Purgatory Resort ropes course

Ah, Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to the summer season: the season of family vacations, road trips and couples’ getaways. In Durango, Memorial Day weekend is hoppin’ with happenings, including trips on the Durango train, whitewater rafting,  bicycle races and festivals and the start of summer fun on the ski slopes.

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

You don’t have to be an avid cyclist to enjoy the Durango Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, which takes over the mountain town every Memorial Day weekend. Now in its 43rd year, about 3,500 people attend the three-day event. The weekend events kick off Friday, May 26, and feature beer gardens, food vendors, a bike festival and live music and there’s even a Durango Cyclery Cruiser Crit — a cruiser parade with cyclists wearing crazy costumes — at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at Ninth and Main in downtown Durango. Riders must wear a helmet and should definitely wear a crazy costume during the parade.

Serious cyclists have plenty of options to choose from, including the signature ride started in 1972 when a group of 36 riders decided to celebrate the train’s first spring run by racing it to Silverton. Today, the 47-mile, Durango-to-Silverton road race kicks off the weekend, which includes several other races.

Raft & Rail

Trains, planes, automobiles — and rafts. Or, in this case, all you need are the raft, the automobile and the train to make a memorable day in Durango. The DurangoMountain Waters Rafting_rapids & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad offers its Raft & Rail packages from May 13 through Aug. 18, 2017. Guests start the day with Mountain Waters Rafting on a wet-and-wild whitewater rafting trip on the Lower Animas River. After retuning to Mountain Waters’ headquarters, guests hop aboard a shuttle for a scenic ride on the San Juan Skyway to the town of Silverton. Once in Silverton, explore the downtown and grab lunch before hopping on the afternoon return train to Durango.

Purgatory Resort

It’s official: Saturday, May 27, is the official start of summer operations at Purgatory Resort. Hit up the mountain for its first weekend of summer fun over the Memorial Day holiday. Purgatory will host the finish line of the Iron Horse’s Quarter Horse bike race, and festivities include live music in the plaza. During the summer, Purgatory’s slopes and ski lifts welcome mountain bikes, summer tubing, an alpine slide, sightseers and zip liners, just to name a few. Check out the full list of summer activities at Purgatory!

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Mother’s Day celebrations have become pretty cliché: Take mom out to a Mother’s Day brunch, buy her flowers and maybe some jewelry and call it a day. Tsk, tsk. Moms want to have fun, too. Actually, moms need to have fun, and waiting in a crowded restaurant for a rushed brunch doesn’t always deliver. Don’t get us wrong: Mimosas and breakfast foods eaten at lunchtime are awesome, but sometimes moms want something a little more inventive. Here are a few ideas for the best things to do in Durango for Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Train

Let Mom sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery this Mother’s Day during the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s Mother’s Day Train. The special Durango train will leave at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, May 14, and chug through the Animas River Valley and the Animas Canyon to Silverton, where passengers — mums and non-mums alike — can enjoy the Victorian-era mining town for a couple hours before heading back to Durango. But, during the trip, all mothers will receive the following:

  • A wine tasting between Rockwood and Silverton sponsored by Four Leaves Winery
  • A fresh flower.
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate
  • And all passengers will enjoy live musical performances to and from Silverton by Caprice Fox and Tim Sullivan.

Call 1-888-872-4607 to book your seat on the special Mother’s Day Durango Train!

Hot Springs

Trust us: Mom could use a long soak in a hot spring. Just a quick 10-minute drive north of the Quality Inn Durango on Main Avenue, aka U.S. Highway 550, visitors will find Trimble Spa and Natural Hot Springs. Guests can soak in therapy pools filled with mineral-rich waters that range from 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit: The Community Pool is kept at 104 degrees and the Half-Moon Pool can reach up to 110 degrees. Guest can swim laps in the 250,000-gallon Olympic Pool that’s filled with municipal water and heated to about 82 degrees using hot springs water. Visitors can also relax in the sauna or get a massage, wrap, facial or scrub at the spa.

Spa Day

If Mom is more of a manicure girl, consider saving your clams on that brunch and instead treat her to a spa day. Woodhouse Day Spa sits on the banks of the Animas River in downtown Durango and offers more than 70 different spa treatments, from manicures to massages, wraps to waxes. Pure Skin Organic Day Spa is a certified Dr. Hauschka Treatment Center in downtown Durango that’s owned and operated by a mother-daughter team — how fitting for Mother’s Day. Spa Evo offers a range of services, from hot-stone and exotic oil massages to body polishes and aromatherapy wraps. We feel relaxed just talking about these places.

