Festival Fun For The Kids

Not just for adults, kids of all ages can enjoy the Telluride Jazz Festival!

Complete with student performances, a kids area with giant puppets and interactive activities like face painting, and the New Orleans 2nd Line Parade with an uncrowded laid-back atmosphere, the Telluride Jazz Festival is a perfect event for families.

Kids Area

Once again Living Folklore will be back with stilt-walkers and giant puppets to add ambiance to your kid’s Telluride Jazz Festival experience! Be sure to get your picture taken with these magnificent creations under the backdrop of the Telluride Mountains as they periodically stroll the festival grounds throughout the weekend.

This year kids can celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. John with a giant puppet to honor him. Other giant puppets of musical legends like Prince, and Louis Armstrong will also be present. Come by the kids tent to get a picture with them and to enjoy face painting. For the Sunday Parade down Main Street, Living Folklore will be bringing umbrellas and flags for kids to carry so they can march along with the band, stilt-walkers, and giant puppets!

Costume Making / New Orleans Second Line Parade


Telluride Jazz Festival | Kids Face Painting

Second Line Parades are a New Orleans tradition. Brass bands take to the street, play and march. Onlookers who followed along to enjoy the music were known as the second line. Join Cha Wa and Hooligan Brass Band along with the Festival staff, attendees, and other artists for a Second Line Parade down Main Street all the way to Telluride Town Park on Sunday, August 11 starting at 11 am.

Everyone is welcome! Colorful floats, costumes, beads and decorations are all welcome as attendees join in on the march through town. The parade starts at 12 pm from Elks Park.

Leading up to the Parade, Telluride's renowned Wilkinson Public Library will host a complimentary kids program. This program will run from 10:00 - 11:00 am, is free of charge and will feature jazz-themed children's activities. Following the Kids Program, children can prepare for the parade in Elks park with a complimentary Costume Making and Face Painting session. All materials are provided for attending families.

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