For the Younger Festivarians

A kids perspective on Telluride Bluegrass

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 Telluride Bluegrass
Living Folklore Clowns

Living Folklore Clowns

For 18 years, Living Folklore has brought clowns, stilt-walkers and giant puppets to Telluride Bluegrass. The family vibes and community feel of the festival have been a catalyst for the growth of Living Folklore over the years. Each year old favorites like Clown Yoga, Talent Show, Storytelling, and the kids parade return and each year also features new talents. This year we are very happy to feature Lesley Kernochan whose original kids music is playful, interactive, and educational. We will also be featuring a new giant Queen Bee Puppet to celebrate natures pollinators. She will be joined by The Ladybug Faerie, the Hill-Billie, and other giant puppets, a garden of flowers led by Gala the Flower Faerie, Gumbo Wobbly the clown and a band of merry stilt-walkers. Come play with us and experience the magic of The Family Tent!

Family Tent at Planet Bluegrass
Outdoors in the family area

Jugglers' Grove

Juggling Anyone? Join juggling veteran Laurie 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! For more info, visit

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 3:30pm.

Kids Talent Show

The ever-popular talent show returns on Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm for the 19th year.

2015 Family Tent Schedule


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.