About Mushroom Festival
A CAN’T-MISS FUNGI EVENT
The Telluride Mushroom Festival (TMF) is a can’t-miss 44 year old event(!!!) happening every third weekend of August in Telluride, Colorado. It’s a weekend of mushroom love, community connection and fungi everything. You can expect expert hosted forays to ID mushrooms in the great San Juan Wilderness, talks from world renown mycologists, a foundation of the fest rooted off psychedelics and its current resurgence, large community gatherings, culinary delights, dozens of mushroom vendors and of course the world renown Telluride Mushroom Festival parade. TMF has a lineage that goes well beyond new age mushroom renaissance, our founders include Manny Salzman, Gary Lincoff, Andy Weil, Paul Stamets and more. Every year the festival attracts 1000’s of fungi fans from across the world. Learn more about the festival by watching our video and clicking on the tabs below.
2024 FESTIVAL DETAILS
Come for the Mushrooms stay for the Fungal Family
You may be thinking, why come to the TMF? Many of our longest attending friends came initially for mushroom knowledge, lectures in mycology or the epic vacation to see Telluride Colorado in its summer bloom. Many will tell you that isn’t why they keep coming back. Not many experiences bring together such rad humans as the TMF. Don’t be surprised if you leave having met life long mates or quickly decide to quit your job and devote your life to mushrooms. It’s all possible in this crazy vortex of a box canyon. If it’s possible, we’ve heard it. If it doesn’t seem possible, likely you’ll experience that here too.
What can you expect from the TMF?
In essence, The Telluride Mushroom Fest is changing and growing, but how? With more and more interest every year, how do we want to sustainably change and grow as a festival? Our main desire is to pursue growth by creating depth, authenticity, and community connection.
This year our goal is to create additional spaces to facilitate connection through conversation, sharing circles, expert-guided forays, and experience-based workshops with less long-format lectures. Our intention is to partner with more aligned sponsors to support the festival. TMF then supports small business mushroom related vendors in our core area in the heart of Telluride. Everything is walkable, gondola-able, or a quick ride with a friend to find some of the best mushrooms popping in the America. We create sustainable experiences through locally connecting everything, the whole experience, in one small town box canyon in the middle of some of USA’s most dramatic mountain sceneries.
Forays and Outdoor Activities
In addition to doubling our forays we will be providing outdoor workshops and new outdoor venue spaces! The free activities such as our mushroom ID tent, vendor booths, and outdoor free workshop demonstrations are a must see. See the Festival FAQ tab for more detailed information on this years’ forays.
If you are interested in mushrooming in Telluride, Gary Lincoff’s Telluride Mushroom Checklist is a must-read.
The parade is a favorite among festival goers. Be sure to bring your best costume making skills to the parade or prepare in advance. The town of Telluride quite literally shuts down to 1000’s of mushroom decorated costumes marching down Main Street to music, dancers and our Amanita-mobile. This all culminates in a wild drum circle at the end of town, where drumming and dancing goes into the evening. Afterwards we wear our costumes to the new and unusual Puff Ball dance party hosted by Hamilton’s Mushrooms.
Special Events or such as the Wild Foods Dinner and other larger gatherings are on for 2024! These tickets (which are extra above a full festival pass) will be available for purchase, and are sold individually per event, on our Passes page. If you have extra time before the festival see all of our Pre-Fest events meant to give you a more intimate time with our festival presenters.
How To Mush Fest
We have so many wonderful workshops, lectures, forays, and new events at this years festival and hope you are able to enjoy as much as you can absorb! From pass-pick up and registration to parade details, find everything you need to know about making the most of your festival experience on our How To Mush Fest page.
LODGING & CAMPING
There are different options for staying in Telluride, CO. Because of the size of Telluride, there are not any large hotel chains. If you are traveling with a group you can rent houses that can comfortably hold 10 attendees.
Please keep in mind, some of these campgrounds require reservations way in advance and some do not. Please look into the campground you are thinking of and plan ahead. While there are dispersed spots with limited facilities, many people prefer having campground amenities.
Camping in Telluride
Many people prefer camping in Telluride because of the gorgeous scenery and community vibe. The best resource for camping information is the Town of Telluride’s website. For 2024, The town of Telluride has announced their campsite reservation date is still TBD. Click here to be redirected to our home page where you can sign up for email announcements. We will remind you when the campsites ‘go live.’ Please keep in mind that typically campsites get reserved within minutes for the whole year – so you want to be on site, clicking, immediately after they are released.
