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Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Blues & Brews Festival

Tuesday • August 28, 2018

The name says it all – the Telluride Blues and Brews festival is a weekend of great music, plenty of drinks, and a great time with friends or family. Held annually in Telluride's Town Park, attendees can partake in individual days, the entire weekend, the aftershows and even camping onsite!

As if you needed more convincing, we’ve put together our top five reasons to attend the fest.

It’s the Best Time of Year in Telluride

You’ve probably never seen a bad picture of the Telluride Blues and Brews fest, because they don’t exist. Blues and Brews is held mid-September every year, which is the best time of the year in Telluride. The leaves are changing, the weather is sunny but breezy and cool, making it the perfect time to kick back and enjoy the fleeting days of summer.

A Perfect Blend of Music

Whether you’ve been listening to blues since the days of B.B. King or if you’re more of a new-age listener, the Telluride Blues and Brews festival has it all. New artists and old all grace the stage at the fest, exposing festival-goers to all kinds of blues. 

Late-Night Shows Give More Access to Bands

Sure, the fest is fun and all, but the Blues and Brews’ night shows, otherwise known as the Juke Joints, give you up-close and personal access to a slew of bands performing on the big stage. Venues generally include the Sheridan Opera House, the Moon at O’Bannons, the Liberty Bar and Lounge and more.

It’s Kid-Friendly

This event might be based around beer and music, but it’s also kid-approved! Kids under 11 get in for free, and the Rainbow Kids Area has plenty for kids to do throughout the day. Living Folklore is onsite, as well as a bungee trampoline, climbing wall, inflatable slides and more! Lucky for you, they’ll be begging to come back year after year.

The Beer

It’s got the name beer in its title, so it better be good, right? Each year, breweries are hand-selected to be featured in the House of Brews. To top it off, there is a Grand Tasting at which participants can try more than 170 different styles of beer. The possibilities are endless! (And delicious.)

BONUS REASON: The VIP Section Is One of the Best Around

And we’re not kidding. The VIP section at Blues and Brews is one of the best of the best! With private bathrooms, free food and drinks, TVs (to catch the ballgame) and plenty of room for games, it’s definitely worth the ticket price. Other people agree, considering it generally sells out before the regular tickets do.