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About Telluride

Getting to Telluride

Tickets & Passes

Get Involved

Festival Guide 'How To'

Camping

Lodging & Accommodations


About Telluride

About

Telluride Blues & Brews takes place in the world-famous resort town of Telluride, Colorado, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Blues & Brews is a three-day celebration of blues, funk, jam bands, indie, rock, gospel and soul performances - accompanied by some of the best microbreweries in the country, a wide variety of food and craft vendors, children's activities, late night shows, and much, much more. Although, the festival is only three days and three nights, once you get to Telluride, you won't want to go home.

The historic mining town of Telluride, CO is situated 8,750 feet above sea level and is an acclaimed ski town by winter and the festival capital of Colorado in the summer. Telluride's main street, just steps away from the festival grounds, is home to a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. After the music ends in Town Park for the evening, we move the festival scene into various music venues located throughout the town of Telluride. These are our "Juke Joints" and, once they get jamming, a walk down main street feels like a walk down Beale Street in Memphis.

When B.B. King first performed here in 2004, he sat on the stage, looked out at the mountains before him, and said, "Out of the 90 different countries I've been to, I've never seen anything more beautiful than what you have here." It's not the altitude that'll take your breath away. It's the views.
 

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Getting to Telluride

Flying to Telluride

Flights are available to the region directly into Telluride or nearby Montrose, Durango, Cortez, and Grand Junction. Five different carriers service the airports, and there are nine non-stop destinations: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco/Oakland and Phoenix. International airports in Denver, Salt Lake City, and Albuquerque are a scenic six to seven-hour drive away as well.

Telluride Regional Airport is approximately 15 minutes from Telluride and/or Mountain Village and is North America's highest commercial airport. At 9,070 feet above sea level, the airport offers picturesque views of the San Juan mountains. And now - getting to Telluride has never been easier. Direct and connecting air service is provided by Great Lakes Airlines and U.S. Airways Express through Denver and Phoenix. For more information, contact them directly at 970.728.5313.

Ground transportation is available from all airports. If you are not sure about the status of your flight, please contact the airline at least 3 hours prior.

For private pilots, the Telluride Regional Airport is a fixed base operator that can provide fuel and maintenance. For Air Charter services in the region, please click here for a list of Charter Service providers in the area. 

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Driving to Telluride

Telluride is centrally located in southwestern Colorado, along the scenic San Juan Skyway. A perfect base camp for adventures, Telluride is easily accessible from a variety of locations.

  • Albuquerque, NM - 320 miles 
  • Aspen, CO - 203 miles
  • Cortez, CO - 75 miles
  • Colorado Springs, CO - 296 miles
  • Denver, CO - 330 miles
  • Durango, CO - 125 miles
  • Grand Junction, CO - 127 miles
  • Gunnison, CO - 125 miles
  • Flagstaff, AZ - 341 miles
  • Las Vegas, NV - 585 miles
  • Moab, UT - 130 miles
  • Montrose, CO - 67 miles
  • Phoenix, AZ - 485 miles
  • Salt Lake City, UT - 366 miles
  • Santa Fe, NM - 280 miles

For current road conditions, call 877.315.7623 or go to www.cotrip.org

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Travel in Telluride

Everything in Telluride is within walking distance, so there is no need for a car during the festival weekend. Both Telluride and Mountain Village offer free and paid ground transportation, as well as a free gondola system to move between the two communities. Our gondola system is the most convenient and scenic way to travel between Telluride and Mountain Village. The Gondola runs from 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and 7:00 a.m. - midnight on Sunday of the festival.

Transportation within Telluride:
  • Free Shuttles: Galloping Goose shuttle buses run every 20 minutes between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m. during the festival weekend. Stops are located every few blocks throughout Telluride. 
Transportation within Mountain Village:
  • Free shuttles run throughout Mountain Village every half hour
  • Dial-A-Ride is available daily to guests in Mountain Village between 7 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. during summer and winter. Call 970.728.8888 for information or visit the town's website.

Parking is available in both Telluride and Mountain Village. We encourage guests to park and take advantage of the free gondola to travel between the two towns.

