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Celebrate Your Winter Holidays in Ouray
Ouray’s WinterFest offers you a holiday season filled with fun events to celebrate the start of winter in Ouray. During this busy time of year let WinterFest and Ouray be your relaxing, friendly and spirit-filled getaway from the stress of the holiday season. Whether you are a local or a visitor, we are here for you with friendly shop owners, unique treasures for your loved ones, great treats, soothing sulfur-free hot springs, soft beds, and unique winter culture and adventure for the whole family!
- Art Exhibitions at the Wright Opera House, Photos of Ouray, & 610 Arts Collective
- Box Canon Falls: road & Visitor's Center closed for the season, falls are accessible for walk-in visitors, icy conditions may exist
- Lee’s Ski Hill: Opening December 21!
- Ironton & Uncompahgre River Trail XC Ski Trails: Ironton groomed, Uncompaghre River Trail by mid-December (weather permitting)
- Ouray Alchemist Pharmacy Museum: please call ahead
- Ouray County Historical Society: closed for winter, private tours available for groups of 6 or more
- Ouray Hot Springs Pool: Open M-F 12-9 pm, Sa & Su 11 am - 9 pm, check their Facebook Page for holiday hours and temps
- Ouray Ice Park: Opening Date: December 21, 2019
- Ouray Perimeter Trail: Open year-round, icy and snowy conditions may exist
- Rotary Park Ice Rink: Opening late-December (weather permitting)
- Vinegar Hill Sledding: Opening mid-December (weather permitting)
Through December 23: Visit with Bernard, Santa's Head Elf and Santa & Mrs. Claus, 4-6 pm, Santa’s Café (Ouray Picnic Basket @ Ouray Hot Springs Pool)
With Santa busy in his workshop at the North Pole, Bernard, his Head Elf is coming to Ouray to check on who has been naughty or nice and report back to Santa. Bring your kids to Santa's Cafe until December 12 to add their name to the list. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Santa's Cafe between December 13-23. Your kids can visit and tell Santa what they want for Christmas. Mrs. Claus is sure to have her basket filled with candy canes.
December 18: Alpine Bank Holiday After-Hours, 5 pm, Alpine Bank Ouray
The annual holiday celebration for local businesses and Alpine Bank customers.
December 18: True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Youth Theatre Performance, 6:30 pm, Ouray School
Teaching Artist Kathleen O'Mara of Weehawken Creative Arts and Darla Haselnus of Ouray School have teamed up to produce an original production of "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" Written by Avi, winner of the Newbery Medal. Funded by a grant through The Massard Trust for the City of Ouray. O'Mara joined Haselnus's 6th grade Literacy class for 12 sessions working with the students to write an original adaptation of this seafaring adventure. After the completion of the script, the students went through a rehearsal process; auditioning, learning lines, blocking and finally putting props and costumes together to present this 1 hour performance on December 18th at 6:30 PM at the Ouray School. Suggested donation $3 for students and $5 for adults. Children 6 and under free.
December 18: More-Than-A-Movie Event: Elf, 7 pm, Wright Opera House
Kick off the holidays with dinner and a movie! Dinner & Movie Bag-o-goodies. Buddy's Menu: Spaghetti Noodles with strawberry, coconut, chocolate, and raspberry sauce, marshmallows, and S'Mores Pop-Tarts. Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results. Show 7 pm, doors 6:30 pm, $8 admission.
December 19: Alpine Bank Family Movie Night Presents “The Lion King,” 6:30 pm, Sherbino Theater
After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. Come join the fun at the Alpine Bank Family Movie nights at the Sherbino. Entry by donation, movie concessions will be available for purchase, as well as, adult beverages for the big "kids" in the family.
December 20: Christmas Cookie Contest, 7 pm, Wright Opera House
Bake and win or taste and vote. Enter to bake via the Christmas Cookie Contest post on the Winterfest Ouray Facebook Page here. Bakers, bring 1 batch of cookies, each cookie can be cut depending on the number of judges/eaters we have. Napkins, voting ballots, and knives will be supplies. Bakers need to arrive at the Wright Opera House at 6:30 for set up. Winners get a gift certificate from Khristopher's Culinaire, our sponsor. Bake and Win or Taste and Vote. Festive Winter Fun for all!!! Anyone can participate by baking or judging/eating cookies and then watching the Mysto Magic Show. A special thank you to Khristopher's Culinaire for sponsoring this year's inaugural cookie contest. We can't imagine a tastier sponsor!
