Winter Park is a stellar place to visit on a normal day, but it’s even more special when there’s a great event happening. From live music experiences to delectable culinary festivals set, if you only visit during the winter to ski or snowboard, you’ll miss out on everything this town has to offer.
While exploring the awe-inspiring peaks and majestic evergreen forests that seem to sprawl out into infinity, consider staying at one of these top-rated hotels in Winter Park to keep you close to the action. In chronological order, here are the best events in Winter Park:
Coca-Cola Movie Night
Featuring free family-friendly movies under the stars all summer long, the Coca-Cola Movie Night begins after sunset at the Cabriolet Meadow. The event offers an array of family-oriented and nostalgic movies and provides chairs so you can sit down and enjoy the show. This is a great free way to entertain the entire family on a summer night in Winter Park.
Fridays, late June to late August | winterparkresort.com/things-to-do/activities/coca-cola-movie-nights
Mountaintop Happy Hour
Hosted every Friday and Saturday from late June through September, this weekly event offers what just might be the best deal in Winter Park. The purchase of a Gondola Pass after 4 pm will get you a $20 food and beverage voucher to be used at the Sunspot Mountain Lodge, an alpine restaurant that serves up excellent dishes and cocktails.
Enjoying a tasty beverage and an appetizer atop a beautiful Colorado mountain is one of the best ways to spend a summer afternoon in Winter Park.
Friday & Saturday, late June to early September | winterparkresort.com/…
High Note Thursdays
This free concert series has been held on Thursdays July through August and delivers a solid offering of terrific live music performances from a variety of different artists. Attendees are invited to bring their picnics to enjoy while they take in the shows and gorgeous natural surroundings from the lawns of the Rendezvous Event Center.
This is a beautiful way to spend an evening in Winter Park that won’t affect your budget.
Summer | playwinterpark.com/…
High Country Stampede Rodeo
This authentic western rodeo is hosted each year in July and features bull riding, clown antics, mutton bustin’, and delicious western-style BBQ. The High Country Stampede Rodeo offers a unique opportunity to celebrate America’s Western heritage in one of the most iconic mountain settings in the nation.
And if you’re looking to take home a piece of the action, cowboy hats, and other memorabilia are sold at the Buckin’ Chute Trading Post located on the festival grounds.
Saturdays, early July – mid August | highcountrystampede.com
Fitness in the Park Sundays
This event runs from Sundays from July through the end of August and offers free yoga or pilates classes depending on the day. If you’re trying to maintain your healthy habits on vacation or enhance your rest and relaxation during a visit to Winter Park, attend one of these restorative classes. Attendees are required to bring their own mats and drinking water.
Sundays, early July to late August | playwinterpark.com/article/fitness-park
Fraser Mountain Mural Festival
Artists create original murals on 8ft x 8ft primed panels during this exciting mural competition. While murals are fleshed out in front of the audience’s eyes, live music is performed throughout the three-day festival, which usually happens during a weekend in August.
This event is focused on inspiring creative energy in the local Winter Park and Fraser community and raising awareness for The Fraser Center for Creative Arts.
Fri-Sun, early August | frasermountainmuralfest.com
Featuring 50 excellent wines handpicked from vineyards hailing from around the world, Village Uncorked is one of Winter Park’s most popular and highly anticipated events evidenced by the fact that tickets often sell out well in advance.
With a broad selection of unique and premium wines selected by expert sommeliers, the incredible natural surroundings of this beloved Winter Park tradition make for an unforgettable wine-tasting experience.
Winter Park FallFest
This family-friendly party says goodbye to summer in style every year with live music, a silent auction, games, and loads of tasty food. The Winter Park FallFest raises money for the Grand Kids Early Learning Center and is the perfect way to enjoy the gorgeous landscape surrounding Winter Park while supporting an excellent cause.
mid September | playwinterpark.com/article/grand-kids-fall-festival
From unforgettable athletic competitions to beer and wine gatherings to traditions families with kids will love, Winter Park has a lot to offer when it comes to annual events. With so much happening here in the summer, it’s worth heading here for a visit from sometime May through September if you usually only come to Winter Park to ski or snowboard in the winter and early spring.