September 2023 Events

 Friday, September 1st
Four Corners Motorcycle Rally 2023
9:00am / Durango and Southern Ute Reservation
Join us for the 30th Anniversary of Four Corners Motorcycle Rally!   Ride the world famous million dollar highway, attend the slippin sideways flat track races, particate in the $25,000 Poker Run, race int he dirt drag races, hop on a bull at the Rusty Butcher Roder Round-Up, take your pit bike onto the mini bike track, check out custom builds at one of the bike shows, visit vendors, take a brand new bike for a spin at the demo trucks, enjoy live music - and SO much more!
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Eating Through Japan
10:00am / Durango Public Library
Japan is a dream travel destination. Dr. Kaori Takano will be our guide in this two-part series. Learn insider travel tips - including specific tips relating to cruises in the region. Explore the delicious world of Japanese cuisine. And learn some basic Japanese language for travelers. Perfect information for planning a trip to Japan or just daydreaming about one. Registration is for both sessions. A world of culture, cuisine, and breathtaking sites awaits!
Ride and Destory Stunt Team
12:00pm / Sky Ute Casino
Three times to see them! 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm!   This team is composed of some of the most skilled stunt riders in the country! The shows are highly energetic, entertaining, and extremely professional, bringing top-level riding and production services! You have SIX chances too see them: Friday, September 1, and Sunday, September 3, at 12PM, 3PM, and 6PM!
Friday Puppy Party
2:00pm / Parkers Animal Rescue
Join Parker's Animal Rescue for our "Puppy Party"! Come play, snuggle, and socialize with our adoptable pups -- and maybe you'll find one that you just can't live without.   Don't miss out! Make sure to stop by, bring your friends (no personal animals), and find your new furry family member!   Always doublecheck our PAR social media accounts for any potential cancelations.   Learn more about our current adoptables at https://parkersanimalrescue.com/adopt.
The ArtRoom Collective First Friday Art Crawl
4:00pm / Smiley Building
Learn to write an ampersand at this hands-on demonstration! The ArtRoom Collective’s featured artist for September is Heather Leavitt Martinez of Let's Letter Together! At our First Friday demonstration on September 1, 5:30pm, you will learn to write an ampersand (AKA the “and” symbol or the 27th letter of the alphabet). National Ampersand Day is September 8th, but you can get an early start early during this hands-on demo. There are thousands of variations. You will learn how to draw different kinds of ampersands and walk away with a free marker and an original piece of art that you made. The ArtRoom Collective First Friday Art Crawl is September 1, from 4pm - 7pm. Come talk with local artists, be inspired by creative work, or buy a local, handcrafted item for yourself or a special someone at the Smiley Building at 1309 East Third Avenue in Durango, Colorado. The ArtRoom Collective is Durango's working studio gallery where 22 artists create and sell their handmade goods— art, paintings, jewelry, pottery, hats, and more. The Smiley Cafe will be open and offers coffee and boba beverages and snacks. Monthly First Friday Art Crawls at The ArtRoom Collective feature artist demonstrations to teach and inspire. Heather Leavitt Martinez is an award-winning author and lettering artist. When she’s not traveling the world and drawing on walls, she’s teaching lettering classes at The ArtRoom and around town. She also takes commissions: hand-lettered quotes and poems, love letters, sidewalk chalkboards, murals, and other signage.
Durango First Friday
4:00pm / Downtown Durango
Art crawl with local goods, food, culture, and music.  Hosted by Local First, Durango Creative District, and ArtRoom Collective   Durango First Friday is a celebration of all things local in our incredible mountain town- art and music, culture, unique goods, real food, movement makers, and our amazing community! Free and open to the public, this self guided, monthly event will take place rain or shine, the First Friday of every month throughout Durango with a focus on main street from north to south!   Businesses of any and all kinds open their doors and their walls to host an artist of their choice and follow a "reception" format- artist info, beverages and/or snacks provided, maybe even a musician- while locals and tourists alike flood the area to socialize, shop, eat, and celebrate the arts in all forms.   Join us every month!
Sustainable Durango Mocktail Tasting
4:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Durango Sustainable Goods + Omni Cafe are serving up craft cocktails without the booze (AKA Mocktails!). Enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic mocktail with relaxing adaptogens, fresh basil, mint, lime or lemon.   Curious Elixir Mocktail Menu:   1. Citrus & Radiance  Lingers like the last rays of Venetian Sunshine. Especially good before a fine meal, and perfect for any social gathering where you want a better non-alcoholic option, Curious Elixir No. 4 is our booze-free spin on classic Italian aperitifs like the Aperol Spritz. This Elixir infuses the exotic citrus of blood orange and green mandarin, the light fizz of non-alcoholic prosecco, and the cooling power of American ginseng, turmeric, and holy basil (tulsi). Enjoy in a wine glass, on the rocks, or neat, garnished with an orange slice.   2. Bright & Spicy  Mellow out while your taste buds tap dance. Curious Elixir No. 2 is the spicy lovechild of the pineapple margarita and the Dark & Stormy, 100% booze-free. While citrus, ancho chile, jalapeño, and ginger wake up your taste buds, the ancient Mayan herb damiana will help you unwind. Enjoy on the rocks with a lime wedge and optional sea salt rim.   3. Herbaceous & Floral  If chartreusian monds and auyrvedic masters got together for apre-ski cocktails in the alps. Curious Elixir No. 3 is inspired by modern cocktail classics like the Cucumber Collins—but crafted alcohol-free—then boosted with the power of ashwagandha*, a plant used in Ayurvedic practice for over 5,000 years.* Blending alpine herbs, flowers, cucumber, lemon, and ashwagandha extract (125mg per bottle), Curious Elixir No. 3 was meticulously designed to both please your palate and help you unwind. Best enjoyed over a large cube or neat, garnished with a lemon peel.   *ashwagandha is not advised for pregnant women
Books, Brats, and Brews
4:00pm / Durango Public Library
September is library card sign up month and we're celebrating with a bar-b-que on the back patio!    Stop by for a book, brat, and brew - free for everyone with a Durango Public Library card! Don't have a card? Don't worry! Sign up for a card (also free) and join the party!   Live music by Adam Millard from the Monkberries and local brews by SKA Brewing.
Meet the Artist: Serena Supplee
4:00pm / Marias Bookshop
Come meet Serena Supplee during Durango's First Friday Art Walk! Serena will be present for a meet and greet at her first showing since 2018. Her original artwork will be available for purchase along with cards, calendars and her books.
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
Opening Reception with Rimi Yang: Asian Figurative Paintings
5:00pm / Blue Rain Gallery
Join us in Durango for the First Friday Artwalk, featuring a selection of paintings by Rimi Yang.   Korean-American artist Rimi Yang was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. She moved to the United States in 1986 and shortly after, settled in California where she continues to live and work today. In addition to having exhibited wide ly across the US and Canada throughout her career, the artist has recently been shown in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Dublin and England.   Yang's paintings -mostly figurative, but with a playful approach to abstraction- reveal an intuitive, contrast-rich take on Eastern and Western art history. It is as though they are struggling to make sense of dualities which simultaneously inspire and confuse us in their attempts to structure the world. Pleasantly suspended between familiar polarities like east-west, male-female, high-low and old-new, the viewer can't help but be moved by the artist's apparent search for meaning.   In a recent interview, Rimi Yang pondered the idea that; "Mankind tries to order the un-orderable, explain the inexplicable. Do we really always need to reason, understand and structure, or could we instead seek out the vibration that connects all life in an instant?"   Yang describes her process as a form of meditation, where creativity takes precedence over the subject. In her paintings, this process is celebrated with a technique that is immediately recognizable. Within each carefully placed brushstroke, there is evidence of iconic images being de-constructed, techniques being mixed, and a calculated blurring of the border between one and two-dimensional realms. Her journey frequently references universal feelings associated with childhood innocence, and urges for security, protection and love.
First Friday
5:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Did you know that this Friday is Sept 1? Summer is slipping gently into Fall. To celebrate the changing of the seasons we’re hosting another #firstfriday art event from 5-7:30. Mark your calendar and come on down to our shop in your Fall finest for Mocktail Madness. Meet this month’s featured artists: @helloluna_creative who designs and creates one of a kind #jewelry out of recycled sterling silver; @durangohairtinsel who will put tinsel in your hair until you shine like the North Star that you are; and @recycledpartsbykiley who makes #earrings #necklaces and more out of upcycled bike parts. Who know you may come away with a part of your old bike. See you this Friday, pass it on and support #localart !
Friday Nights with You Knew Me When
6:00pm / Fox Fire Farms
Music, food and wine. Come enjoy your Friday nights with Fox Fire Farms. Seating on spacious lawns. Bring rain gear if there is a chance of rain.  FREE ADMISSION  All seating is outdoors on our spacious lawns.
Trivia & Tracks
6:30pm / Durango Beer & Ice Company
Trivia and Tracks in a friendly , fun , atmosphere with great craft beer! Come in and enjoy some trivia and win 2 ways!
Bye Bye Birdie: The Musical
7:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Book by Michael Stewart  Music by Charles Strouse  Lyrics by Lee Adams   A loving send-up of the 1950s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, Bye Bye Birdie remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts for teens, and a hilarious script, Birdie continues to thrill audiences around the world.   House opens 30 minutes before the listed show time.
Desert Child with special guest Desiderata
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm  $20/$25/21+   Desert Child is a Durango-based Southwest Soul group. Power harmonies. Tight rhythm section. Big personality. Debut album set to release early August 2023.    https://www.desertchildmusic.com  https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3lrLeH0Xks1lumyph2ivzD  https://www.youtube.com/desertchild  https://www.instagram.com/desertchildmusic/
 Saturday, September 2nd
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.
Four Corners Motorcycle Rally 2023
9:00am / Durango and Southern Ute Reservation
Join us for the 30th Anniversary of Four Corners Motorcycle Rally!   Ride the world famous million dollar highway, attend the slippin sideways flat track races, particate in the $25,000 Poker Run, race int he dirt drag races, hop on a bull at the Rusty Butcher Roder Round-Up, take your pit bike onto the mini bike track, check out custom builds at one of the bike shows, visit vendors, take a brand new bike for a spin at the demo trucks, enjoy live music - and SO much more!
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Pterosaurs: Ancient Rulers of the Skies on display
9:30am / The Powerhouse
Visit us at The Powerhouse to check out our summertime traveling exhibit, "Pterosaurs: Ancient Rulers of the Skies", on display May 27th-September 17th.   This exhibit explores the majesty and wonder of a group of flying reptiles that lived between the Late Triassic through the Late Cretaceous Periods (228 to 66 million years ago) of the Mesozoic Era. Ideal for learners of all ages; families and individuals can learn about these fascinating and visually striking creatures in a variety of ways.   This exhibit features fossil replicas mixed with eight digital interactive stations showcasing the evolution, diversity, and lifestyle of this intriguing group of species.   The Powerhouse is open to the public 7 days a week 9:30am-3:30pm.
Sustainable Durango Mocktail Tasting
4:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Durango Sustainable Goods + Omni Cafe are serving up craft cocktails without the booze (AKA Mocktails!). Enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic mocktail with relaxing adaptogens, fresh basil, mint, lime or lemon.   Curious Elixir Mocktail Menu:   1. Citrus & Radiance  Lingers like the last rays of Venetian Sunshine. Especially good before a fine meal, and perfect for any social gathering where you want a better non-alcoholic option, Curious Elixir No. 4 is our booze-free spin on classic Italian aperitifs like the Aperol Spritz. This Elixir infuses the exotic citrus of blood orange and green mandarin, the light fizz of non-alcoholic prosecco, and the cooling power of American ginseng, turmeric, and holy basil (tulsi). Enjoy in a wine glass, on the rocks, or neat, garnished with an orange slice.   2. Bright & Spicy  Mellow out while your taste buds tap dance. Curious Elixir No. 2 is the spicy lovechild of the pineapple margarita and the Dark & Stormy, 100% booze-free. While citrus, ancho chile, jalapeño, and ginger wake up your taste buds, the ancient Mayan herb damiana will help you unwind. Enjoy on the rocks with a lime wedge and optional sea salt rim.   3. Herbaceous & Floral  If chartreusian monds and auyrvedic masters got together for apre-ski cocktails in the alps. Curious Elixir No. 3 is inspired by modern cocktail classics like the Cucumber Collins—but crafted alcohol-free—then boosted with the power of ashwagandha*, a plant used in Ayurvedic practice for over 5,000 years.* Blending alpine herbs, flowers, cucumber, lemon, and ashwagandha extract (125mg per bottle), Curious Elixir No. 3 was meticulously designed to both please your palate and help you unwind. Best enjoyed over a large cube or neat, garnished with a lemon peel.   *ashwagandha is not advised for pregnant women
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
Bye Bye Birdie: The Musical
7:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Book by Michael Stewart  Music by Charles Strouse  Lyrics by Lee Adams   A loving send-up of the 1950s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, Bye Bye Birdie remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts for teens, and a hilarious script, Birdie continues to thrill audiences around the world.   House opens 30 minutes before the listed show time.
High country Hustle & Six Dollar String Band
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
21+ / $18 / $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
Saturday Night After Hours Party
10:00pm / La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
Hosted by Kruesi Originals and Chopper Kings SoCal — so you Know it's going to be one hell of a good time!!   Music by DJ JBreww, mechanical bull riding, The Brawl awards ceremony, dancing, drinks, & more!! IDs will be checked at the door. Space is limited— stop by the Kruesi and Chopper Kings booths and ask how you can snag a wristband to guarantee entry
 Sunday, September 3rd
Durango Flea Market
8:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds and Event Center
The Durango Flea Market Returns!!  Alright Durango, it's that time of year and flea market season is underway! Come check out all the great deals we have to offer!   Join us for all the amazing deals at the Durango Flea Market at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, front parking lot A. Calling all vendors out, come show us what you got! Booths are $20 for the day, no reservations required.   We look forward to seeing you all this Sunday!!!
Veteran Benefit Breakfast - Open to Public
9:00am / VFW Post 4031
Great opportunity to support your local veterans while enjoying a delicious breakfast! Open to the public, this event is held every 1st & 3rd Sunday. Donations of only $9 for adults, $8 for veterans, and $6 for kids 12 and under. All proceeds help support local veterans!
Four Corners Motorcycle Rally 2023
9:00am / Durango and Southern Ute Reservation
Join us for the 30th Anniversary of Four Corners Motorcycle Rally!   Ride the world famous million dollar highway, attend the slippin sideways flat track races, particate in the $25,000 Poker Run, race int he dirt drag races, hop on a bull at the Rusty Butcher Roder Round-Up, take your pit bike onto the mini bike track, check out custom builds at one of the bike shows, visit vendors, take a brand new bike for a spin at the demo trucks, enjoy live music - and SO much more!
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Ride and Destory Stunt Team
12:00pm / Sky Ute Casino
Three times to see them! 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm!   This team is composed of some of the most skilled stunt riders in the country! The shows are highly energetic, entertaining, and extremely professional, bringing top-level riding and production services! You have SIX chances too see them: Friday, September 1, and Sunday, September 3, at 12PM, 3PM, and 6PM!
Bye Bye Birdie: The Musical
2:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Book by Michael Stewart  Music by Charles Strouse  Lyrics by Lee Adams   A loving send-up of the 1950s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, Bye Bye Birdie remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts for teens, and a hilarious script, Birdie continues to thrill audiences around the world.   House opens 30 minutes before the listed show time.
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
 Monday, September 4th
Four Corners Motorcycle Rally 2023
9:00am / Durango and Southern Ute Reservation
Join us for the 30th Anniversary of Four Corners Motorcycle Rally!   Ride the world famous million dollar highway, attend the slippin sideways flat track races, particate in the $25,000 Poker Run, race int he dirt drag races, hop on a bull at the Rusty Butcher Roder Round-Up, take your pit bike onto the mini bike track, check out custom builds at one of the bike shows, visit vendors, take a brand new bike for a spin at the demo trucks, enjoy live music - and SO much more!
One Way Goose #5 Excursion to Silverton with bus return to Durango
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Passengers will board the Galloping Goose for a 9:10am Durango departure. The Train will stop at the Cascade Canyon wye for a restroom break and a photo opportunity with the passing of the #465 then follow that train into Silverton.     Passengers will depart Silverton by bus at 2:45pm.     Train Fare*: $199.   Bus Fare: $30.
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Cats Meow Immersive Durango Scavenger Hunt
11:30am / Train Depot
Step into Durango, where something exciting awaits. Tara, your scavenger hunt game show host, will curate a unique adventure. Embark on an extraordinary journey with a twist! This is not your typical scavenger hunt; it's a creative and immersive departure from the ordinary. Come with an open mind, a big smile, and leave all expectations behind. Unleash your inner detective as you delve into the heart of Durango. Engage with friendly locals, discover intriguing tales of history and culture & capture the essence of the city in photos, videos & audio files. Whether you're a couple or part of a large group, this game is for everyone. Young or old, explorer or artist, it's designed to inspire & entertain all who love to discover and create. This is a perfect chance to connect with your teammates in a fun and light-hearted way. Let your imagination run wild, as you team up to unravel the missions. It's a co-creation between you and your interactive host,Durango itself & you, the hunters, making the experience truly unique. Experience this captivating way to explore a new place. The hunt is on, and adventure awaits you!   Team leader need Whats App on their phone for our game design. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased on the linked website.
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
Chess Club
6:30pm / Guild House Games
Come play some chess! Every Monday night 6:30-9 p.m. upstairs in the Durango mall on Main St.   Free!  Drop in! 
Comedy Showcase
7:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Local and National comics perform every Monday!
 Tuesday, September 5th
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Galloping Goose #5 One Way Excursion Silverton to Durango with Bus Service to Silverton
10:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Passengers will board the Durango 10:15am bus to Silverton arriving at 11:45am. There will be plenty of time to explore and enjoy historical Silverton. Guests will depart on the Goose in Silverton at 1:15pm arriving at Durango at 5:00pm.   Train Fare*: $199.  Bus Fare: $30.  *plus 8% historic preservation fee
Cats Meow Immersive Durango Scavenger Hunt
11:30am / Train Depot
Step into Durango, where something exciting awaits. Tara, your scavenger hunt game show host, will curate a unique adventure. Embark on an extraordinary journey with a twist! This is not your typical scavenger hunt; it's a creative and immersive departure from the ordinary. Come with an open mind, a big smile, and leave all expectations behind. Unleash your inner detective as you delve into the heart of Durango. Engage with friendly locals, discover intriguing tales of history and culture & capture the essence of the city in photos, videos & audio files. Whether you're a couple or part of a large group, this game is for everyone. Young or old, explorer or artist, it's designed to inspire & entertain all who love to discover and create. This is a perfect chance to connect with your teammates in a fun and light-hearted way. Let your imagination run wild, as you team up to unravel the missions. It's a co-creation between you and your interactive host,Durango itself & you, the hunters, making the experience truly unique. Experience this captivating way to explore a new place. The hunt is on, and adventure awaits you!   Team leader need Whats App on their phone for our game design. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased on the linked website.
Junior Art and Craft Classes
3:30pm / Artsy Crafty Studio
Tuesdays | 6 Classes | 3:30 - 5:00 | Sept 5 - Oct 10. Back to school is here and we will be having more adventures making fun new projects! For Artists aged 6 -9.
Slow Bluegrass Jam
5:30pm / General Palmer
Are you a beginner/intermediate acoustic music player looking to play more? This weekly jam is welcoming to all players, with a focus on slower tempo improvisation solos and chord changes. If you can play the I, IV and V chords in G, D and A then you know enough to play at this jam!
