Fairs & Festivals

Vermont Summer Festivals Statewide

HeavyFest 5, South Burlington, May 16

Festival of Fidos, Vergennes, May 16

Brookfield Floating Bridge Celebration, Brookfield, May 23-24

Vermont Open Studio Weekend, Statewide, May 23-24

BirdFest!, Montpelier, May 30

Vermont Dairy Festival, June 4-7, Enosburg Falls

Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, Brattleboro, June 5-7

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Burlington, June 5-14

Wanderlust Stratton, Bondville, June 18-21

Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival, Quechee, June 19-21

Frendly Gathering Music Festival, Windham, June 26-27

Rockfire, Millstone Hill, June 26-28

Vermont Quilt Festival, Essex Junction, June 26-28

Strawberry Festival, June 28, East Thetford

Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show, Manchester, June 30-August 9

Vermont Morgan Horse Heritage Days, Tunbridge, July 3-5

July 4th Celebration, Parade & Street Fest, Randolph, July 3-4:

Middlebury Festival on the Green, Middlebury, July 5-11

Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival, Stowe, July 10-12

Vermont Brewer’s Festival, Burlington, July 17-18

Killington Wine Festival, Killington, July 17-19

Marlboro Music Festival, Marlboro, July 18-August 16

Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, Shelburne, July 19

Barre Heritage Festival, July 22-26

Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival, Mount Snow area, July 31-August 9

Vermont Jerkfest, Killington, August 1

Vermont Festival of the Arts, Mad River Valley, August 1-Sept. 7

Festival of Fools, Burlington, July 31-August 2

Phlox Fest, August 2-16, East Hardwick

Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, Burlington, August 6-9

Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival, Okemo Mountain Resort, August 7-9

Peacham Acoustic Music Festival, Peacham, August 14-15

Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Burlington area, August 22-30

BBQ Bonanza Music Festival, Vergennes, August 24

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, Middlebury, August 27-30

Tunbridge World’s Fair, Tunbridge, September 17-20


Local White River Valley Events

July/August – July 7th through early August, for 6 Tuesdays in a row, join us on Gifford Medical Centers park (front lawn) for a different concert every week.  Concerts start at 6 PM and each offers food prepared by a different nonprofit agency for sale .  So have dinner and a show and help support s great cause.  The 2015 Summer Concert Series on Gifford Park is brought to you by Chuck Adams Builders, Frankenburg Agency, Gifford Auxiliary, and Gillespie Fuels and Propane.

July/August – Late-July through early August, visitors can experience a unique event at the BigTown BigTent, a Summer Festival of Poetry, Music, and Performing Arts. 2015 will mark the seventh year of the Festival organized by Anni Mackay in the natural amphitheater located behind her BigTown Gallery on Main Street in Rochester. The event combines visual and performing arts with performances each evening. Admission varies. 
802-767-9670, www.bigtowngallery.com.

August – The Annual Central Vermont 
Chamber Music Festival comes to Randolph in mid-August every year. The festival features a two-week series of concerts for mixed ensembles performed by world-class artists at Chandler Music Hall. 802-728-9878, tickets 802-728-6464, tickets@chandler-arts.org, 
chandler-arts.org/festivals or http://www.centralvtchambermusicfest.org.

August – The Tenth Annual Last Mile Ride, hosted by Gifford Medical Center, 44 South Main St., Randolph, is scheduled for August 17, 2015. More than 180 motorcycle riders participate in this charity ride to support Gifford Medical Center’s end-of-life care program. 802-728-2726, info@giffordmed.org, www.giffordmed.org.

August – The 21st Annual New World Festival is scheduled for August 31, 2014 from noon to midnight. This all-day festival of Celtic and French Canadian music and dance featuring artists from New England, Canada and the British Isles is performed on five stages simultaneously in the historic Chandler Music Hall and in other all-weather facilities. This event is voted a “Top 10 Summer Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Location: Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 Main St., Randolph. 
802-728-9878, becky@chandler-arts.org, http://newworldfestival.com/nwf/.

September– Farm Tour Saturday will be held September 5th.  Get an up close and personal tour from the farmers themselves by taking the farm tour loop and visiting multiple local farms on this day.  This family friendly event is held rain or shine only once a year!  Come see what Vermont is famous for. Farm Tours and loop maps are coordinated by the White River Valley Chamber of Commerce. Advance ticket reservations required. Contact 
information: 802-728-9027, 

September – A Vermont  “Top 10 Fall Event” listing, the 144th Tunbridge World’s Fair, September 17-20, 2015  is a blend of active livestock shows with beautiful farm animals, a good old fair-time midway, and a competitive harvest and crafts exhibition. As a family venue this couldn’t be better—for all ages and interests—tucked away in a charming valley. Location: Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Route 110, Tunbridge. 800-889-5555, info@tunbridgefair.com, http://www.tunbridgeworldsfair.com/.

OctoberOpen Studio Weekend 2015 is scheduled for October 4 & 5, 2014. This event is organized by the Vermont Crafts Council. Many Vermont craftspeople work in studios that are exciting places to visit, reflecting the dynamic process used to produce finished works of art. To check on featured artists and studios in our region 802-223-3380, www.vermontcrafts.com or call the White River Craft Center at 802-728-8912.