SEPTEMBER 17 – 18, 2022
10 AM – 5 PM


Durango Arts Center

802 E 2nd Ave

Durango, CO 81301


Celebrating 28 years of presenting fine art and fine craft by makers from around the country, this juried festival takes place amidst the fall colors on quaint Second Avenue in historic downtown Durango, Colorado. The wide avenue, lined with restaurants and a variety of shops, is one block east of Main Avenue.

Organized as a benefit event by and for the Durango Arts Center – the region’s premiere non-profit arts organization serving Durango and the Four Corners, the festival is a well-loved and well-attended community event attracting a large audience throughout the weekend. Artists and craftspeople report the show is well organized and offers great hospitality and friendly, steady crowds.

Festival patrons are encouraged to enjoy food from the many delicious restaurants downtown and throughout Durango (see our list of sponsors below for some ideas).

After a day of shopping, sit down and relax watching a live performance of The Complete Works of Shakespeare [abridged] at DAC Theatre. Click here for tickets.

The Durango Autumn Arts Festival is free and open to the public.


Nestled in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains in La Plata County, Durango is only 40 miles from Mesa Verde National Park, a United Nations World Heritage Site, and is a destination for arts and culture enthusiasts with a rich history in Native American, Hispanic, and Western pioneering cultures. Visitors from around the world come to ride the famous narrow-gauge train, raft the wild Animas River that runs through it, and hike and bike the pristine mountain trails.


Spend some time outdoors the third weekend in September greeting art lovers from around the country or floating among some of the most creative people you’ll meet.

Shifts are 3½ hours long and available both days from 10 am to 5 pm.

Volunteers receive a free hat, admission to The Complete Works of Shakespeare [abridged] show and endless gratitude!

To volunteer, click on the TO VOLUNTEER button above.

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