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Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

Ceremony, Culture & Celebration
June 21-23, 2019 – Fri 4-7pm, Sat 7am-5pm, Sun 7am-4pm

Come celebrate the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival! The Midsummer Festival is a Scandinavian tradition that celebrates the summer solstice. The festival is held in downtown Estes Park at Bond Park, located at the intersection of Elkhorn Avenue (US 34/36) and MacGregor Avenue.

Be entertained and educated about the Scandinavian traditions and culture with fun and lively dancing, exhibits, kids’ activities, and more! Whatever your heritage may be, join in the many families across the country from Scandinavians descent who gather at the festival to share their heritage.

The festivities begin Friday in the beer garden at 4:00 pm till 9:00pm. On Saturday at 9:30 am the festivities continue with the raising of the Maypole, followed by a Grand March entrance. Costumed representatives from each of the five Scandinavian countries enter the park carrying the flag of their country, followed by the national anthems. Dancing and live music continue all day with opportunities for the audience to participate in some dances.

Spend time browsing the large art & craft fair. Exhibitors will be selling traditional Scandinavian food, baked goods, decorations and hand-made crafts. The folk-art of decorative painting on wood called rosemaling in Norway, and dalamaling in Sweden, will be well-represented. Other exhibitors will have hand-crafted items such as pottery, fabric, woodworking, jewelry, painting, metal work, photography, glass and more. All the exhibitors will have some Scandinavian inspired or traditional work.  

The craft demonstration tent will have a combination of workshops and demonstrations, including hardangar and Swedish huck embroidery, spinning, lace knitting, and children’s knitting lessons. At the Lefse Tent one can see demonstrations on how to prepare these famous thin Norwegian potato pancakes.

Admire the Scandinavian automotive industry at the classic Saab and Volvo auto show, where many different models will be on display throughout the weekend.

Norway will be well represented by a Viking encampment re-enactment by the Fjellborg Vikings of Colorado. There will be swordsmanship, a Viking ship replica, traditional crafts and daily life demonstrations at the historically correct encampment. 

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Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

Ceremony, Culture & Celebration
June 21-23, 2019 – Fri 4-7pm, Sat 7am-5pm, Sun 7am-4pm

Come celebrate the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival! The Midsummer Festival is a Scandinavian tradition that celebrates the summer solstice. The festival is held in downtown Estes Park at Bond Park, located at the intersection of Elkhorn Avenue (US 34/36) and MacGregor Avenue.

During your stay at Boulder Brook, head downtown to be entertained and educated about the Scandinavian traditions and culture with fun and lively dancing, exhibits, kids’ activities, and more! Whatever your heritage may be, join in the many families across the country from Scandinavian descent who gather at the festival to share their heritage.

The festivities begin Friday in the beer garden at 4:00 pm until 9:00pm. On Saturday at 9:30 am the festivities continue with the raising of the Maypole, followed by a Grand March entrance. Costumed representatives from each of the five Scandinavian countries enter the park carrying the flag of their country, followed by the national anthems. Dancing and live music continue all day with opportunities for the audience to participate in some dances.

Spend time browsing the large art & craft fair. Exhibitors will be selling traditional Scandinavian food, baked goods, decorations and hand-made crafts. The folk-art of decorative painting on wood called rosemaling in Norway, and dalamaling in Sweden, will be well-represented. Other exhibitors will have hand-crafted items such as pottery, fabric, woodworking, jewelry, painting, metal work, photography, glass and more. All the exhibitors will have some Scandinavian inspired or traditional work.  

The craft demonstration tent will have a combination of workshops and demonstrations, including hardangar and Swedish huck embroidery, spinning, lace knitting, and children’s knitting lessons. At the Lefse Tent one can see demonstrations on how to prepare these famous thin Norwegian potato pancakes.

Admire the Scandinavian automotive industry at the classic Saab and Volvo auto show, where many different models will be on display throughout the weekend.

Norway will be well represented by a Viking encampment re-enactment by the Fjellborg Vikings of Colorado. There will be swordsmanship, a Viking ship replica, traditional crafts and daily life demonstrations at the historically correct encampment. 

Come for the festival and stay for the many other wonders in and around Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Don’t forget to make your lodging reservations!

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Estes Park Wool Market

Estes Park Wool Market    June 6-9, 2019
Workshops June 6 & 7, Market: June 8 & 9

Family events don’t get much better than this – hands-on activities; fuzzy, approachable animals; entertaining performances; and shopping for mom and dad. Those familiar with the wool and fiber industry know this event, held at the Estes Park Events Complex, is the place to be. Admission is free.

The Wool Market will take place at the Estes Fairgrounds and Event Center. See sheep, alpacas, llamas, rabbits, goats and other fiber animals. As usual there is the ever-popular vendor barn, the animal tents, demonstrations including sheep to shawl, a children’s tent, sheep shearing, herding dogs and more.

Workshops
41 workshops spanning various fiber arts including spinning, weaving, knitting, natural dyes, twining and more will be offered at the 2018 Estes Park Wool Market and Fiber Festival.

Show, Shop and Share
In addition to the fun activities, the professionals who participate in the Wool Market show and sell their incredible goods. Showing hand-spun yarns and threads to finished hats, gloves and bags, the skilled artisans display an amazing selection of unique materials and products. Inspired by what you’ve seen? Start your own projects by purchasing the tools right at the market.

