Events on this Day

 Saturday, November 19th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
White Fir Christmas Tree Cutting: Volunteers Needed
8:00am / Junction Creek Rd
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! It's that time of year - SJMA needs 70 volunteers to help cut, carry, net and haul white firs for SJMA's Christmas Trees for Conservation lot. This fun activity will be taking place along Junction Creek Road.   Why? The Christmas Trees for Conservation provides significant support for our conservation education and stewardship programs! SJMA harvests white firs to assist the San Juan National Forest in wildfire mitigation as the young fir trees act as ladder fuel. We sell the local White Firs along with commercially-grown Balsam firs at the Narrow Gauge parking lot. The Christmas tree lot opens on Friday, November 25. Join us for this historically fun community event!
Opening Day POWDER(ed) Pancakes at the Lift
8:00am / Purgatory Village Express Lift
Free pancakes with "POWDER"ed sugar and syrup, cooked on a griddle right at the lift to kick off the season.
Methodist United Women in Faith Craft Bazaar
8:00am / Summit Church
You're invited to The Methodist United Women in Faith Bazaar! A huge thank you to volunteers and supporters for the past 49 years! We will have crafts from vendors, handmade crafts from our Crafty Ladies, homemade baked goods, Trash to Treasures, and plants.
Durango Farmers November Harvest Market
9:00am / TBK Bank Parking Lot
Our only market in November! Be sure to come down and get all your ingredients for those special holiday meals! Many of our regular season vendors will be there, plus we will be adding in some new vendors for this special market!   Squash, onions, microgreens, eggs, meats, special seasonal products! Get a jump on your holiday shopping as well with our local artisans and their high-quality hand-crafted items made from our own corner of the world!
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Artisan Holiday Gift Show & Sale
9:00am / Strater Hotel Oak Room
An eclectic blend of hand-crafted work by local artisans.
Handmade Gift Giving Workshop
10:00am / Durango Arts Center
Join us for a relaxing Saturday of art, with experienced teachers to give you guidance along the way.   Weaving, pottery, glass fusion and painting!
Dancing Spirit Gallery Grand Opening
10:00am / Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center
Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center is excited to invite you to the grand opening of the Blue Gallery! Please join us! Enjoy a cup of cider or cocoa and a cookie while you browse our selection of locally crafted gifts and unique works of art and get an entry for door prize drawings just for stopping by!   Questions or comments, call 970-563-4600, email or visit us online at
Free Truffle Day!
11:00am / Animas Chocolate & Coffee Co.
To say thank you for another great year, and to officially kick off the holidays, we'll be celebrating Free Truffle Day all day!   Join us all day to try your choice of one of our handcrafted truffles -- for free! Plus, Free Truffle Day marks the return of our special holiday truffle: Cinnamon Pass Swirl. We look forward to seeing you!   *Please note, Free Truffle Day is limited to one free truffle per guest.
New Belgium Party & Giveaway
3:00pm / The Bear Bar & Grille
Join us at the Bear Bar for a celebration and giveaway to kick off the season with New Belgium Brewing! Enjoy some refreshing brews and get raffle tickets to win a New Belgium Cruiser! Anyone who shows up can get a raffle ticket.Drawing will occur toward the end of the event. Cheers!
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Experience the magic this holiday season! Join us for a truly magical recreation of the classic holiday story, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. Climb aboard a vintage steam train as it departs our Durango Depot for the North Pole to pick up Santa Claus himself. Upon arriving at our depot, you'll be immersed in the story as our chefs serve you hot chocolates and sweet treats while the conductor recites a reading from the Polar Express book. After arriving at the North Pole, you'll enjoy an incredible light show set to holiday music. On the return trip to Durango, Santa will visit each coach and hand out the first gift of Christmas to each passenger. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:25pm.
Live Music
5:00pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Live Music
5:00pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Salsa Dance night
6:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Salsa dancing and instruction
24-Hour Theater
7:00pm / Durango Arts Center
We're taking eight plays from blank page to on stage in 24 hours. Join us for a whirlwind theatre experience and see what magic can be created by our talented folks in just 24 hours.
Merely Players presents The Half-Life of Marie Curie
7:00pm / Merely Underground
The true story of two extraordinary women by Lauren Gunderson   Tickets $30
A Circus Nutcracker
7:00pm / La Plata County Fairgrounds
Durango Aerial Arts & Acrobatics, home to The Durango Circus is bringing you 'A Circus Nutcracker'. Got your tickets yet? Don't miss our one-of-a-kind adaptation targeted for ALL AGES!
San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestra
7:00pm / Community Concert Hall at FLC
Come support the young musicians in our community!
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