Telluride Announces Summer Festival Schedule

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'Festival Capital of the Southwest' Celebrates with Long-Standing, New Events

In many places around the country and around the world, the onset of spring and summer mean the onset of festivals. Deep in the mountains of southwest Colorado, the world-class ski resort town of Telluride comes alive each May as the "Festival Capital of the Southwest." With an event taking place nearly every weekend through September, Telluride has earned a reputation for hosting some of the nation's oldest, most popular - and most unusual - festivals.

Visit for details on all the following events:

Mountainfilm Festival: May 22-25, 2009
Thirty years in the making, Mountainfilm is America's premiere showcase for independent films dealing with world cultures, adventure and the environment. The four-day festival is a blend of films, speakers, exhibits, slide shows, seminars and discussions on the power of visual arts to instigate change. This year's line-up of special guests includes names such as Ken Burns, the documentary filmmaker responsible for The Civil War, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Lewis and Clark, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mark Twain, among others.

33nd Annual Telluride Jazz Celebration: June 5-7, 2009
The mountains of Telluride will come alive with world-class music as Ozomatli and the Bill Frisell Trio headline.

Telluride Balloon Festival: June 6-7 2009
This festival promises to take you up, up and away! During the day, the skies above Telluride Town Park burst with color as hot air balloons float overhead. At night, Main Street sets the stage for a warm-your-soul balloon glow.

Wild West Fest: June 8-13, 2009
Now in its 18th year, the festival celebrates the arts, culture and customs of the West with cookouts, horseback rides, hikes, mine tours and rodeo events. Music, dance and theater performances at the historic Sheridan Opera House offer a glimpse into Telluride's mining past. The fest's mentorship program brings inner city and disadvantaged youths from across the country to Telluride a week of educational activities and a dose of Western fun.

Telluride Heritage Festival: June 12-14, 2009
Bringing visitors and locals together in a celebration of the area's colorful and enduring history, this family event schedule includes a blessing on the Valley Floor, a reenactment of Butch Cassidy's famous Telluride bank robbery, and heritage activities ranging from sheep shearing to mining games. R. Carlos Nakai, eight-time Grammy® nominee and world-renown performer of the Native American flute, will present a highlight performance.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival: June 18-21, 2009
Bluegrass lovers flock to Telluride every year for four days of pickin' and grinnin'. This festival traditionally boasts some of the best in the business. This year's headliners include David Byrne, Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, YMSB, Railroad Earth and Kasey Chambers.

Telluride Wine Festival: June 25-28, 2009
Blanketing Telluride and Mountain Village, the event features winemakers' luncheons, cooking demonstrations, reserve programs, seminars, and tastings for novices and experts. New this year, Citizen Cope takes the Town Park Stage Saturday evening for a special live performance.

Telluride Plein-Air: June 29 - July 4, 2009
The sixth annual event provides the chance to observe some of the nation's best plein air - outdoor painting - artists as they work on location to capture the light and colors of Telluride. During the last two days, an exhibition and sale of the pieces created will benefit community programming for the Sheridan Arts Foundation's historic Sheridan Opera House.

Red, White and Blues Concert: July 3, 2009
Free live music, complimentary snow cones, face painting and more will take place during the late afternoon at Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village. This year's featured artist is Grace Potter.

Telluride Yoga Festival: July 10-12, 2009
The second annual festival combines the inspiration of the area's natural surroundings, the expertise of nationally acclaimed yoga practitioners and a focus on holistic living. Nearly 50 classes and workshops, meditation sessions, and presentations offer a full range of workshops for yoga enthusiasts of all levels.

Nothing Festival: July 17-19, 2009
The Nothing Festival was accidentally created by a local resident who tired of the number of summer festivals in Telluride. Held each year since 1991, this locals' favorite features no crowds, traffic or events - just Telluride's signature sunrises, sunsets, scenery and small-town life.

Telluride Americana Music Weekend: July 23-25, 2009
The festival brings to Telluride the best of Americana music: acoustic singer-songwriter music that blends elements of folk, country, rock'n'roll and blues. Featured artists, who will perform in the town's historic Sheridan Opera House, include Shannon Whitworth, Kevin Welch, Walt Wilkins, Slaid Cleaves, Tift Merritt, Irene Kelley and Eric Bibb.

Chamber Music Festival: August 6-15, 2009
The 36th annual festival brings chamber music to the masses up close and personal. Under the leadership of artistic director Roy Malan, concertmaster with the San Francisco Ballet, festival-goers will find a full line-up of top-notch performers, a free concert and picnic in Town Park, and a free children's concert.

Festival of the Arts: August 14-16, 2009
The sixth annual Telluride Festival of the Arts will include celebrity chef demonstrations, food seminars, a showcase dinner and a grand tasting. On the arts side, 60 national juried and world-class visual artists will be on hand. The festival's art show is open to the public and will feature artists in 13 different media categories.

Mushroom Festival: August 27-30, 2009
During this annual gathering of fungi lovers, festival-goers gather to pick, discuss, parade and eat in Telluride and its mushroom-rich surroundings. The information-filled festival includes daily forays, presentations, cooking demonstrations with local chefs, cook-offs and the Telluride Mushroom Festival Parade on Main Street.

Telluride Film Festival: September 4-7, 2009
Each Labor Day weekend, the town of Telluride triples in size for this event that prides itself in providing cinematic submersion - and sells out early each year. The lineup isn't revealed until everyone arrives. Visitors can choose one of three passes to experience the weekend.

Blues and Brews Festival: September 18-20, 2009
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.

About Telluride (
Located in Southwest Colorado's San Juan Mountains, Telluride sits at 8,750 feet above sea level and is renowned for its Old West charm, culture and famous festivals, as well as exceptional restaurants and hotels. The entire town has been designated a National Historic Landmark District.

Telluride is connected with neighboring Mountain Village by a free gondola transportation system - the only one of its kind in North America. At an altitude of 9,500 feet, Mountain Village is home to the Telluride Ski Resort headquarters, a world-class golf course, restaurants, lodging and shops.


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