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Stay close to Telluride's Best Summer Festivals & Events

Due to the recent pandemic, many festivals and events in Telluride have been canceled or postponed until summer 2021.
With more than 18 events planned between May and October, including the Bluegrass Festival, the Jazz Festival, and the internationally recognized Telluride Film Festival, the historic ski resort transforms into a summer mecca for special events. Visitors and locals have the chance celebrate everything including music, beer, yoga, art, and food as Telluride's festivals and events continue to inspire the loyal fans who make the annual journey to the beautiful box canyon. 
 

 

Some festivals last up to 4 days, some run only 2 days. Because Telluride sits at 8,750 ft above sea level, the sun is very strong and sunscreen is vital as is staying hydrated.
 
There is no outside alcohol permitted into most Telluride festivals, alcohol can purchased inside the actual festival. Most festivals provide many food venues and ample "outhouses".
 

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Mountainfilm

Mountainfilm - Virtual Festival May 15-25, 2020

Held every Memorial Day weekend, Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. Along with exceptional documentaries, the festival goes beyond the film medium by bringing together world-class athletes, change makers and visionary artists for a multi-dimensional celebration of indomitable spirit. Mountainfilm, which includes interactive talks, free community events, a gallery walk, outdoor programming and presentations, aims to inspire audiences to action on worthy causes.
Telluride Balloon Festival

Telluride Balloon Festival June 5-7, 2020

This event has been canceled and will return to Telluride for summer 2021. 

On Saturday and Sunday, watch balloons lift off from Telluride Town Park and float effortlessly over the Telluride Valley. After a beautiful day in the sun, head to Main Street on Saturday evening to witness the amazing Balloon Glow. Balloons are tethered to Main Street (weather dependent) and lit up during this spectacular display.

Bluegrass

Telluride Bluegrass Festival June 18-21, 2020

This event has been canceled and will return to Telluride for summer 2021. 

Every Summer Solstice, 11,000+ Festivarians converge on the historic mining town in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern CO (elevation 8,750') for 4 days of adventurous acoustic music in the stunning Telluride box canyon. Since its early years, the unique genre of "Telluride Bluegrass" has embraced a diverse family of artists including Sam Bush, Robert Plant, Mumford & Sons, Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones, Jason Mraz, Greensky Bluegrass, Emmylou Harris, and many of the world's most virtuosic acoustic instrumentalists - many of whom have returned to the festival for 25+ years. With music on the main stage, intimate workshop performances at Elks Park, late-night indoor NightGrass concerts, and pickin' in campgrounds and condos ‘til dawn, Telluride Bluegrass is the "granddaddy of the modern festival circuit" (Relix).

Yoga Festival

Yoga Festival - June 25-28, 2020

This event has been canceled and will return to Telluride for summer 2021. 

The Telluride Yoga Festival is a unique and special gathering unlike any other. This inspirational 4-day event features over 100 offerings including yoga, meditation, music, hiking, dining, SUP yoga, social gatherings and more. Find yourself deeply immersed with inspiring and motivating presenters in intimate venues with gorgeous & inspiring, views at our downtown Telluride campus of the Telluride High School and beyond.

Telluride Wine Festival

Telluride Wine Festival - June 25-28, 2020

This event has been canceled for summer 2020.

Telluride is a historic mining town that whispers of Butch Cassidy and the Old West, the annual festival brings together renowned winemakers and America's finest chefs for an intimate 4-day wine and food experience. Educational seminars, wine pairing dinners, reserve and grand tastings - something for everyone.

Telluride Plein Air Festival

Telluride Plein Air Festival June 29 - July 5, 2020

This event has been canceled and will return to Telluride for summer 2021. Each summer, over the Fourth of July weekend, the Sheridan Arts Foundation hosts 20-25 nationally renowned plein air artists in beautiful Telluride, Colorado for a week of outdoor art. The Telluride Plein Air Festival has become an indispensable part of Telluride's Independence Day festivities, allowing locals and tourists alike to observe some of the nation's top plein air artists at work. The festival culminates in a three-day sale, where the artists display the work they have created all week long.
Fourth of July, 2019

Fourth of July, 2020

This event has been canceled and will return to Telluride for summer 2021. 

There is something magical about the Fourth of July in Telluride. For over a hundred years, people have come together on Independence Day to celebrate patriotism and the independent spirit of this stunning mountain town. Come join the Town of Telluride in our Fourth of July Celebration! There is a parade, a BBQ, kid games in the park and of course fireworks (weather permitting). In honor of the 4th of July, the Telluride Historical Museum is offering free admission all day and root beer floats at 12:30 p.m. ($5 suggested donation).

Ride Festival

Ride Festival - July 10-12, 2020

This event has been canceled and will return to Telluride for summer 2021. 

