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Telluride Adds New Festivals and Events to an Extensive Summer Schedule



Cycling Races and Rock Concerts Join Established Film, Music and Culinary Festival Line-Up for 2012

TELLURIDE, Colo. (May XX, 2012) – Since the 1970s, the town of Telluride, tucked in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, has become known for its unique festival culture. Nearly every summer weekend offers guests and locals the chance to celebrate everything from bluegrass music to independent films, craft beer, yoga and more. This summer, Telluride's festival line-up offers more than ever with several new events added to the roster.

“August is more often than not a bit of a sleepy month here in paradise,” said President and CEO of the Telluride Tourism Board, Michael Martelon. “That’s all changing this year with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage One finish, followed by the new Telluride Rock and Roll Festival.” Martelon’s insider scoop on this year’s festival season – “Come early and stay late. Maybe even all summer!”

Telluride’s summer festival season kicks off this Memorial Day weekend with Mountainfilm (May 25-28, 2012). Mountainfilm, one of America’s longest-running film festivals, is dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining. Just a few notable names taking part in this year’s festival include Emmy-winning news correspondent Christiane Amanpour, preeminent documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and renowned public radio correspondent Alex Chadwick.

“There is an incomparable energy and excitement at Mountainfilm that is generated by the spectacular setting, the interplay of powerful ideas and passionate people, and the intimacy of a hometown gathering,” said Mountainfilm Executive Director, Peter Kenworthy.

Held over Labor Day weekend, the Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5, 2012) is not a competition, but rather a celebration of the best in film from all around the world. Films must make their North American premiere at the festival in order to be considered, which has allowed attendees to be among the first to see highly regarded, award-winning films such as “The Descendants,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Juno,” “Brokeback Mountain” and “Bowling for Columbine.” Another unique aspect of the festival is the element of surprise; the program is kept secret until opening day.

“Attendees come back year after year to discover a finely curated program of feature films, shorts, student prints and special artist tributes,” said Telluride Film Festival Co-Director, Julie Huntsinger.

While live music is woven into the fabric of Telluride year-round, the town is most widely known for the long running Telluride Bluegrass Festival (June 21-24, 2012). Passes sold out in record time for this year’s 39th annual gathering, but those lucky enough to attend will be treated to performances from the likes of Alison Krauss and Union Station, John Fogerty, Béla Fleck, k.d. Lang, Bruce Hornsby and more. Later in the summer, the Telluride Jazz Festival (August 3-5, 2012) comes to town for its 36th year, bringing internationally recognized acts in classic, mainstream, blues, Brazilian, African and Latin jazz. Performances are staged outdoors in the daytime and in intimate clubs and historic concert halls at night.

“When trumpet great, Dizzy Gillespie exclaimed on his visit to Telluride in 1977, ‘If this ain't paradise, heaven can wait,’ he hit the right note,” said Telluride Jazz Festival Executive Director, Paul Machado.

Telluride also welcomes a brand new Rock and Roll Festival (August 25-26, 2012) that will bring a dozen acts to Town Park, including Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, Los Lobos and Big Head Todd and the Monsters. The music festival season closes out with Telluride Blues and Brews (September 14-16, 2012), a three-day festival with headliners including Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov’t Mule and the B-52s, along with a grand tasting featuring more than 50 of the best regional craft breweries.

“By combining the three ingredients of amazing music, unique microbrews and Telluride as a breathtaking backdrop, you create a magical weekend like no other festival in the world,” said Blues and Brews Festival Director, Steve Gumble.

Those interested in arts, culture and food can savor the Telluride Wine Festival (June 27-July 1, 2012), which features winemakers' luncheons, cooking demonstrations, reserve programs, seminars and tastings for novices and experts alike. Further up the mountain, Telluride Festival of the Arts (August 17-19, 2012), is an annual weekend-long, culinary and visual arts event held in Mountain Village. For foodies, foragers and folks searching for something more unusual, the Telluride Mushroom Festival (August 16-19, 2012) educates citizens, both visitor and local alike, about the many incredible aspects of the amazing world of mycology.

History buffs can venture back in time and walk along the historic main street where Butch Cassidy once roamed during Telluride Heritage Festival (June 8-10, 2012). The Telluride Historical Museum brings the town’s colorful history alive with reenactments, demonstrations and more.

The homegrown Telluride Yoga Festival (July 12-15, 2012) allows new and experienced yogis to deepen their practice through many different forms of yoga led by experts from around the globe.

“If you think yoga is something you'd like to try or if you've been practicing for decades, the teachers and the experience of this festival is potent and unique,” said Yoga Festival Founding Director, Aubrey Hackman.

Cycling enthusiasts can stop spinning their wheels about the perfect summer getaway and head to Telluride, which will provide a breathtaking backdrop for the stage one finish of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge (August 20, 2012).  Olympians, World Champions and Tour de France podium winners will race through the majestic Rockies, enduring more mountain passes than any other race in North America.


About Telluride

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 14,000-foot peaks, which provides 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. For more information or to book a Telluride vacation,


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