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. 18th from 4 - 6 pm
  • Private "VIP Grand Tasting" with 20 select microbreweries on Saturday, Sept. 19th from 12 - 3 pm
  • Gospel Brunch on Sunday, Sept. 20th 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
  • 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 19th and Sunday, September 20th 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

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

The Telluride Blues Challenge offers winning contestants a chance to play the Main Stage, a premium Martin guitar courtesy of Telluride Music, cash prize and more! Telluride Blues & Brews Festival partners with the Telluride Blues Society and the Colorado Blues Society to present the Telluride Blues Challenge. Following the previous guidelines of the past 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 19th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

Click here for all the details

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Sunset Blues Concert

Join us in Mountain Village Sunset Plaza for our FREE kickoff Blues & Brews Festival Concert Thursday, September 17th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. featuring Hillstomp and opener The Johnson County Coroners. Mountain Village is just a short, beautiful Gondola ride away from Telluride!

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Campground Sessions

The festival's additional shows in the campground exclusively for campers only (camping wristband required for entrance). Musicians will be playing on a rustic stage next to Lower Bear Creek Falls. Don't miss the chance to see these intimate campground performances in 2015!

Friday, September 18, 20153:30 - 4:00 p.m.Hillstomp
Saturday, September 19, 20153:30 - 4:00 p.m.Leo "Bud" Welch
Sunday, September 20, 20153:30 - 4:00 p.m.Eagle Eye Williamson
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Grand Tasting

Celebrate our Grand Tasting Saturday, Sept. 19th 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). For more info, click here

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"This Ain't No Mouse Music!"

Join us for the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival film premiere of 'This Ain't No Mouse Music!' on Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 PM at The Palm Theatre. The film is a hip-shaking stomp from Texas to New Orleans, Cajun country to Appalachia, and is a passionate quest for the musical soul of America in. Live musical guest AJ Fullerton of The Johnson County Coroners will play a reception for the event at the Hotel Telluride lobby. The film is a fundraiser for the San Miguel Resource Center and brought to you in partnership with Jimmy Jazz Presents, Telluride Blues Society and the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. To learn more about this event click here.

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Festival Art Gallery

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival's Official Art Gallery for the weekend is 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, Daryl Price and past festival artists. Artwork will be for sale. Open daily Thursday through Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to close.

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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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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 in the Town Park Hanley Pavilion (next to the campground).
 
Click here for tickets.
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Bal de Maison

Thursday, September 17th, 2015 - 'Opening Party' featuring Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats with opener Eagle Eye Williamson

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! For more info, click here.

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 20th, 2015 - 'Closing Celebration' featuring The Revivalists

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! For more info, click here.

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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