POSTPONED Gnarled Roots: Jewish Zine Fest
5:30pm / Durango Public Library
Gnarled Roots is a Jewish zine fest exploring the relationship between diasporic identity and what it means to live on stolen land. The event on will be a showcase including several examples of Jewish zines, diasporic artwork, as well as physical and digital art pieces created in response to our prompt. This event is open for everyone and anyone, either Jewish or non-Jewish, curious about engaging with Jewish identity, displacement and relationship to land.    We will invite all of our guests to participate in a land acknowledgement at 5:45PM to open the space, then visitors will be able to come and go to explore the zines freely.    As soon as you register you will have access to the prompt, detailed submission information, as well as the information for attending either virtually or in-person.    Register on Durango Public Library's event calendar, or ask a staff member for help!
Live Music: Nina Sasaki (Pop)
6:00pm / Lolas Place
Come enjoy live music on the Patio!
Open Mic Night
7:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Open mic every Tuesday, open to performers of all kinds and levels from beginners to experts. Support local live music!
 Wednesday, September 6th
Daybreak Rotary Club of Durango
7:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds Pine Room
Curious about how the world's largest civic organization makes a difference in our world? Come join us and find out how together Rotarians around the world seek to eradicate polio, provide education, supply clean water and assist in disaster relief in a non-religious, non-political way. The Daybreak Club is know as the "hands on" club, making a difference together in Durango and beyond. Coffee provided!
Board of County Commissioners - Board Discussion Time
8:30am / Virtually and over the phone by Zoom
Participate on Zoom as follows:   Online (computer or smartphone):  https://zoom.us/j/819094582    Or by telephone:  Dial (if the first number is busy, try another number):  US: +1 346 248 7799 +1 669 900 9128 +1 312 626 6799 +1 646 558 8656 +1 253 215 8782 +1 301 715 8592
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Cats Meow Immersive Durango Scavenger Hunt
11:30am / Train Depot
Step into Durango, where something exciting awaits. Tara, your scavenger hunt game show host, will curate a unique adventure. Embark on an extraordinary journey with a twist! This is not your typical scavenger hunt; it's a creative and immersive departure from the ordinary. Come with an open mind, a big smile, and leave all expectations behind. Unleash your inner detective as you delve into the heart of Durango. Engage with friendly locals, discover intriguing tales of history and culture & capture the essence of the city in photos, videos & audio files. Whether you're a couple or part of a large group, this game is for everyone. Young or old, explorer or artist, it's designed to inspire & entertain all who love to discover and create. This is a perfect chance to connect with your teammates in a fun and light-hearted way. Let your imagination run wild, as you team up to unravel the missions. It's a co-creation between you and your interactive host,Durango itself & you, the hunters, making the experience truly unique. Experience this captivating way to explore a new place. The hunt is on, and adventure awaits you!   Team leader need Whats App on their phone for our game design. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased on the linked website.
Tween/Teen art and craft classes
4:00pm / Artsy Crafty Studio
Wednesdays OR Thursdays | 6 weeks | 4:00 - 5:30 | Sept 6 - Oct 12 Ok, where did summer go? School has started and a new session of art classes is beginning too! Look forward to 6 weeks of creative fun as we make cool projects and have a super good time doing it!
Personal Finance 101
5:00pm / Vectra Bank (by Walmart)
Increase your knowledge of Personal Finance in this second workshop in the Young Professionals of Durango Financial Literacy Series. This workshop will be taught by Chuck Fredrick and Theresa DiPonio of Fredrick Zink and Associates.
Karaoke Roulette
8:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Sing a song get a free shot!
Geeks Who Drink
8:00pm / The Roost
Think its just trivia? Think again!
 Thursday, September 7th
Eggs & Issues: Healthcare Forum & How it Impacts Business, Employees & Beyond
8:00am / DoubleTree by Hilton Durango
Healthcare Forum & How it Impacts Business, Employees & Beyond    Does the healthcare industry raise your blood pressure? The Durango Chamber of Commerce is hosting an Eggs & Issues Forum on the status of the Healthcare Industry & its Impact on Businesses.    Learn about changes in the industry and what options are available to employers & employees. Thanks to our sponsors, Bank of Colorado and the Durango Area Association of Realtors.    Hear from our panel of experts:  Sarada Leavenworth, chief administrative officer with Axis Health  Greg Phillips, La Plata Healthcare Improvement Coalition  Doug McCarthy, Local First Foundation in partnership with Peak Alliance  Ken Bates, Leavitt Group  Brandon Mencini, Mercy Hospital
Share Your Garden
8:30am / Animas Valley Grange
Bring your surplus fruits and vegetables to the Animas Valley Grange. Your produce will be distributed at no cost to nearby neighbors in need.
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Cats Meow Immersive Durango Scavenger Hunt
11:30am / Train Depot
Step into Durango, where something exciting awaits. Tara, your scavenger hunt game show host, will curate a unique adventure. Embark on an extraordinary journey with a twist! This is not your typical scavenger hunt; it's a creative and immersive departure from the ordinary. Come with an open mind, a big smile, and leave all expectations behind. Unleash your inner detective as you delve into the heart of Durango. Engage with friendly locals, discover intriguing tales of history and culture & capture the essence of the city in photos, videos & audio files. Whether you're a couple or part of a large group, this game is for everyone. Young or old, explorer or artist, it's designed to inspire & entertain all who love to discover and create. This is a perfect chance to connect with your teammates in a fun and light-hearted way. Let your imagination run wild, as you team up to unravel the missions. It's a co-creation between you and your interactive host,Durango itself & you, the hunters, making the experience truly unique. Experience this captivating way to explore a new place. The hunt is on, and adventure awaits you!   Team leader need Whats App on their phone for our game design. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased on the linked website.
Unison Festival
2:00pm / Tico Time River Resort
As musicians play in unison, and DJs mix in unison, the dancers move in unison, and our collective energy aligns in unison, at Unison Festival. Let us celebrate our connectivity, and creativity with music, dance, performance, art, yoga, healthy food and drink, the art of tea lounge, conversation, cuddles, consent, workshops, permaculture, cacao, ecstatic dance, ceremony, indigenous teachings, story & song at the sacred fire, connection with nature, paddle-boarding, zip lining, climbing, swimming, and more, at Unison Fest!   Held at perhaps the coolest venue ever created, Pura Vida at Tico Time, where festival culture meets adventure culture meets shaka culture, this 74 acre resort is located on both sides of the Animas River, 20 minutes south of Durango Colorado just inside the New Mexico border, providing the magical setting for a well-rounded truly transformational experience!   We encourage everyone to show up in clarity and sobriety, with all our senses at their peak! If medicine is used please do so in a reasonable and responsible way, so as to provide a safe and loving container for all who enter the festival will act in accordance with PLURR = Peace, Love, Unity, Respect, Responsibility   Visit the website link for more info, photos, video, and tickets.
Sustainable Durango Mocktail Tasting
4:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Durango Sustainable Goods + Omni Cafe are serving up craft cocktails without the booze (AKA Mocktails!). Enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic mocktail with relaxing adaptogens, fresh basil, mint, lime or lemon.   Curious Elixir Mocktail Menu:   1. Citrus & Radiance  Lingers like the last rays of Venetian Sunshine. Especially good before a fine meal, and perfect for any social gathering where you want a better non-alcoholic option, Curious Elixir No. 4 is our booze-free spin on classic Italian aperitifs like the Aperol Spritz. This Elixir infuses the exotic citrus of blood orange and green mandarin, the light fizz of non-alcoholic prosecco, and the cooling power of American ginseng, turmeric, and holy basil (tulsi). Enjoy in a wine glass, on the rocks, or neat, garnished with an orange slice.   2. Bright & Spicy  Mellow out while your taste buds tap dance. Curious Elixir No. 2 is the spicy lovechild of the pineapple margarita and the Dark & Stormy, 100% booze-free. While citrus, ancho chile, jalapeño, and ginger wake up your taste buds, the ancient Mayan herb damiana will help you unwind. Enjoy on the rocks with a lime wedge and optional sea salt rim.   3. Herbaceous & Floral  If chartreusian monds and auyrvedic masters got together for apre-ski cocktails in the alps. Curious Elixir No. 3 is inspired by modern cocktail classics like the Cucumber Collins—but crafted alcohol-free—then boosted with the power of ashwagandha*, a plant used in Ayurvedic practice for over 5,000 years.* Blending alpine herbs, flowers, cucumber, lemon, and ashwagandha extract (125mg per bottle), Curious Elixir No. 3 was meticulously designed to both please your palate and help you unwind. Best enjoyed over a large cube or neat, garnished with a lemon peel.   *ashwagandha is not advised for pregnant women
Ska-BQ: The Assortment
5:00pm / Ska Brewing World HQ
Join us in the beer garden for fresh craft beer from the source, food specials and free live music on the outdoor stage by The Assortment!
Community Harvest Days
5:00pm / Various Locations
The fruit trees in our region are ripe and ready, but we need hands to harvest! The Good Food Collective works to eliminate food waste, increase food security, and reduce bear-human conflict by helping to collect backyard produce.    You can join in by visiting the website to find a list of available fruit trees for DIY harvest, rent gear, list your own tree, or by volunteering at one of our family-friendly Community Fruit Harvests.
Jeff Solon Jazz Duo
6:00pm / Lola's Place
Come enjoy live Jazz on the Patio!
Bluegrass Jam Session
6:00pm / Durango Beer & Ice Company
Every Thursday Stop in and enjoy some local Bluegrass jams by your Local bluegrass jammers!   $4 pints all day and if you'd like to join the jam session and bring your instrument you get a free pint of your favorite craft beer!
Karaoke at Grassburger South!
6:00pm / Grassburger South
Come and join us for a fun night of Karaoke and burgers on the outdoor patio at Grassburger South!
Local author Bethany Turner
6:00pm / Marias Bookstore
We're hosting local author! If you like Rom-Coms, if you're an aspiring writer, if you love John Stamos, too, then you won't want to miss this author talk & book signing.
Trivia Night
6:30pm / The Powerhouse
Join us outside on the Carver Family Plaza for Powerhouse trivia night every Thursday through the summer. Our trivia consists of four rounds of questions and always includes one scientific round and a music round. $5 suggested team donations. Bar open for drink purchases and food available from Laura's Artisans and Straight Outta Balboa Island.
First Thursdays Songwriters Series
8:00pm / The iNDIGO Room
Free! Only 50 RSVP seats available   Join us for the First Thursdays Songwriters Series at The iNDIGO Room inside of the iAM MUSIC Institute! This free event, hosted by Ashley Edwards, co-founder of iAM MUSIC and lead singer & keyboardist of Hello Dollface and Loki Moon, will feature seven amazing local musicians:   Steve Kurtz  Alexi Leon  Alicia Hoelzer  Eiley Connell  Alexi Carey
 Friday, September 8th
BIDs Coffee and Conversation Meeting
8:30am / TBK Bank Community Room
BID holds a monthly meeting for business owners on the 2nd Friday of every month from 8:30 to 9:30 am at TBK Bank. The agendas for these meetings will be posted below a few days before the meeting date.    Check website for the agenda and meeting dates https://www.downtowndurango.org/meetings    Meeting dates subject to change, contact Tim Walsworth at timw@downtowndurango.org with any questions.
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
32nd Annual Chile Roast
11:30am / Gazpacho Restaurant
We will be serving our rellenos in the restaurant on special!
Cats Meow Immersive Durango Scavenger Hunt
11:30am / Train Depot
Step into Durango, where something exciting awaits. Tara, your scavenger hunt game show host, will curate a unique adventure. Embark on an extraordinary journey with a twist! This is not your typical scavenger hunt; it's a creative and immersive departure from the ordinary. Come with an open mind, a big smile, and leave all expectations behind. Unleash your inner detective as you delve into the heart of Durango. Engage with friendly locals, discover intriguing tales of history and culture & capture the essence of the city in photos, videos & audio files. Whether you're a couple or part of a large group, this game is for everyone. Young or old, explorer or artist, it's designed to inspire & entertain all who love to discover and create. This is a perfect chance to connect with your teammates in a fun and light-hearted way. Let your imagination run wild, as you team up to unravel the missions. It's a co-creation between you and your interactive host,Durango itself & you, the hunters, making the experience truly unique. Experience this captivating way to explore a new place. The hunt is on, and adventure awaits you!   Team leader need Whats App on their phone for our game design. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased on the linked website.
Friday Puppy Party
2:00pm / Parkers Animal Rescue
Join Parker's Animal Rescue for our "Puppy Party"! Come play, snuggle, and socialize with our adoptable pups -- and maybe you'll find one that you just can't live without.   Don't miss out! Make sure to stop by, bring your friends (no personal animals), and find your new furry family member!   Always doublecheck our PAR social media accounts for any potential cancelations.   Learn more about our current adoptables at https://parkersanimalrescue.com/adopt.
Sustainable Durango Mocktail Tasting
4:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Durango Sustainable Goods + Omni Cafe are serving up craft cocktails without the booze (AKA Mocktails!). Enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic mocktail with relaxing adaptogens, fresh basil, mint, lime or lemon.   Curious Elixir Mocktail Menu:   1. Citrus & Radiance  Lingers like the last rays of Venetian Sunshine. Especially good before a fine meal, and perfect for any social gathering where you want a better non-alcoholic option, Curious Elixir No. 4 is our booze-free spin on classic Italian aperitifs like the Aperol Spritz. This Elixir infuses the exotic citrus of blood orange and green mandarin, the light fizz of non-alcoholic prosecco, and the cooling power of American ginseng, turmeric, and holy basil (tulsi). Enjoy in a wine glass, on the rocks, or neat, garnished with an orange slice.   2. Bright & Spicy  Mellow out while your taste buds tap dance. Curious Elixir No. 2 is the spicy lovechild of the pineapple margarita and the Dark & Stormy, 100% booze-free. While citrus, ancho chile, jalapeño, and ginger wake up your taste buds, the ancient Mayan herb damiana will help you unwind. Enjoy on the rocks with a lime wedge and optional sea salt rim.   3. Herbaceous & Floral  If chartreusian monds and auyrvedic masters got together for apre-ski cocktails in the alps. Curious Elixir No. 3 is inspired by modern cocktail classics like the Cucumber Collins—but crafted alcohol-free—then boosted with the power of ashwagandha*, a plant used in Ayurvedic practice for over 5,000 years.* Blending alpine herbs, flowers, cucumber, lemon, and ashwagandha extract (125mg per bottle), Curious Elixir No. 3 was meticulously designed to both please your palate and help you unwind. Best enjoyed over a large cube or neat, garnished with a lemon peel.   *ashwagandha is not advised for pregnant women
Art Show and Pop Up Shop
4:00pm / Ska Brewery
Join us for an from the great Nan Coffey + tapping of our newest brew the double modus IPA.    Meet the artist and shop the super fun collection of prints, pins, stickers, and more. Nan Coffey will attend to sign/personalize your purchased pieces from the event
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
Parents Night Out
5:00pm / Durango Dance
Children enjoy a fun evening of dance plus dinner and show while parents get a night out!   $30/child   Sign up on Durango Dance website and click "register"
Pete Giuliani
5:00pm / Gazpacho
Free Concert Live!
Opening Reception: Broken Mirrors featuring Sarah House
5:00pm / The Lightbox at Stillwater Music
Broken Mirrors is a solo exhibition featuring the paintings of Durango artist Sarah House. This exhibition invites you to explore a world where hope is discovered in the midst of chaos and beauty is enhanced through shattered reflections of self.    In Broken Mirrors, Sarah House draws her inspiration from the messiness of life, the imperfections that define us, and the uncertainty that permeates our existence. Through her unique artistic lens, she unearths the richness found in embracing chaos, showcasing the profound beauty that emerges when we embrace the complexity of our humanity.    "I find hope in messy, broken, ambiguous scenes. They remind me that despite my best efforts, I can't squash the humanity out of myself or the complexity out of my life, and I will always find surprises that I can learn from." - Sarah House   This exhibition made possible by Stillwater Music and Durango Creative District.
Friday Nights with Jeff Solon Jazz Band
6:00pm / Fox Fire Farms
Music, food and wine. Come enjoy your Friday nights with Fox Fire Farms. Seating on spacious lawns. Bring rain gear if there is a chance of rain.  FREE ADMISSION  All seating is outdoors on our spacious lawns.
A Night of Improv with Cindy and Mary
7:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Devise & Conquer members, Mary Quinn and Cindy Laudadio-Hill are excited to showcase both short and long-form improvisation (with a little help from their friends)
 Saturday, September 9th
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.
Downhill Rockies (Finals)
8:00am / Purgatory Resort
Join the action or come watch as riders take on some of the best downhill trails in the country! Fresh off yesterday's Trail Party Enduro, things are sure to be buzzing!   This is the final stop in the Trail Party Downhill Rockies Series… IT'S ON!
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Pterosaurs: Ancient Rulers of the Skies on display
9:30am / The Powerhouse
Visit us at The Powerhouse to check out our summertime traveling exhibit, "Pterosaurs: Ancient Rulers of the Skies", on display May 27th-September 17th.   This exhibit explores the majesty and wonder of a group of flying reptiles that lived between the Late Triassic through the Late Cretaceous Periods (228 to 66 million years ago) of the Mesozoic Era. Ideal for learners of all ages; families and individuals can learn about these fascinating and visually striking creatures in a variety of ways.   This exhibit features fossil replicas mixed with eight digital interactive stations showcasing the evolution, diversity, and lifestyle of this intriguing group of species.   The Powerhouse is open to the public 7 days a week 9:30am-3:30pm.
WholeExpo Durango
10:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds Main Exhibit Hall
WholeExpo brings together like-minded individuals and businesses and services that promote healthy, holistic, living and ecological awareness.   WholeExpo features diverse threads of insight and knowledge with the purpose of creating a tapestry of body, spirit, mind, and planet consciousness. It is our hope to not merely coexist but to live in greater harmony with each other and with the Earth.   We recognize that there is a great urgency to be accountable for our consumption, to be aware of our impact both locally and globally, and to be responsible for sharing that information with others. We hope you will take the opportunity to share in this experience, and have fun while you do it!   In 2010, WholeExpo received the Durango Mayor's Proclamation naming the WholeExpo weekends as Healthier World Weekend.
Durango Pride Procession and Festival
11:00am / Buckley Park
Show your support for the LGBTQ+ community of Durango. Join us on Sept 9th for our annual Pride March and Festival. We will show our colors as we march down main street toward the festival at Buckley Park.    March starts at 11:00 am and the Festival lasts from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. On the stage we'll have fashion shows, comedians, drag queens, music, and other local entertainment. Festival will feature community information booths; local artisans; health awareness; free and discrete HIV testing; a children's bouncy house; a beer garden; and much more.
32nd Annual Chile Roast
11:30am / Gazpacho Restaurant
We will be serving our rellenos in the restaurant on special!
Cats Meow Immersive Durango Scavenger Hunt
11:30am / Train Depot
Step into Durango, where something exciting awaits. Tara, your scavenger hunt game show host, will curate a unique adventure. Embark on an extraordinary journey with a twist! This is not your typical scavenger hunt; it's a creative and immersive departure from the ordinary. Come with an open mind, a big smile, and leave all expectations behind. Unleash your inner detective as you delve into the heart of Durango. Engage with friendly locals, discover intriguing tales of history and culture & capture the essence of the city in photos, videos & audio files. Whether you're a couple or part of a large group, this game is for everyone. Young or old, explorer or artist, it's designed to inspire & entertain all who love to discover and create. This is a perfect chance to connect with your teammates in a fun and light-hearted way. Let your imagination run wild, as you team up to unravel the missions. It's a co-creation between you and your interactive host,Durango itself & you, the hunters, making the experience truly unique. Experience this captivating way to explore a new place. The hunt is on, and adventure awaits you!   Team leader need Whats App on their phone for our game design. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased on the linked website.
A Brief History of Fort Lewis
1:00pm / Animas Museum
Join us on Zoom, Saturday, September 9th at 1 p.m. for our Second Saturday Series Webinar. To prepare for the upcoming Buffalo Soldiers event, local historian Charles DiFerdinando will be talking about the history of the Fort Lewis military establishment through 1890. There is no charge for the presentation which will be recorded. If you would like to attend live, we'll stream it on the "big screen" in the classroom at the Museum. If you would like to attend via Zoom, please register at animasmuseum.org/events.html.
