Events on this Day

 Friday, September 15th
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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. There will be up to three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Friday Puppy Party
2:00pm / Parkers Animal Rescue
Join Parker's Animal Rescue for our "Puppy Party"! Come play, snuggle, and socialize with our adoptable pups -- and maybe you'll find one that you just can't live without.   Don't miss out! Make sure to stop by, bring your friends (no personal animals), and find your new furry family member!   Always doublecheck our PAR social media accounts for any potential cancelations.   Learn more about our current adoptables at
Sustainable Durango Mocktail Tasting
4:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Durango Sustainable Goods + Omni Cafe are serving up craft cocktails without the booze (AKA Mocktails!). Enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic mocktail with relaxing adaptogens, fresh basil, mint, lime or lemon.   Curious Elixir Mocktail Menu:   1. Citrus & Radiance  Lingers like the last rays of Venetian Sunshine. Especially good before a fine meal, and perfect for any social gathering where you want a better non-alcoholic option, Curious Elixir No. 4 is our booze-free spin on classic Italian aperitifs like the Aperol Spritz. This Elixir infuses the exotic citrus of blood orange and green mandarin, the light fizz of non-alcoholic prosecco, and the cooling power of American ginseng, turmeric, and holy basil (tulsi). Enjoy in a wine glass, on the rocks, or neat, garnished with an orange slice.   2. Bright & Spicy  Mellow out while your taste buds tap dance. Curious Elixir No. 2 is the spicy lovechild of the pineapple margarita and the Dark & Stormy, 100% booze-free. While citrus, ancho chile, jalapeño, and ginger wake up your taste buds, the ancient Mayan herb damiana will help you unwind. Enjoy on the rocks with a lime wedge and optional sea salt rim.   3. Herbaceous & Floral  If chartreusian monds and auyrvedic masters got together for apre-ski cocktails in the alps. Curious Elixir No. 3 is inspired by modern cocktail classics like the Cucumber Collins—but crafted alcohol-free—then boosted with the power of ashwagandha*, a plant used in Ayurvedic practice for over 5,000 years.* Blending alpine herbs, flowers, cucumber, lemon, and ashwagandha extract (125mg per bottle), Curious Elixir No. 3 was meticulously designed to both please your palate and help you unwind. Best enjoyed over a large cube or neat, garnished with a lemon peel.   *ashwagandha is not advised for pregnant women
DHS Class of 1970 Reunion
4:00pm / Gazpachos Restaurant
Meet and Greet at Gazpachos outside. Classmates from other years are welcome!   Saturday 10 - 4. Bar-b-que and potluck. Elks Camp Ground
Bar D Chuckwagon Suppers
4:30pm / Bar D Chuckwagon Suppers
Old West Cowboy Music Show and Chuckwagon Supper. Durango's favorite family entertainment since 1969. Bar D Wranglers perform in concert after supper with music and songs of old west cowboys, comedy, and lively instrumentals. The show is fun for the whole family.    Activities, shops, and ticketing open at 4:30. Supper is at 6:30. Open Memorial Day Weekend through September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
The Art Galleries of Durango Autumn Gallery Walk
5:00pm / Downtown Durango
Twelve galleries in Downtown Durango, along with the Smiley Building, will host their Annual Autumn Gallery Walk, featuring a variety of art and crafts from hundreds of talented artists, refreshments and live music. This event kicks off a week-end of great art, including the Durango Art Center's Autumn Arts Festival on 2nd Ave, Saturday and Sunday.
Fall Gallery Walk featuring Local Artists
5:00pm / Sorrel Sky Gallery
Sorrel Sky Gallery is spotlighting its local artists during Durango's annual Fall Gallery Walk. Featuring painters Jim Rey and Phyllis Stapler, jeweler Ben Nighhorse, and sculptors Bryce Pettit, Patsy Davis, and Greg Kelsey.
Jody Naranjo: Fall Gallery Walk Artist Demo
5:00pm / Blue Rain Gallery
Join us for a pottery demonstration by Jody Naranjo during the Durango Fall Gallery Walk.
First Rodeo Art Show
5:00pm / Outer Spaze
A group exhibit showcasing all local artists in a new creative space.   featuring work from Jared Reed, Bill Threlkeld, Roger Seliner, Erin Clyne, Channel 37, Nathaniel D. Anderson and More.
