Durango Events

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Ongoing Events in Durango

Through June 30GALLERY SHOW, Durango Arts Center. Barbara Dixon Drewa's The Art of Trompe L'oeil illusionism.
Through Aug. 17RAIL AND RAFT, D&SNG. Train ride to Silverton in the morning followed by an expertly guided afternoon raft trip along the lower Animas River. More adventure than you ever thought you could experience in one day!
Through Sept. 3BAR D CHUCKWAGON SUPPERS, Durango. Songs of cowboys and the Old West, stories and comedy in famous, after-supper stage shows. 
Through Sept. 30CHIMNEY ROCK NATIONAL MONUMENT, Chimney Rock. Ancestral Puebloan cultural site in the shadows of the awe-inspiring twin spires.  Daily guided walking tours, night-sky archaeoastronomy programs, full-moon programs and more all summer long.  
Through Oct. 13MUSEUM AND PIONEER VILLAGE, Aztec, N.M. Visitors experience pioneer life in the American West. Exhibits and collections of minerals, rocks, fossils and mining tools; small collection of Native American arts and crafts; historic barber shop and telephone room; one-room school house.
Through Oct. 17SOARING TREETOP ADVENTURES, D&SNG. Ride aboard historic train to a one-of-a-kind extreme zipline adventure on Soaring Treetop's 180 private acres surrounded by the beautiful San Juan Mountains. 
Through Oct. 25ANASAZI HERITAGE CENTER CURATION TOURS, Dolores. Private Thursday tours to view artifacts not on display.
Through Oct. 27DURANGO TO SILVERTON, D&SNG. Daily excursions through breathtaking beauty. 
Through Oct. 27FARMERS MARKET, Durango. Local agriculturalists, ranchers and artisans share their harvests and talents Saturday mornings until noon at the First National Bank parking lot. Volunteer musicians, community-services information booths.
Through Oct. 27DURANGO NATURE STUDIES, Durango. Bringing hands-on nature, science and environmental education to the Four Corners. Prairie dog colonies, bird boxes, children's habitat play space, ancient xeriscaped landscaping, sage-rabbitbrush habitat, footpath along the Florida River, trails through a wide variety of habitats and more. Open to the public Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Through Oct. 31ANIMAS MUSEUM, Durango. La Plata County Historical Society museum, with exhibits of local history, Indian cultures and the West; open Monday-Saturday. 
Through Feb. 2019RIDERS OF THE WEST: PORTRAITS FROM INDIAN RODEO, Ignacio. Southern Ute Museum yearlong exhibit gives visitors an in-depth look at rodeo through the lens of photographer Linda MacCannell. Featuring 60 black-and-white photographs and based on the book of the same title by Peter Iverson.
Year-roundANASAZI HERITAGE CENTER, Dolores. Museum of ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) and other Native cultures for the Four Corners displays history and methods modern archaeologists use to reveal the past and preserve artifacts and records of one of the richest archaeological regions in the U.S. Tours; hands-on and interactive exhibits; gift shop, bookstore, theater.

May Events in Durango

May 25-26SOUTHERN UTE BEAR DANCE POWWOW, Ignacio. Annual social bear dance is held in spring, according to some elders, around the time when the first thunder is heard. The weekend event at the Sky Ute Fairgrounds on the Southern Ute Reservation features a gourd dance and grand entry parade with categories such as fancy shawl, grass dance, jingle dress and traditional. Drums, music, prizes, food and more.
May 25-27IRON HORSE BICYCLE CLASSIC, Durango. One of the classic bicycle events in the country celebrates its 47th year.  Events: 50-mile McDonald's Citizen Tour to Silverton, professional Coca-Cola Road Race, Quarter Horse to Purgatory, La Strada La Plata Gravel Ride, Morehart-Murphy MTB Race, Durango Cyclery Cruiser Crit, Sprite Kids' Race, Alpine Kids' Village and more.
May 25-27RIVERFEST, Farmington, N.M. The rivers are celebrated with a festival of music, fine arts, food, entertainment, a 10K and 5K run and walk, riverside trail walks, river-raft rides. 
May 26, 2019DANCES OF THE ANCIENTS, Chimney Rock. Native American dancers share their connection to Chimney Rock through a powerful and captivating program in a beautiful area adjacent to the visitor cabin. 
May 26, 2019UTE MOUNTAIN TRIBAL PARK OPEN HOUSE, Towaoc. Annual event includes Porcupine House and Ute Pictographs tour and Ute history tour in Mancos Canyon.
May 26, 2019SUMMER LECTURE SERIES, Aztec Ruins National Monument. Chacoan Astronomy, Cosmography, Roads and Ritual Power: New Insights into Chaco's Powerful Expanse using New Technologies, presented by solstice project researchers Anna Sofaer, Richard Friedman and Robert Weiner.
May 26-27TASTE OF SPRING, Ignacio. Fox Fire Farms celebrates the season with new wines, live music, local artisans, farm tours, carriage rides, baby animals and delicious barbecue and snacks. Admission is free.
May 26-Sept. 3SUMMER IN THE MOUNTAINS, Purgatory Resort. Inferno Mountain Coaster, alpine slide, scenic chairlift, mountain-bike uplift, zipline, mini-golf, ropes course, paddleboards and boat rentals.
May 27, 2019NARROW GAUGE 10 MILE, Durango. Annual 10-mile run showcases the Fort Lewis College rim, Animas River Trail and great views of Durango. Free kids' run. Finish-line festivities by the river in Santa Rita Park include food, drink, music, awards, raffle prizes and more. Proceeds to the Marc Witkes Memorial Fund and other Four Corners organizations.
Local musicians perform under the shade of the cottonwood trees at Wines of the San Juan, Sunday evenings.
May 28-Sept. 3NATIVE AMERICAN DANCES, Cortez. Monday through Saturday evenings at cultural center.
May 29; June 27; July 27; Aug. 25; Sept. 24; Oct. 5FULL-MOON PROGRAM, Chimney Rock. The full moon rises between the twin spires; history of ancestral Puebloans, archaeoastronomy theories, area geology. Hour-long trail tour features excavated Great Kiva, pithouse and unexcavated structures.
May 31, 2019SMILEY BUILDING OPEN HOUSE, Durango. A 20th-anniversary celebration. Building renovation tours, tenants open-door business showcase, refreshments, live music.

