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

Blisters & Brews 5K Race Fundraiser

Blisters & Brews is a 5k Fundraiser Race that takes place in downtown Telluride on Saturday, September 15 at 8:30 am. 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 before the Festival gates open. Read more about the 5k fundraiser, click here.

2018 Registrations are will open on February 1, 2018. To learn more, click here.

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Blues & Brews Yoga Sessions

We are thrilled to announce another year of 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 professional yoga instructors.
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 15 and 16 (Saturday and Sunday of the Festival) 10:00 - 11:00 am
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 info, 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 scrambled eggs, pancakes, hash browns, toast, bacon, sausages and black bean sauté. Coffee, juice and breakfast bar drinks will also be available. Breakfast is $12, Bloody Mary's, Mimosas, and other breakfast bar drinks are extra.
Saturday, September 15th | Telluride Blues Challenge Finals | 9:00 am - Noon
Sunday, September 16th | Artist TBA and Telluride Blues Challenge Runner-Up | 9:00 am - Noon
Read more about the Telluride Blues Challenge, click here.
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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 14, 2018 4:00 - 5:00 pm TBA
Saturday, September 15, 2018 4:00 - 5:00 pm TBA
Sunday, September 16, 2018 4:00 - 5:00 pm TBA

For more info, click here.

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"Making My Blues Green" Coolest & Cleanest 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! More information will be available soon.

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Grand Tasting

Celebrate our Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 16th from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the festival grounds where the following 56 breweries are participating with over 170 different beers. Cheers! Stay tuned for the brewery lineup coming in Spring 2018!

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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 in 2017 with stand-up shows from established and up-and-coming comedians. On Friday and Saturday nights, we will host the "Dirty Shows" starting at 10:00 p.m. during the Juke Joints. 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 and Sunday afternoons during the Festival. For the complete Blues Stage schedule, 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 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Mountain Village is just a short, beautiful Gondola ride away from Telluride! Artist announcement and more info will be available in early 2018.

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Telluride Blues Challenge

Calling all musicians, play your way to the Main Stage! Blues & Brews has teamed up with the Telluride Music Company, Gondola Sessions, the Telluride Blues Society and the Colorado Blues Society to present the 2018 Telluride Blues Challenge. The Telluride Blues Challenge is an annual competition providing talented up-and-coming artists from the blues genre with an opportunity to advance their professional career and play the Telluride Blues & Brews Main Stage!
Solo blues musicians not signed to a major record or publishing deal can enter by submitting two recorded songs for consideration. Solo vocalists are also encouraged to enter. Entries will be judged on blues content, vocals, talent, originality and overall impression. A panel of blues experts will narrow down entries and invite the top six to compete in a live final competition held on Saturday morning of the festival at Telluride Elks lodge. Here, the judges will select the 2018 Telluride Blues Challenge Champion.
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 3, 2018, accompanied by a $5.00 submission fee. For more info, click here.
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VIP Events

Want some creature comforts to heighten your Festival experience? Purchase a VIP 3-Day Pass 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, September 14th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Private "VIP Grand Tasting" with 20 select microbreweries on Saturday, September 15th from 12:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Gospel Brunch on Sunday, September 16th from 11:00 - 1:00 pm with Champagne and Bloody Mary reception with lite food
  • Private, upscale VIP restrooms
  • VIP Merchandise Booth
  • Candy Bar on Sunday
  • Access to all Juke Joint music venues with early, priority entry*
  • VIP Sports Bar
  • Seafood Raw Bar
*Please note: VIP Tickets DO NOT include entry into the Bal de Maison or Fais Do Do. These tickets are sold separately.

VIP Sports Bar

Sports Bar is equipped 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 and Sunday starting at 3:00 pm. Fresh shucked oysters on the ½ shell, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Oyster Shooters, cracked pepper cocktail sauce, lemon wedges.

All VIP events take place within the VIP area on the festival grounds. Click here for the VIP schedule. VIP Passes go on sale Wednesday, March 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. (MT). For more info, click here.

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Late Night Shows

Bal de Maison

Thursday, September 13th, 2018 - 'Opening Party'

Artist: TBA

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

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 14th 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 10:00 pm 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. See 5 different shows each night for $30. Tickets go on sale March 1, 2018.

Juke Joint venues include: The Blues Stage, The Moon at O'Bannon's, Telluride Elks Lodge, Sheridan Opera House, and The Liberty Bar & Lounge

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 9:45 pm The VIP 3-Day Pass includes entry into all Juke Joints, dependant on capacity. Doors open at 9:30 pm for VIP pass-holders. For the Juke Joint schedule, click here.
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Fais Do-Do

Sunday, September 16th, 2018 - 'Closing Celebration'

Artist: TBA

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

"Fais do-do" 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, please click here.

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Mitch Woods Club 88

Mitch Woods' Club 88 is a FREE after-hours jam session hosted at The Liberty Bar & Lounge (located at 121 S Fir St) starting at 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights of the Festival weekend.
As host of the after-hours Piano Bar on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise for 12 years, the extraordinary boogie-woogie/jump blues piano master Mitch Woods has created a beloved tradition. One night, after a particularly inspiring all-night session, a hand-painted sign appeared declaring “Mitch Woods’ Club 88”, and so began the stuff of legend. Mitch still hosts the late night sessions in his pajamas, and musicians come to sit in after they finish playing their sets on the main stage. He’s even performed an improbable duet with an Alphorn player. (Who cruises with a 12-foot long Alphorn, anyway?) 
Now, Mitch brings his Club 88 to the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival for the same late night party! 
All musicians are invited, so bring your axe for some late night jammin’ at the piano above the mile high limit! Expect some surprise guests and lots of great music in an intimate soulful setting. Let the good times roll!
Friday, September 14, 2018 | The Liberty Bar & Lounge | 11:30 pm
Saturday, September 15, 2018 | The Liberty Bar & Lounge | 11:30 pm
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