The Summer Solstice is almost here. Everything you love about Bluegrass Festival – hours
and hours of good music, incredible fans, amazing & talented artists,
gorgeous views, the prettiest Town Park in the world, waterfalls, Flank Steaks,
Corndogs, Lemonade, kid’s parade, happy people, NightGrass, camping, friendly
strangers, Troubadour Contest, and many,
many more long-lasting memories – are about to converge on the tiny mountain
town of Telluride, Colorado.
We want to help first-timers, seasoned festivarians and
longtime veterans have the best time of their lives… so, we’ve created the
‘Bluegrass Bible’ for YOU. We've replaced Samuel, John and Peter... with our own bluegrass prophets: Sam Bush, John Prine and Peter Rowan. A guide with everything you need to know, do, taste,
see and hear while you’re visiting us for the 39th Annual Telluride
Bluegrass Festival. Enjoy.
Rule #1: Have Fun
What to Do
– Most of your time will be consumed in the beautiful gates of Town Park (not a
bad thing) but, remember to get outside and explore all Telluride has to offer
while you’re in town. Here are a few recommendations on ‘What To Do’ around
– For those lucky fans that’ll be in town on Wednesday, June 20th, go to the FREE Sunset Plaza show in Mountain Village from 5-8pm.
This year, Peter Rowan, Della Mae and Greensky Bluegrass will serve up a couple
great hours of bluegrass goodness. Did we mention it is FREE? Bring a blanket,
picnic and your camera and start this party off right! Check out video from last year's FirstGrass concert.
Party with YMSB – After the free show in Sunset Plaza… hop over to the
Telluride Conference Center for the official 11th Annual Bluegrass
Kickoff Party with Yonder Mountain String Band. Show starts at 9:00pm and will
(as always) be an amazing night of energy and bluegrass reuniting.
Farmers’ Market – Friday, June 22nd from 11am - 4pm the weekly
Telluride Farmers’ Market will take place on South Oak Street. Stroll through
vendors with fresh, local produce, beautiful flowers and delicious food. Try
the Kettle Corn Popcorn… amazing.
- Ride the
Gondola – You can’t visit Telluride without riding the most stunning public
transportation in the country. The FREE Gondola is a must-do and don’t forget
your camera! Get out on top (San Sophia) and hike around or ride it down into
Mountain Village and check out the shops, restaurants, bars and more.
– Telluride has some of the most stunning hikes in Colorado… literally right
outside your backdoor. Hike Bear Creek Trail right behind Town Park in between
shows… or work off those corndogs on a longer hike to Bridal Veil Falls. Did
you know Bridal Veil Falls is Colorado’s largest free-falling waterfall? Boom.
There you go… another must-do! Here are the Top 5 must-do hikes in Telluride
ranging from beginner to expert terrain.
- Attend a
Workshop – The Elks Park Workshops are one of the coolest experiences of
Bluegrass Fest. I can still remember sitting down and watching a full hour of
Victor Wooten mesmerize the crowd a couple years back. Enjoy these unique
collaborations and informal performances from some of your favorite artists…
free in Elks Park. Go. You won’t regret it. For a complete Workshop schedule, click here.
- Tarp Run – The infamous Tarp Run... something seasoned festivarians train for all year long. Your opportunity to have the most ideal spot for your friends and family each day of Bluegrass Fest. The diehards setup camp around midnight... the lightweights setup camp around 4:00am. Yea, it's that competitive. Watch this video for a cool glimpse of this daily race in Town Park:
Rule #2: Stay Hydrated
What to Bring
– Telluride’s weather is extremely unpredictable. Remember last year’s Mumford
and Sons show when it rained, snowed and then the sun came out? Yea… it
happens. So, pack for all four seasons.
- Pack a rain jacket, a pair of sandals/Chacos,
hiking boots, sunscreen and a festival hat…
with your other normal festival, summer-in-Colorado wardrobe. It’s been getting down in the 40’s at night and into the upper 70’s-80’s during the day.
- Low-back chairs, tarps, coolers (with no glass inside) and a water bottle/Camelback to fill up at the onsite Water station.
forget your camera! You’ll be blown
away by the beauty of Town Park and you’ll definitely want to relive your
experiences throughout the year. For more Festival FAQ’s, click here.
Rule #3: Explore. Experience. Enjoy.
