Events on this Day

 Saturday, October 16th
Scenic Round Trip Silverton Train
8:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Embark on an Incredible Journey Through the San Juan Mountains!   For a truly unforgettable step back in time, enjoy a leisurely trip to yesteryear riding 3 1/2 hours each way on this steam train plus spend 2 hours in the historic mining town of Silverton to enjoy the sights, shopping, food, and libations that Silverton offers. We’ve been in continuous operation running train excursions on this 45-mile spur of the Denver & Rio Grande rail line since 1882. Much of the scenery remains unchanged since then. There’s no cell service or Wi-Fi through much of the terrain so you’ll be unplugged from the modern world. Soak in the views, listen as the steam whistle echoes through the canyon, hear the vintage locomotive work to pull the train up the grades. If you long to unwind and enjoy Colorado nature at its finest, this is the trip for you.
USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championship
8:00am / Purgatory Resort
The collegiate mountain bike national championship is coming to Purgatory Resort! Stay tuned for more details, and plan to be here for four days of racing with the best collegiate athletes in the country.
Mass Ascension from the Launch Field
8:00am / Animas Valley Balloon Rally
Mass Ascension sponsored by Eagle Rock Distributing. Come one come all enjoy the beautiful Animas Valley!   Public Parking is in the field on the south side of Hermosa Meadows Road; Hwy 550. Do not park on the launch field.    Please do not park oat the Animas Valley Elementary as school is in session Friday am.   Please do not park on Hwy 550   We suggest warm clothes, tennis shoes or boots, no flip flops or sandals   No dogs allowed on the launch field. No smoking on the launch field. Please remember all events are weather permitting.
Animas River Cleanup
8:30am / Santa Rita Park
Join us to clean up our beloved Animas River on 10/16. Meet at Santa Rita between 8:30-9 with your gloves and water. Trash bags provided. We'll clean up down to Purple Cliffs and meet back at the park around noon for lunch and prizes. See you there!
Durango Farmers Market
9:00am / TBK Bank Parking Lot
Celebrating 25 years!   Buy Your Produce in our Open Air Market from the Farmer that Grew it.  Connecting Local Agriculture with the Community.  Vegetables, Meat, Honey, Jewelry, Fruit, Eggs, Cheese, Ceramics, Mushrooms  Fresh Made Ready to Eat Meals
Scenic Round Trip Silverton Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Embark on an Incredible Journey Through the San Juan Mountains!   For a truly unforgettable step back in time, enjoy a leisurely trip to yesteryear riding 3 1/2 hours each way on this steam train plus spend 2 hours in the historic mining town of Silverton to enjoy the sights, shopping, food, and libations that Silverton offers. We’ve been in continuous operation running train excursions on this 45-mile spur of the Denver & Rio Grande rail line since 1882. Much of the scenery remains unchanged since then. There’s no cell service or Wi-Fi through much of the terrain so you’ll be unplugged from the modern world. Soak in the views, listen as the steam whistle echoes through the canyon, hear the vintage locomotive work to pull the train up the grades. If you long to unwind and enjoy Colorado nature at its finest, this is the trip for you.
Chip Huntoon Memorial Food Drive
9:00am / LaPlata County Fairgrounds
Durango Daybreak Rotary Club Chip Huntoon Memorial Food Drive to Benefit Manna    Saturday October 16th from 9am to 1pm at the LaPlata County Fairgrounds and Albertson's   Durango Daybreak Rotary Club's Food Drive to Benefit Manna, is named in honor of Chip Huntoon, a former club member who passed away tragically and unexpectedly 7 years ago. The Manna organization was one of Chip's passions as a member of our club and the community at large.   Bring non-perishable food donations to LaPlata County Fairgrounds or Albertson's without getting out of your vehicle.
Chip Huntoon Memorial Food Drive
9:00am / Albertsons
Durango Daybreak Rotary Club Chip Huntoon Memorial Food Drive to Benefit Manna    Held at the LaPlata County Fairgrounds and Albertson's   Durango Daybreak Rotary Club's Food Drive to Benefit Manna, is named in honor of Chip Huntoon, a former club member who passed away tragically and unexpectedly 7 years ago. The Manna organization was one of Chip's passions as a member of our club and the community at large.   Bring non-perishable food donations to LaPlata County Fairgrounds or Albertson's without getting out of your vehicle.
