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Telluride Tourism Board: Telluride celebrates summer festival anniversaries



Telluride, Colo., May 1, 2013 – Telluride, Colo., known as the festival capital of the Southwest, is gearing up to celebrate its “Summer of Love” with notable anniversaries of some of its most beloved summer festivals. Telluride is also welcoming a newcomer, the Telluride WOW (Weekend of Workout) Festival, to its robust lineup. Additionally, the historic Sheridan Opera House, which serves as a major venue for many of Telluride’s festivals, in addition to hosting top caliber acts in an intimate setting throughout the year, is celebrating its centennial.

Below is a rundown of Telluride’s 2013 festival season highlights:

100th Anniversary Telluride’s Historic Sheridan Opera House is turning 100 years old this year, and will serve as a screening venue during the Mountainfilm and Telluride Film Festival, while also hosting an impressive after-hours line-up during the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The Grammy winning Mumford and Sons, The Punch Brothers, Trampled By Turtles and more will take the stage during Nightgrass. In celebration of their anniversary, the Sheridan Opera House will be holding a Speakeasy Gala on July 6.

40th Anniversary This summer, The Telluride Film Festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary Aug. 29 – Sept. 2. The festival, which does not announce its program in advance, has hosted the North American or global premiers of four of the past five winners of best picture at the Oscars, including this year’s winner, “Argo”. The Telluride Film Festival, along with the Town of Telluride have announced that a new venue, The Werner Herzog Theatre, is being created to host this year’s festival. The theater will be located in Telluride’s Town Park Pavilion and will be the festival’s most technologically advanced theater, accommodating 650 pass holders.

Always a favorite, the 40th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, once again coincides with the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. From June 21 – 24, festival goers can enjoy music by Mumford & Sons, Emmylou Harris, Dispatch, The String Cheese Incident, Feist and Yonder Mountain String Band, to name a few.

The Telluride Chamber Music Festival has been bringing music to Telluride since 1973. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the festival will offer live chamber music and events from Aug. 8 – 18.

35th Anniversary Kicking off Telluride’s “Summer of Love” this Memorial Day Weekend is one of America’s oldest film festivals, the 35th Annual Mountainfilm (May 24 – 27). Mountainfilm focuses on both adventure and social issues while capturing the unique spirit of Telluride. This year’s Moving Mountains Symposium will take on the issues of climate change and solutions.

30th Anniversary Following Mountainfilm, Telluride will celebrate the 30th Annual Balloon Festival (June 1 - 2). The festival, which is free of charge, offers scenic hot air balloon rides above Telluride and the San Juan Mountains.

20th Anniversary This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival. The Black Crowes, Jim James, and Melissa Etheridge will headline this year’s festival (Sept. 13 – 15).  Additional musicians booked to play include Gary Clark Jr., John Hiatt, Mickey Hart Band, Anders Osborne, Otis Taylor Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Allen Stone, ZZ Ward, The New Mastersounds, The Bright Light Social Hour, The Relatives and IBC winner Selwyn Birchwood Band. There will also be a sampling of some of the best craft breweries in the country. 

New to Telluride As summer winds down, Telluride will welcome the ultimate health and wellness festival, the Telluride WOW Festival (Sept. 19 – 22). The Telluride WOW, or Work Out Weekend, festival will feature presenters, instructors and athletes to hold fitness classes and interactive sessions on the latest health, fitness, wellness, nutrition and medical trends.  


Date                         Event

May 24 - 27             Mountainfilm

June 1 - June 2         Telluride Balloon Festival

June 3 - June 9         Wild West Fest

June 8 – 9                 Ride The Rockies

June 21 - 24             Telluride Bluegrass Festival

June 27 - 30             Telluride Wine Festival

June 29 - July 4        Telluride Plein-Air

July 4                        Firemen's Fourth of July

July 11 - July 14       Telluride Yoga Festival

July 12 - 13               Hardrock 100

July 13 - 14               The Ride Festival featuring David Byrne

July 17 - 20               Americana MusicFest

July 18 - 20               Ah Haa Art Auction

July 21 - 27               San Miguel Basin Fair & Rodeo

July 23 - 28               Telluride Playwrights Festival

Aug. 2 - 4                  Telluride Jazz Celebration

Aug. 8 - 18                Telluride Chamber Music Festival

Aug. 15 - 18              Telluride Mushroom Festival

Aug. 23 - 25              KOTO Doo-Dah

Aug. 29 - Sept. 2       Telluride Film Festival

Sept. 7                        Imogene Pass Run

Sept. 13 - 15              Telluride Blues and Brews Festival

Sept. 19 - 22              Telluride WOW Festival

Sept. 21                      Mountains to Desert Ride

Oct. 11 - 13                Telluride Horror Show

Oct. 26                       KOTO Halloween Bash


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, providing 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, visit or call 888-605-2578.


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