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October 2017

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering

October 5, 2017 - October 8, 2017

A celebration of the rich culture and heritage of the American Cowboy. Poets, storytellers and musicians from throughout the country grace us with classic and contemporary performances.

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November 2017

Ski Season Starts

November 1, 2017
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Winter Solstice Artisans’ Market

November 24, 2017 @ 8:00 am - December 23, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Opens Friday, November 25 at 10am Closes Friday, December 23 at 5pm Open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm Closed Sundays A signature community event, Durango Arts Center’s Winter Solstice Invitational Artisans’ Market is the perfect destination for holiday shopping. Experience Barbara Conrad Gallery transformed into a dynamic outlet featuring over 40 invited regional artists selected for their high-quality offerings of original and unique fine arts and crafts. Find the perfect one-of-a-kind holiday gift in this year’s market filled with local ceramics, jewelry, metal,…

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The Polar Express

November 25, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - December 31, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

The award-winning book comes to life through the chefs, hobo, conductor, the Hero Boy, Billy, Santa and all the elves on this historic steam train! All passengers will enjoy hot chocolate and a treat served by your personal chefs who will also read the THE POLAR EXPRESS story on the way to the North Pole to pick up Santa! While Santa visits each car, your chefs will lead you in specially selected Christmas carols on the return to Durango. All…

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December 2017

Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival

December 2, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A Durango Tradition where there will be fine art, amazing crafts so come meet the creative people from the 4-Corners. Meet Esther Greenfield author of Tough Men hard Places (this inspired the PBS Documentary film 'Pioneering Power' also the book Reading the Trees- a Curious Hiker's Field Journal of Hidden Woodland Messages. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Christmas season. As artist Richard A. Koch states 'Our world and its people provide us with unlimited opportunities to experience…

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Annual Festival of Trees

December 2, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - December 3, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Ring in the holidays in style with Community Connections and the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Our 13th annual Festival of Trees event kicks off on November 12th from 4-8 p.m. at the Grange Event Center at DSNGRR. Join us for food, games, music, a silent auction, and the first chance to view and enter to win the decorations from the best dressed trees in town. You might even get an early word in with the jolly old gift-bearer…

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Winterfest in South Fork

December 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

FRIDAY, December 9th (11am – 5pm) and SATURDAY, December 10th (10am – 4pm). The event will be held at the Rio Grande Club and Resort in South Fork. A wonderful two day event for local families and visitors with sleigh rides, vendors with great gift selections, lunch and more. Bake sale items and most important SANTA will be here to visit with the children and hear their wishes. In the children's area they can make a tree ornament and decorate…

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Annual Festival of Trees

December 9, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - December 10, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Ring in the holidays in style with Community Connections and the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Our 13th annual Festival of Trees event kicks off on November 12th from 4-8 p.m. at the Grange Event Center at DSNGRR. Join us for food, games, music, a silent auction, and the first chance to view and enter to win the decorations from the best dressed trees in town. You might even get an early word in with the jolly old gift-bearer…

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UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup

December 14, 2017 @ 8:00 am - December 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Snow sculptures in the Plaza

December 26, 2017 - December 29, 2017

Watch as local artists create their masterpieces out of snow, right before your eyes in the plaza. Stop by after your day of skiing and watch as their works of art come to life out of a block of snow. Feel free to chat with the artists while they work. Are you an artist who wants to give it a try? E-mail our Events Manager at mkrichman@purgatoryresort.com. We provide the snow, you create your masterpiece!

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