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Things To Do in Telluride

There is an abundance of year-round activities to do in Telluride. Those seeking adventure can partake in hiking, biking, fishing, golfing and of course, skiing and snowboarding. The world-renowned Telluride Ski Resort offers some of the most sought-after ski terrain in North America, which is perfect for beginners and experts alike. If you prefer to be part of a group activity or want to leave logistics to an expert, there are guides available for Jeep tours, rafting excursions, fly-fishing and climbing (rock and ice)! Two of the newest activities to try are paddling the San Miguel or high alpine lake on a SUP board and crossing the Via Ferrata, a path of iron rungs 200 feet off the ground! Whatever level of activity you desire, the Hotel Columbia staff is happy to assist.

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    More Than Just a Movie Festival

    Named one of the coolest film festivals in the world, Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire attendees and create a better world. The festival, which has been held every Memorial Day since 1979, showcases exceptional documentaries, interactive talks, free community events, a gallery walk and so much more.

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    Telluride Balloon Festival

    Up, Up and Away!

    What’s prettier than the town of Telluride? Telluride adorned with dozens of colorful hot air balloons as they take flight for the Telluride Balloon Festival. Head to Town Park to watch the balloons take flight each morning and make a trip to Main Street as the balloons light up the town at night.

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    Telluride Bluegrass Festival

    The Most Magical Time of the Year

    The Bluegrass Festival marks a stellar time of year in Telluride – the sun is out longer, flowers are popping up everywhere and you don’t have to travel far to take in the sounds of world-renowned musicians. Kick back with your pals and get ready to enjoy one of the best times of the year in Telluride.

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    Telluride Yoga Festival

    Find Your Center in Telluride

    Step away from it all (literally the nearest traffic light is 45 miles away) and find your center at Telluride’s Yoga Festival, which has been around since 2007. This inspirational gathering has over 100 different offerings throughout the four-day festival, including yoga, meditation, music, hiking, dining, stand-up paddleboarding yoga, social gatherings and much more.

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    The Ride Festival

    Get Ready to Rock ‘n Roll

    The Ride Festival may be a newer fest on Telluride’s docket, but it is definitely making some noise amongst music-lovers. This festival is known for combining established bands with up-and-coming rock ‘n roll groups to create a unique atmosphere that caters to music and outdoor junkies alike. 5 intimate shows, 3 popular artists, 2 favorite Telluride venues, and one fun rock-n-roll party!

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    Telluride Art + Architecture Weekend

    When Art and Architecture Collide

    Does it get any better than this? The Telluride Art and Architecture Weekend spans two days and covers some of the most amazing homes, artists, chefs, architects and designers in the Telluride area.

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    Telluride Jazz Festival

    “If this ain’t paradise, heaven can wait.” – Dizzy Gillespie

    For more than 40 years, the Telluride Jazz Festival has been bringing storied musicians to Telluride’s beloved stage in Town Park for an epic weekend of music. This destination jazz festival is three days with additional shows at historic venues around Telluride every night.

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    Telluride Mushroom Festival

    It’s Fungi Time!

    Since 1981, the Telluride Mushroom Festival has been celebrating all things mushroom! The four-day festival is a weekend full of mycology-related forays, special events, lectures and talks from experts in the field.

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    Telluride Film Festival

    Welcome to the Show

    Sundance, Cannes and Telluride. Telluride may be small, but it holds its own against some of the biggest and brightest film festivals in the entire world. The annual Telluride Film Fest celebration brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and artists to discover the best in world cinema in Telluride’s scenic box canyon.

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    Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

    The Ultimate Festival for Beer and Music Lovers

    What’s better than craft beer and a weekend full of blues music? Absolutely nothing. The Telluride Brews & Blues Festival brings blues, funk, indie, rock, gospel and soul to three different stages across three different days.

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    Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors

    Automobile Aficionados Rejoice!

    Telluride in the fall is a stunning view on its own, but when you add in exquisite cars, it takes it to a whole new level! This four-day Cars and Colors festival celebrates automobiles in the stunning scenery of Telluride, highlighting vintage, exotic and high-end restoration vehicles as well as vintage motorcycles and airplanes.

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    Original Thinkers Festival

    A New Breed of Festival

    Original Thinkers is a new and unique festival that is working to build a community by curating speakers, films and performance into a powerful four-day experience.

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    Telluride Fire Festival

    Watch Telluride Burn

    Okay, not really. Inspired by Burning Man, the Telluride Fire Festival is a celebration of fire guided by eight different principals. The weekend’s events include dynamic art performances, a Fire Ball, outdoor fire sculpture garden, workshops and much more.

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    Chocolate Lovers' Fling

    Sweet Tooth, Anyone?

    The annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling is a delicious event thrown by the San Miguel Resource Center to help eliminate violence and sexual assault in San Miguel County. ach year, the fling has a different theme and features a wide variety of sweets from local chefs as well as a silent auction, raffle, music and plenty of dancing! Don’t forget to bring your sweet tooth!

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    Telluride Comedy Festival

    Get Ready to Giggle!

    Since 1999, the Telluride Comedy Festival has been providing the box canyon with world-class comedy in a small, intimate venue. The Sheridan Opera House has hosted the event since the beginning and provides festival-goers with access to comedians like Jack MacBrayer, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Ed Helms, Paul Scheer and many more.

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    Sheridan Opera House Spring Break Concert Series

    A Spring Break to Remember

    Looking to continue the fun after the mountain shuts down for the day? Each spring, the Sheridan Opera House hosts a Spring Break Concert Series to keep the party going long after the sun goes down.

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    Noel Night

    The Beginning of the holiday Season

    Noel Night marks the beginning of the holiday season with the lighting of the ceremonial Ski Tree, and shopping at local retailers. Participating merchants will offer holiday discounts in store, many throughout the day. Please stay tuned for further details.

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    New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks

    Celebrate the New Year Mountian-style!

    Watch as Telluride Ski and Snowboard School instructors meander down the mountain with torches to light up the mountainside while fireworks light up the sky above. Torchlight Parades are visible on both sides of the resort: Mountain Village and Telluride and both begin at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks begin shortly after the torchlight parades and are best viewed from the Mountain Village core.

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