Visiting Durango

Summer Events 2022

Check out all the fun events coming to Durango this summer!

Summertime in Durango is filled with lots of amazing events that are great for the whole family! There are many weekly events like Concerts at the Park, True Western Roundup rodeo, Farmers Market and more. Other events not to be missed include Music in the Mountains, Four Corners Gem and Mineral show and Men Who Grill. The summer wraps up with the biggest beer tasting festival, the San Juan Brewfest at the end of August. Summer is jammed packed with some great events not to be missed.

Durango Farmers Market

Open Saturdays 8am to noon at the TBK Bank Parking Lot

The Durango Farmers Market is ready for another fabulous market season in Downtown Durango! The market features over 35 local farmers with fresh produce; locally raised meat products; local businesses creating hot, ready to eat food and beverages; artisans with high-quality handmade goods; and more. Buy your produce from the farmers that grew it and your bread from the baker who baked it. Meet your community each weekend and enjoy live musical entertainment. It's an event not to be missed!

Open Saturdays 8 am to noon (October 9 am-noon). Market runs from May 14th through October 29th

Located at the TBK Bank Parking Lot at 259 W. 9th Street, just one block off Main Avenue. Across from the Durango Transit Center.

 

 

 

Outdoor Movie Nights

The 1st, 3rd and 5th Friday night in June, July and August

Movies in the Park movies series is presented by City of Durango and the Credit Union of Colorado.

Join us this summer for family friendly free movies in the park and watch movies under the stars!  Each movie night features a unique pre-show and food vendor options. Attendees can arrive around 7 pm. Prior to the movie, there will be food vendors, local youth talent, exhibitions, and hands-on activities. At approximately 8:30 pm the t-shirt canon will fire off free t-shirts along with other prize giveaways. The movie will start 15 minutes after sunset. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for the event.  Don't forget to grab dinner at one of are many wonderful restaurants prior to the movie in Downtown Durango or the North Main District!

Movie Dates for 2022:

June 3: Jungle Cruise at Buckely Park

June 17: Mulan (live version) at the Rec Center Lawn

July 1: Sandlot at Buckley Park

July 15: Sing2! at the Rec Center Lawn

July 29: Encanto! at Buckley Park - Spanish Movie Night (Movie is in Spanish with English subtitles.)

August 5: Spiderman: No Way Home at Buckley Park

August 19: Cruella at the Rec Center Lawn

 

 

 

True Western Roundup 

Wednesday Evenings starting in June at the La Plata County Fairgrounds and Events Center.

True Western Roundup is excited to showcase the working ranch activities of the American Cowboy and Cowgirl. We are proud to promote and preserve our western heritage in a positive family atmosphere and we welcome you to bring your family and friends for an exciting evening of wild western entertainment!

Our western events are hosted each Wednesday evening at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. We are hosting a traditional rodeo on the following dates: June 8, 15, 22, 29 July 6, 13, 20. We have scheduled a freestyle bullfight on August 3 and a Ranch Rodeo and Western Variety Show on August 10.

For event details, visit our website or follow our facebook page. Avoid the line and buy your tickets online at TrueWestenRoundup.com

 

 

 

Men Who Grill

Saturday, June 11, 2022 in Buckley Park

Durango's premier summer kick-off event, Men Who Grill, is back again for the 19th year! Men Who Grill is a fundraiser for the Women's Resource Center in Durango. For over 35 years, the Women's Resource Center has been creating personal, financial, social and professional growth opportunities for women and girls in La Plata County.  The food tasting event will be held in Buckley Park with live music and delicious creations grilled up by our competitive grilling teams. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. For more information, visit: wrcdurango.org.

 

 

 

Concert Hall at the Park

Thursday Evenings starting in June in Buckley Park

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College is happy to announce the return of its free summer concert series, Concert Hall @ The Park in Downtown Durango’s Buckley Park on Thursdays at 5:30 pm beginning June 16 through July 28. Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs are encouraged with Fired Up Pizzeria offering a selection of food and beverages throughout the evening. For further information, visit DurangoConcerts.com.

June 16: Taylor Scott Band Denver - transcends the musical genres of Funk, Soul, Rock and R&B.

June 23: Nosotros - Albuquerque - one of the most recognizable Latin bands in the Southwest United States.

June 30: United States Airforce Academy Band - THE FALCONAIRES - represent the young men and women at the United States Air Force Academy.

July 7: Jack & the Vox (and Company) - perform a bit Americana, jazz, folk, and pop.

July 14: SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED!

July 21: Carter Sampson & The Jackalopes - Oklahoma, award-winning singer-songwriter, tours nationally and internationally.

July 28: Ali McGwirk - Boston-based singer, songwriter captivating audiences with her powerful, buttery voice and heartfelt songwriting.

 

 

 

The Animas City Night Bazaar

Last Wednesday of each month- June to September from 5pm-8pm

Located in the North Main District at various locations

The Animas City Night Bazaar converts a lonely neighborhood parking lot or alley in the North Main District into a lively, creative gathering space that welcomes vendors, artisans, musicians, performers, non-profit partners and our community. Our three events of the season will take place on:

Visit their website to learn more about the location and event details.

 

 

 

4th of July Celebration

July 4th celebration in Historic Downtown Durango will feature a whole weekend of fastivities and events! Things will kick off on Friday in Buckley Park with Outdoor Movie Night featuring Sandlot. The night will include music by Stillwater Youth Bands and Bike Decorating for the 4th of July Parade. On Saturday the first annual BBQ, Bulls & Beer Competition will take place at the La Plata County Fairgrounds starting at 10am. On Saturday evening at the transit center, kick up your heals for a Street Dance and watch the drone and fireworks show. On Sunday, stop by the Powerhouse Science Center for a free music event called Rockin' on the River featuring Elder Grown. And for the big event on July 4th this day will be packed with multiple events including an All American Breakfast at Rotary park, free music at Buckley park, picnic, concerts, fun bike and running races and capped off with the 4th of July parade down Historic Main Avenue!

