music, Colorado wine, beer and whiskey, chili and chili cook-offs galore!
Cue up the wine glasses and chili bowls and make merry on January 13th and 14th, 2018 at the Estes Park Winter Festival!
Estes Park Winter Festival
Scramble up an outdoor climbing wall with experienced guides to help you make it to the top, test run a fat bike, try a 50 ft. obstacle course or a bungee run. If you like living history presentations, F.O. Stanley and Joel Estes will be making appearances and Estes will be represented in a mini museum. Kids’ activities include the Candyland Ice Village, pony rides, a petting zoo, ice bowling and amazing sculptures.
Red, White and Green Chili EventsCelebrate all-things-chili with the People’s Choice Chili Cook-Off, a Professional Chili Cook-Off and the Anything Goes Chili Challenge—a competition between the Estes Park Police Department and the Estes Valley Fire Protection District. Saturday is chili day, while Sunday is BBQ day! Police and firefighters will prepare the chili of their choice, vying for the votes of event attendees. The winning team will receive a cash prize. Restaurants and non-profit organizations can also compete for trophies and prizes.
Music on Tap!
- Dixie Leadfoot, Saturday, 12:30-2:30pm
- Monocle, Saturday, 3:00-5:00pm
- Heartstring Hunters, Sunday, 12:00-3:00pm
- Johnny and the Mongrels, Sunday, 3:30-5:00pm
Beer, Wine and Whiskey
Whether you like a fine glass of wine, a tasty glass of craft beer or a jigger of whiskey, the Winter Festival offers something for everyone to taste and enjoy. Enjoy samplings from breweries, wineries and distilleries from around Colorado.
- Snowy Peaks
- Decadent Saint
- Hunter Moon Meadery
- Miracle Stag Meadery
- Ten Bears Winery
- Vino Passarelli
- Wild Women Winery
- Blue Mountain Vineyards
- Talon Wine Brands
- Black Arts Cellars
- Lumpy Ridge Brewery
- Grimm Bros. Brewhouse
- Rock Cut Brewery
- Estes Park Brewery
- Whistle Pig Brewery
- Wild Cider
The 8th Annual Estes Park Winter Festival is held indoors on January 13th and January 14th from noon until 5pm at the Estes Park Events Center Pavilion located at 1125 Rooftop Way in Estes Park.
For more information on the festival—a Centennial kick-off event—please visit colorado.gov/townofestespark/WinterFestival or call Barbara Johnson at 970-577-3902. Food and drink tasting tickets for 21 and over are $30; the chili tasting for ages 10 and above is $15 and admission for youth ages 4 to 9 are only $5.