The Fun Continues...

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

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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Rainbow Kids Area

Festival fun for the little ones

Kids of all ages can enjoy various activities in the Rainbow Kids Area including a bungee trampoline, climbing wall and inflatable bouncee games through-out the festival weekend. Living Folklore features children's entertainment, workshops, and two parades—one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Bring the kids to the Rainbow Kids Area to join the wild and wacky Living Folklore clowns, Giggly Sprout and Gumbo Wobbly. To learn more about Living Folklore clowns or the Arizona living folklore, visit

Click here for schedule

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Blues for Breakfast

Join us for Blues for Breakfast from 9 am—Noon on Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Elks Lodge (located at the corner of Townsend and Pacific). Enjoy solo performances by blues musicians while dining on scrambled eggs, pancakes, hash browns, sausage, coffee, and juice. The music is free. Breakfast, Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and a full bar are extra. Saturday's Blues for Breakfast coincides with our Telluride Blues Challenge - come eat breakfast and watch 6 musicians vie for a spot on the main stage later in the day.

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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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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!

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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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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!

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Blues & Brews Yoga Sessions

Whether you’re enjoying the festival music, mountaintop adventures or relaxing among friends for the weekend in Telluride, the Blues & Brews’ “Yoga Sessions” presented by Telluride Yoga Festival is an opportunity to unplug from the ordinary and discover the extraordinary from within with our Saturday and Sunday Yoga classes in Elks Park (located on Main Street across from the courthouse).

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Festival Art Gallery

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival's Official Art Gallery for the festival weekend will be at Arroyo Wine Bar & Gallery, located at 220 E Colorado Avenue. Stop by, have a beverage, light bites and enjoy artwork from festival photographers Barry Brecheisen & Dino Perrucci, painters Scramble Campbell and past festival artists. Artwork will be for sale. Detailed information will be available soon, check back for details.

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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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Blisters & Brews 5K Race

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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Late Night Shows

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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Bal de Maison

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

Doors: 8:30pm Showtime: 9:00pm

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 17th 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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Fais Do-Do

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

Doors: 9:30pm  Showtime: 10:00pm 

"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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