Free Concerts, Art Exhibits and Water Festivals are just the beginning in Ouray and Ridgway this June!
As we enter into the summer months in the high country, wildflowers and waterfalls appear as if from thin air. The world is alive with color and life, inviting travelers to explore the highest peaks.
Four wheel drive vehicles traverse mountain trails that once led to mines and homesteads deep in the mountain passes. Wildlife gazes from the cover and occasionally lets onlookers have a glimpse.
The cities of Ouray and Ridgway stretch away the last of winters grasp and welcome the season with an exciting mix of festivals and fun.
Events in Ridgway and Ouray this month:
Thursday, April 17 through Saturday, November 15, 2014 - "How the Local Mountains Got their Names" exhibit at the Ouray Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Have you ever wondered how the peaks around Ouray got their Names? Our special exhibit answers these questions and more. See photos of the local peaks with detailed descriptions of where the names came from.
Saturday, May 17 through Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Autumn in Ouray County- Special Photo Exhibit at the Ouray Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
An exhibit of 16 Ouray County Photographers who attended the John Fielder Photo Workshop inn September 2013. Each photographer will have one 10 x 15 photo exhibited.
Monday, June 2 through Friday, June 6, 2014 - Ridgway Railroad Museum Work Week at the Ridgway Railroad Museum from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Come and spend a day or more working on the rolling stock at he Ridgway Railroad Museum or on red Mountain reconstructing the Guston Depot. All skills are welcome - carpentry,computer filing, food prep, painting, etc.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - Sideways, Movie Presentation and Wine Tasting at the Wright Opera House from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Join the Wright along with our awesome sponsors Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast and The Blue Pear for a wine-tasting featuring anything but merlot, light food pairings, a bottle of something expensive for auction, and of course the movie Sideways.
Thursday, June 5, 2014 Mountain Air Music Series Presents: SHELwith TAARKA opening at Fellin Park from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
And so it begins. The Mountain Air Summer Concert Series is not playing around this year. This first concert of the season will sweep you away into a fantastical world of strings and harmony. Taarka opens with an original acoustic sound, the voices of the lead singers complimenting each other and their instruments in such a way as to have the crowd moving in short order. SHEL is comprised of four sisters from Fort Collins who are taking the music world by storm with their amazing harmonies and awesome instrumental abilities. Local breweries will be offering a taste of a variety of craft beers, or you can pedal your way to the perfect margarita. Food and non alcoholic beverages abound as you and your family enjoy an evening of camaraderie at the Ouray City Park!
Friday June 6, 2014 - The Odd Couple - Female Version by Niel Simon at the Wright Opera House from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Join your fellow theater enthusiasts for a show sure to have you belly chuckling. This classic play is filled with timeless humor. Presented by WISE: Women In Support of Education, the proceeds of this fund raiser will be used toward their scholarship fund.
Saturday, June 7, 2014 - Ouray Trails Group 2014 National Trails Day at Ohio Park from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
This year will be different from previous OTG events. Rather than work an existing trail or build a new one we plan to
* Perform trash cleanup in the Ohio Park area. This area is designated as a USFS dispersed camping area (i.e. open for anyone to camp on) and as such there's a fair amount of litter left behind by campers.
* Scout the existing road from Ohio Park to the historic Zanett Tunnel (runs through the mountain to Bear Creek) to investigate the possibility of creating a new trail for use by the public.
* Scout the existing, but overgrown, trail from Portland Creek to the remains of the Portland Mine area again with the view of reopening this trail.
* Have a picnic (BYO) in Ohio Park.
All members of the public welcome.
Contact: Stuart Middleton-White
Saturday, June 7, 2014 - The Odd Couple - Female Version by Niel Simon at the Wright Opera House from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Join your fellow theater enthusiasts for a show sure to have you belly chuckling. This classic play is filled with timeless humor. Presented by WISE: Women In Support of Education, the proceeds of this fundraiser will be used toward their scholarship fund.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - Mountain Air Music Series Presents: The Brothers Comatose with Finnders and Youngberg opening at Fellin Park from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Get ready for some toe tapping swinging fun with these two groups who compliment one another with musical energy. This is definitely going to be a "Music Party" as we let the music and scenery sweep us away! Local breweries will be offering a taste of a variety of craft beers, or you can pedal your way to the perfect margarita. Food and non alcoholic beverages abound as you and your family enjoy an evening of camaraderie at the Ouray City Park!
Friday, June 13, 2014 - Ridgway MoonWalk Art Outing in Ridgway, Colorado from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Join the Ridgway Creative District, Weehawken Creative Arts, and Ridgway's downtown galleries with special guests for a festive and fun outing celebrating great local talent and creativity! This MoonWalk's theme is Cowboys and Cowgirls. Brochures available, including a map of participating locations, at Resource Art, 540 Sherman St. Demonstrations and refreshments provided
Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Compassion Weekend all day in Ouray
Every year, volunteers gather to lend a helping hand around Ouray County. From painting to yard work, join the community in giving a helping hand to someone who needs help with household projects.