June Events in Durango

June 1, 2019GIRLS GONE GOLFING, Durango. Hillcrest Golf Club hosts annual event with proceeds to Fort Lewis College women's golf.
June 1, 2008OLYMPIC NIGHT RACES, Durango. Free racing celebrates BMX as an Olympic sport at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
June 1-2ADOPT-A-THON, Durango. La Plata County Humane Society celebrates saving the lives of homeless animals with the goal of adopting out as many animals to their forever homes as possible within 48 hours.
June 1-2BLUES TRAIN, D&SNG. Unique, live blues music aboard the historic steam train. Riders travel from coach to coach while listening to this year's musical guests Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Amanda Fish, C.W. Ayon Duo, Dos Gatos, Left Lane Cruiser and Russ Chapman. 
June 1-3UTE MOUNTAIN BEAR DANCE AND POWWOW, Towaoc. Colorful annual celebration includes traditional bear dance, softball tournies, Ute royalty, hand games, parade and feast.
June 1-30GALLERY SHOW, Durango. Zuni fetishes from more than 100 carvers, whimsy to realism, all animals represented at A Shared Blanket.
June 1-30GALLERY SHOW, Durango Arts Center. Forty-second annual juried exhibit of regional artists in traditional or contemporary, two- and three-dimensional media.
June 1-Sept. 28FRIDAY NIGHTS AT FOX FIRE FARMS, Ignacio. Summer concert series features live music by local artists and bands, food and wine under the stars every Friday evening on the Fox Fire Farms Winery Patio.
June 1-Sept. 28CROW CANYON ARCHAEOLOGICAL DAY TOURS, Cortez. Free walking tours to learn about ongoing archaeological excavation and history of the ancestral Puebloan culture, Wednesday through Friday.
June 1-Sept. 30FARMERS MARKET, Mancos. Fresh farm produce, baked goods and flowers; local musicians and fun Thursday afternoons downtown.
June 1-Oct. 31FARMERS MARKET, Cortez. Saturday morning sale of local produce, eggs, meat, baked goods, artisan coffee and crafts; music and fun. 
June 1-Oct. 31FARMERS MARKET, Dolores. Wednesday afternoon sale of local produce, eggs, baked goods, crafts, coffee and breakfast goodies.
June 2, 2019ANIMAS RIVER DAYS, Durango. Annual celebration of the Animas River features high-flowing spring runoff waters and abundant, colorful fun. Events include kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle slaloms; boater, stand-up paddle cross; freestyle; surf; inflatable rodeo; Smelter Smackdown raft race; river parade.  One of the state's premier whitewater festivals.
June 2, 2019RIVER FESTIVAL, Dolores. Community celebration of the river includes a river parade, river contests, free raft rides, river-dog contest, food, beer garden and live music in the park.
June 2, 2019PAINTING OUTSIDE THE LINES, Farmington, N.M. Durango artist Patrice DeLorenzo workshop for beginner and intermediate painters offers a refreshing approach. Easy-to-follow warm-ups for brain/body relaxation to stimulate creativity, demonstrations, techniques and more.
June 2-Aug. 25SUMMER TERRACE SERIES, Farmington, N.M. The museum hosts Saturday evening outdoor concerts in the picturesque terrace next to the river.
June 3, 2019KIDFEST, Farmington, N.M. San Juan County's kickoff to summer is a day dedicated to kids and fun.
June 4-8, 11-15CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL, Durango. Tenth annual series of uniquely programmed chamber music lunchtime performances in an intimate setting at St. Mark's Church.
June 6; July 4; Aug. 1GEOLOGY TOURS, Chimney Rock. 1.5-hour guided tour explores local geology and its relationship to the daily lives of the ancestral Puebloans who lived at Chimney Rock. 
June 6-Aug. 8TRUE WEST RODEO, Fairgrounds Durango. Keeping Durango's Western heritage alive with broncs, bulls and Wild West entertainment, Wednesday evenings.  
June 7-9UTE MOUNTAIN ROUNDUP, Cortez. The 88th PRCA rodeo is an amazing display of guts and glory; carnival, parades and activities. Parade on Saturday is the biggest parade of the summer.
June 8, 2019OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT, Durango. Three Springs Plaza Pics presents a free showing of Jumanji at dusk.
June 8, 2019SUMMER ART WALK, Farmington, N.M. Historic downtown celebration of summer with art receptions and open houses.
June 8; July 13; Aug. 10; Sept. 7NIGHT-SKY ARCHAEOASTRONOMY PROGRAMS, Chimney Rock. Stars and Galaxiesprogram, timed for when the moon is absent from the sky, enables viewing of the night sky in a truly dark-sky environment. 
June 8-9CAR SHOW, Pagosa Springs. Chamber's 10th annual street party, show and competition of classic cars. Live music, food and drinks.
June 8-10FOLK N BLUEGRASS, Pagosa Springs. Annual Four Corners folk and bluegrass three-day festival features great music and kids' bluegrass camp; craft and food vendors.
June 8-17GALLERY SHOW, Studio &. Rivers, new works by Doug Gonzalez and Peter Hay.
June 9, 2019STEAMWORKS ANIMAS VALLEY HALF MARATHON, Durango. Rolling 13-mile course begins at Baker's Bridge and winds along the Animas River to finish at the Durango Sports Club.  Buses take runners to the start; there will be a great party at the finish!
June 9, 2019MEN WHO GRILL, Durango. Signature summertime grilling competition and "fun-raiser" for the Women's Resource Center features all-you-can-eat grilled creations, live music and entertainment in Buckley Park.
June 9, 2019RE GRAND-OPENING PARTY, Durango. Family-friendly event with music, food, bike blessings, special guest speaker, demo rides and more to celebrate the re grand-opening of Durango Harley Davidson.
June 9-10GUN AND KNIFE SHOW, Aztec, N.M.
June 10, 2019DURANGO COWBOY GATHERING DANCE AND PICNIC FUNDRAISER, Durango. Fourth annual event features the Tim Sullivan Band and special guest cowboy poet Lindy Simmons in Rotary Park. Guest bring their own picnic or purchase delicious burgers, brats, sides, wine, beer and sodas provided by the VFW.