Sweet Treats

Few gifts are as surefire as chocolate. Not only does Animas Chocolate Co. make and sell its own handmade confections that use the highest-quality chocolate, they also sell locally made gifts and foods. Bonus: Animas Chocolate Co. is only one block south of the Quality Inn Durango! You can also check out Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory,  which was founded and still maintains its headquarter in downtown Durango although it now has stores around the world. Or, just down the block, Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory is packed with a dizzying array of colorful candy and also offers homemade chocolate and fudge.

Weekend Away

One of the best things you could ever do to celebrate mom this Mother’s Day? Let her get away! Treat Mom to a weekend away in our mountain resort town and let us treat her like, well, like someone who doesn’t have kids for a night or two. The Durango Quality Inn is one of the top-rated Durango hotels. Book your room now for a Mother’s Day weekend getaway at the Quality Inn Durango!

 

 

 

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Sure, the snow starts to melt, the ski lifts stop running, and the tulips begin to bloom, but there is no surer sign that winter is over than the annual start of service to Silverton on the Durango train! Celebrate the clearing of the snow with the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad at the 2017 Narrow Gauge Days!

Narrow Gauge Days will be Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, at the Durango train depot in downtown Durango. The celebration marks yet another year of continuous service from Durango to Silverton since 1882. Pretty impressive, eh?

The Durango train will kick off the start of summer service to Silverton with its annual party to mark the occasion: a free picnic and community celebration. Volunteers will be manning the grill and serving up hot dogs, chips and soda from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durango train depot. Entertainment includes live music from the Bar D Wranglers and keep an eye out for Snoopy!

Visitors will also have a chance to get on some of the Durango train’s historic passenger cars without actually buying a ticket; tours will be available of a few premium class cars and other railroad equipment throughout the day! Guests can also learn more about history of the Durango train by exploring exhibits at the D&SNG Railroad Museum, where kids (and grownup kids) will enjoy the model train.

Another bonus? Arrive early to snag a free tree seedling provided by owner and CEO Al Harper, who buys seedlings every year for guests to plant at home!

For those who want to ride the first train to Silverton of the 2017 summer season, get your ticket by calling 1-877-872-4607! The train will depart the depot at 8:45 a.m. and the ride to Silverton will include narrators dressed in period costume strolling through the cars, talking about the history of the train and the area.

To celebrate the start of service in Silverton, visitors can enjoy a free continental breakfast at the Silverton depot at 10th and Cement streets. As the train chugs into the station, Silverton welcomes passengers with festivities and townspeople dressed in Victorian-era clothing.

In Colorado, there’s only one thing as sure as the spring snowmelt: the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. Sure, spring and the resulting runoff has been happening for a little bit longer, but the Meltdown is now in its 23rd year — not as impressive as annual seasonal changes over hundreds of millennia, but still.

The bluegrass festival runs April 21, 22 and 23 and includes three days packed with performances by a stellar lineup of bands and musicians. Concerts will take place at five venues: the Henry Strater Theatre, Durango Arts CenterPowerhouse Science Center, Wild Horse Saloon as well as the Balcony Backstage, the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown’s Band Showcase venue for free shows Saturday afternoon and for the Old-Time Barn Dance on Saturday night.

The 2017 Bluegrass Meltdown lineup features more than two dozen bands, including Town Mountain, David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition, the Kathy Kallick Band, Freight Hoppers and more. Town Mountain is a five-piece from Asheville, North Carolina, that’s known for their “hard-driving sound, their in-house songwriting and the honky-tonk edge.” The Kathy Kallick Band is based along the West Coast with members hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, and even one from Anchorage, Alaska. David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition is a quintet with more than 180 years of experience performing in the Bluegrass genre.

Most of the 25-band lineup, though, are homegrown Colorado ensembles. Jeff Scroggins and Colorado is a Colorado-based five-piece with a distinctive sound that showcases an eclectic range of influences. Savage Hearts are a Front Range band that delivers bluegrass-meets-honky-tonk sounds, and Ragged Union has been a fixture on the Colorado bluegrass scene since forming in winter 2014. Other bands are staples of the Southwestern Colorado and Four Corners region, including Quicksand Soup from Moab, Utah, Last Nickel from Dolores, Colorado, and several of Durango’s own bluegrass bands, such as Lawn Chair Kings, Blue Moon Ramblers, The Clods, Bluegrouse and more.