December 20: Mysto Magic Show, 7:30 pm, Wright Opera House
The Mysto Magic Show is the perfect evening of FUN and magical entertainment for the whole family. Kids will flip over his magic and gut-busting sense of humor! Adults will be awe struck by the illusions unfolding before their eyes! With Mysto the Magi's vast experience of over 10,000 performances everyone is entertained! Show 7:30 pm, doors 7 pm, $18 advance, $20 door, $10 students.
December 20: Sherbino and Full Tilt Saloon Present “The Comedy Zone,” 8 pm, Sherbino Theater
The Nation’s largest comedy network for top stand-up comedians has partnered with Sherbino Theater and Full Tilt Saloon to bring you a night of comedy with Kenny Smith with opener Bob Lauver. Kenny Smith is the funniest guy you’ve never heard of. For more than a decade Kenny has somehow managed to stay just below the radar. But not for long. Doors at 7:30, Show at 8:00. $13 in advance or $22 for reserved seats or $18 at door.
December 21: Art Speak, 3 pm, Ridgway Public Library
Come together to share works of art once a month: INSPIRE AND BE INSPIRED! Art Speak is an opportunity to join with other artists here in Ridgway and from the surrounding areas. Free of charge. Embrace the opportunity to GET OUT OF THE STUDIO! Bring up to 3 pieces of art that you'd like to share with your art community. See who's working on what! Share what you're working on. All levels welcome, feedback is given only when asked for. Embracing each individual's creative process and encouraging the creative process to blossom is what this monthly event is all about.
December 21: Community Return of the Light Celebration, 5 pm, Chipeta Solar Springs Resort, Kiva Room
The Ridgway Creative District invited you to celebrate the return of the light with poems, songs, stories, or just your presence!
December 21: DZI Foundation and Sherbino Present Kelly Cordes: The Stories We Tell, 7 pm, Sherbino Theater
A climber’s odyssey through passion, belief, and truth. As an undersized kid who wanted to be a cowboy, Kelly Cordes never dreamed that the mountains would define his life. But he stumbled upon an obsession that took him to places of unimaginable beauty, infused his world with meaning, and forced an endless confrontation with failure. His experiences in climbing and in life intersected with a larger journey as he sought to uncover the truth in his award-winning book The Tower: A Chronicle of Climbing and Controversy on Cerro Torre. Climber, writer and self-proclaimed margarita specialist Kelly Cordes was an editor for the American Alpine Journal from 2000-2012, and his book, The Tower, won the 2015 nonfiction outdoor literature categories of the Banff Mountain Book Awards and the National Outdoor Book Awards. He also co-authored Tommy Caldwell’s 2017 bestselling memoir, The Push. Kelly lives in Estes Park, and has established major new alpine routes in Alaska, Peru, Patagonia, and Pakistan. Doors at 6:30, Talk at 7:00 pm. $20 entry, advance tickets available.
December 22: The Grinch, 3 pm, Wright Opera House
The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. His main source of aggravation comes during Christmastime when his neighbours in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang. When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realises there is one way to gain peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all. Sunday movies brought to you by the Ouray County Communities that Care Coalition and the Voyager Youth Program. Show 3:00 pm, doors 2:30 pm, $5 admission.
December 22: The Wizard of Oz, 3 pm, Wright Opera House
When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help. Sunday movies brought to you by the Ouray County Communities that Care Coalition and the Voyager Youth Program. Show 3:00 pm, doors 2:30 pm, $5 admission.
December 24: Santa Deliveries to Ouray County Children, 5-7 pm, Ouray County
December 25: Christmas Dinners at Ouray Restaurants
December 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration, 5pm, Ouray Elks Lodge 492
The Lodge will host a New Year’s Eve celebration starting at 5:00 p.m. on December 31st. This event is open to the public, and will feature finger food, karaoke at 7:00 and drink specials – no cover charge! Come on out and enjoy New Year’s Eve at YOUR Elks lodge.
