Telluride Festivals

Telluride Festivals

Wild West Fest

Uniting 50 disadvantaged children from all over the United States from places like Atlanta, Georgia, Wichita, Kansas, and Phoenix, Arizona, Telluride Colorado’s Wild West Fest offers a summer experience to remember. Each summer, early on in the season, young people ages 12 to 18 from Boys and Girls Clubs of America, along with Big Brothers … Continue reading Wild West Fest


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The Chamber Music Festival

Some people say that music alone can take raise people up, that it can affect memory and emotion, and that it can even heal the spirit. For at least forty years, the Telluride Chamber Music Festival has been enchanting the town of Telluride with its concert pieces and doing all of the above. It’s a … Continue reading The Chamber Music Festival


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The Nothing Festival

Started by locals long ago, it was a type of protest to the endless festivals that pepper the entire summer season of Telluride. Called the “Nothing Festival”, it’s designed to be just that: It’s about nothing- a celebration of nothing. Why? You might ask. Because Telluride has an abundance of festivals: Mountain Film, Wine Festival, … Continue reading The Nothing Festival


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The Ride Festival

The Ride Festival in Telluride first made headlines in the summer of 2012 and featured quite a lineup. Since then, it’s been famous for bringing acts like Ben Harper, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, David Byrne, the Lumineers, Los Lobos and others to the San Juan Mountains. With two full days of incredible music … Continue reading The Ride Festival


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Playwrights Festival

They call it a “laboratory”, the Telluride Playwrights Festival, a laboratory meaning a controlled setting where research, experiments, and measurements are performed.  Sound serious? It should. The Telluride Playwrights Festival has helped take plays to Chicago, Denver, and even New York City. With a mission “to help playwrights fulfill their vision in an intimate, communal … Continue reading Playwrights Festival


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Bluegrass Festival

The most fun 4-day mountain party ever. At an elevation of 8,750 ft., it requires planning. If you’ve never experienced Bluegrass in Telluride, and you appreciate this genre of music- bluegrass, alternative country-, you should put it on your list. There’s nothing like it. Tickets to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival go on sale in the … Continue reading Bluegrass Festival


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Balloon Festival

It’s a sight to be seen: the wonder and beauty of the giant hot air balloons lifting off from high in the Telluride mountains. They fly up and away, taking away with them the breath of the young and old.  They soar up and over the aspens and pine trees in shades of greens, blues, … Continue reading Balloon Festival


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Americana Music Festival

The Telluride Americana Music Series might be one of the lesser- known festivals in Telluride, but it’s actually one of the greats. In the Telluride summer, usually in July, singer-songwriters from around the country come together and showcase their original music, bringing with them the richness of past tradition, some of it fused with contemporary … Continue reading Americana Music Festival


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Mountain Film Festival

Om Mane Padma Hum. In English, this mantra translates to “Praise to the jewel in the lotus”. Walk through the streets of Telluride in late May for Memorial Day weekend, and you’ll notice colorful Tibetan prayer flags blowing in the breeze of local shop windows and above doorways. You’ll also notice the giant prayer wheels fringed … Continue reading Mountain Film Festival


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Plein Air Festival

Plein Air. It’s a French expression. Translated, it means “in the open air”, and in the painting world, it means “to paint outdoors”. Many schools of art have noted the importance of natural light and painting in nature, but it’s not just a French concept. We now have festivals everywhere that are devoted to this … Continue reading Plein Air Festival


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Telluride Yoga Festival

One of the newest additions to the festival season of Telluride is the Telluride Yoga Festival. Founded in 2007, this gathering is going strong.  Created by Aubrey Hackman, a young aspiring instructor of the Jivamukti yoga tradition, she brought her vision for a celebration of consciousness to fruition, and it has remained a success…..for several … Continue reading Telluride Yoga Festival


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Blues and Brews Festival

It couldn’t happen during a more magical time of year. The aspens glow in the last of summer, turning shades of gold and burnt yellow. In the middle of the day, you can still feel the warmth of the sun, but fall makes her grand entrance here with chilly night temperatures bringing the possibility of … Continue reading Blues and Brews Festival


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Telluride Jazz Festival

It’s not New Orleans, but if you close your eyes, listen, take a deep breath, and imagine, you might be able to transport yourself there for a few moments. But, then again, why wish to be in New Orleans when you can experience Jazz in Telluride, Colorado? Telluride Jazz Festival is a unique summer experience … Continue reading Telluride Jazz Festival


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Telluride Film Festival

The Show is Telluride Film Festival. It happens every Labor Day Weekend in the Telluride mountains and has for almost 40 years and it usually sells out. With more than 50 programs screened during the festival weekend and the most popular repeating at different venues, Telluride Film offers an experience to be remembered. Choices exist … Continue reading Telluride Film Festival


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Telluride Horror Show

“Don’t be scared to come. It’s actually a real treat”. As if the town of Telluride, with its small population of just 2000 people, didn’t have enough festivals already, and even film festivals at that, but The Telluride Horror Show Film Festival is another one you can put on the calendar. And honestly, can a … Continue reading Telluride Horror Show


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WOW Festival

“Life in Balance” For many people in Telluride, every weekend is a workout weekend. It takes a lot of energy and oxygen to hike around with the pets, peddles the bike to the local market for groceries, or play outdoors with kids. Telluride families are probably more active than most in the United States, skiing, … Continue reading WOW Festival


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Wine Festival

“If Lord Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and winemaking, were going to make an appearance in Telluride, he surely would at the yearly Wine Festival.” For thirty-something years, Telluride has been honoring the grape with a variety of events in late June in a true celebration. It’s an important event in Telluride- one that … Continue reading Wine Festival


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Mushroom Festival

Victory to the mushroom! The first time I experienced the Telluride Mushroom Festival was several years ago after I had first moved to town. I had then seen some event tents throughout Telluride in a few of the local parks, but I was not sure what exactly was happening. I found myself walking on the … Continue reading Mushroom Festival


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