June 10-16WOMEN'S MOTORCYCLE SUMMIT, Durango. Two-part event beginning in Durango and ending in Silverton - hosted by STRONG Women of the Steel Horse Sisterhood -  is a fun-filled, action-packed motorcycle-riding adventure and scavenger hunt over the roads of the San Juan Skyway. 
June 12-16RACE ACROSS THE WEST, Durango. Ultracyclists from around the globe take on the finest terrain the western U.S. has to offer. Starting in Oceanside, California, and following the first 930 miles of the RAAM route through four states, race ends in Durango.
June 12-17DURANGO RENDEZVOUS III, Durango. Indian motorcycle gathering themed Roads, Rapids and Rockies welcomes owners and collectors of vintage and newer models to meet and make new friends, share ideas and ride some of the most scenic Rocky Mountain roads.
June 14-July 26FREE CONCERTS IN THE PARK, Durango. Community Concert Hall presents live music and dancing in Buckley Park Thursday evenings. Food and drink available or pack a picnic.
June 15, 2019PAULA POUNDSTONE, Durango. One of the country's pre-eminent comedians at the Community Concert Hall. 
June 16, 2019MAC AND CHEESE FEST, Farmington, N.M. Gourmet mac-and-cheese tastings, wine and beer tastings, games, vendors and more. 
June 16, 30; July 21OUTDOOR MOVIES AT THE MUSEUM, Farmington, N.M. Classic family-friendly movies on a big screen in the amphitheatre along the river.
June 16-17FOUR CORNERS PET EXPO, Fairgrounds Durango. Largest indoor/outdoor pet event in the area designed to educate and entertain the public. Pet adoptions, interactive events, demonstrations, vendors. This year featuring Dockdogs international canine aquatic competition, bark-and-how contest, pet talent contest, cutest-pet contest, more.
June 16-17, 23-24T-REX EXPRESS, D&SNG. Dinosaur-themed event gives kids the opportunity to earn the title of Junior Paleontologist and they gather evidence of dinosaurs through fun and educational activities. Raptor tractor ride, fossil finders excavation, Colorado gators live reptile exhibit, cretaceous crafts, live entertainment and more.
June 18-23FLC CYCLING MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMP, Durango. Skills camp for high-school league racers looking to raise their level in the sport of mountain biking.
June 21, 2019SUMMER SOLSTICE, Center of Southwest Studies. Dazzling sunrise viewed through the center's special spiral window.  Performances and refreshments mark the beginning of summer.
June 21, 2019SALMON RUINS SOLSTICE, Bloomfield, N.M. Sunrise viewing experience as it was seen by the ancestral Puebloans from the puebelo's inner-room observatory.
June 21; July 25; Aug. 22SUMMER SOLSTICE SUNRISE PROGRAM, Chimney Rock. Sunrise viewings from dramatic vantage points including the unexcavated Sun Tower ruin and Stone Circle.
June 21-22AZTEC RUINS SUMMER SOLSTICE SUNRISE, Aztec, N.M. Great house alignment at dawn, kids’ activities all day, evening night-sky programs. 
June 21-24DURANGO PRIDE, Durango. Hosted by the Four Corners Alliance for Diversity with a mission to create a safe, welcoming and empowering community for all LGBTQ people in the region. Black light glow dance, pride parade, family festival in the park, drag show and more.
June 21-24BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, Telluride. One of the country's most renowned music events held annually during the summer solstice. Main-stage performances in Town Park, intimate masters workshops, prestigious band and songwriting contests, late-night Nightgrass concerts at every indoor venue in town, jam sessions on sidewalks and throughout the campgrounds.
June 21-Aug. 4OUTDOOR SUMMER THEATER, Farmington, N.M. 
Sandstone Productions presents Mary Poppins.  Thursday through Saturday evenings at Lions Wilderness Park.
June 22, 2019OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT, Durango. Three Springs Plaza Pics presents a free showing of Despicable Me 3 at dusk.
June 22, 2019FEAT OF CLAY GALLERY, Aztec, N.M. Featured artist show.
June 22; July 20; Aug. 17; Sept. 14NIGHT-SKY ARCHAEOASTRONOMY PROGRAMS, Chimney Rock. Our Solar Systemprogram, timed for when the moon is present in the sky but not fully illuminated, enables viewing of many brighter visible objects. 
June 22-24; 26-30A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Durango. Shakespeare's dizzying love potion of magic and delight performed under the stars by Durango's Merely Players theater troupe at James Ranch.
June 23, 2019CREATURE COMFORTS MUTT 'N STRUT, Purgatory Resort. One-mile fun run and 5K on beautiful singletrack trails is Durango's dog-friendliest event of the year. Doggie Olympics; best trick, best costume, best in show competitions and more. 
June 23, 2019BUILDING SUPPLIES YARD SALE, Durango. Huge sale of lumber products and building materials at Three Springs benefits the Home Builder's Association of Southwest Colorado and Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County.
June 23, 2019COWBOY HALF MARATHON, Mancos. Hosted by the Mancos Public Library and not just for marathoners, also a 5K run and many family-friendly events.
June 24, 2019FOUR STATES AG EXPO RANCH AND RODEO, Cortez. Local cowboys' competition.
June 27, 2019ROCHESTER SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, Durango. Wednesday evening concerts in the garden. This evening, Lost Souls, a traditional bluegrass trio. Proceeds to Community Foundation.
June 27, 2019SUMMER LECTURE SERIES, Center of Southwest Studies. Three Women, One Story: 1000 Years of Art, History and Culture presented by biographer and editor, Kate Nelson.
June 29-Oct. 19FRIDAY NIGHT RACES, Durango. Free races at the BMX track for all to come out and show off their speed.
June 30, 2019INDIAN ARTS SHOWCASE, Durango. Group of Native American artists show their work, provide live demonstrations at Toh-Atin Gallery.

