Estes Park is one of the best mountain towns on the West Coast for those who love the great outdoors. Check out some of the must-go events in Estes Park for your vacation in this idyllic location.

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Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival in Estes Park!

Suppose you come to Estes Park, Colorado, during the fall season. In that case, this is the perfect opportunity for you and your family and friends to head to the Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival. This once-a-year event is great for those who want to be outside, check out some of the local artist’s work, and wander around the beautiful mountain village of Estes Park. Even if you’re not into hiking, biking, or swimming, this odor-centric event is a fun way to experience the ideal weather without breaking a sweat!

We recommend heading here during your Fall vacation to Colorado. You can check out this weekend festival any day between September 3rd and 5th in Bond Park, in the middle of Downtown Estes Park! Book accommodation through Mountain Lake Village at Lake Estes to have a relaxing and chilled-out holiday while still being in the heart of all things happening in downtown Lake Estes! You can book cabins in the middle of the town center, lodging in the mountains, or accommodation opportunities near Estes Park — what more could you want?

Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival

If you are of Irish or Scottish descent, or you simply love Guinness, the Highland Games, and kilts, then you will love this annual event held in Estes Park, Colorado! This annual event is known as an “international tattoo,” celebrating and representing everything that has to do with Gaelic heritage. You can take part in some of the traditional Irish dances, and Scottish dance celebrations (known as ceilidhs), watch the parade go by the main stress of Estes, and meet Irish and Scottish athletes, performers, and locals who want to talk about their homeland with you!

You can even buy the tickets online, making it easy and simple to attend this extravaganza during the summer months. Held every year between September 9th and 11th in Estes Park, this celebration is known for having some of the best entertainment outside of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Head here if you want to check out some incredible music, like the 3rd MAW Marine Band and The Bristol Brass Band, dancing, from the Highland Dance Team, and live pipe music, from the Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band and the Estes Park International Pipe Band.

You can also buy tickets for special events during the festival, such as the Whiskey Seminar for the Beginner Enthusiast or a whiskey seminar for the master enthusiast who knows a thing or two about good whiskey drinks! Or, if you are really into Irish and Scottish heritage, purchase an inclusive package with VIP tags, field entrance, VIP parking, and honored guest reception.

Autumn Gold Festival

Autumn Gold Festival is known for having beer, bands, and brats! This FREE festival is one of the best events to attend during your time in Estes Park. Held every year on September 24th and 25th, this outdoor festival in Bond Park is great for those who want to view the nearby Rocky Mountain National Park, meet other locals in the area, and listen to some amazing music.

On the first day, you can take in the Wendy Woo Band and the Seven Nations Celtic Rock Band. on Sunday, enjoy an Eagles tribute band and classic car presentation. Plus, you can bring your kids here and take them to the family fun area, complete with Lego-race cars, lawn games, and face painting for the young children!

We also love how you can enter the raffle drawing. The local Estes Valley Rotary Club prints 350 raffle tickets for you to purchase and try your luck in this game — so make sure you get here early, buy a ticket for $100, and try your luck at earning the grand prize of $10K! What better way to pay back your holiday spending?

Last but not least, we have tons of vendors here in Bond Park during this festival. You will never go hungry during your weekend here! We recommend trying some of the local dishes, like corn on the cob and funnel cakes, or some snacks between meals, like roasted almonds and kettle corn.

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Accommodation in Lake Estes

If you are interested in attending any one of these fun and exciting events, we recommend using Mountain Village at Lake Estes to book the accommodation of your dreams! All of our properties offer air heating and cooling to keep you comfortable no matter the season, covered patio spaces, private outdoor eras, barbecue grills for lunch or dinner time, decks to check out the expansive views of the surrounding area, and modern amenities that you can use at any time during your stay!