Telluride: The Festival Capital of Colorado

Telluride: The Festival Capital of Colorado

Telluride, CO, acclaimed by ski pros, foodies, and wellness enthusiasts alike, is as known for their world-class skiing as it is for their jam-packed festival season. The “Festival Capital of Colorado” offers an unmatched variety of cultural events taking place nearly every weekend from May through October. The summer 2019 season promises locals and visitors an eclectic lineup of music, film, food and beverage, and outdoor recreation.

With a brand-new wine festival, landmark milestone for Mountainfilm, and showstopping musical headliners, such as Kacey Musgraves and Brandi Carlile, 2019’s festival season may be Telluride’s best yet. Highlights include:

40th Annual Mountainfilm | May 24-27

Founded in 1979, Telluride Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival that showcases movies about pressing issues. One of the countries longest-running cinema events, Mountainfilm gathers athletes, activists, artists, and visionaries for a multifaceted celebration including interactive discussions, free community events, a gallery walk, and outdoor programming.

36th Annual Telluride Balloon Festival | May 31-June 2

The title of most whimsical summer festival undoubtedly goes to Telluride’s annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, which features dozens of colorful floating globes launching at sunrise from the east end of town and sailing down the valley. Don’t miss the Saturday Night Balloon Glow down the middle of Main St. where three to four balloons light up downtown Telluride.

46th Annual Bluegrass Festival | June 20-23

Bluegrass’s dedicated fan-base journey to Telluride annually to enjoy the twangs of iconic musicians amid the stunning backdrop of the San Juan Mountains. The festival commences for the 46th installment in 2019, with headliners including Brandi Carlile, Jim James, Kacey Musgraves, Gregory Alan Isakov, and Sam Bush Band.

12th Annual Telluride Yoga Festival | June 27-30

The Telluride Yoga Festival draws yogis to flow together in the San Juan Mountains. Attendees can take the gondola between classes, do standup paddle board sessions or just standup paddle board at Alta Lakes, and listen to a variety of speakers hailing from the global yoga community, such as Tymi Howard, Tommy Rosen, and Ashleigh Sergeant.

The 2019 Telluride Art + Architecture Weekend | July 20-21

A designer’s dream, Telluride’s Art + Architecture Weekend draws talented artists, chefs, and architects for self-guided tours of art exhibits, performances, and food and wine tastings. The tour spans five venues per day, stopping at prestigious new and historic homes, studios, restaurants, and more.

Telluride Jazz Festival | August 9-11

Dizzy Gillespie famously quipped, "If Telluride ain't Paradise, then Heaven can wait.” It’s safe to say that the Telluride Jazz Festival represents this sentiment – a celebration of both the classic genre and the music inspired by it, the festival honors jazz's finest artists in an intimate format. The 2019 lineup features Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Matthew Whitaker, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Victor Wooten Band, and many more.

38th Annual Mushroom Festival | August 14-18

One of Telluride’s more eclectic celebrations, the annual Mushroom Festival is the largest wild mushroom festival in North America, attracting mushroom experts, enthusiasts and scientists from around the country. This year’s theme is “Healing the Mind, Healing the Planet”; activities include lectures by renowned experts, cooking demos, and guided mushroom hikes.

Telluride Reserve | August 15-18

This year marks the inaugural Telluride Reserve festival, a celebration of wine, food and the beautiful town of Telluride. The event will bring together emerging, diverse and award-winning chefs, winemakers, farmers, authors and more, to immerse guests into vibrant stories of culture, food and wine.

46th Annual Telluride Film Festival | August 30-September 2

Telluride Film Festival transforms the town into a hotbed of actors, directors, and cinema enthusiasts, showcasing more than 50 films across three days. The festival has a proven track-record of premiering Oscar-winning films, with notable past debuts such as Brokeback Mountain, Juno, and LALA Land.

26th Annual Blues & Brews | September 13-15

Blues & Brews is a three-day celebration of quality music and craft brews from around the country, with over 30 artists performing across three live stages. This year features 56 craft breweries and 170 styles of beer and cider, with music ranges from blues, funk, and indie, to rock, gospel, and soul. Headliners include John Fogerty, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Boz Scaggs, and more.

Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors | September 26-29

The 5th annual Cars & Colors Festival celebrates world-class vintage automobiles set against the stunning September foliage of the San Juan Mountains. Exhibits include colorful antique vehicles, motorcycles, vintage snowmobiles, airplanes, and more showcased right along Main Street.

Original Thinkers | October 3-6

A gathering of innovators, creators and doers, the second annual Original Thinkers Festival will feature speakers, films, and live performances that comment on relevant issues that face modern society. The four-day festival seeks to spur collaboration among attendees, touching a wide range of topics and ideas.

Telluride Horror Show | October 11-13

Colorado’s first and longest running horror film festival celebrates its 10th birthday with a diverse mix of horror, suspense, thriller, fantasy, sci-fi and dark comedy in Telluride's historic New Sheridan Opera House. The line-up includes over 20 feature films – many of which are debuting for the first time in the US.

Nestled within Southwest Colorado’s dramatic San Juan Mountains, Telluride, Colorado, (elevation: 8,750 ft.) is known for its world-class alpine skiing, awe-inspiring landscapes and vibrant summer festival season. The former mining town lies in a box canyon, surrounded on all three sides by 13,000 -foot peaks, providing the ideal environment for hiking, mountain biking, trail running and other outdoor activities. Telluride is linked to the neighboring Mountain Village (elevation: 9,540) by a free, scenic gondola – the only transportation system of its kind in North America.

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