Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors Sept. 26-29

Cars and Colors

Words by Kathrine Warren / Event

The 5th Annual Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors a world-class celebration for automobile, motorcycle and aircraft aficionados and lifestyle enthusiasts set in the beautiful towns of Mountain Village and Telluride takes place Sept. 26-Sept. 29, 2019.

Nestled in the canyons of the San Juan Mountains, it’s placed against the backdrop of the region’s spectacular palette of September’s autumnal colors. Focusing on high-end restorations, vintage and exotic vehicles, the festival will occupy three distinct venues over four days: downtown historic Telluride, Mountain Village and the Telluride Regional Airport.

This year’s festival features two days of Concours bliss at the Telluride Golf Course in Mountain Village. Surrounded by unparalleled views of the San Juan Mountains, classic concourse level vehicles will be staged amidst Telluride’s prestigious golf course on the newly-designed three-tiered driving range.

Mountain Village’s Heritage Plaza will also host a select group of fine art vendors where car and art lovers alike will find jewelry, paintings, photography, ceramics, metalwork, glass and more. Be sure to stop by the Cars and Colors Lounge, in Heritage Plaza at the Plaza Members Lounge across from Tracks, which will serve as the festival’s hub for activities, information and more.

Schedule of Events Highlights:

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019

Friday, Sept. 27, 2019

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019

Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019

  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  International Concours on the Telluride Golf Course in Mountain Village
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 2 Day Vintage & Exotic Motorcycle Concours:  on the Telluride Golf Course in Mountain Village
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fine Art Vendors free to the public, in Heritage Plaza in Mountain Village


For the full festival schedule of events, tickets and more information, please visit 

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival kicks off in Mountain Village’s Sunset Plaza for the Sunset Blues Concert

Sunset Blues Concert

Words by Kathrine Warren / Event

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival kicks off in Mountain Village’s Sunset Plaza for the Sunset Blues Concert featuring Ida Mae and Southern Avenue on Thursday, September 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event — a short and scenic gondola ride away from the Town of Telluride — is free and open to the public.

Southern Avenue records for Stax Records, which should tell you all you need to know. This Memphis-based outfit stays as true to blues, rock, funk and soul traditions as any of its predecessors at the legendary label, but with a fresh injection of youthful energy and sheer talent. Named after the road that leads to “Soulsville,” the original home of Stax, Southern Avenue is Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii (vocals) and Tikyra (drums) Jackson, Israeli-born blues guitarist Ori Naftaly, and keyboardist Jeremy Powell. Their self-titled album earned them a Blues Music Award last year for Best Emerging Artist Album and that’s no surprise. It is a fine collection of fiery blues, call-and-response gospel-tinged outings, mature arrangements and ace musicianship. They are, after all, just living up to the Stax reputation. As Tierinii says, “I feel like being on Stax is a responsibility. It’s up to us to live up to that.”

Ida Mae, British husband-wife duo — Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean — dish up a stripped down, intimate and unique brand of blues that will entrance festival attendees. They’ve relocated to Nashville from their native England and that part of the country’s rootsy sounds will be evident in their songs. The pair’s voices weave in and out, the instrumentation is minimal and searingly effective in conveying their compositions. Some call them a “sensual version of The White Stripes.” The two met and fell in love when they were part of the British indie band, Kill It Kid. As a duo, they’ve toured with bands like Greta Van Fleet and The Marcus King Band, and this year have numerous dates with Blackberry Smoke. Their sound is at once raw and reined in. One minute they’re bringing the electric guitar noise, the next they’re crooning like nightingales. We’re excited to present this exciting new act to the mountains.

Both artist sets are scheduled to highlight the scenic sunset backdrop from the lawn in the Mountain Village Sunset Plaza. Be sure to enjoy the Town of Mountain Village’s Common Consumption Area throughout Sunset Plaza and Heritage Plaza during the concert. The free event will take place rain or shine.

Supporting sponsors are The Town of Mountain Village, Telluride Ski Resort, Sierra Nevada Brewing, SBG Productions, and the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA).

