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Reason number 315 why Colorado is Awesome is the Telluride Fire Festival. The western slope of Colorado will light up on January 14-18th for the 2nd annual Telluride Fire Festival where the featured entertainers will be literally catching fire 

Is there gold in ‘dem their hills?

Once a victorian mining town long, long ago, the charming and eclectic town of Telluride will bring gold of a different kind to present day – flames of gold fire. In addition to fire artistry, attendees can expect public fire installations, fire spinning public performances, DJ’s burning up the dance floor and the grand finale will be a Fire Ball with fire inspired cocktails and live entertainment.



Small town. Big fun. 

If you are looking for the freshest, deepest powder to satisfy your downhill skiing and après ski fix, no doubt that Telluride’s ski resort would be considered among the hottest ski spots in the U.S. But don’t take my word for it, they were ranked the #1 Ski Resort in the annual Conde Nast Traveler‘s Reader’s Choice Survey in 2013, 2014 and 2015!

In addition to their ski culture and award winning restaurants, for more than 3 decades, Telluride has also had another interesting draw – it’s eclectic cultural festivals. What else do you expect in a town originally inhabited by a bunch of hippies? LOL.

Thus it should go without saying that the city of Telluride knows how to get their fun on and the inaugural year of the fire festival did not disappoint.


What’s to expect at the Telluride Fire Festival 2016

The festival will feature a series of dynamic and interactive events (free and paid). However, on each day of the festival there will be a free event to the public from 5 pm to 8 pm. 

Fire Spinning Performances; Photo Credit: Telluride Fire Festival

Free Fire Spinning Performances; Photo Credit: Telluride Fire Festival

What is it?

The Telluride Fire Festival is an annual nonprofit 501c3 event that invites guests of all ages and performers of various types to join in on a festival filled with entertainment, shows, music, workshops, arts and of course plenty of fire!

Last year’s dynamic event took place on the public plaza in Mountain Village as well as the town’s historic Main Street. With the support of donations from the public and good people like you, the event was able to offer completely free outdoor and art workshops, making the event a huge success among all that were able to participate.

Public Fire Art Installations; Photo Credit: Telluride Fire Festival

Free Public Fire Art Installations; Photo Credit: Telluride Fire Festival

Who is going to be there?

This year’s list of performers and artists are absolutely incredible.

Rob Garza: Co-Founder of the popular music group, Thievery Corporation, will be in Telluride doing his DJ thang. Thievery’s music is an eclectic and funky mix of dub, acid jazz, reggae Indian Classical, Middle Eastern, hip hop, electronica and Brazilian.

James Reinhardt: An art builder known for his displays that create interaction and a whole lot of fire being shot up into the air. Him and his team of professionals are guaranteed to knock your socks off with their immense talent for such incredible art displays.

Brock Benson: An actor/DJ who has appeared in films like Dead Eye in Three Bodies, Crow in Black Wing and Iceland’s number-one rated comedy series, Spaugstofan. You will see him performing with LoveTribe.

DreamTeam: With over 5 years of experience in the fire and flow arts community, their ability to handle fire will absolutely blow you away!

Event Logistics:

Workshops and events will be hosted during the day and night.

As mentioned earlier there will be a host of free events open to the public nighty from 5-8 pm.

And there will also be a host of paid ticketed events. A 4 night VIP Pass is available for $195 (USD) and includes access to the following events:

  • Thursday, January 14: Private (invitation only) VIP reception. Great Room atop the Gondola.
  • Friday, January 15: Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation). Includes 2 drink tickets. Great Room atop the Gondola.
  • Saturday, January 16: Costume Fire Ball. Includes unlimited wine, beer, and special fire-themed cocktail. Theatrical surprises and musical entertainment. Great Room atop the Gondola. Includes 4 drink tickets.
  • Sunday, January 17: Meet the artists, dance, fire-spinning party at Mountain Lodge Telluride.

Guests purchasing the All Access Pass will be able to attend the Thursday event (not being sold to the public)!

Note: You must be 21 or older to attend these events.

Traveling to the Telluride Fire Festival:

Telluride is located in the southwest corner of Colorado, 330 miles outside of Denver. The event will be hosted in downtown Telluride.

By Air:

There are 3 regional airports about equidistant from Telluride –

Montrose/Telluride Airport (MTJ)

Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT)

Durango-La Plata Airport (DRO)

By Everything Else:

Additional Transportation Options (if you prefer to drive or take a shuttle).

Live in Telluride?

The festival is seeking locals to host out of town performers in their homes. Please reach them through their contact form if you are interested.

The Telluride Fire Festival is so much more than just a fun time…it is a time where you will get the chance to meet new people from all over the world and get the opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Telluride Fire Festival – just another reason why Colorado is Awesome!


Reason 315: Telluride Fire Festival


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