Purple – First Friday Art Gallery | Red – First Friday Host
Next First Friday is July 7th!
Hosted by Local First, Durango Creative District, and The ArtRoom Collective
Durango First Friday is a monthly art walk celebrating all things local in our amazing community—art and music, culture, unique goods, real food, and movement makers! Rain or shine, this monthly event will take place through out Durango from 4-8pm, with free transit provided by the City of Durango.
Share you First Friday Fun on Instagram with #DurangoFirstFriday
Details about First Friday events happening across Durango available on our interactive map!
Durango First Friday Events
Local bluegrass band Bluegrouse will play from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 2nd
June 2nd | 6-8pm
Local Artist, Hannah Wilson, will have an artist reception for her works in the shop. They are there now until the first week of July. Come meet the artist, and learn more about her mountain inspired artwork.
The ArtRoom Collective Durango First Friday 4-7pm.
A working gallery of 22 local artists located in the Smiley Building! June’s feature artist is Jennifer Floyd of Cartwheel Studio. On June 2nd at 5:30, Jennifer will have a hands-on screen printing demonstration. Bring a T-shirt and print your own “ArtRoom Collective” shirt to take home with you. This is going to be fun and messy!
Enjoy live music performed by a local musician and a spotlight on a Blue Rain Gallery artist’s work. First Friday Art Walk
Join us at our Durango location Friday, June 2nd, for our First Friday Art Walk, featuring live music by Pianist Cherry Odelberg from 4 – 7pm and painter Hyrum Joe will be doing a painting demonstration
934 Main Avenue, Unit B
Durango, Colorado 81301
BLUES MTN SOUL is your local, art and illustration gift shop and gallery. We feature unique acrylic and charcoal paintings of blues, country and rock musicians by the artist Brian Banash. Additionally, we offer illustrations of local interests and attractions — perfect for souvenirs and gifts. Come by, hangout with us, meet the artist and listen to the BLUES! We will be here 4-8 pm.
“ARCHITECTURE OF THE DURANGO AREA” ART SHOW View many artists renditions of Durango area architecture.
The opening reception will be June 2nd from 5-7 pm.Thank you to the Art Supply House & Custom Framing for sponsoring and owner, Matthew French-Holt for judging and presenting awards.
Art for a Cause benefits the La Plata Family Centers Coalition.
Earthen Vessel Gallery features artists, Joe Schaefer and Cindy Coleman on Friday, June 2 from 5 – 8 pm.
First Friday May 5th 4-8pm
Participate as a Business or Artist!
Any and all stores are welcome to participate in Durango First Friday from the north side of town to the south. Thanks to the generosity of the city of Durango, there will be free bus and trolly services every First Friday to accommodate ease of getting from one end of town to the other easily and safely.
Visit the links below to register your First Friday event, add your name to list of interested artists, and download First Friday promo material.
Durango First Friday FAQs
What is this event all about?
Free and open to the public, this self guided, monthly event will take place rain or shine, the First Friday of every month throughout Durango with a focus on main street from north to south! We are just getting this off the ground, but hope for First Fridays to become a signature event for the city of Durango. Businesses of any and all kinds open their doors and their walls to host an artist of their choice and follow a “reception” format- artist info, beverages and/or snacks provided, maybe even a musician- while locals and tourists alike flood the area to socialize, shop, eat, and celebrate the arts in all forms.
How do I participate?
Sign up and register your business here! It’s free and easy. Just answer a few questions on this form so we have your info for our marketing and outreach materials. We’ll add you to our website, post on social media, and even list where you’re located on our map.
When and where does it take place?
The first Friday of every month starting in May from 4-8pm. Any and all stores are welcome to participate from the north side of town to the south. Thanks to the generosity of the city of Durango, there will be free bus and trolly services every First Friday to accommodate ease of getting from one end of town to the other easily and safely.
How much does it cost?
It’s free to host and participate. Artists of course, are welcome to sell the pieces they’re showcasing.
Do I have to host an artist to participate?
Although it is not required, it is strongly encouraged. There are so many talented artists in our community and this special day each month is a place for them to showcase these talents- this could be art hung on a wall, music, slam poetry, and the list goes on and all ages are welcome! Just put the word out there that you are looking to host an artist or contact your favorite to get started. View this list of interested artists.
How do I host an artist?
Looking for an artist? Put the word out there to friends and use social media. Post something and tag DCD or Local First and we’ll repost to the artist community. Each business is asked to take the lead on communicating with the artist community to find a monthly showcase.
You’ll need to apply ahead of time and practice compliance. Special Event Liquor permit applications must be submitted to the City of Durango 30 days prior to the event. Please plan a well in advance and follow the city guidelines listed here.
What’s in it for me?
Increased street traffic downtown from north to south main! More visibility, great marketing, increased sales, celebration of art and culture, and a whole lotta fun!