This year’s Bluegrass line-up includes Grammy Award winners, Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas along with Brandi Carlile, Sam Bush, Left Over Salmon and the Court Yard Hounds.
Telluride (PRWEB) April 26, 2010
Once a thriving mining town is a thriving summer festival Mecca with one of the most anticipated festival lineups in the nation. This little oasis, boxed-in on three sides by 12,000 foot peaks, plays host to more than 20 unique summer festivals each year ranging from popular live concerts to absolutely nothing at all.
Telluride’s citizenry shifted from one of independent, free spirited miners to one of independent free spirits. After the Telluride Ski Resort was born in 1972, the once sleepy town started to attract a local populace of both skiers and followers of early 70’s music festival culture. After the ski area closed in late April, the town’s social structure took a turn with very little going on during the summer months. Locals began having parties and “get together’s”…a group of hang gliders would get together, friends who enjoyed dancing, music, etc. Little did they know, these local “grassroots” parties were the beginning of the festival culture that took private parties to the public level and essentially began the festival frenzy.
The summer festival line up kicks off with the MountainFilm festival, a distinctive blend of films, speakers, gallery exhibits and seminars that demonstrate the power of the visual arts to instigate change. The highlight of the June festivals is the Bluegrass Festival. This year’s line-up includes Grammy Award winners, Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas along with Brandi Carlile, Sam Bush, Left Over Salmon and the Court Yard Hounds.
Continuing into July, visitors from all around the area come to Telluride to enjoy an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration featuring a one-of-a-kind parade, picnic in town park and spectacular fireworks that echo off the surrounding San Juan mountains.
Music lovers will enjoy an extra treat this summer when jam-band Phish comes to town in August. An extremely loyal following of fans will come to Telluride for two back-to-back shows.
The glamour of Hollywood shines on Telluride during the Film Festival over Labor Day weekend. The selection of movies is always a surprise coming into the weekend and past years have premiered movies that have gone on to wide acclaim such as Slumdog Millionaire, Juno, and An Education.
The festival season wraps up with the Blues and Brews Festival in mid-September. Three days of world renowned blues musicians are paired with Saturday’s grand tasting with 50 microbrews from around the country to sample top off a great festival season!
Other signature festivals include the Balloon Rally, Heritage Festival, Wine Festival, Yoga Festival, Jazz Festival and the Festival of the Arts. For accommodation for all of the festivals and for great specials on select festival lodging, Telluride Alpine Lodging has the region’s largest selection of hotel rooms, bed and breakfast rooms, condos and private homes. Visit their web site for more details on all of these festivals as well as specials and availability.
2010 Telluride Festivals
May 28-31 Telluride Mountainfilm Festival
June 4-6 Telluride Balloon Rally
June 12-13 Heritage Fest
June 17-20 Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 23-July 3 Telluride Musicfest
June 24 Telluride Wine Festival
June 29-July 4 Telluride Plein-Air
July 4 Firemen’s Fourth of July
July 8-11 Telluride Yoga Festival
July 22-24 American Music Series
July 23-25 Telluride Rotary 4x4 Tour
July 30-August 1 Telluride Tech Fest
August 6-8 Telluride Jazz Celebration
August 9-10 Phish
August 13-15 Telluride Festival of the Arts
August 26-29 Telluride Mushroom Festival
September 3-6 Telluride Film Festival
September 17-19 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
September 20-26 Telluride Photo Festival