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Festivals Which Telluride Festival Are You?

Telluride has long been famed as the “Festival Capital of the Rockies” (check out this 1991 New York Times story: “Telluride’s Formula for Success“), a self-fulfilling prophecy that has amounted to a celebration planned for virtually every weekend from June through September.

And to great effect! Each Telluride festival brings a diverse groups of people together to expand horizons, make life-long memories, meet new people, and try new things. A festival vacation can be profoundly recharging, relaxing and, of course, a lot of fun.

To get you headed in the right direction, let’s look at four Telluride festivals we think capture the spectrum.

Telluride Yoga Festival 

Yogis of all abilities gather in gorgeous venues throughout Telluride and Mountain Village for classes, presentations, events, meals, and more. But don’t take our word for it. The video montage on their homepage does a great job of capturing the range of experiences you’d encounter. Check it out.

RIDE Festival 

With previous headliners, RIDE Festival has fulfilled some of our most outlandish rock-n-roll daydreams, like “What would it be like to see Sheryl Crow in Telluride Town Park?” Or, David Byrne? Or, what about Pearl Jam? Watch Eddie Vedder cover Willie Nelson’s “Just Breathe” on the Ride Fest main stage here.

Telluride Jazz Festival 

Big stars come out for this staple festival as well. Notable alumni include Muddy Waters, Mavis Staples, Karl Denson, John Schofield and Macy Gray. You can go super luxe at this fest and rent a “Safari Cabana.” Or, go as low-key as stretching out on a blanket in grassy Town Park. However you choose to festival in, you’re going to love it! Read more here.

Telluride Blues & Brews 

This festival is a perennial fan favorite for reasons far and beyond the blues headliners and Grand Tasting that includes over 50 craft breweries. Maybe it’s the vibe that starts early and takes different shapes throughout the day and well into the night. Or, it’s the traditions carried on each year — like costumed Hops Queens and Kings, spontaneous park-wide cheers that erupt with fans all raising their tasting glasses high, festival food, the autumn mountain views, the kids’ climbing wall, bounce houses, parades, and even a 5k fundraiser race and free morning yoga sessions. Get this year’s details on their website or check out their Instagram for a preview.

So which festival is best?

It’s all about personal preference!

Take our quiz: Which Festival Is Right For You?

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