As in all mountain towns across the West, the defrosting time between Winter’s cold grasp and Summer’s sweet heat can be a lesson in patience. But fear not, travelers! There’s plenty to do in Durango while we wait for the trails to dry out and the river to run wild. From film to food, Bodhráns to bicycles, find your fun fix at these eight great events from March through May:
15th Annual Durango Independent Film Festival - March 4-8, 2020. Grab some popcorn, step into the shoes of another, and focus on stories beyond yourself at this year’s 20/20 DIFF celebrating more than 100 films and 70 independent filmmakers from around the country. Early bird passes on sale now!
Durango Celtic Festival - March 12-14, 2020. Fáilte, friends! Three days of traditional and modern Celtic music fall upon the highlands and valleys surrounding Durango. Partake in a workshop or simply jig to the sounds of Ireland, Scotland, the Hebrides and Cape Breton. Tickets available through the Durango Celtic Society.
Easter on the D&SNGRR – April 10-12, 2020. All aboard for a hoppin’ good time! Take a ride through the Animas Valley while spending time with your favorite young (and young-at-heart) people. Maybe you’ll espy the Easter Bunny amongst Durango’s other classic wildlife! Tickets available by calling 970.247.2733.
26th Annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown – April 17-19, 2020. While you wait for green to sprout, listen to some bluegrass. Get your passes today to Trout Steak Revival, Quicksand Soup and a dozen other American-Folk, bluegrass and sweetgrass bands bringing their talents, stories and foot-stomping energy to town. Don’t forget your banjo for the impromptu indoor and outdoor jam sessions!
Spring Gallery Walk – May 1, 2020. Forget any highfalutin airs and instead bring your wallet and sense of curiosity to this creative affair in downtown Durango. Sip wine while you meet the artists behind an array of abstract paintings, western landscapes, Native American jewelry, contemporary design, pop art and everything in between found in the Durango Art Galleries Collective. Get tipsy, er, tickets today!
Durango Wine Experience – April 30-May 2, 2020. A perfect pairing with your art gallery foray, the Wine Experience revels in the finer things of life captured by the irresistible effects of fermented grapes. These delicious days include educational seminars, wine dinners, tastings and a Walk-About that calls for a bike or trolley ride home. Drink guiltlessly knowing that all proceeds go to local nonprofits.
Taste of Durango – May 17, 2020. No matter the weather, summer kicks off at this downtown block party with all the gourmet fanfare of Durango’s most celebrated restaurants. Enjoy craft breweries, artisan cocktails, countless cuisine samples, music, dancing and familiar faces. As if you needed an excuse to indulge, did we mention all proceeds go to local nonprofits? Tickets can be purchased day of.
49th Annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic – May 22-24, 2020. After all that food and wine, treat your seat to Colorado’s most spectacular 50-mile bike race that climbs more than 5,700 feet in elevation over two 10,000-foot passes. Professionals and recreational cyclists try to beat the train while they enjoy the incredible opportunity to ride from Durango to Silverton on the Million Dollar Highway closed to vehicles. A quarter-horse road ride to Purgatory, gravel ride, mountain bike and kids races, and a host of other family-friendly events keep hearts pumping for this beloved Durango classic. Do. Not. Miss.