Events on this Day

 Friday, May 12th
BIDs Coffee and Conversation Meeting
8:30am / TBK Bank Community Room
BID holds a monthly meeting for business owners on the 2nd Friday of every month from 8:30 to 9:30 am at TBK Bank. The agendas for these meetings will be posted below a few days before the meeting date.    Check website for the agenda and meeting dates    Meeting dates subject to change, contact Tim Walsworth at with any questions.
Silverton Summer Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
9:00am, Three times daily are available!   For a truly unforgettable step back in time, enjoy a leisurely trip to yesteryear riding 3 1/2 hours each way on this train while spending a nearly 2 hour layover 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 trains on this 45-mile branch of the original Denver & Rio Grande Railway since 1882. Much of the scenery remains unchanged since those historic days. There's no cell service or Wi-Fi throughout the Animas Canyon 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.   Departing from the Durango Depot, this unforgettable trip takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River on your way to the historic mining town of Silverton.   On all of these train excursions, you will experience the iconic Horseshoe Curve, High Bridge and all of the Animas River Gorge including all of the spectacular views from the High Line. These trains include a concession car with a variety of snacks and drinks available for purchase.   Skyway Tour (bus/train or train/bus) service options are available for the 2023 Silverton summer season excursions. See website for details.    Visit our website for train fares.
Red Shirt Friday
11:00am / VFW Post 4031
Red Shirt Fridays show that you Support Our Troops. RED stands for Remember Everyone Deployed. There are 160,000 men and women in our armed services who are deployed somewhere in the world. 1/3 of the Navy service members are deployed at any time. Red shirts are available at or at VFW Post 4031. Red Shirt Fridays are particularly pertinent during May during which Memorial Day is celebrated.
Art Inspired By Nature Exhibit
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Introducing Art Inspired by Nature by the Through the Looking Glass Collective. An exquisite art exhibit that celebrates the beauty of the natural world through the eyes of talented artists.   Come and immerse yourself in a world of color, texture, and movement, as you explore an awe-inspiring collection of artworks that draw inspiration from the breathtaking landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, and the ever-changing seasons of the nature of Colorado.   Gallery event is free to the public.
Opening Reception & Exhibition: Anticipation - Two -Person Show with Bryce Pettit & Elsa Sroka
5:00pm / Sorrel Sky Gallery
During Durango's Spring Gallery Walk, Sorrel Sky will be featuring the sculptures of Bryce Pettit and paintings of Elsa Sroka. While both artists feature domestic and wild animals in their work, the setting and context reflect a distinct individualism. Bryce keeps his pieces reductive in style. "I try to pare each piece down to the minimum necessary to tell the story." Elsa enjoys the playful nature of her images. "If it makes me smile…I know it's right." The exhibition will continue through May 31.
Durango Gallery Walk
5:00pm / Durango Art Galleries
12 Galleries welcome locals and visitors to their annual Spring Gallery Walk. Join us for a social evening of great art and live music. Come celebrate Spring with your friends and neighbors.
Toh-Atin Gallery Spring Gallery Walk Show
5:00pm / Toh-Atin Gallery
We have some fabulous new Navajo rugs in the gallery and want you to see them. An award winning Storm Pattern hangs in the gallery along with an authentic Chief's blanket from the late 1800's. Come see these beauties!   Enjoy live music from The Assortment (their first public performances in ages)!
Thee Fearless Peasants at Durango Craft Spirits
5:00pm / Durango Craft Spirits
Enjoy a local cocktail on the patio of Durango Craft Spirits and let Thee Fearless Peasants take you on a musical journey from Bluegrass to Punk Rock!
Live music with local musicians
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium & Diamond Belle Saloon
Come enjoy some old west entertainment with live music daily!
Merely Players presents 'Bright Star'
7:00pm / Merely Underground
Merely Players presents Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's Stunning Bluegrass Musical Bright Star   Tickets $25 - 35
3rd Ave. Arts presents woodwind trio "Windswept"
7:00pm / St. Marks Episcopal Church
Back by popular demand! Rochelle Mann, flute; Rebecca Ray, oboe; Denise Reig Turner, bassoon, present a wide variety of music for woodwind trio, including contemporary works by Daniel Davis, Gary Schocker, and Stella Sung.
Peter Pan
7:00pm / St. Columba School Gym
St. Columba Middle School presents:   Peter Pan  By J.M. Barrie*  Adapted by Craig Sodaro*  Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado*   Reservations are free and all donations gratefully accepted.   Join Wendy, John, and Michael Darling as they take a leap from their window ledge into an adventure with Peter Pan! They will befriend Lost Boys and battle bumbling pirates led by the nefarious Captain Hook. Along the way they will ponder the value of mothers, manners, and growing up. Join us for a delightful sojourn in the world of the eternal child!
Grand Opening | Elder Grown in Concert
8:00pm / The Light Box at Stillwater Music
Introducing Durango's newest performing arts venue: THE LIGHT BOX at Stillwater Music! Occupying the old Katzin Music space, Stillwater launched a vision for this venue over 5 years ago. This 2,000 square foot multipurpose venue features flexible seating, a moveable and configurable stage, and a sprung floor.   Construction is finally concluded and we are officially opening our doors on May 12th with a performance by ELDER GROWN! From the first song to the fourth hour, Elder Grown encourages you to break down your idea of genre and tempo with your hips and heartbeat. A personal Pandora station, Elder Grown rollercoasters listeners through seamless, rule-breaking sound. Switching instruments mid-song, you never know who is going to sing or play what next. Join Elder Grown and journey into the unrecognizable familiar.   Join us for this show as Elder Grown ushers in a new era of performing arts at The Light Box at Stillwater Music!   Limited Tickets  All ages | cash bar
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