More Than Just A Music Festival…
Telluride Blues & Brews takes place in the world-famous mountain 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 craft breweries in the country, a wide variety of food and craft vendors, children's activities, late night shows, and much, much more. Even though the festival only lasts for three days and four nights, once you get to Telluride, you won't want to go home.
The historic mining town of Telluride 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.
Yes, like most festivals there’s a Main Stage, but at Blues & Brews and in Telluride there’s so much more! With multiple stages, yoga sessions, a 5k fundraiser race, stand-up comedy, late night shows, TONS of beer styles to try, world-class restaurants, alpine surroundings and more, there are plenty of events planned to enhance your festival experience, above and beyond the music on the Main Stage.
Three Stages, Five Late Night Venues, Over Thirty Artists
From legends like The Allman Brothers Band, James Brown, Robert Plant, Lou Reed, ZZ Top and Joe Cocker, to rock n’ roll torchbearers like Anders Osborne, Samantha Fish, Gary Clark Jr. and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and blues traditionalists like BB King, Buddy Guy and Bonnie Raitt, there’s been no shortage of live music talent at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival! Find yourself here, surrounded by towering peaks enjoying over 30 bands on Main Stage, indoor Blues Stage and the rustic campground stage.
Our team strives to curate an artist lineup with a consistent, diversified and eclectic mix of blues, rock, soul, funk, gospel, roots, jam bands, and stand-up comedy. The 2019 lineup will be announced in early spring. Be the first to know the lineup, sign up for our bluesletter below.
Sunset Blues Concert
Kick off the festival with a free Sunset Blues Concert in Mountain Village’s Sunset Plaza on Thursday, September 12 from 5 pm to 7 pm. Sunset Plaza is just a short, beautiful gondola ride up the mountain from the town of Telluride! The event and gondola ride are free and open to the public, and the event is rain or shine. Telluride and Mountain Village are connected by a free, scenic gondola - the only transportation system of its kind in North America. The 12 minute ride is a daily event for residents and visitors alike. Exploring both Telluride and Mountain Village is easy with the convenience of the gondola.
Blues For Breakfast
Catch the first chords of the day! Wake up to a morning with live blues music, a hearty breakfast and drinks at Blues for Breakfast! Kicking off at 9 am 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 brand new "Back Porch Stage" at a location to be determined, for a bite to eat as the first official chords of the day are struck. With cozy couches and comfortable seating along with rustic decor, the Back Porch Stage is the ideal setting to start your day off the right way!
Saturday’s Blues for Breakfast stage will see six talented solo blues artist battling for the top spot in the Telluride Blues Challenge, the opportunity to play the Town Park Stage and other prizes. The Telluride Blues challenge, accepts recorded submissions from unsigned artists located all-over the world. The experts from Blues & Brews and the Telluride Music Company will judge the artist submissions and invite six finalists to compete in the Telluride Blues Challenge. These artists are talented, hungry and will put on a must-see show to kick off the second day of the festival.
Complete with a breakfast spread and full bar including breakfast cocktails during the event. Admission to the competition is free! Breakfast and drinks available for purchase. This event is a great way to see up-and-comers in the blues genre while starting your Saturday morning off before the Grand Tasting and music starts in the festival grounds. Watch as competitors perform 20 minute sets that will be judged on the quality of their overall live performance, instrument use, vocals, and presentation. Click here to see more.
Late Night Shows
Once the late night shows get jamming, a walk down Telluride’s Main Street feels like a walk down Beale Street in Memphis. When the evening sets in the music is far from over in Telluride! The nightlife in Telluride is thriving scene built on a strong, musically-charged local culture and there’s plenty to experience each night of the festival. Thursday’s kick-off events include the Sunset Blues Concert, the exclusive Bal De Maison Opening Show at the historic Sheridan Opera House and luxurious Music Maker Relief Foundation Fundraiser Dinner. Friday and Saturday evening hosts four different “Juke Joint” shows each night showcasing a variety of artists up close and personal, a stand-up comedy venue and a special "Mitch Woods Club 88" jam session. Sunday the festival concludes with the celebrated Fais Do-Do Closing Show. Click here to see more.