December 31: New Year’s Eve & Tavern Grand Opening, 7 pm, Wright Opera House
1920s Style. Ring in 2020 the Wright Way at our New Year’s Eve Bash. Start the evening off at KJ Wood Distillery with a decadent 4 course meal catered by The Goods with Cocktail Pairings by KJ Wood Distillery. Then move to the Wright Opera House from 9pm to midnight where there will be live jazz from The Kevin McCarthy Trio, Special Dessert and a Champagne Toast. But beware! Prohibition (18th Amendment) is enforced at midnight! We’ve heard a rumor that the police may raid the party. Venture outside on Main Street to enjoy the City of Ouray’s Fireworks Spectacular. The front doors of the Wright may be locked, but surely there’s another way back into the Tavern (a.k.a. The Not-Quite-Wright Speakeasy)! Visit our website for Package Options www.thewrightoperahouse.org HAPPY NEW YEAR!
December 31: Cabin Dragon, 8:30 pm, Silver Eagle Saloon
Ring in the New Year with Cabin Dragon. Fireworks at Midnight!
December 31: New Year's Eve Special Event: Come Watch Fireworks in HOT Water!, 9:30 pm, Ouray Hot Springs Pool
New Year's Fireworks in the HOT water. Come soak in our water while fireworks go off at midnight. Fundraiser for new obstacle course! Time: 9:30 pm to Midnight Cost: $55 (regardless of membership) Reservations available: Front Desk 970-325-7073 x 7 Non-alcoholic drinks served. Family Friendly.
January 1: Ouray Fireworks, midnight, Ouray Main Street
January 1: New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge, 10:00 am, Ouray Hot Springs Pool
Bring in the New Year with a Polar Bear Plunge! Bring in your New Year right! All proceeds go to the Ouray County Community Fund. Cost: $44 entry fee (includes daily admission, regardless of membership). Co-sponored by The Citizens State Bank.
January 2-5: 3-Day Ice Climbing Clinic, 4 pm, Ouray Ice Park
Chicks broke the ice as the first women-only ice climbing clinic and we continue having more fun promoting confidence, proficiency and self-reliance in female climbers. Certified by the American Mountain Guides Association. Professional, knowledgeable and experienced female guides. Led by ice-climbing guru Lindsay Fixmer: Lindsay has a uniquely inspired ability to translate technique pointers, enabling women to reach their peak climbing performance. Lindsay’s primary goals are sharing with and inspiring her students. Her best days are when goals and objectives are exceeded. Chicks’ 3-Day Ice Climbing Clinic offers an immersive ice-climbing experience: Lay down a solid foundation of skills in 3-Days. Be outside and active, challenging yourself, every day, all day. Maximum 4-to-1 guest-to-guide ratio. Tons of high-quality ice climbing. Awesome female guides. Cutting-edge ice climbing gear, including: harness, helmet, boots, crampons, ice tools and technical outerwear. Gourmet dinners at the Secret Garden B&B. Optional lodging at the Ouray Chalet Inn. Gift bag packed with goodies from our sponsors.
January 3: David Nunn Live, 6 pm, Chipeta Solar Springs Resort
Don't miss winter at the Four Corner's Restaurant featuring Chef Chuy Jr. and live music.
January 4: Kids’ Climbing College, 10am-2pm, Ouray Ice Park Kids’ Wall
The 2020 Kids Climbing College (KCC) will be a free opportunity for kids ages 7-17 to try the exciting sport of ice climbing. Held annually at the Ouray Ice Park Kids Wall, The KCC is a super fun way for youths to get a taste of this great local winter sport. The Kids' Wall is a specially developed 40 ft high, 140 foot wide slab of ice located on top of the ice park with easy walking access. It features a dozen different routes with various levels of difficulty for all the kids. The KCC is free, ages 7-17, first-come-first-serve. San Juan Mountain Guides will provide harnesses, helmets, boots, crampons, and ice tools. Participants should bring: an adult to sign paperwork, warm clothes, gloves, winter boots/ski boots and warm hat (ski clothes work well for climbing). Participant’s families should park in the designated Ice Park Parking areas and walk up to the Kids Wall.
January 4: No Man’s Land Film Festival benefitting the Ouray Ice Park, 6 pm, Ouray Community Center
Chicks Climbing and Skiing's annual fundraising event to benefit the Ouray Ice Park. All proceeds from the admission, adult beverage sales and silent auction of gear will go to the Ouray Ice Park's operating budget to keep the ice flowing all season.