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Estes Park Duck Race Festival

May 4, 2019

With a drop from a giant bucket, thousands of little yellow rubber ducks are ceremoniously dropped into Fall River at Nicky’s Resort where they begin their journey. The ducks are scooped out of the water one-by-one by waiting volunteers and prize winners begin to be announced.

Interested in adopting a $20 duck to possibly win one of the hundreds of prizes offered, in the past, including a trip to Ireland, Disney, Vegas or San Francisco, while also contributing to over 60 different Estes Valley charities? These charities will receive 95% of the money collected from adoptions. It’s a fun family outing with lots of music and entertainment as well.

Race festivities get underway at Nicky’s Resort at 11 a.m. on race day. Ducks go into the water at 1 p.m. and activities continue in Riverside Plaza until the last duck swims past the finish line. On race day, beginning at 8 am, Bond Park will feature FREE family fun, music, activities, duck sales and more!  As a bonus for the Duck Race Festival weekend, merchants in downtown Estes Park set up tables outside their businesses for the annual spring sidewalk sale on Saturday and Sunday.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Participating Organizations and Charities sell Duck Adoptions in Bond Park.
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Bond Park Festival with Live Entertainment, Food Vendors, Beer Garden, and Fun Family Activities
11:30 a.m. – Starting Line at Nicky’s Resort with live music and Duck Adoption sales
1:00 p.m. – Official Duck Race Drop at Nicky’s Resort!
1:30 p.m. – Watch the Winning Ducks cross the Finish Line near the Wheel Bar in George Hix Riverside Plaza
1:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Stay the afternoon to enjoy the Festival with live music, food, and activities in Bond Park and George Hix Riverside Plaza.

 

 

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Trail Ridge Road Plowing

TRAIL RIDGE ROAD PLOWING
Plowing Trail Ridge Road begins in mid-April and takes approximately 6 weeks to complete, and is VERY weather-dependent. During plowing operations, the equipment is brought down below treeline overnight and road clearing begins anew each day. This is done because overnight storms can snow equipment in above treeline….an inch or two of snow can drift into several feet overnight. There are approximately 1500 snow poles on the park’s east side and at least 1500 on the west side, which are used to mark curbs, rock walls, signs, and any other obstacle that can cause damage to the rotary plow head, plus help direct the plow drivers across the vast drifted alpine tundra.
(Photo: snowplows headed up Trail Ridge Road to start spring plowing last week /NPS) ks

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Rocky Mountain Craft Spirit Festival

Make for the Mountains

The Rocky Mountain region is home to a booming craft spirits industry.  Distillers and consumers of fine spirits are invited to celebrate this craft at a tasting festival in Estes Park, Colorado.  Admission includes a souvenir tasting glass, complimentary pours from a variety of distillers, bar games, and live music.  So raise a glass to raised standards, and make your plans for the last Saturday in October.

Why not make a weekend out of it?  Check out the other activities and amenities being offered around town:

PAIRING DINNER:  Latitude 105 will be offering a pairing dinner the weekend of the event.  Join Executive Chef Jacob Tew on Friday, October 26 as he presents an outstanding culinary experience featuring pairings with regional craft spirits by Breckenridge Distillery and Elkins Distillery.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the pairing dinner website.  Please note that the dinner and the tasting festival each require a separate ticket.

TRANSPORTATION:  The Town of Estes Park will be providing a FREE shuttle the day of the event.  This service will make stops at a variety of locations around town, including Boulder Brook On Fall River.  Book yourself a suite, don’t worry about driving, and head for the festival.  

Tickets: Streamside has a limited number of tickets available get your now while supplies last.

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Rocky Mountain Craft Spirit Festival 2018

Saturday, October 27, 2018 2pm – 5pm

The Rocky Mountain region is home to a booming craft spirits industry.  Distillers and consumers of fine spirits are invited to celebrate this craft at a tasting festival in Estes Park, Colorado.  Admission includes a souvenir tasting glass, complimentary pours from a variety of distillers, bar games, and live music.  So raise a glass to raised standards, and make your plans for the last Saturday in October.

Why not make a weekend out of it?  Check out the other activities and amenities being offered around town:

PAIRING DINNER:  Latitude 105 will be offering a pairing dinner the weekend of the event.  Join Executive Chef Jacob Tew on Friday, October 26 as he presents an outstanding culinary experience featuring pairings with regional craft spirits by Breckenridge Distillery and Elkins Distillery.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the pairing dinner website.  Please note that the dinner and the tasting festival each require a separate ticket.

DISTILLERY TOUR:  Elkins Whisky is the tasting festival’s presenting sponsor, and these folks are pleased to offer a behind the scenes tour of their distillery the day of the tasting festival.  Arrive at 1pm and take a peek at the processes used to bring you the first and only spirits made (legally) in Estes Park.  Talk to the distillers, try out a sample in the tasting room, and then catch a free trolley over to the festival.  The trolley will bring you back to Elkins at the conclusion of the event for a chance to say hi once again to some of your new friends in the craft spirits industry.  Tickets to the tour are offered here, and are only offered with the purchase of a festival ticket.

TRANSPORTATION:  The Town of Estes Park will be providing a FREE shuttle the day of the event.  This service will make stops at a variety of locations around town, including Boulder Brook on Fall River.  Book yourself a room, don’t worry about driving, and head for the festival.  

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Nestled next to the rambling waters of Fall River, Boulder Brook is ideally located to take advantage of the unique shopping of downtown Estes Park or the rugged splendor of the Rocky Mountain National more

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