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
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.
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.
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.
**Online Registration Ends at 12 pm on October 6- Day-of registration has a price increase
Citizen's State Bank, Weehawken Creative Arts and The Sherbino Present: THE RIDGWAY 1K RALLY THRU THE ALLEY! This is a "run" you won't want to miss! The Ridgway 1k is a very fun, costumed race for all ages with plenty of rest-stops along the way of the "grueling" 6 block downhill course. Each stop celebrates the need to refuel with plenty of carbs... and bacon! The race ends at Hartwell Park with live music and an optional add-on regional barrel tasting festival too (San Juan Barrel Fest)! This event is a fundraiser for two non-profit arts organizations, Weehawken Creative Arts and the Sherbino.
Plus- San Juan Barrel Fest (A festivus of beer, wine and cider tasting!) San Juan Barrel Fest is a fundraiser for the Sherbino worthy of a CHEERS! Barrel brewers and vintners (beer, cider, wine and more!) from the Western Colorado region gather to share a cask or barrel of something special at this event. Each maker will either create a special brew or wine --- some with inventive ingredients, others in a more traditional style for sampling at the event. The San Juan Barrel Fest also includes live music and a fun environment of the Ridgway Rally thru the Alley race ending at the event! Participation in the SJBF is restricted to ages 21+ with photo ID at the ready
On site registration and packet pickup begins at 12:30 pm and the 1k begins at 1:30 pm. Courses are open until 2:30 pm
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.
The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce promotes business and community development in the Town of Ridgway and the surrounding area. The Ridgway Visitor Center, located at 150 Racecourse Road, Ridgway, Colorado 81432 (across from Citizens Bank off of HWY 62), The visitor center is closed as of October 1st and will reopen Memorial Day weekend.
P.O. Box 544
Ridgway, Colorado 81432