On behalf of the 2023 Dandelion Festival, we would like to extend a special thank you to the Durango community for attending. Your participation makes this event a fun, joyful celebration! We are grateful for our fabulous team of festival volunteers and vendors who’s dedication, creativity, time and assistance make this event possible! We appreciate and want to thank our festival sponsors for their generous support including Turtle Lake Refuge and Bee Happy Lands, Alpine Bank, Lightning Communications, Albrechta and Albrechta, LLC and our local business donors including the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gage Railroad, Nature’s Oasis, Honeyville, Durango Farmers Market, Carver Brewing Co., Creative Compass and the City of Durango.

Join us for a free, fun music and art festival honoring the spring wild greens, community health, organic land stewardship and joy in every way! Experience live music, local organic food, dandelion beer garden, dance performances, may pole dance, thrift store and informative and fun activities for youth and adults!

We look forward to seeing you on May 4, 2024!

We would like to thank our 2023 performers!
Carute Roma, Sanji, Salamander Collective, One Heart Orchestra, The Dandelions, Michael Bear, Durango Shimmy Mob, Ballet Folkorico

2024 Live Performances TBA!

The Dandelion Festival is an avenue to celebrate spring and organic land stewardship with our community brought to you by Turtle Lake Refuge!

The festival will take place rain or shine. If possible please carpool. Dogs are welcome but please be mindful and respectful to others.

Pre-Dandelion Fest event
on the patio of the Turtle Cafe!

Wild Food Dinner and Key Note Speaker
Key Note Speaker - TBA
~ Includes wild food dinner and presentation ~ 


“To celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands.” Turtle Lake Refuge has been actively supporting a healthy quality of life in Durango for over 20 years through our wild foods café, local food production, sustainable practices education, and organic land stewardship advocacy.

We practice organic land stewardship through our Organically Managed Parks Program in Durango. Our goal is to make all of the public parks and open spaces in Durango free from the use of herbicides and chemical fertilizers. Through a collaboration with the City of Durango and the Parks and Recreation department we now have stewardship of nine parks in the city. In addition, the entire Animas River Trail is also managed organically.

We also provide regenerative land stewardship within southwestern Colorado through our Bee Happy Lands Program. Through a process of remediating disturbed land, we are able to create stabilized, fertile and healthy soil. Our goal is to support the native ecosystems by building healthy soil to grow forage for the honey bee population and local pollinators and promote the health of our children, grandchildren and multispecies community. We currently have projects in Durango, Mancos, Ophir, Ridgeway, Sawpit Telluride and Chromo Colorado and with individual homeowners in the area.

As our land stewardship programs have continued to grow so has our need to expand and upgrade equipment. Your donation will greatly assist us on the path to purchasing an enclosed utility trailer and truck to take to our organically managed land sites.  Your support and contribution are greatly appreciated!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please visit us at Turtle Lake Refuge for volunteer information and much more!

Turtle Lake Refuge is a 501c3 nonprofit


Thank you to our 2023 Event Sponsors!

Lightning Communications

~ And a thank you to our 2023 business donors ~
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Nature’s Oasis, Honeyville and the Durango Farmers Market!