Events


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There are a lot of events planned to enhance your festival experience, above and beyond the great music on the main stage! Check them out.


Festival Events

Blisters & Brews 5K Race Fundraiser

New for 2016! Blisters & Brews is a 5k Fundraiser Race giving Festival patrons the opportunity to exercise before they imbibe. The 5k Race, sponsored by BootDoctors™ Paragon Outdoors, will raise money for the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program in remembrance of dear festival friend Felix Snow. Beginning and ending in Telluride's Elks Park, Blisters & Brews provides runners with a safe, beautiful way to kick off their Saturday in downtown Telluride. For more info, please click here. To register for the 5k race, please click here.

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Blues & Brews Yoga Sessions

We are thrilled to announce the free Blues & Brews Yoga Sessions presented by Telluride Yoga Festival! This is your weekend opportunity to unplug from the ordinary and discover the extraordinary from within with yoga instructors Kristin Taylor and Alyssa Saunders.
 
Enjoy a fluid yoga flow, activating breath practice, liberating movement and playful exercises to discover new realms of embodied pleasure. Guests of all skill levels are welcome to join us on Saturday and Sunday mornings during the Festival weekend.
 
Location: Telluride Elks Park* (FREE and open to the public)
Time: September 17 and 18 (Saturday and Sunday of the Festival) 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
What to Bring: Water, Yoga Mat, Towel and Active Wear (Come with or without - these items are not mandatory to join in the class)
 
For more information, click here.
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Blues for Breakfast

Start your mornings off proper with blues music, a hearty breakfast and drinks at Blues for Breakfast! Kicking off at 9:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday of the Festival weekend, Blues for Breakfast offers a pleasant warm-up to a dynamic day and late night full of music. Join us at the Telluride's intimate Elks Lodge (located at 472 West Pacific Avenue), for a bite to eat as the first official chords of the day are struck. Admission is free! The Elks Lodge will prepare a traditional breakfast spread featuring classics like the "world-famous" black bean sauté from Oak...The New Fat Alley, scrambled eggs, pancakes, hash browns, toast, bacon and sausages. Coffee, juice and breakfast bar drinks will also be available. Breakfast is $12, Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and other breakfast bar drinks are extra.
 
Saturday, September 17th | Telluride Blues Challenge Finals | 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Sunday, September 18th | A.J. Fullerton and Telluride Blues Challenge Runner-Up | 9:00 a.m. - Noon
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Campground Sessions

A special perk available to campers only are the additional shows in the campground exclusive to campers only (camping wristband required for entrance). Artists will be playing on the Campground Stage each day of the festival. Don't miss the chance to see these performances in an intimate campground setting!

Friday, September 16, 20164:00 - 4:45 p.m.Reverend Deadeye
Saturday, September 17, 20164:00 - 4:45 p.m.Moreland & Arbuckle
Sunday, September 18, 20164:00 - 4:45 p.m.Phil Wiggins and George Kilby Jr Trio with Andy Calder
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Coolest Campsite Challenge

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is teaming up with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, an educational non-profit organization to encourage all of you to green the scene by entering the “Making My Blues Green – Coolest & Cleanest Campsite Challenge". Just take a few minutes to swing by the Leave No Trace booth to register and let them know you are being clean and sustainable here at the festival and you are instantly entered to win FREE swag including tickets for next year’s festival! For more info, click here.

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Festival Art Gallery

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival’s Art Gallery will be held at Arroyo Wine Bar & Gallery, located at 220 East Colorado Ave! Stop by, have a beverage and enjoy artwork from festival photographers Barry Brecheisen, Dino Perrucci, Jason Squires and performance painter Scramble Campbell. The gallery also hosts original paintings featured in past poster art. Some artwork will be available for sale. The gallery will be open daily for the festival weekend from Thursday to Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to close. For more information, click here.

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Film Screening: Fundraiser for the San Miguel Resource Center

Join us for Telluride Blues & Brews Festival's film screening of 'Song of the South: Duane Allman & The Rise of the Allman Brothers Band' on Wednesday, September 14th at 8:30 p.m. at the historic Sheridan Opera House presented by KOTO FM's DJ Jimmy Jazz and Telluride Blues Society.
 
