Telluride, Colorado’s Summer Festival Capital, Announces Line Up of Summer Events

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Telluride, Colorado, plays host to more than 20 unique summer festivals each year ranging from popular live concerts to absolutely nothing at all

Telluride Blues & Brews

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.

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

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