Durango events are rooted in history. They have grown from small local gatherings to huge multi-state and at times even multi-national affairs. Many of these yearly functions were originally created due to a lull in Durango business and tourism in the winter season. A few were created by chance or opportunity; a few more as a way to celebrate the rich culture engrained in the Durango Soil. Regardless of how these events came to pass as tradition, there is one thing that is certain, they were all created with the sole purpose of elevating the spirits and enhancing the sense of community and togetherness that has come to define Durango.
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Snowdown is a week-long town-wide winter extravaganza! It has been held in Durango every winter since 1979. This Durango festival was originally created to uplift the people of Durango during the off-season when cold snowy weather led to a lull in tourism. For a full week the town of Durango celebrates with a variety of events and competitions culminating in a huge winter parade. This is a one of a kind winter party experience you won’t find anywhere else!
Durango Independent Film Festival
The Durango Independent Film Festival is operated on the basis of expanding the community’s understanding of thought-provoking and worldly independent films. The festival is run by film enthusiasts who uniformly believe in enriching the Durango area culturally and artistically with the use of wonderfully executed cinema. The Durango Independent Film Festival typically takes place in the Spring. For more information visit their site listed below.
Durango Bluegrass Meltdown
The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is just another way Durango attracts people from all over the country. This annual event is a celebration of American roots and music. The event itself features nationally recognized and local up-and-coming bands performing at several venues in the area. It is not uncommon to see or even take part in jam sessions on the Durango streets and bars. This event has a way of drawing out the performer in you and bringing you closer to strangers and fellow musicians. It is a special experience only found in the town of Durango. For dates and information please visit their site below.
Iron Horse Bicycle Classic
The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic is a man vs machine competition of John Henry proportions! This event was created when a man was challenged to race his bike from Durango to Silverton against the Silverton Narrow Gauge Train. Since the first race in 1972, this event has attracted people from all over the world to test their endurance and racing prowess against the machine. Several other races and events have been added to the Iron Horse Bicycle classic since then. Do you have what it takes to beat the train?
Durango Fiesta Days
Durango Fiesta Days is one of Durango’s oldest traditions and celebrations of Western heritage. The event has been a part of our town’s history since 1935 and continues to attract visitors from all over the state. Fiesta Days includes a spectacular Old Western themed Parade and rodeo display. Event highlights include Horse Racing, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling and a variety of other fun spectacles. Visit the event website below for dates and information.
Music In The Mountains
Music in the Mountains is Durango’s Summer celebration of Classical Music. The event was started in 1987 when Maestro Mischa Semanitzky started working with the city of Durango to create a small classical summer music festival. The first Music in the Mountains festival featured 11 highly skilled musicians performing 5 shows. Since then the festival has gained great popularity with music enthusiasts. Today Music in the Mountains includes over 200 world renowned musicians performing at multiple venues in the area. This is a classical music lover’s paradise. Dates and performances can be found at the website below.
Railfest is an event put on by and for true train enthusiasts. It celebrates the history of trains with fun family events and exhibitions. The celebration takes place in August and includes train rides, murder mysteries, and over 35 booths of train artifacts. This is a Durango festival that will thrill and educate visitors of all ages. For Railfest dates and specifics visit the website provided below.
Four Corners Biker Rally
The Four Corners Biker Rally takes place annually on Labor Day Weekend. It is a weekend long biker street party in Durango that rivals Sturgis. The Rally includes guest performances, concerts, food vendors, poker runs, Harley giveaways and many more shenanigans. It is a biker’s dream. Not only is the rally full of activities and giveaways, it is also perfectly located in the scenic town of Durango. For information on scheduled performances and booth availability visit the site provided.
Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering
The Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering takes place in late September to early October. This intimate Durango exhibition celebrates the Old Western Cowboy tradition of poetry and songwriting. Poetic artists and lyricists come from all corners of the country to entertain and enthrall in Durango’s small concert venue. The goal of this event is to reignite people’s love and appreciation for the rancher lifestyle of the West and continue the tradition of quality music with meaning. For more details visit the site below.
Durango Heritage Celebration
The Durango Heritage Celebration is a relatively new event aiming to keep the rich Victorian and Western spirit of Durango alive. The DHC is run and fully supported by participant’s financial contributions. Local businesses collaborate to run the events. Activities include Victorian and Old Western cosplay, traditional Old Western dance lessons, a grand ball and much more! For specifics visit the Durango Heritage Celebration website below.
Annual Shiprock Navajo Fair
This is among the oldest and most traditional of the Navajo fairs. The Annual Shiprock Navajo Fair features traditional Navajo dancing and singing. The event also includes a parade and several Native American arts-and-crafts exhibits. The fair is held early in October in Shiprock, New Mexico, just sixty miles south of the ranch and caters to anyone with an interest or fascination with Native American Culture. Call Farmington Convention and/or visit the event website for details.
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