Concerts, arts heat up summer in Durango

Music, festivals, kids events offer plenty to do

Editor’s note: We tried to pack as many activities and events into this calendar as possible. If there’s something we missed, email katie@durangoherald.com, and we’ll add it to the online version.It’s summertime in Durango, and there’s lots to do for everyone. You want music? There’s music. You want festivals? We’ve got that, too. Something for the kids? Done. Whatever you’re in the mood for, chances are you can find it here.

June

June 15-18

Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Tickets at http://bit.ly/1bqM4JE.

June 17

The T-REX Express: All aboard the T-REX Express to the Dinosaur Discovery Zone. 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Price: $24-$32. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, 479 Main Ave.

Little River Band in Concert. 7 p.m. Tickets: www.skyutecasino.com, (888) 842.4180, at the Sky Ute Casino Gift Shop or at the door Price: $25-$35. Sky Ute Casino Resort 14324 Colorado Highway 172 North Ignacio.

June 18

The T-REX Express: All aboard the T-REX Express to the Dinosaur Discovery Zone. 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Price: $24-$32. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, 479 Main Ave.

Outdoor Concert Series with Black Velvet. 4 p.m. Free. www.winesofthesanjuan.com. Wines of the San Juan 233 Highway 511 Blanco, New Mexico.

Americana music by Jason Thies. 6 p.m. Far View Lodge in Mesa Verde National Park. Mesa Verde National Park. U.S. Highway 160.

June 19-23

Adult Song-a-Day Songwriting Workshop. Expand songwriting skills, participate in daily song production exercises and share your efforts with fellow songwriters. Registration fee $125. 6-7:30 p.m. daily with a final performance on Friday evening. www.iAMMUSIC.us.

June 21

Durango Pride Festival. Held June 21-25. Five-day celebration of community support for the Four Corners LGBTQ+ rainbow family. For schedule, visit http://4calliancefordiversity.org/.

Summer Solstice Window Viewing. 6 a.m. At the dawn of the summer solstice, a spiral of sunlight makes its way across the Center of Southwest Studies’ gallery walls, making for a dazzling display. Admission and parking are free, with light refreshments provided. Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College.

June 22

Burger & Band Summer Series: Kirk James Band. 5 p.m. Admission: $20 for a burger, chips and show. Kids under 12 can order off the menu and no band fee. James Ranch Terraces, 33846 U.S. Highway 550.

Free Concert Hall @ The Park, The Cannondolls. 5:30 p.m. Buckley Park, 12th Street and Main Avenue

June 23

41st Annual Juried Exhibit. 5 p.m. Durango Arts Center’s annual competition. More information at: www.durangoarts.org or 259-2606. Free. Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

Three Springs Plaza Pics. 8:30 p.m. Movie starts at dusk. Seating is first come, first serve basis. Blanket section and chair section available, bring your own chair and/or blanket. A small concession stand will be open. Free. Three Springs Plaza, 175 Mercado St.

June 24 and 25

Celebration of Quilts! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 25. 100+ beautifully handcrafted quilts made by members of the La Plata Quilters Guild will be on display, and some for sale. Themed baskets will be raffled, and vendors from across the Southwest will demonstrate and sell their products. Adults $3, children under 12 free. La Plata County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall, 2500 Main Ave.

June 24

The T-REX Express. All aboard the T-REX Express to the Dinosaur Discovery Zone. 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Price: $24-$32. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, 479 Main Ave.

“The Legend of Danny Boy.” 7 p.m. The premier of “The Legend of Danny Boy,” a story about mining in the Old West, and in particular the story of Irish miners. Interactive, family-friendly show that features a full Irish band. $19-$24. www.henrystratertheatre.com. Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave.

June 25

The T-REX Express: All aboard the T-REX Express to the Dinosaur Discovery Zone. 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Price: $24-$32. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, 479 Main Ave.

Outdoor Concert Series with Devil’s Dram. 4 p.m. Free. www.winesofthesanjuan.com. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Highway 511, Blanco, New Mexico.

June 28

Secret Garden Summer Concert Series. 5 p.m. Jeff Solon Jazz Trio performs for Secret Garden Community Concerts. The cover charge will be a $10 donation to support the 10 nonprofits selected for the 2017 concert series. www.rochesterhotel.com/events/summer-concert-series.htm, Rochester Hotel Garden Bar Stage, 726 East Second Ave.

Concerts in the Plaza: Dave Mensch. 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and your favorite refreshments. Free. Three Springs Plaza, 175 Mercado St.