Although the Meltdown is jam-packed with jams, visitors shouldn’t miss these  during the festival:

Friday

5-7 p.m. — Free Concert: The opening for the Meltdown is a free, two-hour concert at Powerhouse Science Center along the Animas River . Don’t miss kicking off the weekend with performances from the Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble and Last Nickel.

Saturday

Noon-6 p.m. — Band Showcase: Every year, bands that aren’t seeking the spotlight of the “main stage” can still take the stage during the Band Showcase at the Balcony Backstage venue at College Avenue and Main Avenue. Don’t miss one group that has more than 10 fiddlers and a bluegrass group comprised of middle school. The concert is always free and always entertains!

1-6 p.m. — Super Jam: The Super Jam is sort of the opposite of the Band Showcase. During the Super Jam, professional bluegrass musicians from local, regional and national groups come together to jam and come up with spontaneous music on the spot and on stage at the Henry Strater Theatre. As with any jam session, what happens is impromptu magic!

7:30-10 p.m. — Old-Time Barn Dance: The Old-Time Barn Dance has turned into the don’t-miss event for the Meltdown. This year, the Freight Hoppers and Six Dollar String Band will host the boot-stomping barn-burner at the Balcony Backstage venue upstairs and inside at the corner of College Avenue and Main Avenue. Get your dancing shoes on and get on the dance floor!

8-10 p.m. — Late Night Show: The Meltdown’s marquee event is the Late Night Show on Saturday night, this year featuring the The Danny Barnes Trio comprised of Danny Barnes, Grant Gordy and Joe K. Walsh. The concert will be at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.

Sunday

10 a.m.-1 p.m. — Gospel Set: Get your version of church or a spiritual top-off during the Meltdown’s Gospel Set on Sunday morning, also at the Durango Arts Center. David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition, Quicksand Soup and Chokecherry Jam will host the morning congregation during the Gospel Set.

While you’re in town to catch all the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown fun, stay with us at the Quality Inn Durango! We’re consistently rated on of the best hotels in Durango and are located right on Main Avenue, a quick trip to all the Meltdown venues. Book your room today!

 

 

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More so than the first official day of spring, Easter often feels like the actual start of spring in Durango! Of course, that depends on when Easter falls every year, and it always depends on Colorado weather, which you can always depend on being undependable. Whether you go on an Easter egg hunt in the snow or enjoy a mimosa in the sunshine, Easter in Durango means spring is here — and summer is coming!

Durango Easter Egg Hunt

Every year, the city of Durango puts on the Durango Easter Egg Scramble! The Easter Bunny will be hopping around to kick off the scramble, which starts at 9:45 a.m., Saturday, April 15 at Santa Rita Park on the banks of the Animas River south of downtown Durango.
Kids will be split into age groups ranging from toddlers up to 8-year-olds so everyone gets a fair shake at collecting some goody-filled eggs. Egg hunters should bring their own baskets to carry their haul, but no pets, please! The event is sponsored by the Durango Parks and Recreation Department, Four Corner Broadcasting, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Peanuts™ The Easter Beagle Express

If you don’t want to hit up the Easter Egg Scramble, you can hop (get it? “hop?”) on the Peanuts Easter Beagle Express train with the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The Durango train will depart at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 15, and return at 3 p.m.

During the ride, little passengers will enjoy crafts, music, games and prizes, and a musician will visit the train’s three Easter-themed passenger cars, performing family-friendly music and reading “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” story to kids. The train will chug along to Cascade Canyon wye, where everyone can get off the train to take photos with the Easter Peanuts characters. Passengers can also visit the concession car for snacks, and all passengers will receive a special refillable mug.

When the train arrives back at the depot in downtown Durango, stick around for an Easter egg hunt at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Museum! Before and after the train ride, passengers can also watch a bit of the “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” movie that will be playing in the gift shop.

Easter Dinner at Durango Restaurants

Easter brunch is right up there with Christmas dinner and Fourth of July barbecues when it comes to meal traditions. But if you don’t feel like roasting a rack of lamb and burning the dinner rolls, several restaurants offer Easter brunch every year, including the Mahogany Grille at the Strater Hotel and the Edgewater Grille at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

If you’ll be visiting family from out of town or if you just plan to visit Durango for Easter weekend, stay with us at the Quality Inn Durango! Book your room now and bring your Easter baskets along to enjoy the holiday weekend in Durango.

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Fly fishing in Durango is one of the city’s most impressive offerings. And fly fishing on the Animas River is great, with rainbow, brown, brookies and cutthroat jumping high!