For a full schedule of events or to purchase tickets to the Blues & Brews festival, visit

About Festival Transportation & Parking

The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Market Plaza in Mountain Village and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 12 minutes to get from one town to the other. During the festival weekend, gondola operating hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and until 1 a.m. Sunday. Long lines are possible during peak times. In addition, Dial-A-Ride will remain open 30 minutes longer than the gondola all three nights and the festival transportation partner, Telluride Express, has a fleet of customizable transport options available.

Due to the large number of parked vehicles during the festival weekend, the Town of Mountain Village has set aside specific parking spaces for its businesses and residents. Mountain Village residents who have procured a parking permit can park in the Market Plaza Parking lot. 26 spaces located along the rock wall are designated for permit holders and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; overnight parking is not allowed. Resident parking permits are also valid in the North Village Center lot; overnight parking is not allowed.

Individuals without parking permits must park their vehicles where directed by parking staff. Free parking in the Gondola Parking Garage will begin Thursday, September 12 at noon and end Monday, September 16 at noon. Other parking options include the North Village Center pay-to-park surface lot; overnight parking is not allowed. Short-term parking will be available for those doing business in Mountain Village; times will be enforced. Alternatively, for those shopping, dining or recreating in Mountain Village, we encourage the utilization of Heritage Parking Garage, located off Mountain Village Boulevard across from Hotel Madeline. Parking costs $2 for each hour until exit, $35 maximum in a 24-hour period.

Telluride Reserve celebrates food and wine Aug. 15-18

Words by Kathrine Warren / Event

On August 15-18, the inaugural Telluride Reserve will bring celebrated food and wine talent to luxury private homes in Mountain Village. Dine with celebrated sommelier Rajat Parr, Saveur Magazine Editor-in-Chief Stacy Adimando, Michelin Star winner Chef Daniel Patterson, celebrity talent like Chef Marc Murphy and members of Mondavi family.

There are four ticket options, three of which are for the full four-day experience, and one brand new option to attend the Saturday-only Sparkling Wine track.

  • For Ticket Option #1 choose all of your Friday & Saturday tasting sessions. ($1,600)
  • For Ticket Option #2 your Friday itinerary is pre-selected with the InvitedHome Sparkling Wine Experience tastings. You choose your Saturday tasting sessions. ($1,800)
  • For Ticket Option #3 you choose your Friday tasting sessions. Your Saturday itinerary is pre-selected with the InvitedHome Sparkling Wine Experience tastings. ($1,800)
  • NEW Ticket Option #4 InvitedHome Sparkling Saturday. Attend Telluride Reserve on Saturday only and enjoy sparkling wine all day. Your Saturday itinerary is preselected with the InvitedHome Sparkling Wine Experience tastings only. ($695)
  • The Judgment of Paris is on Friday night, but has sold out!

Telluride Reserve recently announced the InvitedHome Sparkling Saturday, a new ticket option for those only able to attend the festivities for a day. This specific one-day experience provides a pre-selected itinerary of sparkling wine tasting, allowing guests to attend Telluride Reserve on Saturday, Aug. 17, and enjoy world-class bubbles all day for $695 per person. Only 20 InvitedHome Sparkling Saturday credentials are available.

The InvitedHome Sparkling Saturday includes the following tastings:

  • Tastevin. Bubbles Around the World. Start your day off with an international tasting of sparkling wines. Enjoy an educational, interactive and festive seminar with Tim Buzinski, lead wine instructor at the Culinary Institute of America, while sipping a variety of sparkling wines from South Africa, Oregon, Italy, California and England with delicious small plates.
  • Taste & Terroir of Champagne. Explore the unique flavors and the rare opportunity to taste a collection of grower Champagnes – those Champagnes from small producers who grow their own grapes, manage their own vineyard and produce exceptional wines from those sources. With a menu from James Beard-nominated Chef Mark Tarbell and sparkling wines presented by Champagne expert Valerie Masten Bonne this will be superb dining experience.
  • The Afternoon Pour: New World Sparkling. While many incorrectly lump all effervescent wines as Champagne, many producers from the fabled Champagne region have expanded and are producing wine in places like Napa Valley, Oregon and South Africa. Try some of the best examples of New World bubbles and discover how the storied producers from Champagne have impacted and influenced the rest of the world.

