Are you ready for “bands, brats, and beer?” Of course — who isn’t? That’s what’s in store for you this weekend in Estes Park at the Autumn Gold festival.

What is Autumn Gold in Estes Park?

Say welcome to the season of dark beers, falling leaves, and pumpkin spice everything at the Autumn Gold festival. Presented by the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary, and with free admission, this is something no visitor or local should miss. Plus, it’s the 25th anniversary of the festival!

What is there to do at the Autumn Gold festival?

Well, besides bands, brats, and beer — there’s plenty. Over the weekend there will be six bands to listen to, and vendors serving a variety of delicious food and drink including corn-on-the-cob and fine chocolate. There’s activities for the kids including a bouncy house. There will also be a Classic Car Show. Finally, for the first time ever, the Sunrise Rotary is holding a raffle — in which the winner will take home a cool and tidy sum. (For information on purchasing raffle tickets, contact a Sunrise Rotary member for details.)

Attending the Autumn Gold Festival in Estes Park

Admission is free, and the event will be held in beautiful Bond Park. For those traveling to Estes Park as you start off the fall season, make sure to consider a Windcliff vacation rental home — it’s the perfect place for your family to relax after a day of fun in the mountains. See you there!

Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Autumn Gold Festival Official Website

Estes Park Elk Fest 2019

One of the most popular events in our town is the upcoming — and legendary — Estes Park Elk Fest.

What is the Estes Park Elk Fest?

The Elk Fest is dedicated to celebrating the annual elk rut and the magnificent creature itself, also known as “wapiti” (from the Shawnee and Cree languages). Not only is the festival the absolutely perfect opportunity to experience the beauty (and sounds) of Colorado’s elk, it’s a family friendly event with activities galore.

What’s Happening at this year’s Elk Fest?

Of course, there’s an abundance of elk-related goodness for all ages — including seminars, exhibits, and arts & crafts (all elk-inspired) as well as a special children’s area chock-full of fun and educational activities.

Vendors will also be present and offering an array of artwork, jewelry, and unique elk foodstuffs. Pair this with a craft beer garden and live music each day, and you’ve got a festival that has something for everyone.

Plus, not everything here is elk-themed… the popular “Mountain Man Rendezvous” will be there, as well as the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program. See here for the full list of events. (schedule subject to change.)

Attending the Estes Park Elk Fest

The annual Estes Park Elk Fest takes place in Bond Park, only minutes away from the vacation homes at Windcliff.

It’s free to attend, and we can’t wait to see you there. Full details of the event as well as an event calendar can be found here.

Looking for lodging in Estes Park?

Whether it’s your first time visiting Estes Park or you’re returning to experience the magic once again, the call of the bull elk is something you’ll never forget.

Why not make your accommodations equally as unforgettable? The vacation rental homes at Windcliff come in a variety of unique locations and can fit any budget. We focus on providing not only a luxurious vacation experience, but one that is equally in sync with nature. If you’re planning on coming out for Elk Fest, we’d love to talk to you about finding the best place to stay in Estes Park — give us a call at 970-586-2181!

For locavores and travelers alike, the 11th annual “Handmade in Colorado” Expo is coming to Estes Park this weekend. In fact, the Expo runs over three weekends in three cities, starting with our own (followed by Denver in September this year, and Boulder in October.)

This event features artists from independent designers in Colorado and spans many mediums including everything from metals, glass, wood, paper, clay, wax, and paint.

The event is free to attend, and also features live music throughout. What better way is there for those traveling to or staying in Estes Park to bring a piece of Colorado home with them?


The Handmade in Colorado Expo in Estes Park will be held in Bond Park.


This weekend, August 24-25. Hours are 10AM – 7PM on Saturday, 10AM – 5PM on Sunday, subject to change. More details available here.

How Much?

The Handmade in Colorado Expo in Estes Park is free to attend.

Did you know that Estes Park, Colorado is also known as the “Celtic Capital of North America?” It naturally follows, then, that the Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival is an event that has been bringing visitors to our beautiful town for over 40 years.

About the Highland Festival in Estes Park

When it comes to the Highland Festival, it’s hard to think of what ISN’T happening, since there’s so much to see and do.

