Events Calendar

Mountain Film Telluride
Date: May 22nd – 25th
Location: Town of Telluride
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Telluride Mountainfilm is more than a film festival. We select approximately 85 films each year from around the world, and they are curated alongside guest presentations, a symposium, parties, scheduled conversations, book signings and musical events to create a full weekend event like no other.

Repeat festival attendees have come to love the events as much as the films. The festival begins on Friday morning with a symposium that’s followed by the Gallery Walk on Friday afternoon. Films and presentations begin Friday night and run through Monday afternoon. During the festival weekend, guests can enjoy Town Talks, the Ice Cream Social, the Reading Frenzy, special programs at The Library, free movies under the stars atBase Camp Theatre and programs comprised of short films, such as Adrenaline and Kidz Kino. The Closing Picnic & Awards Ceremony closes out the annual festival on Monday afternoon.

Choosing the films and scheduling events requires time. The complete Telluride Mountainfilm 2015 schedule will be posted in mid-May.  

Wild West Festival
Date: June 1st – 6th
Location: Town of Telluride
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Big Brother, Big Sisters of America; Boys & Girls Clubs

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. 

Telluride Balloon Festival
Date: June 5th – 7th
Location: Town of Telluride
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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 guarantee.  Safety comes first and the weather must cooperate. 

Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Date: June 18-21, 2015
Location: Town of Telluride
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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 between the best of the best are often the highlights of each year’s festival.

This is a week of uncommon musical riches: Main stage performances in Town Park throughout the day, intimate masters workshops on the Elks Park stage on Main Street in downtown, prestigious band and songwriting contests, late-night Nightgrass concerts at every indoor venue in town, and jam sessions on sidewalks and throughout the campgrounds.

The festival often coincides with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer. it’s a magical time of sunlight and music, when the high country of Colorado puts away its winter ski gear and grabs hiking boots, kayaks, low-back festival chairs, and journeys to the box canyon for the ultimate bluegrass music experience.

The 40th Annual festival was a resounding success. Headliners included Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Dispatch, Leftover Salmon, and the famed Telluride House Band featuring Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, and Brian Sutton. In other words, festival goers have the immense opportunity to bask in Bluegrass royalty throughout the weekend, the artists that have defined and refined the Bluegrass sound throughout the decades. 

Telluride Wine Festival
Date: June 25-28, 2015
Location: Town of Telluride
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The Telluride Wine Festival will be held June 25-28, 2015.  This year should be the best ever.  In addition to four days of wine, the festival features numerous cooking classes throughout the weekend.

Beginning in April, there will be several ticket options for the 2015 Wine Festival

Some of the events this year include:
•    Toast of Telluride (Thursday) – Sample wines in the art galleries and retail stores throughout town and enjoy small bites and wines at restaurants throughout town.
•    NEW THIS YEAR- Grand Reserve Tasting( Friday)- Taste and purchase wines not available for retail sale anywhere but the Winery tasting rooms AND the Telluride Wine Festival.
•    Grand Tasting (Saturday) – Enjoy a wide variety of wines/spirits/food and fun in the Mountain Village Core.
•    Cooking Demonstrations – Join famous and infamous chefs throughout the weekend.
•    Special Wine and Spirits Seminars – Throughout the weekend.
•    Reserve Seminars- Taste exquisite wines and champagnes at the Great Room in the Ridge Club throughout the weekend.

Since 1981, Telluride has had the privilege of hosting the prestigious Telluride Wine Festival. The festival is a beautiful gathering of the local culinary community, enthusiastic visitors, vintners, and chefs from around the world. Chefs and wineries join to create unique luncheons, elite dinners, wine tastings, cooking classes, and educational seminars for festival attendees.

Also happening within the four days of world-class cuisine and wines, there are special cooking classes from world class cookbook authors, a Celebration of Colorado tent, samplings of gourmet foods and cheeses that are new and unique. This year will also host a House of Spirits where attendees can enjoy and learn to concoct all manners of crafted cocktails from locally-produced spirits.  Come enjoy a lively weekend of great food, fantastic wines and spirits with world class experts – staged within the majesty of the San Juan Mountains and the Telluride box canyon.

Telluride Plein Air Festival
Date: June 29-July 5, 2015
Location: Town of Telluride
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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 completed pieces for viewing and sale in the days leading up to the main sale. This is a perfect way for people who won’t be in town for the Fourth of July holiday to purchase artwork in advance, or for others to get a preview of what will be available at the sale.

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. — Plein Air Quick Draw & Sale – Main Street, Telluride

Free and open to the public, this two-hour painting competition provides the public an opportunity to view artists in action and purchase paintings at a special price, due to the fact that they are produced in only an hour and a half. The Quick Draw Competition is open only to the Telluride Plein Air artists. This competition will be judged at 12:15 p.m. outside of the Sheridan Opera House with a public sale/auction to follow. This year we’ll award a crowd favorite and judges from the Ah Haa School for the Arts will award a judged favorite. The winners will receive a cash award.

July 3, 2014 – 5-6 p.m.— VIP Artist Choice Preview & Wine Tasting – Sheridan Opera House Gallery Room

Invitation only preview for a sneak peak of the week’s best works.

Thursday, July 3, 2014 – 6-8 p.m.— Artist Choice Preview & Wine Tasting – Sheridan Opera House Gallery Room

Open to the public! Stop by the Sheridan Opera House to preview each artist’s favorite piece created through the week in Telluride. All paintings will be up for sale. The Artist Choice will be awarded and announced at 7 p.m. with an artists presentation and explanation of work.

