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Entertainment & Cultural Events for Everyone

Fete de la Musique – Trisha Oakland

Ridgway is a vibrant, creative community that thrives on our inspiring setting, with many arts and entertainment venues and events where artists and performers display their talents. Our rich, year-round cultural scene is sure to stimulate your mind, touch your heart, and excite your senses.

From turn-of-the century theaters to outdoor stages, local and national musicians, singers, actors, comedians, magicians, and dancers display their talents and experts share local history and international issues. The Sherbino Theater is Ridgway’s living room with diverse programing all year long. Many events are free or admission is $20 or less. Information:

Ridgway loves its festivals as much as nearby festival-capital Telluride. Yes, we have music festivals and even our own film festivals, but we also mix outdoor adventure and our popular past-times into our festivals. Ridgway RiverFest, Spirit Fest, San Juan (beer and wine!) Barrel Fest, Ridgway Rendezvous Art & Craft Festival, and Sneffels Fiber Arts Festival are just a few examples.

Visitors are welcome to join locals at workshops and classes for every imaginable art form from dance and theater to glass blowing and painting, offered by various cultural organizations. Known for its dance classes that produce talented young performers, Weehawken Creative Arts also has drop-in dance, yoga, and Zumba classes for various ages. Theater workshops often run for just a couple weeks providing the opportunity for families on longer vacations to get involved. Many visual art and writing classes are geared for adults, and offered in one or two sessions to easily fit into a vacation plan. The genres are limitless with professional artists guiding the classes as students create everything from mosaic art and painted landscapes to prose and journals. Information:

Fete de la Musique

This annual outdoor music event meanders through the streets and parks around Ridgway. Organized by Weehawken Creative Arts and The Sherbino and supported by Citizen’s State Bank and other business partners, Fete de la Musique presents free music from more than 10 bands and performers over several hours on a Sunday in June.

Ridgway 1K Rally

Thru the Alley Everyone is invited to participate in this wacky “race” with optional 5K warm-up lap in early October, presented by Citizen’s State Bank, Weehawken Creative Arts and The Sherbino. The Ridgway 1K is a silly, costumed race for all ages with plenty of rest stops along the six-block downhill course. The finish line at Hartwell Park features live music and an optional add-on wine and brews tasting festival, San Juan Barrel Fest.

Ridgway Independent Film Fest

The Ridgway Independent Film Festival brings a diverse, eclectic selection of short films from around the world to the Sherbino Theater for two nights each November. Films from all genres are selected, and youth entries are a fan favorite every year.

How to Enjoy Ridgway Like a Local

Residents and businesses take great pride in our community and surrounding open spaces. We invite visitors to consider ways to minimize impacts and maximize local benefits. Traveling responsibly means educating yourself on outdoor recreation best practices, local ethics and community expectations.
  • Know Before You Go
    Be prepared and be informed about your destination.
  • Stick to the Trails
    Protect our natural land￾scapes by staying on the trails and roads.
  • Trash the Trash
    If you pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave It as You Find It
    Camp in designated areas only.
  • Be Careful with Fire
    Follow seasonal restrictions, and keep campfires small and manageable.
  • Keep Wildlife Wild
    Leash your dogs, pack out waste, and don’t feed wildlife.
  • Share Our Parks & Trails
    Try out the lesser-known paths and sites, and minimize noise.

Be Prepared for Adventure

The San Juan Mountains are a rugged, steep mountain range rising to just over 14,000 feet. These beautiful public lands offer adventures year round. If you are interested in exploring the San Juans, be prepared for challenging terrain that sometimes requires technical expertise and knowledge of the area.

Come prepared by doing research online to find maps, rules and helpful guidance from public agencies and user-generated websites. Utilize local expertise when you get into town by stopping in at our local gear stores. We highly recommend working with our local guide services that employ experts who can help you achieve your goals for world-class recreation. You can also take a course in: backcountry skiing, avalanche safety, rock climbing, ice climbing, and other valuable outdoor skills.

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