The month of September brings two things to Telluride: beautiful fall colors and finicky weather. Make sure you come prepared with all the layers you may need. Plan for warm days, cool nights, and potential rain or snow (yes, snow!). Our advice is to always bring 3 things: a sun hat, a raincoat, and a down jacket. You will definitely use all three over the course of the weekend - maybe within the span of an hour!
If you boogie up an appetite, look no further than the amazing food vendors that line the park. With tons of vendors ranging from pizza to Indian food, there is a yummy option for everyone. What's the stand that locals flock to? Sister's Pantry. This dumpling stand form Lyons, CO serves up meat and veggie dumplings in their mouth-watering curry sauces. There is always a lie so be prepared to wait. Believe us, the dumplings and the A+ service make the wait worth it. If you are lucky, your wait might be rewarded with a free wonton or two.
In addition to the music, the best part of the festival is the Grand Tasting. With 56 Microbreweries to try, you might wonder how you can taste them all between 12pm-3pm. We suggest picking your 5 must-try breweries to guarantee you make it to your favorites. Hit those up first before the lines get long. After you knock out of your list, our strategy is to go to the shortest lines first and slowly work your way around the tents. Local Tip: This is a marathon, not a spring. Go easy, enjoy the brews, and eat snacks...pretzel necklaces anyone?
Headliners like Bonnie Raitt and Steve Winwood attract many to Blues and Brews, but the festival also provides a wonderful opportunity to discover new bands. Grab a beer, pull up a lawn chair and settle in to hear tunes, new and old, in Tellurides amazing mountain venue. Another great way to check out new bands is to head to a Juke Joint show. Held at more intimate venues around town, these late night shows are a steal at only $30 a ticket. Tickets are still available for Friday - Sunday.
A great way to prepare for an epic Blues and Brews is to bring a good ole tarp. The tarp will provide you with a dry "base camp" and a designated meeting point for you and your friends. Just remember, securing a location for your tarp is competitive business. In Fact, there's a name for it around here, "The Running of the Tarps." Each morning as the gates open, festival goers make a mad dash into Town Park to lay claim to their concert sports. Get there early to guarantee you get the tarp real estate of your dreams.