Try one, try them all - there’s no shortage of outstanding craft beer at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival.
Every September since 1994, an elite group of America’s best craft breweries travel to Telluride, Colorado to showcase their beer and cider. What started as the Telluride Brewer's Festival on Telluride's Main Street, has grown into today's Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, hosting 56 of the best craft breweries in America. Each attending brewery and their beers are unique, showcasing distinct flavors, colors, smells and personalities. Every beer is a work of art taking months and sometimes years to perfect. Just as our artist lineup showcases a variety of distinct musicians, our craft beer lineup showcases a variety of distinct craft beers.
On Saturday, September 14, the festival hosts the Grand Tasting from 12 pm - 3 pm to celebrate the craftsmanship and excellence of craft beer. The 25-year-old Grand Tasting is widely regarded as the premiere craft beer event in the Southwest and is the perfect opportunity for thousands of festival attendees from all over the world to explore a vast offering of a dynamic variety of flavors in over 170 styles of beer and cider. As you walk into the Festival grounds in the beautiful Telluride Town Park, you will be handed a special souvenir tasting glass. This tasting glass is your vessel to sample some of the best craft beer and cider in the world. From easy-drinking lagers, fruity sours and hazy IPAs, to heady stouts, porters and ales, the variety of beer and cider are endless, while costumes, high-fives, smiles and massive crowd-wide cheers are all frequent.
All weekend long, the Festival features seven different beers on tap from our partner Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, five different styles from select breweries served in the House of Brews, and a short list of rare, exclusive, limited-edition rotating kegs served at the High Altitude Craft Beer Lounge. The Festival offers endless opportunities to discover your next favorite beer!
Food & Drink
Prepare for a Weekend of Food Heaven!
If you enjoy food like we do, the savory, mouthwatering food menus from the Festival vendors will keep your taste buds satisfied all weekend long. Our vendors’ menus satisfy even the most particular diet. Gluten-free? They've got you covered! Vegan or vegetarian? No problem! Paleo diet? You're in luck! The full menu will be announced in early spring 2019 so you can plan in advance for a scrumptious weekend!
Enjoy standard cocktails available throughout the festival made with premium Whiskey, Tequila, Vodka, Gin and mixed with high quality Margarita or Bloody Mary Mix, Ginger Beer, Club Soda, Tonic Water, Lemonade, and more.
Free Blues & Brews Yoga Sessions
Namasté. Relax, breath deep and unwind. Guided by a professional yoga instructor, enjoy a fluid yoga flow at the free Blues & Brews Yoga Sessions. Learn activating breath practices, liberating movements and playful exercises in the fresh alpine morning air. Nestled in the cozy amphitheater of Elks Park in downtown Telluride, the Yoga Sessions are a fun and inspiring way to start your mornings.
Guests of all skill levels are welcome to join. New to yoga or considering for the first time? Join in and discover the healing power of yoga. To learn more, click here.
Blister & Brews 5k Fundraiser Race
Blisters & Brews is a 5k Fundraiser Race on the morning of Saturday, September 14, giving Festival patrons the opportunity to exercise before the Festival. The 5k Race, sponsored by BootDoctors™ Paragon Outdoors and presented by the Telluride Blues Society, will raise money for the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program in remembrance of dear festival friend Felix Snow. Through registration fees, donations and the generous support of the Telluride community, we were honored to be able to raise over $1,500 for the Telluride Adaptive Ski Program in 2018. We're looking forward to another amazing year of support.
Registrations Open March 1, 2019. Don't want to run, but want to support? Non-athletic support donations are also available. To learn more, click here.