July Events in Durango

July 1-31GALLERY SHOW, Durango. Custom knife maker Dan Gwynn's hand-folded Damascus steel in both fixed and folding blades at A Shared Blanket.
June 29-July 4FARMINGTON: Freedom Days celebration with fireworks, ice-cream social, brass band, parade, party in the park and more at various town locations.
June 30-July 4PAGOSA SPRINGS: Live music, Park to Park arts-and-crafts festival, carnival, Red Ryder Roundup sanctioned rodeo, fireworks and more. 
July 3, 2019UTE MOUNTAIN CASINO: Fireworks, food, vendors and music.
July 4, 2019DURANGO: Salute to America includes a 5K freedom fun run, pancake breakfast, public reading of the Declaration of Independence and other historical documents, family fun in the park, live music, magic-and-juggling show, Stars and Stripes Parade, street dance. 
July 4, 2019CORTEZ:  Fireworks, food, vendors, music; Cortez Burst Triathlon. 
July 4, 2019SILVERTON: Parade; water fight; carnival in the park; brass-band concert; rubber ducky derby; block party with food, drink, live music, stage acts.
July 4, 2019ROCHESTER SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, Durango. Wednesday evening concerts in the garden. This evening, the Cannondolls, an Americana band. Proceeds to SASO.
July 6-7CARVE WARS, Purgatory Resort. Chainsaw artists from all over the country compete for prizes and awards while creating visual masterpieces. Artist meet-and-greets, demonstrations and live auction. A truly unique, high-octane performance. Proceeds to first responders and residents affected by the 416 Fire.
July 6-8GEM AND MINERAL SHOW, Fairgrounds Durango. Annual event sponsored by the Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club features rocks, gems, pearls, beads, jewelry and more; equipment and findings for lapidary hobbyists, jewelers and commercial artists; gold panning and educational activities.
July 7, 2019ZIA TOWN SERIES, Purgatory Resort. Short races with local craft beers and burritos are a locals' favorite.
July 7-29MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS, Purgatory Resort. Southwest Colorado's premier classical music festival. World-class musicians perform orchestra, chamber and conservatory classical and world music under the baton of director and conductor Guillermo Figueroa. July 20 Pops Night benefit at the festival tent at Purgatory features live and silent auctions, multi-course dinner and concert.
July 11, 2019CHOCOLATE INDULGENCE, Purgatory Resort. Pairings of handcrafted chocolate desserts with specialty cocktails, beers and wines is a prelude to a magical Music in the Mountains performance.
July 11, 2019ROCHESTER SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, Durango. Wednesday evening concerts in the garden. This evening, the Lisa Blue Trio, 50s to 90s radio-friendly pop, country, jazz and rock. Proceeds to Durango Nature Studies.
July 11, 2019SUMMER LECTURE SERIES, Center of Southwest Studies. Millicent Rogers: From New York to Taos presented by center director Shelby Tisdale.
July 12, 2019CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA, Durango. Kirk James, local blues performer with a strong guitar style and distinctive vocals. Free concert while you picnic on the Three Springs plaza.
July 12-15ROCKY MOUNTAIN UKEFEST, Durango. Ukuleles come to Durango. Workshops, master class, live jam sessions and more at various downtown venues. 
July 13, 2019ALBERT DREHER, Durango. Toh-Atin Gallery features new paintings by oil-wash artist at Toh-Atin Gallery.
July 14, 2019KENDALL MOUNTAIN RUN, Silverton. Classic footrace to the top of Kendall Mountain and back to Silverton; Double for twice the challenge.
July 14, 2019PAGOSA DUATHLON, Pagosa Springs. Run/bike event in the beautiful San Juan National Forest. Adult and kids' individual and team races.
July 14, 2019AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL, Aztec, N.M. Aztec Ruins hosts third-annual event with arts and crafts, Pueblo dancers, demonstrations, lectures and more.
July 14-15SCOTT ENDURO WORLD CUP, Purgatory Resort. Inaugural Durango stop of the Scott Enduro Cup features two days of combined backcountry riding and lift-accessed racing at Purgatory Bike Park. 
July 16-21FLC CYCLING MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMP, Durango. Skills camp for high-school league racers looking to raise their level in the sport of mountain biking.
July 18, 2019ROCHESTER SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, Durango. Wednesday evening concerts in the garden. This evening, Music in the Mountains: Julius Quartet, chamber music ensemble in residence. Proceeds to Women's Resource Center.
July 18, 2019SUMMER LECTURE SERIES, Center of Southwest Studies. Western Women We Respect: Durango's Own Olga Little presented by Fort Lewis College history Professor Andrew Gulliford.
July 19, 2019CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA, Durango. Rob Webster's peace through music using electro, acoustic, rhythms and sounds. A free concert while you picnic on the plaza at Three Springs.
July 19-22WORKSHOP, Scenic Aperture. Frank Comisar leads alpine wildflowers and gold mines photography workshop in Silverton.
July 19-22MOUNTAIN YOGA FESTIVAL, Telluride. Internationally renowned wellness leaders present exciting lineup of heart-opening yoga classes, conscious music, cooking classes, meditation and more.
July 20-22HARDROCK 100, Silverton. 100-mile ultramarathon through four counties in the San Juan Mountains.
July 20-22BETTER RIDE, Purgatory Resort. Three-day downhill and enduro skills camp. 
July 21, 2019HAMMERS AND HIGH HEELS, Durango. Habitat for Humanity's annual social-networking event for the construction industry, realtors and mortgage brokers hosted by Ska Brewing.
July 21, 2019MISS MARGIE'S ARTS-AND-CRAFTS FESTIVAL, Durango. One of the best arts-and-crafts festivals at Three Springs Plaza.
July 21, 2019FOUR CORNERS ROD RUN AND CAR SHOW, Farmington, N.M. Festival celebrates the love of the classics. Hundreds of rods, classic cars and low riders on display in historic downtown. Festival of live music, food and swap meet.
July 21-22LIFE AT CHIMNEY ROCK, Chimney Rock. Interactive demonstrations of crafts and skills of ancestral Puebloan culture and regional Native American cultures such as basket, pottery and flute making, grinding grain, fiber spinning; Indian market. 
July 24, 2019THE WAILIN' JENNYS, Community Concert Hall. International Folk artists Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse are three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound.
July 25, 2019ROCHESTER SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, Durango. Wednesday evening concerts in the garden. This evening, J-Calvin's Funk Express, soul-abducting jazz funk. Proceeds to iAM MUSIC.
July 25, 2019SUMMER LECTURE SERIES, Center of Southwest Studies. Alice Eastwood: Pioneer Botanist in the Four Corners presented by Canyon of the Ancients National Monument manager Marietta Eaton.
July 26, 2019CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA, Durango. Dave Mensch's sound echoes influences of Dave Matthews, Staind, Matchbox Twenty, Bob Schneider and Daughtry, while his inspiration comes from singers and songwriters of today and generations past. A free concert while you picnic on the plaza at Three Springs.
July 26, 2019COWBOY FAST DRAW STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, Pagosa Springs. The Cowboy Fast Draw Association is about "safety first, fun second and competition third." It's about handshakes, camaraderie, a man's word, morality and friendship, fair play and honest competition. Their credo is "The Cowboy Way in action and deed." It requires no explanation.
July 27, 2019FEAT OF CLAY GALLERY, Aztec, N.M. Summer artist invitational show.
July 27-29MANCOS DAYS, Mancos. The town embraces its cowboy heritage. Parade, family-friendly games, food, arts-and-crafts market in the park.
July 27-Aug. 5MONTEZUMA COUNTY FAIR, Cortez. Exhibits, events, judging, arts and crafts, food, activities and fun for the whole family.
July 31; Aug. 14STORIES AT SUNSET, Chimney Rock. A gathering at the Great Kiva as sunset approaches to enjoy Native American stories told by tribal storytellers.

