Events on this Day

 Friday, May 5th
Opening Day at the Durango BMX!
8:00am / Durango BMX
Oh Ya Ya Ya! Grab your bike and tell your friends it's time to go racing. We can't wait to see all of you soon!
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.
Narrow Gauge Day
11:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Depot
We'll kick off summer with the annual FREE PICNIC and community celebration at the Durango depot. Our volunteer staff will be grilling hot dogs for members of the community. Enjoy a hot dog, chips, cookie and soda while jamming to the Bar-D Wranglers who will be performing on the lawn in front of the depot. Also, be sure to check out the Animas River Display featuring a 600 gallon aquarium currently stocked with rainbow trout.   Interesting railroad equipment will be on display including the Galloping Goose** and select cars from the Presidential Train. Tours will be available and we invite you to visit the free D&SNG Railroad Museum where new exhibits are added regularly. The model train is beloved by kids of all ages and is continually receiving enhancements.    Silverton summer train season begins May 6.
Narrow Gauge Day - Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose #5 Excursion
11:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Join us on Narrow Gauge Day (May 5) when the Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose #5 will offer one hour train excursions from the Durango Depot (MP 451.52) to Event Park (MP 456.65).   Two departure times are available at 11:15am and 12:30pm.   May 5- Roundtrip Durango Depot to Event Park Excursions  Departure Times: 11:15am/12:30pm  Fares: $30*  * plus 8% historic preservation fee
The ArtRoom Collective First Friday Art Crawl
4:00pm / Smiley Building
May’s Featured Artist is Theresa Fagundes of fiber&glaze. On May 5 at 5:30pm, she'll demonstrate ceramic techniques and design. Take a look at her beautiful work on her website: The ArtRoom Collective at The Smiley is a diverse, working studio gallery where artists create, collaborate and share their passion with the community. 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. Come talk with local artists, be inspired by creative work, or buy a local, handcrafted item for yourself or a special someone to celebrate Spring! The Smiley Cafe will be open for a warm beverage, glass of wine or a treat, and live music will accompany the evening.   The ArtRoom Collective at The Smiley is a diverse, working studio gallery where artists create, collaborate and share their passion with the community. 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.
Cinco de Mayo
4:00pm / Zia Cantina
Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us! Enjoy $5 margaritas, $5 draft beers, and $5 food specials. As if that wasn't enough, we're also bringing in the talented DJ Euphoria to provide top-notch entertainment throughout the night. Don't miss out on the fun!
Durango First Friday
4:00pm / Downtown Durango
Art crawl with local goods, food, culture, and music.  Hosted by Local First, Durango Creative District, and ArtRoom Collective   Durango First Friday is a celebration of all things local in our incredible mountain town- art and music, culture, unique goods, real food, movement makers, and our amazing community! Free and open to the public, this self guided, monthly event will take place rain or shine, the First Friday of every month throughout Durango with a focus on main street from north to south!   Businesses of any and all kinds open their doors and their walls to host an artist of their choice and follow a "reception" format- artist info, beverages and/or snacks provided, maybe even a musician- while locals and tourists alike flood the area to socialize, shop, eat, and celebrate the arts in all forms.   Join us every month!
Esencia Nortena
4:00pm / Gazpacho
Live Parking Lot Concert!   Spanish music this Cinco De Mayo!.   No Cover!
MMIR Exhibition Opening Reception
5:00pm / Ignacio Community Library
Join us for the opening prayer, speakers, and potluck at the opening reception of "The Stories We Wear" by FLC Center of Southwest Studies, Recognizing and honoring our missing and murdered indigenous relatives, accompanied by SASO'S "Sing Our Rivers Red" & screening of "Her Silent Voice'', a documentary by Shalina Luna with Barefoot Advocacy Productions in collaboration with Native Love the MMIR Task force of Colorado.  We invite the community to contribute to the potluck. Exhibition runs for the month of May!
Thee Fearless Peasants
5:00pm / Durango Craft Spirits
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Thee Fearless Peasants on the patio of Durango Craft Spirits!
Opening Reception! Art Inspired By Nature Exhibit
5:00pm / 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.
Celebrating 10 Years of iAM Music
5:00pm / Various Venues
Music, Music, Music - check out the website for details, times and locations!
Ladies Night 2.0 - This Ain't Your First Rodeo!
5:30pm / Horse Empower, LLC
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us this Friday night!    Ladies Night 2.0 is for those of you who HAVE PREVIOUSLY attended a Ladies Night at Horse Empower - now known as Ladies Night 1.0. If you loved your first experience, and are yearning for more laughter, more horse time and comradery, we promise you will love LN 2.0 as we head straight in to reconnect with the herd! Georgie and friends will be so excited to see you!   Each month we will have a new and exciting exercise that will have you working with our horses through obstacles and problem-solving exercises that will build on the last, promoting learning, self-discovery and a unique 'girls' night' horse experience you won't forget!   Cost: $85.00 pp, non-refundable, but transferable. Limited to 12 participants. MUST RSVP TO PARTICIPATE!   What to Wear: Dress in layers and wear clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty while horsein' around; closed toed shoes a MUST. The program will take place in our beautiful, bright indoor riding arena. Taco Bar catered by Zia Taqueria & Happy Hour served after your equine experience!
Live music with local musicians
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium & Diamond Belle Saloon
Come enjoy some old west entertainment with live music daily!
Pre-Dandelion Fest Dinner and Presentation
6:00pm / Turtle Cafe Patio
Join us for a special night starting with a wild foods dinner by chef's Katrina Blair and Jon Paasch. Menu includes: fresh tapped Box Elder sweet sap water, local spring watercress soup, curly dock wraps with seed cheese and beet salsa, wild greens salad with a sweet and creamy dressing and fresh honeycomb and bee bread for dessert. Following the meal, Courtney Cosgriff from HoneyBee Herbals out of Rollingsville, Colorado will be speaking on behalf of the Bees in a talk called: "Hum of Creation" - The myth & symbolism of the honeybee & the significance of our relationship to the bees.    Dinner begins at 6:00pm on the patio of the Turtle Cafe and the presentation will follow.
POSTPONED 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
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!
Disneys High School Musical Jr. and Leap Day
7:00pm / Durango Arts Center
The Durango Arts Center is proud to present the Double feature of High School Musical Jr. and Leap Day! Come sing along with these talented kids as they rock your socks off. Believe us when wee say: they have so much fun and so will you!!   Get you tickets before they're sold out!
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