Events on this Day

 Friday, April 5th
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.
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!
Planet vs. Plastic Community Art Mosaic
4:00pm / The ArtRoom Collective (Smiley Building)
Come participate in creating art for our Planet vs. Plastic Community Art Mosaic! At 5:30, artist Emily Lloyd will talk about recycled plastic, how we can help mitigate its effect on our planet, and how to make beautiful art from recycled plastic. This project will be started by the Durango community members on First Friday, April 5, and will be finalized for the Planet vs. Plastic Earth Day event at Buckley Park, across from Durango Sustainable Goods on April 20, 2024.
The ArtRoom Collective April First Friday
4:00pm / Smiley Building / ArtRoom Collective
Planet vs. Plastic Community Art Mosaic   Come participate in our Earth Day-related "Planet vs. Plastic'' Community Art Mosaic at The ArtRoom Collective! 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
Jenn Rawling ‘echolalia’ Opening Reception
4:00pm / Bohème Design House - Smiley Building
Jenn Rawling 'echolalia' - an exhibit of new abstract paintings. One night public viewing at Bohéme Design House. 4-8 pm. Live music 6-8 pm. In tandem with Local Firsts ‘First Friday Art Walk'
First Friday
4:00pm / Various Locations
Celebrate Durango's creative side! Every First Friday of the month, businesses, galleries, and the spaces in between host local artists of all kinds! Find live music, original performances, featured artist showcases, and artisan pop-up markets all across town. Learn more about events happening this month at   Be a part of the fun! Showcase our community's local art and creative scene by listing your Durango First Friday event. Businesses and artists alike can visit to register.
Pots and Pints Ceramic Hand-Building Happy Hour - Desk Vase
4:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Come get your hands dirty as you create a unique Desk Vase. 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
Planet vs. Plastic Art Exhibition Opening Reception First Friday Art Walk
5:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Come out and support local artists and see their interpretation of this year's international Earth Day theme: "Planet vs. Plastic". What can art teach us about ourselves? Our habits? Our relationship to the Earth? Enjoy mocktails, charcuterie, and mind blowing art. Enter to win a $100 Sustainable Goods gift card. At 7pm Sustainable Goods owner, Claire Attkisson, will announce the winner. If you can't come to the reception or don't win the drawing at the reception, all April-long art revelers can enter to win an apple leather tote bag—a $285 value.   $1.00
Classic Americana with Dennis Ziemienski and Tony De Luz
5:00pm / Blue Rain Gallery
Join us for Durango's First Friday artwalk and an opportunity to meet the esteemed Tony De Luz and view a curated collection of his captivating paintings alongside the work of acclaimed artist Dennis Ziemienski.
Opening Reception: Emergence
5:00pm / Smiley Cafe Gallery
The Art Squirrels, a local art collective, will be displaying their show "Emergence" from March 25 through mid-May. The show features colorful and diverse works in paint, chalk, fabric, glass, upcycled materials, and mixed media by Bethany Bachmann, Cindy Coleman, Janet Kenna, Amanda Preston Araujo, Jenny Treanor, and Amy Vaclav.
Live Music: Ian Lennox
6:00pm / EsoTerra Ciderworks
Free entry - open to all ages!   Ian Lennox plays a mix of red dirt county and bluegrass music that will instantly get your foot tapping and transport you to your favorite front porch to enjoy a crisp cider. Join us for warm live music vibes, an array of local award-winning craft ciders, and the best charcuterie in town.
Live Music with Ben Gibson
6:00pm / Public House 701
Come and listen to Durango's Own Ben Gibson on the stage!
Duranglers Turns 40 - Spring Fly Fishing Festival
6:30pm / Holiday Inn & Suites
Come join John, Tom and the rest of the Duranglers Crew for a festive evening celebrating this milestone. There will be stories from the past, give-a-ways, and fun as we kick off the season with our 40th year in business.
Painting Party ~ Flight at Dawn
7:00pm / Picasso & Vino
Join us for the newest experience in Durango! Come celebrate with us while tapping into your inner artist. We'll show you step by step how to create your masterpiece.   No Experience Necessary.   Paint. Sip. Be Happy.
Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
7:30pm / MainStage Theatre, Fort Lewis College
To conclude the 2023-24 FLC Theatre season, you will be transported to Moscow, Russia. The year is 1812. The setting - Leo Tolstoy's novel, War and Peace. Don't worry, we are not doing a musical encompassing the entirety of Tolstoy's epic work, but rather a 70-page segment, which was adapted into the Broadway hit musical, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Composer/lyricist Dave Malloy's adaptation focuses on "Natasha's romance with Anatole and Pierre's search for the meaning of his own life" (NY Post).    Great Comet got its start with Ars Nova in 2012. The production was directed by Rachel Chavkin and featured show creator Dave Malloy as Pierre. It then transferred to NYC's Meatpacking District the following year. After favorable reviews and enthusiastic word-of-mouth, the immersive production was mounted in a tent erected in the Manhattan Theater District before eventually making its way up to Broadway in 2016. The Imperial Theatre production starred Josh Groban and Denée Benton and received twelve Tony Award nominations. The show has gone on to play in professional and university theatres internationally to great acclaim.   Great Comet will honor the original immersive spirit of the show with the company using the entire theatre as its stage. This will be the Four Corners premiere of this unique show, and one you will not want to miss.   Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 features a cast of twenty including Harrison Wendt as Pierre and Katelyn Bowie as Natasha. The production is directed by Michael E. McKelvey and choreographed by Suzy DiSanto. Great Comet will also feature a live ten-piece orchestra under the baton of Dr. Wesley Dunnagan. The remainder of the creative team includes set and lighting designer James Padilla, costume designer Megan Sander, and sound designer Logan Roybal.
Moon Walker
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
Special Guest TBA  $18 / $20 / 21+   Harry Springer may compose, produce and perform all of Moon Walker's music in his bedroom, but the electrifying and uniquely eclectic sound undeniably feels more fitting for a stadium.   When Springer formed Moon Walker at the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic, he was merely looking for a way to pass time and make some extra money selling songs to music libraries. "I sold some, and it was going fine, but then I wrote some songs, and I was like, 'I really don't want to give these ones away." Those songs that Springer just couldn't part with ended up becoming his critically acclaimed debut record Truth to Power. Thanks to sudden viral success on TikTok and praise from the likes of The Darkness's Justin Hawkins, the 7-track album quickly established Moon Walker as one of rock's most promising acts. Less than a year later, Springer released with his sophomore effort The Attack of Mirrors with great fanfare and coverage, resulting in 25 million streams across platforms in 2022. In 2023, Moon Walker continued the hos streak; signing to a co-publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music and Limited-Edition Publishing. releasing his third album "Apocalypticism" on October 20th, and going out on his first tour playing shows across the country with sellouts in Chicago, Nashville, Denver, and Columbus.
Fresh Baked Friday: Squoze Playing Party Music
9:00pm / Roxys
So stoked for our first party of April! We are getting ready to send it this Friday with Squoze and DJ Ravenous. Come soak up the good vibes and party with us!   21+, no cover.
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