Telluride Blues & Brews: Update!

Telluride Blues & Brews: Update!

Telluride Blues & Brews weekend is around the corner. Scroll down to check out the many different opportunities and options.

More here about Blues & Brews.

Explore the schedule here.

Line-up additions are here.

Festival Passes Are Almost Sold Out:

Ticket alert! As September 16-18 inches just a bit closer, tickets for the 2022 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival are becoming scarce! 3-Day Passes, Friday and Sunday Passes are very limited. These will sell out in advance and won’t be available at the box office. Get yours today and don’t miss out!

Get tickets here.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company 2022 Craft Beer Styles:

The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is thrilled to team up again with long time craft beer partner Sierra Nevada Brewing Company for the 2022 Festival! Throughout the weekend enjoy a variety of their beers at the Sierra Nevada Beer Truck, VIP bars, House of Brews, Blues Stage bars and special High Altitude Lounge. From an easy-drinking, festival exclusive Scapegoat Blonde, hoppy IPA’s and wild creations, Sierra Nevada’s styles will satisfy casual beer drinkers, aficionados and everything in between.

Craft Beer Styles here.

Beyond Beer: Hard Kombucha, Cider and Seltzer:

For those looking to mix it up from our extensive craft beer, wine and cocktail offerings at the 2022 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, we are pleased to offer a selection of hard kombuchas, ciders and seltzers at our festival bars.

Beyond Beer here.

2022 Telluride Blues Challenge Finalists:

Over the past few years, the Telluride Blues Challenge has risen to become one of the most distinguished music competitions in the Southwest! Musicians from all over the country submit their best songs for the chance to make the top six and earn an invite to the Blues Challenge Finals held at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. Presented by Telluride Music and Telluride Blues Society, the Telluride Blues Challenge gives up-and-coming artists the chance to advance their careers, win a 20-minute set on the festival Main Stage, a spot on the 2023 Durango Blues Train, a premium Martin guitar and a cash prize.

Every year, the Challenge entries impress, with an abundance of high-quality, stunning submissions. This year, 46 entries poured in from around the nation and selecting the finalists was not an easy task. The specialists at Telluride Music narrowed the list down to the top six. The following six finalists will compete at the Telluride Elks Lodge during the Blues for Breakfast event on Saturday, September 17 from 9:00 am to Noon.

2022 Blues Challenge Finalists

Joe Waters
Johnny Johnston
Jhett Black
Charlie Rae
Anthony Arya
Eric Ramsey

The contest happens as part of Blues For Breakfast, complete with a breakfast spread and full bar including breakfast cocktails during the event. Breakfast menu will feature classics like pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausages, biscuits and gravy. Coffee, orange juice and breakfast bar drinks will also be available.

Admission is free! Breakfast for adults is $15. Breakfast for kids ages 10 and under is $5. Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, and other breakfast bar drinks are extra.

This event is a great way to see up-and-comers in the blues genre while starting your Saturday morning off before the music starts in the festival grounds. Watch as competitors perform 20-minute sets that will be judged on the quality of their overall live performance, instrument use, vocals and presentation.

Blues Challenge here.

Join Volunteer Team And Earn A 3-Day Festival Pass

Don’t just go to the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, become a part of it! We’re looking for reliable, hardworking and fun-loving individuals to join our team. Volunteering is a great way to earn a 3-Day Pass, meet new friends, get a free festival t-shirt and be a part of the show! Don’t wait to sign up, spots are filling up fast!

All you have to do is fill out the application and choose the shifts and department that you’d like to join.

We appreciate all of our volunteers, especially those of you who come back year after year, bringing your experience and enthusiasm to the festival. You are all an integral part of the event and we could not do it without you!

What’s It All About?

Volunteers will receive a 3-Day Festival Pass and a Festival Staff T-Shirt! We strive to make volunteering as easy and fun as possible. Volunteering is also a great way to meet friends and catch a glimpse of the “behind-the-scenes” action of festival production.

All volunteers must complete two 6-7 hour shifts in order to earn a 3-Day Festival Pass. Shifts are available in a variety of positions before, during, and after the festival. Volunteers who are scheduled for pre-festival or post-festival shifts that are 9 am – 6 pm (8 hours) only need to complete one shift in order to earn a 3-Day Festival Pass. Shifts are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to apply early!

Anything Else I Need To Know?

All volunteers must be 18 or older to apply.

All volunteers must pay a one-time non-refundable application fee of $25.

All volunteers must submit an application below to be considered for a volunteer position. If accepted as a volunteer, you must complete two shifts (6-7 hours each) in exchange for a 3-Day festival pass and a festival staff t-shirt. We typically assign each volunteer one morning shift and one afternoon or evening shift.

All applicants must enter credit card information as a guarantee that you will complete your scheduled shifts if accepted as a volunteer. If you fail to satisfactorily complete your scheduled shifts, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival reserves the right to charge for the equivalent amount of a 3-Day Pass (refer to the “I Agree” section on the volunteer application for more information).

