Can't Miss Summer Events

Summer is the perfect time to come to Ouray for one of our perennial events. Don't forget to check in on everything that's happening on our full  events page here.

Below are a few events that might tickle your fancy based on what you love to do...and learn.

History & Heritage:

  • June 20: Ouray County Geology Tour with Larry Meckel & Robert Stouffer, Ouray County Museum, 7am-5pm
  • June 26: Evenings of History: “The Four Great Western Surveys of the 1870s,” Larry Meckel, Wright Opera House, 7:30-9pm
  • July 3: Evenings of History, “Ouray’s Cowboy Band,” Jim Pettengill, Wright Opera House, 7:30-9pm
  • July 6: Guided Tour of the Ouray Museum led by Curator Don Paulson, Ouray County Museum, 9-11am
  • July 7: Guided Walk of Ouray’s Main Street with Irene Mattivi, Ouray County Museum, 3-5pm
  • July 10: Evenings of History,” Uranium Mining in Southwestern Colorado,” Pat Curran, Wright Opera House, 7:30-9pm
  • July 14: Corkscrew Railroad and Turntable Hike, Led by Museum Curator Don Paulson, Ouray County Museum, 9am-3pm
  • July 14: Ouray County Gymkhana Series, Ouray County Fairgrounds
  • July 17: Evenings of History, “History of Ouray Through Postcards,” Stephanie Willis, Wright Opera House, 7:30-9pm
  • July 21: Guided Cemetery Walking Tour led by Glenda Moore, Cedar Hill Cemetery, 9-11am
  • July 21: 3rd Annual Ranch History Tour: East & West Dallas Road (CR7&CR9), Ouray County Ranch History Museum, 10am-3pm
  • July 24: Evenings of History, “History of the Idarado Mine,” Jenny Hart, Wright Opera House, 7:30-9pm
  • July 31: Evenings of History,” Pioneering San Juan Clergy,” Don Paulson, Wright Opera House, 7:30-9pm
  • August 4: Guided Walking Tour of Ouray’s Main Street with Irene Mattivi, Ouray County Museum, 3-5 pm
  • August 7: Evenings of History, “The Ouray Historic District,” Tom Hillhouse, Wright Opera House, 7:30-9pm
  • August 11: Walking Tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery with Glenda Moore, Cedar Hill Cemetery, 9-11am
  • August 17: Guided Tour of the Ouray Museum with Museum Curator Don Paulson, Ouray County Museum, 9-11am
  • August 18: Corkscrew Railroad Bed and Turntable Hike led by Don Paulson, Ouray County Museum 9am-3pm
  • August 24-26: Ouray Highgraders’ Holidays Mining Competitions, Ouray Miner’s Park
  • August 25-26: Night-Time Photography Workshop in the Historic Red Mountain Mining District, Ouray County Historical Society
  • August 25: Ouray County Gymkhana Series, Ouray County Fairgrounds
  • August 29-September 1: Ouray County Fair
  • August 31: Tractor Pull, 6pm, Ouray County Fairgrounds
  • September 2-3: CPRA Roughstock Rodeo, 1pm, Ouray County Fairgrounds
  • September 3: Labor Day Parade, Ridgway, Hwy 62, 10 am
  • September 3: Barbeque in Hartwell Park, 10:30, right after the Parade
  • September 26-30: Ouray County Railroad Days, Ridgway Railroad Museum, 8am-5pm

Cultural & Performing Arts:

