Telluride Tourism Board Announces Summer Festival Schedule

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Festival Capital of Southwest Features 30 Events

Come summer, the world-class ski slopes of Telluride turn verdant green. Winter's runoff unveils a new kind of playground, and this historic town that tucks into a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado comes alive in a different way. Each summer, Telluride becomes a mecca for festivals, with an event lined up nearby every weekend.

This year, the "Festival Capital of the Southwest" offers a schedule that includes 30 different events. For a full calendar and up-to-the-minute information on all, visit http://visittelluride.com/telluride/content/view/190/33/. Here is a sampling of what's happening in July, August and September:

Telluride Yoga Festival (July 11-13) - This first annual event combines the inspiration of the natural surroundings and expertise of both nationally acclaimed and local yoga practitioners. Attendees will find an array of yoga and meditative workshops for all levels, as well as related seminars.

Ah Haa School for the Art's 16th Annual Art Auction (July 25) - Ah Haa's annual fundraiser is a don't-miss summer event known for both a silent and live auction full of interesting art, trips, and services. This year's theme is the bright and beautiful culture of India.

Rotary 4X4 Rally (July 25-27) - Participants can jeep on both days and enjoy a barbecue on Saturday.

Telluride Tech Festival (August 1-3) - Celebrating the past, present, and future of technology and science, the festival features Nobel laureates, Internet pioneers, science leaders, and a free Tesla coil demonstration.

Festival of the Arts (August 14-17) - The fifth annual Telluride Festival of the Arts will include celebrity chef demonstrations, food seminars, a grand tasting, and a progressive dinner showcasing local restaurants. On the arts side, 60 national juried and world-class visual artists will be on hand.

Telluride Chamber Music Festival (August 7-9 and 15-16) - Highlights include a free concert in Telluride Town Park, a dessert concert, and evening concerts at the Sheridan Opera House.

Telluride Mushroom Festival (August 21-24) - Fungophiles from around the world gather to participate in forays, lectures, dining identification, and the mushroom parade.

Telluride Film Festival (August 29-September 1) - Each Labor Day weekend, the town of Telluride triples in size for this event that prides itself in providing cinematic submersion. The lineup isn't revealed until everyone arrives. Visitors can choose one of three passes to experience the weekend. As the event routinely sells out, early ticket purchase is recommended.

Blues and Brews Festival (September 12-14) - The three-day celebration of music and microbrews in Telluride Town Park includes live blues, rock, funk, gospel, and soul, with food and craft vendors, and children's activities. At night, the festival flows into the Town of Telluride and Mountain Village with late-night juke joints and after-hours jams.

The Telluride Tourism Board is the official source for information, lodging, airfare, activities, and events for the Town of Telluride, Colo. A non-profit organization funded by the Town of Telluride, Mountain Village, and San Miguel County, the Board maintains a Visitor's Center and trained staff available to assist visitors in making their trips to the area efficient and enjoyable. For more information, contact the Telluride Tourism Board at http://www.VisitTelluride.com or 888-605-2578.

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