Thursday

THURSDAY  

NEW EVENT!
11 AM HOGWARTS HOUSE POTION CONTEST

Joel's Bar – 119 W 8th St       

Come on down and show us your best margarita recipe. Bring in the magical ingredients that we wouldn't have and we'll provide the alcohol. This will be a two-part event. Come in between 11 AM to 4 PM and conjure up your cocktail. We will choose four winners, one cocktail per Hogwarts house, to be on the Specials menu for the evening. Whichever recipe sells the best by the end of the night will earn a spot on our upcoming cocktail menu. Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Gia Kurtz 716-713-0756

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: 4 PM Day of event

Prizes: $50 bar tabs to the 4 Hogwarts house winners with the ultimate winner landing a spot on the upcoming cocktail menu!

 

2 PM WARMING HUT – GO FISH CHALLENGE

Somewhere - Downtown Durango

It can get mighty chilly casting spells during SNOWDOWN, so come on in and warm up at the Radio101 Warming Hut - Go Fish Challenge. Listen to RADIO101 (101.3fm) or visit www.radiodurango.com to find the secret location of this year's witches lair and test your magical powers as you 'fish' for newts, frogs and bat wings. If you pull the right magical combination of enchanted items from the Warming Hut caldron, you could be transported to the 2022 SNOWDOWN Follies! So, park your broom, warm up and play a magical version of the classic GO FISH for a chance to win! Must be 21+.    

Event Coordinator: Kristin Dills 749-9125

Entry Cost: FREE

Prizes: Grand prize 2022 SNOWDOWN Follies tickets!

 

2 PM BIG WHEEL DERBY  

The Balcony Bar & Grill – 600 Main Suite 205

No magic tricks or hocus pocus. Each contestant does a timed lap around the balcony on a Big Wheel! Must be 18+.

Event Coordinator: Allison Wall 422-8008

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: 60 minutes before event

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

 

4 PM HOT WING EATING CONTEST

Animas City Theatre – 128 E College Dr

Hosted by Cuckoo's Chicken House. Hot wings, and we mean HOT! Can you handle the heat without melting??? Or is the heat just an illusion??? Drop by Cuckoo’s for a full set of rules and to sign up as early as Jan 19. Limited to first 20 entries. Must be 18+.   

Event Coordinator: Michele Redding 259-6322

Entry Cost: $10 per contestant

Entry Deadline: 15 minutes before event, pre-registration available.

Prizes: 1st – Pound of wings a month for a year, 2nd – Pound of wings a month for 6 months, 3rd – T-shirt

 

4 PM NAME THAT TUNE    

8th Avenue Tavern – 509 E 8th Ave

Snippets of songs will be played for participants. The goal is to write the name of the song and the artist of said song after 2-10 seconds of song play. Every fourth song or so participants will be asked to also include the year the song came out. Each correct answer gets you one point. Most points by the end wins! You can play alone or with a group. Please no answer sharing and no use of phones to retrieve answers! Unless you are clairvoyant or the answer appears in an apparition, you are on your own. Let’s listen to some music! Must be 21+.     

Event Coordinator: Chris Brophy 769-1522

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Time of event

Prizes: 1st - $50 Cash, 2nd - $25 Gift card, 3rd - Drink token

 

4 PM ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS    

Starlight Lounge – 937 Main

Also known as Rochambeau which has a nice superstitious ring to it. Must be 21+.         

Event Coordinator: Rick Carney 749-7231

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Time of event

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd – Bar Tabs!

 

4:30 PM SNOWDOWN JR KING AND QUEEN CONTEST     

Best Western Rio Grande Inn – 400 E 2nd Ave

Hosted by McDonald's and Best Western Rio Grande Inn. This is one for the 7-to-10-year-olds from Durango grade schools! Winning royalty will ride in the SNOWDOWN Light Parade Friday night! All ages are welcome to attend the final selection of SNOWDOWN's Junior King and Queen competition at the Best Western Rio Grande Inn to cheer for their schools' selection.

Event Coordinator: Kathy Bowser 247-2446 or 247-3986

Entry Cost: FREE

NEW LOCATION!