“So many wine events consider sparkling wines and champagnes as fun extras, and not necessarily the focus,” said Maite Daguerre, Vice President of InvitedHome Colorado. “We thought it would be great to showcase the sparkling wines of the world, including traditional champagnes and new world varieties, and the best food pairings for each, to highlight their unique characteristics that are often overlooked. InvitedHome Sparkling Saturday will be an entire day dedicated to the bubbly side of wine, surrounded by the beautiful backdrop of Mountain Village.”

Some of Telluride Reserve’s tasting and pairing sessions are hosted in luxury private homes to provide a lush and intimate atmosphere. For example, The Russell Estate (Taste & Terroir of Champagne) is an InvitedHome property with beautiful timber framing, stone walls, and vast, mountain-view framing windows that set the tone within Russell’s warm environment. In the kitchen, there’s a spacious social atmosphere, granite countertops, and high-end stainless steel appliances—perfect for showcasing a collection of grower Champagnes.

Four-day credentials are still available for purchase but are moving fast! For more information about the available options, visit

Mountain Village Community Clean up Day & Celebration Saturday, August 24

Clean Up Day

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Event

The Town of Mountain Village’s Green Team will host its annual Community Clean Up Day on Saturday, August 24, 2019.

This year’s Clean Up Day will be based in Sunset Plaza. Volunteers are asked to arrive between 9:30 and 10 a.m. to register and be assigned an area in Mountain Village to pick up trash. Clean up will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.

“We are hosting this event to spread awareness of pick up trash when you see it in your day-to-day lives,” said Green Team Member Savanna Wagner. “One person truly can make a difference and together as a community we will have an incredible impact.”

In its second year now, the Clean Up Day is intended to spread awareness of pick up trash throughout the community and to bring neighbors together to enjoy and preserve Mountain Village’s beautiful natural surroundings.

“Last year was a huge success for its first year with more than 100 people coming out to clean up,” said Zoe Dohnal, Mountain Village’s business development and sustainability manager. “This year we’re expanding it to include even more of a celebration aspect to the day.”

“We’ll also be weighing trash collected to have a better understanding of the event’s accomplishments,” Dohnal added.

Participants will be provided a bag for trash and a bag for recycling and are encouraged to bring gloves, reusable cups and plates and wear long pants and comfortable shoes.

After the Clean Up, there will be an after-party with music, games, food and drinks in Sunset Plaza from 12-2 p.m. All are encouraged to join in the celebration, even if they aren’t able to help with the clean up.

There will be clean up day goodies for those that come, including Klean Kanteen cups, and for every bag of trash you give, you get a raffle ticket. There will be a raffle and prizes for best trash finds, including a GoPro camera and Osprey Pack, among other fun fabulous prizes.

Mountain Village celebrates safe communities with National Night Out Aug. 6, 2019, at Village Court Apartments

National Night Out Blog

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Event

Bringing together community members and emergency responders, the Mountain Village Police Department and Village Court Apartments are hosting the eighth annual National Night Out Tuesday, August 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The entire community is invited to join their neighbors, police and fire department teams at the Village Court Apartments (415 Mountain Village Blvd.) for a free barbeque (hamburgers and hot dogs), ice cream social, dunk tank, bouncy castle and tours of police cars, fire trucks and an ambulance.

“Village Court Apartments (VCA) is excited to host National Night Out to honor the police, firefighters, EMS and forestry,” said VCA Property Manager Cecilia Curry. “We hope to see everyone for a night of fun.”

National Night Out, a part of the National Association of Town Watch, involves over 38 million people in 16,000-plus communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. This well-known and celebrated annual event was designed to heighten community awareness of safety and fire prevention issues, as well as to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Mountain Village Chief of Police Chris Broady said, “This is a night for the Town of Mountain Village and our neighboring communities to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our quest for a safer community.”

National Night Out is one of many ways local police and fire departments become acquainted with our community in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

For more event information, contact the Mountain Village Police Department at 970.728.9281.