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Tickets & Passes

What are the box office hours of operation?

The Festival Box Office is open during the week of the festival, and its hours of operation are:

  • Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9:00AM - 9:00PM
  • Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

The Festival Box Office is located at the Pacific Street entrance to Town Park, (cross Willow Street) behind the Telluride Post Office.

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Can I exchange or return my ticket?

All tickets are non-refundable and non-replaceable. Please keep them in a safe place!

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What do I do with my ticket when I get to the festival?

Each ticket holder must be present when exchanging tickets for wristbands at the Festival Box Office. An individual will not be able to receive wristbands for other ticket holders not present. Please bring a Valid Photo I.D.

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When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets are on sale now here

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Do your tickets sell out?

The festival does sell out, and we recommend buying your tickets in advance! Tickets go on sale 10:00 am Mountain Time on March 1, unless March 1 falls on a Sunday then tickets will go on sale the first Monday of March - with the exception of Single Day Tickets, which go on sale on June 20th at 10:00 am Mountain Time.

Please be aware that VIP 3-Day, Early Bird 3-Day, Campground Vehicle, Campground RV, and Glamping passes sell out within the first day of sale. We do not reserve tickets in advance. The suggested way to purchase festival tickets is online through our website here, or by calling (866) 515-6166.

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What is PrintPass?

PrintPass is the ability to print your own tickets on your own time from your own computer. No waiting for the UPS guy or the mail guy, get your tickets quickly and at your own convenience. Save on shipping costs and print at home. $0.75 per ticket max $2.75 per order. 

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How does PrintPass work?

When purchasing your tickets, make sure PrintPass is selected as the delivery option. At the completion of your purchase you will receive an e-mail confirmation. No less than 48 hours you will receive a separate e-mail with instructions and a link to print your tickets.

 
***IF YOU CANNOT LOCATE THE EMAIL IN YOUR INBOX, PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR JUNK OR BULK FOLDER BEFORE DELETING ANY OF THOSE ITEMS.***
 
Click the link from this email and enter the Order ID number and Passcode given to you in your ticket confirmation e-mail. You will be asked to either download or open a PDF file containing your PrintPass order. The file downloaded will require a PDF file viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. You must print at 100%. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free here: Adobe Acrobat Reader
 
You can save the file to your computer and print later, or you can open the file and print immediately. You can also come back to this e-mail at your convenience, pickup and print the tickets. Take your printout to the venue and we'll scan you in! Do not forget to bring the PrintPass tickets to the festival box office, it is required!
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What if I print or make multiple copies of my PrintPass?

Only the first copy of PrintPass presented at the gate will successfully scan and grant admission to the PrintPass holder, so keep your PrintPass safe and treat it like cash.
 
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Are Kids FREE?

Children 11 and under are free. However, children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Get Involved

Be a Volunteer?

Be a part of the show and volunteer for the festival weekend! Earn a festival pass, and staff tee-shirt, while making new friends and memories!  Apply here Volunteer Application Form.

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Interested in attending the festival as Media?

Apply here for media & press credentials. Applications open March 1st, 2015

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Want to attend as a Food or Craft Vendor?

We are looking for high quality products, either handmade or unique and beautiful. Artisans and crafts people are highly encouraged to apply. Food booth selection will be based on affordable and creative menus, and we do not duplicate craft or food booths. For more info click here.

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Interested in attending as a Brewery in 2015?

Click here for brewery registration info.

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Festival Guide 'How To'

What are the festival hours?

Friday: gates open at 11:30 am
Saturday: gates open at 11:00 am
Sunday: gates open at 10:30 am

The festival weekend typically runs until 9:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. After thee festival ends in Town Park, music continues at 10:00 pm in our local Juke Joints, located within the town of Telluride.

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What to bring!