Camping around Telluride
Outside of town there is camping at several Forest Service campgrounds. Information about these campgrounds can be found here. You can also try this link to find free campsites. There are no private campgrounds in the Telluride area. The closest Colorado State Park to Telluride is Ridgway State Park.
Camping Lizard Head and Rico
Check out areas around Rico and Lizard head. To name just few campgrounds south of Telluride, check out Sunshine Campground, Matterhorn Campground, Cayton Campground, Lazy Rooster Ranch, Priest Gulch.
Information about Telluride, CO, including food, activities, events, and weather can be found at Visit Telluride.
HOW TO GET TO TELLURIDE
Telluride is located in the southwest corner of Colorado in a picturesque San Juan mountain box canyon. The spirit of the American west thrives here in Telluride from the first hardy pioneers to today’s hardy locals. We take immense pride in our small town and we know that once you’re here, you’ll fall for its charm as well. We are undoubtedly a little remote, but staying off the beaten track ensures the town remains somewhat of a hidden treasure and unique t0 Colorado.
Telluride, Colorado has its own airport, Telluride Regional Airport (TEX). The airport is located five miles from Telluride’s downtown business district. You can rent a car from Hertz or take Mountain Limo into town. Mountain limo is $20 per person with a 2 person minimum.
Most people fly into Montrose(MTJ) which is usually the more cost effective solution. From Montrose, you can either rent a car or take Telluride Express for $70 per person to and from the town of Telluride. Once in Telluride you can pretty much walk, free shuttle or gondola the whole surroundings.
- Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) is 10-15 minutes from downtown Telluride.
- Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) is 1.5 hours from Telluride.
- The Durango La Plata County Airport (DRO) is 2.5 hours from Telluride.
- The Grand Junction Airport (GJT) is 2.5 hours from Telluride.
- The Cortez Airport (CEZ) is 79 miles, 2 hours from Telluride.
Many can also fly into Denver International Airport (DIA) and can take a bus all the way to Telluride through the Bustang.
2023 FESTIVAL FAQS
When is the Festival?
The festival dates are August 14 – 18, 2024.
Where is the Festival located? Where will lectures and presentations be held?
Telluride, Colorado. See the ‘Navigate the Festival’ tab for more detailed information and a venue map.
How do I become a Volunteer or a Vendor?
Volunteer & Vendor Applications are open through spring. Visit the link to see specific dates and qualifications.
PASSES & TICKETS
What is the difference between ‘Passes’ and ‘Tickets’?
- Full Festival Pass: Gains attendees access to all main paid and free festival events listed on the schedule. DOES NOT INCLUDE “SPECIAL EVENT TICKETS”.
- Special Event Tickets: Are sold separately and are limited. Special Event tickets will be announced and released on a separate and later date than the full Festival Pass.
Where can I find information and purchase links for passes & tickets?
Information on special event tickets, festival passes and links to purchase are available on our Passes page. Only tickets purchased off our website or the Humanitix site will be accepted at the festival.
I purchased tickets, when will I receive them?
Check your email you should have received them just after purchase. We will be sending out all tickets/QR codes again in the weeks before the Festival starts in case anyone deleted/lost the email.
What is the Refund/Transfer policy?
Please see our Passes & Tickets page for information about refunds and transfers in the fine print at the bottom.
HOW-TO MUSH FEST
Where can I pick up my pass, wristband or T-shirt?
Passes/Wristbands are available for pick up in person during registration. You will find registration dates and times closer to the festival dates.
What should I wear? What should I bring?
These questions and more are answered on our How-to Mush Fest page. But definitely pack your most creative and best mushroom costume possible for Saturday’s Parade.
What if I have more questions about how the festival works?
They are probably answered on our How-to Mush Fest page.
ALL ABOUT FORAYS
Where can I find information about signing up and participating in forays?
We will have Forays available for single day passholders and full festival pass holders. Forays are available on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Spanish Speakers Foray) during the festival. Sign-ups occur on the day before the foray. For detailed information please see our How-to Mush Fest page.
Where can I view the Schedule?
The full festival schedule is released each year in July. Check our Festival Schedule page for links to the online schedule. Stay tuned to Instagram and email for programming updates.
