Events on this Day

 Saturday, June 15th
Durango Farmers Market
8:00am / TBK Bank Parking Lot
The Durango Farmers Market is a venue for local agriculturalists, ranchers and artisans to meet and share their harvest and talents with the Durango community. At our market you have the opportunity to meet face to face with the producers and learn more about their growing methods. Vendors post their farming practices at their booth and most follow organic growing methods.   Our market also offers hot ready to eat food from local vendors, value added foods such as jams, jellies and sauces and local artisans who make high-quality handcrafted items. All vendors must produce their goods within our five-county radius ensuring fresh produce and locally made goods. We also have live music performances each weekend as well as community information booths for non-profits and groups that promote our market values of local, sustainable and healthy living.
Animas River Photo Session
8:00am / Animas River
The Animas River walk and photograph for $65 per person.   This is a 2-hour mini session in photography. It is a small group with a maximum of up to 6 participants.   The Animas River is a beautiful location to create images of flowing or reflective water scenes, intimate scenes of river-side foliage, or wide panoramic views. Join me in a 2-hour mini session in photography to learn how to find alluring compositions, expand your knowledge of camera settings, and how to use lighting to your advantage. We will meet at the 29th Street parking area next to Memorial Park (2901 East 3rd Ave) at 800am and create images until 10am. Snacks and drinks are included. Bring your DSLR or Mirrorless camera, lenses, and a sturdy tripod.    Great for all photography levels. Physical Ability: this session allows for all levels of physical ability. You must be able to walk up and down a low-grade riverbank.
Durango & Silverton Summer Train
8:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Embark on an Incredible Journey Through the San Juan Mountains 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. We've been in continuous operation running trains on this 45-mile branch of the original Denver & Rio Grande Railway since 1882. Much of the scenery remains unchanged since those historic days. Soak in the views, listen as the steam whistle echoes through the canyon, hear the vintage locomotive work to pull the train up the grades. If you long to unwind and enjoy Colorado nature at its finest, this is the trip for you.   More About This Excursion  Departing from the Durango Depot, this unforgettable 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 two steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/4/24-10/26/24 and 9:45 AM 8/30/24-10/12/24.   Diesel Excursions run 5/21/24-10/12/24. The Silverton Diesel Train departs at 8:15AM daily.   On all of these train excursions, you will experience the iconic Horseshoe Curve, High Bridge and all of the Animas River Gorge including all of the spectacular views from the High Line. These trains include a concession car with a variety of snacks and drinks available for purchase. Click here to see the concession menu.   Skyway Tour (bus/train or train/bus) service options are available for the 2024 Silverton summer season excursions.   There will be two bus departures available daily beginning May 21, 2024 running through October 12, 2024.   The first deluxe motor coach departs Durango at 9:30am and arrives at Silverton at 11:00am. It then departs from Silverton at 2:45pm and arrives in Durango at 4:15pm.   The second deluxe motor coach departs from Durango at 10:15am and arrives in Silverton at 11:45am. It departs from Silverton at 2:45pm and arrives in Durango at 4:15pm.   The bus service is available 7 days a week May 21 through October 12th. (no bus service on May 25)
Botanic Garden Photography Session
9:00am / Durango Botanic Cardens
This is a 2-hour mini session in photography. It is a small group with a maximum of up to 6 participants.   June is a great month for creating images of foliage at the Botanic Garden in Durango. We will meet in the front of the Durango Public Library & Durango Botanic Gardens at 900am and create images from 9:00 - 11:00. Snacks and drinks are included. Bring your DSLR or Mirrorless camera, lenses, and sturdy tripod. Also, bring an umbrella (no matter what the weather looks like). It is useful on sunny mornings, but will also be used if we get a little rain.   Great for all photography levels. I will help guide you in finding alluring compositions and teach different techniques depending on your current level of photography.   Handicap accessible.
SJMA Durango Nature Center Open to the Public
9:00am / SJMA Durango Nature Center
The San Juan Mountains Association's Durango Nature Center is once again open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 until 2. has more information.   This 140-acre conservation easement is situated along the Florida River, this special place traverses riparian, sagebrush, and pinyon juniper ecosystems. With hiking trails, river play, a picnic pavilion, interpretive trails, a nesting bird walk and more.
Cascade Canyon Express
9:30am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Cascade Canyon Express steam excursions depart from our Durango Depot (479 Main Avenue) at 9:45am and the excursion will last 5.25 hours arriving back at the Durango Depot at 3:00pm. The Cascade Canyon Express does not travel to Silverton. It does follow the same route but travels to Cascade Canyon, which is about a halfway point between Durango and Silverton. If you would like to travel to Silverton, please see our Silverton Train information to book one of those excursions.   Experience the world-famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad's iconic canyon views along the highline in just over 5 hours. If you are looking for an unforgettable train adventure with incredible geological features and fantastic scenery that is downright jaw-dropping, look no further than these steam train excursions departing from the Durango Depot and traveling deep into the wilderness inaccessible by any roads. All trains have a concession car with a variety of light snacks available for purchase.
Purgatory Summer Opening Chili Cook-off
12:00pm / Purgatory Resort
Get ready to help us kick off the summer season at Purgatory Resort!   Join us for a sizzling showdown as our talented teams serve up their tastiest chili recipes in our very first Purgatory Chili Cook-off! You'll be the judges as Purg departments vie for bragging rights and the title of chili champion! With ice-cold beer, exciting activities, and live music setting the stage, it's the perfect way to set the tone for a fun-filled summer season! Don't miss out on the flavorful festivities - it's the ultimate Father's Day weekend celebration for the whole family!
Art of Glass: Stained Glass Butterfly
2:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Create a brilliant work of art by the way of stained glass artistry! In this 2 day, 3 hours per day workshop, students will learn the basics of stained glass. Techniques being taught include: cutting, grinding, foiling, assembling, soldering, finishing, and the proper safety steps to take along the way. Students will have 2 pre-drawn designs, a variety of colors to choose from and leave at the end of the workshop with a completed Stained Glass Butterfly!
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 the last Saturday in September - Rain or Shine!   Reservations are required.
Live Music with Jakilyn King
5:00pm / Serious Texas BBQ South
Come join us for live music on the patio! Eat, drink and be merry!
Talent Show
7:00pm / The Subterrain
Bring your baddest and best and funniest and silliest and awesomest mindblowingest talents to our stage!We wanna see your juggling - gymnastyics - comedy - poetry - skits - ventriliqism - short stories - instrument solo - magic tricks - dance -karaoke - aerial silks - etc etc etc.   10 minute slots, limited spaces, registration required. Email with questions or to register. Participation is free, entry to watch will be $10.
Painting Party ~ Dragonfly in the Cattails
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.
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