 
• Valid Photo I.D.
• Sunscreen/Hat
• Lawn Chairs (no high-back lawn chairs are permitted between the sound booth and the stage)
• Tarps/Blankets (no bigger than 5' X 8'. Please share your tarp when you're not using it)
• Sunshade Tents are only permitted on the back perimeter of festival grounds) in Shade Alley
• Coolers with unopened plastic water/soda bottles and cans, and unopened food items are allowed (coolers will be subject to search).
• Camera (No professional photo equipment allowed)
• Strollers are allowed
• Warm Clothes (September can be chilly in Telluride), dress appropriately.
• Rain Gear (Festival goes on Rain or Shine)
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What NOT to bring!

 
• No Glass on festival grounds
• No Pets on festival grounds or in the campground (Strictly Enforced)
• No Alcohol may be brought into the festival - Beer and Wine are available for purchase
• No Illegal Drugs
• No Unlicensed Vending
• No Professional Photo Equipment, Video Cameras or Video Recording Equipment
• No Frisbees
• No Shelled Nuts (seriously)
• No Weapons
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What we provide on the festival grounds

• FREE Drinking Water (Be an environmental steward and please bring your own water bottle).
• Port-a-potties (and plenty of them)
• Hand Sinks
Be green! Trash, Recycling, and Compost Stations (Please help keep the scene clean)
• Lost & Found (located underneath the big white tent at the festival entrance)
• ATM (located adjacent to the Festival Store directly on the right as you walk into the main grounds)
• A wide variety of Food and Craft Vendors
• Beer and Wine available for purchase
• Medical Tent (East edge of the festival grounds - campground side). EMTs have basic supplies like ibuprofen and sun block
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What handicap facilities are provided?

A limited amount of handicap parking is available in the Telluride Town Park parking lot. Access to this parking is over the vehicle bridge at the main entrance to the Park. The festival is wheelchair accessible and we provide a space in front of the sound booth for those in wheelchairs. Handicap restrooms and porta-pottes are provided on the festival grounds. 

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Where can I park?

We do not have a specific parking lot for the festival. You are free to park wherever you can find a legal parking spot in Telluride. Please be aware that main street and its adjacent side streets are paid parking (meters) - the paid parking is enforced from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm MONDAY THRU SATURDAY. Sundays are excluded from parking enforcement. If you decide to park in the metered parking areas, you can purchase a receipt for up to three hours of parking at a rate of fifty cents per hour. During the festival weekend, permit parking (O, G, and W Residential Zone parking) does not apply. You may leave your vehicle parked in these areas for the duration of the festival. For more detailed information on available parking during the festival please stop at our informational barricade at the entrance to town.

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Can we bring our pets?

Please leave your pet at home - Town Park laws forbid them in the festival and campground. Do not leave your pet in your car or tied to your car! If you are traveling with your pet, please arrange to leave them with the local pet boarding & sitting service.

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Local Ordinances You Should Know About (STRICTLY ENFORCED):

Please be aware that open alcohol containers (beer cans, bottles, etc.) are not allowed in the town of Telluride or Mountain Village . You are not allowed to leave the festival with a glass of beer or wine.

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Camping

Can you bring a Dog?

Unfortunately dogs are not permitted in the campground.

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Can I camp near my friends?

Camping is first come first serve. If you would like to camp next to friends you will have to arrange this as best as possible with the area available. 

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My Friends are in Glamping can I still visit them with a GA pass?

GA camping passes are not valid in the Glamping Village.

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Will there be a host or security?

There is a host located in the main campground all weekend. There will be security provided 24 hours a day from Thursday-Monday in all campgrounds. Campground security and host will strictly enforce all rules inlcuding quiet hours.

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Can I keep my valuables in the campground?

We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items. If you leave anything at your campsite it is at your own risk. 

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Will I be able to charge my phone?

For general campers there will be outlets and charging stations provided. Charging stations may be found by the bathrooms. Glampers will have power in their tents.

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Can I bring alcohol into the campground?

You are allowed to bring your own alcohol/food/beverages into your campsite. You are not allowed to walk into town with any open containers. You will not be allowed to bring any alohol in to festival grounds either. 

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Can we have grills or small stoves for cooking?