Kick your Sunday morning into high gear! Join other festival-goers on a brisk but leisurely hike on one of Telluride’s most popular trails up to the beautiful Bear Creek Waterfall. Hosted by Festival partner Backpacker Magazine, the group hike begins on Sunday, September 15 at 9:00 am from the Backpacker booth inside the festival grounds. The group will access the trail from the end of South Pine Street and enjoy a steady 2 mile climb leading up to the falls. Hikers should plan for approximately 1 hour to reach the falls. Team members from Backpacker Magazine will be on-site to answer questions about hiking, gear and more. They’ll also offering demo gear to try out and giving away free swag! For more info, make sure to stop by their booth inside the festival. To learn more, click here.
Everything You Need To Know
You’re going to get tickets, you’re coming to the 26th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival! Nice work! Now, what’s your plan when you get here?
With so much going on in one weekend, it can’t hurt to have a little guidance. Curated by our staff experts, we are proud to present the comprehensive Festival guides. Whether you’re just browsing through or looking for the answer to a specific festival question, our interactive guide has you covered. Use the search bar or filter buttons to quickly locate popular topics. Click below to explore the list of opportunities for fun.
Rainbow Kids Area
Kids of all ages can enjoy fun activities in the Rainbow Kids Area throughout the festival weekend! The Kids Area features a bungee trampoline, climbing wall, inflatable bounce games, face painting, a talent show, and much more!
Join the wild and wacky Living Folklore Clowns, "Giggly Sprout" and "Gumbo Wobbly" as they feature children’s entertainment, workshops, and two parades specifically geared for the kids (or the kid at heart) – one on Saturday and one on Sunday.
All activities are for children ages 3 and up! The Rainbow Kids Area is located in the back Northeast section of the festival grounds. Fees are required for the games, and can be purchased at the Kids area.
Music Maker Drink House
Step into the past, present and future of authentic, unspoiled blues music and culture.
Presented by Telluride Express, the Music Maker Drink House at the Blues Stage will give you a glimpse into authentic blues culture. Curated by the Music Maker Relief Foundation, with a mission of traditional American music preservation, the Drink House features:
Original art exhibition and tintype photography shot by Tim Duffy, founder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Listening stations with original vinyl records. Bring a friend and use the dual headphones to sample classics from the blues genre and discover new and up-and-coming artists.
Artist meet-and-greets from the Music Maker roster. Shake hands, ask questions and learn more about the artists that make this great organization.
Photo booth to commemorate the experience.
Since its inception, the Music Maker Relief Foundation has supported over 453 artists and provided 12,006 grants for traditional blues, soul and gospel artists who would never be heard otherwise. See their artists perform on our stages, support their fundraising goals and make sure to stop by the Drink House to experience pure blues culture from the folks who operate the foundation!
Telluride Blues Gives Back And You Can Get Involved
The power of music to gather, evoke emotion and send a message is undeniable. The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is committed to partnering with and supporting causes and nonprofits local and national. We’ve teamed up with the Music Maker Relief Foundation, Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics, Telluride’s One-to-One Mentoring Program, Telluride AIDS Benefit, Telluride Adaptive Sports Program and the Telluride Blues Society to help with their causes while offering meaningful festival programming for attendees.
Education, Reduction, Offsets, Advocacy and Celebration - Keeping the Scene Clean and Green at Blues & Brews
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is dedicated to keeping our environment clean and green. Join us in our commitment to ensuring a greener future for the Town of Telluride, our Festival and the planet.
The power of music to gather, evoke emotion and send a message is undeniable. We’re committed to using our resources to promote sustainability and encourage environmental responsibility. We act with the planet in mind and are dedicated to a high standard of sustainability. Our festival sits in a gorgeous public park located on a beautiful planet and we intend to keep it that way for generations to come.
Through partnerships, action and we focus on waste reduction, environmental education and advocacy, energy offsets and earth celebration, we aim to have the most positive impact as possible.