Event Schedule for Friday, July 5


Scavenger Hunt

All Day throughout Downtown Durango

Take a tour through the decorated storefronts of Downtown Durango in search of clues to win the 4th of July Scavenger Hunt! The Scavenger Hunt starts at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 3 and ends at 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 6.

Participants can pick up a Scavenger Hunt map at the Durango Welcome Center, any decorated storefront or download a copy here. At each clue location a number or letter will be provided to solve the final riddle. Participants turn in their completed maps to the Welcome Center by 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 6.

A winner will be picked at random from qualifying entries.


Paint a Patriotic Mural

All Day at Hermosa Café

You, too, can be an artist! Saunter over to Hermosa Café and pick up a paintbrush to participate in the community mural. Each year Hermosa Café provides a huge canvas, paints and some outlines to create a Patriotic Mural.

Fun for adults – and also great for kids while adults are having tea and coffee! It is interesting to watch the picture emerge over the four days.


Oscar’s Pie Eating Contest

Durango Beer & Ice at 1:30 pm

If you’ve eaten at Oscar’s Café here in Durango, then you’ve seen the HUGE pies behind the counter. (And if you haven’t eaten there, you should.) Oscar’s Café is supplying the pies, and Durango Beer & Ice is supplying the venue for a pie-eating contest at 1:30 pm on Friday, July 5.

For spectators we suggest a nice lunch and a beer at Durango Beer & Ice before watching the shenanigans. Contestants – we suggest you save room for the pie! Twelve pies, twelve contestants. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prizes. Competitors must be 12 years or older. Competitors under 18 need a parent or guardian’s consent.

All competitors must sign a waiver. This event is free to spectate, $10 entry fee to compete.


Watermelon Eating Contest

11th Street Station from 4-6 pm

It’s not summer until you have had watermelon! Join us at 4:00 pm to watch – or compete – in the watermelon eating contest sponsored by 11th Street Station and the Durango Business Improvement District. Eight contestants will be accepted for each of the three age categories – at 4:00 pm Ages 6 & under, at 4:30 pm Ages 7 to 15, and at 5:00 pm ages 16 & older. Prizes for 1st & 2nd Places. 

Registration will end when all 8 spots per category are claimed or 15 minutes before the start for that age range, when all competitors must be present for check-in. Contestants under 18 years need a parent or guardian’s consent. This event is free to spectate.


July is for Pie! Baking Contest

EsoTerra Ciderworks at 5:00 pm

EsoTerra Ciderworks is all about apples! Bakers in the Junior (under 18) and Senior (18 or over) categories will submit a fresh-baked apple pie to be judged by area chefs. Once the winners have been selected, EsoTerra will serve $3 “taste” plates.  All proceeds go to preserving heritage apple trees. Come early to see the beautiful designs before the pies are cut. Stay to taste the wonderful results! 


First Friday Art Walk 

Downtown Durango at 6:00 pm

Celebrate Durango’s creative side! Hosted by Local First, Durango Creative District, and The ArtRoom Collective, this evening of music, original performances, featured artist showcases and artisan pop-up markets all across town.

Click here for more information on participating venues.


Apple Slushy Slam Contest

EsoTerra Ciderworks at 6:30 pm

What do you need when it is HOT, HOT, HOT outside? A cold apple slushy! Watch or participate as teams of 3 each slam a frozen apple slushy (non-alcoholic) and compete for the fastest team time. This event is free to spectate. Entry fee is $15 per team.


Live Music with “YES, NO, MAYBE”

11th Street Station at 7:00 pm

YES, NO, MAYBE. is an acoustic musical duo based in Durango. Strings and powerful female vocals define the sound of this band. Enjoy guitar, mandolin, and bass with classic covers ranging from Sam Cooke to Elton John to the Talking Heads. This band engages and entertains their audiences with professional live sound and musical presence. Vocals, strings, and smiles? This event is free. 

While listening to YES, NO, MAYBE, purchase and enjoy a dinner and drink from one of the eight unique and delicious food trucks at 11th Street Station – Durango’s Premier Culinary Collective.


Red, White & Bulls: Pro Bull Riding

La Plata County Fairgrounds at 7:00 pm

Have you ever seen a bull up close and personal? Do you know the sounds and the thump on the ground when an 1100 pound animal tries to buck off the rider? Visit the True Western Roundup as they present pro bull riding on Friday July 5. And then dance in the dirt with the Josh Ray Band after the action! 

Ticket price: $35-$85. Gates open at 5:00 pm, with a variety of dinner and beverage options. Event starts at 7:00 pm.

Click here for more information and tickets.


The Mysto Really Big Magic Show

Animas City Theatre at 7:00 pm

This Family Friendly Vaudeville Style Magic Show features 5 big stage illusions. See a woman cut into thirds, pierced with swords, vanished into thin air, and the Fastest Trick in the West. By using character skits, and flawless magic technique, Mysto (the Master Magician and his lovely Assistant Alyssa) bring their audiences back to a simpler time of joy, wonder, amazement, and just good ole-fashioned FUN. Ticket price: $20. 

Door opens at 7 pm. Show 7:30 pm. All ages.

All minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their legal guardian. Click here for more information and tickets.


Music & Movies in the Park

Buckley Park at 7:00 pm

Watch the classic movie, Sandlot, on a 20’ movie screen! Bring your blankets, chairs, family and friends to enjoy a night at the movies together at Buckley Park. Prior to the movie, enjoy live music starting at 7:00 pm.

The movie will begin 15 minutes after sunset. This event is free. Popcorn and sodas are available for purchase.