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Summer Festival Wrap Up

7 Oct 2013
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Telluride’s infamous ‘Summer of Love’ Festival Season is nearly over -- just one last fest this coming weekend, Telluride Horror Film Fest, and we're headed for Winter! Wondering how the summer went in Telluride? well..

We got inspired at Mountain Film…

The 35th anniversary of Mountain Film opened the summer with documentaries and speakers focused primarily on climate change and set to motivate all those in attendance to make the change they wish to see in the world. As a celebration of their milestone, they looked back at films from past years. Did you miss this amazing festival? Mountain Film is doing a 'World Tour' , so be sure to check them our to see when they will be arriving at a town near you! Still feel out of the loop? consider volunteering! Applications are available in January 2014.

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Balloons over Telluride

We lit up the night at Balloon Festival…Memorial day weekend gave way to a beautiful bluebird day just in time for Balloon Festival on Saturday, June 1. Dozens of hot air balloons hit the morning sky and eventually made their way to Main Street in the evening. There they settled and were illuminated, becoming a true spectacle for all to see and enjoy!

We danced the days away at Telluride Bluegrass…

In a summer of anniversaries, The Telluride Bluegrass festival was no exception. Celebrating their 40th year, the festival sold out early; both tickets and in-town lodging! Although there was a cancellation by the headliners Mumford and Sons, festival goers enjoyed the fours days of funnel cakes, fringe and fiddles. A sunny backdrop in Town Park and old and new bluegrass musicians celebrated the summer solstice and created an amazing energy among the Telluride festival crowd.

We sipped wine, mused at art, and held our hand over our heart...

Wine Festival and Plein Air brought a splash of culture to the Town of Telluride, followed by Telluride’s one-of-a-kind Fourth of July weekend! The whole community came out for the Fourth of July parade and Fireman's celebrations in Town Park. A determined few participated in the Rundola in the early hours of the morning, but those tired from festivities headed to bed as darkness fell over town. A dry early summer brought fire sanctions and a halt to the Town Park firework show.

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A fruitful year for Mushroom Festival!

We stretched and pranced and danced some more…

Mid July brought yogis, runners and music fans to town as the Yoga Festival, Hard Rock 100 run and Ride Fest arrived. Those attending the yoga fest enjoyed hours of intensive yoga practice, mediation and seminars on caring for their yoga bodies. Ride Fest, in it's second year, thrived with a stellar lineup that included performances by David Byrne & St. Vincent, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Cake, Drive-By Truckers and many more -- all packed into just two days in Town Park!

We used all of our senses in August {watching films, tasting and smelling delicious mushrooms, listen to jazz, and feeling some fibers!}
August was jam packed with festivals supporting the arts -- kicking off with the Telluride Jazz Celebration the month continued on to host the Telluride Chamber Music Fesitval, Many

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Lights, Camera, Action at Telluride Film Festival

Hands Fiber Arts Festival, The Telluride Mushroom Festival and KOTO Doo-Dah. The mushroom festival was hit as foragers and grommet cooks came together to talk fungi and flavor. The Telluride Film Festival, also celebrated a milestone year with its 40th anniversary during the summer of 2013, featuring a string of sure to be Oscar winning North American Debuts! Prisoner, Labor Day, Salinger and 12 Years a Slave all opened to venues packed to the brim with cinephiles.

We cheered on our friends that ran over the mountain, drank beer and enjoyed {more} great music…

Runners descended upon town the following weekend as they finished the grueling 17 miles from Ouray to Telluride as participants in the Imogene Pass Run. The day was filled with sunshine and likely beers after the run and those who made it up and over the pass celebrated their victories…perhaps staying through the following weekend for the 25th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. A star-studded lineup featuring up and comers Allen Stone, Gary Clark Jr and ZZ Ward was complimented by solid and well-known musical acts such as the Black Crows, Jim James and an absolutely sensational performance by Melissa Etheridge. It was a wonderful end to the summer season.

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Everyone enjoyed the blues & the brews!

...Then burned it all off…

Fitness experts and enthusiasts headed to the Peaks for the seasons first ever OH WOW (optimal health workout weekend) Festival. Tony Horton, of P90X, led workouts and a variety of other fitness modalities and advisors led seminars and classes for attendees. With excellent weather and a health conscience audience, this festival proved to be a crowd pleaser and will undoubtedly be even bigger and better next season!

As you can tell, Telluride played host to an amazing summer– filled with a variety of wonderful visitors to our small mountain paradise. We loved the music, the food and even the exercise that we got while we enjoy good company and learned a little too! We're looking forward to the winter snowfall and all of the fun it brings along with it! We hope to see you then, but if you can’t make it, please join us for another summer of festivals!