For the Younger Festivarians

The festivarian family that makes the trek to Telluride every year isn't just adults. Many families have been attending the festival for several generations, kids who grew up at Telluride Bluegrass are now bringing along their own kids to join the festivarian family for the first time.

Activities for kids include the family area inside the Festival grounds, hiking, horseback riding, and other activities in the town of Telluride and Mountain Village. Questions or comments? Check out the "TBF 101 for families" discussion on the Festivarian Forum.

The Family Tent

The Family Tent provides whimsical, musical and educational activities for children and their parents. We are not a daycare facility so we ask that parents sign in and accompany their kids while in this area at all times. The Family Tent is open from noon-5pm on Thursday and 10am to 5pm Friday thru Sunday, and most activities are free.

Family Tent at Planet Bluegrass
Kids in the Family Area

Living Folklore Clowns

Since 1998, Living Folklore has brought clowns, stilt-walkers and giant puppets to Telluride Bluegrass. Living Folklore makes stories come to life for children of all ages through interactive performances with live characters, puppet shows, and giant processions. Every part of this fantasy realm is filled with creative and educational themes that allow children to inhabit the imaginary dimension of their dreams. This years theme is loosely based on the Wizard of Oz and is called "We're Not in Kansas Anymore". The parade is filled with giant, light-weight puppets that parents climb into including a tornado, pink elephant, cowardly lion, or tin man while we supply munchkin costumes for kids along with rainbow flags, and other curiosities. The whole weekend builds towards the Sunday parade so come and learn juggling, clown-yoga, listen to stories, sing along to live music and more. Learn more at:

Family Tent at Planet Bluegrass
Family Area

Jugglers' Grove

Juggling Anyone? Join juggling veteran Lauri Watson in the Jugglers' Grove for lessons and free juggling balls -- for new and experienced jugglers each day.

Betty Hoops

Come join Betty Hoops once again for the best craft party of the summer. Kids & adults can decorate & keep their own hoop using fuzzy fabrics, rainbow colored tapes & 3D stickers. Adult hoopers can come & experience the newest & only collapsible hoop on the market. The Gaiam Hoop is a top of the line 6 segment collapsible hoop with a soft foam padding. Betty Hoops will have many for you to play with & will be teaching Hoop Dance throughout the festival all day, every day for free! Learn more at:

Kids Parade (photo: Benko Photographics)
Kids Parade

Musical Performances

We’re happy to welcome back the playful, interactive and educational childrens music of Lesley Kernochan. Bring your teddy bear and cuddle-up for some great songs with Lesley the Flying Fox.

21st Annual Kids Parade

Carry a flag, umbrella, or one of the new giant puppets as this beloved Telluride tradition meanders through the festival grounds on Sunday afternoon at 3:15pm.

21st Annual Kids Talent Show

The ever-popular talent show returns on Saturday afternoon at 3:15pm for the 20th year.

2017 Family Tent Schedule

Music in the Family Tent (photo: Benko Photographics)
Music in the Family Tent

We are not a daycare facility, so parents must accompany their children while at the Family Tent area. Schedule is subject to change. Check the latest schedule in the family area. The Family Tent is open from noon-5pm on Thursday and 10am -5pm Friday thru Sunday. Most activities are free.

Telluride Bluegrass Kids Parade (photo: Benko Photographics)