Weeklong event usually late January through early February. The Four Corner’s premier winter festival featuring a light parade, scavenger hunt, spellerbration, bicycle roller race, foosball tournaments, pool tournaments, kid’s follies, costume ball, polar bear plunge, and so much more. Every year we celebrate with a different theme.


Late January thru early February
Phone: 970-769-0287

All the chocolate your heart desires. Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Chocolate, Fort Lewis College and local restaurants and caterers. Festivities take place at the Fort Lewis College Student Union Ballroom.

Chocolate Fantasia

Late February
Phone: 970-259-1021

Commited to film literacy and art, this unique festival feature unique work from independent filmmakers around the globe as well as locally produced films. Bringing the best in independent film to the Durango community. Visit the website for showtimes and locations.

Durango Independent Film Festival

Late February through early March.

Three day of traditional and modern Celtic music, covering the sounds of Ireland, Scotland, the Hebrides and Cape Breton, along with original blends.
Durango Win Experience is on there but it is combined with Durango Rivertrippers.
Here’s a small description to add: A three day event located in historic downtown Durango featuring multiple events including seminars, wine dinners, unique tastings and more.

Durango Celtic Festival

Phone: (970) 946-2408

Bluegrass music takes over Durango for the weekend, in three indoor venues in the historic district, and in restaurants and bars throughout town. Even in coffee shops, hotel lobbies and street corners... jamming musicians are everywhere. This small, well organized festival is a favorite for many of the performers.

Durango Bluegrass Meltdown

Mid May
Phone: 970-259-7200

Celebrate wine in 50+ establishments in downtown Durango. All net proceeds go to a local non-profit, changing annually. This year the benefits go to The United Way of Southwest Colorado.

Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours

Durango Wine Experience
Late April through Early May

This festival of food is a yearly event that features food from local restaurants, beer from local breweries, cooking demonstrations and more.

Taste of Durango

Late May

The Durango Farmers Market is held every Saturday morning from the second week in May through the first weekend in October. The market offers a variety of vendors including local farms, artisans, service vendors and ready to eat food vendors. additionally there is a local musician or band each week with occasional dance performances.

Durango Farmers Market

Beginning of May through the beginning of October

Weekend-long bike festival featuring the famous road race from Durango to Silverton, tour to Silverton, time trial, criterium races, cruiser crit, veloswap, live entertainment and more.

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

Memorial Day weekend

Weekend-long festival of all things boat. Kayaking competition, rubber duck race, river parade and more.

Animas River Days

Mid June
Phone: 970-259-3893

A classic car and hot rod show with a car showing on Main Avenue in Durango, a ride to Mesa Verde, poker run, numerous dances, live entertainment and more.

The Community Concert Hall presents Free Concerts each Thursday in Buckley Park. Each week the will feature a different genre of music from professional artists. Bring your camp chairs, blankets and picnic for this fun family friendly event.

Concert Hall @ The Park

Every Thursday Mid-June through the end of July

True West Rodeo is proud to continue with the western heritage of Durango. The rodeo takes place each Wednesday night throughout the summer.

True West Rodeo

Wednesday Nights – June through August

Join the City of Durango in celebrating Independence Day in Downtown Durango. Events will be held all day and conclude with the Largest Fireworks display in La Plata County!

The La Plata County Fair offers five days of fun with something for everyone. Featuring fair animals, exhibits, fun events, and a great carnival.

La Plata County Fair

Beginning of August

Crafts and art from artisans nation-wide as well as eclectic local performances. Food and local micro brew beer, and the Creation Station art activities for kids are presented by DAC Kids, the education program at the Durango Arts Center.

Main Ave Arts Festival

Early August
Phone: 970-259-2606

An annual event to celebrate trains. For a schedule please visit www.durangotrain.com or call 888-872-4607


Mid August
Phone: 888-872-4607

Beer, festival, Durango, Brewfest, live music, craft beer, and a fundraiser.

San Juan Brew Fest

End of August
(970) 375-5068

Celebrating 26 years of presenting fine art and fine craft makers from around the country. The festival takes place down beautiful second avenue in historic Downtown Durango.

Durango Autumn Arts Festival

(970) 259-2606

Enjoy fall in downtown Durango with special events on Main Ave.


End of September
Phone: 970-259-3583

The Balloons will light up the sky in the 500 block of Main Avenue where spectators can get up close and see the balloons in action. The glow will include candle sticks with are baskets without the balloons as well as fully inflated balloons. This is a family friendly free event.

Downtown Balloon Glow

Mid October
(970) 375-5067

A big weekend in Durango including cowboy poetry, art, dances, music, cowboy shootout and parade on Main Ave.

Durango Cowboy Gathering

Cowboy Gathering Exhibit

Based on the award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg and adapted to the big screen, the story of a child's Christmas Eve journey comes alive on-board The Polar Express Train Ride. This is an event that all ages can enjoy during the Christmas season.

The Polar Express Train Ride

Phone: (970) 247-2733

Visit the Fairgrounds at 27th and Main Ave. for all your Christmas shopping.

Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival

Early December
Phone: 970-247-2117