Events on this Day

 Friday, March 3rd
Cutest Kids Contest
8:00am / Allison Ragsdale Photography
Please join us for the 17th annual Cutest Kids Contest! $40 entry fee includes a 15 minute session (March 1-11, 2023) in Allison Ragsdale Photography's one-of-a-kind "Daydreamer" studio set and a $50 credit toward ordering portraits and entry into the contest to win up to $1500 toward a portrait session of your choice!    Sign up at
Envisioning a Changing DurangoScape All Week
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!
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.
18th Annual Durango Independent Film Festival
9:00am / Various Venues
Bringing a community together with independent filmmakers for the unique opportunity to experience and discuss global, innovative, and diverse films
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.
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.)
Alpenglow Snowshoe + Charcuterie
3:00pm / Purgatory Village Express Lift
Take your aprés ski to new heights with a sunset snowshoe tour, appetizers, and libations at the Powderhouse. Meet at Guest Services at 3:00pm and enjoy a scenic chairlift ride up the mountain followed by a scenic snowshoe tour. Make a stop at the Powderhouse for a deliciously crafted snack before snowshoeing back down to the base area.
Dog Man Day
3:30pm / Durango Public Library
Celebrate Dav Pilkey's popular Dog Man series with crafts & games! Ages 5-12.
First Friday Art Crawl
4:00pm / The ArtRoom Collective at the Smiley Building
The ArtRoom Collective First Friday Art Crawl! Come talk with local artists, be inspired by creative work, or buy a local, handcrafted item for yourself or for someone special! The Smiley Cafe will be open for a warm beverage, lunch or a treat, and live music will accompany the evening.   March's featured artist is Emily Lloyd of Violet Mae Upholstery! Emily, owner and vintage furniture curator, saves vintage furniture one piece at a time by finding new life for discarded, heirloom, and consignment furniture finds new life. Emily specializes in reimagining and reupholstering used couches, chairs, ottomans, cushions, pillows, headboards, and more. On March 3 around 5:30pm, she'll demonstrate reupholstering a vintage footstool with vibrant new fabric. Learn more about Emily's work at   See creation in action! The ArtRoom Collective is Durango's working studio gallery where 22 artists, jewelers, potters, leather crafters and others create and sell their handmade goods. Monthly First Friday Art Crawls at The ArtRoom Collective feature artist spotlights with demonstrations to teach and inspire.   The ArtRoom Collective at The Smiley is a diverse, working studio gallery where artists create, collaborate and share their passion with the community.
The Sweet Lillies
4:00pm / Ski Beach at Purgatory Resort
Join us as we celebrate our favorite season with Helluva Weekend! We are so thrilled to welcome the Sweet Lillies to perform FREE live music in the beach area on Friday, March 3rd! The Sweet Lillies' music is, first and foremost, heartfelt and collaborative. Those defining traits are given life by the trio of musicians who make up the Lillies, Julie Gussaroff, Becca Bisque, and Dustin Rohleder, who have combined their individual strengths together to deliver powerful narratives of life in song. With their acoustic string-band lineup of guitar, viola, and upright bass given flight by ethereal, vocal harmonies that float like a dream, the Sweet Lillies' music has an old-time soul with a forward-looking eye.    Since forming in 2013 the Sweet Lillies have released three albums: 2016's self-titled release, and 2018's A Lighter Hue produced by Leftover Salmon's Vince Herman. Their latest album, Common Ground, produced by Railroad Earth's Tim Carbone, was released last year.
Meet the Filmmakers Party
6:00pm / The Oxford
Meet the visiting filmmakers of the Durango Independent Film Festival! Free and open to the public. Light appetizers provided. Cash bar.
Balloon Glow
6:00pm / The Village Plaza at Purgatory Resort
Join us to watch the glow of a hot air balloon on the village plaza as the evening descends upon the lovely San Juans! Guests can experience the Balloon Glow up close and personal and will have the opportunity to take photos with the balloon. This is a great event for families!
FLC Alumni Night at Denver Nuggets
6:30pm / Brooklyns at Ball Arena
Join fellow FLC alumni for a social hour before the Nuggets game. Alumni will enjoy discounted tickets to the Nuggets game.
An Evening with Alex Paul
7:00pm / The iNDIGO Room
Doors: 6:30pm  Show: 7pm-8:30pm  $20 Pre-Sale/ $22 Day of Show   Alex is a Southwest Colorado-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a playful, insightful approach to music and composition. Born and raised in Colorado, his musical stylings reflect his approach to creating a vibrant, positive, and downright silly existence.   He's been performing solo and with a number of band projects throughout the Western United States for the last decade. His most recent endeavor is the Americana Roots quartet, Birds of Play, formed after his narrow victory in the 2018 Blues Challenge at the Telluride Blues and Brews Fest.
UUFD Recital Series
7:00pm / Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango
UUFD Recital Series featuring Wesley Dunnagan, tenor and Marilyn Garst, piano. Tickets available at Door!  $20 adults $8 students
20MOONS presents 'When to Hold On'
7:00pm / Stillwater Music
20MOONS dance theater presents, "When to Hold on", featuring original dance, movement, text and music based on seeds that took root and sprouted in our October 2022 collaboration with 7 local visual artists, "Boxes Branches and Thread".   This brand new evening-length performance explores change manifesting through time, space and the relationship between bodies.   Produced in the Stillwater Music performance venue, the audience is invited to shift perspectives literally and figuratively; to join us on a journey through memory, lineage, and the phases of relationship to self, other and the world; to come in one way and go out changed.
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