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, July 1, 7:00 pm: Stillwater Youth Bands, Outdoor Movie Night showing Sandlot, and Bike Decorating for the 4th of July Parade at Buckley Park

Saturday, July 2, 6:00pm: Street Dance, Drone Show with 125 Lighted Drones at Durango Transit Center

Sunday, July 3, 4:00pm: Rockin’ on the River with the band Elder Grown at The Powerhouse Center

Monday, July 4: The Big Day!

 

 

 

Rockin' on the River

July 3, August 7 and September 4 at The Powerhouse Center

Join us for "Rockin' on the River", a free music series on five Sundays throughout the summer at The Powerhouse. This family friendly music series will feature local and regional bands, including Lavalanche, High Country Hustle, Elder Grown, Robert Kent Voss, and Red Light Cameras. Located outside on the Carver Family Plaza from 4:00pm-7:00pm, this summer series will host food trucks, local craft vendors, and The Powerhouse bar for drink purchases.

Music Line up:

July 3- Elder Grown

August 7- Noodle

 September 4- Red Light Cameras

 

 

 

Rocky Mountain UkeFest

July 7 - 10 at various venues

Rocky Mountain UkeFest is scheduled in venues around Durango Thursday through Sunday, July 7 - 10, 2022, featuring special guest artists Victoria Vox with Jack Maher. (Jack & the Vox), Aaron & Nicole Keim (The Quiet American), Marnie Ward and Kevin Carroll.

In celebration of its 7th year, the UkeFest kicks off the weekend with the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College's FREE Summer Music Series | Concert Hall @ The Park featuring Jack & the Vox (and company) on Thursday, July 7, 5:30 pm at Buckley Park in downtown Durango. The festival continues with ukulele workshops, open mic night, live jam sessions and concerts throughout the weekend at venues throughout Durango including the Smiley Building Lawn, Smiley Cafe, Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. Beginner, intermediate and advanced ukulele players are encouraged to register for the UkeFest and exit as a ukulele Rockstar.

 

 

 

Community Concerts in the Secret Garden

Wednesday Evenings, July 13 - August 17

The popular summer concerts will be held July 13 - August 17 on Wednesdays, 5 to 7 pm, featuring live, local music at the Rochester Hotel's Secret Garden. These concerts, through a $10 cover charge for attendees, will benefit six selected La Plata County nonprofits serving the environmental sector. Join us for these fun community gatherings in a beautiful setting and help us raise important funds for local nonprofits. Click here to purchase tickets online.

We're better together! Cash bar and food available for purchase.

2022 Music Line-up:

July 13: Nuages du Desert Jazz & Swing- Benefitting the San Juan Mountain Association

July 20: Kirk James Blues Band- Benefitting La Plata Open Space Conservancy

July 27: Six Dollar String Band- Benefitting Southwest Conservation Corps.

August 3: The Lisa Blue Trio-Benefitting 4Core

August 10: Jeff Solon Jazz- Benefitting Mountain Studies Institute

August 17: The Badly Bent

 

 

 

Music in the Mountains

July 7 - 31, 2022 at various venues

Music in the Mountains returns this summer for its 36th anniversary season! Southwest Colorado's premier classical music festival, Music in the Mountains welcomes world-class musicians from around the country for three weeks of spectacular performances throughout the region. Join us July 7th-31st for a myriad of performances at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, as well as numerous gorgeous venues around the region. Plus, Music in the Mountains will once again be putting on a free community concert series throughout the region featuring concerts on their custom-built mobile stage!

 

 

 

Four Corners Gem and Mineral show

July 8, 9 and 10, 2022 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds and Events Center

The Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club will host their 68th Annual Gem and Mineral Show July 8, 9, and 10 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds! Over 60 vendors will offer gems, minerals, jewelry, fossils and more! Kids activities, classes and field trips available. Food trucks on site. $3 admission at the door. DurangoRocks.org for more details. Be there or be a tetrahedrite!

 

 

 

La Plata County Fair

August 10 - 14, 2022 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds and Events Center

An annual tradition for the entire family. The County Fair features live animals, exhibits, pies, quilts, and more. Fairgoers should check out the prized livestock raised by our local 4-H youth. No fair would be complete without traditional carnival rides and decadent carnival food.  A local favorite event not to be missed is the Demolition Derby. Tickets for this sell out quickly, so get yours in advance or pick up one the morning of the event. There is so much to do at the Fair, you just might want to visit more than once! Click here for a full schedule.

 

 

 

San Juan Brewfest

August 26 - 27, 2022 at Buckley Park

The best beer tasting festival in the Four Corners! The San Juan Brewfest takes place over two days this year - Friday August 26 and Saturday August 27. Friday is VIP day with only 500 tickets sold, so no waiting in long lines. A meal and a Brewfest merch goodie bag are included with your VIP ticket. Saturday is general admission day. Both days featuring up to 35 breweries with nearly 100 beers to sample, unlimited tastings, a souvenir tasting glass, live bands and tons of fun, all to benefit United Way of Southwest Colorado. Tickets for the Brewfest traditionally sell out, so get your ticket in advance. Tickets go on sale June 1 at 10 am. Information and tickets here: SanJuanBrewfest.com