Here at MyRockyMountainPark.com we love festivals. (Especially in Colorado since the state is home to more microbrews than any other). Want to dance, drink, and eat good food all in the name of a frozen dead guy? Done. How about attend the best small rodeo in America? Yep, got that covered too. Or how about throwing on a kilt and tossing a kaber? Better yet, how about tossing it with the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop? Done, done and done.
If you have little kids things are even better. Face painting, jump houses, animal exhibits, and cotton candy are usually plentiful. So, why not dig into this list and see which festival lines up with your trip out to Rocky Mountain National Park, and it’s surrounding regions.
Boulder Creek Festival – Boulder
Enjoy Boulder’s best microbrews, organically grown food, local artists, and musicians during this 3-day annual Memorial Day festival. Over 500 vendors line Boulder’s famed boulder creek path, promoting sustainable alternatives, the arts, and one of the wildest fundraisers ever, a crazy rubber ducky river race where thousands of yellow ducks race down Boulder Creek. Just 40 miles southeast of Estes Park, the festival can easily be experienced during a daytrip. For more information check out www.bceproductions.com/boulder-creek-festival/
Rooftop Rodeo – Estes Park
Fun for the whole family, if you’re in or around Rocky Mountain National Park during the middle of July, then attending this rodeo a must. Several days pack a variety of events together including: a western-themed dance, local downtown parade, six nightly PRCA rodeo performances and enough local food and drink to satisfy any palette. The rodeo has been happening for over 100-years, so don’t worry if you miss out this year, there is always next year. For more information check out www.rooftoprodeo.com.
Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival – Estes Park
Who doesn’t like the Irish and Scottish? We know we sure like them, which is one reason the Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival is so damn fun. Sponsored by Guinness of course, families of all ages can participate in a variety of ways. From highland games, Celtic rock concerts, evening dances, and a heart pancake breakfast there is always something going on. The festival usually happens the second week of September, which corresponds perfectly with the Aspen glow occurring all around. For more information check out: http://scotfest.com/
Frozen Dead Guy Festival – Nederland
There really is no way to say this except just how it is: who wouldn’t want to celebrate a small town’s only frozen dead resident? Yes you heard us right, Frozen Dead Guy Days, celebrates Nederland’s only frozen resident in grandiose style. Known as one heck of a party, families, college kids, and rambunctious adults from all over the Front Range, flock to Nederland for Grandpa’s Blue Ball, a dead guy look-alike contest, local art exhibits, and Colorado’s only coffin race. The festival takes place on the first full weekend in March, and routinely proves to be one heck of a great time. For more information check out: http://frozendeadguydays.org/