Feel the rhythm at Telluride Jazz FestivalColorado, USA
This could well be the best backdrop for a music festival you’ve ever experienced. Set at the base of the majestic San Juan Mountains, yet with an intimate format to bring you close to the musicians, it’s no surprise Telluride Jazz Festival ranks among the world’s most memorable musical get-togethers.
It’s taken place each August since 1977, and during three days and nights Telluride Jazz Festival continues to celebrate the art, soul, history and future of the jazz genre. Festival-goers can experience world-class jazz, funk, soul, folk and gospel performances, intimate late-night shows, interactive jams and a lively New Orleans second line parade, with colourful floats, costumes and beads, through the town of Telluride.
Beyond the typical music festival, there are free morning yoga sessions, a historical walking tour, and VIP culinary and cocktail experiences. There’s also the opportunity to explore the historical mining town, as well as the many trails and adventures among the nearby 4,000-metre Rocky Mountain peaks. If Telluride’s gold rush history has you wanting to see more, try a guided 4WD jeep tour with Telluride Outside that takes you onto old mining roads that were carved into the San Juan Mountains more than a century ago, visiting what remains of ghost towns that were once home to booming mining communities.
There’s a range of ticket options available to customise your experience, with full three-day tickets, Jazz After Dark performances or one-day options if the location has you wanting to explore beyond. Following the Jazz After Dark shows, the late-night Liberty Sessions take place at The Liberty Bar & Lounge from 11.30pm, free of charge.
- So many bucket-list bands all in the one stunning location
- Music in the town, adventure in the mountains
- It’s far more than just music – there’s craft beer, great food and the chance to meet the locals
- Three days isn’t nearly long enough to enjoy all of Telluride, so you best plan to stay a little longer