Events on this Day

 Wednesday, June 26th
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)
Free Planned Giving Workshop for Donors
8:00am / El Moro Spirits and Tavern
The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado and the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable invite donors to join an exploration on how to leverage Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) to support their favorite charities.   You will learn about tax advantaged strategies you can use now and in estate planning to further your philanthropic goals. IRAs are often an underutilized giving vehicle. Come learn how this tool can benefit you and the community. No registration required, simply show up for an informative discussion.   Roundtable experts include:  Brandy Bertram, Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable  Rachel Kuss, Certified Financial Planner, Kennebec Wealth Management  Chuck Fredrick, Certified Public Accountant, Fredrick Zink & Associates  Briggen Wrinkle, Executive Director, Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado.   Coffee and conversation will flow freely. Delicious burritos from the El Moro team will be available for purchase (limited supply — first come, first served).
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.
Fundraising 2.0 - Planned Giving Practices and Preparedness
10:30am / Animas High School
Join Brandy Bertram, Founder and Principal of Great Big Good, as she shares planned giving fundamentals and practices that will increase annual giving now and result in significant planned gifts in the future.   The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado is hosting this workshop which is chalk full of invaluable fundraising strategies and tips. Join us at Animas High School on Wednesday, June 26 from 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM to learn more about how you can maximize donor giving and navigate sensitive subjects with more ease and confidence.   Topics covered will include:  Gift acceptance policies  Monthly giving programs  Bequests and beneficiary designations  Gifts of non-cash assets  Gifts from qualified retirement plans (IRAs)  Planned giving donor stewardship   A working lunch will be provided, during which Brandy will help attendees crowdsource solutions to shared fundraising challenges.   The cost for this event is $75.
Lunch & Learn: The Infinite Welcome: Customer Service and Your Culture
12:00pm / TBK Bank
In this dynamic workshop, explore innovative approaches for empowering your team to craft memorable experiences that embody an "Infinite Welcome". Discover how fostering positive internal relationships can translate into authentic and heartfelt interactions with your customers, inspiring loyalty and trust. Learn to create a culture that radiates warmth, inclusivity, and genuine care, leaving a lasting impression on everyone who engages with your brand.   Elizabeth, a graduate of Fort Lewis College with a degree in Marketing and Graphic Design, is deeply passionate about providing exceptional customer service. Her journey includes completing the renowned Broadmoor Hotels' 5-Star 5-Diamond Customer Services Training program while working as a Bee Bunch Counselor and Hotel Operator, igniting her enthusiasm for delivering outstanding experiences. Now serving as the Business Manager at the Center for Innovation in Durango, CO, Elizabeth combines her marketing and design skills to create a collaborative workspace.    This "Lunch and Learn" will be packed with tactics you can launch right in the workshop.
Wine, Liquor, Beer tasting and pairing
4:00pm / Wagon Wheel Liquors
Come and joins us for a tasting of Wine, Liquor, or Beer every Wednesday during happy hour. Come taste our crews favorite products!   Wine 15% off, Spirits 10% off, and Beer 5% off during happy hour.
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.
Animas City Night Bazaar - The River Pirates
5:00pm / Memorial Park
Art! Community-building! Performances! Live Music! Games! Contests! Fun for all ages!
True Western Roundup
5:00pm / La Plata County Fairgrounds
A variety of delicious food and drink will be available at each of the events.  Gates open at 5:00, Event begins at 6:30   Avoid long lines and buy your ticket online!
Durango PlayFest: Meet the Playwrights!
5:00pm / Blue Rain Gallery
Join Durango PlayFest for this special event where our 2024 playwrights discuss their craft and describe their own creative process. Bring your questions and enjoy wine and appetizers. Sponsored by Blue Rain Gallery.
Community Concert Series ft. Lavalanche
5:00pm / The Powerhouse
Ticket proceeds benefit The Boys + Girls Club of La Plata County. The Powerhouse is thrilled to carry on a summer tradition of local music, community gathering, and non-profit support through a ten week Community Concert Series.This weekly music series, presented by Visit Durango, will be held every Wednesday, from early June through mid August. All concerts will be hosted outside on the Carver Family Plaza with half of ticket proceeds donated to a different non-profit beneficiary every week.   Individual + family tickets available for purchase. Access to The Powerhouse gallery is included in the purchase of your ticket. Rain or shine event!
Open Mic led by ShadowTrapp
6:30pm / EsoTerra Ciderworks
Bring your talent! Play alone, or with friends. This open mic is run up by the phenomenally talented musicians of ShadowTrapp! So, you are always guaranteed a great show! The floor is open to all varieties of music, and levels of expertise. Come show off, or simply enjoy the music. Sign-ups begin at 6:30pm at the bar, show is 7-9pm.
Play Reading: Hop Tha A
7:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Written by James Anthony Tyler   During his late-night commute on the A train, Harlem native Tyrone tries to impress Niesha, his coworker at a nightclub, who just wants to read her book and pass the ride in silence. But as they travel uptown, the two forge an unlikely connection that extends beyond the confines of the subway car.
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