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.


Learn about mycology from the best! Every year the Telluride Mushroom Festival features a variety of talks from over 30 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. We have showings of new fungi movies, panel discussions over treatment using psychedelics and decriminalization of psilocybin containing mushrooms. Our many special guests are happy to take you on a mycology adventure out into the forest in the beautiful alpine around Telluride! 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 2022 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. We are doubling our foray offerings to give anyone that wants to go out with a seasoned mycologist the flexibility.

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 some outdoor free workshop demonstrations are a must see.

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 is a favorite among festival goers. Be sure to bring your best costume making skills to the parade or prepare in advance. We collect 1000’s of mushroom fans and shut down Main Street in Telluride to a band and dancers and march to the sound of mushroom cheers. This all culminates in a wild drum circle at the end of town, where drumming and dancing goes into the evening.

Special Event Tickets

Special Events such as the Wild Foods Dinner and other larger gatherings are currently TBD and will be released on April 1st, check the passes page for more information. These tickets (which are extra above a full festival pass) will be available for purchase on our Humanitix platform and are sold individually per event.

2022 Physical Festival

The Telluride Mushroom Staff sends BIG LOVE to anyone and everyone dealing with the current pandemic. The 42nd Annual Telluride Mushroom Festival will be following all local, state and country wide rules and guidelines for this upcoming year of 2022. We plan to go ahead with the physical festival in limited numbers and proper safety measures taking place.

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!

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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