June 29

Free Concert Hall @ The Park, Halden Wofford & The Hi*Beams. Texas honky tonk & Western swing. 5:30 p.m. Buckley Park, 12th Street and Main Avenue.

Burger & Band Summer Series: Will Cooter Gang. 5 p.m. Admission: $20 for a burger, chips and show. Kids under 12 can order off the menu and no band fee. James Ranch Terraces, 33846 U.S. Highway 550.

July

July 1

Bands, Brews & BBQ. 12:30 p.m. A full day of bands, food and beer on the mountain. The band lineup features Pants Party as your headliner, along with Kat $nip & The Funk Lab, Space Wail and Missing Lynx. $11 for all-day admission when you purchase in advance. Tickets: http://bandsbrewsbbq.brownpapertickets.com. Purgatory Ski Resort, 100 Skier Place.

July 2

Outdoor Concert Series with Island Style. 4 p.m. www.winesofthesanjuan.com. Free. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Highway 511, Blanco, New Mexico.

Bar D Chuckwagon Dinner and Cowboy Music Show. 5:30 p.m. Since 1969. Dinner and entertainment nightly. Contact www.bardchuckwagon.com or call 247-5753 for reservations. $26. Bar D Chuckwagon, 8080 County Road 250, Durango.

July 3

The Art of Seduction. 8 p.m. The Bohemian Burlesque Society presents: “The Art of Seduction.” www.bohemianburlesquesociety.com. $25-$50. Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave.

July 4

Live music in the park. 1-5 p.m. Local bands, entertainment, food and kid friendly fun. Buckley Park, 12th Street and Main Avenue.

Stars and Stripes Parade. 6 p.m. Parade on Main Avenue, starts at College and Main.

Street dance on Main. 6:30 p.m. Live entertainment by The High Rollers, beer garden featuring Ska beer and food vendors. Starts immediately after the parade at 11th and Main, ends when the fireworks start to fly about 9:15 pm.

4th at the Fort. 6:30-9:30 p.m. FLC Chapel lawn. Food, music and drink to FLC alumni to celebrate 4th at the Fort with the climax of Durango’s fireworks display at sunset. http://bit.ly/2ssSaoq.

July 5

Secret Garden Summer Concert Series. 5 p.m. Better Knot performs for Secret Garden Community Concerts. Concert benefits La Plata Open Space Conservancy. The cover charge will be a $10 donation to support the 10 nonprofits selected for the 2017 concert series. www.rochesterhotel.com/events/summer-concert-series.htm. Rochester Hotel, 726 East Second Ave.

“The West in Story and Song.” 7 p.m. How the West came to be. The life of the cowboy on the frontier. It will come alive through story and song, being told by Carol Heuchan, emcee from Australia, and sung by world-class artist. Each week, new musical guests will join Carol. Family friendly . $19-$28. www.henrystratertheatre.com. Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave.

July 6

Burger & Band Summer Series: Tim Sullivan. 5 p.m. Admission: $20 for a burger, chips and show. Kids under 12 can order off the menu and no band fee. James Ranch Terraces, 33846 U.S. Highway 550.

Ska-BQ! Live music: Swashbuckling Doctors. 5 p.m. Ska Brewing World HQ, 225 Girard St.

Free Concert Hall @ The Park, Garrett Lebeau. 5:30 p.m. Concert-goers are asked to bring chairs or blankets. Fired Up Pizzeria will offer food for sale at the park, but picnics are invited with non-alcoholic drinks. Buckley Park, 12th Street and Main Avenue.

July 7

Rocky Mountain UkeFest. Runs July 7-9. For schedule, visit http://rockymountainukefest.com.

26th Annual Art on the Animas. Noon-6 p.m. Arts and crafts fair. Santa Rita River Walk, 2700 Main Ave.

DAC Summer Camp Shows: “Dystopia” and “Big Bad.” 1 p.m. Performances of DAC’s 2017 summer acting camps. www.durangoarts.org or 259-2606. Free. Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

July 8

26th Annual Art on the Animas. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Arts and crafts fair. Santa Rita River Walk, 2700 Main Ave.

The RIDE Festival. 10 a.m. The sixth annual RIDE Festival in Telluride. More details at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ride-festival-july-8-9-2017-tickets-29079672082. Telluride Town Park, 500 E. Colorado Ave., Telluride.

