Everyday is Elk Fest in Estes Park if you live there. I spent the better part of 15 years in what I think is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Well this weekend (Oct 1st and 2nd) you can check out Elk Fest in downtown Estes Park and Bond Park, and surrounding areas.

The festival is free but for fees for the elk bugling contest and elk viewing bus tours. How's your bugling? Could you attract a female elk ?

The festival features bugling contests, educational areas, exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, a Mountain Man Rendezvous, Native American music, dancing and storytelling and elk-viewing bus tours. The aptly named music group Elk Hollow performs both days.

So get the family into the car and enjoy the scenic ride up the Big Thompson Canyon to Elk Fest in Estes Park.

Below is the 2011 Elk Fest Schedule

Saturday, October 1st

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Educational Area, Exhibits, Vendors, Raptors, Mountain Man Rendezvous and Food

10:30 a.m. Seminar: Elk Management & Biology
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Native American Music & Storytelling
Noon – 5 p.m. Elk Viewing Tours
12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. Live Music: Elk Hollow
2:30 p.m. Seminar: Breeding Season – “The Rut”
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Native American Music, Dancing & Storytelling

Sunday, October 2nd
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Educational Area, Exhibits, Vendors, Raptors, Mountain Man Rendezvous and Food
9:30 a.m. Seminar: Breeding Season – “The Rut”
10:30 a.m. Seminar: Elk Management & Biology
11 a.m.–11:30 a.m.Seminar: Raptors – Rocky Mountain Raptor Programs
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Native American Music & Storytelling
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Elk Viewing Tours
1 p.m. Bugling Contest
1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m. Live Music: Elk Hollow
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Native American Music, Dancing & Storytelling

For additional information, contact the Estes Park Events Office at 970-586-6104.