Events on this Day

 Saturday, June 8th
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.
Steamworks Half Marathon
8:00am / Point-to-Point route
This high-elevation, 13.1 mile race will take place at 6,500 feet above sea level. The course is a point-to-point route and has been certified by USATF!. Runners will run down county road 250, alongside the beautiful Animas River. The race will finish at the Durango Fitness Club on Florida Road. After the race, enjoy an awesome party by the pool at Durango Fitness Club with food and drinks from Steamworks Brewing and Homeslice Pizza.    The race is capped at 300 runners and it will sell out, so be sure to register as soon as possible. The race will begin at 8 am, with an additional start time at 7:15 am for those who need longer to complete the course. Runners have the option to be bussed to the start line from the Durango Fitness Club on the morning of the race. OR, be dropped off by a friend or family member. However, there is NO parking available at the start line. Please plan accordingly.    Packet pickup will take place on Friday June 7 from 10am - 6pm at Durango Running Company, 473 E. College Dr.
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)
Homebuyer Education Class in Durango
8:30am / Fort Lewis Campus
Tired of renting? Join our Homebuyer Education Class. Learn what it takes to become a homeowner and gain access to local down payment assistance funds. Topics covered include: Budget, Credit, Insurance, Lending, Down payment Assistance Programs, Real Estate, Inspection, and Home Maintenance. Space is limited. To register please visit: www.homesfund.org.
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.
Introduction to Sewing with Christy
9:00am / Create Art and Tea
$35.00  Learn how to sew & make this adorable little tote. You won't want to miss this class to learn such a valuable skill.    In this $35 introduction to sewing class, instructor Christy Hicks, owner of Just Ask Christy -Artisanal Goods & Services will teach 2 people in this 2 hour class. This is your chance to learn how to thread a sewing machine, wind a bobbin, sew basic straight stitches, make a gusset & hand stitch on a button or two.    This is a simple starter project & will be very useful in your home, office, camper or even as a housewarming gift bag filled with goodies. The three tote materials shown (fabric, button & rope) are provided. You may choose your preference of fabric & buttons right before class begins, so be sure to show up 10 min early so you can pick from the selection available before class starts. The items provided will make this bag which is 8" wide x 5" D x 6" high. However, if you don't want it folded down inside for sturdier sides, you can end up with a bag that is approx. 12" high for magazines, yarn, snacks or hand towels. Bring a friend and one of you can enjoy some tea while we make a tote to take home.    The contents shown inside the bag are for example and/or size reference only. One free gift tag is offered if needed. Tell your friends & family so they don't miss out.
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.
Childrens Book Author & Illustrator Gianna Marino
10:00am / Durango Botanic Gardens
New York Times bestselling illustrator Gianna Marino helps little ones find their courage to face their fears and explore the world around them.   Earl likes the inside and likes feeling safe. He also likes his friends to be safe and is quick to point out the many dangers of the outside, where his friends are determined to explore. No matter how hard they try to convince Earl to come outside to play, he won't change his mind.   But…what if Earl needs to go outside? What will it take for his friends to convince him? What will it take for Earl to feel safe on the outside?   In this stunningly illustrated book about friendship, facing your fears, and finding the courage to push past what's comfortable, Gianna Marino once again uses endearing animals to give young readers a voice.
Swap Meet
10:00am / Durango Harley-Davidson
Gear up for our season kick-off swap meet. Browse a variety of parts and gear, connect with fellow riders, and kick off the riding season in style. We can't wait to see you there! Click the link below to sign up for a vendor spot!    https://forms.gle/xjRjEUJHHfyvkmGG8
Introduction to Nature Journaling
10:00am / Studio 105/Smiley Building
Do you enjoy being in nature? Do you value attention and focus? Join us for an Introduction to Nature Journaling. I will introduce a journaling practice that uses numbers, pictures, and words to record observations of nature. The practice will magnify gratitude, help make connections and increase your sense of wonder. It's enjoyable, accessible, and a practice you can take anywhere. Don't worry if you don't consider yourself good at drawing. Everyone is welcome and all supplies provided. $40   Registration required: text or call.
Beginner's Mountain Bike Ride
10:00am / Spur Line Trail
Join us for a beginner's bike ride on the Durango Spur Line Trail! This ride is a 5-mile loop 278-ft elevation gain. Whether you're new to the sport or looking to brush up on your skills, this event is perfect for you. We'll provide tips, pointers, and trail recommendations to help you navigate the terrain with confidence and ease.
Help out at The Hive Volunteer Day
12:00pm / The Hive
The Young Professionals of Durango will be hosting a volunteer day at The Hive. They will be helping deconstruct the skatepark and helping us to move out. This event is open to the public and The Hive needs all the help it can get. Hope you can join the ramp crew and help with disassembly
Figure Drawing Dynamic Dogs
1:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Get comfortable with simple drawing techniques and enjoy the process of Figure Drawing with Man's Best Friend!   The La Plata Humane Society has agreed to provide our lovely dog "models" for the class. All supplies are included, and an experienced teacher will be there to give you guidance along the way. We will mix creativity with pleasure as we unwind from a busy week, enjoy a happy hour drink, spend time with other artists, and most importantly enjoy the opportunity to sit, relax and draw a very patient dog.   Figure drawing is the practice of drawing from a live model in different poses. It trains your eye to see things that photographs just can't capture. This makes you more perceptive in all of your work—The biggest reason to practice with live animals is because it has so much to offer. Mastering the animal form is about more than just shapes and muscles and bones.   A $10 Tip or Chew Toy is Required for our models and will go directly to the LaPlata County Humane Society. Beginners are welcome!  This class is also perfect for adults with previous drawing experience.
Front Lines to Home Front - La Plata County and WW II
1:00pm / Animas Museum
Join us for the second part of the two-part webinar focusing on the Home Front. This talk is part of the Second Saturday Seminar Series and takes place on Zoom or you can watch the presentation on the big screen in the Animas Museum classroom. There is no charge for the event which will be recorded. Register for Zoom at animasmuseum.org/events.html.
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: The Trials and Tribulations of an "Indiana Jones" of Global Plant Hunting
1:30pm / Durango Public Library
The Durango Botanic Gardens is thrilled to bring to Durango one of the top plant "hunters" of the world. Bill McNamara is executive director of the Quarryhill Botanic Garden, a 25-acre wild woodland garden in Northern California's Sonoma Valley featuring wild-sourced plants from temperate East Asia. Mr. McNamara will share interesting stories about his 31 years of plant hunting and expeditions through Asia and other parts of the world.   Mr. McNamara will show and discuss some of the most rarely seen plants - plants often threatened by extinction - from his extensive travels. He sees an urgent role being played by botanic gardens in addressing the severe, yet little-mentioned plant extinction crisis.   This is a Member Appreciate Event. FREE to Durango Botanic Garden Members and $20 for non-members.
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 Donnie Johnson
5:00pm / Serious Texas BBQ South
Come join us for live music on the patio! Eat, drink and be merry!
Painting Party ~ Chimney Rock
6:00pm / 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.
Country Western Dance
7:00pm / Durango La Plata Senior Center
Community Dance, DJ.  A Wide Variety of Music & Genres! Free Admission
Live music! Augustus & Community Pancake
7:00pm / The Subterrain
Durango-based Community Pancake performing with Augustus from Boulder, CO. Get goofy and rock with us! All ages
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