Durango First Friday2024-05-17T10:24:04-06:00
Purple – First Friday Art Gallery | Red – First Friday Host

Hosted by Local First, Durango Creative District, and The ArtRoom Collective

Celebrate Durango’s creative side! Every month across Durango, local businesses, galleries, and the spaces in between host artists of all kinds. Find live music, original performances, featured artist showcases, and artisan pop-up markets all across town.

Be a part of the fun! Showcase and support our community’s local art and creative scene by listing your Durango First Friday event.

List of Events

May 3rd | 4-7pm

Join us on First Friday, and shop our spring/summer selection featuring brand new styles fresh in from Thailand, perfect for the free spirit in you!

May 3 | 4-7pm

What do AI, processing emotions and art have in common? Christine Mulholland! The Mullholand Family Art & Photography have been exploring AI-inspired art and they find it to be both fun and therapeutic. Christine Mulholland and family start with an emotion and idea, and then engage with the AI technology as if it were a trusted friend to produce a wide range of notecards and art. Their notecards are currently being sold at Durango Coffee, Maria’s Bookstore and There’s No Place Like Home. 

At 5:30, Christine will demonstrate her AI process, and will take requests from anyone to create or modify an image. She will also discuss her RememberStuff software – an art computer program which is a way to provide care and restore dignity and independence for a loved one with dementia.

June 7th | 5-7pm

Blue Rain Gallery
934 Main Ave. #B
Durango, CO 81301

Experience the mesmerizing world of glass art during our June First Friday artwalk . Explore a curated selection of exquisite pieces crafted by renowned artists including Preston Singletary, Dan Friday, Ross Richmond, Dante Marioni, Kelly O’Dell, Raven Skyriver, Ben Cobb, Rik Allen, and Shelley Muzylowski Allen. Each artwork encapsulates the mastery and innovation of these esteemed artisans, inviting you to explore the interplay of light, color, and form in the enchanting realm of glass.

May 3rd | 5-9pm

Open Reception for Cayrl Goode

Join us for the opening reception for Caryl’s show. It will be available to view throughout the month of May in The Upstairs Loft Gallery.

After completing a MFA at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, Caryl Goode spent the next years working in New York City and Woodstock, NY. In NYC she was Creative Director of a graphic design studio, Quad Left, Inc. Upon moving upstate, she continued to work with the Quad Left, in addition to freelancing in Graphic Design, Illustration and commercial Jewelry Design.

May 3rd | 5-7pm

We are partnering with TESStastic for “warming spirit” mocktail evenings every Friday from 3:30-6 pm! Come down to the shop to sample or purchase New/Old Fashions & Hot TessToddy’s with tea or Wild Margaritas, and/or Cosmos (available in cranberry, orange, raspberry, and hibiscus flavors). There will be free tastings, single drinks for $5, and bottles of the mixers available for purchase. Make it a date night or bring your friends to to discover the fun sober side of Durango. Plus, you’ll wake up the next day hydrated and replenished.

May 3rd | 4-7pm

POTS AND PINTS – CERAMIC SLAB-BUILDING HAPPY HOUR – WHIMSICAL SCULPTURE

Register here. 

June 7th | 4-7pm

Hermosa Cafe – Art Lot Art Market 4-7pm


All artists are invited to set up a stand at no charge in our parking lot on Main Ave. No need to reserve space, just show up! We will have music and drink and food specials. The event will occur in June, August and September.

May 3rd | Open until 8pm!

Join us for First Friday and explore our collection of locally made glass art and fine jewelry. Discover unique pieces for your home or as gifts, and learn about our upcoming glass art classes. We look forward to welcoming you! Sun Sapphires – 640 main ave, suite 201 upstairs. open until 8pm

June 7th | 5-7pm

The Smiley Building is proud to announce the opening of the Nameless Narratives art exhibit on June 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. This captivating exhibition, curated to uplift the stories of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), will feature a diverse collection of artworks that encapsulate the rich tapestry of their experiences.

Join us at the Smiley Building on June 7th to embark on a visual exploration of Nameless Narratives. Together, let us honor the past, celebrate the present, and envision a more equitable future.

For more information, please contact Maddie Sanders at maddiesanders333@gmail.com or myself at caleb@legacyunbound.org.

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.

Looking to host an artist, musician, or preformer?
Looking to connect with an interested business to host your art?

Visit the links below to view a spreadsheet of local creatives as well as First Friday hosts interested in parterning for a Durango First Friday event. We also have provided installation and waiver guides to assist both artists and businesses in best practices for art installations.

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