Events on this Day

 Thursday, May 4th
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
This unforgettable roundtrip excursion departs from Durango and journeys to Cascade Canyon offering magnificent views of the Animas River and the snowclad peaks of the Rocky Mountains of southwest Colorado. 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.    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. All trains have a concession car with a variety of snacks and drinks available for purchase.    Boxed Lunches are available for pre-order. You can place your order during the booking process when you are reserving your trip. You may also call reservations at 1-888-872-4607 to order your selection.   Departure/Arrival Times  Durango Departure: 9:15am  Cascade Canyon Arrival: 11:15am  Cascade Canyon Departure: 12:15pm  Durango Arrival: 2:30pm   Presidential Class:  Cinco Animas 21+ $179*  Alamosa 21+ $179*   First Class:  Knight Sky (All Ages) $159*  Prospector (All Ages) $154*  Yankee Girl (21+) $154*  Red Mountain (All Ages) $154*   Deluxe Class:  San Juan - Adult $124* Child $93*   Standard Class:  Coach (All Ages)   Adult $84*   Child $54*   *Fares subject to 8% historic preservation fee  Adults (ages 12+) Child (ages 4-11)   Children under the age of 4 ride FREE if not occupying a seat. Schedule and fares subject to change.
San Juan Science Ramblers
3:00pm / Local public lands and trails
Join SJMA's San Juan Science Ramblers for our after-school program. Students will learn about environmental science topics while making friendships and hiking at local trails.    Sessions run on Tuesdays and Thursdays in April and May   Learn more and register at:
Ska-BQ Returns with High Country Hustle!
5:00pm / Ska Brewing World HQ
Ska-BQ Returns with live music by High Country Hustle! Join us in the beer garden for food and beer specials and live music on the outdoor stage. Every Thursday throughout the summer!
Live music with local musicians
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium & Diamond Belle Saloon
Come enjoy some old west entertainment with live music daily!
Author Event & Book Signing: Anne Hillerman "The Way of the Bear"
6:00pm / Maria's Bookshop
Fossil harvesting, ancient lore, greed, rejected love and murder combine in this gripping new installment of New York Times bestselling author Anne Hillerman's Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito series.   An unexpected death on a lonely road outside of Utah's Bears Ears National Park raises questions for Navajo Tribal Police officers Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito. Why would a seasoned outdoorsman and well-known paleontologist freeze to death within walking distance of his car? A second death brings more turmoil. Who is the unidentified man killed during a home invasion where nothing seems to have been taken? Why was he murdered?   The Bears Ears area, at the edge of the Navajo Nation, is celebrated for its abundance of early human habitation sites and the discovery of unique fossils which revolutionized the scientific view of how early animals dealt with their changing world. For Chee and Bernie, the area glows with geological interest and spiritual insight. But their visit to this achingly beautiful place is disrupted by a current of unprecedented violence that sweeps them both into danger.   An illicit business, a fossilized jaw bone, hints of witchcraft, and a mysterious disappearance during a blizzard and to the peril. It will take all of Manuelito's and Chee's experience, skill, and intuition to navigate the threats that arise beneath the twin buttes that give Bears Ears its name and to see justice served.   ANNE HILLERMAN is the bestselling author of the Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito series. The Sacred Bridge is her seventh novel in the series, which was created by her father, Tony Hillerman. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she is at work on her next novel.
Jeff Solon Jazz Duo
6:00pm / Lola's Place
Come enjoy live Jazz on the Patio!
Noxious Weed Workshop
6:00pm / La Plata County Fairgrounds and Event Center
Know your enemy!   Early detection, rapid response!  Learn how to identify weeds before they get out of control and successfully use integrated weed management techniques. There will be a slideshow presentation with real plant samples.
Trivia Night
6:30pm / The Powerhouse
Join us inside The Powerhouse exhibit gallery for Trivia night every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Our trivia includes four rounds- general trivia, science, pictures, and music. Bar open for drink purchases.
First Thursdays Songwriter Night
7:00pm / The iNDIGO Room
1/monthly Songwriter's Series is a showcase of talented, seasoned songwriters in our region in an intimate setting. Each songwriter will showcase two original pieces with professional sound. Located inside of The iAM MUSIC Institue on our iNDIGO Room stage!   Suggested donation, audiences of all ages are welcome. Must be 21+ to purchase alcohol.   Note to songwriters: We book 2 months in advance   *This is not a student event   To be considered for our monthly lineup, please send a message to
DHS Troupe 1096 Presents 'Little Shop of Horrors'
7:00pm / Durango High School Auditorium
A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.   The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!
The High Hawks featuring Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) Chad Staehly (Hard Working Americans),
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
Animas City Theatre PresentsThe High Hawks featuring Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) Chad Staehly (Hard Working Americans), Adam Greuel (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades), Brian Adams (DeadPhish Orchestra) and Will Trask (Great American Taxi)  21+ / $30   The word supergroup gets overused to describe side musical projects, but it's apt and well-earned when it comes to The High Hawks. With nearly 150 years of collective touring and playing between them, Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth, Blue Sparks From Hell), Chad Staehly (Hard Working Americans), Adam Greuel (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades), Brian Adams (DeadPhish Orchestra) and Will Trask (Great American Taxi) have maintained a generation-spanning presence at the forefront of the roots music scene for over two decades   But talk to the band members, and you'll find that their reasons for getting together were much more down to earth.   "Sometimes you meet somebody and you hit it off, and you feel like, 'Man, I don't want to just look at the cover, I want to read that book,'" says guitarist Adam Greuel with a laugh. "It's a tight-knit music community in our Americana-bluegrass-jam band world. Over the years, we all kept bumping into one another and realizing there was a deep sense of fellowship and kindred spirit. The main impetus to form The High Hawks was really a curiosity about one another, both musically and personally. This band came out of a yearning to hang out."   "And the reason I think it worked so well is that we'd known each other for so long," agrees multi-instrumentalist fiddler Tim Carbone. "I've sat in with Adam's band. I produced two Great American Taxi records. I've worked with Chad in super creative situations. I've known the guys in Leftover Salmon for over twenty years. It's one big happy family. It's kind of the perfect situation. You have a group of guys who know and love each other. And oh yeah, by the way, we get to play these cool original songs too."   But two years ago, when they first convened at guitarist-singer Vince Herman's house in the Rockies, there was no clear road map for where they might go. Greuel says, "We had a run of shows booked in Colorado, and we didn't know what kind of music we were really going to make. Everybody brought a few song ideas along. It was two days before our first show, and that's when a lot of the songs came together and our whole vibe as a band came together. We have shared influences, shared musical vocabulary, but even with that, there was a kind of telepathy that was like, 'Holy moly, not only should we be playing some shows, but let's cut a record too!'"
8:00pm / The iNDIGO Room
iAM MUSIC Fest! kicks off with a bang! Get ready to immerse yourself in a weekend of incredible independent music across multiple stages, 13 incredible artist booths, and amazing circus performers!
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