Mountain Village and CSU Extension Office presents Mountain Gardening 101: Tips for Success at High Elevation

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Event

The Town of Mountain Village and San Miguel Basin Colorado State University (CSU) Extension office are partnering to present “Mountain Gardening 101: Tips for Success at High Elevation” on Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Michael Ruterbories Memorial Community Garden located at Village Court Apartments at 415 Mountain Village Blvd.

Learn the basics of what you need to get started gardening in the mountains. Representatives from CSU’s Extension Office Yvette Henson, Paula Marlatt and Ellen Bradley will be on hand to answer questions about what grows best at our high elevation. Henson is the extension office’s director, Marlatt is an experienced farmer and gardener and Bradley is an area landscaper and extension office volunteer.

“We are pleased to offer the expertise of our CSU Extension Office to help our growers become educated and successful with their growing efforts,” said Mountain Village Planning and Development Services Director Michelle Haynes.

Come with all of your gardening questions for these expert gardeners, who will also be available for mini-consultations on garden plots. Keep in mind, this class is open to anyone interested in high altitude mountain gardening.

Additionally, there are still 12 addition plots available in the community garden to Mountain Village residents or businesses. The garden includes 31 raised, wooden garden beds available in two sizes – eight feet by twelve feet ($25) and eight feet by eight feet ($20) – and located next to Village Court Apartments.

“Although we have a short growing season, it is important to the Town of Mountain Village to provide a place where residents can grow plants, if they cannot otherwise on their property, or if they otherwise have spatial constraints,” Haynes added. “The community garden is also a way our community members can come together.”

To learn more and sign up for a community garden plot, please visit

“The community garden supports our overall environmental incentives and community ethos.  If community members have an opportunity to grow vegetables and herbs, then it supports reducing our overall carbon emissions and creates a more resilient community,” stated Zoe Dohnal Community Engagement Coordinator.

Telluride Art + Architecture takes place July 15-21

art and architecture

Words by Kathrine Warren / Event

The Telluride Art + Architecture Weekend is the ultimate art + design experience, set in Telluride and Mountain Village, CO. A week of free events that celebrate art, food, architecture, and design culminates in the ticketed main event, a spectacular home tour on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21. 

This year, the event continues to feature local and visiting artists, designers, and architects, in both Telluride and Mountain Village. Homes on the tour provide plenty of inspiration from historic, contemporary, and alternative venues, each featuring exquisite views and elegant touches throughout.

The week kicks off on Monday, July 15 with an Artist Mixer + Marketplace Launch Party at the Telluride Distillery Co. Tasting Room in Mountain Village from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, July 19, Telluride Arts’ signature Twenty(by)Telluride event, which provides insight into what drives artists’ creativity through fun, fast-paced slide presentations, will be held at the Sheridan Old Bar from 7 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, July 17, featured artist Meredith Nemirov will give an informative talk at Telluride Arts Headquarters at 5 p.m..

Also on Wednesday, Stacy Passmore will lead a community installation at the Transfer Warehouse — stay tuned for other pop-up installation sites by Stacy. Stacy is a visiting landscape designer based in Denver. She is committed to public projects that incorporate community engagement and environmental resilience. She will install a constellation of temporary landscape furniture pieces throughout Telluride and Mountain Village until Sunday, July 21.  

Also in the Transfer Warehouse from Wednesday, July 17 – Sunday, July 21 are visiting architects and entrepreneurs, Natalie Spencer-Clair and Brian MacKay-Lyons. Together, they present a life-size hut rendering and evening light projection to explore their latest venture: the intersection of essential, rugged, and elegant though tensile structure and rammed earth technique. Their mockup introduces a series of alpine and desert huts, part of a North American Haute Route, where ancient building craft and modern technology align to create pure alchemy. 

On Thursday, July 18, Patrons are invited to join us for a special evening at a stunning private home in Telluride. 