Start your Festival weekend early with a party and film screening celebrating one of the greatest slide guitarists of all time, Duane Allman. Come for a good time and a good cause - all proceeds are donated to the San Miguel Resource Center (SMRC), a local non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of domestic violence. A pre-film VIP Reception Party will include live music, cash bar, complimentary food and raffle ticket. Tickets for the reception are $35 per person and available here. The film, with a separate admission ($15 suggested donation to the San Miguel Resource Center), will start shortly after the Reception Party and raffle at 8:30 p.m.

To learn more about this event click here.

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Grand Tasting

Celebrate our Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 17th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm in the festival grounds where the following 56 breweries are participating with over 170 different beers. Click here to see who's going to be pouring at this year's festival! Click here for the comprehensive list of over 170 styles of beer and cider. Cheers!

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Raffle Fundraiser

In partnership with the Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is raffling off a signed guitar by Joe Bonamassa, valued at $1,500, a 7-Day Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise and two tickets to see Neil Young + Promise of the Real this fall, to benefit local Telluride beneficiaries. Buy raffle tickets at the festival in the Merchandise Tent, VIP Merchandise Tent and Blues Cruise RV near the entrance of the Festival grounds.

We are raising money for the One To One Mentoring Program and Telluride Aids Benefit (TAB). One To One Mentoring empowers youth in San Miguel County to achieve their social, emotional and academic potential through professionally supported mentor relationships. TAB is a non-profit organization whose mission is to fight HIV/AIDS by heightening global and local awareness, as well as generating financial support for educational programs and patient care/prevention.

This raffle has been made possible through the generous efforts of Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation (KTBA). KTBA was founded in 2011 to ensure the preservation of the blues music genre as well as music education as a whole. KTBA fuels the passion for music by funding programs and scholarships for students and teachers who possess the desire, but lack the resources or access to achieve their potential within the music industry. 

Be sure to stop by the Merchandise Tent, VIP Merchandise Tent, and Blues Cruise RV to buy a raffle ticket to help show your support! Raffle tickets are $10 each, 3 for $20. For more information, please click here.

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Rainbow Kids Area

Kids of all ages can enjoy various activities in the Rainbow Kids Area throughout the festival weekend with the help from Living Folklore! Living Folklore features children’s entertainment, workshops, and two parades spefically geared for the kids (or the kid at heart) – one on Saturday and one on Sunday. The Rainbow Kids Area is located in the back of the festival grounds. Join the wild and wacky Living Folklore Clowns, Giggly Sprout and Gumbo Wobbly, along with additional activities that include a bungee trampoline, climbing wall, inflatable bounce games, face painting, a talent show, and much more! All activities are for children ages 3 and up! Fees are required for the games, and can be purchased at the Kids area. For the full Kids schedule, click here.

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Stand-Up Comedy at the Festival

Comedy returns to Blues & Brews with stand-up shows featuring Sarah Tiana, Eddie Ifft, Troy Walker and Sam Tallent. On Friday and Saturday nights, Arroyo Wine Bar & Gallery will host the "Dirty Shows" starting at 10:00 p.m. For the young at heart, please note that some of the comedy will be adult in nature. Catch all four comedians again on the Blues Stage, Saturday, September 17th at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 18th at 4:00 p.m during the Festival. For the complete Blues Stage schedule, click here. To read more about the comedians, click here.

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Sunset Blues Concert

Join us in Mountain Village Sunset Plaza for our FREE kickoff Blues & Brews Festival Concert Thursday, September 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. featuring Con Brio and Israel Nash. Mountain Village is just a short, beautiful Gondola ride away from Telluride! For more info, please click here.

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Telluride Blues Challenge

Calling all musicians, play your way to the Main Stage! Blues & Brews has partnered with the Telluride Music Company, the Telluride Blues Society and the Colorado Blues Society to present the 2016 Telluride Blues Challenge. The Telluride Blues Challenge provides talented musicians from the blues genre with the opportunity to advance their career. The top six entries will be invited to play at the festival's Telluride Blues Challenge at Telluride's Elks Lodge on Saturday, September 17th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.
 
