Events on this Day

 Friday, March 1st
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Numerous departure times! Please check the website for more details! 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.
Durango Independent Film Festival
9:00am / Durango Arts Center and Gaslight Twin Cinemas
The 19th annual Durango Independent Film Festival takes place Feb. 28-March 3 at the Durango Arts Center and Gaslight Twin Cinemas, with free events throughout the festival!
Southwest Coast IPA Beer Release
11:00am / Ska Brewing World HQ
Join us Friday for the release of our newest beer, Southwest Coast IPA! It's the perfect beer brewed for the 4 corners states of CO, UT, AZ and NM.
Mardi Gras Party and Parade
12:00pm / The Powderhouse & Pitchfork Pub at Purgatory Resort
Join us for an unforgettable post-Mardi Gras celebration at the powder house followed by an informal parade down the mountain.
Fresh Beer Fridays!
3:00pm / Ska Brewing World HQ
Every Friday we will tap a one-of-a-kind, unique, special, small-batch brew from our Mod System. Only available at World HQ!
Friday Mocktail Happy Hour
3:30pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
We are partnering with TESStastic for "warming spirit" mocktail evenings every Friday from 3:30-6 pm! Come down to the shop to sample or purchase New/Old Fashions & Hot TessToddy's with tea or Wild Margaritas, and/or Cosmos (available in cranberry, orange, raspberry, and hibiscus flavors). There will be free tastings, single drinks for $5, and bottles of the mixers available for purchase. Make it a date night or bring your friends to to discover the fun sober side of Durango. Plus, you'll wake up the next day hydrated and replenished.
The ArtRoom Collective First Friday
4:00pm / ArtRoom Collective (Smiley Building)
The ArtRoom Collective April First Friday Planet vs. Plastic Community Art Mosaic Friday, April 5 from 4-7pm 1309 E 3rd Avenue, Durango, CO 81301 Facebook event: Come participate in our Earth Day-related “Planet vs. Plastic'' Community Art Mosaic at The ArtRoom Collective on Friday, April 5 from 4-7pm! Emily Lloyd will lead the community in creating an art mosaic table of a Durango scene from recycled plastic pieces for First Friday. At 5:30, Emily Lloyd of Violet Mae Upholstery will talk about how to make art from recycled plastic. Join us in making a community art piece out of plastic. Please bring 2-3 pieces of clean, used plastic to be used in the art piece. This project will be started by the Durango community on First Friday, April 5, and will be finalized for the Earth Day event at Buckley Park, across from Durango Sustainable Goods on April 20, 2024. Learn more about our local Earth Day celebration at: and the “Planet vs. Plastics'' global theme for Earth Day 2024 here: This Earth Day event is sponsored by Sustainable Goods located at 1259 Main Ave. Emily Lloyd of Violet Mae Upholstery saves vintage furniture one piece at a time by bringing new life to discarded, heirloom, and consignment furniture. She specializes in reimagining and reupholstering used couches, chairs, ottomans, cushions, pillows, headboards, and more. Visit Emily’s work in The ArtRoom collective studio #1, or at Claire Attkisson of Durango Sustainable Goods at 1259 Main Avenue supplies locally and globally hand-made, functional home, kitchen and lifestyle goods that replenish the Earth. Be a force for nature! Learn more at The ArtRoom Collective at The Smiley is a diverse, working studio gallery where 23 artists, jewelers, potters, hat makers and others create, display and sell their handmade goods. Creating, collaborating and sharing their passion with the community. For more information, go to
Pots and Pints - Ceramic Hand-Building Happy Hour - Pet Bowl
4:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Come get your hands dirty as you create a unique Pet Bowl. We will mix creativity with pleasure as we unwind from a busy week, enjoy happy hour drinks, spend time with community artists, and most importantly hand-build a unique piece of pottery. By the end of the evening your piece will be ready for glazing. You will select a glaze which will be applied to your ceramic piece when fired. Look for an email telling you when your piece is ready for pick-up and use. (about 21 days) Let the fun begin!    $35.00 Per Participant  *One complimentary drink included with class
Opening Reception: Resonance: Art Gallery & Showcase
5:00pm / FLC McPherson Chaple
RESONANCE embodies an echoing of Christ that enriches and reverberates within a cultural atmosphere. Community is enhanced when synergy is embraced, and each individual is building up the whole. This art gallery and showcase seeks to remind us of the harmonies and melodies each member of Christ's body contributes to make a symphony of sound, vision, and action. We invite Christian art forms such as music, poetry, and visual pieces.    The opening reception will be held in the McPherson Chapel at Fort Lewis on March 1st at 5 pm.   Don't miss this opportunity to experience the harmonies and melodies of Christian artistry as we come together to celebrate the Resonance of Christ within our community. Mark your calendars and join us for a truly uplifting event! #Resonance #ChristianArtistry #CommunityCelebration
Opening Reception: Connections Across Continents: A First Friday Art Walk Feature
5:00pm / Blue Rain Gallery
Join us for Durango's First Friday art walk featuring a curated selection of paintings by Sean Diediker.   This exhibition will run from March 1st - March 15th, 2024.
