Telluride Mushroom Festival: Theme Announced for August Event & More!

Telluride Mushroom Festival: Theme Announced for August Event & More!

The Telluride Mushroom Festival returns for the 44th year in a row. And when that happens–this year August 14 – August 18 –the Town of Telluride will be taken over by amanita hat-wearing, mold- and spore-worshipping mycelium fanatics.

The following is a note from Mushroom Fest about this year’s event and just below are several important dates.


Early Bird Ticket Release will coincide with our General Admission ticket launch, Early Bird rates will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Once the early bird ticket availabilities are sold out, GA passes will be available for all attendees.


Vendor, Volunteer, Sponsor, Contributor & Media Applications opened on February 1st. Interested in partnering with the festival this year in any capacity, please fill out the corresponding application here before April 1, 2024. (Links are below.)

Go here for more on the history of the Telluride Mushroom Festival. (Scroll back to 2009.)

Throughout the month of January, Team Mushroom engaged in thoughtful conversations centered around this year’s theme. As a community, we carefully considered everything happening in our collective consciousness, our world, our country, our environment, and the current mushroom renaissance we are experiencing. The goal was to choose a single word that would truly capture and clarify our intention for 2024.

After brainstorming numerous concepts, one word emerged that seemed to effortlessly resonate. This word has not only defined, but also expanded the mycological, individual, and collective vision for the 44th Annual Telluride Mushroom Festival.


A word from Foray Manager, Chris Medary, on Identity:

Identity is a crucial concept in ecology, which studies how living things interact with their environment. It relies on the process of identification to determine the nature of organisms and their relationships with other species. However, identifying non-human organisms can be challenging since we cannot directly communicate with them. This poses difficulties in determining if something is food, medicine, poison, or even a gateway to another world. Fungi, in particular, present a unique challenge to the concept of individual identity. They form close relationships with other species, blurring the boundaries of identity not only for humans but for all life on Earth. We are all complex mixtures of different beings, trying to make sense of the world around us. According to CS Holling, identity can be defined as the function and structure of a system. This definition applies to all beings, animate or not, and recognizes that all systems are nested within each other.

Apply here to volunteer.

Apply here to create.  (media application)

Amanita Mobile Fundraiser.

Apply to sponsor.

Apply to vend.

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