While we’re in the midst of ski, snowmobile, and snowshoe season here in breathtaking Telluride, CO, spring’s arrival is seemingly just around the corner. And, for the last 46 years, the community has symbolically waved goodbye to spring by hosting the premier bluegrass festival in Colorado: the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, a four-day extravaganza at the foothills of the San Juan Mountains. The festival takes place every year in Town Park, which is a short, scenic walk from the town center. As you can imagine, lodging fills up several months in advance. So, don’t forget to browse through the largest collection of Accommodations in Telluride, many of which are a short walk, bicycle ride, or drive from Town Park.

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Fun Facts About the Best Bluegrass Festival in Colorado

The Telluride Bluegrass Festival enters its 47th season this June, making it the oldest pure bluegrass festival in Colorado. In 1973, this former mining community orchestrated a small yet earnest post-parade Fourth of July celebration that featured a local bluegrass band and some good, old-fashioned fireworks. From there, this annual Telluride music festival has continuously grown, evolved, and improved. For those that have never visited Telluride before, this helpful festival guide sheds light on various topics. As always, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival will play host to dozens of regional art, food, and non-profit vendors, so remember to bring a crisp hundred-dollar bill for a bit of compulsive shopping.

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The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Lineup

Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, John Prine, Nickel Creek, Brandi Carlisle, and so many more showstopping performers have graced the main stage over the past four-plus decades. 2020’s festival lineup includes Alison Kraus, The Jerry Douglas Band, Mandolin Orange, Punch Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, and so many more marvelous acts. Every year, onlookers can witness a one-of-a-kind collaborative performance from several of the festival top performers, known as the “Telluride House Band.” There will also be a Live From Here show hosted by the Punch Brothers’ own Chris Thile, a founding member of Nickel Creek and perhaps the world’s best mandolinist.

Reminder: There’s another noteworthy Telluride music festival that also takes place in Town Park in mid-July: The Ride Festival, which is more of a rootsy rock jamboree featuring the likes of Pearl Jam, Cage the Elephant, and Sheryl Crow. The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, meanwhile, is a gathering that will undoubtedly satisfy all five senses. Nearly 60 craft breweries showcase their delectable ales while some of the biggest names in rock grace the main stage.

Group-Friendly Telluride Vacation Rentals

Because this annual event remains the premier bluegrass festival in Colorado, the town welcomes thousands of visitors in one weekend to the area. And, while there are several comfortable Telluride lodging options located throughout town, the best place to start your search is right here at Accommodations in Telluride. We have dozens of condos, homes, and luxury rentals that are ideally suited for large groups of festivalgoers. Please give us a call today at 970-728-4831 to get matched with a rental that perfectly suits your group’s size, style, and budget that’s also situated near the festival grounds.

Again, lodging fills up several months in advance. We’re fully booked for the 2020 festival. Please return again next winter when festival dates are announced to secure an accommodation.