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: https://sherbino.org
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: https://weehawkenarts.org
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.