Spring isn’t the best time for fly fishing in Durango — spring runoff is too high and too fast — but now is the perfect time to get prepped for the Durango fly fishing season. The 2017 Duranglers Fly Fishing Festival is this weekend, March 31 through April 1, at that DoubleTree Hotel! Learn new techniques through demonstrations and presentations, and get prepped for the season with new gear!

FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017

Steve Henderson, who owns and operates Henderson’s Fly Fishing guide service in Steamboat Springs, will present “Exploring The Yampa River” in the Animas Room at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel.  Steamboat Springs is similar to Durango: They’re both mountain resort towns and they both have rivers that run right through the city offering world-class fishing. In Durango, it’s the Animas River, and Steamboat Springs has the Yampa River. There will be a social from 6:30-7 p.m. before Henderson presents when, why and various ways to fish the Yampa River.

SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017

Doors open at 8 a.m. for the daylong Duranglers‘ Fly Fishing Festival! Things kick off with some sweet swag, and the first 30 people through the doors get a bag of goodies — one of which has a $100 gift card tucked inside. Get it!

There will also be Door Buster sales on gear and free drawings throughout the day for great items. Stick around for the Grand Prize Drawing at 4 p.m. for a free Duranglers-guided float trip on the Rio Grande River. (The more events you attend, the better your chances are of winning!)

Here’s a breakdown of the schedule:

  • 8-11 a.m. — Catch this fly-tying demonstration with Mike Sulkoski, a long-time guide and an expert fly-tier. Sulkoski will be in the shop tying flies, so stop by to watch, learn and ask questions.
  • 8:45-9:15 a.m. —  Sam Spillane, a  passionate angler and a sales representative for Hatch Reels, will present “Hatch Reels: What does it mean To Be Finatical?”
  • 9:45-10:30 a.m. — Zack Dalton with Rio Fly Lines will teach guests what they need to know in order to choose the best line for their needs during “Understanding Fly Line Design.”
  • 11-11:30 a.m. — Chad Harkins and Carly Kolstedt, sales reps from Simms, will talk about how to stay comfortable from wet wading to winter steelhead during the “Equipping For The Extremes: Summer and Winter” presentation.
  • Noon — Enjoy lunch on Duranglers at Santa Rita Park on the banks of the Animas River at 2700 Main Ave. in Durango.
  • Noon-2 p.m. — During “Casting With Erik and Jake” at Santa Rita Park, Erik Johnson and Jake McKittrick will offer casting tips and help visitors try out a wide variety of single and 2 handed Sage & Scott Rods.
  • 12:30-1 p.m. — Dave Allen, a Patagonia sales rep, presents “Patagonia Foot Tractor Clinic/Demo” at Santa Rita Park. Dave will demonstrate how these wading boots mow though anything on the riverbed, and guests can try them out, too.
  • 1-1:30 p.m. — Carly Kolstedt, is one of Duranglers’ Simms reps and will be available to answer questions and demonstrated techniques during “Fly Fishing Basics For Women.”
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. —  Josh Graffam, a sales rep for Umpqua and an “awesome angler” will present new ideas, tips and trips that will give you the tools you need to be a better angler during the “Euro Nymphing” presentation.
  • 4 p.m. — Catch the Grand Prize Drawing for your chance to win a free, guided float trip on the Rio Grande River! It may be your lucky day!
  • 7 p.m. — The 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour will be at the Durango Arts Center. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Get your discounted tickets from Duranglers.

Fly fishing in Durango is serious business, and when it comes to fly fishing, Animas River is the place to be. The 2017 Durango Fly Fishing Festival is the perfect way to kick off the season and get to know more about the regional fishing specifics to have your best angling trips ever.

The Durango Quality Inn is less than a block from the banks of the Animas River, which makes our hotel a popular spot for visitors who want to get on the river for tubing or fishing. Whether you’ll be in town this weekend for a future fly fishing trip, book your room with the Quality Inn Durango today!

Balcony House Mesa Verde National Park

Remember summer vacation? Remember Christmas break? Remember Spring Break? Man, being a kid was great. Now, you’re lucky if you get PTO and even luckier if you ever get around to using it. So why not now? Whether you have kids who will be on Spring Break or are just looking to take a break from adulting, Durango is the place to be! Here are some great ideas for Spring Break activities in Durango:

Purgatory Resort

Hit up Purgatory Resort to squeeze in some spring skiing and snowboarding before the mountain closes for the season. Purgatory has extended its season through April 30, so Spring Breakers have plenty of time to fit in a few hours or a full day on the slopes. Purgatory will remain open for daily operations through Sunday, April 2, (pond skimming day!) then will be open on weekends only, Friday through Sunday, April 7-9, April 14-16, April 21-21 and April 28-30. The Durango ski resort added the extra days in April to take full advantage of the insane amount of snow the San Juan Mountains have gotten, so closing day is now April 30, weather permitting.

