While there are many events in Estes Park worth attending we particularly love the Whisky Warm Up. With beautiful fresh mountain air, whisky tastings, and live music there are many reasons why you should attend the Whisky Warm Up this winter!

*Do note, due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19 events are subject to change. 

But first… a little bit about the Whisky Warm Up

The Estes Park Whisky Warm Up all started in 2018 to help showcase Colorado’s homegrown whisky distilleries and a few of our locally grown distillers. Held in winter, the event captures a Colorado tradition of warming up from the inside out! Easily sip and sample the finest selections of Colorado whiskys paired with delightful treats, all while listening to live music and shopping from area vendors.

It’s held outside

That’s right, this winter event is held outside! Here in Colorado, we think (well most things) should be celebrated outdoors amongst the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Plus, with the event being held outside you can attend at your own comfort level, no matter what health concerns you might have. Be sure to dress for the weather, we may have a warm 60-degree day or a cold 20-degree day in March!

Taste from a variety of distilleries

Taste from over 20 local distilleries including Black Bear Distillery, Spirits of the Rockies, and our very own Elkins Distillery and the Estes Park Distilling Co. Plus, if you liked what you tasted, there will be an opportunity at the end of the event to purchase a bottle from your favorite distillery to enjoy at home or in your Rocky Mountain Resorts cabin.

Live entertainment

One of the best reasons to attend the Whisky Warm Up is for the live entertainment. This year the event features the vocal talents of David Zollo from High and Lonesome and The Body Electric. The music is a blend between boogie, blues, honky-tonk, and a good time for all.


  • When: Saturday, March 5, 2022
  • Where: George Hix Riverside Plaza
  • Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

This event has limited tickets and sells out quickly.

Stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts

Complete your winter fun at the Whisky Warm Up with a stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts. Conveniently located less than 10 minutes from the George Hix Riverside Park, our in-town lodging options are close to all the festival fun.

Our properties feature spacious cabins, cozy cottages, townhomes, and large vacation homes, perfect for any group size. When booking your stay for the event, stay an extra day and take in the scenery of Rocky Mountain National Park by taking advantage of our Winter Special! Stay two nights and get your third night FREE!