Telluride Festivals and Events

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...

Cavalleria Rusticana - Pagliacci

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 16:30
Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in  Cavalleria Rusticana  and Canio in  Pagliacci . Rae Smith ( War Horse ) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of  Cavalleria , which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of  Pagliacci . Eva-Maria Westbroek ( Cav ) and Patricia Racette ( Pag ) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium. Saturday, April 25 at 10:30am Running time 3:30

KOTO Street Dance

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 17:45
The KOTO End of the Season Street Dance is a FREE party on Colorado Avenue (Main Street) sponsored by the community radio station KOTO.  Check back for details which have yet to be announced.  

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  

La Donna del Logo

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 17:00
Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, their vocal fireworks embellishing the romantic plot in this Met premiere production conducted by Michele Mariotti.  Saturday, March 14 at 11am Running time 3:30

Telluride Tribute Fest

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 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 18th.

Rotary Red Ball Express

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 19:15
Win up to $100,000 as you watch large red medicine balls roll down the ski hill! In a nutshell, the Red Ball Express is a race of 100+ large red balls down a ski slope. The first balls down the race course determine who wins the prizes.  While the race itself takes only a few minutes, the preparation for the event takes at least 6 months.  Rotary recruits sponsors and non-profit participants, promotes the event and sells tickets.  Non-profits sell the tickets and keep 80% of the proceeds.  More information about the event can be found at www.RotaryRedBall.com and at Telluride.com 's webpage.

Telluride TV Video Awards

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 19:15
The Telluride TV Video Awards honors and promotes community media and content participation. Awards are typically presented to pieces that challenge conventional television formats, promote community dialogue, and encourage participation of local viewers.  The evening will take place at the Sheridan Opera House and will begin with a red carpet affair. You will enjoy films throughout the evening as well as a full awards show.  General Admission is $20 and includes admission to the event, the after party, and light appetizers during the event. A Table Reservation is $200.00, is located on the main floor, abd includes candy and popcorn. A Filmmaker's Table is $150.00 and has the same amenities as a Table Reservation. Note that tables must be reserved in advance by calling, (970) 708-...

Treasure Island

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 19:00
Suitable for 10 years + Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre. It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins. Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 7pm Adults $15, Students/Children $10

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

Iolanta - Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 18:30
On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in  Eugene Onegin , soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale ( Iolanta ) followed by an erotic psychological thriller ( Duke Bluebeard’s Castle ). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in  Iolanta , while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s.  Iolanta  also stars Piotr Beczala, and Valery Gergiev conducts both operas. Saturday, February 14 at 10:30am Running time 3:39

Chocolate Lovers' Fling

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 19:30
The Annual Chocolate Lovers' Fling is a fundraiser for the San Miguel Resource Center, which works to eliminate violence and sexual assault in San Miguel County.  The Fling is themed each year and includes a tasting of delectable chocolate treats by local chefs, a silent auction, music, raffle, and cash prizes for the best dressed! This is always a fabulous night of dancing and fun -- all while supporting an incredibly worthy cause. 

Les Contes D'Hoffmann

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 19:00
The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production. Soprano Hibla Gerzmava faces the operatic hurdle of singing all three heroines—each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score. Saturday, January 31 at 11am Sunday, March 1 at 2pm Running time 3:46