SOLD OUT! 28th anniversary Party & Brewers Invitational
4:00pm / Ska Brewing World HQ
Join us to celebrate our 28th anniversary starring FISHBONE! With special guests: Catbite and The Dendrites! Tickets include beers from 30+ of our brewery friends. Proceeds benefit La Plata Open Space Conservancy. Ages 21+ only. Event is Rain or Shine. No Refunds!
Sustainable Durango Mocktail Tasting
4:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Durango Sustainable Goods + Omni Cafe are serving up craft cocktails without the booze (AKA Mocktails!). Enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic mocktail with relaxing adaptogens, fresh basil, mint, lime or lemon.   Curious Elixir Mocktail Menu:   1. Citrus & Radiance  Lingers like the last rays of Venetian Sunshine. Especially good before a fine meal, and perfect for any social gathering where you want a better non-alcoholic option, Curious Elixir No. 4 is our booze-free spin on classic Italian aperitifs like the Aperol Spritz. This Elixir infuses the exotic citrus of blood orange and green mandarin, the light fizz of non-alcoholic prosecco, and the cooling power of American ginseng, turmeric, and holy basil (tulsi). Enjoy in a wine glass, on the rocks, or neat, garnished with an orange slice.   2. Bright & Spicy  Mellow out while your taste buds tap dance. Curious Elixir No. 2 is the spicy lovechild of the pineapple margarita and the Dark & Stormy, 100% booze-free. While citrus, ancho chile, jalapeño, and ginger wake up your taste buds, the ancient Mayan herb damiana will help you unwind. Enjoy on the rocks with a lime wedge and optional sea salt rim.   3. Herbaceous & Floral  If chartreusian monds and auyrvedic masters got together for apre-ski cocktails in the alps. Curious Elixir No. 3 is inspired by modern cocktail classics like the Cucumber Collins—but crafted alcohol-free—then boosted with the power of ashwagandha*, a plant used in Ayurvedic practice for over 5,000 years.* Blending alpine herbs, flowers, cucumber, lemon, and ashwagandha extract (125mg per bottle), Curious Elixir No. 3 was meticulously designed to both please your palate and help you unwind. Best enjoyed over a large cube or neat, garnished with a lemon peel.   *ashwagandha is not advised for pregnant women
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
Let the Music Move You - Durango Barbershoppers Concert
7:00pm / Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
The Durango Barbershoppers are celebrating 55 years in Durango with our Annual Concert - "Let the Music Move You", featuring our own Narrowgauge Chorus. Also performing are Women's Prerogative, local quartets, and our special guest quartet Mischief from Salt Lake City.    It's free! Bring the whole family to enjoy 4-part a cappella harmony sung in the barbershop style. You'll love it!!
Second Weekend Series: Carute Roma w/ Devin Wills
8:00pm / The iNDIGO Room
$15 Pre-Sale  $17 Day Of Show  One Show Time-  Standing Room only    Carute (kah-root-say) Roma is a high-energy Southwest Colorado-based Roma music band who combines classic Roma songs with unique original tunes.   https://caruteroma.com/
 Sunday, September 10th
Durango Flea Market
8:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds and Event Center
The Durango Flea Market Returns!!  Alright Durango, it's that time of year and flea market season is underway! Come check out all the great deals we have to offer!   Join us for all the amazing deals at the Durango Flea Market at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, front parking lot A. Calling all vendors out, come show us what you got! Booths are $20 for the day, no reservations required.   We look forward to seeing you all this Sunday!!!
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose #5 Excursion To Cascade Canyon
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose #5 will offer roundtrip train excursions from the Durango Depot (MP 451.52) to Cascade Canyon (MP 477.55). There will be a 45 minute layover at Cascade Canyon.   Important Notes: Lunch is not included. Goose passengers will be able to pre-purchase a boxed lunch or have access to purchase lunch from the concession car while at Cascade Canyon. Alternatively, passengers may bring their own lunch.   Restrooms are not available on the Goose but will be available at Hermosa, Rockwood, and on the regularly scheduled Cascade Canyon Train on layover at Cascade Canyon.   August 26 -Roundtrip Durango Depot to Cascade Canyon Wye  Durango Departure Time: 9:25am  Durango Arrival Time: 2:45pm   Cascade Canyon Goose Fare: $155*  * plus 8% historic preservation fee
WholeExpo Durango
10:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds Main Exhibit Hall
WholeExpo brings together like-minded individuals and businesses and services that promote healthy, holistic, living and ecological awareness.   WholeExpo features diverse threads of insight and knowledge with the purpose of creating a tapestry of body, spirit, mind, and planet consciousness. It is our hope to not merely coexist but to live in greater harmony with each other and with the Earth.   We recognize that there is a great urgency to be accountable for our consumption, to be aware of our impact both locally and globally, and to be responsible for sharing that information with others. We hope you will take the opportunity to share in this experience, and have fun while you do it!   In 2010, WholeExpo received the Durango Mayor's Proclamation naming the WholeExpo weekends as Healthier World Weekend.
Cats Meow Immersive Durango Scavenger Hunt
11:30am / Train Depot
Step into Durango, where something exciting awaits. Tara, your scavenger hunt game show host, will curate a unique adventure. Embark on an extraordinary journey with a twist! This is not your typical scavenger hunt; it's a creative and immersive departure from the ordinary. Come with an open mind, a big smile, and leave all expectations behind. Unleash your inner detective as you delve into the heart of Durango. Engage with friendly locals, discover intriguing tales of history and culture & capture the essence of the city in photos, videos & audio files. Whether you're a couple or part of a large group, this game is for everyone. Young or old, explorer or artist, it's designed to inspire & entertain all who love to discover and create. This is a perfect chance to connect with your teammates in a fun and light-hearted way. Let your imagination run wild, as you team up to unravel the missions. It's a co-creation between you and your interactive host,Durango itself & you, the hunters, making the experience truly unique. Experience this captivating way to explore a new place. The hunt is on, and adventure awaits you!   Team leader need Whats App on their phone for our game design. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased on the linked website.
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
 Monday, September 11th
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Cats Meow Immersive Durango Scavenger Hunt ALL WEEK
11:30am / Train Depot
Get ready for a whole new adventure in 2023! Step into Durango, where something exciting awaits. Tara, your scavenger hunt game show host, will curate a unique adventure. Embark on an extraordinary journey with a twist! This is not your typical scavenger hunt; it's a creative and immersive departure from the ordinary. Come with an open mind, a big smile, and leave all expectations behind. Unleash your inner detective as you delve into the heart of Durango. Engage with friendly locals, discover intriguing tales of history and culture & capture the essence of the city in photos, videos & audio files. Whether you're a couple or part of a large group, this game is for everyone. Young or old, explorer or artist, it's designed to inspire & entertain all who love to discover and create. This is a perfect chance to connect with your teammates in a fun and light-hearted way. Let your imagination run wild, as you team up to unravel the missions. It's a co-creation between you and your interactive host,Durango itself & you, the hunters, making the experience truly unique. Experience this captivating way to explore a new place. The hunt is on, and adventure awaits you! Team leader need Whats App on their phone for our game design. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased on the linked website.
Chess Club
6:30pm / Guild House Games
Come play some chess! Every Monday night 6:30-9 p.m. upstairs in the Durango mall on Main St.   Free!  Drop in! 
Comedy Showcase
7:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Local and National comics perform every Monday!
 Tuesday, September 12th
Coffee Connections: Maximizing Leadership Potential with Mindfulness
8:00am / Durango Chamber of Commerce
Maximizing Leadership Potential with Mindfulness with FLC Professor Amoneeta Beckstein.    Mindfulness can not only contribute to people’s happiness and inner peace but also to being more effective and influential leaders. Based on research and activities from his latest book, Teaching Mindfulness: A Guidebook for Teachers, Parents, Counselors, and Caregivers (2022), Dr. Amoneeta will teach how to maximize your leadership potential by practicing mindfulness.    Dr. Amoneeta is a psychology assistant professor at Fort Lewis College. He is an indigenous, multicultural, positive psychologist, a slam poet, an author, and an ethical influencer. Dr. Amoneeta is a proponent of leveraging psychology to enhance leadership practices that contribute to job satisfaction and to society’s growth, resilience, and life enhancement.   The Chamber's monthly learning series explores a wide range of topics, industries, and organizations, all presented and highlighted by chamber members. This is a great chance to network with colleagues and get a grasp on a new topic within an hour.
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
Slow Bluegrass Jam
5:30pm / General Palmer
Are you a beginner/intermediate acoustic music player looking to play more? This weekly jam is welcoming to all players, with a focus on slower tempo improvisation solos and chord changes. If you can play the I, IV and V chords in G, D and A then you know enough to play at this jam!
4th Annual Men in Heels Race
5:30pm / Womens Resource Center
The 4th annual Men in Heels relay race will be a fun way for the community to help raise funds for a great cause. Funds will go to Women's Resource Center in memory of Gena Rych to celebrate her very special life and unique spirit.
Junction Creek Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk
5:30pm / Junction Creek Trailhead - lower parking area
Junction Creek/Colorado Trail is a great spot and time of year to learn about some of the local native fruits. Many medicinal plants also grow along the trail. We'll see who's growing both in the open, sunny area between the parking lot and the first bridge (less than 1/4 mile from parking lot), along the creek, and in the wooded and shady trail in the canyon.
Live Music: Nina Sasaki (Pop)
6:00pm / Lolas Place
Come enjoy live music on the Patio!
Open Mic Night
7:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Open mic every Tuesday, open to performers of all kinds and levels from beginners to experts. Support local live music!
 Wednesday, September 13th
Daybreak Rotary Club of Durango
7:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds Pine Room
Curious about how the world's largest civic organization makes a difference in our world? Come join us and find out how together Rotarians around the world seek to eradicate polio, provide education, supply clean water and assist in disaster relief in a non-religious, non-political way. The Daybreak Club is know as the "hands on" club, making a difference together in Durango and beyond. Coffee provided!
Board of County Commissioners - Board Discussion Time
8:30am / Virtually and over the phone by Zoom
Participate on Zoom as follows:   Online (computer or smartphone):  https://zoom.us/j/819094582    Or by telephone:  Dial (if the first number is busy, try another number):  US: +1 346 248 7799 +1 669 900 9128 +1 312 626 6799 +1 646 558 8656 +1 253 215 8782 +1 301 715 8592
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Community Shred Day
9:00am / Alpine Bank
Free Community Shred Day! The Durango Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Alpine Bank and Phoenix Recycling are happy to announce that we will be hosting Shred Day at Alpine Bank in Three Springs.    Donations are accepted to benefit a local non-profit. The suggested donation is $10.00 per box (retail value is $13.20/box). Limit of 3 boxes (banker box size or smaller).    Please remove binder clips & other metal clips. Staples or paper clips do not need to be removed. The shredder is not able to handle bricks, bowling trophies, antique door handles, pipes, etc, so please remove these items from your shred boxes.  
Shred Day!
10:00am / San Juan Mountains Association
It's not quite time to shred up at Purg, but it IS time to shred any old documents you might have - up to three bankers boxes!   Suggested donations is $10/box; all of which goes directly to SJMA!   Come early to ensure your shredded documents will be hauled away by Phoenix Recycling LLC.
Green Business Roundtable
12:00pm / Powerhouse Science Center
Join us for Durango's infamous networking lunch, providing the movers and shakers of our community with a space to innovate, inspire, and eat a delicious lunch while they're at it.
Great Garden Series: Water Harvesting with Eva Montane
4:30pm / Durango Public Library
Join us at the Durango Public Library for some excellent garden-inspired programming! All programs are a partnership between the CSU Extension Office, Durango Botanic Gardens, and the library.
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.    This event is held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month!
San Juan Basin Archaeological Society presentation
7:00pm / Fort Lewis Collage Lyceum and Zoom
The San Juan Basin Archaeological Society invites the public to a presentation in the Lyceum at the Center of Southwest Studies and on Zoom on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 pm. At 6:30 we will have social time, then after a brief business meeting, Professor Karen Harry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will discuss the Virgin Branch Puebloan Culture of Southern Nevada. For log-in information, go to SJBAS.ORG.    Professor Harry specializes in the study of ceramic technology, production, and distribution and the archaeology of the North American southwest. An area of ongoing research deals with understanding ceramic technology and use among sedentary hunter-gathers. For more than a thousand years, the Moapa Valley of southern Nevada was home to people participating in the westernmost expression of Puebloan lifeways. Appearing in the archaeological record at about AD 200, these individuals were members of what archaeologists refer to as the Virgin Branch Puebloan culture. This culture did not appear and progress in a vacuum, how-ever, but developed and changed in response to changing environmental and social conditions. This talk covers the origin, development, and decline of the Lowland Virgin Branch culture while also exploring how the local cultural context affected how this trajectory unfolded.
Karaoke Roulette
8:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Sing a song get a free shot!
Geeks Who Drink
8:00pm / The Roost
Think its just trivia? Think again!
 Thursday, September 14th
Share Your Garden
8:30am / Animas Valley Grange
Bring your surplus fruits and vegetables to the Animas Valley Grange. Your produce will be distributed at no cost to nearby neighbors in need.
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Inaugural Peak Food & Beverage 9-Hole Invitational
9:00am / Hillcrest Golf Club
It's 9 holes of 'Best Ball Scramble' surprises, followed by a post-round bash—complete with awards, food, and fun!   Register for $90 and you'll even drive away knowing you've helped the Women's Resource Center!    Contact brian to get in the game!
Durango Regional Career Fair
10:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds & Event Center, Extension Building
This is a GREAT opportunity for job seekers to meet potential employers, and interview for available positions. Employers will have information about jobs they are currently hiring for and positions that are coming up in the near future. They will be accepting resumes or have you fill out an online application right on the spot. Make sure to dress in business attire and bring plenty of resumes!
Sustainable Durango Mocktail Tasting
4:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Durango Sustainable Goods + Omni Cafe are serving up craft cocktails without the booze (AKA Mocktails!). Enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic mocktail with relaxing adaptogens, fresh basil, mint, lime or lemon.   Curious Elixir Mocktail Menu:   1. Citrus & Radiance  Lingers like the last rays of Venetian Sunshine. Especially good before a fine meal, and perfect for any social gathering where you want a better non-alcoholic option, Curious Elixir No. 4 is our booze-free spin on classic Italian aperitifs like the Aperol Spritz. This Elixir infuses the exotic citrus of blood orange and green mandarin, the light fizz of non-alcoholic prosecco, and the cooling power of American ginseng, turmeric, and holy basil (tulsi). Enjoy in a wine glass, on the rocks, or neat, garnished with an orange slice.   2. Bright & Spicy  Mellow out while your taste buds tap dance. Curious Elixir No. 2 is the spicy lovechild of the pineapple margarita and the Dark & Stormy, 100% booze-free. While citrus, ancho chile, jalapeño, and ginger wake up your taste buds, the ancient Mayan herb damiana will help you unwind. Enjoy on the rocks with a lime wedge and optional sea salt rim.   3. Herbaceous & Floral  If chartreusian monds and auyrvedic masters got together for apre-ski cocktails in the alps. Curious Elixir No. 3 is inspired by modern cocktail classics like the Cucumber Collins—but crafted alcohol-free—then boosted with the power of ashwagandha*, a plant used in Ayurvedic practice for over 5,000 years.* Blending alpine herbs, flowers, cucumber, lemon, and ashwagandha extract (125mg per bottle), Curious Elixir No. 3 was meticulously designed to both please your palate and help you unwind. Best enjoyed over a large cube or neat, garnished with a lemon peel.   *ashwagandha is not advised for pregnant women
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
Fort Lewis College Art Exhibition
4:30pm / Fort Lewis College Art Hall
The Art Gallery at Fort Lewis College is honored to welcome artist Nina Elder. "It Will Not Be The Same, But It Might Be Beautiful" is a multimedia investigation of change focusing on objects that have been exhausted by use and transformed by time. This project illuminates that what remains — even through environmental demise — can inspire wonder, help us understand the past, and embolden resilience in the future.    Join us with refreshments and engage in conversation about the presented artwork!
Ska-BQ: Rob Webster
5:00pm / Ska Brewing World HQ
Join us in the beer garden for fresh craft beer from the source, food specials and free live music on the outdoor stage by Rob Webster!
Community Harvest Days
5:00pm / Various Locations
The fruit trees in our region are ripe and ready, but we need hands to harvest! The Good Food Collective works to eliminate food waste, increase food security, and reduce bear-human conflict by helping to collect backyard produce.    You can join in by visiting the website to find a list of available fruit trees for DIY harvest, rent gear, list your own tree, or by volunteering at one of our family-friendly Community Fruit Harvests.    Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm all of August (and more through October). Pull on your picking pants learn how to join in the fun!
Southwest Colorado Startup Spark
5:00pm / SCAPE Headquarters
Calling all rural business owners in Southwest Colorado! If you're looking to spark your thinking around startup marketing, join us September 14th for an interactive workshop. Energize Colorado and SCAPE are collaborating to bring you the Southwest Colorado Startup Spark, featuring SCAPE Marketing Mentor, Geoff Wolf, and a chance to win up to $1,000 in marketing consulting for two lucky attendees.   A brand is defined by the customers' perception about what the business says and does. In this workshop we'll address how to own that "one thing" in the minds of your customers and ways to develop the necessary sound bites for today's marketing environment.    Key focus will be on these elements:   • 45 minute presentation of brand development combining neuroscience and marketing strategies  • Followed by a group workshop applying the key points of the presentation  • How to establish actionable short term marketing priorities for your business   You'll gain:  • Solutions that you have not heard before  • Ways to develop a unique selling proposition  • PLUS a chance to be one of two winners of free consulting with the Presenter!   This event is best suited for established businesses looking for a boost and the opportunity to gain valuable insights to elevate a marketing strategy. Don't miss this chance to connect with fellow rural business owners and ignite your entrepreneurial spark. Join us on for an evening of inspiration and growth at SCAPE Headquarters   Event has limited capacity, please RSVP now! Presented by Energize Colorado, SCAPE, and TBK Bank.
Jeff Solon Jazz Duo
6:00pm / Lola's Place
Come enjoy live Jazz on the Patio!
Bluegrass Jam Session
6:00pm / Durango Beer & Ice Company
Every Thursday Stop in and enjoy some local Bluegrass jams by your Local bluegrass jammers!   $4 pints all day and if you'd like to join the jam session and bring your instrument you get a free pint of your favorite craft beer!
Karaoke
6:00pm / Grassburger South
Come and join us for a fun night of Karaoke and burgers on the outdoor patio at Grassburger South!
Trivia Night
6:30pm / The Powerhouse
Join us outside on the Carver Family Plaza for Powerhouse trivia night every Thursday through the summer. Our trivia consists of four rounds of questions and always includes one scientific round and a music round. $5 suggested team donations. Bar open for drink purchases and food available from Laura's Artisans and Straight Outta Balboa Island.
 Friday, September 15th
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Friday Puppy Party
2:00pm / Parkers Animal Rescue
Join Parker's Animal Rescue for our "Puppy Party"! Come play, snuggle, and socialize with our adoptable pups -- and maybe you'll find one that you just can't live without.   Don't miss out! Make sure to stop by, bring your friends (no personal animals), and find your new furry family member!   Always doublecheck our PAR social media accounts for any potential cancelations.   Learn more about our current adoptables at https://parkersanimalrescue.com/adopt.
