Check Out Telluride’s Festival Season

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Aspen, Colorado // Photo by Shutterstock/Kan Khampanya

It is time to head to the town of Telluride in Colorado, as it gears up for the second half of its acclaimed summer event schedule with more notable anniversaries, debuts, and long-time favorite events.

Earlier this summer, Telluride Mountainfilm celebrated its 35th year showcasing films on the issues of climate change and sustainability solutions; the Telluride Balloon Festival soared through its 30th season with scenic hot air balloon rides high above the Telluride box canyon; Telluride Bluegrass Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary with performers Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, Dispatch, The String Cheese Incident, Feist, Yonder Mountain String Band, and more; and the historic Sheridan Opera House, the classic festival venue in Telluride, celebrated its 100th anniversary with a speakeasy, 1920’s themed gala.

However, there are more festivals slated for late summer to early in the fall, including: from August 8 to 18, the 40th Telluride Chamber Music Festival, celebrating its 40th year of classical music and music-making at its highest level; on September 7, the 40th Imogene Pass Run, a 17.1 mile point-to-point mountain race through the western San Juan Mountains of Colorado, where the runners race along a route which connects the towns of Ouray (7810 ft.) and Telluride (8750 ft.) by way of 13,114 foot Imogene Pass; on September 13 to 15, the 20th Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary in Town Park with world-class musicians, over 50 craft breweries, and majestic views of the San Juan Mountains; and on September 19 to 22, the first Telluride WOW Festival, which will feature presenters, instructors, and athletes to hold fitness classes and sessions on the latest health and wellness trends and workouts.

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Other festivals anticipated include: on September 20 to 21, the Telluride Barbeque Festival; on September 21, Mountains to Desert Ride; on October 11 to 13, Telluride Horror Show; and on October 26, the KOTO Halloween Bash. is owned and operated by Telluride Alpine Lodging, the longest-standing, locally-owned and operated lodging company in the Telluride region. It offers a selection of hotel rooms, vacation homes and condominium rentals in both town and Mountain Village.

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