 

4:30 PM  30TH ANNUAL LA PLATA OPEN SPACE CONSERVANCY'S CRAFT SPIRITS & WINE TASTING

Outdoorsy – 934 Main            

Hosted by La Plata Open Space Conservancy. Join La Plata Open Space Conservancy for a magical night celebrating 30 years! This SNOWDOWN tradition features a silent auction, delicious food, wine and cocktail tastings, all to support our work to conserve land, water and your Southwest Colorado way of life. Take a look into your Crystal Ball to see what a wonderful difference we can make in this area’s future! Tickets and more details can be found at www.lposc.org. Must be 21+.   

Event Coordinators: Christy Curd or Jennaye Derge 259-3415

Entry Cost: $70

Entry Deadline: Tickets in advance or at the door if space permits

 

5 PM MAGICAL YULE BALL DANCE PARTY          

Durango Dance – 3416 Main Suite 101

You’re cordially invited to a Magical Yule Ball. This family-friendly dance party event is open to Witches, Wizards and Muggles of all ages with rooms dedicated to each age group. Masks required.

Event Coordinator: Miriam Morgan 970-403-5974

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Time of event

 

NEW EVENT!
5 PM THE HIVE QUIDDITCH TOURNAMENT           

The Hive – 1150 Main

Find the snitch in a game of quidditch at The Hive downtown skate park at 1150 Main. All ages welcome to participate, but please establish teams of 3 and register prior to event! Keep all Dementors at bay!    

Event Coordinator: Kelsie Borland 970-508-0445

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Time of event

Prizes!

 

5 PM SNOWDOWN FLY TYING CONTEST - CANCELLED!!!               

The San Juan Angler – 600 Main Suite 202   

Participants can compete in multiple categories for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Each participant will create 3 fly patterns tied on a small, medium and large hook.  No experience or magic tricks necessary. All equipment and material will be provided. Spectators welcome, although, space is limited.  If you have a vise (you’re in the right place!), please bring it. All ages welcome.        

Event Coordinator: Cole Glenn 382-9978

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Time of event

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

 

5 PM BOOZIN’ BEACONS

Eolus – 919 Main (rooftop)

Hosted by Friends of the San Juans. This a rollicking collision of libations and life-saving skills incorporating teamwork, knowledge of the downtown bar scene and skills with Avalanche Beacons. Teams are sent out across Durango. Games begin at Eolus where all teams are to return by 7 PM. Proceeds benefit Friends of the San Juans and SNOWDOWN! Limited to 10 teams of 3-4 people. BYO Beacon and camera phone. Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Andy High 720-404-9369

Entry Cost: $10 per player

Entry Deadline: Thursday Jan 27

Prizes!

 

NEW EVENT!

5:30 PM GIANT JENGA

Starlight Lounge – 937 Main 

Just like tabletop Jenga, but Hagrid style! Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator:  Rick Carney 749-7231

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Time of event

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd – Bar Tabs

NEW LOCATION!

 

5:30 PM MAGICAL MYSTERY MOCKTAIL TOUR

The Hive – 1150 Main

Presented by Young People in Recovery and in The Weeds. Hosted by The Hive. A non-alcoholic pub crawl celebrating local mocktails and alcohol-free menus. Begin the tour at The Hive where you will collect your drink tokens and embark on the adventure. Journey through downtown Durango and visit 11th Street Station, El Moro and Durango Coffee Company before returning to The Hive for an afterparty with food provided by Sage Farm Fresh Eats, live music from Desert Child & prizes beginning at 8 PM. All beverages, food and entertainment are included with your entry fee but do bring some extra cash to tip your servers! Must be 18+ for the event. The after party will be open to all ages. Guaranteed to be a mesmerizingly good time!

Event Coordinator: Candice Seay 769-8889

Entry Cost: $50 per participant

Entry Deadline: Time of event  

 

6 PM MYSTICAL SNOWDOWN PINBALL TOURNAMENT             

J Bo's Pizza and Ribs – 1301 Florida Rd        

This is an International Flipper Pinball Association sanctioned pinball tournament. The format is 7 strike group knockout. Players are paired against each other in groups of four. In that group, 1st place gets no strike. 2nd place gets 1 strike, 3rd place gets 2 strikes, 4th place gets 3 strikes. Once a player gets 7 strikes, that player is eliminated. Last person standing is the winner. No black magic or voodoo will be tolerated. A night of free pinball with $5 entry into the tournament. This will be an all-ages tournament. All player levels welcome.

Event Coordinator: Jason Thomas 759-1158

Entry Cost: $5 per contestant

Entry Deadline: Time of event

Prizes: Cash! All entry monies awarded to top 5 finishers.

