DGO picks in and around Durango: May 24 to 30

by DGO Web Administrator

Brews with a viewBeer fans will soon have a new drinking spot to look forward to. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Durango and Breckenridge Brewery have partnered up to open the Animas River Beer Garden at the Animas River Cafe in the hotel. Stop by the grand opening for food and drinks, and stick around for the live music and river watching. The sound of rushing water may make drinking beer more, uh, eventful than it already is, but those bathroom trips will be worth it.

Details: May 25, free, 11 a.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Durango, 501 Camino Del Rio, durango.doubletree.com

Nay! I will not go to rehabAmy Winehouse joined the 27 club in 2011, but she is in good company with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison, and she is just as much a musical legend as those ’60s icons. We won’t get the chance to hear the sultry songstress belt out blues-y classics like “Back to Black,” but bands like J-Calvin’s Funk Express can still do Winehouse great justice with their covers of her small but fierce catalog. You can catch the group perform a tribute to Amy Winehouse this weekend, so you’re in luck.

Details: May 25, $12.50, doors open at 9 p.m., Animas City Theatre, 128 E. College Drive, animascitytheatre.com

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On a steel horse I pedalThis weekend marks one of Durango’s biggest springtime events, with hundreds of cyclists participating in the 47th annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. Riders will race the train from Durango to Silverton for a distance of almost 50 miles, with 6,700 feet of climbing, and steep descents. All for reasons we cannot understand, but greatly respect nonetheless.

Details: May 25-27, Coca-Cola main race starts at 7:30 a.m. on May 25, starting line is at Main Avenue and 24th Street, ironhorsebicycleclassic.com

Landlocked hurricaneBust out the bug spray, pass the bottle opener, and leave your jacket at home, because Mancos Creative District is launching the Grand Summer Nights block party, the first in the event series, with a gallery crawl, poetry, art, delicious bites, and live music by Hurricane Jake’s One Man Band. If you miss it this time ’round, there will be more monthly block parties with new musical artists through September.

Details: May 26, free, 5 p.m., downtown Mancos, mancoscreativedistrict.com

Water warsGet your cores and oars ready because this weekend marks the 18th Annual Battle of the Animas rafting competition, hosted by Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Trail Tours: Safari Edition. Don the very becoming khaki, and keep poison in one of your 28 pockets in order to get a leg up on the competition. The winners will receive the Golden Paddle, which will be awarded at Carver Brewing Company after the race.

Details: May 30, call 970-247-4789 to sign up, 10 a.m., starting line at Mild to Wild office, 50 Animas View Drive, mild2wild.com

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