January 4: 6:10 at 610 Artist Reception: Leah Diament “I Have Words,” 6:10pm, 610 Arts Collective
Join us on January 4th for the first exhibition of the new year, Leah Diament's "I Have Words", a visual expression of the difficulty and intricacy of the communication process through collage. This exhibition examines the foundations of our personalities and the aspects that have been added on. By delving in to the fabrics of people’s lives, the collage cyanotypes carry the depth each person holds. About Leah Diament: I am a Denver based photographer with a passion for street photography and portraiture. My photography aims to highlight the ridiculousness and beauty in day to day life. I love to take photographs and bring them in to the 3D world through alternative print processes and collage techniques. I find myself most inspired when I am experimenting with new printing processes and films. The thrill of exploring a new way of expressing my favorite medium keeps me looking for new ways to capture people in their most authentic moments.
January 5: Sunday Matinee Youth Movie, 3 pm, Wright Opera House
January 7: ARTbar: Impressionist Landscapes with Anne Hockenberry, 6 pm, Sherbino Theater
Come paint with us!Create this whimsical landscape with a loose impressionistic painting style. Artist Anne Hockenberry will lead you through the steps to paint a 16 x 20 inch canvas. Bring a friend and enjoy a fun and relaxing evening of art. No experience necessary and all materials are provided. At Weehawken and Sherbino's ARTbar we strive to provide a positive, creative outlet in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Our hope is to inspire the community to discover their imaginative side and cross the bar into other dimensions of creativity. The classes we offer require no experience (and of course, liquid inspiration will also be available!). Open your door to creativity and give it a shot! $40 includes instruction, all materials, a drink AND you'll go home with your very own masterpiece!
January 8: Wednesday Night Movies @ the Wright, 7 pm, Wright Opera House
January 9: 2019 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, 6:30 pm, Sherbino Theater
The 2019 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 96-minute theatrical program of 7 short films selected from this year’s Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2019 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers, from sharply-written comedy and drama to edgy genre and an intimate family saga.
Program: sometimes, i think about dying / U.S.A.; FAST HORSE / Canada; Suicide By Sunlight / U.S.A.; Muteum / Estonia, Hong Kong; Crude Oil / U.S.A.; The MINORS / U.S.A.; Brotherhood / Canada, Tunisia, Qatar, Sweden. Doors at 6:00, Films at 6:30. $11 for adults, $7 for students 18 and under, advance tickets available.
January 9: Splitboard 101, 6:30 pm, Ridgway Adventure Sports
Entering into the backcountry for the first time can be a daunting task. Thankfully the experts at Weston Snowboards are coming to Ridgway Adventure Sports to help! From choosing your first splitboard, to planning your first backcountry trip, to choosing what avalanche education you need, the Weston crew has the knowledge and gear you need to get out and have fun in the backcountry. This course is ideal for someone who may have just purchased a splitboard setup or is looking to get into the scene and feeling things out. The course itinerary will cover choosing a splitboard setup, gear recommendations/packing list, a CAIC website demo, an in-depth trip planning workshop and Hillmap website demo, splitboard tips and tricks from the Weston Team and some awesome local rider edits!
January 10-12: AIARE Level 1 Course, 8 am, Red Mountain Pass
Chicks Climbing & Skiing can help you set yourself up for success as a competent member of any winter backcountry party. This intensive clinic will give you more confidence to use your avalanche rescue equipment and a framework for sound decision-making in the event of an avalanche incident. You’ll learn how to access backcountry conditions and weather forecasts, how to make a basic emergency plan and how to manage groups in avalanche terrain. Many of our instructors are true avalanche professionals. When they’re not teaching, they’re responsible for mitigating avalanche hazard in Class A avalanche terrain in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, one of the most dangerous snowpacks on earth. Other instructors are equally qualified through decades of climbing experience and/or guiding certification through the American Mountain Guides Association. Our goal is that you can make decisions in avalanche terrain with greater accuracy and success.
