Why Telluride Is The Best Place To See A Music Festival

By Jonathan Owens
Updated January 25, 2017
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Why Telluride Is The Best Place To See A Music FestivalIf you think Telluride, Colorado is just known for their extreme terrain skiing, think again. Nestled in the San Juan Mountains in Southern Colorado, Telluride boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes known to man. With world class skiing and numerous music festivals throughout the year, Telluride is the perfect place to plan your next vacation and music festival.

From morning to night, Telluride has many activities to offer during your festival stay. Be sure to explore the impeccable hiking and biking trails that start right at the valley floor of Telluride. Also, if you're looking to spend some time on the water, Telluride also unveils a giant playground for boaters, water skiers, rafters and fly fishers starting from the San Miguel River that runs right through downtown.

A few of our staff's favorite hikes in Telluride include:

  • Bear Creek Falls - Beginning right behind the festival stage and ends at a gorgeous waterfall.
  • Bridal Veil Falls - The tallest free falling waterfall in the state of Colorado.
  • Blue Lake - A high alpine lake hike through the historic mining countryside.

For more hiking and outdoor activities in Telluride, visit here.

Once the sun is setting, the activities continue to emerge. From mueseums to bars with mountain views, Telluride's night life is one of a kind. A very popular activity among guests of Telluride include taking the free gondola up from the Telluride base station and grabbing cocktails at Allred's, which offers an incredibly unique mountain top dining experience. In regards to music festivals in Telluride, you simply just need to take your pick. Telluride hosts many festivals year round and our staff has named these festivals the best festivals to attend this year!

1.) Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

The annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival takes place in Telluride Town Park, a renowned outdoor music venue with an absolutely breathtaking backdrop of the San Juan mountains. This September 16th-18th 2016, expect an amazing three day music and craft beer festival that is unlike any other.  This jubilee of blues music, funk music, jam bands, indie, rock, gospel and soul performances will be paired with 56 craft breweries and a variety of food and craft vendors.  Many attendees begin their morning sipping coffee at a riverside campsite and heading out for a scenic hike.  This family friendly festival entertains all ages and is filled with fun outdoor games and endless activities for children.  When the performances in Telluride Town Park end, the intimate late night shows in the town's local venues begin.  In just a day, you can experience the best camping, hiking, food, craft beer and live music in the country. To find Telluride blues and brews festival info, costs, lineup, tickets, news, and more visit here.

2.) Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Renowned as the best bluegrass music festival in the country, the annual Telluride Bluegrass music festival takes place this summer in Telluride Town Park starting June 16th, and ending June 19th, 2016. Hosting some of the best bluegrass musicians in the world such as: Peter Rowan, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, Tim O'Brien, and Sam Bush, this festival promises unbelievable bluegrass talent in the most mountaineous settings in the west. For Telluride Bluegrass Festival info, costs, lineup, tickets, news, and more visit here.

3.) Telluride RIDE Festival

The annual Telluride RIDE Festival meshes stellar rock and roll music with one of the most stunning music venues in the world. The Telluride RIDE  Festival weekend kicks off on Friday, July 9th, 2016 with an outdoor sunset concert in the scenic Mountain Village, connected to Telluride by a free gondola. In addition to the main stage lineup in the world renowned Telluride Town Park, enjoy some of the world's best musical talent in the historic bars and outdoor venues throughout the town of Telluride. With phenominal headlining acts this year such you sure don't want to regret missing this. For Telluride RIDE Festival info, costs, lineup, tickets, news, and more visit here.

4.) Telluride Jazz Festival

The annual Telluride Jazz Festival has been around since 1977 and is still rapidly progressing. Kicking off August 5th, 2016 and bringing internationally acclaimed musicians, along with pristine views of the San Juan mountains, this festival ranks among the world's most memorable jazz events in the entire country. With a very intimate indigenous setting, and a varitey of alpine recreational activities to explore, Telluride offers one of the most unique festival settings anywhere. To purchase tickets, check the line up, and view any other information on the Telluride Jazz Festival, please visit here.

"Out of the 90 different countries I’ve been to, I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than what you have here.” 

- B.B. King On Telluride, Colorado





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