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Arts, Crafts & Music Festivals
Park to Park Arts and Crafts Festival

The annual Park to Park Arts and Crafts Festival commemorates a long tradition of being a part of the best Fourth of July celebration in the Four Corners. The festival will take place July 4-6 along the San Juan River.

You’ll find over 90 vendors at the festival offering clothing, paintings, pottery, jewelry, unique handcrafted wares, food and more. The vendors set up booths in Town Park and Centennial Park, as well as along the River Walk, so you can enjoy a sunny summer day in Pagosa and stroll next to the beautiful San Juan River between the parks while picking up unique crafts.

While you’re considering what to buy, you’ll be able to enjoy Pagosa Springs’ other Fourth of July events, including The Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo, Western Heritage Dance, Patriotic Sing-Along, parade, carnival, concert and fireworks display.

Pagosa is definitely the place to be for the Fourth of July and the Park to Park Arts and Crafts Festival is one event to make this year’s celebration truly special.

For more information on the annual Park to Park Arts and Crafts Festival or to receive an application, contact the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce at 264-2360 or (800) 252-2204.

You can learn more about Pagosa Springs’ Fourth of July celebration by visiting www.pagosaspringschamber.com.

Wyndham Arts and Crafts Festival

You’re sure to find something for everyone at this annual event. The festival features a plethora of vendors of arts and crafts items and food, located on the greens outside the Wyndham Resort on U.S. 160. The festival will run July 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and July 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call the Wyndham activity center at 731-8060 for more information.

Music in the Mountains

With summer getting closer, there’s no better time than right now to save the dates for this summer’s Music in the Mountains seven events, which will bring world-class musicians to Pagosa Springs.

Included once again in the schedule is a free outdoor family concert, which has been a perennial favorite. The full festival orchestra will perform, this time under the baton of newly appointed music director and conductor Guillermo Figueroa on July 31. Mr. Figueroa will also perform with his talented pianist sister on July 28. This year marks the eighth season for Music in the Mountains concerts in Pagosa Springs, and the 23rd season in Durango. All concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m. This year, the classical concert series adds the electrifying music and personality of Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers on July 15, the engaging musical direction of Carl Topilow for a Pops concert on July 23, the Texas Twang of Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis on July 25, and “Spice” with the festival orchestra, on July 31.

The first event of the season will be an elegant benefit with a reception and concert by world-renowned classical Spanish guitarist, Angel Romero. Guests will enjoy sumptuous hors d’oeuvres at the Moomaw Ranch with breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains. Funds raised will help support classical concerts as well as students’ music scholarships and musical events in Pagosa Springs. The benefit concert is set for Friday, July 10.

Family Festivo

Plan to arrive early and settle in at Pagosa Springs Town Park on July 23 to enjoy this year’s Family Festivo, which begins at 11 a.m. This event always delights family audiences with a short musical stage presentation including talented members of the Music in the Mountains orchestra. This presentation is offered free of charge and lunch and games for the children are also part of the afternoon’s entertainment. Children of all ages look forward to this magical, musical day.

FolkWest Bluegrass Festivals

FolkWest Productions now offers bluegrass fans two concerts in Pagosa. The first concert, which is the Folk ‘n Bluegrass Festival, will be held on June 5, 6 and 7. World renowned musical artists bring Reservoir Hill to life as soulful voices and high steppin’ music give listeners the full spectrum of bluegrass sounds. The “Free Friday” concert preceding the weekend’s festivities takes place in Town Park and locals and visitors alike can listen to a sample of the talent offered over the weekend. The music phenomenon is expanded over the Labor Day weekend when three days of music fills the mountains at the Four Corners Folk Festival. Late night jam sessions, instructional sets and a whole arena of talented artists are on tap for both festivals. You can enjoy onsite camping on Reservoir Hill or relax in one of our comfortable lodging facilities.

In September, with the onset of the vibrant colors of autumn and the tantalizing smells and tastes of roasted green chile, the Mountain Chile Cha Cha rocks Town Park. Enjoy an afternoon of free music, a chile contest and tasting, games and local fare.

Pagosa is no stranger to major talent with the likes of Tim O’Brien, Earl Scruggs, Nickel Creek, the Iguanas and many more groups choosing to play at our FolkWest Festivals.

Bands, Brews, Etc. Blowout

On Saturday and Sunday of the ColorFest Weekend, which is always the third weekend in September, music again rocks Town Park while regional microbreweries also serve their award winning beers at the ColorFest Bands, Brews, Etc. Blowout. Talented musicians vie for cash and prizes and to be voted the “best band” on Saturday or “best musical entry” on Sunday. Twenty microbreweries from around the southwest and western slope of Colorado gather to celebrate fall and exhibit the talented brewing techniques of our region. It is also a family affair as food vendors, games, face painting and an Italian Cream Soda Bar are all available. Rain or shine, the event is protected by a large tent ensuring the audience’s comfort. To find out more about entering as a band contestant (4 or more members) on Saturday, an entry (1-3 performers) on Sunday, or about the event, contact the Chamber at www.pagosachamber.com or (800) 252-2204.

Pagosa has many more events scheduled throughout the summer and fall including theater productions and Native American festivals. Our community is diversified in offering an extensive natural playground, a charming town to explore, or many activities to engage the whole family. To discover more about Pagosa, visit our Web site at www.visitpagosasprings.com.