Programs and Events

The Estes Park Museum hosts programs and events throughout the year. If you have any questions about tours or upcoming programs, please contact the Curator of Interpretation. Please check back regularly to see the latest from the Estes Park Museum.

While the Museum was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some online programs were recorded. Those programs can be accessed on the Museum's YouTube playlistThe views and opinions expressed in each program are specific to that individual, community member, and/or presenter. 

Programs & Events

Upcoming Programs & Events

Saturday, July 27 - 4:00 p.m. - Save the date! Join us and Dr. Jennifer Muniz as she presents the music of composer and pianist, Arne Oldberg. Please note, this program will take place at the Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave. More information to follow. 


Creative Colorado Tablesetting/Scaping 2024

The Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. presents the 8th annual Creative Colorado Tablesetting/Scaping Contest, a fundraising event in support of the Estes Park Museum. 

This year's Tablesetting/Scaping Contest theme:

"Books and Movies, Then & Now"

What? The Creative Colorado Tablesetting/Scaping is an event which provides entrants a chance to demonstrate their talents by creating an attractive dining table that reflects this year's theme. Each competitive entry is reviewed by an independent panel of judges, who determine prize ribbon winners based on creativity, design, and adherence to contest and category criteria. Once all the tables have been set, the judging has finished, and the ribbons awarded, the doors will open to the public. The three blue ribbon winners in the competitive division will be voted upon by the attending public for the Julie Farnham Best of Show Award.

All proceeds go to support the Estes Park Museum.

Non-competitive tables are welcome! These tables will not be judged but will be on exhibit for the public to admire. These tables will be eligible for the People's Choice Award.

When? This year's event will be held November 15, 16, and 17, 2024

  • Friday, November 15: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Set-up
  • Saturday, November 16: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Tablesetting/Scaping show open
  • Sunday, November 17: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Tablesetting/Scaping show open, 3 p.m. - Awards Ceremony, 3:30 - 4 p.m. - clean-up.

Where? The Ember at Estes Park Resort, 1700 Big Thompson Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517

Who? The Tablesetting/Scaping Contest is open to individuals, pairs, teams, and commercial organizations/businesses of all kinds. 

How? Each contestant is asked to select a menu and design a place setting for two that reflects the contest theme and menu chosen. Contestants also select a design category: Formal, Informal, or Tablescape/Freestyle. Settings can feature classic, vintage, contemporary, or a mixture of flatware and tableware. Competitive contestants receive judges comments and winners receive ribbons. The three blue ribbon contestants then compete for the Julie Farnham Best of Show Award.

How much? Contest entry fees:

  • Competitive Entry Fee: 2 settings, $30
  • Non-competitive Entry Fee:
    • 2 settings, small square table, $30
    • 4 settings, rectangular table, $60
    • 6 settings, rectangular or round table, $90

Registration opens Sunday, September 15, 2024 and closes Friday, November 8, 2024

For more information the Tablesetting/Scaping 101 events will take place Sunday, September 15 at 2 p.m. and Monday, September 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Estes Park Museum.

Questions? Contact Tara Moenning, tara@aspenbrookinvestments.com or (970) 577-0186.

2024 Creative Colorado Tablesetting/Scaping Resources:

2024 Registration Form

General Information

Competition Categories

Formal Rubric

Informal Rubric

Tablescaping/Freestyle Rubric

Judging Rubrics and Scoring Forms

Past Winners