WORKSHOPS & SPECIAL EVENTS
What are the types of Festival Events?
The Telluride Mushroom Festival has three different kinds of event types listed in this year’s program.
- Free Events: Listed in GREEN and are free-to-the-public events (no charge)
- These include Mushroom ID Tent, Parade, free outdoor workshops, vendor booth viewing, and other TBD events.
- Almost all of the Mushroom Festival requires a Pass(wristband) to enter. Please buy a festival pass for the best possible experience.
- These include Mushroom ID Tent, Parade, free outdoor workshops, vendor booth viewing, and other TBD events.
- Full Festival Pass Holder Events: These will be included in the purchase of a full festival pass. Some of these events may have limited space available. Be sure to view the schedule online to better plan for arriving to your favorite workshops, lectures and forays on time.
- These events include:
- Forays hosted by our top Mycologists, Presenters and festival staff
- Lectures/Presentations from National and International acclaimed researchers, mycologist and people in Mushroom, Fungi and the like
- Evening keynote and headliner presentations
- Presentation workshops held in smaller groups with hands on applications
- Poetry Night lead by our very own Art Goodtimes.
- Mushroom/Entheogenic Gourd sessions
- All live music, DJ dance parties and indoor gatherings
- All movies, panels and QnA’s
- Mushroom Cooking demonstrations
- These events include:
- Special Event Tickets: These are premium events that are not included in the full festival pass and have a fee associated with them. They often have limited space and require a separate ticket.
Where can I buy special event tickets?
Special Event Tickets (LIMITED) are released May 1st. Event details and ticket sales can be found on our Passes page.
How do I learn more about the Pre Fest Workshop I bought?
We will be sending out the QR code/ticket in the weeks leading up to the festival. If you bought a Pre-Fest workshop or special event ticket we will be following up closer to the festival dates with information on that specific event.
Are some special events and workshops included in my festival pass?
Workshops and smaller held presentations for 2024 are TBD and will be announced later this spring.
GETTING A SPOT AT THE VENUE
What does the queue system look like for 2024?
Lectures and presentations will be first come first served until we reach capacity for each venue. Please come early to ensure you get a spot. For more information, see below on “first come first serve” seating. For more information please see our How-to Mush Fest page.
Does signing up on Sched save my spot in line for events?
No. This just allows our Pass Holder attendees to make a list of events of what they WOULD LIKE to attend. All pass holders must show up to the event venue and wait in line to be admitted. For Special Events – you must have already purchased a ticket and bring the QR code to your purchased workshop or special event.
TICKETED SPECIAL EVENTS
Do I have to line up early for my Special Event (extra ticketed purchase)?
All special events that were sold separately do not have queue systems or open registration at the fest. Please show up to the location specified on the event description or emailed to you before the event takes place if you bought a ticket prior to the event.
What are the locations for special events?
Most special events will be in the Town of Telluride this year. All within walking distance or a short drive. Check the schedule or be on the lookout for a special email specifically talking about your purchased ticket closer to the festival.
THE HISTORY OF MUSH FEST
Telluride Mushroom Festival’s roots span back to the 1970s when Beth Israel Hospital sponsored an academic conference in Aspen, CO. The festival focused on mushroom identification and included lectures on mushroom poisoning treatment and diagnosis.
In 1981, Dr. Emanuel Salzman, founder of Fungophile, Inc. and co-founder of the Aspen Mushroom Conference moved to Telluride. The Telluride Mushroom Festival was born with the creative energy of: Manny and Joanne Salzman, Gary Lincoff, Andrew Weil, Paul Stamets, the Gillmans, the Adams, Art Goodtimes, and John Sir Jesse.
Since then, the Festival has hosted Nobel Prize laureates, anthropologists, medical doctors, professors, psychonauts, writers, chemists, thought-leaders, religious leaders, and others famous in their respective fields. It is a weekend of mycology-related forays, talks and special events and is famous for the lively experience it provides all festival goers and participants.
A special thank you to the Telluride Institute Board of Directors the Festival Management Team (Art Goodtimes, Kris Holstrom, Daiva Chesonis), our Dean of Faculty Britt Bunyard, our Co-Operations Directors (Matt Guertin,Teal Stetston-Hill), Team Cooperation (Mariah Grimes, Rebecca Roberts, Chris Medary), and all our faculty, special guests, contributors, sponsors and volunteers.