DGO picks in and around Durango: August 16 to 22
Shroom top madnessDurango celebrated its shroom fest last week at Purgatory Resort, and this weekend, the fungus spreads to Telluride. The five-day event includes a beer launch party, movies, panel discussions, edible mushroom forays, and a whole bunch more. Come celebrate these versatile Super Mario Bros boosters and the folks who love them.
Details: Through August 19, tickets start at $25, various times, Sheridan Opera House, 110 North Oak St., Telluride, telluridemushroomfest.orgLocal loveSee local soul funk duo Space Between Shadows on the 11th Street Station stage. The group blends digital beats with smooth vocals and acoustic guitar to create a chill atmosphere with both original and cover songs.
Details: August 16, free, 7 p.m., 11th Street Station, 1101 Main Ave., 11thstreetstation.comLet the good times rollHop on board for the two-night Durango Blues Train event. Two live bands and four solo and duo acts will play in the historic train cars as attendees roll through the San Juan National Forest. There will also be beer, wine, and snacks available from the bar coach.
Details: August 17 and 18, $119, 6:30 p.m., Durango & Silverton Railroad, 479 Main Ave., durangobluestrain.comDownhill dirt racingRocky Mountain Race series comes to a close. Throughout the summer, multi-discipline mountain bike races have taken place around Colorado and New Mexico. The last race of the season takes place at Purgatory, with racers of all ages, skill levels, and styles, including cross country, downhill, short track, and slalom.
Details: August 17 to 19, registration fees vary, 8 a.m., Purgatory Resort, 1 Skier Place, purgatoryresort.comBlue mesa This weekend marks the 4th Annual Meltdown on the Mesa bluegrass festival. Eight bands will pick and strum from mid-afternoon into the night. There will be two food vendors there, but feel free to bring as much as your cooler can carry. Camping is also encouraged, but for tents and cars only. No RVs.
Details: August 18, $25, gates open at noon, Durango Mesa Park, durangomeltdown.com/meltdown-on-the-mesa