NEW TIME!

 

6 PM DODGEBALL            

Durango Recreation Center – 2700 Main       

Hosted by Ignacio Youth Services. This all-pure-natural adrenaline event also increases dopamine levels naturally and raises money for awesome after-school, outdoor adventure positive youth development programs in Ignacio, and staffed by real wizards. The youth are the referees, so treat 'em with respect. Each team consists of 6 members, including at least 2 women. Must be 16+. Spectators of all ages welcome!

Event Coordinator: Nita Emerson 970-563-4517

Event Cost: $65 per team

Event Deadline: 30 minutes before event

Prizes: 1st, 2nd

 

6 PM BEER PONG    

The Garage Billiards Hall – 121 W 8th St      

Teams of two will square off in this double elimination tournament played with traditional beer pong rules. This is a 64-team bracket and teams should sign up early, this event fills up! Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Clinton Holnback 719-649-7263

Entry Cost: $20

Entry Deadline: Time of event

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

 

NEW EVENT!
6 PM TALLYWHACKER                 

Carver Brewing Co – 1022 Main

Bring your razzle and your dazzle. This hilarious river game will have your belly laughing and your hips swinging! Let us judge your Tallywhacker proficiency with our brew pub version. No outside food or drink please. Must be 18+.

Event Coordinator: Dasha Greidanus 802-272-8235

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: 30 minutes before event

 

6 PM MAGICAL MYSTERY MUSICAL TOUR FINALS   

Fur Trappers Steakhouse – 701 E 2nd Ave    

(See WEDNESDAY 6 PM for details)  

 

6:30 PM SCIENCE IS MAGIC TRIVIA NIGHT      

The Powerhouse Science Center – 1333 Camino Del Rio       

Science is magic!!! Join us at The Powerhouse for four rounds of trivia questions, always including a science round and music round. Teams of five eligible for prizes. All ages welcome.          

Event Coordinator: Charlotte Ford 970-315-0589

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Time of event

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Best Dressed Team

 

7 PM SNOW JOB BLOW JOB         

Starlight Lounge – 937 Main 

The 1st person to blow an object across a table using a straw wins.  No magic spells. No supernatural powers. Must be 21+.    

Event Coordinator:  Rick Carney 749-7231

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Time of event

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd – Bar Tabs

 

8 PM PICK UP LINE CONTEST      

Animas City Theatre – 128 E College Dr       

Do you have your sights set on a sexy sorcerer? Do you have a good one liner or two you think will increase your chances of getting lucky? Test your best pickup lines before a live audience! A panel of knowledgeable judges will determine if you’ve got what it takes to seal the deal. Must be 21+.        

Event Coordinator: Dusty Grannis 799-1681

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Time of event

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

 

8 PM DRAG RACE AND FASHION SHOW

El Rancho Tavern – 975 Main

Come strut your stuff and dress in your most bewitching Queen or King of the Drag! Join us at the El Rancho Tavern with Dance Party to follow! Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator: Chip Lile 759-9841

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: 60 minutes before event

Prizes: Best overall Queen and King and Crowd Favorites

 

8 PM SNOWDOWN FOLLIES GALA PREMIER PERFORMANCE                      

(See TUESDAY 8 PM for details)                                                        

 

8:30 PM FLIPPITY FLOPPITY CUP

Starlight Lounge – 937 Main 

Flip cups over on to its bottom. Merlin and David Copperfield are disqualified! Must be 21+.

Event Coordinator:  Rick Carney 749-7231

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Time of event

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd – Bar Tabs

 

10 PM SNOWDOWN GETDOWN DANCE PARTY

Starlight Lounge – 937 Main 

Winner of the DJ battle from the night before plays. Must be 21+.          

Event Coordinator:  Rick Carney 749-7231

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Time of event

 

10 PM KARAOKE COMPETITION

8th Avenue Tavern – 509 E 8th Ave

Competitors will be scored on their vocal skills, their knowledge of the song and their presentation of the performance. Highest score wins! There will be a sing-off to settle any ties. Come in and sing your enchanted hearts out! Must be 21+.    

Event Coordinator: Brian Baehr 970-903-7810

Entry Cost: FREE

Entry Deadline: Time of event

Prizes: 1st - $50 Cash, 2nd - $25 Gift card, 3rd - Drink token