What is your COVID protocol for 2022?

Due to the nature of indoor shows, you must show proof of vaccination to redeem tickets. The Meltdown is not accepting negative tests or medical exceptions in lieu of proof of vaccination in 2022. Children under 5 years old may be admitted with a fully vaccinated adult. The Meltdown will be following national, state, and local guidance regarding masking and social distance in our venues.

Do I have to wear a mask?

The Meltdown will be following national, state, and local guidance regarding masking and social distance in our venues. We will have signs posted at the venues letting you know the current guidance.

Where do I show proof of vaccination?

The box office at the Durango Arts Center (802 E 2nd Ave) will have a place for you to show your proof of vaccination and receive a wristband for the entire weekend.

Will you accept a negative test or medical exemption in lieu of proof of vaccination?

No. For 2022, the Meltdown is only accepting proof of vaccination for admittance to any Meltdown-sponsored events.

What about my kiddos?

Children 12 and under are free to attend the Meltdown. Children between 5-12 must show proof of vaccination. Children under 5 may be admitted with a fully vaccinated adult.

What if I have questions about the COVID policy?

Feel free to email us at info@durangomeltdown.com

Where do I exchange my tickets for a wristband?

The Meltdown box office will take over the Durango Arts Center box office during Meltdown weekend. The DAC is located at 802 E 2nd Ave, Durango, CO 81301.

What are the box office hours?

Friday 4/22/22: 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday 4/23/22: 9:00 AM – 9:30 PM

Sunday 4/24/22: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Are children free?

Any child under 12 is free! Children between 5-12 must show proof of vaccination. Children under 5 may be admitted with a fully vaccinated adult.

What if it’s snowing/raining/too cold for me?

Sorry, we do not offer refunds due to the weather. It has been known to snow in April here, so please plan your travel and wardrobe accordingly! The Meltdown is an indoor festival and happens snow, rain, graupel, or shine. It could be 70 degrees or a blizzard and it’s still amazingly comfortable inside the venues!

I need a refund or need to transfer my ticket.

In general, we do not offer refunds. If you need to transfer your ticket to someone else, please contact the Meltdown Ticketing crew at tickets@durangomeltdown.com.

Where does the Meltdown take place?

We have five Meltdown-hosted venues. There are three primary main stage venues: The Durango Arts Center, The Wild Horse Saloon, and The Animas City Theatre. We also host the Old Time Barn Dance and the Band Contest at the Elks Lodge and our Friday Free Concert at the Grange Building behind the Durango Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad Museum.

How far apart are the venues?

All venues are within a 3-4 block walking distance from each other. We highly encourage parking your car when you arrive at the Meltdown and leaving it there all weekend.

How does seating work?

Seating is first-come, first-served. No seat saving is allowed. At the end of the second song, Meltdown staff may help those waiting to find seats. Personal belongs left on seats will be removed.

What if I am thirsty?

Each venue offers a full bar and light snacks. Water is free.

Where can I jam?

The Strater Hotel is where most folks gather for pickin circles. Jamming is allowed in their public spaces until 11 PM Friday and Saturday nights. After 11 PM all pickers will be escorted to the Pullman and Centennial rooms downstairs of the Strater. In order to continue this amazing Meltdown tradition, we ask you to follow these rules:

  • No jamming in your hotel room.
  • No personal alcohol in hotel public spaces.
  • No alcohol on the sidewalk or outside the Strater.

The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is run entirely by volunteers from its inception in 1995, from the Board Members to the wristband checkers. If you are interested in joining our amazing band of volunteers, please reach out to us! info@durangomeltdown.com



The Meltdown offers several levels of sponsorship. Show the Meltdown community that you are a big supporter! Email fundraising@durangomeltdown.com to learn more.


We have spots open for your amazing logo or ad. Inquire at info@durangomeltdown.com


The Meltdown is a 501(c)(3) organization, meaning any donation outside of ticket sales is fully tax-deductible!

What kid-friendly events are available?

The Meltdown has a kids workshop on Saturday where they can learn about their instruments and have a great kids’ jam!

Bluegrass in the Schools

Bluegrass in the Schools is our amazing outreach program for our local community. Learn more here.


KidsPick is our super fun outdoor performance and kids picking circle where kids bring their own instruments and learn how to jam! Stay tuned for more information on this event in the Fall of 2022.


Absolutely NO audio or video recording of performances is allowed. Audience recordings violate our contractual agreements with the artists. We have two amazing Meltdown archivists who upload permissible audio recordings on Archive.Org: Bill Doherty and Richard Skaggs.

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