First, there’s a wide selection of Celtic music from bands including Seamus Kennedy, The Gothard Sisters, The Brigadoons, and more. There’s also Irish dance, Highland dance, and even pipe band competitions. Of course, there’s also a parade (happening on Saturday, September 7th in downtown Estes Park.)

We’re not even close to finished yet. There’s jousting. There’s the Scottish Horse Boarding Competition. And the — new to the Festival — Tattoo Estes USO show, featuring over 300 performers that will fill the Fairgrounds Arena. There’s even something for the dog lover in all of us: with Dog Agility, Sheep Herding, and Disk Dog exhibitions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Truly an event of epic proportions — you just have to come to Estes Park to see the Highland Festival.

And if you’re looking for a place to stay that goes above and beyond your standard lodging, we invite you to find a Windcliff vacation rental home for the perfect place to refresh after a long weekend of fun and celebration.

Highland Festival Event Details

Where? Events take place in the Festival Field, a map of which is available on the Festival’s homepage along with a schedule of events.

When? September 5-8, 2019

How Much? There are a variety of passes and packages available for purchase, depending on the events or concerts you wish to attend along with many other options. See the official Highland Festival webpage for more information and to purchase tickets.

Wine. Mountains. Friends and family. Did we mention wine?

You’ll be able to sample wine, mead, and cider from over 20 local Colorado wineries at the annual Estes Park Wine Festival in 2019. In addition, local food vendors will be serving out tasty vittles to pair up with your libations — all to the tune of local musicians.

For anyone from locavores to Estes Park residents to those visiting on vacation, the Wine Festival needs to make it on your list of “we HAVE to do this!” (Check out a video from last year’s festival.)


The festival is held in Bond Park in downtown Estes Park.


Saturday and Sunday — August 10 and 11, 2019

How much?

Tickets for the Wine Festival, according to the official website, are $30 pre-sale and $40 at the gate. You can purchase tickets for the Estes Park Wine Festival here.

I want to visit Estes Park for the Wine Festival. Where should I stay?

We’d love to see you at Windcliff! Our luxury vacation rental homes are unique and offer unparalleled views of the Rocky Mountain scenery. Here’s some of the best views from our rental homes. All homes are fully equipped with all the amenities you desire, and many of our homes feature additional luxuries like hot tubs.

Plus, Windcliff is located just minutes from Estes Park — it’s a perfect mix of privacy, seclusion, and convenience.

It’s our life’s mission to make sure your Colorado vacation is a memory you treasure forever. Take a look at our homes or give us a call at 970-586-2181.

At Windcliff in Estes Park, experience the Western United States and the mountains the way it’s meant to be — private, secluded, and surrounded by nature. Take it all in — along with luscious views of Rocky Mountain National Park — from your luxury vacation home. But you’re hungry for some excitement, and maybe a taste of the Wild West, before you return to peak relaxation. If you’re coming out next week — the Estes Park Rooftop Rodeo is happening from July 8-13, 2019 — and you won’t want to miss it.

What is the Rooftop Rodeo?

The Rooftop Rodeo is a real taste of the Wild West, a PRCA sanctioned professional rodeo event. Featuring professional cowboys and cowgirls in rodeo performances, fun events for the kids (Mutton Bustin!) and a parade through downtown Estes Park — this is a true feast for the senses.

Get full details of the event, and links to purchase your tickets, at the Rooftop Rodeo’s official website.

In addition to being THE destination for a Colorado mountain vacation, Estes Park is a prime spot for celebrating the 4th of July holiday. This July 4th you can spend the day enjoying the huge variety of activities the area has to offer, from hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, to horseback riding, ziplining, and other family-friendly activities.

The Coolest Car Show in Colorado

In addition, you won’t want to miss the “Coolest Car Show” in Colorado (that’s literally it’s name!) in the Estes Park Events Center, which is held on the 4th. See everything from all-American street rods to Corvettes to steam and electric vehicles.

The Big Bang Concert

Then, the evening starts with the Big Bang Concert, music starting at 5:45PM. It takes place in the Estes Park Events Center with great music, food, and libations on offer (Details and tickets here)

The Fireworks Show

Finally, after the music ends, enjoy the star of the show: Estes Park’s awesome fireworks display, one of the best in the state. The fireworks show starts at 9:30PM over Lake Estes.

