The Weekender // July 26th - 28th
After some seemingly sweltering weeks of heat, it looks like monsoon season might be making its debut! July is about to wrap up, which simultaneously means we are on the downhill slope towards summer ending. Now is the time to finish your summer-bucket-list items, folks. Hopefully, we’ve highlighted some great events this weekend to add to that list. This weekend’s lineup includes mouth-watering brisket cook-offs, the haunted side of Durango, and the final concerts of Music in the Mountains. If you’re still looking for more, check out our full event calendar!
Brisket, chicken thighs, baby back ribs, potato salad, corn on the cob - at this point, I’m just naming delicious food and making your mouth water like this, right? Truth is, you can find all this and more at the Farmers Fresh Market’s 4th annual brisket cook-off! With live music from Lacey Black, the San Ignacio Fiesta Parade, and the mouth-watering array of food, this cook-off is known for being a family-friendly event and a great way to spend a Saturday. Each meat sample from the cook-off is only $1, and then you are included in the People's Choice Award for Favorite Cook! Check out the event for more information about the library fundraiser, bounce house and watermelon eating contest at Shoshone Park, and the horseshoe tournament.
Durango's Haunted History
Horsefly’s Underground Ghost Tour is one of a kind. The tour starts at the beautiful (and haunted) Rochester Hotel where people can enjoy a drink from their bar before heading out to hear ghost stories from various buildings and businesses. It ends at the El Rancho Bar where often times guests are greeted by the bars co-owner, Chris Lile. Chris tells first hand experiences he’s had late at night in the basement and graciously invites the tour into the basement to see a real historic tunnel for themselves.
If ghosts aren’t your thing; not to worry. HHT offers several other tours that cover different areas on Main Avenue. Whether you are visiting or you’ve lived here your whole life, you will never see Durango the same again after taking an HHT tour. Go to www.horseflyhistory.com to find out about current tours and times.
Finale of Music in the Mountains
Southwest Colorado’s premier classical musical festival is wrapping up this weekend, and it’s going out with a bang. With these three events, there’s something for everyone. On Friday night, catch the Eileen Ivers Band as a part of the Music in the Mountains World Music Concert. One of the biggest events of the festival, First Ladies of Song: Music in the Mountains Pops Night Benefit this Saturday, hosts a multi-course dinner with live and silent auctions all followed by a Pops Orchestra that highlights some of music’s best female vocalists. The final concert of the 2019 Festival Season, A Night at the Opera, will bring a new facet of music to the festival lineup with opera on Sunday night.
For more local events, check out one of our calendars: