DGO’s picks in and around Durango: May 3 to May 9

by DGO Web Administrator

Wine weekendThe Durango Wine Experience is back for its 12th year, and they’re bringing the booze – i.e. wine samples from dozens of varieties and vineyards under the tent at Smiley building courtyard. Check out seminars, food tastings, and test just how refined your palate really is at the Battle Royal Rosé. Participants will blind taste-test nine glasses of the pink stuff to determine where they originate. Whoever gets the most correct takes home $200 worth of prizes.

Details: May 3-5, $100 for the weekend pass, various times, various locations, durangowineexperience.com

Local laughsThe Next Best Comic summer stand-up series will kick off this week, and lucky you, it kicks off with two shows back to back. The series will feature 12 regional comics who will compete for the hearts, guttural laughs, and votes of Durango locals.

Details: May 4, $20 for both shows, 6:15 p.m., Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave., facebook.com/comedyshowcasedurango

Springtime celebrationCome celebrate the bees and spring at the 10th annual Dandelion Festival at Rotary Park. The event will feature live music, killer kids activities, educational classes, healing workshops, vendors, dandelion beer, and local bites, including dandelion ice cream. This event supports organic land stewardship practices and health for the honey bees in La Plata County.

Details: May 4-5, free, 1 p.m., Rotary Park, turtlelakerefuge.org

Thumb warsAre you the one who sure plays a mean pinball? Well, you should stretch your digits for the Four Corners Flip-off pinball tournament at Ska Brewing. Pinball wizards are heading to Durango from all over to compete for $500 and the title of Flip-off Champion. Dibs on the Addams Family pinball machine.

Details: May 5-6, entry fees start at $5, 11 a.m., Ska Brewing, 225 Girard St., ifpinball.com

Power lunchAre you a leader? Or do you want to be? Well, you should come network with the other young professionals at Lunches With Leaders. There will be a discussion with local mover and shaker Ann Morse, food, and the opportunity to connect with others in the community.

Details: May 8, $15, 11:30 a.m, Ore House, 147 E. College Drive, web.durangobusiness.org

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