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

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 and presented by Telluride Blues Society, 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. The race will conclude with an awards ceremony and live music by The Bones of J.R. Jones.

Read more about the 5k Fundraiser, click here. 2018 Registrations are now open. Don't want to run, but want to support? Non-athletic support donations are also available.

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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 $14, Bloody Mary's, Mimosas, and other breakfast bar drinks are extra. Read more about the Telluride Blues Challenge, click here.
 
Saturday, September 15
Telluride Blues Challenge Finals 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday, September 16
Two sets: Johnny Sansone and Telluride Blues Challenge Runner-Up 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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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! For more info, click here.

Friday, September 14, 2018 3:00 - 4:00 pm Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
Saturday, September 15, 2018 3:00 - 4:00 pm The Bones of J.R. Jones
Saturday, September 15, 2018 4:30 - 5:30 pm Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
Sunday, September 16, 2018 3:00 - 4:00 pm Pee Wee Hayes
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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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Music Maker Relief Foundation Fundraiser Dinner

Join us for an unparalleled musical, cultural and culinary experience! On Thursday, September 13th, the Telluride Blues Society is hosting an evening of live music, dinner and a special studio recording with a festival artist to support the Music Maker Relief Foundation. This fundraising event will be held at the intimate, mountainside recording studio, Studio In The Clouds, located in the towering San Juan Mountains surrounding Telluride.

Attendees will be picked up and transported to the Studio in the Clouds where they will be treated to an exquisite, seasonal dinner menu prepared by Bravo TV's "Top Chef" competitor and owner of Telluride's own 221 South Oak restaurant, Eliza Gavin. The evening commences with a champagne and appetizer reception, welcoming greeting from Music Maker and interaction with the musicians before viewing a live studio recording being made by festival artists from the Music Maker roster. Dinner with the artists will follow immediately after completing the recording.

This event gives attendees a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and get an exclusive, inside look at the recording process while watching artists create a record. Attendees will take home a one-of-a-kind copy of the recording and a signed souvenir to commemorate the experience. Fundraiser Tickets are on sale now in limited quantities while supplies last. For more info, click here.

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Grand Tasting

Celebrate our Grand Tasting Saturday, September 15th from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm where 56 craft breweries participate with over 170 styles of beer and cider. Cheers!
 
If you haven’t experienced the Grand Tasting yet, you're missing out! As you walk into the beautiful Telluride Town Park Festival Grounds you’re handed a special souvenir tasting glass. This tasting glass is your vessel to sample some of the best craft beer in the world. From easy-drinking lagers, to fruity sours and hazy IPAs, the variety of beer styles are endless, while costumes, high-fives, smiles and massive crowd-wide cheers are all frequent. To view the 2018 Grand Tasting Lineup and explore each brewery, click here. Stay tuned for the complete list of beer styles coming soon!
 
Presented by the Telluride Blues Society.
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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. The Rainbow Kids Area daily schedule will be announced in summer 2018.

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Stand-Up Comedy at the Festival

Comedy returns to Blues & Brews 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 pm 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. The comedy schedule will be announced in summer 2018.

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Sunset Blues Concert

Join us in the Mountain Village Sunset Plaza for our free kickoff Blues & Brews Festival Concert on Thursday, September 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Mountain Village is a short, beautiful Gondola ride away from Telluride!

Artist: Dragondeer w/ opener The Bones of J.R. Jones

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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 Experience

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. 

  • (New for 2018) Access to two Sports Bars with 8 HDTVs to watch NCAA or NFL while watching the festival stage, a double-decker 2nd level viewing platform of Main Stage with a fireplace, covered seating
  • Exclusive VIP Lounge with premium stage views, shade tents, relaxed seating, yard games and fire pits
  • Seafood raw bar ($) - Saturday and Sunday starting at 3:00 pm. Fresh shucked oysters on the ½ shell, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Oyster Shooters, cracked pepper cocktail sauce, lemon wedges.
  • Entry into Late Night Juke Joint music venues with early, priority entry*
  • Beer, wine, water & specialty drinks ($)
  • Private, upscale premium restrooms with flushable toilets
  • Exclusive VIP Merchandise Booth
  • Priority entrance to the festival each day - avoid getting stuck in line
  • Free on-site mobile massage therapists (throughout the festival weekend)
  • Friday from 4 - 6 pm - VIP Reception with complimentary appetizers and cocktails 
  • Saturday from 12 - 3 pm - Private "VIP Grand Tasting" with 20 select breweries
  • Sunday from 11 - 1 pm - Gospel Brunch with Champagne and Bloody Mary Bar along with lite food and candy bar for kids
*Please note: 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. For more info, click here.
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Late Night Shows

"Bal de Maison" Opening Party

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 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 are on sale now, click here.

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. Doors open at 9:30 pm for VIP pass-holders. The VIP 3-Day Pass includes entry into all Juke Joints, dependant on capacity. The Juke Joint schedule will be released in summer 2018.
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"Fais Do Do" Closing Show

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - Closing Show

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 pm on Friday and Saturday nights of the Festival weekend.
 
As host of the after-hours Piano Bar, the extraordinary boogie-woogie/jump blues piano master Mitch Woods has created a beloved tradition that returns to Blues & Brews for the third year. Mitch hosts the late night sessions, and musicians come to sit in after they finish playing their festival sets. 
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
The Liberty Bar & Lounge 11:30 pm
Saturday, September 15
The Liberty Bar & Lounge 11:30 pm
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