August Events in Durango

Aug. 1ROCHESTER SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, Durango. Wednesday evening concerts in the garden. This evening, La La Bones, bluegrass. Proceeds to Durango Education Foundation.
Aug. 1-11CONNIE MACK WORLD SERIES, Farmington, N.M. Teams from the U.S. and Puerto Rico play in front of pro scouts and college officials in some of the best amateur baseball in the country.
Aug. 1-31GALLERY SHOW, Durango. Donna Frank's original fine-jewelry creations and unique amber fantasy pieces at A Shared Blanket.
Aug. 2CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA, Durango. Lawn Chair Kings, on the Durango music scene since 2000, feature catchy tunes with western garage flavor, country, rock, pop and punk influences. A free concert while you picnic on the plaza at Three Springs.
Aug. 2-5ARCHULETA COUNTY FAIR, Pagosa Springs. Rodeo, livestock show and auction, carnival, kids' rodeo, chuckwagon dinner, fair dance, displays and more.
Aug. 3-5GALLERY SHOW, Paul Folwell. Paul's 25th annual show features stunning landscapes, musicians, skiers and dancers. Fine-art giclees, prints and cards also available.
Aug. 3-5CORTEZ RENDEZVOUS, Cortez. Hot-air balloon rally with mass ascension.
Aug. 3-5JAZZ FESTIVAL, Telluride. Three days of music and events feature art walks, late-night shows, interactive artist performances, a New Orleans-style Second Line Parade, yoga, kids' programs and more. 
Aug. 4MUCK AND MIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN, Purgatory Resort. A 5K adventure race through mud pits, a giant slip ‘n slide and hay bales, climbing walls and more.
Aug. 4GURHAN TRUNK SHOW, Durango. Internationally admired jewelry designs and one-of-a-kind pieces at Sorrel Sky.
Aug. 4KENNEBEC MOUNTAIN RUN, Durango. Tough, scenic 15-mile trail run through the La Plata Mountains. Proceeds to La Plata County Search and Rescue.
Aug. 4PINE RIVER BREWFEST, Bayfield. Craft beverages, barbecue cook-off, live music, children's activities at Eagle Park.
Aug. 8ROCHESTER SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, Durango. Wednesday evening concerts in the garden. This evening, Stillhouse Junkies, roots, blues, funk, swing and bluegrass. Proceeds to Mountain Studies Institute.
Aug. 8 SUMMER LECTURE SERIES, Center of Southwest Studies. Mable Dodge Luhan & Company: Creating Southwest Modernism presented by U Mass Boston professor emerita Lois Rudnick.
Aug. 8-12LA PLATA COUNTY FAIR, Fairgrounds Durango. From quilts and cakes to livestock displays and horse shows, the county fair celebrates the community's rural heritage and is everyone's favorite midsummer event. Carnival, open-class livestock events, barbecues, bull-riding competitions, horse shows, crafts exhibit and popular, rowdy Demolition Derby.
Aug. 8-12CANYON FESTIVAL, Ouray. Quintessential mountain town is a great place for canyoneers who love water and provides a good opportunity for interested "dry canyoneers" to get some initial exposure to "wet canyons."  Each day of the rendezvous will include canyon trips, vendor gear displays, gear raffles for registered rendezvous attendees, and social meet and greet activities. 
Aug. 9CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA, Durango. Agave, a five-piece string band with percussion playing groove-based Americana originals and covers. A free concert while you picnic on the plaza at Three Springs.
Aug. 10-12ESCALANTE DAYS, Dolores. Annual celebration of the community includes favorites like chainsaw and arm-wrestling competitions, softball tournament, vendors, live music festival, kids' games and a 50-mile mountain-bike endurance race.
Aug. 10-18GALLERY SHOW, Studio &. Parallel Intersections, new and collaborative work by Barbara Ellard and Maureen May.
Aug. 11           GEORGE GEER MEMORIAL CAR SHOW, Cortez. Cars, food, vendors and music.
Aug. 11-12SILVERTON ULTRA MARATHON, Silverton. 100K and 55K mountain trail-running races is 61 miles of the most spectacular singletrack trails, including 23 miles along the most scenic part of the famous Colorado Trail.
Aug. 12           DASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, Community Concert Hall. Grammy award-winning Western Swing band.
Aug. 13-18SAN JUAN COUNTY FAIR, Farmington, N.M. New Mexico's largest fair with livestock exhibits, fiddlers contest, parade, arts and crafts, live music and more.