January 10-12: San Juan Skijoring & Utepils Festival, 12 – 10 pm, Ouray County 4-H Center and Fairgrounds
We are excited to bring this great event back to Southwest Colorado. Races start 12 noon Saturday and Sunday. Look for more great vendors in 2020 as well as a jumbotron with instant replays for your entertainment. Tickets - $10 for general admission, Kids under 18 and Active Military get in free. Look for less expensive tickets online prior to the event. And don't forget that anyone can compete, even if it's for fun.
Competitor Sign-Up & Reception Party, 6 to 9 pm Friday Jan. 10th at Chipeta Solar Springs Resort. Great food and cash bar will be available for everyone.
Saturday the 11th races will start at 12 noon with the Junior class (12 and under). Snowboard, Novice, Sport(amateur,) Open(pro) and finally the Switch-a-roo will round out the day. The 4H-Center will be open throughout the weekend with live feed of the event playing, vendors, full bar, skijoring apparel and more. Good parking is limited, overflow parking will be down County Road 12.
Utepils Beer Festival will be back with amazing micro-breweries from around the area pouring beer Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 pm. Only $20 plus general admission for all you can drink. Please pace yourself!
Saturday Evening Social at the Ridgway Firehouse. Make your way to the firehouse after the last competitor run to listen to a live band. At 6:30 a benefit dinner will be served by local athletics and the Calcutta will follow.
Sunday the 12th races will again start at 12 noon with the same race schedule.
Sunday Night Awards and after party will take place at our fav, The Full Tilt Saloon.
January 10: Lunch & Learn Ridgway: A Holistic Approach to Health in 2020, 12:30 pm, Proximity Space Ridgway
Being healthy in 2020 doesn’t have to be complicated and overwhelming. Nicole Stone-Lankes from 8750Alt in Telluride will be in the space to teach us about a holistic approach to health. Find out how these FIVE HOLISTIC PRINCIPLES can make 2020 a successful year of health and happiness! Please bring your lunch! We will be in the Main Conference room. This is a free event. All Community Members are welcome.
January 12: Sunday Matinee Youth Movie, 3 pm, Wright Opera House
January 13: Ekphrastic Writing Workshop: Leah Diament's "I Have Words," 6 pm, 610 Arts Collective
Join creative writing instructor Tessa Cheek for an hour-long generative writing workshop in response to 610 Arts Collective's latest exhibition. This fun and inspiring class is open to writers of every level, from beginner to pro. We'll discuss the ancient art of ekphrastic writing -- i.e. writing in response to a work of art. Through a series of guided viewing and writing exercises, we'll practice both art appreciation and art creation! Bring a notebook, writing utensil and a sense of wonder. $10 Tuition.
January 14: Monthly Welcome Home Alliance Veteran's Coffee, 10 am, Sherbino Theater
Every Branch. Every Era. Every Ability. Offering coffee, donuts and camaraderie. Mike Trickey and April Heard will be there bringing information to you on topics such as: Navigating the VA, Housing, Jobs, Volunteer Opportunities, community resources, VA benefits, recreation and mental health.
January 14: Open Bard Literary Series: Frank Coons, 6:30 pm, Sherbino Theater
Frank H.Coons, a Lithic Press poet, heads south to share his work. Frank is a veterinarian and poet in Grand Junction, Colorado. His work has appeared in The Eleventh Muse, Fruita Pulp, Malpais Review, The Santa Fe Literary Review, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize in 2011 and 2014. His first collection of poems, Finding Cassiopeia, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. He lives with his wife, Teresa, and two dogs. Doors and Cash Bar for all Open Bard events are at 6pm. Reading begins at 6:30. Entry by suggestion $10+ donation.
