Telluride Fire Festival: So Cool It’s Hot! 12/4- 12/6; Tickets Now!

Telluride Fire Festival: So Cool It’s Hot! 12/4- 12/6; Tickets Now!

Despite Corona, the the 6th annual Telluride Fire Festival remains, well, smoking hot. The incendiary blockbuster has lined up crowd-pleasing events for the weekend of December 4 – 6. For more about the Festival, to become a sponsor, volunteer, submit an art installation or subscribe to e-news, visit Read on for event details.


The Telluride Fire Festival has a Covid-safe, three-day event planned, which will be mostly out of doors, offering art and culture December 4-6 in Telluride. A face mask will be provided for anyone without one and seating will be every other row at the one indoor event in the Palm Theater.

Expect over-the-top fiery art shooting flames high into the night sky. Activities include the family-friendly event at the historic Transfer Warehouse, which should enthrall visitors with interactive flaming sculptures, fire dancers, music, and a cash bar, Friday and Sunday nights.

The Festival will be showcasing many interactive fire installations created by artists from Telluride and the surrounding region at a happening dubbed “Hot Time in the Old Town,” also taking place within the roofless Warehouse.

Below are just a few of the eclectic group of Telluride Fire Festival creators:

Charlie Vierhout, from Arizona, will have his 10-foot tall street clock tower with buttons allowing people to control multiple types of flames blasts. The clock also has 1,300 LED’s, which run an ever-changing, wildly brilliant color display.

Dave Mechtly, a Denver-based artist, displayss two flaming masterpieces. One fun installation,’ Strictly Platonic,” employs a button guests can press to create “poofing” flames. “Strictly Platonic” also boasts a wonderful fire pit around which people can warm themselves while enjoying the beauty of the piece.

Kristin Wesley, a community-based public artist from Phoenix, will showcase her “Fire Lotus.” The artisst uses recognizable, repurposed metal components to create sculptural assemblages and fire features. Described as dynamic, colorful and rhythmic, Kristin’s work often employs biomorphic imagery, with gardens and plants as a metaphor for life.

Other inspiring events include:


Funk, TransferWarehouse, courtesy SkottyKenton.


• ‘”Fire On The Mountain” atop the ski area will showcase spectacular wood sculptures during the day, ceremoniously burned to the ground Saturday night.

Free fire art performances along with flaming art cars on the public plaza in Mountain Village.

Free flow arts workshops outside on the Mountain Village Center. (Covid safee.)

Beginner Welding Workshop in an above-ground, non-working mine.

• Costume artist Micki Flatmo’s exhibition of elaborate Burning Man-style outerwear at Slate Gray Gallery, with an opening reception on Thursday, December 3. Costumes will be for sale.

The historic Telluride Transfer Warehouse:

Transfer Warehouse, back when. Courtesy, Telluride Arts.

Before its roof collapsed in 1979, the stone building was a downtown garage and filling station. In 1906, before the advent of the automobile, the cavernous, two-story space was the barn for the local livery and the center of the Warehouse District that served the mining industry. The stone (roofless) building is a perfect backdrop for fire art!


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About the Telluride Fire Festival:

TransferWarehouse, Skotty Kenton.


Erin & Chris – she’s the one in the flaming pink wig – one hot couple, founders of Telluride Fire Festival.

The Telluride Fire Festival is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to create and sustain an interactive performing arts festival that provides a platform for artists to entertain, educate and promote their work.

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