Sustainable Durango Mocktail Tasting
4:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Durango Sustainable Goods + Omni Cafe are serving up craft cocktails without the booze (AKA Mocktails!). Enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic mocktail with relaxing adaptogens, fresh basil, mint, lime or lemon.   Curious Elixir Mocktail Menu:   1. Citrus & Radiance  Lingers like the last rays of Venetian Sunshine. Especially good before a fine meal, and perfect for any social gathering where you want a better non-alcoholic option, Curious Elixir No. 4 is our booze-free spin on classic Italian aperitifs like the Aperol Spritz. This Elixir infuses the exotic citrus of blood orange and green mandarin, the light fizz of non-alcoholic prosecco, and the cooling power of American ginseng, turmeric, and holy basil (tulsi). Enjoy in a wine glass, on the rocks, or neat, garnished with an orange slice.   2. Bright & Spicy  Mellow out while your taste buds tap dance. Curious Elixir No. 2 is the spicy lovechild of the pineapple margarita and the Dark & Stormy, 100% booze-free. While citrus, ancho chile, jalapeño, and ginger wake up your taste buds, the ancient Mayan herb damiana will help you unwind. Enjoy on the rocks with a lime wedge and optional sea salt rim.   3. Herbaceous & Floral  If chartreusian monds and auyrvedic masters got together for apre-ski cocktails in the alps. Curious Elixir No. 3 is inspired by modern cocktail classics like the Cucumber Collins—but crafted alcohol-free—then boosted with the power of ashwagandha*, a plant used in Ayurvedic practice for over 5,000 years.* Blending alpine herbs, flowers, cucumber, lemon, and ashwagandha extract (125mg per bottle), Curious Elixir No. 3 was meticulously designed to both please your palate and help you unwind. Best enjoyed over a large cube or neat, garnished with a lemon peel.   *ashwagandha is not advised for pregnant women
DHS Class of 1970 Reunion
4:00pm / Gazpachos Restaurant
Meet and Greet at Gazpachos outside. Classmates from other years are welcome!   Saturday 10 - 4. Bar-b-que and potluck. Elks Camp Ground
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
The Art Galleries of Durango Autumn Gallery Walk
5:00pm / Downtown Durango
Twelve galleries in Downtown Durango, along with the Smiley Building, will host their Annual Autumn Gallery Walk, featuring a variety of art and crafts from hundreds of talented artists, refreshments and live music. This event kicks off a week-end of great art, including the Durango Art Center's Autumn Arts Festival on 2nd Ave, Saturday and Sunday.
Fall Gallery Walk featuring Local Artists
5:00pm / Sorrel Sky Gallery
Sorrel Sky Gallery is spotlighting its local artists during Durango's annual Fall Gallery Walk. Featuring painters Jim Rey and Phyllis Stapler, jeweler Ben Nighhorse, and sculptors Bryce Pettit, Patsy Davis, and Greg Kelsey.
Jody Naranjo: Fall Gallery Walk Artist Demo
5:00pm / Blue Rain Gallery
Join us for a pottery demonstration by Jody Naranjo during the Durango Fall Gallery Walk.
First Rodeo Art Show
5:00pm / Outer Spaze
A group exhibit showcasing all local artists in a new creative space.   featuring work from Jared Reed, Bill Threlkeld, Roger Seliner, Erin Clyne, Channel 37, Nathaniel D. Anderson and More.
Blue Ribbons and Stanton Englehart Highlight Gallery Walk
5:00pm / Toh-Atin Gallery
To a Native American artist, the prestige of winning a ribbon at tribal art shows and being recognized for your work is one of the highest honors you can receive.    For the Spring Gallery Walk, Toh-Atin Gallery will feature a collection of works that have won top honors at the Gallup Ceremonial, the Navajo Nation Fair, The New Mexico State Fair, the Arizona State Fair and the Santa Fe Indian Market.    Some of these ribbons were awarded as long as 40 years ago and many come from this year's Gallup Ceremonial. It is an outstanding selection of award winning work.    In addition, we will be showing a selection of paintings by Stanton Englehart (1931-2009), one of Durango's most revered and respected artists. The former dean of the Art Department at Fort Lewis College, Englehart captured the beauty and nuances of our Southwest landscape and brought it to life in a powerful and spiritual manner.   Many of these paintings have been in storage and will be shown for the first time.
Artist Talk with Joe Schafer
5:30pm / Earthen Vessel Gallery
Earthen Vessel Gallery invites the public to an artist talk featuring local fine artist, Joe Schafer, and curator and arts professional, Bekah Kolbe, who will be interviewing Schafer about his process in the creation of his Southwestern landscapes as well as his unique journey to becoming a fine artist.   As a self-taught artist, Joe flexes into the skills that he learned in the trades, often incorporating unconventional techniques and mediums like stains, dyes, and solvent-based paints. Inspired by the vastness and elegance of the wild landscapes in his own backyard of Southwest Colorado, Joe utilizes the elements to create the rich and unique textures that are signature to his paintings.   The artist talk starts at 5:30pm and is followed by a short Q&A with the attendees. It takes place during the Gallery Walk, and in addition to the program, Earthen Vessel's featured artist is Maureen May, another local fine artist who will be showcasing all new monotype prints.
CANELLED Friday Nights with Breezin 7-piece Band
6:00pm / Fox Fire Farms
Music, food and wine. Come enjoy your Friday nights with Fox Fire Farms. Seating on spacious lawns. Bring rain gear if there is a chance of rain.  FREE ADMISSION  All seating is outdoors on our spacious lawns.
Fall Gallery Walk
6:00pm / Diane West Jewelry and Art Gallery
Come on by while enjoying the Gallery Walk. Modern, abstract and landscape art and one of a kind jewelry including wedding rings and bands.
Album Release Concert with Ragged Oak
7:00pm / IAM Music Indigo Room
Durango band, Ragged Oak, will be performing an intimate performance of their upcoming album one month prior to release at the IAM Music Indigo Room.    All attendees will receive a CD or download code for the album prior to its release, and will be the first to see the record performed in its entirety.   Local singer-songwriter artist Ely Cartwright will be opening.   Tickets are $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door.
Steely Dead
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm   Steely Dead: A National Touring Band with a Unique Fusion of Grateful Dead and Steely Dan  Hailing from the vibrant music scene of Denver, Colorado, Steely Dead is a national touring band that has satisfied the curiosity of music lovers with their unique blend of Grateful Dead and Steely Dan. Comprised of four exceptionally talented musicians - Dave Abear on guitar, Matt Abear on bass, Chris Sheldon on drums, and Dylan Teifer on keys - Steely Dead has gained a dedicated following with their electrifying performances and soulful interpretations of classic tunes.   Steely Dead's repertoire is a carefully crafted fusion of Grateful Dead and Steely Dan songs, between the arrangement and precision studio recordings of rock legends Steely Dan, cross-pollinated with the Grateful Dead's free-flowing, melodic improvisation and masterful song segues. Steely Dead merges these major concepts together infusing the influence into each band, all the while creating an original jam element with the song segues. Steely Dead's performances are a musical journey that takes audiences on a nostalgic trip through the golden era of rock and roll.   As a national touring band, Steely Dead has built a loyal fan base that eagerly anticipates their shows and follows them from city to city. Their performances are not just concerts, but communal gatherings where fans come together to celebrate the music they love, dance, and create lasting memories. Steely Dead's performances are a testament to the power of live music, bringing people together and creating an unforgettable experience that resonates long after the last note fades.   Steely Dead is not just a band; it's a musical experience that captures the hearts and souls of music lovers everywhere.
 Saturday, September 16th
Valkyrie Multisport Relay
6:00am / Santa Rita Whitewater Park, etc.
New to Durango, the Valkyrie Multisport Relay! The challenging course spans over 100 miles of Durango's spectacular city and naturescapes. The event features teams of up to 9 competitors exchanging between road running, trail running, mountain biking, stand-up paddle boarding, open water swimming, road cycling, and canoe/kayak paddling.    Compete Individually or on a Team:   Individual athletes can compete in any sport. You can go it alone, or race alongside a friend who is on a team. Individual competitors chose one sport included in the cost of registration - Regular Price $93 for Full Course length and $81 for Sprint Course length. Add more/all sports to make a team. Racing must be completed within the posted course operating times.   Volunteers Needed:  If you cannot race but would still like to be involved in the fun, we could use a volunteer! If you're interested, please click the volunteer tab on the website.
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.
Kiwanis Pancake Day! All you can eat!
8:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds and Event Center
Join us for all you can eat pancakes, ham, eggs, and all the fixings. Children under 12 eat free. All proceeds go to help programs in our community that benefit children and families. Hope to see you you there!
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs
9:00am / Sky Ute Fairgrounds
An electronic training collar is used to simulate a snake bite. Dogs are trained to recognize the sight, sound and smell of a rattlesnake. The rattlesnakes are neutralized so they cannot bite. Professional dog Trainer, Terry Chandler, has been doing this training for over 30 years, and no dog has ever been injured at an event. Registration is required. This event is sponsored by the Durango Kennel Club.
Pterosaurs: Ancient Rulers of the Skies on display
9:30am / The Powerhouse
Visit us at The Powerhouse to check out our summertime traveling exhibit, "Pterosaurs: Ancient Rulers of the Skies", on display May 27th-September 17th.   This exhibit explores the majesty and wonder of a group of flying reptiles that lived between the Late Triassic through the Late Cretaceous Periods (228 to 66 million years ago) of the Mesozoic Era. Ideal for learners of all ages; families and individuals can learn about these fascinating and visually striking creatures in a variety of ways.   This exhibit features fossil replicas mixed with eight digital interactive stations showcasing the evolution, diversity, and lifestyle of this intriguing group of species.   The Powerhouse is open to the public 7 days a week 9:30am-3:30pm.
29th Annual Autumn Arts Festival
10:00am / Along 2nd Avenue
Celebrating 29 years of presenting fine art and fine craft by makers from around the country, this juried festival takes place amidst the fall colors on quaint Second Avenue in historic downtown Durango, Colorado. The wide avenue, lined with restaurants and a variety of shops, is one block east of Main Avenue.
Buffalo Soldiers Return to Animas City
10:00am / Animas Museum
History will really come alive when the Buffalo Soldiers return to Animas City. The reenactors will share stories of the Buffalo Soldiers (including Cathay Williams--the only known woman to serve), and show visitors their equipment, uniforms, and supplies.   The event is free and open to the public.
Vibrant Cows - The Finest Cow Paintings Ever
10:00am / Autumn Arts Festival - Booth 36
Enliven your home and your life with Vibrant Cows. Vibrant Cows are an offering from nature and a call to the basic goodness within each of us. Visit booth 36 at the Durango Autumn Arts Festival to view these fine art paintings and be surrounded by the sweetness.   Mention whatshappeningdurango.com and receive 20% off
Free Yoga and Healing Festival
11:00am / Buckley Park
Come join us to tap into your primal self, deepen your relationship with your body, and your community at our free yoga class blending vinyasa and Primal Movement. This will be followed by several hours of live music, DJ performances, and social hours with food and drinks from local vendors.   11:00 AM: Primal Flow Yoga with local instructor Bif  12:15 PM: Guided Meditation, Sound Healing, and other healing practices  1:00 - 5:00 PM: Social hours with food, drinks, music, dancing, and more!  9:00 PM: Afterparty at Roxy's   Thank you to our Sponsors!  - Hermosa Cafe  - Public House 701  - Chimayo  - Roxy's  - The Alliance  - Hard Ketones  - Jimmy's Music Supply  - Ultrahouse Durango  - Love n' Juice
Animas Valley Grange Community BBQ & Picnic
11:00am / Animas Valley Grange
Free & everyone is welcome! Lunch starts at noon.   The Grange will provide burgers, hot dogs, lemonade and iced tea. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Enjoy music, bean bag toss and other kids games.
Purgatory Oktoberfest
12:00pm / Purgatory Resort
Presented by Sky Ute Casino   Come on up and try out the flavors of the season at our Purgatory Oktoberfest celebration! With great brews, beautiful views, live music and a festive atmosphere it should be a blast!
Sustainable Durango Mocktail Tasting
4:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Durango Sustainable Goods + Omni Cafe are serving up craft cocktails without the booze (AKA Mocktails!). Enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic mocktail with relaxing adaptogens, fresh basil, mint, lime or lemon.   Curious Elixir Mocktail Menu:   1. Citrus & Radiance  Lingers like the last rays of Venetian Sunshine. Especially good before a fine meal, and perfect for any social gathering where you want a better non-alcoholic option, Curious Elixir No. 4 is our booze-free spin on classic Italian aperitifs like the Aperol Spritz. This Elixir infuses the exotic citrus of blood orange and green mandarin, the light fizz of non-alcoholic prosecco, and the cooling power of American ginseng, turmeric, and holy basil (tulsi). Enjoy in a wine glass, on the rocks, or neat, garnished with an orange slice.   2. Bright & Spicy  Mellow out while your taste buds tap dance. Curious Elixir No. 2 is the spicy lovechild of the pineapple margarita and the Dark & Stormy, 100% booze-free. While citrus, ancho chile, jalapeño, and ginger wake up your taste buds, the ancient Mayan herb damiana will help you unwind. Enjoy on the rocks with a lime wedge and optional sea salt rim.   3. Herbaceous & Floral  If chartreusian monds and auyrvedic masters got together for apre-ski cocktails in the alps. Curious Elixir No. 3 is inspired by modern cocktail classics like the Cucumber Collins—but crafted alcohol-free—then boosted with the power of ashwagandha*, a plant used in Ayurvedic practice for over 5,000 years.* Blending alpine herbs, flowers, cucumber, lemon, and ashwagandha extract (125mg per bottle), Curious Elixir No. 3 was meticulously designed to both please your palate and help you unwind. Best enjoyed over a large cube or neat, garnished with a lemon peel.   *ashwagandha is not advised for pregnant women
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
Hermosa Cafe Art Mart Soiree
4:30pm / Hermosa Cafe Art Lot
An evening of art and self expression - art market with party atmosphere. Artisan vendors, interactive art demonstrations, live music and performance art, free kids projects, active mural wall and costume contest. Artists and performers can sign up on instagram @ Hermosacafeartlot. Every third Saturday of month.
Local Firsts 2023 Harvest Dinner
5:00pm / The Smiley Building Lawn
Local First's beloved Harvest Dinner returns for it's 7th year on and YOU'RE invited!    Gather with fellow foodies on this autumn evening to celebrate the abundance of fresh produce, grass-fed meats, culinary mastery, and artisanal beverages in our local area!   This year's feast promises a multiple course, fine-dining experience in an intimate setting that honors the growers, preparers and advocates of Durango's local food.    TICKETS ON SALE NOW!    Tickets are $175 each. Costs include six courses of tasty morsels, hand crafted cocktails, hand-selected wines, as well as taxes and gratuities. All proceeds benefit local farmers, restaurants, and Local First's efforts to promote local food purchasing through the local, independent business community.
Thee Fearless Peasants return!
6:00pm / Durango Craft Spirits
Enjoy a fine, local beverage on the patio of Durango Craft Spirits with a new Fearless Peasant lineup and be prepared for a little mayhem! Incorrect Bluegrass, Folk and Rock & Roll
Yoga and Healing Festival After Party
9:00pm / Roxys
9:00 PM: Afterparty at Roxy's   Come dance your heart out at Roxy's at 639 Main Ave! We'll have some great DJs and stage lights with us getting the vibes going! There will also be some surprises in the mix for those who attend the Yoga and Healing Festival in Buckley Park earlier in the day, so make sure to come by and enjoy the day with us beforehand!    Thank you to our Sponsors!  - Hermosa Cafe  - Public House 701  - Chimayo  - Roxy's  - The Alliance  - Hard Ketones  - Jimmy's Music Supply  - Ultrahouse Durango  - Love n' Juice
 Sunday, September 17th
Durango Flea Market
8:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds and Event Center
The Durango Flea Market Returns!!  Alright Durango, it's that time of year and flea market season is underway! Come check out all the great deals we have to offer!   Join us for all the amazing deals at the Durango Flea Market at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, front parking lot A. Calling all vendors out, come show us what you got! Booths are $20 for the day, no reservations required.   We look forward to seeing you all this Sunday!!!
Veteran Benefit Breakfast - Open to Public
9:00am / VFW Post 4031
Great opportunity to support your local veterans while enjoying a delicious breakfast! Open to the public, this event is held every 1st & 3rd Sunday. Donations of only $9 for adults, $8 for veterans, and $6 for kids 12 and under. All proceeds help support local veterans!
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Buffalo Soldiers on the Rails
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
After a day at the Museum (July 16th), the Buffalo Soldiers are going to join us for an incredible journey into history. We will have a designated coach for the day. Learn about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers and their impact on La Plata County and the American West as well as the railroad, Durango, Silverton, and points in between with our professional docents. Enjoy lunch on your own in Silverton.   Tickets are $120 each and all proceeds benefit the Animas Museum and help to continue to provide programs like this. Please call the Museum at 970 259-2402 for payment options. We hope to see you onboard!
29th Annual Autumn Arts Festival
10:00am / Along 2nd Avenue
Celebrating 29 years of presenting fine art and fine craft by makers from around the country, this juried festival takes place amidst the fall colors on quaint Second Avenue in historic downtown Durango, Colorado. The wide avenue, lined with restaurants and a variety of shops, is one block east of Main Avenue.
Durango Arts Week - Shibori Botanical Dye workshop
10:00am / Durango Sustainable Goods
Join us in a heartwarming hands-on experience where you'll play with the ancient Shibori technique and the vibrant colors of freshly plucked garden flowers to craft your very own silk scarf. Guided by our expert, Laurie Hall of @bluebirddyegardens, you'll uncover the magic of bundle dyeing, creating a truly one-of-a-kind masterpiece that's as unique as you are. Absolutely no prior experience is needed—just bring your curiosity and a smile! ???? All materials are provided. Dyeing can be messy - please wear appropriate clothes.   $90.00/Person
Vibrant Cows - The Finest Cow Paintings Ever
10:00am / Autumn Arts Festival - Booth 36
Enliven your home and your life with Vibrant Cows. Vibrant Cows are an offering from nature and a call to the basic goodness within each of us. Visit booth 36 at the Durango Autumn Arts Festival to view these fine art paintings and be surrounded by the sweetness.   Mention whatshappeningdurango.com and receive 20% off
Healing Salve Workshop with Eco Everyday
1:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Join us for a fun and informative workshop focused on customizing your very own topical healing salve just in time for the chilly Fall season and Holiday season! These semi-solid remedies use a combination of herbal oils and natural waxes or butters to create potent, shelf-stable products that can be used to soothe and hydrate the skin, promote tissue repair and wound healing, reduce pain, and so much more. Get a hands-on experience crafting personalized nourishing salve using herbal-infused oils and anti-inflammatory oils with the guidance of skincare formulator, Suchada of Eco Everyday and Maka Earth.   Each student will be guided through making 1.75 oz of a naturally scented and therapeutic salve using a plant-based wax that is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic, while learning about different essential oils and ingredients that add medicinal powers to healing salves. The student-designed salve will be packaged in a 2 oz amber glass jar ready to take home right after the workshop.
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
 Monday, September 18th
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Register! Introduction to Wildlife Photography
10:30am / Durango Arts Center
September 22nd, Join us!   This introductory course will teach you the fundamentals of wildlife photography, including types of shooting subjects, necessary gear, exposure settings, and general ethics and best practices. Includes a discussion of some of our favorite local and regional spots for wildlife photography.   Class Curriculum  1 hour of introduction to wildlife photography, including types of subjects, necessary gear for each, exposure settings, general ethics, and best practices   15-minutes of discussion of local and regional spots for wildlife photography   15-minutes of Q&A
Cats Meow Immersive Durango Scavenger Hunt ALL WEEK
11:30am / Train Depot
Get ready for a whole new adventure in 2023! Step into Durango, where something exciting awaits. Tara, your scavenger hunt game show host, will curate a unique adventure. Embark on an extraordinary journey with a twist! This is not your typical scavenger hunt; it's a creative and immersive departure from the ordinary. Come with an open mind, a big smile, and leave all expectations behind. Unleash your inner detective as you delve into the heart of Durango. Engage with friendly locals, discover intriguing tales of history and culture & capture the essence of the city in photos, videos & audio files. Whether you're a couple or part of a large group, this game is for everyone. Young or old, explorer or artist, it's designed to inspire & entertain all who love to discover and create. This is a perfect chance to connect with your teammates in a fun and light-hearted way. Let your imagination run wild, as you team up to unravel the missions. It's a co-creation between you and your interactive host,Durango itself & you, the hunters, making the experience truly unique. Experience this captivating way to explore a new place. The hunt is on, and adventure awaits you! Team leader need Whats App on their phone for our game design. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased on the linked website.
