Telluride Events and Festivals

With many festival offerings heading into their third decade, Telluride's festivals have evolved and grown, and inspire visitors to make the journey year after year. In the summer months alone, Telluride plays host to over 30 festivals. For many families, Telluride's festival season has created a new family tradition to return to Telluride in the warmer months.


  • Mountainfilm in Telluride - May 24-29, 2017
  • 34th Annual Balloon Festival - June 2-4, 2017
  • Weekend of Wellness - June 8-11, 2017
  • 44th Annual Bluegrass Festival - June 15-18, 2017
  • Telluride Wine Festival - June 22-25, 2017
  • Plain Air Festival - June 28-July 4


  • 4th of July Celebration - July 4, 2017
  • The Ride Festival - July 7-9, 2017
  • Telluride Art & Architecture Weekend - July 14-16, 2017
  • Telluride Americana Music Festival, July 19-22nd
  • Telluride Yoga Festival - July 21-23, 2017


  • Telluride Jazz Festival - August 4-6, 2017
  • Chamber Music Festival - August 11-13, 2017
  • Telluride Mushroom Festival - August 17-20, 2017
  • Telluride Film Festival - Aug 30-Sept 4, 2017
  • Telluride Blues & Brews - Sept 15-17, 2017
  • Cars & Colors Festival - Sept 21-24, 2017

FAMILY FRIENDLYSummer Activities

Gondola Rides

The towns of Telluride and Mountain Village are linked by a spectacular, 13-minute ride on a free gondola—the first and only free public transportation system of its kind in the United States. Once you discover this unique mountain mode of travel, you'll find a front row seat to view Mother Nature from 10,500 feet.

Wildlife Viewing

Elk herds and mule deer can be sighted from the golf course and grazing on the valley floor. Lynx, bobcats, black bear and mountain lions stay in the backcountry and are occasionally spotted from the gondola.

Horseback Riding

Experience the real Wild West on a horseback riding adventure at Roudy’s Stables. Located on a high mesa with jaw-dropping views of the Telluride valley and snow-covered peaks, Roudy offers daily guided trail rides.

National Parks and Scenic Byways

Some of the nation’s most spectacular National Parks are within two hours of Telluride, including Mesa Verde in Cortez and Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Montrose. Canyon of the Ancients National Monument and Hovenweep ruins are located near Dolores. The San Juan Skyway and Unaweep Tabeguache Byways are outstanding routes with remarkable scenery, historic and geologic sites.

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