On Friday, guest artist Lindee Zimmer, from Denver, will collaborate with local artist Danielle DeRoberts of Telluride to begin a live installation in Elks Park in Telluride that will continue throughout the weekend, completion on Sunday. Lindee Zimmer is a public muralist, artist, painter, curator, collaborator and teacher. Tune-in to KOTO Radio on Friday, July 19 at noon to listen to Stacy Passmore as she moderates a panel discussion LIVE. At 330 pm on Friday, join us in partnership with Mountain Living at the Telluride Transfer Warehouse for an Industry Meet + Greet to network with peers and weekend participants over drinks and light bites. There will be a presentation on “how to get published” by Mountain Living’s own Publisher, Holly Scott. 

Be sure to catch the weekend events outside of The Tour! On Saturday, July 20, head to the Telluride Transfer Warehouse to join The Pinhead Institute for their annual, Science of Cocktails. Throughout the weekend, pop over to Ghost Town’s Patio to meet local artist, Brandon Berkel, and enjoy his Tell-I-Write telegram booth.  Come meet collaborating team, Lindee Zimmer and Danielle DeRoberts in Gallery 81435 Sunday morning at 10 a.m. over coffee and pastries. They will lead a discussion on their work. 

The penultimate highlight of the weekend is the self-guided tour spanning five different stops per day, ten total, with transportation between homes provided by Telluride Express. On Saturday, the tour takes place in historic Telluride, and on Sunday in Mountain Village.  The tour features new and historic homes, and one specially curated alternative stop each day. The alternative venue on Saturday will be at The Boarding House, featuring visiting Architect, Jim Kehoe of Charles Cunniffee Architects (CCA) and Amy Levek & Katherine Borsecnik of the Trust for Community Housing (TCH). The alternative venue on Sunday will be in the Village Center, featuring CampV.

Each venue will feature site tours with architects and designers, tastings by local chefs with wine and cocktail pairings, and rooms featuring the works of deeply talented local artists, dancers, and musicians. For more details on each stop and the creative teams involved, please visit their website and follow the event on Instagram and Facebook.

Tickets for the weekend home tours include a required wristband, bag, wine glass, and the tour guidebook, and are available for purchase online. They can be picked up beginning on Monday, July 15 between 12pm-6pm at Telluride Arts’ Headquarters.

The full event schedule and tickets for the weekend are available online at 

Celebrating the Fourth of July in Mountain Village & Telluride

Red White Blues Celebration Blog

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Event

There’s no place like Mountain Village and Telluride during the Fourth of July.

Celebrating Independence Day in the San Juan Mountains brings communities together and pay tribute to the region’s traditional Fourth of July celebrations. The only problem this week is deciding what to as there are options aplenty for good fun, good food and good music.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Fourth of July festivities start on Tuesday evening in Telluride Town Park with the U.S. Air Force Academy Band’s “America the Beautiful” concert. The show is free and starts at 7 p.m. The band is comprised of 55 members and they’ll play a program celebrating the patriotic spirit of the American people. For more information about this non-ticketed event, visit

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

On Wednesday, July 3, TMVOA’s Red White and Blues Celebration kicks off with carnival games, jumpy castles and face painting in Sunset Plaza from 1-5 p.m. Telluride Adaptive Sports Program will also host its annual ice cream social during this time, and the Mountain Village Fire Department will have its newest firetruck on hand for kids to check out. For a full schedule of July 3’s events, please visit our event page.

The Red, White & Blues Concert/Sunset Concert Series will kick start at 6 p.m. with Lawrence, a pop and soul brother and sister combo playing everything from Motown to Muscle Shoals and everything in between.

While you’re in Mountain Village on July 3, don’t forget to stop by our farmers’ market, Market on the Plaza in Heritage Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for food, produce, arts, and more! And new this year, a select number of vendors will set up in Sunset Plaza each Wednesday during the Sunset Concert Series from 5-8 p.m. for the new Market at Sunset.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Those looking for some exercise before the BBQs and fun of Independence Day kick their holiday off with the Telluride Foundation’s annual Rundola, a footrace up the ski mountain under the Gondola. Runners start at the base of the gondola at Oak Street Plaza in Telluride and end at the top of the Ridge. Runners and hikers climb up either Telluride Trail or can just bushwhack up to the top of the gondola. The run will start at 8 a.m. and the finish line closes at 10 a.m. Those interested can register online until the evening of July 2 or register in person July 3 in Oak Street Plaza.