Tethered Balloon Rides
9:00am / Animas Valley Balloon Rally
FREE - Tethered Balloon Rides Sat and Sun morning at the Launch Field after all balloons have taken off.   Public Parking is in the field on the south side of Hermosa Meadows Road; Hwy 550. Do not park on the launch field.    Please do not park oat the Animas Valley Elementary as school is in session Friday am.   Please do not park on Hwy 550   We suggest warm clothes, tennis shoes or boots, no flip flops or sandals   No dogs allowed on the launch field. No smoking on the launch field. Please remember all events are weather permitting.
'The Wonder of the Wild' with Edward Aldrich - Exhibition
10:00am / Sorrel Sky Gallery
The "centralized" wildlife portraits of Edward Aldrich provide a window into a world that most will never experience firsthand. He invites us to contemplate that world, acquainting ourselves with the wonder of the wild. "While I'm painting, I can recall the original experience that my composition is based on, letting that energy and my love for that animal hopefully inspire the viewer." The show continues virtually, and through October 31.
Biketoberfest
10:00am / Durango Harley-Davidson Back Patio
Come check out the pre-owned motorcycle specials and enjoy brats and beer on the back patio!
Wild Bitters Workshop
10:00am / Basecamp Durango
Move over, orange bitters, it's time to get wild! This isn't your garden variety bitters class. We're getting wild with local roots, leaves, berries, and mushrooms in this hands-on workshop. Sample wild botanical bitters, simple syrups, and blends that can be used for cocktails, mocktails, and cooking. Make 2 extracts to take home, and learn medicinal uses and folklore for each featured botanical. We'll also get into a short history of bitters. $45. Space is limited.
Winter Job Fair
10:00am / Purgatory Sports Downtown
Do you see yourself working in a dynamic environment with like-minded people who love the outdoors? Join the Purgatory Resort family! Meet hiring managers and explore various positions and departments at the Purgatory Winter Job Fair
Cindy Coleman Pastel Paintings Art Show
11:00am / Animas Chocolate & Coffee Company
New pastel paintings by Cindy Coleman; original paintings and note cards for sale. ACC hours: Wed-Sat, 11am-7pm
Skyhawks Football
12:00pm / Ray Dennison Memorial Field
Homecoming! Skyhawks vs Mesa University
Fall Ceramic Painting!
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Join us for a ceramic painting class! Customize a cup, plate, or bowl of your choice!   Create a personalized gift or vessel to for the colder months coming soon!   Classes are being held Oct. 7th - Oct. 28!   **Mask & Vaccination Required Event**   $25.00 Per Participant
Fall Ceramic Painting!
2:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Join us for a ceramic painting class! Customize a cup, plate, or bowl of your choice!   Create a personalized gift or vessel to for the colder months coming soon!   Classes are being held Oct. 7th - Oct. 28!   **Mask & Vaccination Required Event**   $25.00 Per Participant
Fall Ceramic Painting!
4:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Join us for a ceramic painting class! Customize a cup, plate, or bowl of your choice!   Create a personalized gift or vessel to for the colder months coming soon!   Classes are being held Oct. 7th - Oct. 28!   **Mask & Vaccination Required Event**   $25.00 Per Participant
Live music with the Jack Ellis Band
5:00pm / Fur Trappers Steakhouse and Bar
Live music out on the patio along with great food and drink specials all night long. Make sure to reserve your table!
1st Annual Balls N Bling
6:30pm / The Billy Goat Saloon
Who needs an adult night?!?   This is for adults 21 and older only and will be a great opportunity to hang out and win prizes!!    We invite all to come, relax, and support the Bayfield Men's and Women's soccer programs!    Tickets include a complimentary drink, food, and a drawing entry.   Take part in the silent auction!   Bid in the live auction!   Enter to win a Jim Rey Metal Print ($1200 value) as well as other amazing prizes. Entries may be purchased for $5 each!   Tickets to the event are $25 each or two for $40. Purchase your event tickets at www.tinyurl.com/ballsnbling and drawing entries online atwww.tinyurl.com/ballsnblingdrawing or by contacting your favorite player or Coach!    Helping teams does not always have to be for players only. It's time the adults in the community treat themselves!
