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.
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 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.
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. Many of Snowdown’s events involve nudity, drinking and adult humor – this isn’t exactly a family friendly festival.
What: Durango has been hosting a Snowdown celebration each winter for over 40 years. More that 100 events and activities are crammed 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. 2018’s Snowdown took place January 31-February 4. Stay tuned for updates on events for the upcoming Snowdown.
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.
The theme for Snowdown 2019 is A Comic Con Snowdown. For more information or to learn more, click over to snowdown.org. Planning to attend the upcoming event? Check out our selection of the best Durango hotels or Durango cabin rentals to start planning your trip.