Then it’s time to get ready for Telluride’s beloved Fourth of July Parade. Float staging begins between Aspen Street and Davis Street at 10 a.m. and the Honor Guard holds its ceremony on the Courthouse Steps at 10:40 a.m.  The parade officially starts at 11 a.m. and often runs an hour or more. If you cannot attend the parade in person, Telluride TV will live stream the entire parade on their website so you don’t miss out!

After the parade, head to Telluride Town Park for the firefighter’s barbeque from 12-4 p.m. with parade awards presentation at 1:30 p.m. Kids games will start at 2 p.m. in Town Park, and fireworks will begin once its dark, around 9 p.m. The Telluride Historical Museum will also hot its own Fourth of July Celebration celebrating with free museum admission and $5 rootbeer floats.

Mountain Village’s free Red White and Blues Celebration continues on July 4 with more kids activities in Sunset Plaza and live local music starting at 1 p.m. in Heritage Plaza. Alan Booradley and members of the Neighborhood Improvement Association play from 1-1:50 p.m. Claybrook Penn and Tom Nading play from 2-2:50 p.m. and Joint Point plays from 3-4:15 p.m.

And celebrated violinist and DJ Kat V takes the stage as the main act from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

If fireworks aren’t your thing, Movies Under the Stars starts at 8:45 p.m. in Reflection Plaza with a free screening of “The Sand Lot.”

If a BBQ isn’t on your Fourth of July schedule, the Hotel Madeline has you covered with their Independence Day BBQ starting at 11 a.m. or head to Altezza at the Peaks for their Fourth of July celebration with two back-to-back artists while you dine at Altezza.

Once the sun goes down, prepare yourself for one of the state’s best fireworks displays from Telluride Town Park, which you can see from almost anywhere in Telluride. The fireworks will start once its completely dark around 9-9:30 p.m.

(Please remember that personal displays of fireworks are strictly prohibited).


Happy Fourth of July everyone, have a safe and fun holiday weekend!


Red White and Blues Celebration July 3 and 4, 2019

Words by Kathrine Warren / Event

The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association is pleased to announce the lineup and events for the 2019 Red, White and Blues Celebration taking place July 3 and 4, 2019 at Sunset Plaza, on the lawn near Lift 1 and at Heritage Plaza near the base of Lift 4.

The annual Red, White & Blues Celebration, will continue the tradition of family fun on July 3 and 4. The two-day event is set in the panoramic San Juan Mountains in Mountain Village, Colorado offering music, children’s events, merchant discounts, food and drink specials, and much more.

“What a treat for the Mountain Village community and surrounding residents to get two days of fun and quality music that is free!”  said Teddy Errico, producer of the music series.

Along with the music, each day will feature children’s activities and entertainment from 1 to 5 p.m. in a family-friendly atmosphere in both Sunset and Heritage plazas.

On July 3 at Sunset Plaza, Telluride Adaptive Sports Program will host its annual ice cream social and the Mountain Village Fire Department will be on hand with its newest fire truck for the kids to check out. The Red, White & Blues Concert will kick start at 6 p.m. with Lawrence, a pop and soul brother and sister combo playing everything from Motown to Muscle Shoals and everything in between.

On July 4, talented local artists will take the Heritage Plaza stage starting at 1 p.m. with Alan Booradley and Members of the NIA, followed by Claybrook Penn and Friends and finally the ever-popular Joint Point. Capping off the evening, nationally acclaimed, Kat V takes the stage in Heritage Plaza at 6:30 p.m.

Kat V has been re-defining the classical violinist image with the help of some strings and needles. Born to a family of musicians, she started classical violin training at age 5. Her inspiration to change the way people experience classical instruments started when she was exposed to the world of house, hip-hop and experimental music. Here curiosity (and frequent appearances) in the Chicago nightclub and DJ scene opened up new outlets and possibilities of musical expression. She will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Heritage Plaza.