Aug. 15           ROCHESTER SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, Durango. Wednesday evening concerts in the garden. This evening, the Durango Orquesta de Salsa, Latin salsa. Proceeds to Durango Adult Education Center.
Aug. 16           CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA, Durango. Funk meets rock, pop meets hip-hop. Elder Grown combines the freedom of improvisational jams with their captivating, original songs. A free concert while you picnic on the plaza at Three Springs.
Aug. 17-18BLUES TRAIN, D&SNG. Unique, live blues music aboard the historic steam train.  Riders may travel from coach to coach while listening to veteran artists, internationally acclaimed blues acts and up-and-coming performers.
Aug. 17-19ROCKY MOUNTAIN RACE SERIES, Purgatory Resort. First-annual series kicks off with downhill, cross country, short track and dual slalom events, as well as multiple categories for juniors ages 8-18 in endurance and gravity.
Aug. 18           TOUR DE FARMS, Durango. Bike tour to area farms, ranches and gardens promotes education about local agriculture and gardens.
Aug. 18           FAMILY 5K WALK AND RUN, Durango. Adults and kids 5K, 1-mile for kids 5 and under. Prizes and medals. Benefit for Durango Pregnancy Center.
Aug. 18           RELAY FOR LIFE, Durango. Three Springs hosts Luminate 2018, a benefit for American Cancer Society. Music, food, cardboard car show and auction, sidewalk chalk-art contest, life-size interactive game of Life. In remembrance of loved ones lost and of survivors. 
Aug. 18BREW FEST, Mancos. Tastings of the best local and regional microbrewers, great music and more in the park along the river.
Aug. 18WINE AND SHINE, Blanco, N.M. Classic car show, live music and delicious food at Wines of the San Juan.
Aug. 18-19PINTO BEAN CLASSIC, Cortez. Conquistador Golf Course tournament.
Aug. 22           ROCHESTER SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, Durango. Wednesday evening concerts in the garden. This evening, the Lawn Chair Kings, Western garage music. Proceeds to La Plata Youth Services.
Aug. 22           SUMMER LECTURE SERIES, Center of Southwest Studies. Slim Women: Louisa Wade Wetherill of Kayenta and her Navajo Friends presented by historian Harvey Leake.
Aug. 23           CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA, Durango. Intricate harmonies of The Cannondolls, Caitlin Cannon and Kate Willyard. A free concert while you picnic on the plaza at Three Springs.
Aug. 23-25, 30-31; Sept. 6-9NEXT TO NORMAL, Durango Arts Center. Tony award-winning, powerful rock musical that digs into the lives of a fragmented family grappling with crisis and loss.
Aug. 24           FEAT OF CLAY GALLERY, Aztec, N.M. Featured artist show.
Aug. 24-26UTE MOUNTAIN CASINO POWWOW, Towaoc. Native American dance and drum competition.
Aug. 25           SAN JUAN BREWFEST, Downtown Durango. Four Corners largest festival with more than 50 breweries from near and far sampling their best beers. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Southwest Colorado.
Aug. 25           THIRSTY 13 HALF MARATHON, Durango. A downhill run from Hesperus to Durango with a brewfest post-race party at Ska Brewing.
Aug. 25DEVIL MOUNTAIN ULTRA, Pagosa Springs. Classic 50-mile and 50K footrace through pristine forests. Bonfire party at the finish, pancake awards breakfast.
Aug. 25-26VIDA MOUNTAIN BIKE CLINIC, Purgatory Resort. Bike-maintenance classes, healthy meals, yoga and happy hour with fellow women mountain bikers.
Aug. 29           ROCHESTER SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, Durango. Wednesday evening concerts in the garden. This evening, the Six Dollar String Band, Colorado old-time string-band music. Proceeds to Durango Arts Center.
Aug. 30-Sept. 3FOUR CORNERS MOTORCYCLE RALLY, Ignacio and Durango. One of the nation's premier biking events with daily poker runs on some of the best roadways in the country.  Full-time fun including free concerts, beer tents, vendors and artists, custom bike shows, biker bull-riding, tattoo contests, biker games and more. 
Aug. 31-Sept. 2FOUR CORNERS FOLK FESTIVAL, Pagosa Springs. Annual celebration of folk and bluegrass music. Arts and crafts and food booths at Reservoir Hill Park.

