Events on this Day

 Friday, March 17th
Envisioning a Changing DurangoScape
8:00am / Durango Botanic Gardens
An on-line and in-person event demonstrating how your own yard, garden, and landscapes can change to adapt to or even to mitigate changing climate conditions. March 1-31 view 8 recorded presentations by leading horticultural experts. On March 16 listen to Colorado's most prominent horticulturist, Panayoti Kelaidis, director of outreach and senior curator of Denver Botanic Gardens present "Rethinking the Durangoscape: What will it take to honor our setting?"   Check out the unique website at for more information on the speakers. Tickets available on-line NOW!
St. Patricks Day Express Send Off
8:30am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The Kitchen Jam Band continues its tradition of sending "The Train Gang" up to Cascade on the Shamrock Express. Join the gang as they play at the station before boarding and then at Cascade Canyon. The Train Gang 2023 includes Bob Bodhran, Terry Double, Ken Beegles and Ari Sherme
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. We recommend reserving your trip in advance online so that you have the best chance of securing your preferred seating.
Shamrock Express
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Time to get your Irish on! Come join us on the Shamrock Express bound for Cascade Canyon deep in the San Juan National Forest!   Special St. Patrick's Day decor will be displayed throughout the train for this day's journey.   A special selection of Guinness will be available for purchase in first class cars and will also be available for purchase in the concession car.   Music will be provided by the local Celtic musicians, the Kitchen Jam Band! They will be playing traditional Irish music on the platform in front of the Depot before departure as well as at Cascade Canyon!   Passengers will have the option of pre-ordering a special St. Patrick's Day boxed lunch for $16. featuring a Special Corned Beef Sandwich in addition to the regular boxed lunches ($15) offered every day.
St. Patricks Day Lunch
11:00am / American Legion Post #28
Join us for a delicious lunch and drinks to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
Whimsical Wonderland Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Winter blues got you down? We have just the thing to turn that frown upside down! Head on over to DAC for a whimsical time in our Whimsical Wonderland Gallery!   Gallery event is free to the public.
16th Annual Bach Festival - Bachs Lunch
12:00pm / St. Marks Episcopal Church
Bach’s Lunch is a half-hour recital at noon, followed by lunch catered by Manna Soup Kitchen in the Parish Hall. Meet the musicians, enjoy lunch, and mingle with other Bach lovers.   Pay at the door. Concert: $10. Concert & Lunch: $20. Or save the hassle and purchase a festival pass, which includes all concerts and lunches.
Kids n Creativity
1:00pm / Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center
Dancing Spirit offers a weekly art class for kids in grades 1-5. Each class includes music & movement, arts & crafts and games. $75 per month (4 classes) or $25 per day for a drop-in. (Drop-ins, please call ahead so we are prepared with materials and snacks.)
Speaker Series: Heather Robertson
1:00pm / Center for Innovation
We'll discuss the importance of resilience in leading and well-being as they relate to your business growth. You cultivate your business resilience by noticing where you are being asked to stretch, motivate or integrate change. Through this pathway, stalling in your business will become a distant memory, and growth will become a daily occurrence.   *Workbook included and 1-1 time with Heather during the workshop.
St. Patricks Day Snowboard Giveaway
3:00pm / The Bear Bar at Purgatory
Have you got the luck of the Irish!? Find out as we celebrate the jolly green holiday at the Bear Bar with Ska Brewing and Venture Snowboards! Attendees can be entered to win a brand new Ska themed board to flaunt out on the mountain! The winner will be drawn toward the end of the event. 3-4pm
Final Fanny Pack Friday
3:00pm / The Nugget Mountain Bar
The Final Fanny Pack Friday of is happening on St. Patrick's Day!
Pots And Pints - Ceramic Hand-Building Happy Hour - Ceramic Leprechauns
4:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Come get your hands dirty as you create a unique Ceramic Leprechaun! We will mix creativity with pleasure as we unwind from a busy week, enjoy happy hour drinks, spend time with community artists, and most importantly hand-build a Ceramic Leprechaun. By the end of the evening, your piece will be ready for glazing. You will select a glaze that will be applied to your ceramic piece when fired. Look for an email telling you when your piece is ready for pick-up and use. (about 16 days) Let the fun begin!  $30.00 Per Participant
St. Patricks Day
5:00pm / Ska Brewing World HQ
Join us for a St. Patrick's Day celebration with $5 pints of Modus and live music from local Celtic band, Patrick Crossing.
St. Patricks traditional gig at the Winery
5:00pm / Four Leaves Winery
After a day on the train The Kitchen Jam Band will spend a few hours playing at the Four Leaves Winery from 5:00 - 7:00. We thank Dean Fagner for welcoming us in. While it's hard to predict exactly what will happen - sometimes there's dancing dinosaurs and sometimes there's a really great dancer, there's always good wine, conversation and music!
River Spell Live
6:00pm / 11th Street Station
River Spell is a Colorado-based folk/rock jam band that delivers heartfelt songwriting and extended improvisation.
Merely Players presents The Lifespan of a Fact
7:00pm / Merely Underground
Merely Players presents A Funny and Compelling Play    Tickets: $30
St. Patricks Day with live music from Ben Gibson
7:00pm / American Legion Post #28
Join us for a rock n roll celebration of St. Patricks Day!  Doors open at 6:30  Tickets only $10
Reefer Madness: The Musical
7:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Book by Kevin Murphy & Dan Studney  Music by Dan Studney  Lyrics by Kevin Murphy   Originally directed by ANDY FICKMAN and produced by STEPHANIE STEELE for DEAD OLD MAN PRODUCTIONS   Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence.   House opens 30 minutes before listed show time.    REEFER MADNESS is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.
St. Patricks Day bash
8:00pm / El Rancho Tavern
DJ Seth Bass joins us this Friday night for our big St. Patrick's Day bash. Come party with us!
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