Get your Blues On: Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
There are many tell tale signs that fall has arrived in Telluride—the crispness in the air, the aspens leaves transforming into fiery orange and yellow hues and of course, the Blues and Brews Festival.
Here are some valuable tips to fully enjoy the 21st Annual Blues and Brews Festival:
After all, the festival is called Blues & Brews. Visit the host brewery Sierra Nevada and the House of Brews featuring 5 different beers all weekend long, as well as a plethora of yummy craft beers in Town Park during Saturday’s Grand Tasting, noon–3 pm. This lively event features over 50 microbreweries showcasing over 170 styles from across the nation.
The Late Night Scene
Some of the best shows of the weekend are after dark at Telluride’s intimate concert venues: The Blues Stage (Town Park Pavilion), Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, Sheridan Opera House and the Elks Lodge. Friday and Saturday Juke Joint passes allow access to all night venues but get there early, all venues are first-come, first served. Doors open at 9:45pm each night.
Blues for Breakfast
For a delicious blues breakfast, head to the Elks Lodge (located on the corner of Townsend and Pacific Avenue) from 9 am to noon on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Enjoy solo performances by Blues musicians while dining on scrambled eggs, pancakes, hash browns, sausage, coffee and juice. On Saturday, September 13th, the top six finalists from the Telluride Blues Challenge will play. The winner of this competition will take home a custom acoustic Martin guitar, a cash prize, and the opportunity to play a set on the Main Stage on Saturday evening and a full set on the Blues Stage at the 2015 festival. The following day, Chris Dracup and Mohead will play at Blues for Breakfast.
Funk Costume Contest
Channel your inner funk at this years Telluride Blues & Brews Festival and win passes to the 2015 Festival! On Saturday, Sept 13th, Blues & Brews hosts a full-blown Funk Costume Contest. The Telluride Blues staff will be handing out Funk tickets to the best-dressed festival-goers who will vie for audience cheers on stage. The contestant who gets the most audience cheers for their costume will be awarded TWO weekend passes to the 22nd Annual Blues & Brews Festival in 2015.
New Yoga Sessions
Stretch out those muscles from all the dancing and bliss out during Yoga Sessions presented by Telluride Yoga Festival. This new addition offers festival goers the opportunity to unplug from the ordinary and discover the extraordinary from within. All skill/ability levels welcome. Yoga will be held in the oval area of Telluride Town Park at 9 am on Saturday and Sunday.
Kids of all ages can enjoy various activities in the Rainbow Kids Area during the festival weekend. The kids area features children’s entertainment and activities like bungee trampoline, climbing wall, inflatable bounce games, face painting, a talent show, and much more! There are even two parades specifically geared for the kids (or the kid at heart)—one on Saturday and one on Sunday.
If you need a break from the music and all the delicious beer, there's a handful of beautiful hikes starting directly from downtown Telluride to explore: Bear Creek Trail is less than one block from Town Park (S. Pine Street) and is a perfect beginner trail up to a waterfall. If you need a more challenging hike, check out the Jud Wiebe Trail (N. Aspen Street) that takes you to a gorgeous overlook of the entire town.
Ride the Gondola
The only FREE transportation of its kind in the country, Telluride’s Gondola is a must-do while visiting. Get out up top (San Sophia) to hike around or ride the Gondola down into Mountain Village to check out the local bars, shops and restaurants. The Gondola will be open until midnight on Thursday, until 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and until 1:00 a.m. on Sunday during the festival.