Mesa Verde National Park

Spring Break is the perfect time to force your kids to learn something under the guise of vacation. Let’s call it “eduvacation.” Mesa Verde National Park is an ideal way to do that. The park is a wonderland of ancient cliff dwelling where visitors can actually walk the same paths of the Ancestral Pueblo people who lived there for more than seven centuries, from roughly 600 AD to 1300 AD. Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in North America and the park’s most famous, is closed to self-guided this spring until a recently discovered rockfall above the site is cleared. However, the Cliff Palace Loop Road is now open, and all overlooks and Soda Canyon Overlook Trail are open daily. Spruce Tree House also remains closed for the foreseeable future because of safety concerns regarding rock falls. However, there are plenty of other dwellings to explore, tours to take and views to see.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

If there’s one thing you can’t miss during your visit to Durango, it’s a ride on the historic Durango train. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad depot in downtown is home base for your trip, which departs from the depot with a historic steam engine chugging along the tracks through the Animas Valley and the Animas Canyon. The train will make its way to Cascade Canyon wye (train-talk for “turnaround spot”), turn around and come back to Durango. The shortened trip is offered during the winter months until the snow can melt and clear the way to Silverton.

Silverton

Silverton is a perfectly preserved Victorian-era mountain mining town. The Main Street is lined with colorful late 1800s building facades and false fronts where visitors will find local cafes and boutique shops. One of the coolest things to do is tour the Old Hundred Gold Mine. The hour-long guided tour takes guests one-third of a mile into Galena Mountain where visitors can follow the vein, see colorful minerals and crystals in hand-blasted tunnels and watch demonstrations of mining equipment, including air-powered drills, slushers and mucking machines dating to  1930s. Outside, visitors can pan for silver, copper and gold  (and keep whatever they find) in the Old Hundred sluice box.

Brewery Tour

I don’t know about your parenting style, but this isn’t really for the kiddos. You can create your own brewery tour by hitting up a few, several or all of Durango’s craft breweries for a pint or a flight. Do it on bikes, get an Uber or designate a driver as your make your way from Durango Brewing Co. to Animas Brewing Co., Carver Brewing Co., Steamworks Brewing Co.Brew Pub & Kitchen and Ska Brewing Co. Collect a pint glass, souvenir coozie or T-shirt at each to show everyone you made it to all Durango’s breweries!

Make the Durango Quality Inn your home base for Spring Break in Durango! We’re right on Main Avenue, a short trip and a straight shot north of downtown Duarngo. The Quality Inn Durango is one of the top-rated Durango hotels. Enjoy our updated rooms (each with a chalkboard wall we invite you to scribble on), our convenient location, our heated outdoor pool, indoor hot tub and free breakfast buffet! Book your room today!

 

 

 

 

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Purgatory Mountain Resort is extending its season! The Durango ski resort has added extra days in April to take full advantage of the crazy amount of snow the mountains have gotten. That means closing day at Purgatory is now scheduled for April 30, weather permitting.

Purgatory will maintain daily operations through Sunday, April 2, then scale back to weekends only and will be open Friday through Sunday, April 7-9, April 14-16, April 21-21 and April 28-30.

To take full advantage of its last month (and a half) of the 2016/2017 season, Purgatory has a slate of events and activities for guests to enjoy. Its spring break celebration will run through March 19, with a full itinerary of live music, kids’ nights, yoga sessions, balloon animals, snowshoe tours, a cardboard derby, wolves visiting the mountain and a Steamworks Brewing clambake.

The last full day of daily operations will be celebrated with the return of pond skimming at Purgatory! Purgatory pond skimming is a classic way to wrap up the season. It will kick off at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 2. People must sign up (registration starts at 10 a.m. on Purgy’s patio), and space is limited. There’s a $5 entry fee and skimmers must be at least 16 years old.

There will be prizes for the best skim, the best wipeout and the best costumes. And, according to Purgatory:

This will be an awesome party.  We’ll have a DJ spinning tunes, the Red Bull crew will be on hand to pump up the crowd, and our friends from Ska Brewing will be there to keep the party going throughout the day.

