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The Insider’s Guide To The 2023 Telluride Jazz Festival

The Insider’s Guide To The 2023 Telluride Jazz Festival


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The Insider’s Guide – Plan Your Weekend And Don’t Miss A Beat

The 46th Annual Telluride Jazz Festival is almost here and we have everything you need to know to get ready! There are special events to complement the world-class music and fun opportunities to make life-long friends and memories. Telluride also offers outstanding dining, shopping, outdoor recreation and sightseeing opportunities to make the most out of your time here.

To ensure that you have the best experience possible, our staff has put together a comprehensive festival guide of pro tips, tricks, and how-to’s for the most epic weekend ever. Explore all the information in our Insider’s Guide below.


Join The Team And Volunteer With Us

Don’t just go to the Telluride Jazz Festival, become a part of it!

We’re looking for reliable, hardworking and fun-loving individuals to join our team. We need hundreds of volunteers to put the festival together so it’s a great way to meet new friends, earn a 3-Day festival pass, staff t-shirt and be a part of the “behind the scenes” action. All you have to do is fill out the application and choose the shifts and department that you’d like to join (box office, customs, park operations).

What Do I Have To Do?

Volunteers must complete two 5-6 hour shifts in order to earn a 3-Day Festival Pass. Shifts are available in a variety of positions before, during, and after the festival. Volunteers who are scheduled for pre-festival or post-festival shifts that are 9 am – 6 pm (8 hours) only need to complete one shift in order to earn a 3-Day Festival Pass. Shifts are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to apply early!

What’s In It For Me?

Volunteers will receive a 3-Day Festival Pass and a Festival Staff T-Shirt! We strive to make volunteering as easy and fun as possible. Volunteering is also a great way to meet friends and catch a glimpse of the “behind-the-scenes” action of festival production.

Anything Else I Need To Know?

All volunteers must be 18 or older to apply. All volunteers must submit an application below to be considered for a volunteer position. If accepted as a volunteer, you must complete two shifts (5-6 hours each) in exchange for a 3-Day festival pass and a festival staff t-shirt. We typically assign each volunteer one morning shift and one afternoon or evening shift.

Application Deadline

Volunteer applications are accepted until all positions are filled. Please note that volunteer positions are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so the earlier you submit your application the better your chances of obtaining your preferred position.


Festival Camping Under The Stars

 Camp out in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Telluride Town Park. Filled with vibrant aspen and pine trees and surrounded by towering mountain peaks, the campground is an idyllic setting located just steps away from the Main Stage and historic downtown so you can really experience all that Telluride has to offer.

A Camping Pass includes access to the Festival Campground from Thursday, August 10 to Monday, August 14. With easy access to the festival, camping is a great and social way to experience the Festival. At $60 per person for four nights, camping is also friendly on the budget.


The New Festival Chair Rental Program

New for 2023, we are proud to introduce the Chair Rental Program at Telluride Jazz Festival! Nothing beats the feeling of enjoying music, food, drinks and scenery from a comfy chair while you relax, stretch out your legs and enjoy the cool mountain air on those hot summer days. Enjoy the peace of mind of having a designated spot to relax, recharge, and enjoy the music! Reserve your low-back chairs in advance and pick them up near the Festival entrance. Rentals are available for only $50 for the entire weekend. Book yours while supplies last!


Artist Spotlight: Butcher Brown

Friday At 10 PM (Jazz After Dark)
Saturday At 6:10 PM (Main Stage)

This Richmond, Virginia-based band calls their intriguing, jazz-fusion sound, “solar music.” It’s a fluid blend of soul, funk and rock that glides into acid-jazz-like realms, but really, don’t try to slap a label on their music. They mine the past for new musical adventures and on their latest record, Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND, they explore big band sounds, fusing in elements of hip-hop and Southern soul. Butcher Brown is a fresh, young presence on the jazz scene, unafraid to take all their influences and shape them into a sound that is at once new and familiar. As band member, Corey Fonville says, “We get daps from the jazz cats, the rap scene, the indie scene, and everyone else.” We’re down with that.


2023 Artist Lineup

As the summer season approaches in the world-famous mountain town of Telluride, Colorado, the Telluride Jazz Festival features one of the most diverse and exciting array of musicians, showcasing the best of music both past and present. Nestled among aspen trees and surrounded by 13,000 foot mountain peaks, these artists will perform on the world-renowned Town Park Stage and Society Stage in the center of Telluride. Click below to explore the lineup and get tickets.


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