Events on this Day

 Friday, June 7th
Pet Adopt-a-Thon
8:00am / La Plata County Human Society
Now is the time to adopt! We have a very full kennel with something for everyone! If you're interested check out our website for more adoption information.
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)
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. Sjma.org 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.
San Juan Nature Walks
9:00am / Haviland Lake area
Join San Juan Mountains Association staff and volunteers for an interpretive naturalist hike! Learn about wildflowers, ecology, wildlife, geology, and cultural history in our beautiful San Juan Mountains. This hike is offered every Friday starting June 7 through June 28 at Haviland Lake area; then July 5 - August 30 at Andrews Lake area.   The fun, fact-filled nature hike is moderate. We'll be moving at a "walking" pace for around 1-2 miles. Wear walking shoes and clothing layers suitable for the mountain weather.
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.
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.
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 local-first.org/first-friday   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 local-first.org/first-friday to register.
The ArtRoom Collective First Friday with Bindu
4:00pm / Smiley Building / ArtRoom Collective
Art Talks with Bindu Bammi Hughes Art Talks is an introduction to the great artists and various art movements. How they created and have inspired and awed us through history. What was their motivation, what pushed them to be creative? Bindu offers Art Talks the third Thursday of each month at Create Art & Tea, and she’ll be giving her talk on Women Artists of the Southwest this First Friday, June 7 at 5:30pm at The ArtRoom Collective. Please join us! Bindu has spent years in the field of international education, broadening her horizons and making a positive impact on the lives of young learners. This path took her to various countries, including the Philippines and Indonesia, where she had the privilege of working as an educator and connecting with diverse communities. Through teaching, she discovered the transformative power of art and its ability to foster self-expression, cross-cultural understanding, and personal growth. Her journey has taken her from the picturesque tea plantations of India to the vibrant world of international education, eventually leading her to the charming city of Durango, where she has found her home. Growing up in India, amidst the lush greenery and captivating landscapes of the tea plantations, she developed a deep appreciation for nature's beauty and an innate sense of creativity. Driven by her passion for art and its potential to heal and inspire, she pursued further studies in art therapy, equipping herself with the knowledge and skills to guide others on their own creative journeys. As an artist, art educator, and art therapist, she has been fortunate to witness the transformative effects of art in the lives of individuals and communities, helping them find solace, self-discovery, and empowerment. In Durango, Bindu has found a place to call home, where she has established her studio at the Smiley Building—a space that nurtures her artistic spirit and allows her to create and explore freely. It is within these walls that she embarks on her own creative journey, experimenting with various mediums, techniques, and concepts, and translating her experiences and emotions into visual expressions. 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 www.theartroomcollective.com
1st Friday Art Lot Market
4:00pm / Hermosa Cafe Art Lot
Art market at Hermosa Cafe Art Lot. Artists are welcome to set up a booth at no charge to display/ sell their goods. No reservation is required - just show up! There will be music and food and drink specials. Art market will occur as part of 1st Friday Art Walk from 4-7pm.
Rodeo Odyssey Summer Pop-Up!
4:00pm / The Rochester Hotel
Rodeo Odyssey will be hosting a Summer Pop-Up at the Rochester Hotel Garden!   Join us for live music by: Westfield (Durango, CO) & Pearl Charles (Los Angeles, CA)   Art installations by Superette Studio  Mini Cake decorating by Flour Disco  Local artist vendors, including Little Creek Ink, Southwest Stitch Co, and Crimson Wave Creative  Local food & drink specials, too!   Free to the public, all ages welcome!
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 Tim Sullivan
5:00pm / Serious Texas BBQ South
Come join us for live music on the patio! Eat, drink and be merry!
Ink Drawing - The Botanicals of Colorado
5:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Take yourself out for a relaxing evening of art, with an experienced instructor to give you guidance along the way. 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, get comfortable with simple ink drawing techniques and enjoy the process of completing a drawing of the endless botanicals of Colorado! By the end of the evening your piece will be ready for matting. You will select a color and your piece will be ready to hang at the end of this wonderful program. Beginners are welcome! This class is also perfect for adults with previous drawing experience.
A Glass Odyssey
5:00pm / Blue Rain Gallery
Experience the mesmerizing world of glass art during our June First Friday artwalk . Explore a curated selection of exquisite pieces crafted by renowned artists including Preston Singletary, Dan Friday, Ross Richmond, Dante Marioni, Kelly O'Dell, Raven Skyriver, Ben Cobb, Rik Allen, and Shelley Muzylowski Allen. Each artwork encapsulates the mastery and innovation of these esteemed artisans, inviting you to explore the interplay of light, color, and form in the enchanting realm of glass.
