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A Summer of Anniversaries - Festivals & Landmarks Celebrate Their Time in Telluride

Main 35 Years: Mountainfilm (May 24th–27th)

Mountainfilm can be described in one word: inspiring. This year’s theme is climate change and the festival organizers hope to get both a better understanding about climate change, and to be part of the solution. The festival includes art and photography exhibits, early morning coffee talks, a book signing party, an ice cream social, student programs, and a closing picnic/awards ceremony. The line-up this year includes films about traumatic brain injuries, sailing solo around the world, the war on terror, Rwandan bike races, and American Christians proselytizing in Uganda. See a full list of films and tickets, or for more information on the festival. We also have a full list of lodging and passses packages


30 Years: Balloon Fest (June 1st–2nd)

Each June, colorful balloons fill the Telluride valley. This year, the balloons will launch from Telluride Town Park on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Saturday evening, the balloons will line Main Street for the ever-popular Main Street GLO. People gather as the balloons’ pilots blow the fire used to propel the balloons, all after the sun has set. The Telluride Balloon Festival is a free event, and perfect for families and people of all ages to enjoy.


40 Years: Telluride Bluegrass Festival (June 20th–23rd)

The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, which takes place during the Summer Solstice yearly, has a following that attracts people from near and far. Adding over 10,000 people to the valley, the energy and excitement from both the attendees and performers is contagious. This year’s sold-out festival includes performances by Mumford and Sons, Emmy Lou Harris and Rodney Crowell, The String Cheese Incident, Punch Brothers, Tim O’Brien, Trampled by Turtles, Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush Band, Jackson Brown, The Infamous Stringdusters, and more. Get more information on the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

 40 Years: Telluride Chamber Music Festival (August 8th–18th)

Roy Malan, Concert Master of the San Francisco Ballet, and Robin Sutherland, pianist for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, started the Telluride Chamber Music Festival in 1973. Malan is the festival director, and this year’s festival will have special performances by both Sutherland and Malan, and includes free concerts in the park and concerts at the Sheridan Opera House. The festival is designed to give the attendees a broad range of musical experiences in an intimate setting. Visit their site fo information on the Telluride Chamber Music Festival is available on their site.

40 Years: Telluride Film Festival (August 29th–September 2nd)

Telluride Film Festival is well-known in the Hollywood realm, but those who have attended will confirm that it is anything but Hollywood, and leaves all the glitz and glam behind. The festival program isn’t announced until Labor Day Weekend, the weekend the festival takes place, and people continue to come in the masses regardless. You can expect to see world-renowned films premiering at the festival, and many of the films and their actors and directors go on to earn Oscars. The ACME level passes have already sold out; more information on the festival or purchasing of other passes available on the Telluride Film Festival site.

40 Years: Imogene Pass Run (September 7th)

The Imogene Pass Run is a 17.1 mile mountain race run along a route which connects the towns of Ouray (7,810ft) and Telluride (8750ft) by way of the 13,114 Imogene pass. The run was first done by Rick Trujillo. He ran from Ouray to Telluride, via the pass, as training for the Pikes Peak Marathon. He was on his way home from a full day of work at the Camp Bird Mine. The race is a tough one; there is a 5,000+ elevation gain on the Ouray side, and then a 4,000 plus elevation decline back down to Telluride. Registration is capped at 1,500 for the safety of the runners, and the race is often sold-out within a few hours. Visit the Imogene Pass Run website for more information.

 20 Years: Telluride Blues & Brews Festival (September 13th–15th)

The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is the perfect way to cap-off a summer of festivals. With over 9,000 people in attendance, Saturday of the festival is reserved for The Grand Tasting with over 50 microbreweries pouring from 12pm-3pm. Attendees can enjoy the festival while sampling close to 150 different beers. Headliners for this year’s festival are The Black Crowes, Jim James, and Melissa Etheridge. For the full line-up, or for more information on the festival and passes, please visit the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival site.


Historic Sheridan Opera House celebrates its 100th year!

First opening on July 3, 1913 under the name The Sergerberg Theater, the theater presented a first-class picture show. The building took on several different names before it was eventually named the Sheridan Opera House after the neighboring bar and hotel. The Sheridan Arts Foundation, the non-profit which owns, operates, and restores the historic venue, was founded in 1991. Known for its intimate setting, the venue has hosted many world-class shows, as well as local theatrical delights. Join us in celebrating their centennial; visit the Sheridan Opera House website full list of events.



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