Events


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

  • VIP Entrance to the festival each day - avoid getting stuck in line to get in.
  • VIP Area is located next to the main stage with 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. 12th from 4 - 6 pm
  • Private "VIP Grand Tasting" with 20 select microbreweries on Saturday, Sept. 13th from 12 - 3 pm
  • Gospel Brunch on Sunday, Sept. 14th from 11 - 1 pm with champagne and bloody mary reception with lite food
  • Private VIP restrooms
  • VIP Merchandise Booth
  • Candy Bar on Sunday
  • Free entry into Late Night Juke Joint music venues with priority access
  • Seafood Raw Bar
NEW for 2014: Added 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.
 
VIP Sports Bar includes:
 
• Four Large HD Screens to watch your favorite NCAA or NFL game
• Surround Sound System
• Plenty of Bar seating
• Cash bar
 
NEWLY added Raw Bar ($) ~ Saturday, September 13th 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 www.livingfolklore.com

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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

The Telluride Blues Challenge offers contestants to win a chance to play the Main Stage, a premium Martin guitar, cash prize and more! The Acoustic Blues Competition gets a makeover in 2014, as the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival partners with the Telluride Blues Society and the Colorado Blues Society to present the new and improved Telluride Blues Challenge. Following the previous guidelines of the Acoustic Blues Competition, the new event seeks talented musicians who excel in the Blues genre. The competition is open to any solo and duo performer, acoustic and electric, who is not currently signed to a MAJOR record label or publishing deal. 
 
The top six entries will be invited to play at the festival's Telluride Blues Challenge held during the ever popular Blues for Breakfast at Telluride's Elks Lodge on Saturday, September 13th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

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Sunset Blues Concert

Join us in Mountain Village Sunset Plaza for our FREE kickoff Blues & Brews Festival Concert Thursday, September 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with Dragondeer and Ryan McGarvey. Just a short BEAUTIFUL Gondola ride away from Telluride!

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Campground Sessions

Added in 2013! The festival featured additional shows in the campground exclusively for campers only (camping wristband required for entrance). Musicians will be playing on an rustic stage next to Lower Bear Creek Falls. Don't miss the chance to see these intimate campground performances in 2014!

Friday, September 12, 20143:30 - 4:00 p.m.Kipori Woods
Saturday, September 13, 20143:30 - 4:00 p.m.Mohead
Sunday, September 14, 20143:30 -4:00 p.m.Shakey Graves
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Grand Tasting

Celebrate our Grand Tasting Saturday, Sept. 13th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm in the festival grounds where the following 56 breweries are participating with over 170 different beers. Check out the complete list here. Bottoms up!

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Yoga Sessions Presented by Telluride Yoga Festival

New for 2014! Whether you’re enjoying our multi-day festival music, mountaintop adventures or relaxing among friends for the weekend in Telluride. 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. For more info, 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.
 
Juke Joint venues include: Fly me to the Moon, The Elks Lodge, Sheridan Opera House, and the newly added Blues Stage (new for 2014) in the Town Park Hanley Pavilion (next to the campground).
 
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Bal de Maison

Thursday, Sept. 11th - Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers

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 - we are having a dance party on Thursday, September 11th 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.

Click here for Tickets. Click here for more info.

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Fais Do Do

This closing Sunday evening show features a performance by Anders Osborne with special guests at the Sheridan Opera House is now SOLD OUT!

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.

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Juke Joints, Bal De Maison, Fais Do Do and More

Learn more about our Late Shows here.

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