Have A Glass - Make Some Glass
5:00pm / Sun Sapphires
Indulge in a delightful fusion of creativity and relaxation, while enjoying happy hour drinks, & learning how to make your own fused glass garden art! By the end of the evening, your decorated piece will be ready for firing and done 2-10 days later for pick up!
First Friday Opening Reception with Amy Brimhall
5:00pm / Create Art and Tea
Amy runs a private art school where she teaches 50 children weekly art lessons in Farmington New Mexico and resets weekly at her second home in Durango. Her original artwork is inspired by the magic of children and the colors she finds in the mountain deserts of New Mexico and Colorado. Her work varies greatly between abstract, impressionism, and realism but is unified by her organic and feminine style with pastel and jeweled toned color choices. All of her original artwork is available in almost any printable surface upon request. Amy is working on licensing her artwork on dozens of platforms as a designer and hopes to help her art students do the same! Also, a mother of 4, she homeschools her youngest child, co-owns her husbands chiropractic clinic and enjoys natural health and fitness with her family. Her art encourages positivity, healing, joy and magic. Amy is also a professional photographer of 18 years and has designed many home and vacation rental renovations. Her goal is to get gorgeous artwork on your wall and encourage everyone to own original art.   Visit her website here: amybrimhallart.com  Follow her on Facebook & Instagram: @amybrimhallart
Kirk James
5:00pm / Gazpacho
Live music with Kirk James!
Art Opening: Art on the Spectrum featuring John Truitt
5:30pm / Stillwater Music
The Durango Creative District proudly presents the debut solo exhibition of local artist John Truitt at Stillwater Music with artist remarks at 6:30pm with complimentary small bites served by Texas Ty's authentic Smoke Train barbecue.   Diagnosed with multiple neurodiversities at 45, Truitt channeled his experiences into founding the On the Spectrum Foundation and now speaks professionally on neurodiversity, specifically 2e (Twice Exceptional) gifted on the Autism Spectrum, Dyslexic, and with other differences at the age of 45, while offering life coaching. His abstract paintings, described as "surfing the spectrum," reflect his dynamic journey and serve as a vital creative outlet.
Join us for First Fridays!
5:30pm / Jimmy's Music & Supply
Kick off your weekend with a vibrant celebration of art, music and community at Durango's new downtown marketplace in the 1200 block on Main, featuring Jimmy's Music & Supply, April's Garden, Southwest Handmade, Sustainable Goods, and Laura's Artisan Cafe.   Check out the new 1200 block marketplace and enjoy live music by Jack Hulett, mocktails, and grilled cheese sandwiches! Jack's acoustic guitar playing genres include wistful folk songs, instrumental takes on well loved rock classics, and a few of his own tunes.    The 1200 Block Marketplace:  Savor mouthwatering grilled cheese sandwiches from Laura's   Artisan Cafe - sweet or savory, there's something for every palate.  Explore the latest gear and instruments at Jimmy's Music & Supply  Find beautiful blooms and gifts at April's Garden  Discover unique, handcrafted furniture at Southwest Handmade  Enjoy a refreshing mocktail while browsing eco-friendly products, and more at Sustainable goods   Don't miss out on freebies and prizes, the chance to support local artists, Main's 1200 block businesses, and the opportunity to connect with the community!   Every first Friday of the month, local businesses come together to host talented artists, creating a lively experience for everyone. This is a not-to-be missed event!
