Telluride Bluegrass: Everything You Need to Know

Next week marks the 41st Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, a storied and much celebrated tradition in our town. Over 10,000 happy festival-goers flock to the Box Canyon to boogie the day away. There are some important things to know if you’ve never been to Bluegrass before and even if you’re a TBF veteran, it never hurts to brush up on the essentials.


Don’t leave home without:

  • Sunscreen: at 8,750 feet, the sun is incredibly strong and burns skin of all shades.
  • Water bottle: staying hydrated is a no-brainer during the sunny, dry days. There is free water available in the festival, just bring a portable bottle or hydration pack to keep filled.
  • Wide-brimmed hat: again, that sun can be brutal! Pack a hat to protect your face during the mid-day heat.
  • Layers: once that sun goes down in the evening, the temperature begins to plummet. Pack several layers to throw on as the air gets chilly-trust us on this one!
  • Cash: you don’t want to miss out on the killer festival food. Cash is the best way to pay once you’re inside the festival grounds, so be sure to have plenty. If you want to indulge in an adult bevvy, don’t forget your ID!
  • Tarps and chairs: if you plan on sitting IN FRONT of the sound booth, you’re only allowed a low back chair. The rule of thumb is “if you can roll a basketball underneath, it’s not allowed.” Umbrellas and shade tents are permitted in the back of the audience.

Please, please, PLEASE do not bring:

  • Dogs: we all love our pooches, but dogs are not allowed into the festival or camp grounds. If you need to board your dog, we’d be happy to recommend a local kennel.
  • Alcohol: don’t pack your own cooler. There are all kinds of options available for purchase inside the grounds, from local brews to wine to liquor drinks.
  • Glass: be smart, people. No glass of any kind!

Top Festival Apps:

Click here to read about some of the best apps you can download to use during a music festival. From  digital camping cookbooks to a hydration reminder (drink that water!) to a photo manager, these are all highly valuable apps to have during the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festval.

Preview the Tunes: 

In the meantime, get a preview of this year’s artists with this 2014 Bluegrass Playlist. Just press play!  

As a Latitude 38 guest, please do not hesitate to reach out with any additional questions! We’re excited to welcome everyone into town next week. Call 970-728-8838 if you have any additional needs!