Favorite Things about Telluride (contest)
Going to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival is one of the highlights of my summer. I like to call it “summer camp for grown-ups” (and kids of course!). There’s great food, people, lots of things to do, and of course great music. Here’s a few of my personal favorite things about TBF.
Music: The music is amazing. There’s a great variety of bands – enough that it’s hard to pick when to take a break and head back to camp. If you camp in Town Park, you can still hear the music in camp. There’s nothing like laying in a hammock listening to music with the waterfall in the background.
Massage: In the same vein as laying in a hammock – schedule a table massage from one of the on-site vendors. My first massage that I had at Telluride was while Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt were jamming away. Great way to spend an hour.
Tarp Run: Weather you participate in tarp run or just watch, this is one thing that should not be missed. When the gates at Telluride open, everyone runs to put a tarp down inside the festival. There’s several hundred people running at one time – the energy is overwhelming.
Gospel on Sunday morning: After 3 full days of music, a lot of people are worn out. On Sunday morning there is great gospel with a relatively small audience. It’s great to wake up and head into the festival, squat on another festivarians tarp, and feel the spiritual energy of Telluride.
Weather: Telluride is the only festival that I’ve been to where I literally have to bring a down puffy jacket, shorts and swimsuit and you’ll wear all three in one day. Last year there was snow and hail – then about an hour later I was breaking out the sunscreen.
Elks Park: There are free workshops and mini-concerts in downtown Telluride during the festival. I wish I could clone myself so I be both inside the festival and at the Elks Park. I’ve been able to see great up and coming bands along with the legends of bluegrass during the workshops.
Town Park Pre-Festival Camping: Most people attending the festival don’t realize that about 1/3 of the people camping in town park camped there the entire week prior to the festival. There are parties and picks every night, along with different activities during the day. People go hiking, sit in the river, shop in the adorable stores downtown, go on a walkabout, and just have fun.
And of course one of my favorite things about telluride – Anawaking with Vince Herman. Hope to see everyone at Telluride this summer!