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Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2023, Colorado

June 15 - June 18

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

The Telluride Bluegrass Festival is a unique mix of music, comedy, circus and the great outdoors of Colorado. This year the artists performing include Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Sam Bush Band, Greensky Bluegrass, The String Cheese Incident and Mary Chapin Carpenter .

The Bluegrass music at the heart of this festival is a sub-genre of country music, with a bit of folk and blues mixed into it, whilst Telluride is a former mining town in a box canyon in the Rocky Mountains. A mix of established artists and new acts, hoping to make their mark, perform over the four days.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Photo c. No Coast

History of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival

The first concert was organised in 1974 and had about a thousand visitors. This has grown to around ten thousand visitors a year. Since 1985 there has been a regular band contest between twelve chosen groups of whom the top four play to the public.

What else is there to do in Telluride?

The town has a historical museum and a main street of well-preserved nineteenth century buildings. Numerous trails and ski lifts will take you out to the natural beauty of the area. Near Durango is the Mesa Verde National Park which includes the ruins of the Puebloan Native American civilisation.

Woman at Bluegrass Festival
Photo courtesy c. No Coast
When is the Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2023

The 15 to 18 June 2023. The event is held as close to the Summer Solstice as possible.

Tickets for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival

To purchase tickets for the festival, click here. For a full line-up of performers, click here.

Colorado has a great range of festivals, including the Frozen Dead Guys and especially for beer lovers, the Great American Beer Festival.

Planet Bluegrass
360 Degree image of the Stringdusters at Telluride Bluegrass Festival c. No Coast

Flights to Telluride

Telluride is a long way from major airports. It sits between Denver, Albuquerque and Salt Lake City, so you will still need to drive for a few hours if you use one of these landing places. The town has a regional airport that has flights to Denver and Phoenix. See below to book your flights.

Telluride Accommodation

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For more on the festival:

Visit the official festival website, here

For more information on things to do in Colorado

Read Colorado Holidays: Top Quirky Spots, or visit the official Colorado Tourism website: All photos courtesy of Telluride Bluegrass Festival, cover photo c. Benko Photographics.


June 15
June 18
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