Heading to Estes Park for Independence Day this year or planning a last minute trip? Enjoy relaxing after the festivities in a luxury vacation rental home at Windcliff, just minutes from downtown, and enjoy your mountain vacation in style.

The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Estes Park, Colorado has been a tradition for our residents and guests for 25 years and counting.

What is the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival?

The Festival is a Scandinavian tradition honoring tradition and celebrating the summer solstice. Here in the mountains, we ring it in with style. There will be no shortage of food, music, fun, and shopping while you immerse yourself in the culture and heritage of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and Finland.

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Estes Park, CO

On day one, you’ll be able to preview vendors, drinks, food, and music as the festivities set up. Day two — Saturday — visitors to the festival will be surrounded by libations, life, learning (and lefse) with 80+ artisans, organizations, and performers. Day three features a Viking village, the raising of the Midsummer Pole, and the Scandinavian Market. For a breakdown of times, vendors and events, see the official website.

  • Where: Organized by the Scandinavian Alliance of Colorado, the event spans three days and is held in Bond Park in downtown Estes.
  • When: June 21-23, 2019, details and times here
  • How Much: Free to attend. The Festival offers public parking and is family friendly as well.

Need to rent a home in Estes Park for your vacation?

After you’ve had your fill of mead, sausages, smoked salmon, and lingonberries — you should be able to kick back in luxury to recharge for your next mountain adventure. How about relaxing after the event and telling Viking-inspired tales while soaking in a hot tub looking out at the Rocky Mountains?

Art lovers unite — this Friday in Estes Park, Colorado you can join the community at the First Friday Art Groove!

What is the Art Groove in Estes Park?

Put on by the Estes Arts District, The First Friday Art Groove is a “tour,” or route, where you can experience show openings, see live art, hear music, and get a chance to meet local artists. Some of the locations along the way will be serving food and refreshments. Plus, there are “Drop Stops” where you can sample craft beverages from local establishments such as Snowy Peaks Winery and Rock Cut Brewery. It’s the perfect jaunt to include on your vacation!

How do I attend?

The route begins at The Studio Fine Art & Framing at 5PM and continues from there. You can find the full details of the Art Groove at the Estes Arts District website.

Event Details

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Those who appreciate fine art will love the sublime views and pristine seclusion that Windcliff has to offer for our guests. You might be returning to Colorado for another visit, or it’s your first adventure. In either case — we invite you to browse our selection of Estes Park vacation rental homes for your next stay. Call us any time at 970-586-2181 or contact us online, we’d love to help you plan the perfect mountain vacation!



Every year, folks from around the United States and the world come to Estes Park, Colorado to experience all the beauty that nature has to offer. Many visitors (we’re hoping you will be, or have been, one of them!) will be looking to bring a piece of that beauty home with them.

The perfect place for finding an Estes Park keepsake or gift

Of course, we don’t mean picking any of the local flora or bringing a moose home with you! (You can’t.) But what about some local beauty that fits in your car or suitcase? Something that might be for personal enjoyment, a memento or keepsake of your Colorado mountain adventure, or perhaps a gift for a friend or a loved one?

The 20th Annual Estes Park Art Market, presented by the Art Center of Estes Park, is the perfect time and location.

Annual Estes Park Art Market

What awaits you at the Estes Park Art Market

Nearly 100 artists representing Colorado and the surrounding states will be there, showing off their creations in Bond Park. Just some of the works of art you might discover: functional pottery, jewelry, artistic glass, metal crafts, paintings, and photography. If there’s a place you’ll find that one treasure for your home or that neat little craft that reminds you of your time in Estes Park, this is it.

There will also be a Silent Auction to benefit the Art Center; according to the website, it will be held in intervals throughout the weekend so visitors will have plenty of opportunity to participate in bidding.

Event Details

  • Where: Bond Park – entire show is wheelchair accessible
  • When: May 25 – 27, 2019 (Saturday through Memorial Day)
  • How Much: Free to attend!

Visiting for the Art Market? Rent a house in Estes Park for your vacation — and experience the luxury, comfort, and privacy of Windcliff Vacation Homes. We can’t wait to see you.