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Our Telluride, CO events calendar shares community and regional events that are popular with Telluride locals and visitors alike. Telluride is home to a wide range of festivals spanning athletic, culinary, and musical themes.

Many of our recurring festivals and events have taken place in our beautiful Colorado setting for more than 30 years now. Some signature events that attract loyal fans include the MountainFilm Festival, Bluegrass Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and Blues & Brews.

From art to wellness, there are plenty of events year-round to keep every Telluride resident busy! Find a festival or event that piques your interest on our calendar.

2017 Events

Ghostriders Synchro Team

February 6th, 2017, 4 p.m.
Telluride Ski Resort

If you’ve never seen synchronized skiing, come watch six to eight skiers perform elaborate maneuvers together as one on the beautiful Telluride Ski Resort (Bottom of Lift 4). The Ghostriders Ski Team practices weekly down Misty Maiden into the mountain village. The event will begin every Friday at 4 pm.  This event is free to the public.

Ghostriders Synchro Team in Telluride, CO, Credit: Telluride Ski Resort

Telluride Comedy Fest

February 17-19, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Sheridan Opera House

Come enjoy the Telluride Comedy Fest at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride. This event is presented by The Sheridan Arts Foundation and has featured world class comedy since 1999. The event will begin at 5:30 pm on Friday the 17th and will go through Sunday the 19th. 

Backcountry Film Festival

March 30th, 2017, 8:30 pm – 10:30 p.m
The 12th annual Backcountry Film Festival features incredible winter films and recreation advocacy, mapping projects, and more. Proceeds will benefit Colorado Mountain Club’s Backcountry Snowsports Initiative. There will be activities including adventure, environment, climate, youth outdoors, ski culture, and more!

Backcountry Film Festival 2017, Credit: Colorado Mountain Club

Mind Blown at the Madeline

Every Saturday, 2017, 7 p.m.
Madeline Hotel

The Mind Blown at the Madeline shows are weekly live performances every Saturday through April 8th, 2017. Shows are held at the Madeline Hotel with limited tickets available. The show features Ty Gallenbeck and his astonishing magic that will have you questioning reality and laughing hard. Tickets are available for $25-$50 and the show is recommended for ages 12 and up.

Mind Blown at Madeline Hotel

Mountainfilm in Telluride

May 26 – 29, 2017, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Mountainfilm in Telluride is one of the country’s longest-running festivals and has been a summer tradition since 1979.  The festival encompasses more than screening independent films, it also hosts symposiums on contemporary issues, photography exhibits, and book signings. The festival’s focus still covers the themes of environmental, social, and cultural issues and seeks to inspire its attendees into action.

Mountain Film in Telluride, Credit: Visit Telluride

34th Annual Telluride Balloon Festival

June 2 – 4, 2017, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Telluride Town Park

See balloons take off from Telluride Town Park as they begin their journey over the Telluride Valley. Don’t miss the Balloon Glow on Saturday night where balloons are tethered on Main Street and lit up!

Glowing balloons in downtown Telluride, Credit: Visit Telluride

Wild West Fest

June 5 -11, 2017
Telluride pays homage to its Wild West roots as youth from Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America and the Boys & Girls Club come to our mountain town for a festival where they can dance, golf, go fly-fishing, or learn new skills in horsemanship.

Youth attending Telluride’s Wild West Fest, Credit: Sheridan Arts Foundation

Telluride WOW Festival

June 8 – 11, 2017, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Peaks Resort & Spa

The Telluride Weekend of Wellness is a festival for anyone interested in fitness and health and for trainers wanting to learn new skills and how to help others in their journey to being healthy. See the latest in fitness trends, nutritional education, and overall wellness. Telluride is the perfect setting for WOW with our locals always on the go or on an athletic adventure. Attendees can learn more about boot camp classes, cross fit, yoga, Pilates, and more.

Fitness class at Telluride WOW festival, Credit: Telluride WOW Festival

44th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival

June 15 – 18, 2017, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Telluride Town Park

Experience the unique genre of “Telluride Bluegrass” at the 44th annual event in June. There’s a full lineup of musical performances during this four-day event as well as workshops for more informal and collaborative performances. The festival is held the weekend closest to the Summer Solstice to maximize the hours of sunlight for festival goers and performing bands.