Friday Nights at Fox Fire Farms
6:00pm / Fox Fire Farms Winery
Live music provided by local groups, food, scenic carriage rides and Fox Fire Farms wines. Located on a 910 acre livestock farm in a stunning Colorado setting. Free admission
Solstice Project file 'Written on the Landscape'
7:00pm / Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
The Colorado premiere of Anna Sofaer's third Solstice Project film, "Written on the Landscape: Mysteries Beyond Chaco Canyon," will be free and open to the public.    The showing, sponsored by the San Juan Basin Archeological Society, the Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies and the FLC Concert Hall, will be introduced by the renowned Southwest writer Craig Childs. The film's national premiere will be on New Mexico PBS on June 20,2024., the summer solstice, at 7:00 pm.    "Written on the Landscape" illustrates the Solstice Project's ground-breaking research that shows the immense region of the Chaco World, using aerial imagery, precise surveying techniques and LIDAR (aerial laser scanning). Insights come from Puebloan advisors combined with new understandings of Mesoamerican parallels for cardinal directions, the interplay of vertical and horizontal axes, ritual roads, cacao, shells, spirals and the sun and the moon. The film also serves as a call to protect this ancient resource from degradation of the landscape from energy extraction and disregard of the environment.   The film follows the exploration by Anna Sofaer, Director of the Solstice Project, of the Chaco Canyon world of magnificent architecture that flourished 1000 years ago across 70,000 square miles of the American Southwest. This third film in Sofaer's Chaco Canyon trilogy, the prior two also shown on PBS, blends stories from indigenous and non-indigenous scholars to tell the story of an ancient culture with relevance for our contemporary society—both cultures, in the words of Petuuche Gilbert from Acoma Pueblo, having the choice between the good and the bad, between power used with wisdom and power capable of destroying the world.    The Solstice Project (SP) studies the astronomical heritage of the discovery of the Sun Dagger site on Fajada Butte in Chaco Canyon. The SP continues to research, publish, and present its findings on the achievements of the Chaco people, how they envisioned an order of cosmology through monumental buildings, non-utilitarian roads, and rigorous geometries. The SP has created a 3-D interactive model of three Sun Dagger site demonstrating in real time how three rock slabs cast light patterns that mark the solar and lunar cycles on the spiral rock carvings. The model shows what the eye cannot readily see: how the sun and the moon operate on the features carved into the landscape.   Anna Sofaer, president and founder of the Solstice Project is an American researcher and educator on the archeoastronomy of the Ancestral Puebloans of the American Southwest and other ancient cultures. In 1977, she "rediscovered" the astronomical marker site known as the Sun Dagger on Fajada Butte in Chaco Culture National Historic Park, which records the solar and lunar cycles.
Painting Party ~ Sunset Dreams
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.
Durango Star Party Summer Series: Intro to Astronomy Equipment and the Night Sky
8:00pm / SJMAs Durango Nature Center
Join SJMA and the Durango Astronomical Society for the summer star party series located, for the first time, at SJMA's Durango Nature Center! All are welcome, amateur astronomers and enthusiasts alike, for a family friendly event discussing and observing our night skies - the moon, planets, star clusters, galaxies, and nebulas. Just before sunset, an expert from the Durango Astronomical Society will lead discussions on what we will be seeing that evening, providing informative backstories and fascinating fun facts about the night sky we see everyday. Each summer month will have slightly different focuses depending on that month's night sky. All discussions will end with open telescope viewings and Q&A sessions. Don't miss out on these memorable experiences! June 7th at 8:00 pm - Intro to Astronomy Equipment and the Night Sky; The focus will be on the moon, planets, basic constellations, and the lesser known Pinwheel Galaxy, the mystery of M102, the Hercules cluster, the Veil Nebula and more!
Comedy night with Matt "Wolfie" Wohlfarth
8:00pm / The Subterrain
55 & Over Tour-A 90-minute avalanche of comedy that gives audiences a laugh vacation from the monotony of a certain age. 21+
High Country Hustle with The Pickpockets & The Robin Davis Duo
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
21+ / $20   High Country Hustle brings big smiles and foot-stomping good times to venues and festivals across the United States. Formed in 2017, this four-piece bluegrass band delivers high-energy shows that are sure to get you moving. Their style combines unique songwriting with jam sensibilities that have propelled the band onto premier stages such as the Mishawaka and Fox Theatre. They have hustled their way onto festival lineups—like Rhythms on the Rio, Beanstalk, and Pagosa Folk 'N Bluegrass—sharing the stage with acts like Kitchen Dwellers, Trout Steak Revival, and Tim O'Brien. In 2022, High Country Hustle released its sophomore album "Weather the Storm," produced by Jake Simpson of The Lil Smokies."They're a high-energy force to be reckoned with and a fierce competitor amongst the Front Range bluegrass music scene. After winning the WinterWonderGrass Band Contest and a slot at the Steamboat festival stage in February of 2020, these Durango pickers have been making a name for themselves and moving on an upward trajectory ever since."  303 Magazine    Andy Gallen - Guitar & Vocals  Charlie Henry - Bass & Vocals  Seth Yokel -Mandolin & Vocals  Zach Hudson - Fiddle
Second Weekend Series: Funk Express w/ Blu Funk Collective
8:00pm / The iNDIGO Room
The Second Weekend Series is back on Friday, June 7th, with two amazing local funk/jazz/soul groups: Funk Express and Blu Funk Collective.   The Funk Express: Some of iAM MUSIC's core jazz faculty members at their funkiest featuring:   Sam Kelly  Jesse Ogle  Ted Moore  Alex Graf 
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