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Snowdown, Durango: The Cure For Cabin Fever

Snowdown Returning To Durango In 2023

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 44th year, Snowdown Durango will be decked out in its Elizabethan best. The 2023 theme is A Shakespearian Revelry, A Week With the Bard.

Snowdown 2023 Theme

The upcoming Snowdown takes place Feb 1-5, 2023 and is expected to feature some medieval-style attire for this Snowdown in-the-round. With so many options for festival goers to be or not to be, the events are bound to be a spectacle for the ages. Stay tuned for a full schedule as it becomes available.

2023 Event Info
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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 event 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. Many local businesses get in on the Snowdown action and you'll find that the annual celebration expands around town.

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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