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First snow! Buy your discounted tickets now at ice cold prices. Prices will increase when the music lineup and frozen festivities are announced!

Estes Park, Colorado

March 17-19, 2023

Frozen Dead Guy Days

First snow! Buy your discounted tickets now at ice cold prices. Prices will increase when the music lineup and frozen festivities are announced!

Estes Park Events Complex
Estes Park, Colorado

Estes Park, Colorado

March 17-19, 2023

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Estes Park, Colorado

March 17-19, 2023

About Frozen Dead Guy Days

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, 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.

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.

Tickets

Tickets for Frozen Dead Guy Days are on sale now! Expect the frigidly fun happenings from years past, plus new, unexpected Estes twists. Make sure your travel is booked, too!

Line Up

Frozen Dead Guy Days will feature a diverse lineup of acts across 2 main stages.

Stay tuned for the full list of artists!

Travel

Book your stay for March 17-19. 

Our official festival hotel is The Stanley Hotel.

Experience

Plans are underway to make the inaugural Estes Park Frozen Dead Guy Days the most fun yet. Specific dates and times will be announced soon, but attendees can expect:

Live Music

We are in the works of curating an energetic line-up of talented artists, local and national. Stay tuned.

the Royal Blue Ball

This iconic FDGD event will be held at the historic Stanley Hotel and will feature live music, dancing, DJs and more.

Coffin Races

Teams of “pallbearers” will race head-to-head, through a course full of obstacles, mud, snow, and drills while judges decide which team conjures spirits of the dead.

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 food trucks.

IRISH WAKE

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Frozen Dead Guy Days style, and toast to Grandpa Bredo.

30 Years On Ice

Life After Death

The Grandfather Clause

30 Years On Ice

Grandpa Bredo is over 110 years old. For years, he’s taken up residence in a Tuff Shed in the hills above Nederland, Colorado, just 40 miles south of Estes Park, where he remains very, very, very cold. More specifically, Grandpa is frozen in a state of suspended animation, awaiting the big thaw. The one that will bring him back to life.

There is a good story behind this, one that stretches from Norway to California to Colorado, involving cryonics, deportation, psychics, celebrations, and a dedicated Ice Man. It’s a tale that has captured international attention and sparked a must-attend annual event called Frozen Dead Guy Days.

So how did all of this begin… and more importantly (particularly for Grandpa Bredo), how long will it last?

Life After Death

Before Grandpa Bredo Morstoel died from a heart condition in 1989, he enjoyed a comfortable life in Norway, where he was born and raised. He loved painting, fishing, skiing, and hiking in the mountains of his homeland. He was also the director of parks and recreation in Norway’s Baerum County for more than 30 years.

After he died, things got really interesting. Instead of a burial, he was packed in dry ice and prepared for international travel. First, he was shipped to the Trans Time cryonics facility in Oakland, California, where he was placed in liquid nitrogen for almost four years. Then, he was moved to Colorado in 1993 to stay with his daughter Aud Morstoel and his grandson Trygve Bauge, both strong advocates for cryonics who hoped to start a facility of their own.

There he stayed for years under cold cover, in a shed, near his grandson’s home, and about to be left on his own due to some pesky visa issues.

The Grandfather Clause

If you peruse the laws of Nederland, you’ll discover that it’s illegal to store a frozen human or animal (or any body part thereof) in your home. We have Grandpa Bredo to thank for this. When grandson Trygve was deported in the mid-90s because of an expired visa, Bredo’s daughter stepped in to take care of the household – including keeping her father on ice.

Soon, Aud was evicted for living in a house with no electricity or plumbing and was about to head back to Norway. This meant that the family’s fledgling cryonics facility was destined to come to a halt. Worried that her father would thaw out before his time, she spoke to a local reporter, who spoke to the Nederland city council, who passed Section 7-34 of the municipal code regarding the “keeping of bodies.”

Luckily for Bredo, he was grandfathered in and allowed to stay. Suddenly, he was a worldwide media sensation. And he has been well cared for by his family and community ever since.

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