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Telluride Heats Up with Fire Festival

Telluride ignites this weekend during the 2nd Annual Telluride Fire Festival.

Multi-storied, fire emitting “art cars”, burn barrels, fire dancers, and larger-than-life, animated, fiery art installations all make up this unique festival which takes place on the pedestrian plazas of Mountain Village January 15 to January 17.  Daytime, and early evening events are completely free. All access tickets are available for the festivals nighttime art and entertainment.





Burning Man, the annual celebration of community and art in the Nevada desert inspired the event.  Burning Man offers up so much fire art that it is impossible to see it all in one week…and much of it burns—never to be seen again! Spreading the Burning Man ethos is an important part of the Fire Festival and the reason it is offered for free

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Below is the lineup of scheduled artists, workshops, and events. Click here for ticket information.


Thursday, January 14, - 5:30pm - 7 pm - free fire-spinning performance on the pool deck of Mountain Lodge Telluride in Mountain Village.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 5pm-8pm – interactive fire sculptures, fire performers, and fiery art cars. Scheduled Fires Artists Fractal Tribe, Dance of the Sacred Fire, and Dream Team Spinners will perform the dramatic and edgy art form called Flow Arts with just the right mixture of danger and delight.


NOTE: The evening events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday take place atop the gondola in the 30-foot vaulted ceilinged Great Room with spectacular views.

Friday January 15: Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation will light the stage on fire with his provocative music atop the gondola in the Great Room—at 10,535 feet above sea level! Guests will be treated to a truly theatrical performance with a dazzling light show. Ryan Strangefellow opens for Rob at 8pm.  Guests arriving before Rob Garza performance can peruse the costumed style clothing being sold in the lobby area just before entering the Great Room. Admission is $50, and includes two drink tickets.  

Saturday, January 16: Costume Fire Ball Fundraiser. Includes unlimited wine, beer, and a special fire-themed cocktail, plus appetizers. Guests will be treated to a truly theatrical performance with a dazzling light show, aerial silks, and mesmerizing hoop spinning. Tunes produced by Ryan Strangefellow, Lexie Torelli, Brock Benson, and LoveTribe. For this special night, the Great Room will be expanded to include intimate seating and lounging areas. Fire sculpture outside as well atop the Gondola. For this special night, the gondola stays open until 2 a.m. Admission is $100 online and $125 at the door.          

Sunday, January 17: Meet the artists, dance, and fire spinning party at Mountain Lodge Telluride, $10. (Kids with a paying adult are free.) Performers and artists are going to be at this closing event to meet locals and visitors. Fire spinners will be on the pool deck spinning fire magic for all. JD Gluckstern and Noah Souder-Russo are the DJ’s for this night. Admission is $10.  

Local Artists add to the Pyre New participating local, regional, and national fire artists are: Seattle artist James Reinhardt, Oakland artist, Ryon Gesink, and local welding artists Richard “Red” Brown and Joe Paczosa. Also returning in 2016 is the family-friendly Phoenix Dragon of Fire with even bigger flames and smoke by Charlie and Gail Holthausen of Steamboat Springs, and Joe Bob Merritt from Gunnison. A new interactive fire installation by 2015 artists, Jamie Vaida and Alvin Sessions of Grand Junction, titled “The Burning Pink Organ” will be on display.

Free Workshops Free Workshops will again be offered both in town and Mountain Village. In town at the Ah Haa School for the Arts. Festivalgoers will have two out of doors locations to choose from for experiencing the free fire spinning workshops—the spacious Element 52 deck or Mountain Village Plaza at the base of the ski mountain. And, new this year—three child-friendly Zen of Fire workshops by Fire Heart Adventures will be taught at the Wilkinson Public Library. 

Enjoy the fesitivies as things heat up in Telluride. 


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