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August 2012 Events in Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado

  
  
  

Southwest Colorado sparkles with activities this August!

box canyon rainbowAs the summer season hits its stride, all of the trails have been travelled enough to make them seem easy. Flowers and waterfalls are still everywhere you look, and the local restaurants are ideal for a refreshing cocktail or meal after a day of perusing the variety of original gift ideas in our many local shops.

Monday, July 9, 2012 through August 14, 2012 - San Juan Memories Photo Show

The San Juan Memories Photo Show features Western Slope photographers who have focused on the San Juan Mountains. Show is at the Ouray County Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - Evening of History: "Big Horses, Wild Cows, and Outhouses -- Stories of the Lester Israel Family," presented by Ginny Harrington

ouray county museum evelyn walsh mccleane roomGinny Harrington, former Ouray County Historical Society Director, will present an evening of History on some of the more historic Ouray County Ranches. Note that this event takes place on Wednesday August 1st at the Ridgway Town Hall.

Friday August 3, 2012 through Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 52nd Artists' Alpine Holiday

This 9-day event is the 52nd Artists' Alpine Holiday starting on Friday, August 3, 2012 and running through Saturday, August 11, 2012. In addition to the art show, there will be daily art demonstrations, door prizes, classes, etc. The entire show is free to the public.
Friday 8/3 & Saturday 8/4 - Show open 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday 8/5 through Friday 8/10 - Show open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 8/11 - Show open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday August 3, 2012 - WISE Melodrama at the Wright Opera House

Melodrama from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Come on out and enjoy!

Saturday, August 4, 2012 - WISE Melodrama at the Wright Opera House

wright opera house ouray coloradoMelodrama from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Come on out and enjoy!

Sunday, August 5, 2012 - WISE Melodrama at the Wright Opera House

Melodrama from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Come on out and enjoy!

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - Mt. Sneffels Marathon/ Half-Marathon (and Kids Run)

mtsneffelsmarathonlogoThere will be three races again this year; a half marathon, which will begin at Fellin Park in Ouray, over County Road 17 and on to Ridgway, a full marathon, beginning in Ridgway, over the same course and back to Ridgway, and a one mile Kids Fun Run

Saturday, August 11, 2012 and Sunday, August 12, 2012- Ridgway Arts & Crafts Rendezvous

The Ridgway Town Park will be teeming with the artistic talent of the area as local artists and entertainers gather to share at this event. Head down to the park from 8:00 am and spend the day enjoying free live music, and perusing the booths of local talent.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - Summer Music Series at the Wright:Griffin House

griffin houseEnjoy this truly gifted singer/songwriter as he takes you on a heartfelt tour through musical bliss! 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Wright Opera House.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 through Sunday, August 19, 2012 - Third Annual Ouray Canyoning Festival

cascade falls canyoneeringThe Ouray Canyoning Festival offers a great opportunity to discover canyoning/canyoneering, explore new canyons, make new friends; to share ideas and information; and to learn new skills and techniques.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - ROCC Talk - History of the Utes

Free ROCC Talk: HISTORY OF THE UTE PEOPLE - Roland McCook will speak about the history of the Ute People. He is a member of the Uncompahgre Band of the Ute Indian Tribe of Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah. Mr. McCook is a descendent of Chief Ouray and Chipeta, He speaks fluent Ute and has extensive experience conducting historical and archival research on Ute tribal history. There will be coffee and cookies at 6:45.

Friday, August 17, 2012 - Vignettes of History~ War & Angels

hot block 7th aveAppetizers at 4 pm at Venue Roscoe Fox, dinner at 5:30 pm in the Tundra Dinning Room of the Beaumont Hotel, followed by feature presentation in the Wright Opera House at 7:00 pm: Judy Winnick portrays "Irena Sendler, Angel of the Warsaw ghetto" A one act play by Judy Winnick.


Friday, August 17, 2012 through November 17, 2012 - OCHS Otto Mears Exhibit

Visit the Ouray History Museum any time between 10:00 am to 4:30 pm to learn about the builder of the Million Dollar Highway, to name just one of the accomplishments of thiss historical figure.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - Guided Tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery

Enjoy a guided tour of the Cedar Hill Cemetery. Learn about the famous and the infamous former residents of Ouray County. $10 per person. Call 970-325-4576 to pre-register

Tuesday, August 21 through September 28, 2012 - OCHS Quilt Show

The annual Ouray County Historical Society Quilt show runs from August 21st to September 28th. The show features more than three dozen quilts which were either stiched or quilted prior to 1966.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - Elks Bingo

elks logoOuray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - Classical Cafe - an informal classical music concert

This is the opening concert of the 2012 San Juan Chamber MusicFest season. Max Levinson, piano; Allison Eldredge, cello; and Nurit Pacht, violin, will introduce classical music in an informal concert, set in cabaret style.

Friday, August 24, through Saturday, August 26, 2012 - Ouray Heritage Weekend

This weekend-long celebration of Ouray’s unique history include many heritage events throughout Ouray County like a mule race, special programs at local museums and fun, family events that highlight the areas rich mining, culinary, mountaineering, and cultural heritage.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - Grillin' & Chillin' Brew & Music Festival

grillin n chillin2012 will be the sixth year that Ouray celebrates regional craft brews, energetic music, fantastic food, BBQ competitions, the non-profit community and family-friendly fun. Visitors can taste their way through more than fifteen regional ales and get to chat personally with the brewers, who consider this their one of their favorite brew fests. National recording artists keep spirits high all afternoon and compliment the high-pitched giggles of kids flying across Fellin Park on a zip line.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - Guided Tour of Ouray's Main Street

Enjoy a guided walk of Ouray's Historic Main Street. Learn about the history of each building and the colorful characters who roamed the streets of Ouray 100 years ago. $10 per person. Call 970-325-4576 to pre-register.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - San Juan Chamber MusicFest -- Chamber Music Concert

Chamber Music Concert presented by Ouray County Performing Arts Guild
Max Levinson, Artistic Director and Piano
Allison Eldredge, cello
Nurit Pacht, violin

Sunday, August 26, 2012 - Family Classical Music Concert

music noteFamily Concert appropriate for children preschool through high school. Come and learn a bit about the wonderful, rich heritage of classical music.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - Salon Dinner Concert

Dinner Salon Concert -- Finale to the San Juan Chamber MusicFest 2012. Gourmet Dinner provided by Secret Garden Catering and intimate dinner concert in a lovely Ridgway home. Reservations are essential -- call 970-626-2970.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Friday, August 31, 2012 - Ouray County 4-H Fair & Rodeo

ridgway rodeoCome on out and support the 4-H Members and our great community!!!!
2012 Ouray County Fair Schedule TBD. 

Ouray and Ridgway offer a wide variety of fun for the entire family! Give us a call at the Box Canyon lodge and let us help you plan your perfect vacation adventure!

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