Telluride Bluegrass Festival: Where Legends Are Created Right Before Your Ears

By: Cy Fontenot

Every year festival-goers and music lovers of all types make their way to the historic mountain town of Telluride to experience the annual tradition of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Surrounded on three sides by the rugged San Juan Mountains at 8750 feet in elevation, this festival seems to be the spawn of everything great about the Colorado bluegrass scene. This year, the fest takes place June 21st-24th.


With various workshops and collaboration amongst artists happening all four days of the festival, there are many opportunities to meet and discover your new favorite bluegrass artists. Bands such as the Dixie Chicks, Greensky Bluegrass, The Lil Smokies, and Trout Steak Revival have all gained well-deserved success and notoriety by winning the Telluride Band Contest. This is a festival where legends in the genre are born.

This year’s lineup, including Sturgill Simpson, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band, Bela Fleck, and many more phenomenal acts, is bound to be one to remember! It’s the festival’s 45th annual year running, and outside of the main stages, keep an eye out for the weekend’s late night shows where you might just catch the next big bluegrass rising star.


Staying the whole weekend to catch every show possible? Camping in Telluride is nothing short of breathtaking. There are several campgrounds within walking or shuttle distance of the festival so make your tent plans here.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this year’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival! Tickets and all other info can be found here!


All photos per the author. All videos and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.