Durango Quality Inn is also running its “Pay to Ski, Stay for Free” deal through the end of March. The Quality Inn Durango has partnered with Purgatory Resort (formerly Durango Mountain Resort) to offer guests two options: Get 15-25 percent off your stay at the Durango Quality Inn with the purchase of a lift ticket or a free night at our hotel with the purchase of two adult ski passes! Book your room today to take advantage of this screaming deal at one of the top-rated Durango hotels and get as much time on the slopes as possible before spring shows up!

Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day — especially when it comes to the kissing (and drinking) part. And, in Durango, everyone’s Irish (or Scottish or Welsh) during the 2017 Durango Celtic Festival, now celebrating its fifth year.

The Durango Celtic Festival runs from March 9-12, and the three-day fete delivers performances by some of the best Celtic bands and musicians in the world. This year’s lineup features concerts by award-winning bands that include Solas, Colcannon, Barrule and Goitse — a quintet that learned the art of Irish Traditional music at Limerick University’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance — as well as workshops and dance performances.

Thursday, March 9

Festivities kick off Thursday, March 9, with an opening concert by Solas at the Henry Strater Theatre.

Friday, March 10

On Friday, Kitchen Jam Band and Patrick Crossing will perform in the afternoon at Henry Strater Theatre, followed by an evening concert by Aurora, Colorado-based group Colcannon. Goitse will put on a late-night romp at the Irish Embassy Pub.

Saturday, March 11

Saturday is the big day, both for listening to music and for learning how to play it (or play it better). The day is jam-packed with workshops on harp, accordion, bodhran (an Irish frame drum), bouzouki (a type of Greek guitar), Irish fiddle, Irish flute, Irish dancing and Gaelic singing.

Saturday is also filled with concerts and performances. The Saturday afternoon concert series at the Henry Strater Theatre starts with the Coleman Academy Dancers followed by the Singing Pilgrims and a concert by Barrule, and the evening concert features Goitse.

Saturday afternoon at the Irish Embassy Pub, visitors can enjoy a full lineup of performances by the Next Generation Fiddlers, Coleman Academy Dancers along with workshops, and a late-night concert with Barrule.

Sunday, March 12

The festival wraps up Sunday afternoon with an open session upstairs at the Irish Embassy Pub.

Because the festival has sold out the past two years, it’s probably a good idea to buy your weekend passes in advance! And it’s also a good idea to book your hotel room at the Durango Quality Inn in advance. Stay with us at the Quality Inn Durango, one of the top-rated Durango hotels.

 

 

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The 12th annual Durango Independent Film Festival will kick off March 1 with five days of cinematic fun! This year’s festival will feature 115 independent films, panels and workshops, parties and events from March 1-5.

The festival kicks off with — what else? — as festival kick-off party at the Ore House from 4-6 p.m. followed by free movie night at 6 pm. the Gaslight sponsored by DGO. That event is free and open to the public, but seating is first-come, first served so get there early. Films of all kinds — features, shorts, documentaries and more — will be screened throughout each day of the festival at a variety of venues, so check out the film schedule to be sure not to miss your favorites.

A big part of the festival fun is the non-film events, like the Craft Beer & Culinary Crawl on Thursday, March 2, that allows visitors to sample Durango craft beers paired with appetizers from a few of our talented local chefs. Pairings will take place at Brew Pub & Kitchen, Carver Brewing Co., The General Palmer Hotel (pairing Ska Beer with apps from The Container Restaurant) and Studio & (pairing Durango Brewing Co. with Home Slice Pizza). Start wherever you like and crawl to all locations within the allotted time (see map on this page for locations). This event is only for festival pass holders only. Must be 21 and over.

This year’s special guest comes with a lot of name recognition and screen cred: Jim Belushi! Although he’s known for his comedy and acting chops on the stages of The Second City and Saturday Night Live, and on the big screen for K-9 and Mr. Destiny, this will give people a chance to see him as a musician. Jim Belushi & the Sacred Hearts will play at Fort Lewis College on Saturday, March 4, bringing a lot of Memphis-seasoned R&B. Admission isn’t included in the film festival pass. VIP tickets are also available that include a pre-show reception with appetizers and beverages, premium reserved seating and a backstage post-show “meet and greet.”

The festival festivities wrap up Sunday with a wrap party at Irish Embassy Pub Underground from 8 p.m. to midnight.

While you’re in town for the Durango film festival, be sure to book your room with us at the Quality Inn Durango. We are one of the top-rated Durango hotels and offer a great value for your Durango vacation. Book your room at the Durango Quality Inn today!