Frozen Dead (Nederland) Guy Days, Estes Park, March 17-19
Frozen Dead Guy Days, one of Colorado’s most beloved annual events for more than 20 years, is kicking off a new chapter in Estes Park. Taking place over St. Patrick’s Day weekend on March 17-19, 2023, the reborn Frozen Dead Guy Days will feature live music and entertainment all weekend long, and will be held at the Estes Park Events Complex and The Stanley Hotel, with satellite events occurring around town.
Festival goers can expect the weird and wonderful happenings from years past, including coffin races and a polar plunge, as well as plenty of new and elevated Estes twists, like a deadman fashion show, roaming freak show acts, a Bands-and-Bloodys Sunday Brunch and more. Frozen Dead Guy Days will feature a diverse lineup of national touring and regional acts all weekend long.
WHO IS THE “FROZEN DEAD GUY”? == Bredo Morstoel died from a heart condition in 1989 in Norway. He was 110 years old. Instead of a burial, he was packed in dry ice and prepared for international travel. First he was placed in a Trans Time Cryonics facility in California for four years, in liquid nitrogen. Then moved to Colorado in 1993 to stay with relatives. He has been a resident in a Tuff Shed for many years.
ICEBREAKER KICKOFF EVENTS
An Irish Wake at Cousin Pat’s Pub & Grill
Bond Park (downtown Estes Park) • 4pm-7pm===Music, Food Trucks, & Drinks==Free Live music from Chain Station and A Mac & The Height
Too many events to list here, which include psychic readings, haunted tours, ghost hunt, “Living Dead” movie, fashion and more.
ST. PATTY’S DAY BEER MILE
Highway 7 • Race time TBA. Post-race entertainment 6pm-8pm
Avant Garde and Lumpy Ridge Brewing will host the 2nd annual Beer Mile
Post-race entertainment by Good Time Johnny
ROYAL BLUE BALL=The Stanley Hotel=7pm-11pm=Friday=Buy tickets: www.stanleyhotel.com/royalblueball $100
Dead Man Lookalike; King & Queen of FDGD
Music featuring: The Polish Ambassador: This San Francisco-based EDM artist brings technicolor vibes! Eddie Roberts & Friends. And Evanoff.
ESTES PARK EVENTS COMPLEX = Purchase Tickets 12noon-9:30p.m. – $39 general admission – re-entry allowed; kids over 2 pay full price. No outside food or alcohol allowed; no chairs/tents. Clear plastic bags allowed; no backpacks or purses (but “hand-size” purses or fanny packs are ok, but will be inspected). See Q&A portion of web page for full list.
Saturday: (various events – see below list; plus 17 bands, bazaar, and 10 food trucks)
Break Science: Pioneers of Colorado’s electronic music explosion, the Denver-based band brings together East Coast hip hop and futuristic sounds.
Magic Beans: Funk, soul, live electronica.
Plus 15 other bands. Set times will be shared on their social media pages the week of the festival.
10 bands at various locations in town; plus a Polar Plunge at noon. See website for details.
MUSIC LINEUP (as of 3/1/23)
(location, followed by band name)
Cousin Pats | Most Sincerely Dead Band | 11:30am-1:30pm
Bull Pin | Good Time Johnny | 9:30am-11:30am
Brunch & Co | The Pearl Street Stompers
Avant Garde | Stephen Castle | 1-3pm.
Lumpy Ridge | The Abear Brothers.
The Barrel | Sasha Stone Band | 2 – 5pm.
(more will be added…)
===EVENTS AT COMPLEX===
Teams of “pallbearers” will race head-to-head, through a course full of obstacles, mud, snow, and drills in a grandstand setting. **The limit of 32 entries has been met**
BRAIN FREEZE CONTEST
Eat your heart out with the area’s best local ice cream.
DEADMAN FASHION SHOW
Come dressed in your finest “dead guy” duds to win prizes and mingle with your fellow attendees.
BANDS & BLOODYS BRUNCH
Close out the frigidly fun weekend with live music and themed brunch menus at restaurants around town.
FOOD TRUCK VILLAGE
Refuel with the best of Colorado’s 10 food trucks.
Wander through our impressive line-up of craft vendors.
===WHERE TO PARK===
Official event parking will be available at the Events Complex with overflow parking at the Estes Park Visitor Center Parking Structure located at 691 N. St. Vrain Ave. Find the full town of Estes Park parking map here. == Free parking Friday at Events Complex. == Saturday: Events Complex: $15; Estes Park High School: $10 —100% of proceeds go to the high school band program. See the Main event page for a breakdown. — Free parking at the Visitor Center Parking lot.
NOTE: There have been multiple updates, additions and changes to this calendar of events over the past few weeks. It is suggested that you view their web page for the final schedule.