Register! Introduction to Adobe Lightroom
3:00pm / Durango Arts Center
September 21st!    This course will introduce you to Adobe Lightroom, a powerful photo editing software used by professional and amateur photographers alike. You'll learn the basics of organizing and editing your photos, as well as key tools like presets, color grading, masks, and more. With guidance from our experienced instructor, you can make expert edits in no time! No experience necessary!   Class Curriculum  1 hour of guided photography session of downtown Durango to gather photos to edit   1 hour of an introduction to the features, editing, presets, tools, and panels of Adobe Lightroom CC   1 hour of hands-on editing of photos from the earlier photography session   Needed Materials from Students  Active subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud and/or Lightroom CC and Classic  Trial subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud and/or Lightroom CC and Classic  Personal laptop and power supply  External mouse  A digital camera or smartphone for a photography session  Memory card reader, connecting cables, or a way to import photos onto a laptop 
5 Simple Ways to Make More Eco-Friendly Choices in Your Creative Business - Indigo Marigold Design
3:30pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Free event! This workshop are part of the Durango Arts Week event.    Wish you could be more eco-friendly in your business but feeling overwhelmed by not knowing where to start?    Wondering how to be more eco-friendly without sacrificing profit or convenience? This workshop will help you feel so much more empowered to commit to better practices & feel proud to share that the interworking of your business are in line with your values. Come learn 5 simple ways you can make more eco-friendly choices in your business and leave feeling relieved, refreshed and excited to get started!
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
How to Use Branding to Increase Sales & Attract Raving Fans as a Creative Business Owners - Indigo Marigold Design
5:30pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Free event! This workshop are part of the Durango Arts Week event.   Ready to widen your impact & increase your profits as a creative business owner? Come learn about how to using branding to attract the right clientele, create a brand that people know they can trust, & foster lasting connections with raving fans. This workshop will help you feel so much more confident & authentic when representing your business and making sales!
Chess Club
6:30pm / Guild House Games
Come play some chess! Every Monday night 6:30-9 p.m. upstairs in the Durango mall on Main St.   Free!  Drop in! 
Register! Imrov Student Showcase Classes
6:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Wednesdays! September 27, October 4, 11, 18th   Does being on stage look like fun? Come join the Improv Student Showcase and be a part of our October 20th Improv show! The classes will be taught by both Cindy and Mary to get you comfortable on stage playing with others. The class will include four classes and a performance on October 20th. SHOW DATE: October 20th @ 7:00pm Email dart@durangoarts.org for the student, teacher, and service worker discount.
Comedy Showcase
7:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Local and National comics perform every Monday!
 Tuesday, September 19th
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Monthly Boundless Heart Mindfulness Practice
9:00am / Myah Mindfulness Studio
Practice with Myah Lee, a certified teacher in Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion(MSC).    In each session, we will explore, with curiosity, the nature of our own minds. We will investigate our experience through mindfulness practice in a wakeful, attentive, open, free and loving way. The purpose is to learn to become aware of mental, emotional and physical phenomena in our experience, and cultivate joy in daily living that brings profound ease, freedom and intimate connection with life.   Third Tuesday of Each Month: 9:00 - 10:30am  Cost: $20 per session   To reserve your space: call or email!
Durango Arts Week - Slump Glass Bottle Cheese Trays
2:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Two Classes! 2:30 AND 4:30!   We will mix creativity with pleasure as we unwind from a busy day, enjoy wine and cheese, spend time with other artists, and most importantly enjoy the opportunity to sit, relax and decorate two slump glass platters. The options to decorate are limitless, these also make great gifts for any occasion!   All supplies, laughter, glass of wine, cheese, and an experienced teacher to guide you, are included in this very special class
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
Slow Bluegrass Jam
5:30pm / General Palmer
Are you a beginner/intermediate acoustic music player looking to play more? This weekly jam is welcoming to all players, with a focus on slower tempo improvisation solos and chord changes. If you can play the I, IV and V chords in G, D and A then you know enough to play at this jam!
SCAPE Tech Series: Explore the Internet of Things (IoT)
5:30pm / SCAPE Headquarters
Join us for a discussion on the Internet of Things (IoT) - encompassing electronics, communication and computer science engineering. We'll cover how this tactic is used to solve problems and get creative on ways to incorporate IoT in your business and life. This session is led by SCAPE Mentor Peter Provost, former head of product development teams at Microsoft's Developer & Azure cloud divisions and helped establish a few "internal startups" within the company.   This session is one in a new Summer Tech Series. Guest speakers will cover a variety of topics from data, no code creation, to artificial intelligence and cloud computing and how these tools can add more efficiency to your work. Come for the topic, stay for the connections. We encourage everyone from tech leaders to tech-curious to be our guest. This event is a collaborative effort with SCAPE Mentors, Nicholas Goodman and Ben Le Cun, drinks and snacks provided by SCAPE.
Sunset Yoga
6:00pm / The Powerhouse Science Center
Sunset Yoga down by the river on the Carver Family Plaza at The Powerhouse Science Center??   This FREE community event will be held 3rd Tuesdays of each month   All levels welcome.  Dj's & Mocktail Bar!  Hosted by Coach Soleil
Live Music: Nina Sasaki (Pop)
6:00pm / Lolas Place
Come enjoy live music on the Patio!
Open Mic Night
7:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Open mic every Tuesday, open to performers of all kinds and levels from beginners to experts. Support local live music!
 Wednesday, September 20th
Daybreak Rotary Club of Durango
7:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds Pine Room
Curious about how the world's largest civic organization makes a difference in our world? Come join us and find out how together Rotarians around the world seek to eradicate polio, provide education, supply clean water and assist in disaster relief in a non-religious, non-political way. The Daybreak Club is know as the "hands on" club, making a difference together in Durango and beyond. Coffee provided!
2023 Alliance Summit
8:00am / Sky Ute Casino Resort
The La Plata Economic Development Alliance invites all local business leaders and community members to the 2023 Alliance Summit.    This Leadership Summit is one of the most anticipated business events in the region and features four national keynote speakers and several interactive breakout sessions. The theme, "Opportunity Now!, underscores the potential that arises through community collaboration, emphasizing the importance of leveraging collective resources, knowledge, and experiences to lead and maximize opportunities for individuals and the community. Topics of exploration will include empowering leaders, fostering resilient communities, lifelong learning and wellness, prioritizing community values through collaboration and partnerships, and recognizing the significance of diverse social networks in cultivating opportunities.    Be part of the conversation. Register and find additional information at yeslpc.com.
Board of County Commissioners - Board Discussion Time
8:30am / Virtually and over the phone by Zoom
Participate on Zoom as follows:   Online (computer or smartphone):  https://zoom.us/j/819094582    Or by telephone:  Dial (if the first number is busy, try another number):  US: +1 346 248 7799 +1 669 900 9128 +1 312 626 6799 +1 646 558 8656 +1 253 215 8782 +1 301 715 8592
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Durango Arts Week - Basic Jewelry Making Techniques
2:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Two Classes! 2:30 AND 4:30!   Students will discover fun and different guided projects that introduce basic jewelry making techniques. Colorful earrings with glass beads or polished stones, wire wrapping, and bracelets! We will mix creativity with pleasure as we unwind from a busy day, enjoy a happy hour drink, spend time with other artists, and most importantly enjoy the opportunity to sit, relax and make beautiful jewelry.
DPLs History Writing Book Discussion
3:00pm / Animas Museum
Join library staff for a discussion of all types of historical writings -- fiction, nonfiction, speculative, biographies. No pre-reading required! Come to share reviews of your favorite historic reads and book recommendations. Discover new titles and meet other book lovers in the community! This event is offered as part of the History Live program. Registration required.
Alley Beautification Design Charrette
5:00pm / Lolas Place
You're invited to bring ideas and contribute to a public Design Charrette hosted by Durango Creative District and Lola's Place with City of Durango planners and neighborhood designers DHM Design. This community event will be focused on creating a vision for a walkable, art-centric activation of the alley between Main Avenue and East Second Avenue.   What is a design charrette?  A design charrette is a rapid, intensive and creative work session for a design team to achieve an optimal and informed design for the future of the Main Avenue/East Second Avenue alley.   This charrette is open to the public and artists and designers are encouraged to join and share their ideas.
A Night Of Improv: Student Showcase!
7:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Devise & Conquer members, Mary Quinn and Cindy Laudadio-Hill lead a showcase of both short and long-form improvisation featuring the students of the Durango Arts Center Improv Classes!   Hilarity will ensue.   House opens 30 minutes before listed show time.
Karaoke Roulette
8:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Sing a song get a free shot!
Geeks Who Drink
8:00pm / The Roost
Think its just trivia? Think again!
Ezra Bell
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
Ezra Bell with special guest TBA  Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm  $18 / $20   Ezra Bell was founded by Benjamin Wuamett and friends late in the summer of 2013. It was warm enough to sit on the porch into the evening and learn a couple of songs. A lap drum, a banjo and an out-of-tune guitar. Since then the cast of characters involved have moved around a bit. Having just finished their eighth studio album, they'll wander around a bit and see if anyone likes it.   The current cast of characters:  Jeremy Asay- piano, mandolin  Dave Asay- guitar, banjo  Elizabeth Anderson- Strings  Aaron Mattison- Horns  Tommy Mortenson- Upright Bass  John Myers- Drums  Benjamin Wuamett- Vocals   https://www.ezrabellband.com  https://www.facebook.com/EzraBellBand  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_8O4Tm1AbpGPw4q69tjnLw
 Thursday, September 21st
Share Your Garden
8:30am / Animas Valley Grange
Bring your surplus fruits and vegetables to the Animas Valley Grange. Your produce will be distributed at no cost to nearby neighbors in need.
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Sustainable Durango Mocktail Tasting
4:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Durango Sustainable Goods + Omni Cafe are serving up craft cocktails without the booze (AKA Mocktails!). Enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic mocktail with relaxing adaptogens, fresh basil, mint, lime or lemon.   Curious Elixir Mocktail Menu:   1. Citrus & Radiance  Lingers like the last rays of Venetian Sunshine. Especially good before a fine meal, and perfect for any social gathering where you want a better non-alcoholic option, Curious Elixir No. 4 is our booze-free spin on classic Italian aperitifs like the Aperol Spritz. This Elixir infuses the exotic citrus of blood orange and green mandarin, the light fizz of non-alcoholic prosecco, and the cooling power of American ginseng, turmeric, and holy basil (tulsi). Enjoy in a wine glass, on the rocks, or neat, garnished with an orange slice.   2. Bright & Spicy  Mellow out while your taste buds tap dance. Curious Elixir No. 2 is the spicy lovechild of the pineapple margarita and the Dark & Stormy, 100% booze-free. While citrus, ancho chile, jalapeño, and ginger wake up your taste buds, the ancient Mayan herb damiana will help you unwind. Enjoy on the rocks with a lime wedge and optional sea salt rim.   3. Herbaceous & Floral  If chartreusian monds and auyrvedic masters got together for apre-ski cocktails in the alps. Curious Elixir No. 3 is inspired by modern cocktail classics like the Cucumber Collins—but crafted alcohol-free—then boosted with the power of ashwagandha*, a plant used in Ayurvedic practice for over 5,000 years.* Blending alpine herbs, flowers, cucumber, lemon, and ashwagandha extract (125mg per bottle), Curious Elixir No. 3 was meticulously designed to both please your palate and help you unwind. Best enjoyed over a large cube or neat, garnished with a lemon peel.   *ashwagandha is not advised for pregnant women
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
A Garden of Art
4:30pm / Durango Botanic Gardens
It may come as a surprise to some that the Durango Botanic Gardens, located at the Durango Public Library, is host to one of the largest collections of outdoor art in Durango. Our collection of outdoor art encompasses a wide range of materials, including murals, ceramics, glass, metalwork and woodwork. We will present a video and slides of artwork in our gardens with many of the artists on hand to add more detail as to what inspired a particular piece, issues they may have encountered, etc. Following our in-library presentation, at approximately 5:15 pm, we will venture into the botanic gardens to inspect our outdoor art collection and visit with their creators.   Join Us! This event is a rare opportunity to visit some of the acclaimed artists in our region, many with a national following.
Ska-BQ: Ben Gibson Duo
5:00pm / Ska Brewing World HQ
Join us in the beer garden for fresh craft beer from the source, food specials and free live music on the outdoor stage by the Ben Gibson Duo!
Business After Hours: Membership Appreciation Party
5:00pm / Durango Chamber of Commerce
This event is free of charge but we ask that you register.    Business After Hours is a networking mixer co-hosted by the Durango Chamber and a Chamber member, attracting professionals from all around the Durango area.   Please RSVP by no later than Sept. 19.
Community Harvest Days
5:00pm / Various Locations
The fruit trees in our region are ripe and ready, but we need hands to harvest! The Good Food Collective works to eliminate food waste, increase food security, and reduce bear-human conflict by helping to collect backyard produce.    You can join in by visiting the website to find a list of available fruit trees for DIY harvest, rent gear, list your own tree, or by volunteering at one of our family-friendly Community Fruit Harvests.
Jeff Solon Jazz Duo
6:00pm / Lola's Place
Come enjoy live Jazz on the Patio!
Bluegrass Jam Session
6:00pm / Durango Beer & Ice Company
Every Thursday Stop in and enjoy some local Bluegrass jams by your Local bluegrass jammers!   $4 pints all day and if you'd like to join the jam session and bring your instrument you get a free pint of your favorite craft beer!
Karaoke
6:00pm / Grassburger South
Come and join us for a fun night of Karaoke and burgers on the outdoor patio at Grassburger South!
Trivia Night
6:30pm / The Powerhouse
Join us outside on the Carver Family Plaza for Powerhouse trivia night every Thursday through the summer. Our trivia consists of four rounds of questions and always includes one scientific round and a music round. $5 suggested team donations. Bar open for drink purchases and food available from Laura's Artisans and Straight Outta Balboa Island.
 Friday, September 22nd
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Friday Puppy Party
2:00pm / Parkers Animal Rescue
Join Parker's Animal Rescue for our "Puppy Party"! Come play, snuggle, and socialize with our adoptable pups -- and maybe you'll find one that you just can't live without.   Don't miss out! Make sure to stop by, bring your friends (no personal animals), and find your new furry family member!   Always doublecheck our PAR social media accounts for any potential cancelations.   Learn more about our current adoptables at https://parkersanimalrescue.com/adopt.
Navajo Weaving Demonstation
3:00pm / Fort Lewis College, Art Department
Vinancio Aragon, a Dine textile artist, will present a weaving demonstration in room 170 in the southwest corner of the Fort Lewis College (FLC) Art Department Building. Enter the building either from the front, or, closer to Room 170, from the back. If possible, bring a folding chair. The event is sponsored by the San Juan Basin Archaeological Society and the FLC Center of SW Studies as part of History Live.   Venancio holds two BA degrees: one in Cultural Anthropology from the U. of N.M. and the other in Native American Studies from FLC. Prior to becoming a full-time artist, Venancio worked for the National Park Service as an interpretive ranger in parks and monuments throughout the Southwest. His interest in archaeology, anthropology, and art has led him on a journey of researching and reviving portions of the Diné weaving repertoire that are in danger of being lost.   Venancio was the 2020 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He lives and works Farmington, where he continues to educate and promote Diné weaving as a form of decolonial expression. Venancio's textiles were part of the exhibitions: Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles, COLOR: The Beauty and Science of Color, and Tangible/Intangible.   In addition to demonstrating his unique weaving techniques, Venancio will speak briefly Friday evening at 7:00 pm in the FLC Student Union Ballroom to introduce the screening of Cloudy Ridge Production's "Overshoot and Collapse in the Ancient Four Corners". The film showing is free and open to the public as part of History Live. The Diné perspective plays an integral part in the film.
Sustainable Durango Mocktail Tasting
4:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Durango Sustainable Goods + Omni Cafe are serving up craft cocktails without the booze (AKA Mocktails!). Enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic mocktail with relaxing adaptogens, fresh basil, mint, lime or lemon.   Curious Elixir Mocktail Menu:   1. Citrus & Radiance  Lingers like the last rays of Venetian Sunshine. Especially good before a fine meal, and perfect for any social gathering where you want a better non-alcoholic option, Curious Elixir No. 4 is our booze-free spin on classic Italian aperitifs like the Aperol Spritz. This Elixir infuses the exotic citrus of blood orange and green mandarin, the light fizz of non-alcoholic prosecco, and the cooling power of American ginseng, turmeric, and holy basil (tulsi). Enjoy in a wine glass, on the rocks, or neat, garnished with an orange slice.   2. Bright & Spicy  Mellow out while your taste buds tap dance. Curious Elixir No. 2 is the spicy lovechild of the pineapple margarita and the Dark & Stormy, 100% booze-free. While citrus, ancho chile, jalapeño, and ginger wake up your taste buds, the ancient Mayan herb damiana will help you unwind. Enjoy on the rocks with a lime wedge and optional sea salt rim.   3. Herbaceous & Floral  If chartreusian monds and auyrvedic masters got together for apre-ski cocktails in the alps. Curious Elixir No. 3 is inspired by modern cocktail classics like the Cucumber Collins—but crafted alcohol-free—then boosted with the power of ashwagandha*, a plant used in Ayurvedic practice for over 5,000 years.* Blending alpine herbs, flowers, cucumber, lemon, and ashwagandha extract (125mg per bottle), Curious Elixir No. 3 was meticulously designed to both please your palate and help you unwind. Best enjoyed over a large cube or neat, garnished with a lemon peel.   *ashwagandha is not advised for pregnant women
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
Pots and Pints: Ceramic Hand-Building Happy Hour
4:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Come get your hands dirty as you create a unique Mad Hatter Tea Cup! 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 Ceramic Mad Hatter Tea Cup. 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
Durango Open Studio Tour -- Opening Art Exhibition
5:00pm / The Smiley Cafe
Durango is a place that celebrates and prides itself in creative arts, cultural traditions and practices, historical recognition, and expressive exploration. Durango is celebrating the contributions of visual artists by showcasing artists and their work in the Durango Open Studio Tour. Emerging and professional artists are invited to open their doors' to allow visitors to explore, discover and connect.    This self-guided tour of local artist studios is an opportunity for you to give potential buyers, galleries, and art lovers an opportunity to connect with you on a different level. You can give participants a behind the scenes view of your creative process, and in a way, let others be a part of your process. The tour is free for art patrons to tour studios.   Join us alongside our supportive community organizations in celebrating the contributions artists are making in creating a more beautiful Durango. Artists offering a wide array of fine arts — from paintings, wearable art, photography, ceramics, glass, woodworking, jewelry, sculpture, metalwork, and mixed media are encouraged to be a part of this tour.    Also, please help us create a studio tour that is diverse, inclusive, equitable, and accessible by helping us spread the word to all emerging and professional working artists.
5th Annual Pop-Up Fashion Show - Early Show
5:00pm / lively (a boutique)
Our annual Pop-up Fashion Show fundraiser for iAM MUSIC at lively (a boutique) is back! There are two show times both with very limited 40 person capacity available so make sure to get your tickets before they sell out!   Show up an hour early before each show time time for a special pre-party!
Women Outside Adventure Forum - Local Adventurer Story Night
5:30pm / Backcountry Experience + Others
Know that feeling when everything just seems to fall into place? You know you're on the right path; not because the GPS told you so, but because you feel it. You're being true to yourself. That's the feeling of living in alignment with your values and purpose.    It's an awesome feeling and one that many of us experience for the first time in the outdoors. At this year's Women Outside Adventure Forum, we're exploring the way… in ourselves and out on the trail.    Visit website for more event information, locations, and times.
