DGO picks in and around Durango: June 28 to July 4

by DGO Web Administrator

Outdoorsy docsThe Second Annual Mancos Valley River Film Festival will be taking place this weekend, with films highlighting the outdoors, river conservation, and more. Food carts will be parked on West Grand Avenue for movie snacks. The event is happening at the same time as the Mancos Block Party, so if you’re wise, you can get all the festivities in at once.

Details: June 29-30, $20, various times, Mancos Opera House, 136 West Grand Ave., mancosvalleyriverfilmfest.com

Percussion persuasionMancos’ Grand Summer Block Party is back with the rhythm-driven mix of musicians The Afrobeatniks. We expect you to dance awkwardly and self-consciously like everyone is watching. There will be food by specialty grocery store Zuma Natural Foods, and wood-fired pizzas by Sweetwater Gypsies. There will be a gallery crawl, poetry, and more.

Details: June 30, free, 5 p.m., West Grand Avenue, Mancos, mancoscreativedistrict.com

Sunshine celebrationThis weekend, there will be a three-day celebration of all things outdoors. Colorado Trail Days’ schedule is crammed with backpacking clinics, wilderness skills, gear demos, barbecues, live music, a movie screening of “Into the Wild,” plus other events. We’d say we’d want to go to a bear wrestling class, but we already know how to do that. Proceeds go to nonprofit Trails 2000.

Details: June 29-July 1, free (except for concert, $10), various times, various locations, <URL destination=”http://ctdays.com/”>ctdays.com

Kung fu for youVery little is better than kung fu movies, but live kung fu movie dubbing maybe one of them, and you can catch the dub this weekend at Durango Brewing Co. We would like to show off our nunchuck skills in “Enter the Dragon” yellow jumpsuits as pre-show entertainment, but we will be busy wrestling bears.

Details: July 1, 5 p.m., free, Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave., <URL destination=”http://www.durangobrewing.com/”>durangobrewing.com

Festivities on the FourthWe love the Fourth of July for many reasons. It means beers, hot dogs, music, and a day off in the middle of the week. Durango is celebrating July 4 with breakfast and 5k at Rotary Park, followed by a picnic at Buckley Park. The Stars and Stripes parade will take over Main Avenue at 5 p.m., starting at College Drive and ending at 12th Street.

Details: July 4, various times, various locations, durango.org

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