Band performing at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Credit: bluegrass.com

Telluride Wine Festival

June 22 – 25, 2017, 9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Enjoy wine tastings and culinary activities against the beautiful summer backdrop of Telluride. The festival has plenty of spirit as it welcomes Colorado distilleries to participate in the fun and share some crafty cocktails. You’ll find wine films, artisanal cheeses, food pairings, and cooking demonstrations with world-class chefs too!

Wines on display at the Telluride Wine Festival, Credit: Telluride Wine Festival

Telluride Plein Air

June 27 – July 3, 2017
See world-renowned artists show off their techniques en plein air or “in the open air” in Telluride. The festival hosts about 30 Plein Air artists and visitors and locals can watch them work, purchase pieces after the event concludes, and watch the artists perform in competitions like the two-hour quick draw.

Michele Byrne paints on Telluride’s Colorado Avenue, Credit: Telluride Plein Air

Telluride Classic – Rundola

July 4, 2016, 8 – 10 a.m.
Town of Telluride

Wear your running shoes or hiking boots for Rundola! Runners and hikers will race from the base of the gondola in town to the top of the gondola. The challenge is the 1,810 feet of elevation gain at a 13% grade. The Telluride Trail totals 4,600 ft. though runners can take the gondola back down into town after the race.

Runners following Telluride’s gondola at Rundola, Credit: The Rundola: Telluride’s Fourth of July Footrace

4th of July Celebration

July 4, 2017, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Town Park

Celebrate Independence Day and Telluride’s history of independent settlers! At 11 a.m., see the Annual Fourth of July Parade on Main Street and then head over to Telluride Town Park for the Fireman’s Fourth of July BBQ! Around 9 p.m., the Telluride Volunteer Fire Department will begin the dazzling fireworks display to end the holiday with a bang!

Photo by Ryan Bonneau, property of the Telluride Tourism Board

Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run

July 14, 2017, 6 a.m.
The Hardrock 100 is an endurance race (48 hours) that tests the athleticism of its racers. Spanning 100 miles, the route has a total elevation change of 67,984 ft. with an average elevation of 11,186 ft. The race is a loop that begins and ends in Silverton, CO but runners trek through Telluride, Ouray, and Sherman.

Photo by Blake Wood, distributed by Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run

Ah Haa’s Annual Art Auction

July 14, 2016
Ah Haa School for the Arts

For more than 20 years, members of the community and art lovers have come to the auction to support the programs of the Ah Haa School for the Arts and it is a must-attend summer event. There’s both a live and silent auction on more than 100 pieces of work, food and drinks, and special performances.

Auction at the Ah Haa School for the Arts, Credit: Ah Haa School for the Arts

Telluride Yoga Festival

July 20 – 23, 2017
Find inspiration and rejuvenate your practice at the Telluride Yoga Festival. The festival spans a variety of practices and meditation and also includes, music, dancing, hiking, and social gatherings. Many well-known yogis and practitioners host seminars or classes at this four-day festival.

Hansa backbend in Telluride, Credit: Courtesy of Joanie Schwarz Portraiture

Telluride 100 Bike Race

July 22, 2017, 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Gondola Plaza in Town of Telluride

A relatively new event to the Telluride area, the 100 Bike Race is one of the most scenic bike races in the United States as racers traverse through the San Juan Mountains. There are two loops for racers and the race begins at 6 a.m. and the first finishers are expected to be complete with the race around 1:30 p.m. An award ceremony will be held at the starting position at 7 p.m.

Liz Carrington, Women’s Open winner, rides through the Alta Ghost Town, Credit: Telluride 100 Bike Race

Telluride Jazz Festival

August 4 – 6, 2017, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Since 1977, the Telluride Jazz Festival has made the San Juan Mountains come alive with the sound of music over the first weekend of August. Come relax, hear the smooth sounds of jazz, or enjoy the wine tastings or microbrews that are for sale. The spirit of New Orleans closes out this festival with a party and parade down Main Street on Sunday.