Who to See
– The 39th Annual is packing some serious heat. Every single show
you’ll see will be amazing. Obviously you don’t want to miss the Telluride
standards - Sam Bush, YMSB, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas - BUT, if you need a couple
recommendations of some must-see shows… here are a couple acts you don’t want
Bluegrass – all the way from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Greensky Bluegrass found
themselves winning the Telluride Troubadour Contest (a must-see because you
never know who will win and become the next big thing!) at Bluegrass Festival in 2006…
earning them a spot of Main Stage in 2007. We love these guys. They bleed
Telluride and bluegrass. Every note they play… they jam with passion. Don’t
miss their awesome set Thursday, 3:30-4:45pm.•
Krauss & Union Station – Alison sings like an angel. Most of you
already knew that. But, if you’ve never seen her live… you will be absolutely
blown away by her beauty and sound. See her on Main Stage Thursday night,
Fogerty – Who doesn’t love Creedence Clearwater Revival? Fogerty was the
front man for CCR and #40 on Rolling Stone’s list of ‘100 Greatest Guitarists’.
He’s a legend. Enough said. See him live Friday night, 8-10pm.
Salmon – FESTIVALLLL! You’ll hear it belted out from lead man Vince Herman…
don’t you worry. Leftover Salmon always brings a party to Telluride. One of the
best “closing” acts of the entire festival. Don’t miss it 10:30-Midnight on
- The Devil
Makes Three – One of the acts we’re most excited to see live. The Devil Makes
Three are awesome. With singles like ‘Old Number Seven’ and ‘All Hail’… they
are sure to bring down a rockin’, bluegrass stompin’ good time in Town Park.
They play 12:45-2:00pm on Saturday. Be There.
Hornsby – Bruce is the man. SO glad he will grace his presence in Town
Park. A great fit to an already amazing lineup. Not only is he a multi
Grammy-award winning artist… but Bruce even played with the Grateful Dead at
one point in his career. He’s nasty on the keys. See him LIVE in Town Park,
10:30-Midnight on Saturday.
Brothers – Chris Thile is pretty much a local. Last year, he stepped into
The Steaming Bean on Tuesday after Bluegrass Festival and played a 2 hour set
for locals. Yea… he’s that cool. Don’t miss this show Sunday evening from
Rule #4: Go Green
Where to Eat
– The festival food in Town Park is to die for. Don't forget to try the Flank Steaks, Corndogs,
Wontons and more. If you’d like to try out a good eat outside of Town Park,
here are a few restaurants we recommend:
- Brown Dog
Pizza – best Sports Bar and pizza in town. Watch a game, drink an ice-cold
PBR and grab a slice. Located directly on Main Street.
- Baked in
Telluride – great spot to get breakfast or a quick eat if you’re in a hurry
to catch a show. B.I.T. offers fresh bagels, cookies, croissants, muffins,
pizza, doughnuts and much, much more. Located on South Fir Street.
- La Cocina
– delicious organic Mexican food with Gluten Free options. Located on Main
Street with outdoor seating and a hellova margarita!
Dogs – need a late night snack? Diggity Dog usually posts up right outside
the Court House and offers hotdogs with delicious toppings of your choice.
– one of our favorite restaurants in Telluride… Siam offers mouth-watering Thai
food with large portions. Yes, Siam!
Rule #5: Hug a Stranger
Where to Drink
– Here are the top bars to checkout before, during or after you hang out in
- The Last
Dollar Saloon – called “The Buck”… a great local hangout where the PBR
flows like wine. The Buck is CASH ONLY… so, don’t be that guy who pulls out a
credit card. Mingle with the locals, play some foosball or Buck Hunter and
enjoy the scene. (Located on Main Street)
Sheridan – more of an old-timey bar… you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back
into the 1800’s. Play some pool and grab a drink. (Located on Main Street)
Opera House – if you’re lucky enough to grace the presence of this venue…
pat yourself on the back. Tickets went fast! The Opera House is one of our
favorite venues in the country. Small, unique, intimate and one of the best
shows you’ll ever see… doesn’t matter who it is! (Located on North Oak Street…
beside the Sheridan Chop House)
Rule #6: Come Visit Us Again…SOON!
– Where? There. There Bar located near South Davis Street (kitty-corner from
Siam) is a cool, hipster bar with fantastic cocktails. Try out the blueberry
jam with vodka… mmmmm!
Media – We love social media here in Telluride! Make sure you post and tag your photos and memories so the rest of the world can view the glory of Bluegrass.
- Facebook – Post photos, ask questions and let us know how much fun you're having on our Fan Page!
- Instagram – Post your favorite photos from Town Park and use #Telluride and tag us at @TellurideColorado and we'll share our favorite posts on Facebook all weekend long.
- Pinterest – Look out for your favorite pins and boards on Pinterest!
- Spotify – While you pack your bags... listen to our Bluegrass Festival Playlist on Spotify to get you pumped!
CAN'T WAIT to have everyone in Town! If you have any questions... feel free to reach out to us on Facebook
. See you in Town Park SOON!! Here's an awesome YouTube video of the history of Bluegrass Festival: