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Snowdown, Durango: The Cure For Cabin Fever

Snowdown Returning To Durango In 2024

For over 40 years, Durango has made the most of winter's short days and long nights with a celebration of fun and frivolity: Snowdown. For its 45th year, Snowdown is embracing the theme of Peace, Love, and Snowdown, promising a celebration like no other!

Snowdown 2024 Theme

The upcoming Snowdown takes place Jan 26 - Feb 4, 2024 and is expected to feature some groovy attire for its Peace, Love, and Snowdown theme. The Snowdown 2024 event schedule is now available! Follow the link below to start planning your Peace, Love & Snowdown activities.

2024 Event Info

History of Snowdown

Durango's Snowdown was originally founded in 1979 as an attempt to bring something fun, bright and festive to Colorado's long winter. It has since grow into one of the largest annual seasonal celebrations in the state. Each year's event has its own theme, ranging from classics like An Old West Snowdown to the outlandish Intergalactic Snowdown, and the special 40th anniversary theme: A Black Tie Affair.

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Snowdown Events

And while the theme changes annually, many of the festival's events remain the same and are part of Snowdown's lasting legacy. More than 100 events are jam packed into this 5-day festival and everything from the annual Parade of Lights down Main Avenue to adults-only fashion shows to winter sporting contests to beer dunks are on the agenda.

Snowdown Light Parade

Snowdown Follies

The most popular annual event at Snowdown serves as the kickoff and the finale to this multi-day festival. The Follies is a show put on by local talent featuring some inside scoop and hilarious roasting of Durango personalities. Lively, outlandish and unforgettable, the show features multiple showtimes that you can try and get tickets to via a random drawing from mail-in entries or the secret box office locations. Tickets begin selling long before Snowdown begins. You can also catch a live broadcast at the Animas City Theatre.

Fashion Do's & Don'ts

Another event without an unsold ticket, Fashion Do's & Don'ts is essentially a runway-style fashion show demonstrating Snowdown's theme of the year. Locals decked out in their best theme-appropriate garb strut their stuff down the runway. Patrons purchase tickets in advance for this luncheon and spectator event at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

Outlaw Josie Pete's Golf Tournament

Assemble a team of four and bring your own putters and golf balls for this outlandish mini golf tournament that takes place all over downtown Durango. Local businesses are hosts to their very own putting holes, and around 60 teams are chosen to make their way from place to place to give it their best shot. After the tournament teams meet up at The Elks Club for the award ceremony.

Search For The Silver Bullet

Since 1997 treasure hunters and would-be riddle solvers have put on their thinking caps and searched for the silver bullet. Clues on the wherabouts of this mysterious item are released all week long via radio broadcasts. Teams slyly compete to follow the clues and discover the silver bullet's location by the Saturday deadline - and before anyone else does - all for a $250 cash prize. There is no second place, so only the most creative and clever may rise to the challenge.

Kid-Friendly Certification

Even though a large number of events will be 21+ only, in previous years, Snowdown has enlisted the help of a local organization (San Juan Basin Health Department's Operation Healthy Community Division ) to independently determine what events in town will be family friendly. There are plenty of venues around town offering fun things to do for all ages. Look for the Operation Healthy Community Seal of Approval on the official Snowdown event website.

Snowdown Kid & Teen Follies

The Snowdown Kid Follies are a popular annual Snowdown event that families love. Join in on the fun and watch as Durango's kids sing, dance, perform skits, share their comedic talents and more onstage at the Durango Arts Center. There are multiple performances for both the kid and teen Follies throughout the week, with a Best of Show performance following at the end of the week.

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Snowdown: What You Need to Know

Winter in Colorado is a long, dark time. Many days you'll find the sun hiding behind the mountains by midafternoon. Snowdown is a bright spot during the dark winter for Durango. Planning a trip to Durango during Snowdown means bracing yourself for a party of epic proportions. Here are a few things you need to know about Snowdown in Durango:

Who: Snowdown is planned and hosted each year by a non-profit committee and a board of nine directors. Many Durango businesses get in on the fun and host their own events, too. While many of Snowdown's events involve drinking and adult humor, there are many family friendly events and activities throughout the event as well.

What: Durango has been hosting a Snowdown celebration each winter for over 40 years. More than 100 events and activities are fit into a 5-day window. Beard growing contests, joke off, hot wing eating contest, beer plunge, outhouse stuffing and a light parade are all on the agenda.

When: This 5-day festival takes place each winter, usually during the last week in January or first of February. Snowdown 2023 will be from February 1st through the 5th..

Where: Durango, Colorado, tucked away in the Four Corners, is home to Snowdown. The festival spreads across town, with many local businesses hosting celebrations and events.

Planning to attend the upcoming event? Check out our selection of the best Durango hotels or Durango cabin rentals to start planning your trip.

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