The Telluride Bluegrass Festival is a four-day music event held every year in southwestern Colorado. While the festival focuses on bluegrass and country music, several other genres are represented, too. This popular event has a daily maximum capacity of 12,000 people and sells out quickly. It is held annually on the weekend closest to the summer solstice.
During the festival, workshops are held at Elks Park. They include musical collaborations, informal performances by festival artists, and preliminary rounds of the Telluride Troubadour and band contests. Elks Park is located across from the Sheridan Opera House on the south side of Colorado Avenue. Watch for the announcement of the schedule for the Elks Park workshops.
The Telluride Bluegrass Festival also offers The Family Tent for kids, with fun musical and educational activities. This year's theme is Alice in Candyland, Living Folklore with elements from Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland using giant puppets and a life-size children’s board game. The events include storytelling, crafts, interactive performances with live characters, juggling, hula hoops, a parade, a talent show, yoga, hiking, and horseback riding. Children must be accompanied by a parent. The Family Tent is open Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The 2020 Telluride Bluegrass Festival will be held Thursday, June 18 through Sunday, June 21 from 10:00 a.m. to midnight each day. However, a pre-festival event called FirstGrass is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Mountain Village. The festival will be held at Telluride Town Park, a scenic gathering place with amazing mountain views. The park's address is 500 E Colorado Avenue in Telluride, CO.
The Telluride Bluegrass Festival will feature performers at multiple areas, including the Main Stage, FirstGrass outdoor show, and NightGrass stage.
The lineup for the Main Stage will include more than 20 acts. Some of the biggest names for 2020 will be Alison Krauss, the Sam Bush Band, Greensky Bluebirds, Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Mandolin Orange, and Billy Strings.
Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton, and Stuart Duncan perform together as the Telluride House Band. In addition, along with performing with the Punch Brothers, Chris Thile will broadcast his public radio program, Live From Here, at the festival.
At nightfall, NightGrass begins. Watch for the announcement of the lineup for NightGrass at the festival's website.
The Telluride Bluegrass Festival does provide access to campgrounds both on and near the festival site. However, you must have a pass and will not be able to move your vehicle during the festival. Shuttles provide transportation to and from the farther-away campgrounds.
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On its website, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival offers tickets for the following camping sites:
• Town Park Camping with four-day Festival Pass: $420
• Town Park Vehicle Pass: $235
• Warner Field Camping with four-day Festival Pass: $420
• Lawson Hill Camping (single day or four-day Festival Pass required): $70
• Mary E. Ilium Camping: $65
• Mary E. Ilium Vehicle Pass (Mary E. Ilium camping pass required): $65
• Lawson Hill RV (four-day Festival Pass required; vehicle must be less than 28 feet): $250
Since reselling tickets is allowed, ticket options that are sold out are listed. However, resale of Telluride Bluegrass Festival and NightGrass tickets for more than face value is forbidden.
Free admission to the festival and campgrounds is available for children 12 and under when they are accompanied by a ticketed adult.
Tickets are refundable to the original purchaser prior to March 6, 2020.
Camping pass bar codes are emailed immediately. The bar codes must be exchanged for a wristband at the festival box office. Wristbands use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that provides your name and order number when held up to a scanner.
If you want to explore other campground options, Colorado's Western Slope is home to several great RV parks. However, some of these campgrounds are a few hours away from Telluride due to the mountainous terrain.
Those who are not RVing can check the Telluride Bluegrass Festival website for other lodging options.
If you are flying in and renting an RV nearby, the Telluride Regional Airport is 5 miles from Telluride Town Park. If you are driving, Telluride is seven hours from Denver, nine hours from Phoenix, and five hours from Albuquerque. The Telluride website explains how to get to the park.
Free parking is available at Mountain Village, and you can use the gondola to get to the festival. Parking passes are available for the festival, but they sell out quickly. Barricade parking is limited to three hours.
You can buy four-day Festival Passes or single-day tickets. Tickets are for general admission only. For multiple-day passes, each person must have their own. Wristbands must be worn at all times on the festival grounds. Here is a list of ticket options:
• Four-day Festival Pass: $295
• Thursday Festival Pass: $95
• Friday Festival Pass: $95
• Saturday Festival Pass: $95
• Sunday Festival Pass: $95
You will be limited to four tickets of a given type. Payment plans are available.
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