DAC Summer Camp Shows: “Dystopia” And “Big Bad.” 1 p.m. www.durangoarts.org or 259-2606. Free. Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

Sky Ute Casino Events Center presents 3 Doors Down. 5 p.m. Outdoor concert. $35-$50. Buy tickets online at skyutecasino.com, by calling (888) 842.4180, at the Sky Ute Casino Gift Shop or at the door. Sky Ute Casino Resort, 14324 State Highway 172, Ignacio.

July 9

Music in the Mountains. Runs July 9-30. For the complete schedule, visit www.musicinthemountains.com.

The RIDE Festival. 10 a.m. The sixth annual RIDE Festival in Telluride. More details at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ride-festival-july-8-9-2017-tickets-29079672082. Telluride Town Park, 500 E. Colorado Ave., Telluride.

Outdoor Concert Series with High Desert Fusion. 4 p.m. Blues/Jazz/Folk fusion. www.winesofthesanjuan.com. Free. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Hwy 511, Blanco, New Mexico.

July 12

Secret Garden Summer Concert Series. 5 p.m. The Badly Bent performs for Secret Garden Community Concerts. Concert benefits Know Your Dough. The cover charge will be a $10 donation to support the 10 nonprofits selected for the 2017 concert series. Ten-punch passes available for $90 at Maria’s Bookshop. www.rochesterhotel.com/events/summer-concert-series.htm. Rochester Hotel, 726 East Second Ave.

July 13

Burger & Band Summer Series: Pete Giuliani Band. 5 p.m. Admission: $20 for a burger, chips and show. Kids under 12 can order off the menu and no band fee. James Ranch Terraces, 33846 U.S. Highway 550.

Ska-BQ! Live music: The Assortment. 5 p.m. Ska Brewing World HQ, 225 Girard St.

Free Concert Hall @ The Park, Chris Collins & Boulder Canyon, John Denver Tribute. 5:30 p.m. Concert-goers are asked to bring their chairs or blankets, as seating will not be provided. Fired Up Pizzeria will offer food for sale at the park, but picnics are invited with non-alcoholic drinks. Free. Buckley Park, 12th Street and Main Avenue.

July 14 and 15

Friends of the Library Book Sale. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Summertime reading for $1 per pound. Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.

July 16

Outdoor Concert Series with High Altitude Blues. 4 p.m. Finger-style guitar and banjo. Winesofthesanjuan.com. Free. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Hwy 511, Blanco, New Mexico.

July 19

Secret Garden Summer Concert Series. 5 p.m. Dustin Burley performs for Secret Garden Community Concerts. Concert benefits Garden Project of Southwest Colorado. The cover charge will be a $10 donation to support the 10 nonprofits selected for the 2017 concert series. www.rochesterhotel.com/events/summer-concert-series.htm. Rochester Hotel, 726 East Second Ave.

New Concerts in the Plaza: Kirk James. 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and your favorite refreshments. Free. Three Springs Plaza, 175 Mercado St.

July 20

Burger & Band Summer Series: Kirk James Band. 5 p.m. Admission: $20 for a burger, chips and show. Kids under 12 can order off the menu and no band fee. James Ranch Terraces, 33846 U.S. Highway 550.

Ska-BQ! Live music: Sunny & The Whiskey Machine. 5 p.m. Ska Brewing World HQ, 225 Girard St.

Free Concert Hall @ The Park, Southwest Civic Winds – Concert Band. 5:30 p.m. Free. Buckley Park, 12th Street and Main Avenue.

Three Springs Plaza Pics free outdoor movie night “Sing.” Rated PG. 8:30 p.m. Movie starts at dusk which is in between 8:30-9 p.m. Seating is first come, first serve basis. Blanket section and chair section available, bring your own chair and/or blanket. A small concession stand will be open. Price: Free. Three Springs Plaza, 175 Mercado St.

July 22

Durango Fiesta Days. Runs from July 22 through 30. For schedule, visit http://bit.ly/2sEvQca.

July 23

Outdoor Concert Series with Kevin Lee & Gordon Peck. 4 p.m. Jazz guitar. Winesofthesanjuan.com. Free. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Highway 511, Blanco, New Mexico.

July 26

Secret Garden Summer Concert Series. 5 p.m. The Assortment performs for Secret Garden Community Concerts. Concert benefits Stillwater Music. The cover charge will be a $10 donation to support the 10 nonprofits selected for the 2017 concert series. www.rochesterhotel.com/events/summer-concert-series.htm. Rochester Hotel, 726 East Second Ave.

New Concerts in the Plaza: Rob Webster. 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and your favorite refreshments. Free. Three Springs Plaza, 175 Mercado St.