Merely Players present Men on Boats
7:00pm / Merely Underground
Merely Players presents Men on Boats  A Grand Canyon Adventure by Jacklyn Backhaus   Tickets $30
11th Annual 10 Minute Play Festival
7:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's back! BUT…it's different.   Due to COVID-19, we were unable to produce our 5 winning plays in 2020. They are included in our 2021 performances, so we get two years of winning plays in one show!    All's Will That Ends Will by Barry Wood (Lincolnshire, UK)  The Booth by Stephen Olson (Reseda, CA)  The Colonoscopy and Its Many Teachings by Greg Beattie (Lafayette, CA)  The Deal by Mike McGeever (Bloomingdale, IL)  The Last Deck Chair in the Resort by Lindsey Brown (Auckland, New Zealand)  Let's Talk Sex by Robin Rice (New York, NY)  Schadenfreude Doesn't Become You, Babe by Shawn Samuelson Henry (Davidson, NC) 
Animas Valley Drive By Balloon Glow
7:00pm / Animas Valley Balloon Rally
Animas Valley Balloon Glow sponsored by Dalton Ranch Country Club will highlight balloons glowing along the Animas Valley. This is a Drive by event and will start at the Hermosa Meadow Launch Field, continuing on to, Aspen Glade, Red Rock Ranch, The Cottonwoods, Dalton Ranch and PJ’S Market at Trimble Crossing!! Pilots will start setting up and begin glowing at approximately at 7:00PM.
Native American Stories for All Ages
7:30pm / Fort Lewis College Theatre Mainstage
Fort Lewis College celebrates Native American theatre! FLC Theatre will perform 3 short plays exploring cultural traditions, origin stories, heritage, and belonging. All 3 plays are written and directed by Native Americans. In Wild Horses, a 12-year-old Tongva Native American girl from LA takes a fantastic journey, through the use of puppetry and imaginative characterizations, into her city and her family's history. Chief Tender-Foot has a problem… his feet! Is there a solution to his problem? Can 2 wily bison out-wit Buffalo Bill Cody? Find out in Buffalo Tricks.    Go to fortlewis.edu/theatre for more information. For tickets, go to www.durangoconcerts.com
San Juan Symphony Presents Two First Symphonies
7:30pm / Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
We're kicking off our 2021-22 season "Sound of Resilience" with music by Edward Elgar, Adolphius Hailstork, and Ludwig van Beethoven.    In-person and online tickets are available.
Liver Down the River & The Buzz
9:00pm / Animas City Theatre
Liver Down the River  From the high mountain river-valley of Durango Colorado comes a six piece funk-adelic-grass band called Liver Down The River. The group has their roots in countless river floats, campfires, late night picking, and Colorado living. Since it's creation in 2012, the band has strived to have nothing but a good time. Their unique sound and high energy performances have lead them to share the stage with the likes of the Kitchen Dwellers, Head for the Hills, Gipsy Moon, WhiteWater Ramble, Tony Furtado, and Bill Nershi to name a few.   The band got it's start in 2012 when Patrick Storen and Emily Winter met and started playing music together. A few common fiddle tunes and Grateful Dead numbers later, the two were ready to perform. Searching for the missing link, they enlisted the help of funk master and bass player Derek Abt. In time, young "river ridin' flat-pickin" Dylan Ruckel joined on guitar and vocals. With the addition of drummer Carter Colia and banjo/keys and vocalist Tyler Rice, Liver Down the River was formed.   The music is a blend of original compositions and improvisational journeys that paint a picture for the listener. Each member brings their own inspirations and elements to the sound. From the high peaks of bluegrass, deepest pockets of the funk, and outer reaches of space, a unique genre of music is created. Inspiration comes from the band's collective adventures, lessons of growing older, the following of the soul, and the ability to keep on moving on.   The Buzz  The quintet, formed in Longmont, CO, is comprised of Methiah Miller (bass, vocals), Jason Flinn (guitar, vocals), Stephen Hardt (keys, organ), Carter Burgess (guitar), and Tom Nelson (drums). The Buzz is a gradual accumulation of like-minded artists with a common goal: to create an experience that "moves" the listener in one way or another, and to share that experience with as many people as possible, as a collective.   The Buzz has grown to find Denver as a second home frequenting Your Moms House and headlining Globe Hall as well as Moe's Original BBQ on South Broadway. In the spring of 2021, they also had the opportunity to show Telluride, Colorado their stuff outside of the Sheridan Opera House. The Buzz has been featured on Denver area stream Camera Jams, Flower Hour Podcast, and Longmont endeavor Can You Dig It podcast.   In December of 2020 the band put the final touches on its debut LP "Release the Bees" featuring re-recorded tracks from their debut EP as well as newer tunes. It also features a violin sit in from band friend Alex Tocco of Ghost Town Drifters. The album was recorded at The Keep studio in Denver. This album dropped in February of 2021.   Immediately following the album announcement the band was happy to welcome new drummer Tom Nelson to the band. Individually, the
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