The 2018 Colorado festival lineup is exemplary of Telluride’s vivacious spirit and charm. Highlights include:
Whether culinary, musical, cultural, outdoor, or unusual, Telluride’s annual lineup of festivals and events offers visitors and locals an eclectic range of celebrations from May through October. Telluride is known as the Festival Capital of Colorado for good reason – this year marks historic milestones for the Telluride Hot Air Balloon Festival, celebrating 35 years, Blues & Brews entering it’s 25th year, and Telluride’s Bluegrass Festival honoring it’s 45th year.
- 45th Annual Bluegrass Festival / June 21-24: Known for it’s dedicated “festivarian” attendees that make the pilgrimage to Telluride annually, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival commences for the 45th installment in 2018. Headliners include GreenSky Bluegrass, Emmylou Harris, and Tedeschi Trucks Band.
- 37th Annual Telluride Wine Festival / June 28-July 1: Each year, the Telluride Wine Festival welcomes wineries and wine connoisseurs from around the world. This year will continue the tradition of gathering the “Best in the Business” for a schedule which includes events like the Toast of Telluride, Winemaker Dinners, and The Highest Grand Tasting in North America.
- RIDE Festival / July 14-15: Since 2012, the RIDE Festival has secured a reputation among music aficionados for its rocking lineups that compliment Telluride’s majestic setting. This year, headliners include the String Cheese Incident, Grace Potter, Sheryl Crow, and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.
- The 2018 Telluride Art + Architecture Weekend / July 21-22: An unexpected design experience, Telluride’s Art + Architecture Weekend draws talented artists, chefs, architects, and designers for self-guided tours of art exhibits, performances, and food and wine tastings. This year’s tours will include sneak peeks inside new and historic Telluride homes and one creative venue daily, with designated rooms featuring the works of local artists.
- 37th Annual Mushroom Festival / August 16-19: One of Telluride’s more eclectic celebrations, the annual Mushroom Festival is the largest wild mushroom festival in North America, attracting mushroom experts, enthusiasts and scientists from around the country. This year’s itinerary includes foraging excursions, a parade, live music, and the annual Mushroom Cook-Off.
- 44th Annual Telluride Film Festival / September 1-4: Each Labor Day weekend, The Telluride Film Festival draws actors, film buffs, directors, historians, and more to view more than 50 programs screened across ten venues. Lively discussions and workshops with the film’s creators take place between screenings. Notable debuts include LA LA Land, Juno, and Slumdog Millionaire, with eight of the last nine Oscar winners for Best Picture having premiered in Telluride.
- 25th Annual Blues & Brews / September 14-16: Telluride’s beloved blues festival is a three-day celebration of quality music and craft brews from around the country. With genres ranging from blues, funk, indie, rock, gospel, and soul, Blues & Brews delivers on quality food and craft vendors, all within one of the most scenic and intimate music venues in the country. The 2018 festival will be headlined by Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters.
- Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors / September 27-30: The 4th annual Cars & Colors Festival celebrates world-class vintage automobiles set against the stunning September foliage of the San Juan Mountains. Exhibits include a showcase of antique vehicles staged on the golf course in Mountain Village, a motorcycle exhibit, vintage snowmobiles, and eye-catching cars showcased right along Main Street.
- Telluride Horror Show / October 12-14: Colorado’s first and longest running horror film festival returns for its 9th installment, showcasing an eclectic mix of horror, suspense, thriller, fantasy, sci-fi and dark comedy in Telluride’s historic New Sheridan Opera House. The line-up includes over 20 feature films, more than 50 short films, surprise screenings of highly-anticipated films at the “Secret Sunday Shows”, with many of the films showing for the first time in the US.
For more information on all of Telluride’s festivals, and more destination offerings, please visit http://www.visittelluride.com.
Nestled within Southwest Colorado’s dramatic San Juan Mountains, Telluride, Colorado, (elevation: 8,750 ft.) is known for its world-class alpine skiing, awe-inspiring landscapes and vibrant summer festival season. The former mining town lies in a box canyon, surrounded on all three sides by 13,000 -foot peaks, providing the ideal environment for hiking, mountain biking, trail running and other outdoor activities. Telluride is linked to the neighboring Mountain Village (elevation: 9,540) by a free, scenic gondola – the only transportation system of its kind in North America. www.visittelluride.com