July 27

Burger & Band Summer Series: La La Bones. 5 p.m. Admission: $20 for a burger, chips and show. Kids under 12 can order off the menu and no band fee. James Ranch Terraces, 33846 U.S. Highway 550.

Free Concert – Baracutanga – South American rhythms. 5:30 p.m. Free. Buckley Park, 12th Street and Main Avenue.

July 29

Durango Fiesta Days Parade. 10 a.m. The annual parade has always been a showcase of local flavor and color. Sixth Street and Main Avenue.

July 30

Durango Fiesta Days Rodeo. 1 p.m. La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. Tickets are available the day of the event.

Outdoor Concert Series with Pete Giuliani Band. 4 p.m. Eclectic. www.winesofthesanjuan.com. Free. Wines of the San Juan, 233 Hwy 511, Blanco, New Mexico.

August

Aug. 2

Secret Garden Summer Concert Series. 5 p.m. Lawn Chair Kings performs for Secret Garden Community Concerts. Concert benefits Durango High School Troupe 1096. The cover charge will be a $10 donation to support the 10 nonprofits selected for the 2017 concert series. www.rochesterhotel.com/events/summer-concert-series.htm. Rochester Hotel, 726 East Second Ave.

Aug. 3

Burger & Band Summer Series: Tim Sullivan. 5 p.m. Admission: $20 for a burger, chips and show. Kids under 12 can order off the menu and no band fee. James Ranch Terraces, 33846 U.S. Highway 550.

New Concerts in the Plaza: Lawn Chair Kings. 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and your favorite refreshments. Free. Three Springs Plaza, 175 Mercado St.

Aug. 4

“Bugsy Malone” And “Pinocchio” – Musical Theatre Summer Camp Shows. 7 p.m. Performances of DAC’s 2017 summer musical camps. www.durangoarts.org or 259-2606. Free. Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

Three Springs Plaza Pics free outdoor movie night – “The Lego Batman Movie,” rated PG. 8:30 p.m. Movie starts at dusk, which is in between 8:30-9 p.m. Seating is first come, first serve basis. Blanket section and chair section available (you bring your own). A small concession stand will be open. Price: Free. Three Springs Plaza, 175 Mercado St.

KSUT Party in the Park, 5:30 p.m. Annual Party in the Park features The Iguanas and Shinyribs. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with music starting at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the gate and are on sale now. www.ksut.org. Buckley Park, 12 Street and Main Avenue.

Aug. 5

“Bugsy Malone” And “Pinocchio” – Musical Theatre Summer Camp Shows. 7 p.m. Performances of DAC’s 2017 summer musical camps. DurangoArts.org or 259-2606. Free. Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

Old 97’s w/special guests. 9 p.m. Alternative country. 18-and-older show. www.animascitytheatre.com. Animas City Theatre, 128 E. College Drive.

Aug. 7

The Art Of Seduction. 8 p.m. The Bohemian Burlesque Society Presents: “The Art of Seduction.” Go to Bohemianburlesquesociety.com. $25 - $50. Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave.

Aug. 9

La Plata County Fair. Runs Aug. 9-13. For schedule, visit http://bit.ly/2sgfX9f. La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave.

Secret Garden Summer Concert Series. 5 p.m. Hello, Dollface performs for Secret Garden Community Concerts. Concert benefits the San Juan Symphony. The cover charge will be a $10 donation. www.rochesterhotel.com/events/summer-concert-series.htm. Rochester Hotel, 726 East Second Ave.

Aug. 10

Burger & Band Summer Series: Pete Giuliani Band. 5 p.m. Admission: $20 for a burger, chips and show. Kids under 12 can order off the menu and no band fee. James Ranch Terraces, 33846 U.S. Highway 550.

Ska-BQ! Live music: Hello, Dollface. 5 p.m. Ska Brewing World HQ, 225 Girard St.

New Concerts in the Plaza: Million Dollar Highway Band. 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and your favorite refreshments. Free. Three Springs Plaza, 175 Mercado St.

Dweezil Zappa – 50 Years of Frank. 7:30 p.m. $39–$46. www.durangoconcerts.com. Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall, 1000 Rim Drive.

Aug. 12

Durango Rockfest. Noon-10 p.m. All day music festival showcasing both local and national touring bands of the hard rock/heavy metal genre. Buckley Park, 12th Street and Main Avenue.

