3rd Annual Telluride Festival Of Cars & Colors

The Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors is the embodiment of the classic Concours combined with the best aspects of today’s automotive lifestyle events. The 3rd annual Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors takes place Thursday, September 21 – Sunday, September 24. The weekend is a world-class automotive celebration set against the backdrop of the Telluride region’s spectacular fall foliage.

Full schedule for Cars & Colors here.

Tickets/passes for this event here.

For a preview, scroll down for a video of the 2016 event. 

The 3rd Annual Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors, September 21 –September 24, 2017, is a world-class celebration targeting automobile aficionados and lifestyle enthusiasts, set against a backdrop of Telluride’s spectacular palette of autumnal colors. Focusing on high-end restorations and vintage and exotic vehicles, Cars & Colors occupies three distinct venues over four days: Telluride Historic District, Mountain Village, and the Telluride Regional Airport.

“Cars & Colors aims to be the Pebble Beach of Colorado,” says event founder Ray Cody. “Attendees will need all four days to really see everything.”

Festival overview:

Telluride is world-renowned for its unparalleled beauty. In 2017, the third annual Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors continues the time-honored tradition of the Concours d’Elegance, gathering the world’s finest automobiles at what is easily one of America’s most beautiful destinations, Telluride and the rugged San Juan mountains.

Cars & Colors takes over three distinct venues over the course of four days – the downtown Telluride Historic District; the luxurious hamlet of Mountain Village; and America’s highest commercial airstrip, the 9,070-foot Telluride Regional Airport – to showcase elegant vintage machines, top-flight restorations, international exotics, and the cream of the American classic and sports car crop. Also on the long weekend schedule is the Morning ReVV, music, cocktail hours and VIP gatherings, outdoor tours, relaxing spa sessions, and shopping trips.

On Saturday, September 23, thrill to the speed and beauty of luxury airplanes at the Regional Airport fly-in.

Since the Telluride region features some of the most opulent homes in Colorado, also on Saturday check out the Parade of Homes event.

And to make things even more interesting, Cars & Colors features a $500 medallion hunt. Be sure to attend Morning ReVV to get daily clues.

Beyond Cars & Colors’ happening, the Telluride region itself, including Town and Mountain Village, is packed with great outdoor activities for locals and guests to enjoy: mountain biking trails; hanging waterfall hikes; fly fishing; 18-hole golf course; rock climbing; glider and hot air balloon rides; ATV tours.

And should you also opt to attend the Million Dollar Highway Road Rally, you will experience what has to be the most visually stunning driving experience in the United States.

As picturesque Telluride disappears in your rear-view mirror, a brilliant canopy of garnet and gold beckons.  Aspen trees’ blinding yellow flames lead the way as you traverse hundreds of exhilarating turns and thousands of feet in altitude.

Riding through tiny, timeless towns like Ridgway, Silverton, Durango, and Rico, you will soon come to realize, start to finish, there is simply no more spectacular drive in the country.

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Susan Viebrock

Susan Viebrock

Susan is Telluride Inside… and Out’s founder and editor-in-chief, the visionary on the team, in charge of content, concept and development. For 19+ years, Susan has covered Telluride’s cultural economy, which includes non-profits and special events. Much of her writing features high-profile individuals in the arts, entertainment, business, and politics. She is a former Citibank executive specializing in strategic planning and new business development, and a certified Viniyoga instructor.

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