More Than Just A Music Festival

An immersive music festival experience in the heart of the Rocky Mountains

44th Annual | August 7-9, 2020

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.

 America's Destination Jazz Festival


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.

More Than Just A Music Festival 

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.

The Setting

Nestled at the end of a lush canyon and surrounded by waterfalls flowing from some of the most rugged peaks in the Rocky Mountains, the natural beauty of Telluride is unmatched by anywhere in the country and perhaps the world. The town stretches eight blocks wide and twelve blocks long and boasts 300 days of sunshine each year. With colorful Victorian-era homes, clapboard storefronts, boutiques, art galleries, gourmet restaurants, historic buildings and more, Telluride is truly a delight to explore.

The Festival site, Telluride Town Park, is a beautiful open space strategically located at the end of our town’s Main Street. Anchored by the state-of-the-art Main Stage and complimented by the free Society Stage and forested festival campground, the Festival venue ranks as one of the most scenic music locations in the world. The towering mountain peaks and glowing aspen trees that dot the hillsides provide the perfect amphitheater for music to resonate through the mountain canyon.

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