James McMurtry Concert. 7 p.m. Presented by Sandstone Concerts. www.durangoarts.org or 259-2606. Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

Aug. 16

Secret Garden Summer Concert Series. 5 p.m. Black Velvet Trio performs for Secret Garden Community Concerts. Concert benefits Durango Adult Education Center. The cover charge will be a $10 donation. www.rochesterhotel.com/events/summer-concert-series.htm. Rochester Hotel, 726 East Second Ave.

Aug. 17

Burger & Band Summer Series: Jeff Solon Jazz Trio. 5 p.m. Admission: $20 for a burger, chips and show. Kids under 12 can order off the menu and no band fee. James Ranch Terraces, 33846 U.S. Highway 550.

Ska-BQ! Live music: Pete Giuliani. 5 p.m. Ska Brewing World HQ, 225 Girard St.

New Concerts in the Plaza: Elder Grown. 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and your favorite refreshments. Free. Three Springs Plaza, 175 Mercado St.

Rock of Ages. 7:30 p.m. 1980s rock musical featuring live music, a legendary story and big hair. www.durangoarts.org or 259-2606. Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

Aug. 18 and 19

Durango Blues Train. 7 p.m. each night. Features six live blues performances (two bands and four solo/duo artists) in six coaches with a festive musical environment that promises an amazing experience. www.durangobluestrain.com.

Aug. 19

Rock of Ages. 7:30 p.m. www.durangoarts.org or 259-2606. Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

Aug. 20

Rock Of Ages. 2 p.m. www.durangoarts.org or 259-2606. Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

Aug. 23

Secret Garden Summer Concert Series. 5 p.m. Pete Giuliani Band performs for Secret Garden Community Concerts. Concert benefits Lisa Parker’s Puppies. The cover charge will be a $10 donation. www.rochesterhotel.com/events/summer-concert-series.htm. Rochester Hotel, 726 East Second Ave.

Aug. 24

Burger & Band Summer Series: Blue Moon Ramblers. 5 p.m. Admission: $20 for a burger, chips and show. Kids under 12 can order off the menu and no band fee. James Ranch Terraces, 33846 U.S. Highway 550.

New Concerts in the Plaza: Pearl and Wood. 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and your favorite refreshments. Free. Three Springs Plaza, 175 Mercado St.

Rock of Ages. 7:30 p.m. www.durangoarts.org or 259-2606. Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

Aug. 26

San Juan Brewfest.1-5 p.m. 21 and older. http://sanjuanbrewfest.com. Buckley Park, 12th Street and Main Avenue.

Rock of Ages. 7:30 p.m. www.durangoArts.org or 259-2606. Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

Aug. 27

Rock of Ages. 2 p.m. www.durangoArts.org or 259-2606. Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

Aug. 30

Secret Garden Summer Concert Series. 5 p.m. Six Dollar String Band performs for Secret Garden Community Concerts. Concert benefits Companeros. The cover charge will be a $10 donation. www.rochesterhotel.com/events/summer-concert-series.htm. Rochester Hotel, 726 East Second Ave.

Aug. 31

Ska-BQ! Live music: Salem. 5 p.m. Ska Brewing World HQ, 225 Girard St.

New Concerts in the Plaza: The Cannondolls. 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and your favorite refreshments. Free. Three Springs Plaza, 175 Mercado St.

Ongoing

Diamond Belle Saloon Gunfights. 7-7:30 p.m. Cowboys and Saloon Ladies duel it out in the streets of downtown Durango on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, as they bring the Old West to life with a quick draw and sassy dialogue. Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave.

Friday Nights at Foxfire Farm. 6-9 p.m. Live music provided by local groups, food and Fox Fire Farms wines. Every Friday night through Sept. 29. Fox Fire Farms Winery, 5513 County Road 321, Ignacio.

“The Legend of Danny Boy.” 7 p.m. throughout the summer. The premier of “The Legend of Danny Boy,” a story about mining in the Old West, and in particular, the story of Irish miners. Interactive, family-friendly show. $19-$24. For showtimes, visit www.henrystratertheatre.com. Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave.

“The West in Story and Song.” 7 p.m. throughout the summer. How the west came to be. The life of the cowboy on the frontier. It will come alive through story and song, being told by Carol Heuchan, emcee from Australia, and being sung by world-class artist. Each week, new musical guests will join Carol. Family friendly. $19-$28. For showtimes, visit www.henrystratertheatre.com. Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave.

Durango Brewing Live Music. Live music from 5-9 p.m. every Thursday throughout the summer. Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave.

Children’s Storytime. 10 a.m. Wednesdays throughout the summer. James Ranch, 33846 Highway 550.

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