Since its debut in 2012, The RIDE Festival has quickly garnered a reputation among music fans for its thoughtful performance curation - handpicking rootsy, rocking talent whose music flawlessly compliments the festival's stunning Telluride, Colorado setting. The RIDE Festival brings stellar rock and roll music to one of the most stunning venues in the world! The weekend kick off on Friday night in Town Park, as Widespread Panic headlines the first of their two-night set. Saturday and Sunday will feature the main stage lineup performing on the world renowned Fred Shellman Stage in beautiful Telluride Town Park.

Telluride Americana Music Festival

Telluride Americana Music Festival - July 15-18, 2020

This event has been canceled and will hopefully return to Telluride for summer 2021.

This is a summer camp for Americana, seated, listening craft-scale music. It is four night of songwriters in the historic Sheridan Opera House.

Jazz Festival

Jazz Festival - August 7-9, 2020

This event has been canceled and will return to Telluride for summer 2021. 

Since 1977, Telluride's majestic perch high in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado has been the site of annual cultural event combining the finest pristine natural aesthetics and boundless artistic creativity. The Telluride Jazz Festival ranks among the world's most scenic music events in the country. Add on the desirable intimate format and abundant offering of alpine recreational activities to historical performances and the result is an immersive live music experience that has brought audiophiles from around the world for over four decades.

Telluride Mushroom Festival

Telluride Mushroom Festival - August 13-16, 2020

This event has been modified in light of recent COVID-19 pandemic.  Since 1981, the Telluride Mushroom Festival has been celebrating all things mycological, from the newest advancements in mushroom science to our famous mushroom cook-off. Held annually in Telluride, Colorado, the Telluride Mushroom Festival is a can't miss event with a colorful history in one of the most beautiful locations on earth.
Telluride Film Festival

Telluride Film Festival September 4-6, 2020

This event has been canceled and will return to Telluride for summer 2021. 

Each Labor Day weekend, the tiny mountain village of Telluride, Colorado triples in size. Swells of passionate film enthusiasts flood the town for four days of total cinematic immersion, embarking on a viewing odyssey, blissfully spending entire days in flickering dark rooms. With only an appreciation of celluloid to guide them, these devotees flock to the show, year after year. Why? Blind faith. We don't reveal the program until everyone lands in town. Yet the Telluride family trusts that a unique experience will unfold.

 
The Telluride Film Festival is not just a picture show. It is Tributes to luminaries who've propelled the medium forward; it is candid discussions with a film's creator or the historian who champions it; it is discovering that the person in line behind you made the film you just enjoyed; it is engaging in lively debate with every manner of film lover in the summer sun of a Colorado afternoon, always minutes away from a new exhibition. Our audiences were the first in the world to laugh with JUNO, to observe THE LIVES OF OTHERS, to visit BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, to learn the secret of THE CRYING GAME, to experience BLUE VELVET, and to witness THE CIVIL WAR. We resurrected the silent epic NAPOLEON, and highlighted the genius of animator Chuck Jones.
Telluride Blues & Brews

Telluride Blues & Brews - September 18-20, 2020

This event has been canceled and will return to Telluride for summer 2021.   Renowned as one of the most scenic and intimate music festivals in the country, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is located in the world-famous mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. The multi-stage celebration of music and craft beer offers an eclectic mix of live blues, funk, indie, rock, jam-band, gospel and soul performances accompanied by some of the best craft breweries in the country. The Festival also features kids activities (climbing wall, bounce houses, bungee trampolines, and parades), cozy late night club shows, a 5k fundraiser race, free morning yoga sessions, local and regional food and craft vendors and so much more. Set at the beginning of the golden fall season, Telluride boasts a number of unique outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking and a free gondola between the Town of Telluride and Mountain Village.
Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors

Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors September 24-27, 2020

This event has been canceled and will return to Telluride for summer 2021.   A world-class automotive celebration set against the spectacular September foliage of the San Juan Mountains. It is a celebration for automobile, motorcycle and aircraft aficionados and lifestyle enthusiasts set in the beautiful town of Telluride, Colorado. Nestled in the canyons of the San Juan Mountains, it's placed against the backdrop of Telluride's spectacular palette of September's autumnal colors. Focusing on high-end restorations, vintage and exotic vehicles, the festival will occupy three distinct venues over the course of the four days: the downtown Telluride Historic District, Mountain Village and the Telluride Regional Airport.
Original Thinkers

Original Thinkers - October 1-4, 2020

This festival has yet to announce their plans for 2020 in light of COVID-19.  Original Thinkers is a highly curated festival that melds speakers, films, and performance into a powerful four day experience in Telluride, Colorado. Founded by David Holbrooke, this unforgettable weekend in the mountains will convene creators, innovators and doers to connect on a range of topics. Offering its audience a unique perspective on some of the crucial issues of our time, Original Thinkers engages people on how to have a real and tangible impact. Our community of Original Thinkers assemble in Telluride and leave at the end of the weekend, changed and charged to make a real difference.
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