Friday & Saturday, July 4 & July 5, 2014— Plein Air Art Sale – Sheridan Opera House Courtyard /Elks Park

Join us in the Sheridan Opera House courtyard and Elks Park for a sale of pieces created during the week-long celebration. Please note that artists are limited to hanging eight paintings at one time, so new paintings will continually be displayed as others sell — especially on the second day of the sale! Please note: if there is inclement weather, the sale will be moved inside the Sheridan Opera House theater.

Forty percent of the revenues from the weekend benefit Telluride community programming through the Sheridan Arts Foundation..

4th of July Celebration
Date: July 4, 2015
Location: Town of Telluride

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 Parade Committee.  The sidewalks are packed as locals and visitors cheer for goofy costumes, homemade floats, music, and an airplane fly-over provided by volunteers from the Colorado National Guard.  This year’s parade will be streamed live by Telluride TV via this link  Visit for more details regarding the parade.

The Telluride firemen then put on their famous barbeque in Town Park. The whole town is invited to dine, play the family games in the park, and enjoy the sunshine. The firemen pile the plates high with mouth-watering BBQ, only $12 for adults and $7 for kids.

As the sun sets over the San Juan Mountains, the town collectively holds its breath for the unbelievable fireworks show. The firefighters shoot off the fireworks just above Town Park making for a display that you can see from almost anywhere in town. Enjoy the show from a blanket in the park, while enjoying a cocktail along Main Street, or from the top of the Gondola! Note that the fireworks are dependent upon the weather conditions. If wildfire danger is high, then it is likely that the town will cancel the fireworks for the safety of everyone in Telluride.


Telluride Yoga Festival
Date: July 9-12, 2015
Location: Town of Telluride
More 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 or join the conversation at


The Ride Festival
Date: July 11-12, 2015
Location: Town of Telluride
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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.  Attendees can enjoy hiking, biking, hot springs, and so much more – all in a truly majestic setting. Rounding out The Ride Fest’s authentic mountain culture – The Ride Fest helps benefit Telluride’s beloved KOTOfm, one of the country’s last remaining music radio stations that is entirely listener supported and non-commercial. 


Telluride Jazz Festival
Date: July 31-Aug 2, 2015
: Town of Telluride
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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 intimate format and superb music along with the opportunity for invigorating alpine recreation come together to create a truly unique weekend experience. Performances take place on two outdoor stages during the day and in historic theaters and clubs at night. 


Pretty Lights
Date: August 28-29, 2015
Location: Telluride Town Park

Pretty Lights with a trademark combo of gritty, crate-digging hip-hop, speaker shredding digital thump, and instrumentally-based psychedelia, will head to Colorado for a two-night run at picturesque Telluride Town Park. The famed producer chose the location because of its natural beauty with the statement, “I’ve thought a lot about what a perfect place to throw a Pretty Lights concert might be, and what that actually means. I think that Telluride Town Park might be a place like that. The energy that resonates there is beyond the cusp of my own understanding but it is powerful and undeniable. I think that the seclusion of Telluride creates a real opening to focus on getting in touch.. with each other, ourselves, and the vibrations we experience as music, light, and life.”

PLUS the stars shine incredibly bright and the mountains are jaw dropping. These two nights in Telluride will be an awesome and historic opportunity to experience a live Pretty Lights show in what may be the perfect venue.

Two-night passes, plus camping and travel packages are availablehere and tickets can also be bought here… HURRY!


Telluride Film Festival
Date: September 4-7, 2015
Location: Town of Telluride
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“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.

The festival debuted in 1973 and has since been a gathering place for industry professionals and film enthusiasts alike. The festival seeks to both honor legendary filmmakers of old and give voice to new talent.

In addition to film screenings, the weekend includes guest speakers, symposia, discussions, and informal meet and greets. There are also numerous free events throughout the weekend such as the popular film screenings in Town Park and guest speakers in Elks Park. 


Imogene Pass Run
Date: September 12, 2015
Location: Town of Telluride
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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 4×4 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 Blues and Brews Festival
Date: September 18-20, 2015
Location: Telluride Town Park
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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 earlier in the day play intimate late night performances at these smaller venues around the town of Telluride and Mountain Village.

Performers and fans alike are drawn to our majestic box canyon; the old adage around town is that you came for a festival, and 20 years later, you’re still here. The historic mining town of Telluride sits at 8,750 feet above sea level surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. It is home to some of Colorado’s best skiing in winter and becomes festival central in the summer. 


Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors
Date: September 24-28, 2015
Location: Town of Telluride

The Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors is Telluride’s new 4-day, automotive enthusiast celebration! It will be an annual event with the inaugural festival taking place September 24-27, 2015 Set among the canyons of the San Juan Mountains, it’s placed against the spectacular backdrop of the area’s September fall foliage. The festival will use three venues over the course of the four days: the Historic Downtown Telluride, Telluride’s Mountain Village and the Telluride Regional Airport. The event will focus on high-end restorations, vintage and exotic vehicles of the Concours level as well as other unique and eye catching vehicles staged along Telluride’s main street. A 3 day regional Fly-In will also be scheduled at Telluride’s Regional Airport along with the staging of some great new and vintage aircraft. This celebration of cars and colors is sure to elevate the experience of car enthusiasts and photographers alike!


Mountains to Desert Ride
Date: September 25-26, 2015
Location: Telluride to Gateway
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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

(970) 728-4454


Telluride Photo Festival
Date: Sep 28-Oct 4, 2015
Location: Town of Telluride
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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.



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