First Fridays: Hot Mike Art Party
5:00pm / EsoTerra Ciderworks
Now it's time for something a little different! Calling all local artists and lovers of art for a unique First Friday event at EsoTerra. This is an Art Party, because it goes one step further than an art show.   Abstract art from new local artist Hot Mike  80's Dance Music  90's Movie Trivia  Prizes and fun for all  FREE Entry!   EsoTerra Ciderworks proudly introduces Hot Mike, a vibrant addition to the Durango art scene. Known for his dynamic abstract paintings, Mike brings a unique fusion of pastel palettes, black, white, and neon accents to his canvases. He cuts, builds, and stretches his own canvas in town to create one-of-a-kind pieces.   You can find Hot Mike on IG: @flaming_hot_mike
Let's Love Lettering
5:30pm / The ArtRoom
Come play with the largest brush nib marker in the world! A new ink and marker has hit the market and will be making an exclusive debut in The ArtRoom on First Friday!   The ArtRoom Collective's featured artist for March is Heather Leavitt Martinez of Let's Letter Together! At our First Friday demonstration on March 1, 5:30pm, Heather Martinez will be sharing brush lettering tips. Stop by during the demo and leave with a FREE marker you can take with you. The ArtRoom Collective First Friday Art Crawl is March 1, from 4pm - 7pm. Come talk with local artists, be inspired by creative work, or buy a local, handcrafted item for yourself or a special someone at the Smiley Building at 1309 East Third Avenue in Durango, Colorado. Heather Leavitt Martinez is an award-winning author and lettering artist. When she's not traveling the world and drawing on walls, she's teaching lettering classes at The ArtRoom and around town. She also takes commissions: hand-lettered quotes and poems, love letters, sidewalk chalkboards, murals, and other signage.
MC Contest: Be the Next Animas River Days MC
6:00pm / Durango Elks Lodge
We're hiring an MC for Animas River Days! You can get a sneak peek of their "mad skillz" when the MCs compete for the gig on March 1st at the Durango Elks Lodge! Learn more info about MCing at   This is a FREE and family-friendly event! The public is invited to come cheer on their favorite MCs.
Meet the Filmmakers Party
6:00pm / The Oxford
Meet the filmmakers of the Durango Independent Film Festival! Cash bar, light appetizers by Farm to Fingers Grazing
Urinetown: The Musical
7:00pm / Durango High School Auditorium
Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Tony Award winning "Urinetown" is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the "comedic romp" into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
The Wolves
7:30pm / Fort Lewis College
A local Fort Lewis College Show!  Written by Sarah DeLappe and directed by Felicia Lansbury Meyer.   A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, The Wolves takes us into the lives of a girls' high school soccer team and the experiences they share during their weekly Saturday morning pre-game warmups. The topics range from idle gossip and dreams of playing collegiate soccer to global politics and personal experiences of puberty and the social pressures of youth.   Ticket Prices:  FLC Student (One ticket per order w/ valid ID) - $0.00,  Non FLC Student (with current ID) - $12.00,  FLC Faculty / Staff (Max of 2) - $12.00,  Individual - $23.00.
Monster Energy Presents: SkiiTour with BabyDl
9:00pm / Animas City Theatre
$30 / $35 / 21+   Unify Mountain Soundz providing HSD Sound System Subs   SkiiTour - A fun-loving DJ/production duo from Whistler, Canada are known for their upbeat "feel-good house music that keeps the vibe groovy" (DJ Mag) as well as channelling a retro ski aesthetic. Their annual high-energy après ski parties at Shambhala Music Festival have become legendary and their tracks have been supported by Diplo, Fedde Le Grande, Benny Benassi, Anna Lunoe, Zedd, David Guetta, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, JAUZ, Martin Garrix, Martin Solveig, Claptone, and more.   SkiiTour has accumulated over 6 million plays through streaming platforms and has made Mixmag & DJ Mag's "Track of the Month" multiple times. On top of their steady output of productions, they maintain a global touring schedule of 80+ shows per year, including festivals like Shambhala, Burning Man, Chasing Summer, Bass Coast, Snowbombing Canada and many more.    In the spring of 2022 they set out on a very successful 24-city APRAVÈS TOUR which had sold-out dates across Canada. They also released the single "Double Double" on Rock Bottom Records which spend over a month on Beatport Bass House Top 100 chart.   The COVID lockdown didn't slow them down at all. They performed numerous live streams for some of the biggest house music channels (Dirtybird, SpaceYacht, ShambhalaMusicFestival, itsGOODTV) and recently were awarded the coveted Twitch Partner title. They also released the downtempo "Too Hot Too Cold feat FRASE" which became a Spotify Editorial playlist darling and warranted a remix package. They also released the successful single "Lose Of Heads" on Box Of Cat & put out "Rattlesnake" on Space Yacht.    SkiiTour started 2019 with a bang, holding onto the #1 song on Beatport Electro House charts with 'Redlight' for 5 straight weeks. This collaboration with Marten Hørger became a festival staple worldwide. SkiiTour's collaboration with SmallTown DJs & Dances With White Girls "Bad Behaviour" premiered on Diplo & Friends (BBC Radio 1) and charted on Beatport after being released by A-Trak's Fool's Gold Records.   The summer of 2019 SkiiTour released their underground hit "Blue Caboose" on DND Records which spent 3 months on Beatport's Future House charts and became a house anthem for Western Canada.   SkiiTour has recently signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Monster Energy and was nominated for Electronic & Dance Artist Of The Year at the 2020 BreakOut West Awards.   In the spring of 2016, they started up their own record label, Double Black Records.
Fresh Baked Fridays
9:00pm / Roxys
Squoze and Ravenous are bringing the heat to the dance floor this Friday at Roxy's! Join us for the very freshest in house, techno, and electro.    No cover, 21+, food served until late.
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