Since 1977, the historical mining town of Telluride, Colorado has been the host city of annual cultural event the Telluride Jazz Festival. Nestled in a scenic box canyon at 8,750 feet, Telluride is a gem of the the majestic San Juan Mountain range. The aesthetically charged town is surrounded by 14,000 foot peaks, and as a result has earned a spot among the country’s most prized outdoor music locales. Organized by Colorado non-profit the Telluride Society For Jazz, an organization comprised of individuals dedicated to the preservation, appreciation, and artistry of Jazz music, this year the Telluride Jazz Festival will mark its 38th celebration of the American art form. Offering a deep list of critically acclaimed artists in Jazz, Funk, Soul, Latin, World Beat and Brass Bands each year, the festival continues to strive towards entertaining and educating loyal patrons with the best musicians in the world.

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The Telluride Jazz Festival is a three day and night live music event held on the first weekend of August each year. The intimate format, enabled by limited ticket sales, offers a unique chance to experience the openness of the legendary Telluride Town Park music venue, with a once in a life time soundtrack provided by internationally acclaimed artists, Grammy Award winners, cutting edge innovators, rare supergroups, and some of the best student bands in the country. The core audience of loyal patrons, dedicated locals, and curious travelers creates a relaxed vibe where laying back in your chair or letting your hair down to dance are equally encouraged. Great food vendors and microbrews on tap cover the basic amenities, while additional free wine and spirit tastings from local vineyards and distilleries provide a sample of Colorado’s renowned craftsmanship. At night the music moves from Town Park to historic indoor music venues within walking distance, where special Jazz After Dark late night performances often present memorable collaborations and up-close viewing of the artists. On Sunday, homage is paid to the influence of the Big Easy via a New Orleans Day party that kicks off with a second line brass band parade down Main Street. Colorful floats, costumes, beads and decorations all welcome as patrons join in on the march through town. Once inside the festival grounds, themed cuisine and beverages from local restauranteurs liven up the celebration as some of the best musicians in New Orleans give Telluride Jazz Festival attendees a taste of their town.

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The Telluride Jazz Festival’s non-profit arm the Telluride Society For Jazz has established a tradition of immersive student education and free community events as cornerstones of the festival weekend and beyond. Historically the flagship educational program during the festival, The Telluride Student All-Stars Jazz Ensemble hosts standout student musicians from across the country for a week of instruction, rehearsals, peer collaboration, and multiple live performances on the Main Stage in Telluride Town Park and the Free Stage at Wilkinson Public Library. Countless alumni of the inspirational Telluride Student All-Stars Jazz Ensemble have gone on to be successful career musicians and future Telluride Jazz Festival performers. This year a select group of these veterans will return to Telluride to perform an exciting set as the Telluride All-Stars 20th Reunion Group. The rare showcase reiterates the importance of a lasting legacy the program has established. In addition, two other nationally recognized student bands will join the lineup this year including Caleb Chapman’s  Crescent Superband and The Young Razzcals Jazz Project. During the three days of the festival, exclusive live music showcases, industry-related panel discussions, and artist-lead instructional workshops will occupy the Free Stage at Wilkinson Public Library in an effort to encourage community interaction and facilitate public awareness of Jazz music without requiring any monetary exchange.

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Beyond the great music, themed parade, instructional workshops, panel discussions, wine and spirit tastings, delicious food, and craft beer, Telluride and the Western Slope region also offer world class mountain recreation options that include hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing, rafting, fishing, boating, 4WD jeeping, paddle boarding, golfing, swimming, disc golfing, tubing, glider planes, hot springs, and just about anything else you can imagine. Locally owned businesses offer guided tours and equipment rentals to enhance your stay with beginner to expert level adventure trips. Visiting landmark hiking locations right in town such as the 365 foot Bridal Veil Falls (the largest in Colorado), the ultra-scenic Bear Creek Falls, the San Miguel River trail, or Colorado Avenue right in the middle of town all offer unique outdoor experiences that vary from mild to wild. Relaxation can be found in various spas offering therapeutic treatments, messages, steam rooms, and saunas. History buffs can stop through the Telluride Historical Museum, and families can ride the gondola up and down the mountain for breathtaking views. If food is your game, Telluride offers award winning fine dining, unique casual fare, locally owned food carts, and an impressive Farmer’s Market on Fridays. Active art galleries and cool shops number in the dozens. Lively historic saloons, hidden cocktail lounges, local microbreweries, and rowdy dive bars are all a part of the vibrant Telluride nightlife. Telluride isn’t just something for everyone, it’s everything for everyone.