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.
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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They will only be offering two campgrounds for the 2023 Festival: Town Park is adjacent to the Festival grounds (you can hear the festival from your tent); Mary E is 7 miles down valley.
Includes 4-day Pass ( $TBA per weekend - FOR 10 CAMPERS )
Facilities: Potable water, coin-operated showers, permanent bathroom structures & porta potties
Vibe: The original campground of the Festival, Town Park is home to many of our large traditional camps who have made the sojourn to Telluride for decades. The year-round campground is located adjacent to the festival grounds and includes a waterfall, river, lots of shade, and a series of small hills and bowls. The campground is open days before the Festival and offers a unique chance to be truly immersed in the Festivarian Culture. Learn more about the culture, tradition, and community of Town Park at www.festivarian.com.
2023 Campsite Map: View the Town Park campsite map
Requires 4-Day Festival Pass ($TBA per weekend - FOR 10 CAMPERS)
Facilities: Potable water & porta potties availableVibe: The Mary E. Campground is located in the scenic Ilium Valley west of Telluride. This campground is nestled in the woods, with the river nearby and lots of shade. Mary E. offers a more natural, backwoods camping experience than any of our other campgrounds. The shuttle ride to the festival is longer than for other campgrounds, but if you’re looking for a more traditional outdoor camping experience, it’s worth it.
2023 Campsite Map: View the Mary E campsite map
A variety of lodging options are available in the Town of Telluride and Mountain Village (connected to Telluride via a free mountain gondola). These lodging partners work closely with Planet Bluegrass to help make the Festival possible. Many of them offer exclusive deals to festivarians, so be sure to mention Bluegrass.com when contacting them.
Alpine Lodging Telluride is the longest-standing, locally-owned and operated lodging company in the region. We offer the widest selection of vacation rentals, including hotel rooms, condos and private homes in Telluride and Mountain Village. Call us now to book your Bluegrass Festival lodging!
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The Silverstar Signature Properties portfolio offers the finest in Telluride, Colorado vacation rentals. Silverstar provides the highest commitment to personal service and convenience during your Telluride getaway. All of our vacation rentals are completely furnished with small appliances, kitchen accessories, linens, TV’s/DVD’s, and high speed internet. Of course, the rental is also supplied with the basics so that you don’t need to go to the store for mundane items such as detergent, soaps, paper towels, etc. We’ve already taken care of providing these necessities. A vacation should be a vacation, and we’re here to make sure you enjoy yours. Call us today to receive a great deal!
A blend of rustic elegance and western charm, The Mountain Lodge at Telluride is your window to the splendor of the San Juan Mountains. This luxury condominium property in the Mountain Village offers accommodations ranging from comfortable studio units, two and three bedroom condominiums and luxury private cabins along with a host of other amenities including an outdoor heated pool/spa, complimentary wireless internet, fitness center, and “The View” restaurant and bar.
Enjoy Bluegrass in comfort and style at Telluride’s finest boutique hotel, the Hotel Telluride. Located just four blocks from the gondola and minutes from Town Park, the Hotel Telluride features 24 hour coffee service in the lobby, fitness center, hot tubs, and complimentary Wi-Fi. ‘The Nook’ at The Hotel Telluride serves a full hot breakfast daily and is open in the evenings for drinks and dining specials. All rooms have private balconies, mini-refrigerators, and coffee makers. A great place to rest those weary dancing legs and charge up for a full weekend of world class bluegrass music!
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.
Parking is free in the Gondola Parking Garage during the day. After your vehicle is parked for the day, you will take the free gondola down to the town of Telluride. The very scenic gondola ride takes about 15 minutes and the Festival is about a five block walk from the gondola station.
Folks who want to go into the town of Telluride and park can get a temporary parking permit from the barricade that is 1/4 mile west of the Town. These permits only allow a maximum of three hours parking in town. After that time period, cars will be ticketed or towed.
It’s likely your hotel has parking accommodations. Check with them in advance to see what your options are. If your hotel does not provide parking, you are able to use public parking in Mountain Village for $(TBA)/per night. Learn more about Mountain Village parking.
You are permitted to drive your vehicle into or near the campground in order to unload. Once you have unloaded your gear, the campground parking staff will direct you to park your vehicle. You must have a permit to use any of the lots designated for campers.
You may park inside the designated campground
They will be at a reduced capacity of 2,500 people per day. Tickets are being sold as socially-distanced corrals of ten (in the front), and general admission section behind the corrals.
Corrals are 12ft x12ft and fit up to ten people. You will purchase a corral within a specific corral section (view corral sections map). Only weekend passes will be available; NO single-day tickets will be sold.
This year, with restrictions as they exist, kids are NOT free , and will count towards your total number of ten.
Solstice Weekend - June 17-20 - Corral for 10 People $(TBA)
Solstice Weekend - June 17-20 - General Admission for 1 Person $(TBA)
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