Start your fall by dropping by the 23rd Elk Fest for the annual elk “rut”. Estes Park becomes full of the evocative call of this majestic beast during the early days of autumn. It signals the start of the rutting season when the bull elks leave the wilderness to show up to our society and fight for affection.
These antlered frequenters, along with the extensive Western heritage, are being honored yearly by wildlife enthusiasts and simple visitors alike. This year’s event takes place from Saturday to Sunday, October 2 – 3, 2021 in Bond Park. The entire two-day festival is free, however, there are admission fees for the bugling contest.
It all began 20 years ago, when the community developers took advantage of the huge gathering of people and even those only enjoying the view from their windows, by organizing the very first Elk Fest. It has become a yearly celebration in Larimer County since then, delighting new attendees every season.
Everyone is up for a real treat, as this two-day festival features many fun activities to spice up the celebration.
- Learn about about the elk breeding season (rut) and elk natural history.
- On-site vendors that offer food, elk-inspired arts and crafts and other memorable souvenirs.
- Craft Beer Garden (Wallowing Hole).
- Children’s area for dancing, story-telling and other elk-themed activities.
- Native Americans will offer dancing, storytelling, and music.
- Live music including Avenhart and Cass Clayton.
There is also a concurrent run/walk race event happening called the Rut Run 5K. It’s not part of the festival but happening around the same time.
There is also the Mountain Men Rendezvous where mountaineers from across the United States gather to sell their crafts and show off their abilities. On stage live entertainment from some mainstream Colorado bands that offer country, rock, and bluegrass music is also present to light up the park on both days.
Estes Park Accommodations
Address: Estes Park, CO
Date: Saturday – Sunday | October 2 – 3, 2021