You are allowed to grill on grills that are already in the campground, personal charcoal grills and propane grills in Town Park campground. If you are camping in Warner field you are not allowed to use charcoal grills, propane grills are permitted. 

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Can I give my pass to a friend?

Once you have exchanged your ticket for a camping wristband it is non-transferable. Mutilated or torn wristbands will not be honored.

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Can I bring friends into the campground?

No you are not allowed to bring non-campers into the campground for security reasons.

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Is smoking allowed?

Smoking is permitted but we ask all of our campers to please be respectful of their neighbors. Marijuana may not be consumed openly or publicly. The best course of action is to be respectful to those around you at all times. Security will intervene if there are complaints. 

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Are there Showers/Bathrooms? ADA accessible?

Yes there are showers and bathrooms available and they are ADA accessible.

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What hours can you use showers? Are they free? Where are they located?

Cold showers are free but hot showers have a charg of $4.00 for 3 minutes. This must be done in quarters. The Campground Host will also have quarters for you if you forget. One set of showers is located by the swimming pool and the others are located on the east side of the campground. They will be available 24/7.

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What are the Campground Sessions?

Campground Sessions are a free concert just for campers. Artists from the festival will be playing private shows in the campground stage exclusively for campers. This stage is located near the waterfall in the campground. 

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How do I check into the campground?

Please drive directly to the campground and festival volunteers will direct you to unload your vehicle and where to park your vehicle. From there you will be able to got to the Box Office and exchange your tickets for wristbands. You do not need your credentials to unload your equipment. You have 30 minutes to unload your vehicle unless you have purchased a campground vehicle pass. 

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Are campsites designated?

No, all camping is first come first serve with no designated sites being enforced. There are no campsites in the campground and it is communal camping. So get to know your neighbors. 

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Will there be a lost and found?

Lost and found is at the warming hut next to the Town Park Oval on the path from the Box Office to the main entrance of the festival.

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Will there be electrical outlets?

Yes there are outlets but they are very limted and only at bathroom locations.

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Can I bring a bicycle? Are there local places to rent a bicycle?

You are allowed to bring a bicycle. However, there are no designated places to lock your bike within the campground. You can rent a bike from one of the many bike stores in Telluride. Please note that no bikes will be allowed in the festival grounds, you must leave your bike at the designated bike parking area at the Box Office or locked at your campsite.

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How close are the campsites to the festival site?

Depending on your campsite all camping is within a 2-3 minute walk to the festival site.

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Where do I park?

If you have purchased a campground parking pass you will be able to park  in the campground with a pass displayed in your windshield. If you have not purchased a campground parking pass campground volunteers will direct you to free parking for campers elsewhere. 

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Will there be ice available for purchase?

Yes ice can be purchased through the campground host.

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How long can I be in the campsite?

A majority of camping is located within the Town of Telluride campground. If you arrive prior to Thursday you have to camp in a town designated campsite and pay Town of Telluride fees. After 8 AM Thursday the festival takes over the campground and all camping becomes first come first serve - no designated sites. If you arrive Thursday morning, you are allowed to line-up early but will not be allowed to enter until 8 AM. All festival campers must be out of the campground by Monday at 11:00 AM at which time control of the campground returns to the Town of Telluride. Warner Field and Zone One camping areas (walk-in/tent only) are only available starating Thursday morning at 8 AM. 

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Can I camp in the campground without a festival ticket?

No campers will be allowed in the campground that do not hold tickets for the festival. 

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My question isn't here! How can I get the answers I need?

Please feel free to contact us with any addtiotioanl questions here. If it gets asekd frequently we'll add it to the page. 

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Lodging & Accommodations

Where Should I Stay During Blues & Brews?

Deciding where to stay for the festival might be the hardest part of your trip planning. Do you prefer the charm of historic Telluride or the modern luxury of Mountain Village?

In Telluride, you'll find accommodations with intimate Victorian settings or modern design elements—all just steps away from award-winning restaurants. Head to Mountain Village and discover well-appointed lodging with town access via the free Gondola System and on-site, full-service spa services.

To help the decision-making process, we invite you to search lodging through our available partners here.

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