Since 1977, Telluride’s majestic perch high in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado has been the site of an annual cultural event combining the finest pristine natural aesthetics with boundless artistic creativity. The Telluride Jazz Festival ranks among the world’s most scenic music events in the country. Add on the desirable intimate format and abundant offering of alpine recreational activities to historical performances and the result is an immersive live music experience that has brought audiophiles from around the world for over four decades.
The Telluride Jazz Festival is a three day and night live music event centered around jazz that is held in August every year. The intimate small festival format offers the unique chance to experience the openness and beauty of the legendary Telluride Town Park music venue, accompanied by a once-in-a-lifetime soundtrack provided by acclaimed artists, Grammy Award winners, cutting edge innovators, rare super-groups, and some of the best student bands in the country. The core audience of loyal patrons, dedicated locals, and curious travelers creates a relaxed vibe where laying back in your chair or letting your hair down to dance are equally encouraged.
Great food vendors, craft brews and cocktails on tap cover the basic amenities and provide a sample of Colorado’s renowned craftsmanship. At night, the music moves from Telluride Town Park into historic indoor music venues within easy walking distance. The special Jazz After Dark late night performances often present memorable collaborations and up-close viewing of the artists in their element. On Sunday, the day kicks off with a New Orleans Second Line brass band parade down Main Street. Colorful floats, costumes, beads and decorations are all welcome as patrons join in on the march through town.