  • June 21: Mountain Air Music Series, Magic Giant with BonFire Dub, Fellin Park, 6pm
  • June 28: Mountain Air Music Series, The Black Lillies with You Knew Me When, Fellin Park, 6pm
  • July 2: Ouray County Players Presents the Summer Melodrama: "Big Trouble at Little Tomboy ~ or ~ It's a Fool's Gold if You Have It." Wright Opera House, 7:30-9pm
  • July 3: Ouray Volunteer Fire Department Concert in the Park, Ulterior Motive with You Knew Me When, Fellin Park, 5-11pm
  • July (Thursdays): Ridgway Concert Series, Hartwell Park, 6pm
  • July 9: Ouray County Players Presents the Summer Melodrama: "Big Trouble at Little Tomboy ~ or ~ It's a Fool's Gold if You Have It." Wright Opera House, 7:30-9pm
  • July 16: Ouray County Players Presents the Summer Melodrama: "Big Trouble at Little Tomboy ~ or ~ It's a Fool's Gold if You Have It." Wright Opera House, 7:30-9pm
  • July 23: Ouray County Players Presents the Summer Melodrama: "Big Trouble at Little Tomboy ~ or ~ It's a Fool's Gold if You Have It." Wright Opera House, 7:30-9pm
  • July 26-August 4: Artists’ Alpine Holidays, Ouray Community Center
  • July 27 & 28: “The Last Trial of Alferd Packer” performed by the Ouray County Platers, Ouray Elks Club, 7-9pm
  • August 2-4: UpstArt No Holds Bard: The Winter’s Tale, Wright Opera House, 7:30-9:30pm
  • August 5: UpstArt No Holds Bard: The Winter’s Tale, Wright Opera House, 4:30-7:00pm
  • August 11-12: Ridgway Rendezvous, Hartwell Park, Ridgway
  • August 16: Dave & Mary Wood Classical Concert Series: Classical Café, San Juan Chamber Music Fest, Ouray County 4-H Events Center, 7:30pm
  • August 18: Dave & Mary Wood Classical Concert Series: 35th Annual Festival Concert, San Juan Chamber Music Fest, Wright Opera House, 7:30pm
  • August 19: Afternoon Salon Concert, San Juan Chamber Music Fest, Private Home in Montrose, 3:00pm
  • August 20: Free Children’s Concert, San Juan Chamber Music Fest, TBA, 10:00am
  • August 21: Dinner Salon Concert, San Juan Chamber Music Fest, Private Home in Ridgway, 5:00pm
  • September 2: Ridgway Fire Department Firemans” Ball 9pm
  • September 8: Dave & Mary Wood Classical Concert Series: Kara Huber Piano Concert, Wright Opera House, 7:30pm
  • September 22&23: Creative Nature & Landscape Photography with Michael E. Gordon, Weehawken Ridgway, 8am-4pm
  • September 28-October 3: Photography Workshops, Ouray County Fairgrounds
  • September 28-30: Sneffels Fiber Festival, Ouray County 4-H Event Center
  • September 30: Zikr Dance Ensemble, Wright Ouray House, 2:00pm
  • October 10: UpstART Presents, “Our Town,” Wright Opera House, 4-6:30pm
  • October 11-13: UpstART Presents, “Our Town,” Wright Opera House, 7-9:30pm
  • October 14: UpstART Presents, “Our Town,” Wright Opera House, 4-6:30pm
  • October 27: Rocky Horror Picture Show, Wright Opera House, 8pm-4am
  • October 27: Beaumont Halloween Ball, 8pm-12am

Kid-Friendly:

  • June 21: Mountain Air Music Series, Magic Giant with BonFire Dub, Fellin Park, 6pm
  • June 27: Adventure Wednesdays: Via Ferrata with Mountain Trip, Voyager Youth Program, 10:00am-6:00pm
  • June 28: Mountain Air Music Series, The Black Lillies with You Knew Me When, Fellin Park, 6pm
  • June 30: Ridgway River Festival, Rollans Park, 8am-5pm
  • July 1: Ridgway River Festival, Rollans Park, 8am-5pm
  • July 3: Ouray Volunteer Fire Department Concert in the Park, Ulterior Motive with You Knew Me When, Fellin Park, 5-11pm
  • July 4: Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, Parade on main Street, 10am
  • July 4: Kids Games in Fellin Park, 11am (right after the parade)
  • July 4: Brownies and lemonade at the Ouray Museum, 11am-2pm
  • July 4: Water Fights, corner of 6th and Main, 2pm
  • July 4: Jeep Glow Parade, downtown Ouray, dusk/dark
  • July (Thursdays): Ridgway Concert Series, Hartwell Park, 6pm
  • July 11: Adventure Wednesdays: Mesa Mall & Movie, Voyager Youth Program, 10am-6pm
  • July 16-19: Little Mountain Goat Kids Climbing Program, Peak Mountain Guides, 9am-1pm daily
  • July 18: Adventure Wednesdays: Black Canyon Hike, Voyager Youth Program, 10am-5pm
  • July 25: Adventure Wednesdays: Purgatory Alpine Resort, Voyager Youth Program, 10am-7pm
  • July 30-August 2: Little Mountain Goats Kids Climbing Program, Peak Mountain Guides, 9am-1pm daily
  • August 1: Adventure Wednesdays: TOP ropes course & laser tag, Voyager Youth Program, 11am-5pm
  • August 7: Adventure Wednesdays: San Juan LEADS, Voyager Youth Program, 10am-5pm
  • August 15: Adventure Wednesdays: Telluride fun and sunset concert, Voyager Youth Program, 1pm-9pm
  • August 20: Free Children’s Concert, San Juan Chamber Music Fest, TBA, 10:00am
  • August 22: Adventure Wednesdays: Bananas Fun Park, Voyager Youth Program, 9am-5pm
  • August 29-September 1: Ouray County Fair
  • August 31: Tractor Pull, 6pm, Ouray County Fairgrounds
  • September 2-3: CPRA Roughstock Rodeo, 1pm, Ouray County Fairgrounds
  • September 3: Labor Day Parade, Ridgway, Hwy 62, 10 am
  • September 3: Barbeque in Hartwell Park, 10:30, right after the Parade
  • October 6: Oktoberfest & 54th Annual Jeep Raffle Drawing, Ouray Community Center, 3pm-10pm

Outdoor Adventure & Volunteer Opportunities:

  • June 30: Ridgway River Festival, Rollans Park, 8am-5pm
  • July 1: Ridgway River Festival, Rollans Park, 8am-5pm
  • July 2-9: Leave No Trace HotSpot events at Blue Lakes Trail, Ridgway
  • July 4: 35th Annual Ourayce 10K, 8am, meet at Ouray City Hall
  • July 4: Jeep Glow Parade, downtown Ouray, dusk/dark
  • July 7: Leave No Trace Trails Outreach, Ouray, 8am-5pm
  • July 18-22: FJ Summit, Ouray
  • July 27-28: dZi Foundation present MountainFilm, Hartwell Park, Ridgway
  • August 8-12: Ouray Canyon Festival, Ouray
  • August 11: Mt. Sneffels Marathon & Half Marathon, Ouray-Ridgway
  • August 25-26: Night-Time Photography Workshop in the Historic Red Mountain Mining District, Ouray County Historical Society
  • September 22&23: Creative Nature & Landscape Photography with Michael E. Gordon, Weehawken Ridgway, 8am-4pm
  • September 28-October 3: Photography Workshops, Ouray County Fairgrounds
  • October 6: Oktoberfest & 54th Annual Jeep Raffle Drawing, Ouray Community Center, 3pm-10pm

Health & Wellness:

  • June 30: Free Yoga in the Park, Fellin Park, 9am
  • July 7: Free Yoga in the Park, Fellin Park, 9am
  • July 14: Free Yoga in the Park, Fellin Park, 9am
  • July 21: Free Yoga in the Park, Fellin Park, 9am
  • July 28: Free Yoga in the Park, Fellin Park, 9am
  • August 4: Free Yoga in the Park, Fellin Park, 9am
  • August 11: Free Yoga in the Park, Fellin Park, 9am
  • August 18: Free Yoga in the Park, Fellin Park, 9am
  • September 14-15: Healing Arts Moonwalk, Ridgway Creative District
  • September 21-22: Spirit Fest, Ouray County 4-H Event Center
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