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Estes Park, Colorado

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Frozen Dead Guy Days

Three days of frigidly fun happenings spread across Estes Park, CO.

Freeze The Date!

Estes Park, Colorado

March 17-19, 2023

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 and a polar plunge, as well as plenty of new and elevated Estes twists, like a frostbite fashion show, roaming freak show acts, a Bands and Bloodys Sunday Brunch and more.

Exclusive Discounted Hotel Packages

Book your stay for March 17-19. 

Our official festival hotel is The Stanley Hotel.

Getting Here


Free parking at the Events Complex  & Parking Garage with shuttles to event locations and hotels. 


Events Complex: $15 (cash only)

Estes Park High School: $10 (cash only)

100% of proceeds go to the high school band program.

Free parking at the Estes Park Visitor Center Parking Structure located at 691 N. St. Vrain Ave  with shuttles.

free shuttles
Free shuttles will be available to take you to all the frosty festivities around town.

Find the shuttle maps here.

Find the full town of Estes Park parking map here.

Schedule of Events: Friday, 3.17.23

Royal Blue Ball

Friday, March 17, 2023

7:00PM MST

This year’s Royal Blue Ball will be taking place at the iconic Stanley Hotel Concert Hall on March 17th, 2023. Join us for an unforgettable dance party and the Grandpa Bredo & Ice Queen Costume Contest.

Icebreaker Kickoff

Bond Park • 4pm-7pm
Music, Food Trucks, & Drinks
Free Live music from Chain Station and A Mac & The Height
Hearse Graveyard brought to by the Denver Hearse Assocation

St. Patty's Day Beer Mile

Avant Garde and Lumpy Ridge Brewing will host the 2nd annual Beer Mile
Post-race entertainment by Good Time Johnny

More Details


All day & free!
Games and competitions
Live music>

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Irish Wake

Cousin Pat's Irish Pub and Grill
Live music from Tahosa

One Foot in the Grave

Lonigans Saloon Nightclub & Grill, An Irish Pub

Dinner & music from Nick Wagner
Dancing & music from the Mountain Town Rockers starting at 8pm
More Details

Royal Blue Ball

The Stanley Hotel
King & Queen of FDGD
Music Lineup:
The Polish Ambassador, Eddie Roberts & Friends, Evanoff
More Details

Psychic Readings

Come get a psychic reading by Rebekah Blackburn at the Historic Park Theater

Haunted Tours

Haunted Tours of the Historic Park Theatre all three nights

Ghost Hunt

Visit with the ghosts and get them to answer questions at the Historic Park Theater

Night of the living dead

Come watch this classic horror film at the Historic Park Theater all three nights

Irish Wake

Cousin Pat's Irish Pub and Grill
Live music • Free

Schedule of Events: Saturday, 3.18.23

Schedule of Events: Saturday, 3.18.23

Frozen Dead Guy Days

Estes Park Events Complex


Food Truck Lineup: Redemption Road Coffee, Umami, Rations, Wes Tex BBQ, Abo’s Pizza, Dapper Don’s Dippy Dogs, Bloomberries Box Cart, Heaven’s Best Kettle Corn, Totally Nuts, Denver Taco Truck, Downtown Fingers.

After the event, head to:

Lonigans Saloon Nightclub & Grill for the Thick n’ Thawed Brrrrr…lesque Show. Learn More.

Cousin Pat’s Pub & Grill for music from Electrik Flannel


Coffin Races

26 teams of “pallbearers” will race head-to-head, through a course full of obstacles, mud, snow, & drills on an all-new racetrack.

Frostbite Fashion Show

Come dressed in your finest “dead guy” duds to win prizes and mingle with your fellow attendees.

Brain Freeze Contest

Frozen T-Shirt Contest

Newly Dead Game

hearse graveyard
frozen head bowling
pie toss game

Music Lineup

  • Break Science
  • Kyle Hollingsworth Band
  • Magic Beans
  • Bill & Jilian Nershi w/ Jason Hann
  • A-Mac & The Height
  • Toubab Krewe
  • Cycles
  • Tenth Mountain Division
  • Drunken Hearts
  • Shakedown Street
  • Chain Station
  • Tejon Street Corner Thieves
  • Banshee Tree
  • Brothers of Brass
  • Flash Mountain Flood
  • The Pamlico Sound
  • Living Room Band
  • Listen Here

Schedule of Events: Sunday, 3.19.23

Bands & Bloodys Sunday Brunch

Various Locations

Free music | Food and beverages for purchase

polar plunge

Coffee on the Rocks | 12pm 

Music Lineup

Frosty Balls! Drag Queen Bingo | Lonigans Saloon Nightclub & Grill | 12-2pm | More Details.

The Complete Meltdown | The American Legion | 12-5pm | More Details.


Gates open at 12pm and the show ends at 9:30pm. Times are subject to change.

Coffin Races are scheduled to begin at 1:30pm. Times are subject to change.

Yes, set times will be shared on our social media pages the week of the festival. Stay tuned!

Yes, re-entry is allowed.

Professional video cameras are not permitted. (Professional photographers must obtain a photo pass.)

See our complete list of Acceptable and Prohibited Items.

Yes, and there are handicap bathrooms available in several locations around the event grounds.

Nope, no roads will be closed.

Yes! There will be plenty of food and drink options available for purchase.

No. Please plan accordingly.

Absolutely! The Frozen Dead Guy Days is All Ages. Plus, all kids 2 and under get in for FREE! Any child over the age of 2 will require a regular purchased ticket.

Frozen Dead Guy Days will go on snow, rain or shine! However, if there are severe weather circumstances, we may postpone, evacuate, or cancel the event.

Acceptable Items/What To Bring:

  • Clear Reusable Vinyl or PVC Bags (Maximum Size 12″x6″x12″)
  • Small Clutch Bags (About the size of a hand, does not need to be clear, max size 4.5″x6.5″)
  • Hydration Packs (sometimes known as Camelbaks), but they must be empty and not have pockets
  • Medically necessary bags and diaper bags will not need to be clear No plastic/grocery shopping bags will be permitted
  • Prescription medicine (in a marked bottle with proper matching ID)
  • Non-professional & personal cameras (NO professional cameras or recording devices)
  • GoPros
  • One (1) sealed or completely empty water bottle up to 2 liters in size. Unsealed bottles will be checked upon entry through security to ensure they are empty.
  • Cell phones and portable chargers/external batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats
  • Fanny packs
  • Personal size Hand Sanitizers + Lotions (no larger than 3.4oz – inspected upon entry)

Prohibited Items/What NOT To Bring:

  • NO Alcohol
  • NO noise makers, horns, whistles, musical instruments, or boom boxes
  • NO chairs (of any kind)
  • NO plastic sipper bottles, glass bottles or glass containers
  • NO potential projectiles, frisbees, footballs, etc.
  • NO non-transparent backpacks
  • NO wallets with chains
  • NO cans, coolers of any size, ice chests, picnic baskets, thermoses
  • NO inflatables
  • NO umbrellas
  • NO tents or large chairs
  • NO weapons of any kind
  • NO baby strollers or small wagons for toddlers
  • NO fireworks or explosives
  • NO illegal drugs or illicit substances of any kind
  • NO outside food & drink
  • NO animals
  • NO skateboards, bicycles, motorized vehicles or scooters
  • NO selfie sticks of any kind
  • NO laser pointers
  • NO paint, sharpies or permanent markers
  • NO items to obstruct other fan’s views (kites, flag poles, large signs, etc)

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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