Telluride Summer Festivals

Each year, Telluride’s vibrant community comes alive with an array of annual festivals that celebrate art, music, culture, and the great outdoors. From world-renowned music festivals like Telluride Bluegrass and Telluride Film Festival to charming local events like the Telluride Balloon Festival and Telluride Wine Festival, there’s always something exciting happening in this mountain town. Join us as we explore the rich collection of festivals that make Telluride a beloved destination for visitors and locals alike.

Telluride Comedy Fest

Telluride Comedy Fest – Mid February

Since its inception in 1999, the Sheridan Opera House has served as the esteemed venue for the Telluride Comedy Festival. Held annually over Presidents’ Day Weekend, this event, curated by the Sheridan Arts Foundation and festival co-director Jeb Berrier, showcases some of the nation’s most talented comedians for four unforgettable evenings of laughter in a historic and intimate setting. The Telluride Comedy Festival prides itself on offering a world-class experience while preserving the authentic grassroots ambiance and charm of Telluride.

The Telluride Comedy Fest features four nights of comedic brilliance set amidst the mountain backdrop of Telluride each Presidents’ Day Weekend. Please take note that each evening, VIP cocktail tables will be available at the front of the theater, providing a unique opportunity to enjoy the performances up close and personal, perhaps even becoming part of the comedic act. Stay tuned for the announcement of performers a few weeks prior to the event – rest assured, each night promises an abundance of hearty laughs. Learn more here.



Telluride Mountain Film

Mountain Film Festival – May 23-27, 2024

Immerse yourself in the transformative power of film, art, and ideas at the Mountain Film Festival. Held annually over Memorial Day weekend, this festival serves as a catalyst for positive change, uniting filmmakers and activists to showcase documentaries that explore themes of adventure, social justice, environmentalism, and resilience. As one of Telluride’s most anticipated events, Mountain Film offers a diverse array of topics suitable for all interests. Even without tickets, you can still experience the festival’s inclusive atmosphere through free community events and insightful outdoor workshops. Come join us for a weekend filled with inspiration and laid-back vibes. Grab your tickets here.  

Telluride hot air balloon festival

Telluride Balloon Festival – May 31-June 2, 2024

Soar to new heights at the Telluride Balloon Festival! Weather permitting, witness the majestic sight of hot air balloons ascending from Telluride Town Park and gracefully drifting over the scenic Telluride Valley. Be sure to catch the dazzling Balloon Glow event on Main Street Saturday night – it’s truly a spectacle to behold!

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Bluegrass Festival 2024 – June 20-23, 2024

For over three decades, Planet Bluegrass has curated exceptional musical experiences that foster environmental stewardship and community cohesion. The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, a cornerstone of summer in Telluride, stands as one of the region’s longest-running and most beloved gatherings. With an impressive lineup of musicians and a picturesque setting in Telluride’s town park, this festival promises unforgettable moments of music, dance, and sunshine. Join us for a celebration of harmony and sustainability. Buy tickets here.

Telluride Yoga Festival

Telluride Yoga Festival – June 27-30, 2024

Elevate your practice amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Telluride at the Telluride Yoga Festival. Featuring instructors from around the globe, this festival offers a diverse range of yoga classes and experiences, including stand-up paddleboard yoga, sound baths, and mountaintop sun salutations. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a novice, you’ll find rejuvenation and inspiration in the stunning venues of Telluride and Mountain Village. Embark on a journey of self-discovery and serenity in the heart of the Rockies. Secure your spot here.

Telluride Jazz Festival

Telluride Jazz Festival – August 9-11, 2024

Mark your calendars for a weekend of musical bliss at the Telluride Jazz Festival. For over four decades, the Telluride Jazz Festival has enchanted audiences with its unparalleled blend of world-class music and stunning natural beauty. Nestled high in the San Juan Mountains, this festival offers a unique alchemy of artistic excellence and outdoor adventure. Whether you’re grooving to historical performances or exploring the mountain trails, you’ll find yourself immersed in a sensory feast for the soul. Join us for an unforgettable celebration of jazz, culture, and camaraderie amidst the splendor of Telluride. Learn more here.

Telluride Blues & Brews

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival: September 13-15, 2024

Experience the magic of music and craft beer against the backdrop of Telluride’s autumnal splendor at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. Boasting over 50 craft breweries and an eclectic lineup of blues, funk, rock, and soul performances, this festival offers an unforgettable blend of sensory delights. From the spirited camaraderie of the Grand Tasting to the vibrant parade of costumed revelers, every moment at Blues & Brews is infused with joy and celebration. Come raise a glass to the beauty of fall in the Rockies. Learn more here.

Telluride Film Festival – Labor Day Weekend

Every Labor Day weekend, Telluride, Colorado undergoes a remarkable transformation. The quaint mountain village swells to three times its size as ardent film enthusiasts converge for four days of unparalleled cinematic indulgence. These devoted cinephiles eagerly embark on a cinematic odyssey, immersing themselves in darkened theaters for entire days. Guided solely by their love for the art of filmmaking, they return year after year, driven by blind faith in the promise of an extraordinary experience. The Telluride Film Festival remains shrouded in mystery until attendees arrive in town, yet the festival’s loyal following trusts implicitly that a one-of-a-kind journey awaits them.

Far more than just a series of screenings, the Telluride Film Festival is a celebration of cinema’s luminaries, featuring tributes to those who have shaped the medium. It offers candid discussions with filmmakers and historians, chance encounters with fellow moviegoers who may have had a hand in creating the films being enjoyed, and lively debates under the summer sun of a Colorado afternoon, with new cinematic experiences just minutes away. Telluride audiences have been the first in the world to embrace groundbreaking films like “Juno,” “The Lives of Others,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Crying Game,” “Blue Velvet,” and “The Civil War.” The festival has also resurrected silent classics like “Napoleon” and celebrated the genius of animators like Chuck Jones.

The Telluride Film Festival prides itself on being a celebration rather than a competition, honoring the best in film from across the globe, spanning past, present, and future. It’s a weekend-long extravaganza dedicated to the unapologetic celebration of cinema: a time for viewing, discussing, and reveling in the magic of filmmaking. This is more than just a festival; it’s the ultimate cinematic experience – The SHOW. Learn more here.


Telluride Autumn Festival

Telluride Autumn Classic – September 26 – 28, 2024

A three-day festival set to unfold from September 26th to 28th, 2024, amidst the breathtaking backdrop of the San Juan Mountains adorned in their autumnal splendor. This event serves as a gathering point for enthusiasts of all automotive makes and models, as well as motorcycles, aircraft, and beyond, coming together for a world-class celebration. From meticulously restored classics to exotic vehicles, accompanied by live music and a vibrant art scene, this historic Wild West town promises an array of family-friendly attractions that are sure to ignite everyone’s sense of adventure!

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