October Happenings Around Durango
It’s official. We have arrived to the first full month of fall. Summer is gone, winter is on the horizon, and we’re dancing in the delicate transitional phase of brisk weather and your favorite sweater. There’s several things that you most likely tend to think of when October rolls around; pumpkins, Halloween, Oktoberfests, seasonal beer, and classic autumn colors (we can’t forget that favorite sweater, either). Thanks to the season, we’ve got plenty of places and events to wear that fall sweater to.
Last Chance for Farm Fresh Fun - Saturdays until October 27th
The Durango Farmers Market last day is the last Saturday of the month.
Now that the air is getting colder, and the harvest season is coming to a close, so are our beloved farmers markets. Animas City Farmers Market and Night Bazaar will have its last night on October 17th, Durango Farmers Market will be done after October 27th, and many others will be closing this month. For a full list of the area’s farmers markets and their last days, check out this article. Make sure to show up and soak up the ambiance of a farmers market, and grab all the produce you can gobble up in the upcoming weeks. We’ll have to say goodbye and wait until next summer for another gathering of farmers and local-eaters.
Beer, Music, and Classic German Fun - Saturday, October 6th
Oktoberfest at Purgatory Ski Resort
What is the month of October without the German beer festivals? Oktoberfest has a massive lineup of breweries, live music, food, and vendors to make it an insane event. Show up at Purgatory this Saturday from 1-6pm for beer from Ska Brewing, Steamworks Brewing, Carver Brewing, and Animas Brewing. German-style brats will be served by Purgy’s and other food vendors like The Cavern Bar & Grill and Mountain Taco will be out serving up goods. An Old Time Photo booth and games from Conundrum Escape Room will be there to provide all the fun while sipping on your favorite lager. Can you think of a better way to start October? Probably not.
With so many dates, there’s no reason to miss the PEANUTS™ Great Pumpkin Patch Express this fall. With live music, live reindeer, pumpkin patch maze, hay bale wagon rides and much more, this train experience from Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a staple for little ones, teenagers, and adults. Sip on a beer or wine while watching the football kicking contest, and indulge in fresh treats from Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory after riding the train to the pumpkin patch. Don’t miss the ultimate autumn Charlie Brown Experience.
Photo courtesy of Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Railroad.
The Great American Cowboy - October 4th - 7th
Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering
From this Thursday the 4th until Sunday the 7th, the Durango area will be filled to the brim with cowboy culture. The heritage of the American cowboy will be celebrated through music, poetry readings, art galleries, and even trail rides. Cowboys from around the country come to Durango every year to share their culture, food, and art to everyone who wants to learn. The Henry Strater Theater will be hosting many of the events taking place this weekend. Otherwise, check out a full schedule to see what’s happening.
Photo courtesy of Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
Runnin’ & Bikin’ for Beer - October 11th
Ska Durango Double - Trail Run & MTB Ride
Hurry - registration closes on October 11th! The race will be on October 13th, and will benefit the Women’s Resource Center as well as Trails 2000 and Durango DEVO. With multiple races, there’s one for everybody. The Horse Gulch Hustle is a 10.8-mile trail run. If you’re up for it, right after your run you can take on the 17-mile bike ride to complete the Durango Double. Make a team and split it up, or take on the race yourself. The Kids Mini Double is a shortened run and ride made fun for the little ones. Afterward, local food and drink will be around from Zia Taqueria, Serious Delights, and of course Ska Brewing Company. At the finish line, StillHouse Junkies will be grooving as you put in the last leg! Come out and join the fun as the gorgeous fall season gets celebrated, and maybe wear that favorite sweater!