Friday Nights with Six Dollar String Band
6:00pm / Fox Fire Farms
Music, food and wine. Come enjoy your Friday nights with Fox Fire Farms. Seating on spacious lawns. Bring rain gear if there is a chance of rain.  FREE ADMISSION  All seating is outdoors on our spacious lawns.
Soul is Waterproof Book Event
6:00pm / Maria's Bookshop
Matthew Moseley will be in Durango for the new book Soul is Waterproof with a book event at Maria's Bookshop at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 22nd, with American Rivers and Durango Mayor, Melissa Youssef.    Waterman Matt Moseley has a passion for long-distance swims in sometimes treacherous waters. Whether it's New Orleans, the Caribbean, the Colorado River, the Sea of Galilee, or points between, he dives into new challenges, and in Soul is Waterproof, he invites you to experience the adventures along the way.    As he discovers crossing one body of water after another, people can't live where fish can't swim. Soul is Waterproof offers you a coveted spot on Moseley's support boat, so prepare yourself. Captivating stories involving larger-than-life characters unfold around every bend.
Trivia & Tracks
6:30pm / Durango Beer & Ice Company
Trivia and Tracks in a friendly , fun , atmosphere with great craft beer! Come in and enjoy some trivia and win 2 ways!
San Juan Basin Archaeological Society and FLC presentation
7:00pm / Fort Lewis Collage Ballroom
San Juan Basin Archaeological Society and FLC Center of SW Studies, Dept. of Anthropology will present the film "Overshoot and Collapse of the Ancient Four Corners"   This film, by Cloudy Ridge Productions, addresses issues of sedentism, aggregation, depopulation, and climatic concerns of the pre-contact indigenous peoples of the Four Corners region of the United States. The film transports the viewer on a new and intimate journey from how did these ancient people live? What were their migrational patterns essentially about? How did they affect the environment and climate? And are we presently experiencing similar patterns of the hardship and violence that these ancient ones suffered?    For information contact Janice Sheftel or check out SJBAS.org
The Odd Couple (The Female Version)
7:30pm / Durango Arts Center
By Neil Simon   Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.   House opens 30 minutes before the listed start time.
5th Annual Pop-Up Fashion Show - Late Show
8:00pm / lively (a boutique)
Our annual Pop-up Fashion Show fundraiser for iAM MUSIC at lively (a boutique) is back! There are two show times both with very limited 40 person capacity available so make sure to get your tickets before they sell out!   Show up an hour early before each show time time for a special pre-party!
 Saturday, September 23rd
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.
Durango Derby
8:00am / Durango Mesa Park
Durango Derby is the next evolution of MTB racing. Showcasing 36 miles of Durango's premium in-town single track with 12 miles of untimed transfers, racers will compete in four unique stages, in one day.   Hardened and professional riders will take on all four stages alone, battling over 50 miles to stake their claim in Durango MTB history.    For riders looking for some friendly (or serious) competition amongst friends and families, the Durango Derby will also have 2-person and 4-person team categories.
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Mountain Marmot Trail Run
9:00am / Purgatory Resort
The Race Course  Mountain Marmot is an epic trail race. The course is simple—start at the bottom of the mountain…run to the top and back. Sounds hard? It's definitely a challenge. But think how great you will feel when you make it to the top!   The Views  One thing is for sure: You won't find a more beautiful course anywhere around. You'll be running some of the most amazing single-track trails in Colorado, right as the Fall colors are just starting to change. The views will be stunning. This is a race you will never forget.   The Distance  The distance is 12.2 miles. Because of the elevation gain, think of it as equal to a half-marathon. The best part is, the second half of the race is entirely downhill!
National Public Lands Day at Ophir Fen
9:00am / Ophir Pass
The best way to spend National Public Lands Day is to spend the day giving back to your local public lands. MSI has the perfect opportunity for you to participate in NPLD by going up to Ophir Fen to help restore an important high elevation wetland. A picturesque landscape will surround you as you help restoration efforts by planting native seeds in the wetland and helping to install erosion control materials before the winter hits.    Please register for the event. For more information email Amanda Kuenzi
Durango Open Studio Tour
10:00am / The Smiley Cafe
Durango is a place that celebrates and prides itself in creative arts, cultural traditions and practices, historical recognition, and expressive exploration. Durango is celebrating the contributions of visual artists by showcasing artists and their work in the Durango Open Studio Tour. Emerging and professional artists are invited to open their doors' to allow visitors to explore, discover and connect.    This self-guided tour of local artist studios is an opportunity for you to give potential buyers, galleries, and art lovers an opportunity to connect with you on a different level. You can give participants a behind the scenes view of your creative process, and in a way, let others be a part of your process. The tour is free for art patrons to tour studios.   Join us alongside our supportive community organizations in celebrating the contributions artists are making in creating a more beautiful Durango. Artists offering a wide array of fine arts — from paintings, wearable art, photography, ceramics, glass, woodworking, jewelry, sculpture, metalwork, and mixed media are encouraged to be a part of this tour.    Also, please help us create a studio tour that is diverse, inclusive, equitable, and accessible by helping us spread the word to all emerging and professional working artists.
Summer Art Series
1:00pm / Fox Fire Farms and Winery
Join us for an artful event featuring esteemed local artists and artwork to pair with your favorite wine!
Durango Arts Week - Figure Drawing Dynamic Dogs
1:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Two classes! 1:00 AND 3:00   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.   Tips for our models will go directly to the LaPlata County Humane Society. Beginners are welcome! This class is also perfect for adults with previous drawing experience.
The Odd Couple (The Female Version)
2:00pm / Durango Arts Center
By Neil Simon   Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.   House opens 30 minutes before the listed start time.
Sustainable Durango Mocktail Tasting
4:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Durango Sustainable Goods + Omni Cafe are serving up craft cocktails without the booze (AKA Mocktails!). Enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic mocktail with relaxing adaptogens, fresh basil, mint, lime or lemon.   Curious Elixir Mocktail Menu:   1. Citrus & Radiance  Lingers like the last rays of Venetian Sunshine. Especially good before a fine meal, and perfect for any social gathering where you want a better non-alcoholic option, Curious Elixir No. 4 is our booze-free spin on classic Italian aperitifs like the Aperol Spritz. This Elixir infuses the exotic citrus of blood orange and green mandarin, the light fizz of non-alcoholic prosecco, and the cooling power of American ginseng, turmeric, and holy basil (tulsi). Enjoy in a wine glass, on the rocks, or neat, garnished with an orange slice.   2. Bright & Spicy  Mellow out while your taste buds tap dance. Curious Elixir No. 2 is the spicy lovechild of the pineapple margarita and the Dark & Stormy, 100% booze-free. While citrus, ancho chile, jalapeño, and ginger wake up your taste buds, the ancient Mayan herb damiana will help you unwind. Enjoy on the rocks with a lime wedge and optional sea salt rim.   3. Herbaceous & Floral  If chartreusian monds and auyrvedic masters got together for apre-ski cocktails in the alps. Curious Elixir No. 3 is inspired by modern cocktail classics like the Cucumber Collins—but crafted alcohol-free—then boosted with the power of ashwagandha*, a plant used in Ayurvedic practice for over 5,000 years.* Blending alpine herbs, flowers, cucumber, lemon, and ashwagandha extract (125mg per bottle), Curious Elixir No. 3 was meticulously designed to both please your palate and help you unwind. Best enjoyed over a large cube or neat, garnished with a lemon peel.   *ashwagandha is not advised for pregnant women
History Live at Fox Fire Farm
4:00pm / Fox fire farm and winery
Join us for an artful event celebrating a centennial farm with local eats, art vendors, art demos, live music, face painting, amazing wines and more on these beautiful historic grounds! Hosted by the Ignacio Creative District as part of Southwest Colorado Humanities of the Roundtables's "History Live"
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
Women Outside Adventure Forum - Hands-on adventure clinics, writing workshops, and more
5:30pm / Backcountry Experience + Others
Know that feeling when everything just seems to fall into place? You know you're on the right path; not because the GPS told you so, but because you feel it. You're being true to yourself. That's the feeling of living in alignment with your values and purpose.    It's an awesome feeling and one that many of us experience for the first time in the outdoors. At this year's Women Outside Adventure Forum, we're exploring the way… in ourselves and out on the trail.    Visit website for more event information, locations, and times.
The Odd Couple (The Female Version)
7:30pm / Durango Arts Center
By Neil Simon   Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.   House opens 30 minutes before the listed start time.
 Sunday, September 24th
Durango Flea Market
8:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds and Event Center
The Durango Flea Market Returns!!  Alright Durango, it's that time of year and flea market season is underway! Come check out all the great deals we have to offer!   Join us for all the amazing deals at the Durango Flea Market at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, front parking lot A. Calling all vendors out, come show us what you got! Booths are $20 for the day, no reservations required.   We look forward to seeing you all this Sunday!!!
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Durango Open Studio Tour
10:00am / The Smiley Cafe
Durango is a place that celebrates and prides itself in creative arts, cultural traditions and practices, historical recognition, and expressive exploration. Durango is celebrating the contributions of visual artists by showcasing artists and their work in the Durango Open Studio Tour. Emerging and professional artists are invited to open their doors' to allow visitors to explore, discover and connect.    This self-guided tour of local artist studios is an opportunity for you to give potential buyers, galleries, and art lovers an opportunity to connect with you on a different level. You can give participants a behind the scenes view of your creative process, and in a way, let others be a part of your process. The tour is free for art patrons to tour studios.   Join us alongside our supportive community organizations in celebrating the contributions artists are making in creating a more beautiful Durango. Artists offering a wide array of fine arts — from paintings, wearable art, photography, ceramics, glass, woodworking, jewelry, sculpture, metalwork, and mixed media are encouraged to be a part of this tour.    Also, please help us create a studio tour that is diverse, inclusive, equitable, and accessible by helping us spread the word to all emerging and professional working artists.
The Odd Couple (The Female Version)
2:00pm / Durango Arts Center
By Neil Simon   Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.   House opens 30 minutes before the listed start time.
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
Women Outside Adventure Forum - Hands-on adventure clinics, writing workshops, and more
5:30pm / Backcountry Experience + Others
Know that feeling when everything just seems to fall into place? You know you're on the right path; not because the GPS told you so, but because you feel it. You're being true to yourself. That's the feeling of living in alignment with your values and purpose.    It's an awesome feeling and one that many of us experience for the first time in the outdoors. At this year's Women Outside Adventure Forum, we're exploring the way… in ourselves and out on the trail.    Visit website for more event information, locations, and times.
 Monday, September 25th
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Register! Art Warriors
9:30am / Seed Studio
Join Seed Studio and Durango Aikido for this free kids' event! When fine art and martial arts combine, kids train their whole beings -- mind, body, and heart!   The Samurai class of medieval Japan believed that the best training served a person's whole being. A typical warrior studied martial arts and weapons, as well as poetry, painting, fine arts, history, philosophy, and so much more. When combined, these disciplines train us to focus, breathe, and be present. They promote the health and well-being of our whole selves.   Kids ages 8 and up are invited to experience the benefits of training their minds, bodies, and hearts at this one-day workshop combining the fine arts with martial arts.
Register! Kids Aikido
11:00am / DSBK Dojo
Kids ages 8 and up will learn a nonviolent approach to dealing with conflicts and bullying. They will practice fundamental movements, exercises, and Aikido techniques. Throughout the series, kids will get to experience what it feels like to blend with an attack or a problem in order to move skillfully and resolve the issue. Participants will also develop mindfulness habits through meditative breathing practice. They will learn how to handle the bokken (sword) and jo (short staff) to improve their physical coordination. Expect plenty of fun games, too.   When kids train in Aikido, they come away with greater confidence, balance, coordination, and focus.
Cats Meow Immersive Durango Scavenger Hunt
11:30am / Train Depot
Step into Durango, where something exciting awaits. Tara, your scavenger hunt game show host, will curate a unique adventure. Embark on an extraordinary journey with a twist! This is not your typical scavenger hunt; it's a creative and immersive departure from the ordinary. Come with an open mind, a big smile, and leave all expectations behind. Unleash your inner detective as you delve into the heart of Durango. Engage with friendly locals, discover intriguing tales of history and culture & capture the essence of the city in photos, videos & audio files. Whether you're a couple or part of a large group, this game is for everyone. Young or old, explorer or artist, it's designed to inspire & entertain all who love to discover and create. This is a perfect chance to connect with your teammates in a fun and light-hearted way. Let your imagination run wild, as you team up to unravel the missions. It's a co-creation between you and your interactive host,Durango itself & you, the hunters, making the experience truly unique. Experience this captivating way to explore a new place. The hunt is on, and adventure awaits you!   Team leader need Whats App on their phone for our game design. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased on the linked website.
Monday Middle School/High School Afternoon Art
4:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Mondays | 8 Classes | 4:00 - 5:30 | Sept 25 - Dec 4. Each session students will discover fun and different mediums and concepts while creating extremely unique art projects! Drawing, Painting and Ceramics are part of this great class!
City Hall Tour with the Young Professionals of Durango
5:30pm / Durango City Hall
Tour the Durango City Hall with the mayor of Durango and learn about the function of the City, civic terms, and how to get involved in the things that impact young professionals in our community. YPOD members attend free, non-members $5.
Mud-Day Madness
6:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Mondays will become your favorite day of the week (Yes, you did read that right)! In this fun-filled muddy class, students will focus on two modes of creating functional ware and sculpture, through hand building and wheel throwing. Learn the entire clay process and see what it takes to become a successful potter, with two amazing instructors by your side in a non-judgemental, artistic environment.   *Space is limited to accommodate a small student to teacher ratio. For questions or concerns, please contact Ben Dukeminier at ben@durangoarts.org
Chess Club
6:30pm / Guild House Games
Come play some chess! Every Monday night 6:30-9 p.m. upstairs in the Durango mall on Main St.   Free!  Drop in! 
Comedy Showcase
7:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Local and National comics perform every Monday!
 Tuesday, September 26th
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
DPL Book Clubs
11:00am / Durango Public Library
Explore a slice of local history through literature. Salone Italiano: The True Story of an Italian Immigrant Family's Struggles in Southwestern Colorado by Kay Niemann is the story of an immigrant family living in Silverton during its mining heyday at the beginning of the 20th century. Based almost entirely on letters written by the Sartore family to relatives back in Italy and illustrated with the family's historic photographs.    This event is part of the History Live program. Registration required.
Cats Meow Immersive Durango Scavenger Hunt
11:30am / Train Depot
Step into Durango, where something exciting awaits. Tara, your scavenger hunt game show host, will curate a unique adventure. Embark on an extraordinary journey with a twist! This is not your typical scavenger hunt; it's a creative and immersive departure from the ordinary. Come with an open mind, a big smile, and leave all expectations behind. Unleash your inner detective as you delve into the heart of Durango. Engage with friendly locals, discover intriguing tales of history and culture & capture the essence of the city in photos, videos & audio files. Whether you're a couple or part of a large group, this game is for everyone. Young or old, explorer or artist, it's designed to inspire & entertain all who love to discover and create. This is a perfect chance to connect with your teammates in a fun and light-hearted way. Let your imagination run wild, as you team up to unravel the missions. It's a co-creation between you and your interactive host,Durango itself & you, the hunters, making the experience truly unique. Experience this captivating way to explore a new place. The hunt is on, and adventure awaits you!   Team leader need Whats App on their phone for our game design. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased on the linked website.
9th Annual Literacy Luncheon
12:00pm / DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom
Durango Adult Education's Annual Literacy Luncheon event is coming up! This gathering is our highest grossing fundraiser of the year and is a time to celebrate our donors and partners. Enjoy a three-course meal and hear of the impact DAEC has made on the lives of our adult students. Become part of our donor family and make an impact in your community!   This fundraiser is free to attend. Donations are sincerely welcomed.   RSVP by September 12th
Tuesday After School Art, Making the World a Better Place! Ages 8 - 11
3:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Tuesday | 10 Classes | 3:30 - 5:00 | Sept 26 - Dec 12 (No class October 31st and no classes the week of November 20th) Art gives meaning to our lives and helps us understand our world. Join us for Making the World a Better Place Through Art! 10 weekly classes focusing on culture and humanity will become our most important subject. Students will explore ceramic clay, sculpture, college, and painting. The Durango Art Center Visual Art Classes offer fun, noncompetitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression.    For questions, please email Deena Carney, Director of Arts, Education and Gallery. Scholarships are always available.
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
Slow Bluegrass Jam
5:30pm / General Palmer
Are you a beginner/intermediate acoustic music player looking to play more? This weekly jam is welcoming to all players, with a focus on slower tempo improvisation solos and chord changes. If you can play the I, IV and V chords in G, D and A then you know enough to play at this jam!
4th Annual Men in Heels Race
5:30pm / La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall
The 4th annual Men in Heels relay race will be a fun way for the community to help raise funds for a great cause. Funds will go to Women's Resource Center in memory of Gena Rych to celebrate her very special life and unique spirit.
Figure Drawing
6:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Tuesdays | 10 classes | 6:00 - 8:00 | Sept 26 - Dec 5 With a live model, and an excellent instructor, where all supplies are included, at the DAC on Tuesday Nights!   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 the human figure is because it has so much to offer. Mastering the figure is about more than just shapes and muscles and bones.   For questions or concerns, please email Deena Carney at deena@durangoarts.org No class week of November 19th.
Live Music: Nina Sasaki (Pop)
6:00pm / Lolas Place
Come enjoy live music on the Patio!
La Plata Food Equity Coalition Show & Tell Event
6:00pm / FLC Center for Innovation
The La Plata Food Equity Coalition is hosting an interactive Show & Tell event to present our exciting work tackling the root causes of food insecurity.   Please join us for appetizers, refreshments, and an engaging evening at the FLC Center for Innovation.
Regenerative Landscaping Speaker Series
6:00pm / James Ranch Grill
Please join us for the final talk in this series! The focus: why our planet's health/systems are out of balance and how global regeneration is not only possible, but can happen more quickly than you might imagine. Also, learn how regenerating our landscapes (even the smallest ones!) contributes to both our health and planetary health!   Fyi: the James Ranch Grill is now on their winter hours so they will not technically be open; however, we will have some regenerative snacks available!
Warhol and Wine - Halloween Pumpkins and Other Spooky Entities
6:00pm / Durango Arts Center
In this fun-filled adult class, enjoy a glass of wine or other adult beverage, be exposed to variety of tips, tricks and techniques, as you create a One-of-a-Kind Painting of Halloween Pumpkins!   < All supplies, laughter, beverage and an exceptional teacher, Mike Scieszka, are included in this very special class.   This is also a great venue for engagement and bachelorette parties, baby showers, work parties, retirement parties and holiday events.
The Jordan World Circus
6:00pm / La Plata County Fairgrounds and Event Center
We are proud to present 3 rings jam-packed with incredible circus talent - you won't want to miss this!
Open Mic Night
7:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Open mic every Tuesday, open to performers of all kinds and levels from beginners to experts. Support local live music!
 Wednesday, September 27th
Daybreak Rotary Club of Durango
7:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds Pine Room
Curious about how the world's largest civic organization makes a difference in our world? Come join us and find out how together Rotarians around the world seek to eradicate polio, provide education, supply clean water and assist in disaster relief in a non-religious, non-political way. The Daybreak Club is know as the "hands on" club, making a difference together in Durango and beyond. Coffee provided!
