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The Weekender // October 6th - 8th

You’ve likely heard about Oktoberfest and the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering this weekend. Along with these purely awesome weekend happenings, we’ve rounded up a couple other things that we felt you might like to know are happening. We’re saying hello to October, which means hello to spooky spirits, seasonal beer, film festivals, and showing love to our Animas River.


Beer, Music, and Classic German Fun - Saturday, October 6th
Oktoberfest presented by American General Media at Purgatory Resort

Can you think of a better way to kick off October? Probably not. Thanks to American General Media and Purgatory Resort, you can spend your Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 6pm sipping on locally crafted beer from Carver BrewingSka Brewing, and other local brewing companies partnered with food from The Cavern Bar & Grill, Purgy’s, and Mountain Taco. Not to be missed live music from Devin Scott, State 38, and the Alpiners will be played all day while you sip on a brew and play some games. Local beer and local fun - not a bad way to spend a Saturday.

Photo courtesy of American General Media and Purgatory Resort.


Celebration of The Great American Cowboy - October 4th - 7th
Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering - festivities occurring at multiple locations around Durango

Evening performances, Saturday daytime sessions, parades, poets, and musicians! The Durango area will be saturated with celebrations of the history of the American Cowboy. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad will be offering a special Cowboy Poet Train at 10am on Friday, and the Henry Strater Theater is showcasing a Cowboy Comedy show at Saturday at 10:45am. Events like these will be going on all weekend. Check out a full schedule to find something you can swing by and attend, or rather stick around for the whole weekend.   For another highlight on the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering and all other things going on in October, check out this article we published earlier this week.

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Photo courtesy of Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering.


Get Your Spook On
Horsefly History Tours

It’s October, so all of the spooky history of Durango is about to come alive. Join Horsefly History Tours on one of their walking tours this weekend to learn all about the hidden and haunted past of the Downtown Durango and the surrounding area. On Saturday from 3-6pm and Sunday 2-5pm, “The Haunted Horseman” takes you on a horse-drawn carriage as you learn about the restless spirits who still roam downtown. “The Underground” on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7-8:30pm, gives you exclusive access to a tour through an old coal mining tunnel that ran underground from a saloon to a booming brothel. Whatever tour you choose, be prepared to learn about a dark and unknown history.

Horsefly History Tours
Photo courtesy of Horsefly History Tours.


International Short Films - October 4th, 5th, and 6th
Manhattan Short Film Festival benefitting Durango Film

“One world, one week, one festival.” Join the Manhattan Short Film Festival this weekend as they showcase international short films in locations like Animas City Theater in Durango and the Sunflower Theater in Cortez. Showings are tonight at 4pm and 7pm in Durango, tomorrow at 4pm and 7pm in Durango, and Saturday at 4pm and 7pm in Cortez. Before you go, make sure to grab tickets and check out the trailer. About 350 cities in 6 continents are participating - and you get to be the judge!


Showing the Animas Some Love - Saturday, October 6th
Animas River Cleanup by Artemis, Braided, Duranglers, Trout Unlimited, and RGP’s

We all cherish the Animas River, and it’s the time of year where it needs to be shown some love. Join Artemis, Braided, Duranglers, Trout Unlimited, and RGP’s this Saturday at 9am to show our river some care and attention. The clean-up starts at Santa Rita park and runs until 12pm, when you’ll be provided with some hot-and-ready wraps from RGP as a thank you for your participation.  For more information, check out this article!


For more info about things going on this weekend, next weekend, and the months to come, check out one of these calendars:



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