The competition is open to any solo performer, acoustic and electric, who is not currently signed to a major record label or publishing deal. Vocalists are also counted as musicians for the purpose of the competition. All entries must be received by August 19, 2016, accompanied by a $5.00 submission fee. To enter the Telluride Blues Challenge, click here.
 
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VIP Events

Want some creature comforts to heighten your Festival experience? Purchase 3-Day VIP to enjoy the weekend in style and ease with a host of special amenities. 

What You Get With Your VIP Pass

  • Priority entrance to the festival each day - avoid getting stuck in line
  • VIP Area with premium stage views - shade tents and seating provided
  • Beer, wine, water & specialty drinks ($)
  • Free on-site mobile massage therapists (throughout the festival weekend)
  • VIP Reception on Friday with complimentary food and cocktails on Friday, Sept. 16th from 4 - 6 pm
  • Private "VIP Grand Tasting" with 20 select microbreweries on Saturday, Sept. 17th from 12 - 3 pm
  • Gospel Brunch on Sunday, Sept. 18th from 11 - 1 pm with champagne and bloody mary reception with lite food
  • Private, upscale VIP restrooms
  • VIP Merchandise Booth
  • Candy Bar on Sunday
  • Free entry into Late Night Juke Joint music venues with priority entry
  • VIP Sports Bar
  • Seafood Raw Bar
VIP Sports Bar with seating, four large HD viewing screens to watch your favorite sporting event without missing a moment of music from the festival main stage.
 
• Four Large HD Screens to watch your favorite NCAA or NFL game
• Surround Sound System
• Plenty of Bar seating
• Cash bar
 
Raw Bar ($) ~ Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Fresh shucked oysters on the ½ shell, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Oyster Shooters, cracked pepper cocktail sauce, lemon wedges.

*VIP Tickets DO NOT include entry into the Bal de Maison or Fais Do Do. These tickets are sold separately.

All VIP events take place within the VIP area on the festival grounds. Click here for tickets. Click here for schedule

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Late Night Shows

Bal de Maison

Thursday, September 15th, 2016 - 'Opening Party' featuring Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear

Doors: 8:30 p.m. Showtime: 9:00 p.m.

Originally Bal de Maison's were dances held at someones house - typically in the front room which was cleared of furniture. Quite often these dances were announced by the host of the party simply by standing on their porch and yelling to their neigbor. Word would often travel up to 40 miles this way. Well here is our shout out - we are having a dance party on Thursday, September 15th to open the Festival, spread the word!

Please note, VIP and Juke Joints passes are not valid for show entry, this is a separate ticket. To purchase tickets, please click here

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Juke Joints

After the festival ends in Town Park, we continue the music at 10pm on both Friday and Saturday nights at the local “Juke Joint" shows located in various venues throughout Telluride. Juke Joint passes allow access to all Juke Joint venues for the night purchased. Be aware, Juke Joint passes do not guarantee entry to the show, all venues are first come, first served and based on the capacity of each venue. As they fill up, we direct you to which Juke Joints are not full. As the night goes on, crowds at the Juke Joints tend to rotate, so even if you can't catch the start of the band you want to see, there's a good chance you can catch the last half of their show. So, if there is one particular band you really want to see, get in line early for the show!  Doors open at 9:45pm. The VIP 3-Day Pass includes entry into all Juke Joints, dependant on capacity. Doors open at 9:30pm for VIP pass holders. For the Juke Joint schedule, click here.
 
Juke Joint venues include: The Moon at O'Bannon's, Telluride Elks Lodge, Sheridan Opera House, the Blues Stage and Arroyo Wine Bar & Gallery. Tickets are available for purchase here.
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Fais Do-Do

Sunday, September 18th, 2016 - 'Closing Celebration' featuring Anders Osborne

Doors: 8:00 p.m.  Showtime: 9:00 p.m. 

"Fais do-do" which roughly translates to "Cajun dance party". The parties were named for the gentle command ('go to sleep') young mothers offered bawling infants so that they could get back out and dance with their husbands before someone else did. This is our final show of the weekend and soon we will all go to sleep!  This show is a highlight for many and one you won't want to miss!

Please note, VIP and Juke Joints passes are not valid for show entry, this is a separate ticket. To purchase tickets, click here

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