Board of County Commissioners - Board Discussion Time
8:30am / Virtually and over the phone by Zoom
Participate on Zoom as follows:   Online (computer or smartphone):  https://zoom.us/j/819094582    Or by telephone:  Dial (if the first number is busy, try another number):  US: +1 346 248 7799 +1 669 900 9128 +1 312 626 6799 +1 646 558 8656 +1 253 215 8782 +1 301 715 8592
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
The Art of Painting - Our Lives on Canvas
10:00am / Durango Arts Center
Wednesday | 10 Classes | 10:00 - noon | Sept 27 - Dec 7  All supplies are included! No class the week of November 19th.   Express yourself through painting and develop your artistic style in this inspiring class! Art has always been a creative way to preserve history, presenting various views and scenarios through the ages. In this session we will use our paintings to preserve our own history while working to create memories of our lives on canvas. Come and join us each week, with Deena Carney and learn how to paint using different painting mediums, from September to December! Students will be exposed to a variety of tips, tricks and techniques used in creating masterpieces in acrylic, oils, guache, and watercolor. Beginners are welcome! This class is also perfect for students with previous painting experience or have taken this class before. Give yourself time and space to paint, laugh, and make new friends in an educational, non-judgemental environment! For questions or concerns, please email Deena Carney at deena@durangoarts.org
Cats Meow Immersive Durango Scavenger Hunt
11:30am / Train Depot
Step into Durango, where something exciting awaits. Tara, your scavenger hunt game show host, will curate a unique adventure. Embark on an extraordinary journey with a twist! This is not your typical scavenger hunt; it's a creative and immersive departure from the ordinary. Come with an open mind, a big smile, and leave all expectations behind. Unleash your inner detective as you delve into the heart of Durango. Engage with friendly locals, discover intriguing tales of history and culture & capture the essence of the city in photos, videos & audio files. Whether you're a couple or part of a large group, this game is for everyone. Young or old, explorer or artist, it's designed to inspire & entertain all who love to discover and create. This is a perfect chance to connect with your teammates in a fun and light-hearted way. Let your imagination run wild, as you team up to unravel the missions. It's a co-creation between you and your interactive host,Durango itself & you, the hunters, making the experience truly unique. Experience this captivating way to explore a new place. The hunt is on, and adventure awaits you!   Team leader need Whats App on their phone for our game design. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased on the linked website.
Lunch & Learn Workshop: Video Marketing in the Modern World
12:00pm / TBK Bank
The Durango Chamber of Commerce presents Video Marketing in the Modern World with Ben Sorensen, of Ascent Digital.    Ben has always had a passion for marketing. In high school, Ben was DECA state champion in "Business Services Marketing" and a two-time national qualifier. After high school Ben attended Fort Lewis College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Minor in Economics. After graduating, he worked for a marketing agency for almost 9 years, before finally founding Ascent Digital in 2021. When he isn't helping businesses with their marketing, he is enjoying raising a family in Durango and enjoying all the area has to offer!    Ben also was recognized as the 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Durango Rocks Annual Awards event.    This "Lunch and Learn" will be packed with tactics you can launch at your office. See event website for full pricing and lunch options.
After School Art Making Mania! Ages 8 - 11
3:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Wednesdays | 10 Classes | 3:30 - 5:00 | Sept 27 - Dec 6 (No class the week of November 20th) Art has the power to change the way we see the world, showing us new perspectives, ideas, and values. Join us for Art Making Mania, where each class, students will create extremely unique and very expressive artwork, influenced by the ideas and values of your student. This class will focus on a variety of drawing, painting, sculpture and collage projects.   Our classes offer fun, encouraging, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression. For questions, please email Deena Carney, Director of Arts, Education and Gallery at deena@durangoarts.org or Mr.B, our Assistant Director, at ben@durangoarts.org. Scholarships are always available.
Great Garden Series: Tour of the Utilities Demo Garden
4:30pm / Durango Public Library
Join us at the Durango Public Library for some excellent garden-inspired programming! All programs are a partnership between the CSU Extension Office, Durango Botanic Gardens, and the library.
DPL Book Clubs
5:00pm / Durango Public Library
Explore a slice of local history through literature. Salone Italiano: The True Story of an Italian Immigrant Family's Struggles in Southwestern Colorado by Kay Niemann is the story of an immigrant family living in Silverton during its mining heyday at the beginning of the 20th century. Based almost entirely on letters written by the Sartore family to relatives back in Italy and illustrated with the family's historic photographs.    This event is part of the History Live program. Registration required.
Animas City Night Bazaar Oktoberfest
5:00pm / Union Social House
Animas City Night Bazaar presents Oktoberfest! Join the fun with costumes, beer, food and games!   Brat eating contest 5:30  Stein Holding 6:00  Costume Contest 6:30  Arm Wresting 7:00
Musically Speaking with the San Juan Symphony
6:00pm / Powerhouse Science Center
Free Event! Maestro Heuser will present an hour-long presentation and deep dive into our weekend concert EXUBERANCE. Learn the stories behind the music and ignite your concert experience. Wednesday's talk will focus on American composer Amy Beach and Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. A cash bar and complimentary appetizers will be available for your enjoyment.
Open Mic Night
7:00pm / EsoTerra Ciderworks
Hosted by Leigh and Ryan, providing a professional Bose sound system, mics and all cords. Just bring your instrument and desire to perform! Sign up begins at 6pm. See you there!
Karaoke Roulette
8:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Sing a song get a free shot!
Geeks Who Drink
8:00pm / The Roost
Think its just trivia? Think again!
 Thursday, September 28th
Share Your Garden
8:30am / Animas Valley Grange
Bring your surplus fruits and vegetables to the Animas Valley Grange. Your produce will be distributed at no cost to nearby neighbors in need.
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Cats Meow Immersive Durango Scavenger Hunt
11:30am / Train Depot
Step into Durango, where something exciting awaits. Tara, your scavenger hunt game show host, will curate a unique adventure. Embark on an extraordinary journey with a twist! This is not your typical scavenger hunt; it's a creative and immersive departure from the ordinary. Come with an open mind, a big smile, and leave all expectations behind. Unleash your inner detective as you delve into the heart of Durango. Engage with friendly locals, discover intriguing tales of history and culture & capture the essence of the city in photos, videos & audio files. Whether you're a couple or part of a large group, this game is for everyone. Young or old, explorer or artist, it's designed to inspire & entertain all who love to discover and create. This is a perfect chance to connect with your teammates in a fun and light-hearted way. Let your imagination run wild, as you team up to unravel the missions. It's a co-creation between you and your interactive host,Durango itself & you, the hunters, making the experience truly unique. Experience this captivating way to explore a new place. The hunt is on, and adventure awaits you!   Team leader need Whats App on their phone for our game design. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased on the linked website.
Artificial Intelligence: Mastering the Future of Employment
12:00pm / FLC Center for Innovation
Are you ready to take your job search to the next level with cutting-edge technology? In our learning luncheon, we will look into Chat GPT and how to use Artificial Intelligence in your job search. And take a look at how AI is revolutionizing the way job seekers connect with employers. Lunch is provided.
OEDIT Lunch & Learn: State Business Incentives & Programs
12:00pm / SCAPE Headquarters
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade is coming to Durango to share information about their Rural Jumpstart, Skill Advance Colorado and Advanced Industries Tax Credit (AITC). Meet representatives, Morgan Vankat, Rural Jump Start and Skill Advance Business Funding and Incentives Program Manager and Ali Karp, AITC Program Analyst. They will outline their offerings for rural startups over lunch. Join us to learn more about:   Rural jump-start zone  The Rural Jump-Start program provides tax relief and grants to new businesses and their new hires located in certain economically distressed counties of rural Colorado. Companies participating in the Rural Jump-Start program must have a relationship with a local economic development organization or an institute of higher education, be new to Colorado, export goods or services outside their county and cannot compete with a similar existing business in an adjacent economically distressed county.    New businesses locating in Rural Jump-Start zones are eligible for up to $20,000 in grants; in Tier 1 Just Transition Communities, up to $40,000. The new business is also eligible for up to $2,500 for each net new hire in a Rural Jump-Start Zone, and up to $5,000 per net new hire in a Tier 1 Just Transition Community.   Skill Advance Colorado  The Skill Advance Colorado program offers short-term, customized training grants for businesses in two formats:    Colorado First Customized Job Training - Provides grants to new hires at Colorado companies. Based on self-reported information by grant recipients and compiled by the Colorado Community College System administration, in FY 2022-23, the Colorado First program made 11 grants for the training of 275 people.    Existing Industry Customized Job Training - Provides grants to companies to support training of existing employees. Based on self-reported information by grant recipients and compiled by the Colorado Community College System administration, in FY 2022-23, the Existing Industry program made 39 grants for the training of 1,957 people. ADVANCED INDUSTRY INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT (AITC) PROGRAM   AITC encourages investments in Colorado advanced industry small businesses to stimulate the economy and create high-paying jobs by incentivizing investors with state income tax credits. When qualified investments are made into a Colorado advanced industry small business, investors can earn a Colorado state income tax credit of 25 or 35% of their full investment (rates for tax credits vary depending on the businesses' location). There are seven advanced industries in Colorado: Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, Bioscience, Electronics, Energy/Natural Resources/Cleantech, Information Technology, and Infrastructure Engineering.   The program has $4,000,000 in credits to award on a first-come-first-served basis a given calendar year.   Space is limited to 20 attendees, R
Sustainable Durango Mocktail Tasting
4:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Durango Sustainable Goods + Omni Cafe are serving up craft cocktails without the booze (AKA Mocktails!). Enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic mocktail with relaxing adaptogens, fresh basil, mint, lime or lemon.   Curious Elixir Mocktail Menu:   1. Citrus & Radiance  Lingers like the last rays of Venetian Sunshine. Especially good before a fine meal, and perfect for any social gathering where you want a better non-alcoholic option, Curious Elixir No. 4 is our booze-free spin on classic Italian aperitifs like the Aperol Spritz. This Elixir infuses the exotic citrus of blood orange and green mandarin, the light fizz of non-alcoholic prosecco, and the cooling power of American ginseng, turmeric, and holy basil (tulsi). Enjoy in a wine glass, on the rocks, or neat, garnished with an orange slice.   2. Bright & Spicy  Mellow out while your taste buds tap dance. Curious Elixir No. 2 is the spicy lovechild of the pineapple margarita and the Dark & Stormy, 100% booze-free. While citrus, ancho chile, jalapeño, and ginger wake up your taste buds, the ancient Mayan herb damiana will help you unwind. Enjoy on the rocks with a lime wedge and optional sea salt rim.   3. Herbaceous & Floral  If chartreusian monds and auyrvedic masters got together for apre-ski cocktails in the alps. Curious Elixir No. 3 is inspired by modern cocktail classics like the Cucumber Collins—but crafted alcohol-free—then boosted with the power of ashwagandha*, a plant used in Ayurvedic practice for over 5,000 years.* Blending alpine herbs, flowers, cucumber, lemon, and ashwagandha extract (125mg per bottle), Curious Elixir No. 3 was meticulously designed to both please your palate and help you unwind. Best enjoyed over a large cube or neat, garnished with a lemon peel.   *ashwagandha is not advised for pregnant women
Afternoon Art for Teens! - Masks and Advanced Art Projects
4:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Thursdays | 10 Classes | 4:00 - 5:30 | Sept 28 - Dec 7 (No class the week of November 20th) Create outrageous Masks of your choice using a variety of three-dimensional forms, mediums, materials and paints. This class session also offers a variety of advanced, open-studio, projects including ceramic clay, sculpture, drawing and painting. The Arts can improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork! You will find that here at The Durango Art Center where our classes offer fun, noncompetitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression.   For questions, please contact Mr.B, Assistant Visual Arts Director. Scholarships are always available.
Manhattan Short Film Festival
4:00pm / Durango Arts Center
You Be the Judge!   Discover your inner film critic by casting your vote for Best Film and Best Actor in the 26th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screening Sept 28 - Oct 8, 2023. You'll join film lovers in over 500 venues across the globe gathering to see the Ten Finalist in this year's event. With past finalists garnering Oscar nominations and short films continuing to move into the Hollywood mainstream, come see this entertaining program featuring the best short films in the world today! Brought to you by the Durango Independent Film Festival.
Durango Green Drinks
5:00pm / 11th Street Station
Join Durango Green Drinks with hosts this month; Grand Canyon Trust, The Wilderness Society, and La Plata Open Space Conservancy.    It's free and casual. Short announcements and presentations usually start around 5:30.
Ska-BQ: Pete Giuliani Band
5:00pm / Ska Brewing World HQ
Join us in the beer garden for fresh craft beer from the source, food specials and free live music on the outdoor stage by the Pete Giuliani Band!
Community Harvest Days
5:00pm / Various Locations
The fruit trees in our region are ripe and ready, but we need hands to harvest! The Good Food Collective works to eliminate food waste, increase food security, and reduce bear-human conflict by helping to collect backyard produce.    You can join in by visiting the website to find a list of available fruit trees for DIY harvest, rent gear, list your own tree, or by volunteering at one of our family-friendly Community Fruit Harvests.
Happy Hour with the Young Professionals of Durango
5:30pm / Animas Brewing
Join us for casual socializing & networking at our September Happy Hour event! Our happy hour meet ups are designed to be a casual setting to meet new people and make new connections.
Durango Cowboy Gathering Premiere Performance with RJ Vandygriff & RW Hampton
6:00pm / Durango VFW Hall
RJ Vandygriff  An award winning singer/songwriter, playwright and actor who has appeared on stage with George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alabama, The Judds, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Moe Bandy, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Andy Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Sons of the Pioneers, Red Steagall, Michael Martin Murphy, and Baxter Black just to name a few. Whether he’s performing as a solo artist or starring in the highly acclaimed musical “The Cowboy Ain’t Dead Yet!” RJ is one of those performers who creates a “moment” when he steps to the microphone.   RW Hampton  Blessed with a wonderfully rich baritone voice that has made him one of the leading Western Entertainers in America today. After 22 years in the entertainment business, RW is still pure cowboy, singing about what he loves best. During his acting career, RW has worked in three Kenny Rogers films as well as a film with Kris Kristofferson. His music has earned him numerous honors from such organizations as the Academy of Western Artists and the International Western Music Association.
Jeff Solon Jazz Duo
6:00pm / Lola's Place
Come enjoy live Jazz on the Patio!
Bluegrass Jam Session
6:00pm / Durango Beer & Ice Company
Every Thursday Stop in and enjoy some local Bluegrass jams by your Local bluegrass jammers!   $4 pints all day and if you'd like to join the jam session and bring your instrument you get a free pint of your favorite craft beer!
Magical Art and Happiness!
6:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Thursdays | 6 Weeks | 6:00 - 8:00 | Sept 28 - Nov 2 Introductory class into the World of ART!  This class introduces the fun and relaxation of drawing in both pencil and ink, acrylic painting and ceramic clay. Leave your stress and anxiety behind. All supplies, laughter and instruction included!
Karaoke
6:00pm / Grassburger South
Come and join us for a fun night of Karaoke and burgers on the outdoor patio at Grassburger South!
'Stagecoach Robbery'
6:00pm / Wildhorse Saloon
It's a play! It's a variety show! Our Featured Performers will be on hand to give you an evening filled with music and laughter.
Durango Vintage Festivus
6:00pm / Tico Time River RV Resort
Durango Vintage Festivus is hosting their annual vintage clothing auction at Tico Time!   To come check out this fun fest dedicated to vintage denim and rare garments! Get your tickets now!
Trivia Night
6:30pm / The Powerhouse
Join us outside on the Carver Family Plaza for Powerhouse trivia night every Thursday through the summer. Our trivia consists of four rounds of questions and always includes one scientific round and a music round. $5 suggested team donations. Bar open for drink purchases and food available from Laura's Artisans and Straight Outta Balboa Island.
Manhattan Short Film Festival
7:00pm / Durango Arts Center
You Be the Judge!   Discover your inner film critic by casting your vote for Best Film and Best Actor in the 26th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screening Sept 28 - Oct 8, 2023. You'll join film lovers in over 500 venues across the globe gathering to see the Ten Finalist in this year's event. With past finalists garnering Oscar nominations and short films continuing to move into the Hollywood mainstream, come see this entertaining program featuring the best short films in the world today! Brought to you by the Durango Independent Film Festival.
Ballyhoo! - Shellshock Tour with Jimmies Chicken Shack
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm  Tickets $25 / 21+  Ballyhoo!  Through 25 years and eight independent albums, the last four on their own Right Coast Records, Ballyhoo! have earned the exclamation point which marks their name. Starting in the basement of their mom's Aberdeen, MD, home, rocking out on guitar and drums respectively, practicing every day, brothers Howi and Donald Spangler formed the proto-punk band in the mold of Green Day and Nirvana, with an eye towards the emerging ska genre led by Goldfinger, Sublime, 311 and No Doubt.The group's eighth and most recent studio album, the breezy, ska-fueled, hook-filled Message to the World, on their own Right Coast Records, finds the self-declared "beach-rockers," having grown up in public, accepting the responsibilities of adulthood while still hanging on to their dreams of world domination. Stylistically, their music ranges from the hard-edged punk of 2018's Detonate, which captured the feelings of anger and depression from dealing with personal loss and the exhaustion generated by over a decade on the road to the island reggae beats of the follow-up, Message to the World. "Whatever you want to achieve, just focus on that and work towards it," explains Howi about the Ballyhoo! ethos. "Don't worry about followers, views, or even money. Just keep making good stuff. One day it may be possible to finally quit that day job and live your dream full time."Ballyhoo! is still doing just that, purveying good vibes, positivity and fun live shows meant to take you away from real life...   Jimmie's Chicken Shack is an American alternative rock band from Annapolis, Maryland. They emerged through MTV as one of the first post-grunge bands of the era. Blending funk-metal with elements of ska and reggae while also demonstrating surprising acoustic prowess, lead vocalist Jimi Haha grew up in Maryland where he played with the group Ten Times Big. After that band broke up, he snowboarded for two years before beginning several acoustic jams with friends. These coalesced into Jimmie's Chicken Shack. Based in Annapolis, MD, the group formed their own Fowl Records, which became a nexus for the leading bands in the tri-state area. After selling tens of thousands of records, Jimmie's Chicken Shack signed to Elton John's Rocket Records and released two major-label albums, Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope and Bring Your Own Stereo. Both albums enjoyed chart, radio, and MTV success and produced their best known hits "High" and "Do Right." The band subsequently released two more albums Re.Present and Fail on Cue independently. The band has been a fixture on the touring circuit and is renowned for its high energy live performances.
Durango Cowboy Gathering Premiere Performance with RJ Vandygriff & RW Hampton
8:30pm / Durango VFW Hall
RJ Vandygriff  An award winning singer/songwriter, playwright and actor who has appeared on stage with George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alabama, The Judds, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Moe Bandy, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Andy Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Sons of the Pioneers, Red Steagall, Michael Martin Murphy, and Baxter Black just to name a few. Whether he’s performing as a solo artist or starring in the highly acclaimed musical “The Cowboy Ain’t Dead Yet!” RJ is one of those performers who creates a “moment” when he steps to the microphone.   RW Hampton  Blessed with a wonderfully rich baritone voice that has made him one of the leading Western Entertainers in America today. After 22 years in the entertainment business, RW is still pure cowboy, singing about what he loves best. During his acting career, RW has worked in three Kenny Rogers films as well as a film with Kris Kristofferson. His music has earned him numerous honors from such organizations as the Academy of Western Artists and the International Western Music Association.
 Friday, September 29th
Cowboy Music and Poetry Train
8:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Gather up your favorite cowboys and cowgirls to enjoy true western poets, music, historical narration, and fall foliage when your ride the Durango Cowboy Train. During the journey to Silverton, you will hear poems and songs that will bring tears to your eyes or keep you in stiches. On the return train excursion from Silverton to Durango, you will hear exciting stories about the history of the area and our western heritage presented by professional narrators. The train leaves 8:15 am (be there early). Arrive in Silverton just in time for lunch at one of the local restaurants or bring your own. The train arrives back in Durango at 5:40 pm, just in time for the Friday evening program at the VFW, 1550 N. Main Avenue. Make your reservations now by calling 970-247-2733
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Durango Vintage Festivus
9:00am / Tico Time River RV Resort
Durango Vintage Festivus is hosting their annual vintage clothing auction at Tico Time!   To come check out this fun fest dedicated to vintage denim and rare garments! Get your tickets now!
