Telluride Festivals and Events

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 18:30
Telluride's annual Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade at 6:30pm starts at the top of Coonskin run, and finishes in the Town of Telluride. Instructors from the Telluride Ski and Snowboard School carry lit torches as they descend down the dark mountain. Try viewing the event from the Gondola, or Elks Park.

Telluride Horror Show Festival

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 16:15
October 16, 17 & 18, 2015 marks the 6th annual Telluride Horror Show, which makes it Colorado's first and longes-running horror film festival.  This 3-day genre film festival is located here in Telluride, Colorado. Screenings of the latest horror, fantasy, and sci-fi films will take place throughout the weekend at the Sheridan Opera House and the Nugget Theatre. The festival screens an average of 20 feature films and more than 30+ short films. Additionally, they host special programs, guests, and a party.  Festival Passes: (2014 Information) 3-Day Pass ($84) - Purchase a 3-day pass and you will have access to the 11 films in addition to the opening pig roast with attending filmmakers. The 3-day pass guarantees entry into one of the two theaters during any give time slot.  5...

Telluride Photo Festival

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 20:15
Weeklong Event For Professional & Advanced Amateur Photographers September 28-October 4, 2015 As the festival capital of Colorado, and with the connections to art and photography, Telluride is the perfect host to the Photo Festival, a weekend long event that celebrates photography, art, and nature. The festival's goal is to bring together well-respected people in photography with people looking to perfect their craft to create, learn, and inspire. This also includes inspiring the next generation of photographers by offering programs geared toward young people, as well as amateur and intermediate photographers.  TICKETS

Mountains to Desert Ride

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 21:30
The Mountains to Desert Ride is a grueling bicycle race from Telluride to Gateway Canyons, Colorado. The goal is to raise $90,000 for the benefit of the Just for Kids Foundation.  Participants can choose between four routes: Telluride to Gateway Summit Loop, 133 miles Telluride to Gateway Canyons Resort, 103 miles Norwood to Gateway Summit Loop, 100 miles Norwood to Gateway Canyons Resort, 70 miles

Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 06:30
2015 Details will be posted as soon as they are available. 2014 Preview event The last weekend in September 2014 will give Telluride the opportunity to preview the Telluride Festival Cars and Colors.  This festival's first official dates are in September 2015, but some people just couldn't wait. We hear that anywhere from 20 to 100 cars will be on display in Telluride for the 2014 kickoff weekend.  Bring your classic if you have one! Saturday, September 27, 2014: Cars & Coffee - 8am at the Peaks Resort.   Informal gathering. Car Show on Main Street - 5pm - 7pm on Telluride's Main Street Trophy Night - 7pm People's Choice Award presentation. Sunday, September 28, 2014 Airport Event - 11am - 1pm (free to the public).  It's a luncheon for pilots to see the beauty of...

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 17:00
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 - 21:15
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 - 19:15
“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 Mushroom Festival

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 16:30
Telluride has hosted the quirky Mushroom Festival for over 30 years. The festival is a celebration of all things fungal -- connoisseurs find themselves in good company amongst enthusiasts, experts, and scientists. Interests range from scientific to culinary, curiosity to investigative. Activities of the weekend include lectures by renowned experts, cooking with mushrooms, and guided hikes that focus on mushroom hunting and identification. --> Search available lodging during the Telluride Mushroom Festival. Video of The Telluride Mushroom Festival Promo 2014

Telluride Chamber Music Festival

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:30
The Telluride Chamber Music Festival has been bringing chamber music to our box canyon since 1973. The festival seeks to forge a spontaneous connection between the audience and the musicians. The festival showcases the finest in chamber music by performing some of the classic greats.  Participating musicians are Roy Malan, Susan Freier, Nance Ellis, Polly Malan, Ian Scarfe, Jeffrey LaDeur, Stephen Harrison, Allan Glassman, and Larry London. The 2014 Schedule of Events (2015 schedule will be posted when it is available. Thursday, August 7:  A free concert in Town Park will open the festival.  A picnic starts at 5pm followed by the concert at 6pm. Friday, August 8 (Sheridan 7:30): Performances of Brahms, Borodin, and Dohanyi Sunday, August 10 (Sheridan 2:30pm):  Performances of...

Telluride Jazz Festival

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 21:30
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...

Many Hands Fiber Arts Festival

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 15:45
The 2ndAnnual Many Hands Fiber Arts Festival seeks to bring together fiber arts artists of all ages to exhibit, educate, and learn about the diverse methods of fiber arts creation. Styles include knitting, quilting, textiles, weaving, needlepoint, embroidery, felting, crochet, and more! The festival also includes an extensive sale that will be held at the Telluride High School throughout the weekend. 

Telluride Playwrights Festival

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 20:45
The Telluride Playwright's Festival is a six day intensive workshop for playwrights, actors, and directors to refine their craft and written work. The festival is put on by Sparky Productions, a non-profit that offers playwrights the unique experience of working in a Rocky Mountain setting. The goal is to help playwrights fulfill their vision in an intimate workshop setting beneath the San Juan Mountain peaks.  Plays are chosen from a submission system; playwrights are then offered the opportunity to travel to Telluride to work with a group of actors, directors, and fellow playwrights to refine their work. The week culminates in staged readings of the work at the Sheridan Opera House. The public is encouraged to participate in a feedback session following the reading.  In the past,...

Shakespeare in the Park

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 20:45
Telluride Theatre presents their annual Shakespeare in the Park event. July 2015 marks the 23nd year of Shakespeare in the Park. The classic theatre is performed on the stunning Town Park main stage under the peaks of the San Juan Mountains. 

Telluride Americana Music Series

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

Ah Haa Art Auction

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 20:00
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 - 16:15
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 - 20:45
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...

Telluride Yoga Festival

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 21:15
About the Telluride Yoga Festival Founded in 2007, the Telluride Yoga Festival is an intimate yoga retreat held in the spiritual mountain setting of the Telluride Valley.  With a list of world-renowned instructors, the incredible setting of Telluride, and intimate class sizes, the festival today attracts more than 700 participants each year.  The weekend begins with all-day intensive trainings on Thursday, followed by three days of classes, lecturers, meditations, music, and gatherings (2014 Information). To learn more about the Telluride Yoga Festival and for details on registration, schedule, lodging, packages and other information, visit www.tellurideyogafestival.com or join the conversation at Facebook.com/TellurideYogaFestival .   You can also follow us on Twitter  https://...

Rundola

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 20:30
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.