January 15: Wednesday Night Movies @ the Wright, 7 pm, Wright Opera House
January 16-21: 4-Day Ice Climbing Clinic, 4 pm, Ouray Ice Park
Time to get your ice climbing fix. Broaden your understanding of ice climbing movement and technical knowledge in a fun-packed, 4-day ice climbing clinic by Chicks Climbing & Skiing. We’ll spend the first two days ice climbing in the Ouray Ice4-day ice climbing clinic participant climbing on steep ice, ouray ice park, ouray, colorado Park, learning to move efficiently with quality instruction from our highly experienced, AMGA-certified guides. Refine your swing, kick and body positioning. The third day of our clinic is a skills day. You can chose to learn rescue techniques, mixed climbing, steep ice climbing or alpine skills. The evening of Skills Day also includes a talk with Kitty Calhoun on a variety of topics such as nutrition, injury prevention, and mental training. On the 4th and last day, you’ll put it all together, getting lasting pointers that you can continue to work on down the road.4-day ice climbing clinic participant practicing rescue skills on skills day Stay at the popular Ouray Chalet Inn located on Main St Ouray. The Ouray Chalet Inn is just a short walk from the Ouray Ice Park which has more than 200 routes of all grades. After a great day, enjoy the hot tub at the hotel or one of Ouray’s natural hot springs. In the evenings the group will enjoy a catered meal together at the Secret Garden B & B. Our 4-Day Ice Climbing Clinic is a complete Chicks experience. Don’t miss out. This clinic is open to ALL levels of ice climbers. It’s appropriate for beginner to advanced climbers alike. With 4 levels of instruction to choose from, there is something for every woman. This complete chicks experience will help you take your ice climbing to the next level.
January 16: The AJ Fullterton Band, 7:30pm, Sherbino Theater
Playing on average 200-250 shows each year, A.J. is often hailed as, “The Real Deal", and is frequently called one of the hardest working young musicians on the scene. Raised as an only child in the mountains of rural Western Colorado, A.J. was brought up surrounded by numerous styles of music ranging from; Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Roots, & Blues. His biggest musical influences ended up being found in his parents' collection of Classic Rock & Blues records. Playing solo, and in local bands throughout his mid-teens, by age 19 he was playing full-time supporting his rapidly developing solo career. His style of playing falls somewhere between the finger picking & slide of Country Roots music, and the groove based uptempo sensibilities of Blues and Rock & Roll. In the few short years of his professional career, A.J. has won a number of awards & accolades. In 2016 he was the winner of the Colorado Blues Society's "I.B.C Competition" , as well as winning the following Colorado Blues Society "Members Choice Awards":Colorado Blues Society "Members' Choice Awards": - Young Performer (2016) - Best Guitarist (2017) - Best Solo/Duo ( 2016, 2017, 2018) - Best Band (2017) - Best Male Vocals (2017) - Best Slide Guitar (,2016 2017, 2018) - Best Songwriter (2017) - Best Acoustic Act (2017, 2018) - Best Local Recording [“Kalamath”] (2017). Fullerton has played such events as; The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN., The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, The Clarksdale Juke Joint Festival, Bohemian Nights New West Fest, and The Durango Blues Train. Doors at 7:00 pm, Music at 7:30 pm. Standing Room Show. $12 in advance or $15 at door.
January 18: Robert Burns Supper, 5:00 pm, Ouray Elks Lodge
A traditional Burns Night dinner with a live piper, salute to the haggis, single-malt drams, a great Celtic band and above all, fun (and regular roast beef as the main course for those who aren’t tough enough for haggis). If you’re of Scottish descent, please wear your kilts, if not, please dress well, you’ll be a Scot for the evening! This will be a fun night for all! $35 single, $60 couple, please purchase tickets in Advance for Food Planning. Advance Tickets available online at the link below or call to purchase with Cash or Check! Save the date! 970-626-4239 for information. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. All proceeds benefit the Ouray Elks Scholarship Fund.
January 19: Ouray PARC WinterFest Games, 12-4pm, Rotary Park Ice Rink (no-snow alternate – Fellin Park)
Enjoy fun games on the ice at Ouray's Rotary Park. The PARC games will include free ice skate rentals at the pool, broomball, a fire, food, music and special games. All ages are encouraged to attend and enjoy some beyond-average ice rink activities.