Contact: Sabrina Butler
Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Radney Foster at the Wright Opera House from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Texas singer-songwriters, Foster has been a friend and mentor to many younger artists on the Texas scene. He’s written and produced songs for Randy Rogers, Jack Ingram, Kacey Musgraves, Wade Bowen, Josh Abbott, Pat Green, Cory Morrow and many others. His songs are regularly mined by superstar acts like Keith Urban (“Raining on Sunday,” “I’m In,”), Sara Evans (“Real Fine Place,” “Revival”) and the Dixie Chicks (“Godspeed”).
Sunday, June 15, 2014 - Ridgway Heritage Days - Ute Mountain Utes & Axteca Dancers at Hartwell Park in Ridgway from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
This all day event celebrates Southwest Colorado and its rich history.
8am Ridgway Fire Dept Pancake Breakfast
Farmers Market, Blacksmith, Horseshoeing
Strawberry Shortcake, Music & Fun
Ute Mountain Indians 2 pm
Don't miss the fun!
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Mountain Air Music Series Presents: Fox Street with the Gold Magnolias opening at Fellin Park from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
A roller coaster of roadhouse blues interwoven with super-sized helpings of funk with elements of rock, soul and jazz is the only way to describe Fox Street, and the perfect openers for this high energy band is the funky fun groove of the Gold Magnolias! Local breweries will be offering a taste of a variety of craft beers, or you can pedal your way to the perfect margarita. Food and non alcoholic beverages abound as you and your family enjoy an evening of camaraderie at the Ouray City Park!
Friday, June 20 through Saturday, June 21, 2014 - Basic Plein Air Painting Workshop with Patricia Bass at Ago Gallery in Ouray
Enjoy a two-day plein air workshop near beautiful Ouray, Colorado and Owl Creek Pass. Bass is visiting from the Bitterroot Valley in Montana and is a part-time resident of Colorado, especially when the aspens are turning! This workshop is designed for the beginner or intermediate student, the class will focus on outdoor, on location painting with study emphasis on color and value comparison, simplification and accelerated painting methods for rendering a quick study. Instruction will be personally adjusted for your comfort level. Plan to have two days of hard work and loads of fun, with a wine and cheese social at Ago Gallery on your final day. Transportation is required to travel to various locations, directions will be provided before the workshop begins.
Level: Beginner and intermediate painters, advance are welcome too.
Class size: 5 minimum to 12 maximum
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JUNE 10
Materials: Students should come prepared with their own easels and materials, required materials list will be provided. Some materials are available for purchase at the Ago Gallery in Ouray.
To register, call or visit AGO GALLERY on 445 Main Street, Ouray, Colorado, phone: 970-325-0270. Feel free to call Tricia at 303-808-1770 with questions about the workshop.
Sunday, June 22, 2014 - Trio Solisti at the Wright Opera House starting at 7:30 pm
Trio Solisti is "The most exciting piano trio in America," The New Yorker. We are privileged to have them in western Colorado. Their program will include, Tchaikovsky Trio in A minor, Op. 50 and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition. See our website, www.ocpag.org for ticket information.
Monday, June 23, 2014 - Bicycle Tour of Colorado is in Ouray all day!
This is a large multi-day ride that will be spending the night of June 23rd, 2014 in Ouray. It is a fun event with lots of great energy!
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - Evenings of History at the Ouray Community Center from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Steve Baker will speak on "The Uncompahgre Valley Ute Project."
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - Mountain Air Music Series Presents: Afroliscious with The Congress opening at Fellin Park from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
A combination of "soulful vocals, infectious hooks, funky bass lines, energetic horns and tight beats, while retaining the soul and feel of classic funk, disco, Latin, Tropical and Afrobeat recordings." Opening band The Congress sets the stage with their high energy high fun tunes. Local breweries will be offering a taste of a variety of craft beers, or you can pedal your way to the perfect margarita. Food and non alcoholic beverages abound as you and your family enjoy an evening of camaraderie at the Ouray City Park!
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 7th Annual Ridgway River Festival at Rollans Park in Ridgway from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
The Ridgway River Festival is a one-of-a-kind event in the northern San Juan region. It is a celebration of the Uncompahgre River and our communities with all-age river races, educational activities, live music, local food and beverages, and is annually attended by 600 outdoor enthusiasts from across the region.
Southwest Colorado is alive with activities and excitement all month long. What better way to spend a vacation than in Ouray and Ridgway?!? Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help with all of the details for your next adventure!