There is something about summer nights that lend themselves to the wonders of outdoor concerts, and if you find yourself contemplating a vacation in Telluride the first week of July, we are offering a little something extra that may give you the gentle nudge towards booking the getaway! The RIDE Festival 2021 is an outdoor music festival that takes place in the shadows of the pine trees climbing up the slopes of the San Juan Mountains and in a variety of local venues. Lasting 10 days and featuring the creative talents of over 20 musical artists and bands, this festival has been an important part of the summer landscape since its beginnings in 2012!

How to Best Enjoy the RIDE Festival 2021

There is no wrong way to enjoy the show! You can purchase a single-day pass (the 4th of July shows promise to be spectacular), a weekend pass, a week pass, or a pass that encompasses every day of the 10-day event, which runs from July 2 through July 11th. The performers are an exciting mix of up and comers and seasoned veterans, but do not do yourself a disservice and only attend the performances of your favorite performers; some former up and comers of the RIDE Festival include Pearl Jam, Widespread Panic, and Thievery, and if you only watch the ones you know, you may miss out on the beginnings of a megastar group!

Bring your lawn chairs, your picnic blankets, and spend hours upon hours in the shadow of the mountains, listening to the music that makes your toes tap and your fingers snap, and if you choose not to spend every minute of the festival following the music, you can spend your off hours enjoying the wonders of our favorite mountain town. The festival gates open at 10 AM every day, ending at 11 PM every day except Sunday, and if you aren’t super interested in purchasing passes, but still want to hear the music, consider volunteering at some of the venues and earn a general admission weekend pass to the show! The NightRIDE venues (the nighttime concerts) include the Sheridan Opera House, Wood Ear, and Moon at O’Bannon’s, and if you haven’t purchased a festival pass, you can still attend these events by paying a cover fee.

The Magic Continues

As lodging sponsors for the RIDE Festival, we are proud to provide the best rental property options in the area! When the last note has faded away into the night, coming home to the luxurious comforts found in our Accommodations in Telluride mountain properties will add a little extra sparkle to your getaway. Reserve yours today!