Band performs at the Telluride Jazz Festival, Credit: Telluride Jazz Festival

Telluride Chamber Music Festival

August 10 – 20, 2016
In its 44th season, the Telluride Chamber Music Festival aims to lift the human spirit through music in an intimate setting. There are a few free events during the festival, such as the free concert and picnic in Town Park on Thursday, August 11. The picnic starts at 5 p.m. with the concert commencing at 6 p.m. And on Friday, August 12, there’s the free youth concert and ice cream for younger musical enthusiasts.

Men playing the piano, violin, and cello at the Chamber Music Festival, Credit: Telluride Chamber Music Festival

Telluride Mushroom Festival

August 17 – 20, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Historic Sheridan Opera House

Learn more about mycology and the many uses fungi serve both to nature and humans. Many sessions are free and speakers come from across the country to discuss the different aspects and uses of mushrooms. There are also culinary cook-offs where mushrooms are transformed into ice cream and beer!

Man shows mushrooms to onlookers, Credit: Telluride Mushroom Festival

Telluride Film Festival

September 1 – 4, 2017, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Over Labor Day Weekend, head on out to the 43rd Annual Telluride Film Festival for a film screening experience you won’t have anywhere else. The festival doesn’t make a big show about releasing the schedule or many details of the event until the festival starts but promises to bring exceptional films and open up lively conversations for film enthusiasts from around the country. Three major film artists attend the festival for awards, as well as directors or film historians to start the discussion around certain films.

Palm Theatre in Telluride, Credit: Photo by: Pamela Gentile, courtesy of the Telluride Film Festival

Imogene Pass Run

September 9, 2017, 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Imogene Pass Run is a very popular run on a 17.1-mile stretch between Ouray and Telluride. The race is held the Saturday after Labor Day and the weather can be quite unpredictable, which is part of its attraction for some runners. Registration opens early June and can fill up extremely quickly.

Runners on the Imogene Pass trail, Credit: Lauren Snella Lieber

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

September 15 – 19, 2017, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Telluride Town Park

This popular three-day music festival celebrates a range of musical styles, from blues to rock and everything in between, as well as bringing the best microbrews and food vendors to the site. There are kid-friendly activities as well to keep the young ones occupied and of course the fun Blues for Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

People attending the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Credit: Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors

September 21 – 24, 2017, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Historic Downtown Telluride

Telluride bursts into color in the fall as the leaves change and roars to life as million dollar cars roll up for the fine automobile showcase. See Concours-level vintage and exotic vehicles. The festival moves around town and has stops in the downtown area, Mountain Village, Telluride Regional Airport, and Lawson Hill.  Enjoy the car shows and changing colors in Telluride!

Vintage cars at the Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors, Credit: Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors

Telluride Horror Show

October 13 – 15, 2017, 5 – 10 p.m.
Historic Sheridan Opera House

Horror film fans make their way to Telluride in October for a three-day festival showcasing horror, suspense, thriller, and sci-fi movies at the Historic Sheridan Opera House. The festival generally screens 20 feature films and 40 short films, as well as hosts a few special programs and events.

Telluride Horror Show promotional banner over Telluride, Credit: Telluride Horror Show

2017 – 2018 Season Opening Day at Telluride Ski Resort

November 23, 2017, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Give thanks that Telluride Ski Resort opens on Thanksgiving Day for the 2017-2018 season!

Opening day lift ride at Telluride Ski Resort, Credit: Telluride Ski Resort

Noel Night

December 7, 2016, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Visit Telluride retailers for holiday shopping and find fantastic discounts, food, and drinks!

Downtown Telluride, Credit: Visit Telluride

Telluride Holiday Arts Bazaar

December 2 – 4, 2016, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The bazaar is a holiday tradition in Telluride where you can find one-of-a-kind gifts and fine art that’s made in the Telluride region. Check the Telluride Arts District site for more details and location information.

New Year’s Eve Countdown to 2017

December 31, 2017 – January 1, 2018, 11: 30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Countdown to the New Year on Main Street and watch the stunning fireworks show!

New Year’s Eve fireworks over Telluride, Credit: Visit Telluride


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