DENVER - To celebrate the annual elk rut and learn about the "wapiti," the Native American name for elk, the city of Estes Park hosts the annual Elk Fest, Sept. 29-30.
Elk Fest offers visitors a chance to view elk during the rutting season in the wild, as well as expand their knowledge of elk and its habitat.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will have a booth to promote the message of how to view wildlife responsibility, will have a kids craft table, general showcases on elk and hunting information from CPW’s hunter outreach program.
Held in Bond Park, located in downtown Estes Park, the free festival will offer: • Bugling competitions • Education areas • Seminars • Music by the Elktones • Mountain Man Rendezvous • Native American storytelling and music • Guided elk viewing tours • Vendors that offer art from oils and pastels, hand made elk-ivory jewelry, scrimshawed antler knives, elk antler lamps and chandeliers, elk hide pillows, silver and gold jewelry and elk antlers.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, Sept. 29 • 8:30 a.m. - Rut Run 5k • 10 a.m. - All Vendors Open • 10 a.m. -3 p.m. Kids Corral w/ fun activities and crafts • 10:30-10:50 a.m. - "Elk of Estes Park" film in Town Hall • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Native American Storytelling • 12:15-1 p.m. - Bugling Contest • 1-1:20 p.m. - "Elk of Estes Park" film in Town Hall • 1:30-3 p.m. - Live Music from Amplified Souls • 3-5 p.m. - Native American Music, Dancing & Storytelling • 8 p.m.-12 a.m. - Elk Fest Afterparty at Hunters Chophouse
Sunday, Sept. 30 • 10 a.m. - All Vendors Open • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Kids Corral w/ fun activities and crafts • 10:30-10:50 a.m. - "Elk of Estes Park" film in Town Hall • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Live Music from Cowboy Brad • 12:45-1:45 p.m. - Rocky Mountain Raptors, educational performance • 2-4 p.m. - Native American Music, Dancing & Storytelling • 2:30-2:50 p.m. - "Elk of Estes Park" film in Town Hall You can visit the Elk Fest web page for more information by clicking here.