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For Immediate Release:  June 5, 2013

Summer Festivities are all part of Mountain Magic
Durango, Colorado offers summer festivals, dude ranches, heritage and more

Nothing says summer like festivals. If you’re visiting Durango for its incredible array of outdoor fun, excellent dining, rich cultural experiences or epic views, tag on one of these inspiring festivals for a taste of vibrant and active local life. Partake in local events and enjoy all that Durango has to offer; whether it’s wandering Main at the annual San Juan Brewfest tasting the finest from local and regional craft breweries or listening to music against a backdrop of the Needles Mountain range at Music in the Mountains — come play with us for some of the best summer festivals around. Plan your trip now:

  • May 18 | Taste of Durango: A veritable feast spread out on Durango’s historic Main Avenue, this is one of our small town’s signature events.  The streets fill with restaurants, musicians and more for a day of drinking, eating, dancing and playing. Face-painting and balloons keep the little ones busy, while the hodge-podge of Durango restaurants offer up their finest. With more restaurants per capita then San Francisco and five local craft breweries, this event has all the right ingredients to delight your palette for hours.


  • June 7 | Men Who Grill: Head down to Main Avenue to watch amateur grilling teams create their best-grilled delights. Last year’s favorite was a team that cooked everything over mesquite wood, served summertime shrimp soaked in beer as well as an unbelievably tender beef tenderloin with Creole mustard and horseradish sauces. There will be loads of samples, live music and entertainment scattered throughout. All of the proceeds of this entertaining event go to the Women’s Resource Center, a local nonprofit that advocates for the empowerment and economic self-sufficiency of women and families in La Plata County.


  • June 7-8 | Animas River Days: A celebration of the beautiful river that runs through the heart of downtown, Animas River Days is a weekend of river contests for locals and visitors and one of the state’s premier whitewater festivals. Some local favorites include the kayak and inflatable rodeos, the smelter smack-down raft spring, the sassy river diva fashion snow, and the yellow ducky race. Events kick off Thursday, June 5th and races take place June 7-8.


  • June 14 | Motor Expo: Durango plays out a love affair with the automobile at this annual exhibit of everything from Model T Fords to modern-day sports cars. Nearly 300 vehicles line Main Avenue and invite participants to take a look, chat with the owner, and enjoy the sounds of fine motors. Revenue from entry fees, silent-auction winnings and other sources support Hospice of Mercy Medical Center.


  • July 11-13 | Gem and Mineral Show: Now in its 59th year, the Four Corners Gem & Mineral Club knows how to put on a show. More than 40 vendors gather to sell and display everything from small and inexpensive fossils, minerals and top-notch jewelry tools and supplies to finished jewelry and artwork. Additionally, this year’s event will feature kids’ activities all weekend.


  • July 13 – August 2 | Music in the Mountains: For the past 27 years, Music in the Mountains has produced an exceptional summer festival that brings musicians of the highest caliber to the gorgeous mountain venue at Durango Mountain Resort. The white tent perched at the base of the mountain is a vision of summer. Aside from the rich entertainment provided for adults, year-round and summertime events for youth add a family-dimension to this unique music festival.


  • July 24 – 27 | Durango Fiesta Days: Born in 1935 this awesome celebration was originally called Spanish Trails Fiesta, and was designed to bring together the area’s diverse cultures and create an atmosphere of cultural awareness. The first ‘Queen’ rode down Main Avenue wearing a Spanish Mantilla, and native tribes from all around the four corners joined in, setting up tents along the river and camping for several weeks. Join in the modern day Durango Fiesta Days and celebrate our Spanish and Native American history and cowboy heritage with rodeos, a downtown parade, barrel races, chuck wagon cook-off, pancake breakfast, and much more.


  • August 14 – 17 | Railfest: Train buffs unite! The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad will again partner with True West Magazine to bring you the 2014 True West Railfest celebration of railroading and the western lifestyle. A tribute to Durango’s wealth of railroad history, this event invites participants to enjoy rare and unique railroad equipment and cars like The Denver and Rio Grande's Galloping Goose and an 1875 wood-fired locomotive – just to name a few.


  • August 23 | San Juan Brewfest: The largest beer tasting festival in the Four Corners, this event hosts over 50 breweries from near and far. Durango’s five local craft microbreweries – Brew, Durango Brewing Company, Ska Brewing Company, Carvers Brewing Company and Steamworks Brewing - will have a strong presence. Benefits from this event support United Way of Southwest Colorado.


  • August 29 – Sept. 1 | Four Corners Motorcycle Rally: Packing Labor Day weekend to the brim, this signature regional event crams in everything from bands and field events to poker runs and a motorcycle giveaway. There will be a Ms. Four Corners Motorcycle Rally Contest, as well as tattoo and arm wrestling contests. Whether you’re riding in and fully participating or watching from the sidewalk, this is a Durango event many hold dear to heart. 


The Durango Area Tourism Office is a not for profit organization operating with the mission to promote Durango and La Plata County’s multitude of tourism attractions, events and services.  1-800-GO DURANGO,