Telluride Festivals and Events

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 18:00
When B.B. King performed here in Telluride, Colorado in 2004, he sat on the main stage in Town Park 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." Join us here in Telluride for a rockin' weekend of live music and free-flowing beer at the 22nd Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival ! This year's festival takes place from September 18-20, 2015. Most of the shows are performed on the Main Stage in Telluride's Town Park located at the east end of downtown.  The Grand Beer Tasting will be held on Saturday, September 13 from 12 pm - 3 pm with more than 50 microbreweries represented and over 150 different beers. As the sun goes down, venues aroud town turn into the famed " Juke Joints ". Acts from...

Imogene Pass Run

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 22:15
What began as a way to train for the Pike's Peak marathon in 1974 is now a full-fledged race. The race from Ouray to Telluride over the 13,114 foot  Imogene Pass . This is a 17.1 mile point to point mountain race. The pass is a 4x4 dirt road that passes through mining ruins, up jagged peaks, and above treeline. The runners finish at the  Sheridan Opera House on Oak Street in Telluride.  Remember to dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared for any and all conditions. Visit the official Imogene Pass Run website for registration and further details. 

Telluride Film Festival

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 20:15
“There are two kinds of film festivals: there are the mega-hyped, hoopla-infested selling circuses, and there is Telluride. It is extraordinarily exciting, in this age of the triumph of capitalism, to discover an event dedicated not to commerce, but to love. And if that sounds old fashioned and starry-eyed, so be it. The cinema was always in the business of gazing at stars.” – Salman Rushdie The prestigious Telluride Film Festival brings together industry masters under the auspices of the majestic San Juan Mountains. It is nothing short of a magical weekend, a celebration of film, community, and creativity. The festival notoriously keeps its film schedule a secret, but you can bet that many of the films you will see will be at the top of your Oscar picks in the next awards season...

Telluride Jazz Festival

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 22:30
2015 Jazz Festival Information July 31-August 2, 2015 "If Telluride ain't Heaven, then Heaven can wait." -  Dizzy Gillespie The Telluride Jazz Festival is a celebration of the art, soul, history, and future of the genre of jazz music. The festival seeks to honor jazz's finest historic artists and create a platform from which new artists can voice their sound.  The Telluride Jazz Festival has consistently earned national and international attention for featuring the best in classic, mainstream, blues, African, Cajun, and Latin jazz music. Telluride Jazz Festival ranks among the world’s most memorable music festivals. Since 1977, Telluride’s majestic perch high in the San Juan Mountains has been the site of an annual event produced by the Telluride Society for Jazz. The...

Telluride Americana Music Series

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 16:15
The Telluride Americana Music Series features four nights of contemporary American songwriter originals.

Ah Haa Art Auction

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 21:00
The Ah Haa's annual fundraiser has been a must-attend summer event for over 20 years. Both art lovers and community members support the Ah Haa School by bidding on a wide range of work created by artists in and out of Telluride. Typically, more than 100 artworks and myriad services and excursions donated by the region's artists, businesses and supporters of the school are auctioned in live and silent auctions. Good food and drink, performances and a fantastic party for everyone to attend.

Telluride Ride Festival

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 17:15
2015 marks the 4rd annual Telluride Ride Festival -- a weekend-long music festival located in Town Park in Telluride, Colorado on July 11th-12th, 2015.   The Ride Fest has quickly garnered a reputation among music fans for its thoughtful performance curation - hand-picking rootsy, rocking talent whose music flawlessly compliments the festival’s stunning Telluride setting. Since its debut in 2012, The Ride Festival has filled a unique niche in Colorado - and among U.S. festival offerings - as host to a carefully curated Americana/rock lineup offering world-class musical acts and introducing new, soon-to-break talent.  The Ride Festival’s close proximity to the many outdoor activities that Telluride and Southern Colorado have to offer make the festival a unique destination event. ...

Hardrock 100 Endurance Race

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 21:45
The Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run is an ultramarathon of 100.5 miles, 33,992 feet of elevation climb, and 33,992 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 67,984 feet. The race is held on a loop course, including 4WD roads, dirt trails, and cross country terrain in Southern Colorado's San Juan Mountain range.  The run begins and ends in Silverton, Colorado and travels through Telluride and Ouray and crosses 13 major passes in the 12,000 to 13,000 foot (elevation) range. Completion of the event is marked by kissing the Hardrock, a picture of a ram's head painted on a large stone.  This is a graduate level endurance run. Moutaineering, wilderness survival, and wilderness navigation skills are key. The cut off time for finishing the race is 48 hours. Current course records...

Rundola

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 21:30
The Rundola is an open registration foot race from the base of the gondola in Telluride to the top of the ridge adjacent to the San Sophia mid-station. The race is organized by and benefits the Telluride Foundation.  Runners follow the Telluride Trail (4.600 feet long, 40 feet wide, 13% uphill grade) or can simply bushwack to the finish. The elevation gain is 1,810 feet from start to finish. Participants are grouped by age and gender into categories for the race. 

4th of July Celebration

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 20:45
2014 Update - There will be FIREWORKS! 4th of July in Telluride is small-town Americana at its finest. We really do it up here -- running races, parade, BBQ, family games in Town Park, airplane flybys, and fireworks.  The day kicks off with the Telluride Foundation's Rundola, a recreational foot race to benefit the Telluride Foundation. Participants begin at the base of the gondola in the town of Telluride and finish at the top of the ridge adjacent to the San Sophia gondola mid-station. Get your sweat on for a good cause before the rest od the day's festivities!   Click here more more information on the Rundola.   Click here to register for the Rundola. The Telluride 4th of July Parade begins at 11 am on historic Main Street and is organized by the Telluride 4th of July...