Cowboy Gathering Trail Ride, and Lunch with entertainment
10:00am / Bears Ranch
Offered by Bears Ranch (Hwy 550N), this beautiful 2 hour horseback ride will take you on a series of interconnected trails through Chris Park and the lovely Haviland Lake areas of the San Juan National Forest. Meander through colorful aspen groves and ponderosa pines as you enjoy breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains and Hermosa Cliffs No better way to experience the beauty of Colorado than on the back of a horse. Return to the stables for a delicious catered lunch by Lone Spur Café along while enjoying some genuine cowboy entertainment. Space is limited. Book early! $160 (2 hr. ride and lunch) To purchase tickets go to www.bearsranch.com and click on Reserve Trail Rides or call (970) 844-4049.
Cowboy Mosey
10:00am / Historic Downtown
This Friday event encourages everyone to put on their boots, hats, and other Western-inspired "fashion" and come to town. Merchants and restaurants are asked to offer specials and bargains to everyone dressed western who wanders through the doors.
Bank of the San Juans birthday celebration
11:30am / Bank of the San Juans
Bank of the San Juans turned 25, so its time for a hotdog BBQ and cake party! Free hot dogs on the grill, chips, soda and birthday cake.    Everyone's welcome. Celebrations take place at both Durango branches (144 E 8th St. downtown and 1710 Main Ave. - North Main) and at the Pagosa Springs branch (195 Hot Springs Blvd,)
Cats Meow Immersive Durango Scavenger Hunt
11:30am / Train Depot
Step into Durango, where something exciting awaits. Tara, your scavenger hunt game show host, will curate a unique adventure. Embark on an extraordinary journey with a twist! This is not your typical scavenger hunt; it's a creative and immersive departure from the ordinary. Come with an open mind, a big smile, and leave all expectations behind. Unleash your inner detective as you delve into the heart of Durango. Engage with friendly locals, discover intriguing tales of history and culture & capture the essence of the city in photos, videos & audio files. Whether you're a couple or part of a large group, this game is for everyone. Young or old, explorer or artist, it's designed to inspire & entertain all who love to discover and create. This is a perfect chance to connect with your teammates in a fun and light-hearted way. Let your imagination run wild, as you team up to unravel the missions. It's a co-creation between you and your interactive host,Durango itself & you, the hunters, making the experience truly unique. Experience this captivating way to explore a new place. The hunt is on, and adventure awaits you!   Team leader need Whats App on their phone for our game design. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased on the linked website.
Friday Puppy Party
2:00pm / Parkers Animal Rescue
Join Parker's Animal Rescue for our "Puppy Party"! Come play, snuggle, and socialize with our adoptable pups -- and maybe you'll find one that you just can't live without.   Don't miss out! Make sure to stop by, bring your friends (no personal animals), and find your new furry family member!   Always doublecheck our PAR social media accounts for any potential cancelations.   Learn more about our current adoptables at https://parkersanimalrescue.com/adopt.
Sustainable Durango Mocktail Tasting
4:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Durango Sustainable Goods + Omni Cafe are serving up craft cocktails without the booze (AKA Mocktails!). Enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic mocktail with relaxing adaptogens, fresh basil, mint, lime or lemon.   Curious Elixir Mocktail Menu:   1. Citrus & Radiance  Lingers like the last rays of Venetian Sunshine. Especially good before a fine meal, and perfect for any social gathering where you want a better non-alcoholic option, Curious Elixir No. 4 is our booze-free spin on classic Italian aperitifs like the Aperol Spritz. This Elixir infuses the exotic citrus of blood orange and green mandarin, the light fizz of non-alcoholic prosecco, and the cooling power of American ginseng, turmeric, and holy basil (tulsi). Enjoy in a wine glass, on the rocks, or neat, garnished with an orange slice.   2. Bright & Spicy  Mellow out while your taste buds tap dance. Curious Elixir No. 2 is the spicy lovechild of the pineapple margarita and the Dark & Stormy, 100% booze-free. While citrus, ancho chile, jalapeño, and ginger wake up your taste buds, the ancient Mayan herb damiana will help you unwind. Enjoy on the rocks with a lime wedge and optional sea salt rim.   3. Herbaceous & Floral  If chartreusian monds and auyrvedic masters got together for apre-ski cocktails in the alps. Curious Elixir No. 3 is inspired by modern cocktail classics like the Cucumber Collins—but crafted alcohol-free—then boosted with the power of ashwagandha*, a plant used in Ayurvedic practice for over 5,000 years.* Blending alpine herbs, flowers, cucumber, lemon, and ashwagandha extract (125mg per bottle), Curious Elixir No. 3 was meticulously designed to both please your palate and help you unwind. Best enjoyed over a large cube or neat, garnished with a lemon peel.   *ashwagandha is not advised for pregnant women
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
Pots and Pints - Ceramic Hand-Building Happy Hour
4:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Come get your hands dirty as you create a unique Candy Bowl! 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 Ceramic Candy Bowl. 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
Western Art during Cowboy Gathering
5:00pm / Sorrel Sky Gallery
Sorrel Sky Gallery will feature Western Art during Cowboy Gathering, honoring the heritage, beauty, and wonder of the West. Featuring sculpture, fine art, photography, jewelry, and more, each piece is a reminder of what makes the West special. In addition, the new Cowboy Lineup photograph will be revealed. This first viewing of the full image will include the names of each cowboy, cowgirl, horse, and mule.
Cowboy Lineup Revealed
5:00pm / Sorrel Sky Gallery
Twenty-nine local cowboys and cowgirls from across La Plata County and beyond were invited to re-create the iconic Cowboy Lineup photo to promote the Durango Cowboy Gathering. Join us for a reception at Sorrel Sky Gallery to meet the participants who are featured. There will also be a special display of select western art by many well-known artists.
Sip & Create - Make A Fused Glass Bowl
5:00pm / Sun Sapphires
Mix creativity with pleasure and unwind from a busy week. Enjoy happy hour drinks, & learn how to make your own fused glass bowl. By the end of the evening, your decorated piece will be ready for firing and done 2-10 days later for pick up!   Fused glass involves arranging and layering pieces of colored glass into designs before they are heated in a specialized kiln. As the glass melts and fuses together, it forms a work of art that captures the imagination. Throughout the class, you'll be guided by a our experienced glass artist who will introduce you to the fundamental techniques of fused glass. You'll have the opportunity to unleash your creativity as you experiment with a wide array of vibrant glass colors, bringing your vision to life in the form of a one of a kind 5" bowl.   Whether you're an experienced artisan or a first-time explorer of the medium, this class caters to all skill levels.   We will guide you through the whole process of creating your very own glass art piece. All materials are included plus up to 2 drinks of either beer, wine or seltzer.   This event you will be making your own 5" glass bowl which can be used for small trinkets, appetizers, or keep it on display.   All materials included.  $48 per person - plus tax
Union Social House Oktoberfest
5:30pm / Union Social House
Join the fun with Games, Beer, Food and Music for the whole family!!   Arm Wresting, Chicken Bingo, Stein Holding, and more...   Music by The Pastor and The Pagan 6:00-9:00
Durango Cowboy Gathering = Two Evening Performances
6:00pm / Durango VFW Hall
Two Evening Performances by Cowboy Poets and Musicians. Part of the 35th Annual Cowboy Gathering.
Friday Nights with Leah Orlikowski
6:00pm / Fox Fire Farms
Music, food and wine. Come enjoy your Friday nights with Fox Fire Farms. Seating on spacious lawns. Bring rain gear if there is a chance of rain.  FREE ADMISSION  All seating is outdoors on our spacious lawns.
Live Music by The Pastor and The Pagan
6:00pm / Union Social House
Join the fun with Beers, Brats, Games and Live music.  Bring the family down for a great time.
The Odd Couple (The Female Version)
7:30pm / Durango Arts Center
By Neil Simon   Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.   House opens 30 minutes before the listed start time.
Eurydice
7:30pm / FLC MainStage Theatre
The 2023-24 season FLC Theatre will kick off with the award-winning play, Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl. Eurydice is a modern retelling of the Greek tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice.   "Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her mother and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters and plot twists, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story."
 Saturday, September 30th
Chuckwagon Breakfast
7:30am / Across from train station
Genuine Old West Chuck wagon breakfast. Biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs and lots of black coffee.    Tickets cost $12 and are available at the wagon!
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.
Ranch Animal Petting Corral
8:00am / Grassburger
The Ranch Animal Petting Corral is a new activity for the Durango Cowboy Gathering. The petting corral aims to provide a memorable and educational experience for families and children ages 12 and younger.    This activity will be held prior to and during the annual Durango Cowboy Gathering parade. The petting corral will be in the parking lot by the Hermosa Cafe (in front of Grassburgers restaurant.    These docile animals are accustomed to being around people and are eager to interact with children. This event will likely provide many youngsters their first opportunity to interact with farm animals.
100 Kids and Horses
8:00am / Registration \ Derailed Pour House
"100 Kids & Horses" is an opportunity for children ages 12 and younger to ride or pet a horse and have their photo taken. It will take place on the 700 block of Main Avenue prior to the start of the Cowboy Parade.    The program is conducted by professional wranglers from Bears Ranch and Colorado Trails Ranch. All horses for the event are gentle stock used for trail rides. Wranglers will maintain control of the horses at all times, no child will be turned loose on a horse. The rides are short so that all children may take a turn.    Registration opens at 7:30 AM. Rides will be allocated in the order of signups that morning. There is no advance registration, so show up early. Registration is in front of Derailed Pour House, starting at 7:30.    Safety is of utmost importance. To participate in the event, a parent or legal guardian must sign a permission and liability release form for each child. Additionally, a staging area will be set up to ensure safe, orderly turn-taking. The area will be diligently managed to ensure that horses are separated from people, except when someone has a turn to ride or have a photo taken. Parents MUST be present for registration and when their child is with a horse. No drop-offs allowed even if a release has been signed. Helmets will be available for children to wear while riding, but they are not required. Kids may bring their own helmet if they like. Parents will make the decision about whether their child wears a helmet.
Silverton Summer Train - Steam Locomotive
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
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. Departing from the Durango Depot, this 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 three steam departures depending on the date. The Silverton Steam Train departs daily at 9:00AM 5/6/23-10/28/23, 8:15AM 8/14/23-10/14/23, and 9:45AM 9/1/23-10/14/23
Durango Vintage Festivus
9:00am / Tico Time River RV Resort
Durango Vintage Festivus is hosting their annual vintage clothing auction at Tico Time!   To come check out this fun fest dedicated to vintage denim and rare garments! Get your tickets now!
Durango Cowboy Gathering Parade
10:30am / Downtown
One of the highlights of the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the largest motorless parade in Colorado. This much anticipated event takes place downtown on Saturday morning following a delicious chuckwagon breakfast that begins at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of 5th and Main. An Old West gunfight in front of the Main Mall kicks off the parade which starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. The colorful procession does not involve any vehicles—just historic wagons and carriages, lovely ladies & gents dressed in period costumes, and buckaroos on stick horses. And of course, there will be horses, lots of horses as well mules, donkeys, and even a llama or two.    Anyone is welcome to enter the parade and there is no entry fee. So why not get dressed up and join in the fun? If you can't enter, come on down that morning and cheer on those who do. In addition to a cowboy breakfast, there will be live music at the Main Mall. You'll have a great time and will be supporting Durango's western heritage.
Cowboy Poetry and Music, Storytelling and Folklore
11:00am / Various Venues
The daytime sessions are free!   You will find musicians and poets at the Strater Hotel, Wild Horse Saloon, the Four Leaves Winery and strolling the streets. Concurrent sessions change every hour in each location. Visit our Performer Page for a complete listing. In the Open Sessions, anyone can entertain. To sign up, call Karren Little at 970-382-8897.    Daytime session schedule  http://www.durangocowboygathering.org/images/PDFS/Saturday%20schedule.pdf
Quickdraw Contest
11:00am / Alpine Bank / Gallery & Parking Lot
Hosted b the Durango Creative District, The Durango Cowboy Quickdraw Contest is a lively and entertaining event that's new for the 2023 Durango Cowboy Gathering. This time six-shooters are replaced by paint, marking pens, and crayons. Participants face off with 30 seconds to draw a subject selected by the judges for each round. Artists dressed in cowboy fashion are allowed an extra ten seconds to create a masterpiece (so cowboy up to win!) A panel of self-proclaimed expert judges will choose winners from each round for advancement to the finals.    There are divisions for different age groups and an expert category for "professional artists. Each round of the competition will feature a different subject to draw, and the judges will select two artists to advance to the next round. The final round will feature the top four artists competing for prizes and bragging rights as the best quickdraw artists in the West. The quickdraw contest is open to both kids and adults, with multiple categories for different skill levels. The contest promises to be a delightfully whimsical and enjoyable experience for all, participants and spectators alike. So come on down to the Durango Cowboy Art Contest and see who has the fastest draw and the most creative cowboy art skills!
Dexter the Wonder Dog
11:00am / Buckley Park
Meet and Greet internet celebrity, Dexter the Brittany Spaniel from Ouray who walks on his two hind legs. As a puppy, he was hit by a car and lost one front leg. His other was badly damaged. Instead of relying on adaptive equipment to get around, he decided to teach himself to walk. Come visit Dexter immediately following the Cowboy Parade in which he will be a participant.
Cats Meow Immersive Durango Scavenger Hunt
11:30am / Train Depot
Step into Durango, where something exciting awaits. Tara, your scavenger hunt game show host, will curate a unique adventure. Embark on an extraordinary journey with a twist! This is not your typical scavenger hunt; it's a creative and immersive departure from the ordinary. Come with an open mind, a big smile, and leave all expectations behind. Unleash your inner detective as you delve into the heart of Durango. Engage with friendly locals, discover intriguing tales of history and culture & capture the essence of the city in photos, videos & audio files. Whether you're a couple or part of a large group, this game is for everyone. Young or old, explorer or artist, it's designed to inspire & entertain all who love to discover and create. This is a perfect chance to connect with your teammates in a fun and light-hearted way. Let your imagination run wild, as you team up to unravel the missions. It's a co-creation between you and your interactive host,Durango itself & you, the hunters, making the experience truly unique. Experience this captivating way to explore a new place. The hunt is on, and adventure awaits you!   Team leader need Whats App on their phone for our game design. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased on the linked website.
Cowboy Comedy Review
1:30pm / Strater Hotel Pullman Room
Adults $15. Children 12 and under FREE with an adult.   The hilarious BJ Smith will be joining invited performers to entertain you with stories to tickle your funny bone and set your toes to tapping.
The Odd Couple (The Female Version)
2:00pm / Durango Arts Center
By Neil Simon   Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.   House opens 30 minutes before the listed start time.
Krazy Ani
3:00pm / Wild Horse Saloon
Kristen is an engaging Western performer and speaker, as well as an award-winning singer/ songwriter and author/illustrator who has been delighting audiences as "Krazy Ani the Train Robber" since 2010 with her gun twirling, trick roping, and whip cracking prowess. However, her greatest joy has been performing for elementary schools and helping kids "Find their Brave" through hands-on trick roping lessons and inspiring creative activities.    $15 at the door.
Sustainable Durango Mocktail Tasting
4:00pm / Durango Sustainable Goods
Durango Sustainable Goods + Omni Cafe are serving up craft cocktails without the booze (AKA Mocktails!). Enjoy a refreshing non-alcoholic mocktail with relaxing adaptogens, fresh basil, mint, lime or lemon.   Curious Elixir Mocktail Menu:   1. Citrus & Radiance  Lingers like the last rays of Venetian Sunshine. Especially good before a fine meal, and perfect for any social gathering where you want a better non-alcoholic option, Curious Elixir No. 4 is our booze-free spin on classic Italian aperitifs like the Aperol Spritz. This Elixir infuses the exotic citrus of blood orange and green mandarin, the light fizz of non-alcoholic prosecco, and the cooling power of American ginseng, turmeric, and holy basil (tulsi). Enjoy in a wine glass, on the rocks, or neat, garnished with an orange slice.   2. Bright & Spicy  Mellow out while your taste buds tap dance. Curious Elixir No. 2 is the spicy lovechild of the pineapple margarita and the Dark & Stormy, 100% booze-free. While citrus, ancho chile, jalapeño, and ginger wake up your taste buds, the ancient Mayan herb damiana will help you unwind. Enjoy on the rocks with a lime wedge and optional sea salt rim.   3. Herbaceous & Floral  If chartreusian monds and auyrvedic masters got together for apre-ski cocktails in the alps. Curious Elixir No. 3 is inspired by modern cocktail classics like the Cucumber Collins—but crafted alcohol-free—then boosted with the power of ashwagandha*, a plant used in Ayurvedic practice for over 5,000 years.* Blending alpine herbs, flowers, cucumber, lemon, and ashwagandha extract (125mg per bottle), Curious Elixir No. 3 was meticulously designed to both please your palate and help you unwind. Best enjoyed over a large cube or neat, garnished with a lemon peel.   *ashwagandha is not advised for pregnant women
SOIL Outdoor Learning Lab Grand Opening Party
4:00pm / SOIL Outdoor Learning Lab
After over a year of construction, planting, and patience, the Community Gardens at the SOIL Outdoor Learning Lab are thriving beyond anyone's wildest dreams!    On Saturday we are opening the gates to celebrate and share this space with the public for a Community Grand Opening Party! Please join us at the SOIL Community Garden for fresh garden snacks, live music, and activities for all ages!
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 September - Rain or Shine !    Reservations are required.
Gallery Reception
4:30pm / Toh-atin Gallery
Invited poets and musicians will perform their interpretation of this year's poster followed by a reception with the artist. limited-edition print, "Whoa Little Cowboy". Hosted by Lindy Simmons    5:30 - 7:30pm: Reception with artist Laurie Lee. Autographed prints will be available for $30
Union Social House Oktoberfest
5:30pm / Union Social House
Join the fun with Games, Beer, Food and Music for the whole family!!   Arm Wresting, Chicken Bingo, Stein Holding, and more...   Music by The Pastor and The Pagan 6:00-9:00
Durango Cowboy Gathering Evening Performances
6:00pm / Durango VFW Hall
Two Evening Performances by Cowboy Poets and Musicians. Part of the 35th Annual Cowboy Gathering.
Live Music by Jenny Winegardner and Company
6:00pm / Union Social House
Join the fun with Beers, Brats, Games and Live music.  Bring the family down for a great time.
Karaoke
6:00pm / Durango Beer and Ice
Every Saturday 6-9pm Karaoke with your Bartenders Diana & Kimmie ! If you can pull it up on YouTube we can get you on the mic, play karaoke roulette and get a free pint ! Great Food, Tasty Beer in a Fun, Safe, and Friendly Atmosphere ! Cheers
The Odd Couple (The Female Version)
7:30pm / Durango Arts Center
By Neil Simon   Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.   House opens 30 minutes before the listed start time.
San Juan Symphony Presents EXUBERANCE Featuring Piano Soloist Kara Huber
7:30pm / Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
The season premiere of the San Juan Symphony Season 38, New Horizons, kicks off Saturday, September 30th, at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College and on Sunday, October 1st, at Henderson Performance Hall in Farmington with a program called EXUBERANCE.   The concert will feature American composer Amy Beach's Piano Concerto in C-sharp Minor, a Romantic masterpiece showcasing her profound talent and Russian influences. Audiences will be transported through sublime melodies and virtuosic piano passages, all interpreted with finesse and passion by soloist Kara Huber.    Following Beach's enchanting compositions, the audience will be treated to the evocative and powerful Symphony No. 5 by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Tchaikovsky's symphony, with its haunting melodies and emotional depth, has earned its place as one of the most beloved works in the classical repertoire. The performance promises to be a true testament to the power of music, as the symphony's fifth movement takes audiences on an exhilarating journey marked by dramatic shifts and a triumphant finale. The musicians of the San Juan Symphony will deliver a performance that captivates the heart and soul.
Eurydice
7:30pm / MainStage Theatre
The 2023-24 season FLC Theatre will kick off with the award-winning play, Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl. Eurydice is a modern retelling of the Greek tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice.   "Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her mother and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters and plot twists, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story."
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