And, for those families who don’t want to head into Telluride for the fireworks display, Movies Under the Stars will feature a screening of The Sand Lot starting at 8:45 p.m. in Reflection Plaza.

“TMVOA is excited to continue to provide two days of music and kids activities during Red, White & Blues in Mountain Village,” said TMVOA Administration and Operations Manager Heidi Stenhammer. “We look forward to having our members, guests and visitors attend this entertaining holiday event.”

The Red, White & Blues Celebration is provided to the public free of charge by TMVOA and is sponsored by Telluride Express. This event along with the Sunset Concert Series is sponsored by Telluride Society for Music, By Sutton, Alpine Bank, Madeline Hotel and Residences, Rodney Strong Vineyards, KOTO FM Radio, Telluride Resort Lodging, Telluride Ski & Golf, the Town of Mountain Village and The Peaks Resort & Spa, Teddy Errico of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty and Telluride Bottleworks. The event is held rain or shine.

Learn more about the Red, White & Blues Celebration and event by contacting the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association at (970) 728-1904 or by visiting and

Planet Bluegrass’ FirstGrass concert kicks off summer festival season in Mountain Village


Words by Kathrine Warren / Event, Transportation

The 46th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival kicks off in picturesque Mountain Village with the annual Firstgrass, a free outdoor concert in Sunset Plaza on Wednesday, June 19.

The genre-defying Jon Stickley Trio plays at 5 p.m. followed by the only-in-Telluride jamgrass supergroup of Ben Kaufmann & Adam Aijala (of Yonder Mountain String Band), Andy Thorn (of Leftover Salmon), and Stephen “Mojo” Mougin (of the Sam Bush Band)!

This free show runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and is made possible by the Town of Mountain Village and Planet Bluegrass.

After the show, stick around to dine in Mountain Village and for those lucky enough to have a ticket for Planet Bluegrass’ evening celebration with Leftover Salmon, head to the Telluride Conference Center as they play to a sold-out crowd. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show beginning at 9 p.m.

For more information on the festival, visit


Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Market Plaza (formerly Town Hall Plaza) in Mountain Village to Village Center, and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 12 minutes to get from one town to the other via Mountain Village Center.

During the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, gondola operating hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, June 19 through Sunday, June 23. Expect long lines during peak times. Additionally, the Meadows bus loop will run until 3 a.m. these nights with the last departure from Market Plaza to the Meadows at 2:35 a.m. In addition, Dial-A-Ride will remain open until 2:30 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.


Overnight parking at the Gondola Parking Garage will be free beginning Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Starting at 8 a.m. Thursday parking will be allowed along Mountain Village Boulevard for festivarians.

For visitors needing a ride to their vehicle parked on town roadways, the Planet Bluegrass bus there will be a free circulator bus delivering people to their cars or to the closest gondola station.  The bus will run Thursday through Sunday to assist with locating one’s vehicle, signs denoting specific parking zones – A through G – will be erected. Vehicles left on Mountain Village roadways after 12 p.m. Monday, June 24 will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Mountain Village’s Gondola Parking Garage located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd., behind Town Hall and the Mountain Village Market and northwest of the gondola terminal is free to park. Individuals and festivarians without parking permits must park their vehicles where directed by parking staff once the Gondola Parking Garage is full.

The North Village Center pay-to-park surface lot is another parking option though overnight parking is not allowed. Short-term parking will be available for those doing business in Mountain Village; times will be enforced. Alternatively, for those parking, shopping, dining or recreating in Mountain Village, we encourage the utilization of Heritage Parking Garage, located off Mountain Village Boulevard across from Hotel Madeline. Parking is $2 for each hour and $35 maximum in a 24-hour period.


As of June 15, the Common Consumption Area in Sunset and Heritage plazas is in effect from 12-4 p.m. daily. The Common Consumption Area will allow people to purchase alcoholic beverages from participating licensed establishments attached to the Common Consumption Area and move freely with beverages within the defined boundary of the concert area. Only alcohol from the participating establishments is permitted in the Common Consumption area. For a map of the area, please visit the town’s website.

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