September Events in Durango

Sept. 1, 29BREW TRAINS, D&SNG. Local craft brewers onboard introduce you to a light sampling of fine ales while providing information on crafting; live music, hors d'oeuvres and more tastings at the Cascade wye before return to the depot. 
Sept. 1-2TOTAH FESTIVAL INDIAN MARKET AND POWWOW, Farmington, N.M. Juried exhibit by talented Native American artisans. Fantastic food, contest powwow, authentic Navajo rug auction.
Sept. 1-3GRAND PRIX PRO GRAVITY, Purgatory Resort. National, professional downhill points series' makes inaugural stop in Durango with gated events such as dual slalom and four-cross. 
Sept. 1-31GALLERY SHOW, Durango. Tommy Jackson's award-winning Navajo jewelry designs with finest turquoise stones and craftsmanship.
Sept. 2; 30WINE AND RAILS, D&NG. Train ride to the Cascade wye train where passengers disembark for wine samplings and a fabulous Mediterranean luncheon; live music, yard games and spectacular fall foliage.
Sept. 7-9SOUTHERN UTE TRIBAL FAIR AND POWWOW, Ignacio. Parade, games, exhibits, Native American dance and drum contests.
Sept. 8HARVEST BEER FESTIVAL, Cortez. Regional breweries, super silent auction, live music, food vendors and kids' activities; 20th annual fundraiser for Montezuma Land Conservancy.
Sept. 8IMOGENE PASS RUN, Ouray to Telluride. Named for the 13,120-foot Imogene Pass that must be climbed, this 17.1-mile mountain race takes runners from Ouray, at 7,810 feet, to Telluride, elevation 8,820 feet. The mountainous traverse is famous for its rapidly changing weather conditions and its unsurpassed scenery along the way. A virtual rite of passage into the realm of true mountain running.
Sept. 8-9WHOLE EXPO, Fairgrounds Durango. Life-enriching event focuses on body, mind and spiritual health. Some 80 exhibitors offer holistic and environmental products and services. Breakthrough nutritional and herbal products, handcrafted jewelry, clothing, paintings, musical instruments, crystals and more.
Sept. 9HARVEST DINNER, Mancos. Annual community potluck gathering. Great food, conversations, laughter and good times. Adult and kids' activities, costume contest with prizes, music. 
Sept. 14-16COLORFEST, Pagosa Springs. Passport to Pagosa Wine and Food Festival, Music and Microbrew Festival, Breakfast with Balloons and mass balloon ascensions, 5K Color Run/Walk fundraiser hosted by Rise Above Violence.
Sept. 14-16TELLURIDE BLUES AND BREWS FESTIVAL, Telluride. Annual festival celebrates 25 years with dynamic, well-rounded mix of live blues, funk, indie, rock, jam band, gospel and soul. 
Sept. 15OTZI THE 5,000-YEAR-OLD MUMMY, Durango. San Juan Basin Archaeological Society welcomes prehistoric archaeologist Aaron Deter-Wolf in special lecture about the well-known mummy found in a glacier in the Italian Alps.
Sept. 15TODD'S DURANGO DIRT FONDO, Durango. Inclusive and fun ride for all, from beginner to advanced, on some of Durango's finest trails.
Sept. 15PIG ROAST AT THE GRANGE, Mancos. Delicious local meal, local beers and live music.
Sept. 15FOUNDERS' DAY, Aztec, N.M. A celebration of Aztec's birthday with parade, High Noon Shootout at Pioneer Village, antique truck and equipment show, food, arts and crafts, live music and more.
Sept. 15-16AUTUMN ARTS FESTIVAL, Durango. Durango Arts Center's signature annual event on Second Avenue celebrates 24 years; juried fine arts and crafts, local artisanal food, interactive art activities, music. 
Sept. 15-16GREEN CHILE FESTIVAL, Aztec, N.M. Sutherland Farms' harvest celebration with live music from talented locals, great food and fresh-roasted chilies, corn and vegetables; petting zoo, train rides and face painting for the kids.
Sept. 21FALL GALLERY WALK, Durango. Casual evening of featured artists and special exhibits at Durango's fine galleries. Phyllis Stapler's rich and colorful renderings of animals and nature at Sorrel Sky.
Sept. 21-23PARADE OF HOMES, Durango. A tour of some of the area's most interesting homes, both large and glamorous or smaller and built green. Builders, architects, designers and other building-trades professionals showcase homes they have built or designed with opportunities for citizens to meet and brainstorm ideas.
Sept. 21-30GALLERY SHOW, Studio &. Elizabeth Kinahan, new works.
Sept. 22MOUNTAIN MARMOT TRAIL RUN, Purgatory Resort. Classic 11.5-mile race from base of Purgatory to the summit and back through beautiful mountain scenery. 
Sept. 22FREE ADMISSION DAY, Mesa Verde National Park. A celebration of National Public Lands Day.
Sept. 22AUTUMNAL EQUINOX SUNRISE PROGRAM, Chimney Rock. Sun rises over the San Juans this first day of autumn; discussion about how the ancients may have lived, and why they celebrated the equinoxes.
Sept. 22MOUNTAIN CHILE CHA CHA, Pagosa Springs. Celebration of fall with early morning, challenging 5K, 10K or half marathon trail run followed by a town party with music, green-chile tasting festival and contest.
Sept. 22FEAT OF CLAY GALLERY, Aztec, N.M. Featured artist show.
Sept. 22-23FALL PHOTO TRAIN, D&SNG. Amateur and professional photographers' ride into the remote wilderness of the San Juan National Forest for a chance to capture the breathtaking autumn foliage.
Sept. 22-23SAN JUAN SYMPHONY FAMILY CONCERTS, Durango. Peter and the Wolf by the region's innovative orchestra that contributes to cultural enrichment in the Four Corners area with inspiring live performances and creative collaborative efforts. 
Sept. 24-Dec. 1GATEWAY TO IMAGINATION, Farmington, N.M. National juried art competition features works including paintings, sculpture, mixed-media pieces, pottery and photography.
Sept. 27-30SAN JUAN BIKE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL, Purgatory Resort. Shredding at the bike park, demos of the latest and greatest bikes from Yeti, Specialized and more, and great live bands.
Sept. 27-30WORKSHOP, Scenic Aperture. Frank Comisar leads Colorado fall-color photography workshop in Ouray.
Sept. 28FEAT OF CLAY GALLERY, Aztec, N.M. Featured artist show.
Sept. 29FALL BLAZE, Durango. Fun, safe cycling tour through the fall colors for all skill levels with proceeds supporting cycling scholarships for FLC student athletes.
Sept. 29MONTEZUMA'S REVENGE, Cortez. Chili cook-off competition with regional breweries, silent auction, live music, food vendors, kids' activities.
Sept. 29A REAL NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, Farmington, N.M. Annual history extravaganza with live music, tractor rides, traditional hands-on activities and crafts that bring the past alive; apple pressing, butter churning, candle making, log cabin building, leather stamping and more.
Sept. 29-30HARVEST WINE FESTIVAL, Blanco, N.M. Celebration of the season at Wines of the San Juans with live music, juried art show, specialty foods, grape stomp and more.

