Check out these Durango special events! Durango hosts a diverse array of exciting special events throughout the year. Look to Durango.com for the most current information about all of the Durango events you look forward to. Browse through some of the popular yearly events below, or visit the Durango.com calendar of events for a comprehensive listing of Durango special events.
Durango Farmer’s Market
Saturday morning in downtown Durango hums with life as the shops and cafes open a new day. The air is delicately scented with coffee and breakfast aromas, as crowds cluster in the First National Bank parking lot on 8 th Street for the Durango Farmer’s Market.
The Farmer’s Market is the place to be in Durango from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. each Saturday, running spring through fall. Visitors can purchase healthy organic produce grown locally. The market is not limited to produce, though. Vendors sell a delectable assortment of natural wellness products from herbs, candles, pottery, soap, wheatgrass juice, wool, honey, farmstead cheese, fresh baked goods, smoothies, crafts, and much more!
Durango Farmer’s Market strives to infuse local commerce rather than supporting big corporations and foreign labor. All of the products featured in the market have been made in the Four Corners region.
Durango Bluegrass Meltdown
The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of bluegrass music as an American art form. Since 1995, the organization has been presenting a unique experience in Durango, the gem of Southwest Colorado.
The annual fundraising event occurs in April and features three unique, intimate main stages, a super jam, barn dance (Durango style), Saturday night Celtdown (for all you closet Celtoids!), and music flowing from bars, restaurants, coffee houses, and downtown streets and sidewalks–all within walking distance. Durango Bluegrass Meltdown headquarters are typically located inside the historic Strater Hotel where jamming where jamming and merriment goes on into the wee hours of the morning, as the cowboys and miners would have liked it!
Iron Horse Bicycle Classic
The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic started as a contest between two brothers, Tom and Jim Mayer. Jim, Tom’s older brother, was a train engineer on the iron horse. Everyday when the train which Jim was conducting passed their home, Tom would jump on his 10 speed bike and pedal 50 miles over the two mountain passes in an effort to beat this brother. As the train pulled into the Silverton station one day in 1971, Jim’s young brother was waiting his arrival – sweating and smiling. The following year, Tom and friend, Ed Zink along with 36 cyclists joined the contest which today is called the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.
Music in the Mountains
Music in the Mountains is Durango’s premier three-week classic music festival. Music in the Mountains is one of the longest running classical music festivals in the southwest where a host of concerts and events are slated in venues set in southwest Colorado during the month of July. The event typically features orchestra, chamber and conservatory performances of classical and world music. World class musicians travel from all around the world to take part in the Festival Orchestra.
The Durango Railfest is an annual event that celebrates all that goes by rail. Durango is the ideal location to remember the heady days of railroading. After all, the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been in continuous operation for over a century. What better place to remember railroading than a place that has never forgotten it? Rare and unique railroad equipment and cars are the stars at the Durango Railfest. The Denver and Rio Grande’s Galloping Goose is one rail star not to be missed. An 1875 wood fired locomotive is another example of the equipment that appears at the Railfest. This locomotive makes special excursions on the D&SNGR. This an event for all to enjoy, especially railfans.
What better way to experience this frontier town than during this annual cowboy poetry gathering! Visitors to Durango, Colorado take on the adventurous spirit of the wild west in this vibrant cowboy-themed event. The Durango Cowboy Gathering, Inc. is a non-profit organization working to preserve and perpetuate the traditions of working ranch people in the American West. This is a beautiful autumn event with evening performances and Saturday daytime sessions. Poets and musicians from throughout the country perform classic and contemporary poems and songs that will bring tears to your eyes and keep you in stitches.
The annual “HoliDazzle” time of year officially kicks off the day after Thanksgiving– the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.
Gift certificates are given away as part of the comprehensive promotional program. HoliDazzle helps promote nearly 40 events or activities taking place in and around Downtown Durango. The effort is one of many organized to help sustain Durango’s Historic Downtown.
Merchants put the “dazzle” in Holidazzle with the Window Decorating competition. Early word is that Santa Claus will also bring his guitar and make a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.
SnowDown in Durango
Snowdown is Durango’s annual Winter Celebration. A costume party, follies, parade and annually changing theme make this event one of a kind. Previous themes include “Snowdown in Da Nile,” which was an Egyptian-themed Snowdown and “A Jolly Roger Snowdown,” which was a pirate-themed week. Prepare yourself for an amazing time of games, parties and all around fun. The official website for this event is www.Snowdown.org.