Blue Ribbons and Stanton Englehart Highlight Gallery Walk
5:00pm / Toh-Atin Gallery
To a Native American artist, the prestige of winning a ribbon at tribal art shows and being recognized for your work is one of the highest honors you can receive.    For the Spring Gallery Walk, Toh-Atin Gallery will feature a collection of works that have won top honors at the Gallup Ceremonial, the Navajo Nation Fair, The New Mexico State Fair, the Arizona State Fair and the Santa Fe Indian Market.    Some of these ribbons were awarded as long as 40 years ago and many come from this year's Gallup Ceremonial. It is an outstanding selection of award winning work.    In addition, we will be showing a selection of paintings by Stanton Englehart (1931-2009), one of Durango's most revered and respected artists. The former dean of the Art Department at Fort Lewis College, Englehart captured the beauty and nuances of our Southwest landscape and brought it to life in a powerful and spiritual manner.   Many of these paintings have been in storage and will be shown for the first time.
Artist Talk with Joe Schafer
5:30pm / Earthen Vessel Gallery
Earthen Vessel Gallery invites the public to an artist talk featuring local fine artist, Joe Schafer, and curator and arts professional, Bekah Kolbe, who will be interviewing Schafer about his process in the creation of his Southwestern landscapes as well as his unique journey to becoming a fine artist.   As a self-taught artist, Joe flexes into the skills that he learned in the trades, often incorporating unconventional techniques and mediums like stains, dyes, and solvent-based paints. Inspired by the vastness and elegance of the wild landscapes in his own backyard of Southwest Colorado, Joe utilizes the elements to create the rich and unique textures that are signature to his paintings.   The artist talk starts at 5:30pm and is followed by a short Q&A with the attendees. It takes place during the Gallery Walk, and in addition to the program, Earthen Vessel's featured artist is Maureen May, another local fine artist who will be showcasing all new monotype prints.
CANELLED Friday Nights with Breezin 7-piece Band
6:00pm / Fox Fire Farms
Music, food and wine. Come enjoy your Friday nights with Fox Fire Farms. Seating on spacious lawns. Bring rain gear if there is a chance of rain.  FREE ADMISSION  All seating is outdoors on our spacious lawns.
Fall Gallery Walk
6:00pm / Diane West Jewelry and Art Gallery
Come on by while enjoying the Gallery Walk. Modern, abstract and landscape art and one of a kind jewelry including wedding rings and bands.
Album Release Concert with Ragged Oak
7:00pm / IAM Music Indigo Room
Durango band, Ragged Oak, will be performing an intimate performance of their upcoming album one month prior to release at the IAM Music Indigo Room.    All attendees will receive a CD or download code for the album prior to its release, and will be the first to see the record performed in its entirety.   Local singer-songwriter artist Ely Cartwright will be opening.   Tickets are $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door.
Steely Dead
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm   Steely Dead: A National Touring Band with a Unique Fusion of Grateful Dead and Steely Dan  Hailing from the vibrant music scene of Denver, Colorado, Steely Dead is a national touring band that has satisfied the curiosity of music lovers with their unique blend of Grateful Dead and Steely Dan. Comprised of four exceptionally talented musicians - Dave Abear on guitar, Matt Abear on bass, Chris Sheldon on drums, and Dylan Teifer on keys - Steely Dead has gained a dedicated following with their electrifying performances and soulful interpretations of classic tunes.   Steely Dead's repertoire is a carefully crafted fusion of Grateful Dead and Steely Dan songs, between the arrangement and precision studio recordings of rock legends Steely Dan, cross-pollinated with the Grateful Dead's free-flowing, melodic improvisation and masterful song segues. Steely Dead merges these major concepts together infusing the influence into each band, all the while creating an original jam element with the song segues. Steely Dead's performances are a musical journey that takes audiences on a nostalgic trip through the golden era of rock and roll.   As a national touring band, Steely Dead has built a loyal fan base that eagerly anticipates their shows and follows them from city to city. Their performances are not just concerts, but communal gatherings where fans come together to celebrate the music they love, dance, and create lasting memories. Steely Dead's performances are a testament to the power of live music, bringing people together and creating an unforgettable experience that resonates long after the last note fades.   Steely Dead is not just a band; it's a musical experience that captures the hearts and souls of music lovers everywhere.
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