The Telluride Mushroom Festival is a can’t miss event happening every August in Telluride, Colorado made up of unique talks, special events and dinners, forays and of course THE PARADE.

2021 Physical Festival

The Telluride Mushroom Staff sends BIG LOVE to anyone and everyone dealing with the current pandemic. The 41st Annual Telluride Mushroom Festival will be following all local, state and country wide rules and guidelines for this upcoming year of 2021. We plan to go ahead with the physical festival in limited numbers and proper safety measures taking place.

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Festival Passes
Festival passes will be limited to 200 Early Bird Full Festival Passes. Once these have been sold out we will be releasing 200 more Regular Full Festival Passes. Once these have been sold out any new interest to the festival will be put on a waiting list. You can buy a pass on our Eventbrite Page.

This year, the festival is on the mend from suffering some significant financial losses after only being able to have a virtual festival and a few limited small gatherings in Telluride due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. After months of waiting and seeing what is happening for this summer with live events across the country, we are thrilled to be able to release limited festival passes for 2021 in person for our annual Telluride event.

We are doing our very best to keep the numbers low, venues safe, activities spread out, and abiding by all guidelines put in place locally and state wide. We’ve extended into outdoor venues and asked our presenters to do multiple presentations to allow for more spacing and repeat programming to allow for everyone to get a chance to catch their favorite lectures and events.

Thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm for our celebrated, loved, sacred, longtime festival held in these beautiful mountains of Telluride, CO.

We’ll see you soon, mushroom fam!


Learn about mycology from the best! Every year the Telluride Mushroom Festival features a variety of talks from over 20 speakers. The Telluride Mushroom Festival is famous for its array of unique and lively events, including: Wild Food Dinner Experience, Mushroom Chefs’ Dinner, Entheogenic Gourd Circles, Open Mic Night, MycoLicious MycoLuscious MycoLogical Poetry Show and our Free Identification Tent. Our many special guests are happy to take you on a mycology adventure out into the forest! If you are interested in mushrooming in Telluride, Gary Lincoff’s Telluride Mushroom Checklist is a must-read.

What Can you Expect at the Festival?

TMF staff have expanded our venue offerings to safely distance through outdoor and larger venues for our 2021 festival presentations and talks. To take in account Covid policy distancing measures we will be monitoring all changes happening in our world leading up to the festival and adjust where needed. We have asked our presenters to hold multiple presentations to accompany anyone who would miss a talk due to space limitation. In addition, all full festival pass holders are able to access recorded talks online on our virtual platform. This means you won’t miss a single presentation!

Forays and outdoor activities

We plan to expand our forays, outdoor workshops offering! The free activities such as our mushroom ID tent, vendor booths, and some outdoor free workshop demonstrations are a go!

Gourd Circles, Poetry and More

Yes, all our amazing activities that have made the festival what it is today we are planning on going ahead with. We may need to get creative in some of our offerings but plan to make it the best we can!

The Parade

The Parade will be in a TBD mode until town and county regulations allow, we have some other ideas in place if we cannot run the parade, however.

Special Event Tickets

Special Events such as the Wild Foods Dinner and other larger gatherings are currently TBD and will be released once we have a good idea of what the festival is able to hold. These tickets (which are extra above a full festival pass) will be available for purchase on our Eventbrite page beginning July 1.


VIRTUAL FESTIVAL: The 41st Annual Telluride Mushroom Festival will, in addition to an in-person festival, be offered virtually. All talks and presentations will be recorded to be viewed in the comfort and safety of your own home. We hope to offer live streaming as well to those of you who like the interaction part of last years festival. We plan to offer different Q&A’s and other online goodies to anyone joining the virtual festival. More to come!

MUSHROOM FESTIVAL ONLINE COMMUNITY (FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC): Join the Telluride Mushroom Festival community, for free on Mighty Networks! The Telluride Mushroom Festival has launched this free virtual network for all fungi lovers and we will be hosting a community of mushroom enthusiasts. The main network is open to everyone, and within this free network you will be able to connect, learn, and grow your love of fungi together by sharing, posting, and interacting within an amazing community of fungi lovers. We will be sharing news, updates and special video snippets to those of you who participate in our free network.

Using Mighty Networks, we intend to build a global community and host a whole new perspective on many of the classic Festival events.

THE HISTORY OF Mushroom Festival

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, and especially the TI Mushroom Committee: Dan Collins, Laurie Lundquist, Rio Coyotl and Sara Friedberg.

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