Summer is finally here, and with the warm weather comes the spectacular summer festival season in Colorado. Foremost in the festival scene here is scenic Telluride, a cozy mountain town nestled in the San Juan Mountain Range, where dozens of world-class festivals converge every spring through fall. No wonder then, that Telluride is often referred to as the festival capital of the world.
If you’ve ever wanted to attend one of Telluride’s festivals, chances are you’ve heard about the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and for good reason: it’s one of the most well-loved—and biggest—events taking place here. But often, the summer’s most magical moments take place at some of the lesser-known festivals, where there’s more room to move around and more opportunities to enjoy the laid-back charm of Telluride itself.
With that in mind, we’ve uncovered some of the season’s best festivals:
Telluride Yoga Festival (July 11 – 14):
The picturesque peaks of the San Juan mountains and the crisp, clean air of Telluride provide an inspiring backdrop for this enriching yoga festival, featuring world-class instructors and a variety of daily workshops. www.tellurideyogafestival.com
Telluride Jazz Celebration (August 2 – 4):
Founded in 1977, the superb Telluride Jazz Celebration has been showcasing the world’s best jazz for over 30 years. Featuring two outdoor stages of music and theater and club events in the evening, the festival celebrates jazz roots in various traditions. The free wine and spirit tastings aren’t bad, either. www.telluridejazz.org
Telluride Film Festival (August 29 – September 2):
Now in its 40th year, the acclaimed Telluride Film Festival remains one of the top celebrations of film in the world. It’s a great place to catch the next big sensation before anyone else (Slumdog Millionaire, Juno and The King’s Speech all premiered here) and rub shoulders with filmmaking elite like George Clooney and director Ken Burns. www.telluridefilmfestival.org
Blues and Brews (September 13 – 15):
With the weather starting to cool off a bit in mid-September, it’s the perfect time to close out the summer festival season with the always-memorable Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, featuring top-name acts like the Black Crowes, Melissa Etheridge and Jim James. www.tellurideblues.com
In addition to these wonderful events, there’s also the Playwrights Festival, the Cajun Festival and a whole lot more … but we’ll let you discover your favorite on your own. After all, that’s part of the fun.
Visit www.telluride.com/telluride/festivals for the complete lineup.