January 19: Sunday Matinee Youth Movie, 3 pm, Wright Opera House
January 21: How Poems Messed Up This Perfectionist, 1 pm, Ouray Community Center
Perhaps like you, I wanted to be brilliant. It’s a great goal, but it got in the way of being a writer. if I couldn't be brilliant, I didn't want to write at all. Result: I seldom wrote. My pages stayed perfectly blank. Then, thirteen years ago, on a dare I began to write a poem a day. And share it. What I learned: Diving into the mess has so much to offer. In this program, I’ll talk about four creative promises that I keep every day, how a practice in one area can positively change every other part of our life, and how perfectionism just might serve me after all. About Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: Rosemerry is a collaboration junkie, a poetry devotee and a glass-is-overfull kind of gal. She has 11 collections of poetry, served as the third Colorado Western Slope Poet Laureate (2015-2017) and co-directs Telluride’s Talking Gourds Poetry Club. She teaches poetry for 12-step recovery programs, hospice, mindfulness retreats, women’s retreats and more. Her most recent book, Naked for Tea, was a finalist for the Able Muse Poetry Award. Mantra: Adjust. www.wordwoman.com
January 21: Backcountry Film Festival on Tour! Presented by Citizens State Bank, 7 pm, Sherbino Theater
Calling all “go big or go home” winter enthusiasts! Get ready to get goosebumps while you “Ooh!” and “Ahh!” at the impact and importance of our winter wildlands through this collection of short films. The fifteenth annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival comes to Ridgway on January 21st, presented as part of the Citizen's State Bank Outdoor Recreation Series. Produced each year as a celebratory, backcountry community event by the Winter Wildlands Alliance, the 15th Annual Backcountry Film Festival film line-up is full of snowy, cinematic adventure sure to inspire both the local backcountry and general communities. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snow sports experience on public lands. By partnering with groups like Sherbino Theater at a local level, the Winter Wildlands Alliance raises funds for these groups and communities through the annual Backcountry Film Festival national tour.
Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture- you’ll find it all in this award winning lineup. Films in this year’s program include:
Can’t Ski Vegas - Joey Schusler, Ben Page, Thomas Woodson, Drawn to High Places - Elise Giordano + Outdoor Research, Endless Winter: Chapter 1 - Nikolai Schirmer, KHUTRAO - Agreste Chile, Leave Nice Tracks - Marius Becker, Dan Cirenza, Kyle Crichton, A Climb for Equality - Caroline Gleich + Rylo, Colter’s Route - Sawyer Thomas + Riis Wilbrecht + Dynafit, Backflippers - Luigi Dellarole, Climate Change in the Kennels - Denali National Parks, Peak Obsession (32:30) Cody Townsend + Bjarne Salen
Doors at 6:30, Films at 7:00 pm. $10 for adults, $5 for students 18 and under HERE. Presented as part of the 2020 Citizen's State Bank Outdoor Recreation Series.
January 22: Wednesday Night Movies @ the Wright, 7 pm, Wright Opera House
January 22: Sherb Nerds, 7 pm, Sherbino Theater
Get ready to for another round of Sherb Nerds Trivia!! Sherb Nerds is the Sherbino's trivia nights that feature several rounds of trivia questions with varying topics such as history, film/TV, science, music, and geography, led by local quiz masters. Teams may have up to 6 people, with a variety of prizes up for grabs throughout the night. Doors and cash bar at 6:30pm. Trivia at 7:00pm. Suggested $5 Donation.
January 23-26: 25th Anniversary: Ouray Ice Festival, Ouray Ice Park & Ouray Community Center
Celebrating 25 Years! The 2020 Ice Festival will be our biggest yet! Come Celebrate our 25th Anniversary. For three days and four nights Ouray is an absolute ice climbing mecca; ice climbers, both novice and pro travel from around the world to celebrate the growing sport of ice climbing. During daily vendor exhibitions Festival attendees have the opportunity to demo the latest ice tools, apparel, and gear from the Outdoor industries leading retailers. Hundreds of spectators line the top of the Gorge on Saturday and Sunday to watch the world’s best ice and mixed climbing talent battle for the prize! And, with over 100 interactive and educational climbing clinics to accommodate every skill level, Festival participants are sure to have an experience to remember. Nightly events include multimedia presentations by leading climbers, music, food, dance parties and a live and silent auction overflowing with screaming deals of the latest outdoor gear! For news articles and short videos about the Ouray Ice Festival and the Ouray Ice Park, visit our Instagram and Facebook page.
***There is no registration needed to attend the Ice Fest. You are welcome to climb with your buddies in the park, watch the competitions, and visit the vendors for free as usual. The things that do cost money are the nightly events and the clinics.
*An All Access Pass can be purchased (in December) to ensure entry to all the events. All Access Pass prices will be posted in mid-December.
*We are pleased to partner again with San Juan Mountain Guides to provide over 100 clinics and seminars for the Ouray Ice Festival. They will be previewing clinics for the 2020 Fest early November 2019, then clinics go for sale in late November 2019.