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Blues and Brews Festival

Telluride's Blues and Brews Festival features three days of world renowned musicians performing in Telluride Town Park and late-night james in the local juke joints, 50 choice microbreweries serve up handcrafted brews during the main stage music attractions. Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz K;ammer Lodge is a Telluride Blues and Brews Festival hotel.

The Venue: Telluride Town Park, a renowned outdoor music venue with breath-taking mountain peaks for a backdrop, is the heart of the festival. The Fred Shellman Memorial Stage, a small humble wooden stage that has held the weight of legends over the years. B.B. King performed here and sat on this same stage and told the crowd "out of the 90 different countries I've been to, I've never seen anything more beautiful than what you have here." 

Music: The festival is three days and three nights. Steps away from festival grounds, is a home to shops, restaurants and bars that will feature music after dark. The line-up is announced in late spring/early summer. 

Brews: The Grand Tasting with 50 microbreweries takes place on the festival grounds so you can enjoy the live music. 

Children: Children 11 and under are free, at both the festival and in the campground. The festival is a very kid-friendly event. There is plenty of entertainment for children in the Rainbow Kids area, located on the festival grounds.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

The Bluegrass Festival will make sure the San Juans echo with music each summer. Telluride Bluegrass Festival brings in some of the finest musicians working in the genre today. Past line-ups have included well-known performers James Taylor, Bela Fleck, Lyle Lovett and Alison Krauss. Great music and unbelievable scenery provides a unique thrill to enjoy a wide swath of the unique genre of "Telluride Bluegrass." 

Night Grass Shows: The sun can set and the temperature can drop, but it doesn't stop the music at Telluride Bluegrass. NightGrass is the late-night component of the Festival. 

Indoor shows held nightly at the historic Sheridan Opera House and the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon 

Workshops: Daily workshops are presented at Elks Park encompassing a variety of unique musical collaborations and performances that embrace the festival's rich musical diversity. 

Elks Park Workshops, a long-standing Telluride tradition, are presented free to all. 

Music Contests: Songwriters and band from around the country take part in the nationally recognized Telluride Troubadour and band competitions, vying from beautiful instruments, cash prizes and well deserved recognition. 

There is no charge to listen and enjoy the wonderful music of fine songwriters and great string bands.

Finalists of the competition will perform on the main stage in Telluride Town Park.

Family: Families trek to Telluride every year to enjoy the Bluegrass Festival. Families have been attending the festival for several generations, kids who grew up at Telluride Bluegrass are now bringing along their own kids to join the festivities.  

  • The Family Tent provides whimsical, musical and educational activities for children and their parents.
  • Jugglers' Groove offers lessons and free juggling balls for new and experienced jugglers each day.
  • Betty Hoops: Come join the best craft party of the summer. Kids can decorate and keep their own hula hoop and will have the chance to learn "Hoop Dancing" throughout the festival.

Telluride Film Festival

Each Labor Day Weekend, the town of Telluride, Colorado triples in numbers for the Telluride Film Festival. Swells of passionate film enthusiasts flood the town for four days of total cinematic immersion. 

The best way to attend the Telluride Film Festival is to buy one of the four passes: Cinephile, Acme, Festival or Patron. Depending on the level of the pass, it admits you to the Shows and events of the Festival throughout the entire weekend. One pass equals one extended weekend stuffed with film-related activities. 


  • The noon Seminars in Elks park are free
  • The "Conversations" in the County Courthouse are free
  • Four film premiers-one each night-in the Open Air Cinema are free
  • The "Filmmakers of Tomorrow" programs are free
  • Films at the Backlot, located in the Library
  • The Late Show Pass, the last film at two different theaters each day, four films for $50


There are seven indoor theatres. Individual ticket sales begin 10 minutes before showtime if seats are available after passholders have been seated. 

Program Guide: Its a secret. What's playing in the Telluride program is not revealed until you reach the mountains. In what has become our tradition, three distinguished artists will be honored with a silver medallion, one presented each night of the Festival. 

Movies: Picture seeing a movie before anyone else. Before the ubiquitous critics, the in-laws, your local film snobs. Imagine viewing a film without an ounce of prejudice because it is the first screening and you are its first audience. 

Cinema's Past: Rediscover the treasures of early films. A range of newly restored slients with live orchestral accompaniment, the unseen films of Walt Disney, a cache of cinerama classics. The past bumps up against the present as the Festival provides a context for current cinema from what's gone before. 

Special Guests: The films are wonderful, but they're only one piece of the Show. There are also the people. For starters there are 3 major film artists who will attend to accept our Tribute. In addtion, every Telluride program is presented by special guests-usually the director or key players.

Telluride Jazz Celebration

The Telluride Jazz Celebration weekend is in fact, a "celebration" of the art, soul, history and future of an all-American art form. Join jazz greats for a weekend of music on the stage in Telluride Town Park by day and in intimate bar venues by night. 

A place where music, food, people and culture are woven together in a seamless tapestry of laid back fun and pure enjoyment. 

Jazz After Dark: Enjoy Jazz music when the moon is out at the Historical Sheridan Opera House, The Nugget Theater and other local venues. 

Education and the Community: During the Jazz Celebration week, clinics welcome those wishing to learn more in their specific area of interest. Featuring world class artists, all ages and abilities are welcome to fine tune their craft, whether it be voice, strings, horns or percussion. 

