Telluride Winter Events Guide
It's more than world-class skiing
September 25, 2019
Telluride's summer festivals and attractions are known around the world, but the coming of snow doesn't mean the festivals end. The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival could be considered the last true summer festival, and all after that skew toward fall festivities and winter attractions.
Here's a look at everything going on in Telluride this winter, in addition to the famous ski slopes.
The Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors is a beautiful way to see the changing leaves of the surrounding mountains while enjoying a world-class automotive show. Now entering its 5th year, the festival is a gathering of the world’s finest cars.
Last year’s event included a War Bird aviation exhibit in addition to classic cars and motorcycles, as well as plenty of family-friendly activities and live music. For a truly unforgettable experience, register to take part in the Million Dollar Highway Road Rally, where you’ll join the likes of other auto collectors driving through some of southwest Colorado’s most iconic towns, all with a backdrop of the changing aspens.
The Telluride Art Walk is an excellent experience where locals and visitors mingle in some of the town's best art galleries. On the first Thursday of every month, pick up a free Galler Guide, which lets you take a self-guided tour through galleries in town.
The event takes place from 5-8pm and is often frequented by representatives from local businesses, where you can learn more about Telluride over a glass of wine and the backdrop of great local art.
Billed as a way yo build a community of original thinkers, this new festival welcomes speakers, films, art, and performances meant to delve deeper into some of the biggest and most transformative ideas of the 21st century.
Gather with fellow original thinkers all over Telluride's beautiful Mountain Village neighborhood for the ultimate storytelling experience. (Photo courtesy of Original Thinkers)
You've probably heard of Telluride's famous Film Festival, (known locally as The Show), but did you know the party continues in October? The Telluride Horror Show welcomes all things gore and lore with three days of new and classic horror film showings.
Get in the Halloween spirit surrounded by the beauty of Telluride in the fall.
Part Burning Man, part small mountain town party, The Telluride Fire Festival is a feast for senses, and unlike anything else that comes to the box canyon. Art, sculptures, performances, and more, all involving fire, parade through the town and illuminate its beauty by night.
Check out the video to the right of this unique festival, and if you need a place to stay in town, look through all our Downtown Telluride rentals.
Much more than your typical magic show, Mind Blown at the Madeline provides an intimate experience in a small theater that rivals the greatest illusionist shows of Vegas. Recommended for ages 12 and up, it's a show written to leave adults speechless. No children under the age of 8 are allowed.
The Madeline Hotel is located in Mountain Village, in the heart of everything during ski season. For lodging options, check out all our Mountain Village luxury rentals.
Picture the traditional holiday variety show, and give it an extra dose of all things Telluride. That's what you can expect from the Telluride Holiday Cabaret at the Telluride Theatre's Black Box. If you're headed to Telluride for a Christmas stay, this is a must-see.
From 6:30 to 7:30 on Christmas and New Year's Eve, watch from town as skiers descend down Coonskin and Telluride Trail with red torchlights. The dazzling display lights up the snow and gives the mountain an alpenglow feel as you prepare for the celebrations to come.
Wany a truly unique perspective? Head to the San Sophia Gondola station and time your descent for when the riders are heading down the mountain. You'll see the glow of town, the streaks of red, and the stars above.
If you're in Town on the evening of January 25, head to the Sheridan Opera House at 9pm for the KOTO Lip Sync event, sponsored by local radio station KOTO. Grab a Flatliner from the New Sheridan Bar, and let the shenanigans begin.
The Telluride Comedy Festival has the same reputation as any of its famous summer counterparts, and attractions top talent from all over the country. A winter festival since 1999, the event takes place over President's Day every year, and is sponsored by the Sheridan Arts Foundation.
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Telluride Gay Ski Week promises seven days of skiing, dancing, fun, and excitement, all in the breathtaking beauty of the San Juan mountains. Every year, participants enjoy daily skier/boarder meet ups, cocktail parties, DJs, live music, Oscar watching parties, and more.
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Consider this the biggest cover band party in Telluride, taking place right during the buzz of Spring Break. This is a truly unique event put on by the Sheridan Arts Foundation.
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From Town to Mountain Village, winter in Telluride is truly magical.
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