who served in the First World War and events that occurred between 1910-1920. During that same time, right here in our community, Estes Park was incorporated, Rocky Mountain National Park was dedicated and The Stanley Hotel and Fall River Road were constructed.
The festival has become one of the largest of its kind in North America, with more than fifty Celtic events held throughout the weekend, including jousting competitions, highland games, musical acts, dance performances, and dog show contests as well as plenty of Scottish and Irish food, drink and crafts. Unique to the festival is North America’s largest Celtic parade attracting thousands of spectators.
World-class jousters headline the festivities as they vie for the sport’s largest purse in skill and accuracy events, as well as the always popular and exciting heavy armor competition. Not to be outdone, the highland games showcase equally talented athletes displaying amazing strength and agility in the caber toss, hammer, and stone throws. The festival also features a Scottish challenge “strong man” competition.
Each day of the festival, Estes Park’s breathtaking mountains play backdrop to more than 1,000 Scottish, Irish and Welsh dancers, while Celtic rock, folk and traditional bands liven up the clear nights. Those seeking a true glimpse into Celtic culture can top it all off by sampling traditional food and drink and browsing the wares of more than 100 importers and crafters of Celtic goods.
In addition to the opening night Tattoo, there will also be Tattoos on Friday and Saturday evenings; also at 7:30 p.m. Fairgrounds open daily, Friday through Sunday, September 7, 8, and 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Musical acts and concerts will also be conducted at various venues in Estes Park each evening at 7:30 p.m. The festival parade, right through downtown Estes Park, begins at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, September 8 (but plan to get there early for a good viewing spot).
For more information about any of the scheduled events or concerts, or to purchase advanced tickets, please call 1 (800) 90-ESTES, or visit here, or purchase tickets through Ticketwest at any King Soopers location. As always, children four and under are admitted free.