Telluride Plein Air Festival

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 20:30
The Telluride Plein Air Festival draws artists from around the country to paint "en plein air" (in the outdoors) and exhibit and sell their work. Their scenes of Telluride and the surrounding areas simultaneously capture the mountain spirit of this special place and celebrate the art of painting in the outdoors.  2014 Schedule of Events June 29 - July 5, 2014 - All Day— Plein Air Artists at Work - Various Locations in and around Telluride Visitors and locals alike will have the unique opportunity to observe 28 of the nation's top plein air artists as they paint on location in Telluride, Colorado preparing for the two-day art sale on July 4 and 5. June 29-July 4, 2014, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.— Wet Room open in Sheridan Opera House Gallery Room New this year! Artists will hang newly...

Telluride Wine Festival

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 18:15
Call and mention the Wine Festival for 15% Off lodging over the weekend. The "New" Telluride Wine Festival will be held June 26-29, 2014.  A new management team has taken over the festival, and they are making big efforts to make this Festival the best ever.  In addition to four days of wine, the festival features numerous cooking classes throughout the weekend. There are several ticket options for the 2014 Wine Festival (2015 information isn't available, yet): Day Passes ($175) - Each day includes different activities. Gourmet 2 Passes - includes the Taste, the Toast, the Grand Tasting, the Keynote Seminar, Sunday Brunch, the Speakeasies, and more. Connoisseur Passes ($1,500) - guarantees access to the most elite events. Patron Passes ($2,000) - the most elite...

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 18:00
  2015 BLUEGRASS:  June 18-21, 2015 It's a bit early to have information about the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, but it's not too early to book lodging .  Many veteran festivarians book their condos and hotel rooms a year in advance and the town of Telluride is mostly sold out six months before the festival.  General Information The 2014 is over, but check out our 2014 Bluegrass Photo Album to jog your memory.  In it we selected about 30 of our favorite photos from over 5,000 photos that our staff took. Performers regularly say that Telluride is, "the most beautiful place I've ever played." We agree.  The Telluride Bluegrass Festival is a weekend celebration of Americana roots music where artists are encouraged to push the limits of their genre. Collaborations...

Telluride Balloon Festival

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 17:15
  2015 Balloon Fest The 32st Annual Telluride Balloon Festival will be held the weekend of June 5-7.  June 6 is the most active day beginning with an early morning launch from Town Park and ending with the "glow" on Main Street in the evening.  Saturday afternoon, there will be a photography workshop geared specifically to photographing ballons.  Sunday morning the balloons are scheduled to launch again from Town Park. It is possible to take a ride on a balloon either Saturday or Sunday, but there are a limited number of slots.  Usually, the crowds are thinner on Sunday morning.  You will improve your chances by being willing to help inflate the balloon, so get there by 6am and ask to help.  Most years, at the balloons will launch at least one of the two days, but there's no...

Wild West Fest

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 17:45
The Wild West Fest is a small festival specifically designed to share Telluride with 50 inner-city youth from Big Brother, Big Sisters of America and Boys & Girls Clubs from across the United States. During their week in Telluride, the boys and girls participate in drama, dance, horsemanship, fly-fishing, golf, and the Rock & Roll Academy.  The Wild West Fest was created by the Sheridan Arts Foundation, which raises $50,000 each year to run the program. Those interested in contributing and helping should contact the Sheridan Arts Foundation, (970) 728-6363. 

MountainFilm Telluride

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 14:00
See our MountainFilm Photo Gallery for views of the festival from 2010 to today. 2015 Festival Information Check back on Telluride.com for updates on the 2015 festival.  The Festival will be held May 22-25, 2015   2014 Festival Information This year's festival theme is "Wilderness" in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  The Festival will kick-off this year with an all-day (9am - 3:30pm) Symposium devoted to Wilderness.  Topics include: The Foundation of American Wilderness - Douglas Brinkley, historian The Artic: A Last Refuge of Wild - Florian Schulz, professional nature and wildlife photographer Panel: Does Wilderness Exist? Inspiration to Create - Adam Duncan Harris, National Museum of Wildlife Art Inspiration to Preserve...

Loudon Wainwright III

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 14:00
Wednesday, April 1st. Loudon Wainwright III will be preforming at the Sheridan Opera House. Video of Loudon Wainwright III - Your Mother and I  

Telluride Tribute Fest

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 22:45
Presented by The Sheridan Arts Foundation, the Telluride Tribute Fest is a weekend of tributes to some of the greatest bands in rock and roll history. The 2nd annual Telluride Tribute Fest kicks off on March 12th.

Telluride Gay Ski Week

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 00:15
Enjoy a week of epic ski turns, fabulous parties, and an all around good time with Telluride Gay Ski Week at the Telluride Ski Resort. Parties abound throughout the week in the town of Telluride and Mountain Village. A highlight of the week is always the "White Night Party." Be sure to wear white and look outta site because this is the place to be seen. Dance the night away with ski week party-goers and locals alike.  The Telluride Gay Ski Week has been named, "Top Gay Ski Week" in the United States by gay.com. So come enjoy some of the best skiing in North America and the party of the season here in Telluride!

TAB Student Fashion Show

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:45
Thursday, Feburary 19, 2015. 6PM. Tickets will be available at the door. This show is directed, choreographed and starring Telluride High School students and raises money for the Telluride Aids Benefit. Watch the video below to see the highlights of the 2014 show! Video of TAB Student Fashion Show 2014