October Events in Durango

Oct. 1-31GALLERY SHOW, Durango. J.C. Black realistically-depicted paintings of Puebloan and Navajo life.
Oct. 1-31SUTHERLAND FARMS PUMPKIN FESTIVAL, Aztec, N.M. Local foods, family games, a corn maze and hayride through the pumpkin patch, and pumpkin sale every weekend throughout the month.
Oct. 4-7COWBOY POETRY GATHERING, Downtown Durango. Strater Hotel hosts the 30th anniversary celebration of Durango's rich culture and heritage of the American cowboy. Featuring Dave Stamey and many more cowboy poets and musicians. Cowboy poet train, trail ride, chuck wagon breakfast, motorless cowboy parade and more.  
Oct. 5PLEIN-AIR ARTISTS OF COLORADO, Durango. Sorrel Sky hosts opening reception for artists at the Destination Durango Paint-Out. Artists discover inspiration and subject matter in and around historic downtown Durango and the Animas Valley.
Oct. 5WESTERN GALLERY WALK, Durango. Early Durango photographs and custom saddles by Lisa and Loren Skyhorse at Toh-Atin Gallery; Claude Steelman's wildlife, wild mustangs and landscapes at Wildshots.
Oct. 5COWBOY POETRY TRAIN, D&SNG. Gathering of favorite entertaining cowboys and cowboy poets aboard special train to Cascade Canyon.  
Oct. 5-6FORT LEWIS COLLEGE FAMILY WEEKEND, Durango. Includes local trail hike led by Outdoor Pursuits staffers, Skyhawk homecoming brunch and football game.
Oct. 6JOURNEY OF HOPE, Durango. Mercy Health Foundation's 5K family run/walk to help women needing assistance with the cost of mammograms at Three Springs.
Oct. 6SAN JUAN SYMPHONY, Durango. The region's innovative orchestra that contributes to cultural enrichment in the Four Corners area with inspiring live performances and creative collaborative efforts. Featuring bassoon soloist Denise Turner. 
Oct. 6ROAD APPLE RALLY, Farmington, N.M. Pro/expert, veteran and beginner mountain bikers test their skills on a 30- or 15-mile course through canyons and arroyos of the Glade Run Recreational Area.
Oct. 6-7HIGHLAND GAMES AND CELTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL, Aztec, N.M. The culture of the Scottish Highlands with an American Southwest twist. Live Celtic music and physical competitions by professional athletes, Scottish and Irish dance exhibitions, bagpipe band exhibitions, clan tents, ruby exhibitions, traditional food and more.
Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21PEANUTS: THE GREAT PUMPKIN PATCH EXPRESS, D&SNG. Characters Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Lucy await at the pumpkin patch where riders will find the perfect pumpkin.
Oct. 7ANIMAS MUG RUN, Durango. Trail race on Animas City Mountain benefits Lisa Parker's Puppies, a local nonprofit committed to finding forever homes for rescued canines.
Oct. 7RIDE OF THE ANCIENTS, Cortez. Century road-bike ride benefits the Montelores Cancer Care Fund.
Oct. 12AUTUMN ART WALK, Farmington, N.M. Receptions and open houses at many historic downtown locations.
Oct. 12-13FOUR CORNERS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL, Farmington, N.M. National and local storytellers of all ages celebrate an almost lost art, presenting traditional tales of the Navajo, Hispanic stories, cowboy poetry, a few tall tales and more.
Oct. 12-14THEATER, Durango Arts Center. Eighth annual 10-Minute Play Festival is a fast-paced evening offering a grab-bag of comedy and drama.
Oct. 13DURANGO DOUBLE MARATHON, Durango. Daylong trail run and mountain-biking event. 10.8-mile Horse Gulch Hustle; Gena Rych 5K; for Doublers, a 17-mile bike ride through two loops in Horse Gulch. Kids' Mini Double run/ride supports Durango DEVO.
Oct. 13HARVEST FESTIVAL AND ORCHARD SOCIAL, Dolores. Fall bounty from Montezuma County; cider tasting, apple pressing and judging.
Oct. 27PUMPKIN FESTIVAL, Cortez. Trick-or-treating downtown.
Oct. 31CHILDRENS' HALLOWEEN, Downtown Durango. Some 100 businesses provide safe and fun trick-or-treating for kids 10 and under, costumed and accompanied by an adult.
Oct. 31BOO-PALOOZA, Farmington, N.M. Family-friendly Halloween party in historic downtown with trick-or-treating, the Carnival of Candy, costume contests, games and more.

November Events in Durango

Nov. 1-30 GALLERY SHOW, Durango. Zapotec weaver Felipe Hernandez's handspun, vegetal dyed rugs at A Shared Blanket.
Nov. 2WINE TASTING AND SILENT AUCTION, Durango. Habitat for Humanity's 20th annual signature event raises funds to build two new affordable-housing units.
Nov. 2-Dec. 7GALLERY SHOW, Studio &. Day of the Dead, a group show open to all.
Nov. 3SAN JUAN SYMPHONY, Durango. The region's innovative orchestra that contributes to cultural enrichment in the Four Corners area with inspiring live performances and creative collaborative efforts. Featuring the Durango Choral Society. 
Nov. 10BARK AND WINE SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER, Durango. Evening of fun and festivities is the humane society's largest annual fundraiser that provides second chances to animals. Silent auction, presentation of the Animal Advocate of the Year, music, food and cash bar. 
Nov. 10           WHAT A GIRL WANTS EXPO, Fairgrounds Durango. Fun, informative expo featuring all things of interest to women.
Nov. 10           GIRLS ON THE RUN 5K, Durango. Three Springs hosts nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. The 5K series is one of the largest-running events in the U.S.
Nov. 11           FREE ADMISSION DAY, Mesa Verde National Park. Celebration of Veterans Day.
Nov. 17           TURKEY TROT AND GOBBLE WOBBLE, Farmington, N.M. A 5K trot and 2-mile wobble at the park; kids' carnival games and kids' gobble contest, face painting, music, costume contest and more.

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