Please note that Camping and Juke Joint passes are not included. If you are volunteering and would like to camp during the festival, you will need to purchase a camping pass separately.

Volunteer Now!

Enjoy The Outdoors At The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival:

Enjoy free morning Yoga Sessions, run the Blisters & Blues 5K Race, demo mountain bikes and join a group hike – all before you enjoy the music! It’s no secret that Telluride, Colorado is one of the best places in the world for outdoor recreation! We recommend taking some time while you’re here to experience the endless miles of trails and breathtaking scenery of the towering San Juan mountain peaks.

Click below to explore how you can join us and our friends from Backpacker Magazine, Revel Bikes, Boot Doctors and the Telluride Adaptive Sports program to enjoy the outdoors each morning before the festival.

Enjoy the Outdoors.

Free Blues & Brews Yoga Sessions

Namasté! Relax, breath deep and unwind at the free Blues & Brews Yoga Sessions. Wake up to mornings of liberating movement in the crisp, refreshing mountain air. Guided by professional instructor Julie Johnston, enjoy a smooth yoga flow designed to improve your health, performance, and overall well being.

The class blends playful exercises focusing on balance, strength, flexibility and power in a welcoming format.

Guests of all skill levels are welcome to join us on Saturday and Sunday mornings during the Festival weekend to enjoy a fluid yoga flow and activating breath practice.

Nestled in the cozy amphitheater of Elks Park in downtown Telluride, the yoga sessions are a fun and inspiring way to start your mornings.

Location: Telluride Elks Park – Colorado Ave and S Oak St (inclement weather location – Blues Stage (Town Park Pavilion)

Time & Date: 10:00 – 11:00 am on September 17 and 18 (Saturday and Sunday of the Festival)

What To Bring: Water, yoga mat, towel and active wear (come with or without – these items are suggested but not mandatory to join in the class)

Yoga Sessions.

Backpacker Group Hike:

Kick your Sunday morning into high gear! Join other festival-goers on a brisk but leisurely hike on one of Telluride’s most popular trails up to the beautiful Bear Creek Waterfall. Hosted by Festival partner Backpacker Magazine, the group hike begins on Sunday, September 18 at 9:00 am from the Backpacker booth inside the festival grounds. The group will access the trail from the end of South Pine Street and enjoy a steady 2-mile climb leading up to the falls. Hikers should plan for approximately 1 hour to reach the falls. Team members from Backpacker Magazine will be on-site to answer questions about hiking, gear and more. They’ll also offering demo gear to try out and giving away free swag! For more info, make sure to stop by their booth inside the festival.

Location: Meet at the Backpacker Magazine Booth at the entrance of the Main Festival Grounds

Time & Date: 10:00 – 11:00 am on September 18 (Sunday of the Festival)

What To Bring: Water, active wear, hiking boots (Immitted gear demos will be available at the Backpacker tent)

Group Hike.

Blisters & Brews 5k Fundraiser Race:

Blisters & Brews is a 5k Fundraiser Race on the morning of Saturday, September 17, giving attendees the opportunity to exercise before the Festival. Presented by the Telluride Blues Society, the 5k Race will raise money for the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program in remembrance of dear festival friend Felix Snow.

The course begins in Elks Park and climbs up the bike path to Pandora Mine and returns along the same route. Racers will follow Colorado Avenue east and pick up the river trail, climbing to the Pandora mine. Racers will turn around and enjoy cruising down to the finish at Elks Park. Two aid stations will provide water electrolytes and snacks.

Through registration fees, donations and the generous support of the Telluride community, we were honored to be able to raise over $5,000 for the Telluride Adaptive Ski Program since the start of the program. We’re looking forward to another amazing year of support.

Don’t want to run, but want to support? Non-athletic support donations are also available.

Location: Telluride Elks Park – Colorado Ave

Times & Date: Saturday, September 17:

7:15 – 8:00 am – Race Registration Open
8:30 am – Blisters & Brews 5k Race Start
9:30 am – Race Award Ceremony
10:00 am – Free Blues & Brews Yoga Sessions

5K Fundraiser.

Revel Bikes Mountain Bike Demos & Rides:

The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is thrilled to team up with Revel Bikes. Based in Carbondale, Colorado, Revel Bikes makes some of the absolute best full-suspension mountain bikes. Mountain bikers are welcome to join them for a morning mountain bike ride with their team. Stop by the Revel booth in the Main Festival grounds for a chance to check out their new lineup of bikes and sign up for a demo.

Mountain Bike Group Rides

Mountain bikers! Join festival partner Revel Bikes for exciting morning mountain bike rides around Telluride’s renowned single track! These rides will start and end right near the festival gates on Saturday and Sunday mornings before the music starts on the Main Stage. Stop by the Revel Bikes booth in the Main Festival grounds for ride details. Make sure to bring your mountain bike (if you do not have a demo reserved), helmet, water, snacks and any other riding gear.


Try out the new Revel Bikes Rover, Rascal, Rail, Rail29 and Ranger! Stop by the Revel booth during the festival and signup to reserve a demo time. Demos are free and require a valid photo ID.

Mountain Biking.

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