Panel Discussions: Elks Park plays host to panel discussions that include educators, artists, and Telluride Jazz representatives who will discuss a timely topic pertaining to the Jazz world. Guests are invited to participate in an informal Q and A. 

Activities: Attending the Jazz Celebration provides guests with more than music. Ticket holders have the opportunity to attend CorePower Yoga classes for an exhilarating outdoor yoga experience. The supporting business of the Jazz Celebration offer discounts for ticket holders. Retailers, restaurants, spas and adventure guides are among the participants. 

Telluride Wine Festival

Telluride's Wine Festival pairs the beauty of the mountains with the indulgence of fine wines. This multi-day event features winemakers' luncheons, cooking demonstrations, reserve programs, seminars and tastings for novices and experts alike. 

The Wine Festival is praised for bringing amazing wines, engaging speakers, unbelievably delicious food, and thirst quenching cocktails to the beautiful high-alpine setting that is Telluride. 

Receptions: Featured receptions provide the opportunity to meet and mingle with featured Chefs, Sommeliers, Speakers, visiting Wineries and Winemakers. Throughout the festival weekend brunches, lunches and dinners are offered, featuring esquisite food from renowned Chefs. 

Book Signings: Guests of the Wine Festival will have the opportunity to attend book signing sessions with renowned Chefs, Sommeliers and other culinary artists.  

Seminars: Wine Festival seminars explore the intricacies in the different styles of wine as well as how its flavor evolves with small bites of food. 

Tastings: The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board present an amazing lineup of wines. Guests will look at Colorado's eponymous red soils, weather patterns, geology and how it informs our wines. 

Toast of Telluride: Guests tour around Telluride and taste wine in some of Telluride's finest business, studios and galleries. The toast of Telluride allows guests to communicate directly with featured wine producers. 

The Grand Tasting: Hundreds of wines, incredible appetizers, insightful winemakes, and the spectacular setting of Telluride Town Park combine to make this tasting truly Grand! 

Come for the wine. Come for the beauty. Telluride's Wine Festival is not to be missed.

Telluride Yoga Festival

Experience incredible yoga in an unforgettable setting! Come enjoy an amazing weekend with world class instructors, workshops and events. 

Full Festival Pass: This pass is for the attendee wanting to experience as many workshops as possible throughout the weekend. The Full Festival Pass provides access to all special events, lunchtime workshops, evening performances and panel discussions. 

Partial Passes: Designed for the attendee wanting to experience the festival but not wanting to attend as many workshops as the full pass provides. The types of partial passes available are: 

  • 2-Day
  • Morning Workshop
  • Single Day
  • 1 All day Intensive Workshop 

Kid's Yoga Program: Hosted through the Telluride Academy, this program is specifically designed for families participating in the Telluride Yoga Festival. 

Beginners Workshops: These workshops may be enjoyed by ALL levels but are specifically beneficial to the beginner. Workshops will provide in depth explanations relevant to all in attendance with modifications and simplified yoga poses that will be available for the newest yogis. 

All Levels Workshop: A comfortable way to get assistance in learning the basics or evolving into a more complex practice. 

Advanced Workshops: Not beginner friendly and should be attended by those with a regular Yoga practice

Telluride Fourth of July

Telluride, Colorado's Fourth of July is considered one of the town's most premier events, featuring a truly entertaining parade that spans the five-block Main Street, followed by a barbecue at Town Park and root beer floats at the Telluride Historical Museum. 

The 4th of July in Telluride is truly an old fashioned, small town America celebration. From the early morning hours to long past sunset, the festivities provide endless fun and entertainment for the young and the young at heart. 

Culture: The 4th starts by paying tribute to the mining heritage of Telluride, Colorado. A stick of dynamite is lit deep in the mountains surronding Telluride. This unique wake-up call sends a deep vibration through the Telluride valley. 

Fighter Jets: Early afternoon, three fighter jets from the Air Force base in Colorado Springs fly over the town of Telluride. This much anticipated event signals the start of the wacky and wild Main Street parade. 

4th of July Parade: Locals and visitors alike don their best homemade costumes to march, dance, skate, or ride passed throngs of cheering spectators. 

Fire Department's Annual BBQ: Experience some of the best barbequed beef and chicken, corn on the cob and fresh fruit while supporting the Telluride Volunteer Fire Department. 

Kids Activities: Youngsters participate in three-legged races, water-balloon tossing, pie-eating competitions and other entertaining events. 

Fireworks: Telluride has one of the most eye-popping fireworks display anywhere. Held in the softball field at the park, the fireworks are shot into a natural amphitheatre of sorts, framed by the Rocky Mountains. Thousands of attendees lie on their backs, watching the display explode directly overhead. We can't think of anywhere else you can have such an exhilarating pyrotechnical experience in such a profoundly spectacular natural setting.

New Years Eve Celebration

Ring in the New Year by watching a torchlight parade that decends from atop the ski area into both Telluride and Mountain Village. Celebrate the countdown fireworks by gathering at the base of the historic San Miguel County Courthouse's clock tower. 

Events: Local restaurants host the New Year’s Eve Gala and parties. The celebrations feature live music. Every bar and restaurant will have a special New Years Celebration event. 

Parade: Almost 100 Telluride Ski Resort staff will illuminate the slopes as they carry torches down Coonskin and Telluride Trail. The torchlight tradition began in 1972 in celebration of the opening of the Telluride Ski Resort. Pacific Street, Main Street and Columbia Ave are great places to view the glowing parade. 

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