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Events Calendar 2018

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All Ages

Vermont Renaissance Faire 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - Jun 24, 2018 Mayo Events Field, 80 Weeks Hill Road Stowe, VT

The faire will include local craft vendors, beer, wine, mead and cider makers from around Vermont, a dedicated kids area, a medieval encampment, fight demos and a joust. Come in garb, come with your friends, come to Vermont The Vermont Renaissance Faire.

Arts & Crafts Shows

Mayfest Arts and Crafts Festival 2018

May 26, 2018 - May 26, 2018 Downtown Bennington, VT

110 crafters and artisans present handmade crafts; cooks serve ethnic foods and wood fired pizza, BBQ, blooming onions, ice cream, and more. Enjoy kids activities, contests, games, a dunking booth, the 4-H shooting range, a bouncy house, face painting.

Art on Park Thursday Evening Summer Series 2018

Jun 28, 2018 - Sep 6, 2018 Park Street Stowe, VT

Art on Park, held every Thursday evening June through August, features a variety of handcrafted products: paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, birchbark art, soy candles, furniture, handbags, hats, jewelry, children's items, specialty foods & teas, live music and more! Park Street is closed off. Live music, too!

Children & Families

Exhibit: How People Make Things

May 19, 2018 - Sep 3, 2018 ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, One College Street Burlington, VT

ECHO's newest exhibit, "How People Make Things," inspired by Mister Rogers’ Factory Tours, the exhibit brings manufacturing experiences to life, taking visitors onto the factory floor through hands-on activities in cutting, molding, deforming and assembly where they create objects to take home. On Exhibit through September 3.

“Anne of Green Gables”

Jun 13, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm, 705 Main Street Weston, VT

Anne Shirley, a spunky, red-headed orphan, is sent to live with a farmer and his sister on Prince Edward Island. The only problem? They thought they were adopting a boy. Follow Anne’s adventures (and misadventures!) as she discovers the meaning of home in this adaptation of the beloved novel by L.M Montgomery, with music and lyrics by Broadway’s Cryer and Ford.

Pond Exploration for Kids at Merck Forest

Jun 16, 2018 - Jun 16, 2018 Merck Forest & Farmland Center, 3270 Route 315 Rupert, VT

It’s so much fun poking about in Page Pond. Your youngsters will have a great time learning about pond residents and pond ecology. They will need clothing and footgear that can get wet and muddy (and perhaps a change of clothes to go home in).

Comedy

FlynnSpace Comedy Series Stand Up, Sit Down, & Laugh

May 27, 2018 - May 27, 2018 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main Street, Burlington, VT

The newest installment of the Flynn's hilarious comedy series Stand Up, Sit Down, and Laugh features Reggie Condra, Marlon Fisher, Tina Friml, Josie Leavitt ('93 NYC Funniest Westsider, SevenDays Best Comic in VT 2014 and 2015, (Moth Slam winner 2014), and Mike Thomas.

Dance

Vermont Ballet Theater School's Celebration of Dance

May 26, 2018 - May 26, 2018 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main Street, Burlington, VT

Vermont Ballet Theater Co. is back at the Flynn, performing a wide ranging repertoire of both classical and contemporary works, including a new work from guest choreographer Carla Wuthrich to the music of Peter Jennison, a Broadway jazz medley from the musical “Hairspray,” and much more, there is something for fans of all ages to enjoy.

Farms

Sheep Shearing & Herding with Border Collies at Billings Farm

May 26, 2018 - May 27, 2018 Billings Farm & Museum, Route 12 & River Road Woodstock, VT

Sheep shearing is spring tradition throughout Vermont. Watch as our ewes shed their heavy winter fleece with the help of our sheep shearer, who will demonstrate hand shearing and powered clippers A special treat: watch as border collies follow commands and their instincts to herd sheep in the farm fields. Hands-on activities.

Festivals

Strolling of the Heifers 2018

Jun 1, 2018 - Jun 3, 2018 157 Main Street Brattleboro, VT 05301

A parade of lovable heifer calves is followed by farm animals, bands, tractors, floats, and. Follow the parade crowd to the Slow Living Expo for food, entertainment, animals, tractors, music and family fun. Parade theme is "May the Farms Be with You." Stroll Weekend starts Friday, June 1, with a Street Festival, culinary competition, Gallery Walk, music, food, and dancing. On Sunday, June 3, enjoy a Farmers Breakfast, the cycling Tour de Heifer and the Farm Tour.

Home & Studio Tours

Underhill Ironworks Open Studio

May 26, 2018 - May 27, 2018 Underhill Ironworks, 185 River Road Underhill, VT

Gerald K Stoner Sculptures at Underhill Ironworks will be presenting over 50 welded steel sculptures for the Vermont Crafts Council Spring Open Studio weekend. Please come and explore the sculpture fields at his studio and residence in Underhill.

Vermont Open Studio Weekend for Visitors

May 26, 2018 - May 27, 2018 Artists' studios Many towns, VT

Most Vermont craftspeople work in studios near their homes. A visit to a studio is a way to see up close how the artist works. Buying or ordering work during an Open Studio sale is a chance to speak to the artist directly. And it’s a fun exploration of the back roads of Vermont, too. Plan your tour. Maps and directions

Guided Tours of Rudyard Kipling’s Vermont Estate & Rhododendron Display

May 30, 2018 - May 30, 2018 Naulakha (the Rudyard Kipling home), 481 Kipling Road, Dummerston, VT

Come for a tour of Rudyard Kipling’s Vermont estate, when the spectacular 100-yard rhododendron tunnel, leading out to a stone patio, is in bloom. Learn about Naulakha, the house where Kipling wrote The Jungle books and "Captains Courageous." Visit the Kipling Carriage House and the Barn Museum. Enjoy tea on the back deck. No dogs please. Rain or shine. Tour attendance is limited, Register here.

Burlington Homes Tour 2018

Jun 2, 2018 - Jun 2, 2018 Tickets available day or tour at the Flynn Box Office, 153 Main Street Burlington, VT

This year’s tour features an eclectic mix of Burlington’s historic properties: like the penthouse of Liberty House, formerly St. Joseph’s Orphanage; a restored turn-of-the-20th-century American Foursquare on Henry Street; a brightly decorated kit house cottage on Gove Court; and three more historic properties, with inspiring landscapes and gardens. No tickets will be available for purchase at the homes. This is a self-guided tour.

Museums

Exhibition: In the Garden

Mar 17, 2018 - Jun 17, 2018 Shelburne Museum, 6000 Shelburne Road Shelburne, VT

Featuring a mix of fine art, textiles, jewelry, and the bodies of insects, this exhibition explores the various ways in which flowers and bugs have captivated the imaginations of artists over the last five centuries. Combining historical objects from the Museum’s permanent collection with works by contemporary artists, the exhibition is open through August 26, 2018.

Music

Raul Malo

May 27, 2018 - May 27, 2018 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT

Raul Malo is frontman for the The Mavericks and the sole writer of many of their songs. Malo has drawn on classic country, cow-punk and standards, to create a sound of rhythmic passion and Latin machismo.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Jun 1, 2018 - Jun 1, 2018 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main Street Burlington, VT

New Orleans is the point where sounds and cultures from around the world converge, and resurface, transformed by the Crescent City’s inimitable spirit and joie de vivre. Nowhere is that idea more musically real than at a performance of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2018

Jun 1, 2018 - Jun 10, 2018 Flynn Center and many other locations Burlington, VT

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is a 10-day celebration of live music for all ages. It includes free live music on four stages in downtown Burlington, headlining shows at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and the Waterfront Tent, and nightly showcases in restaurants and venues all over the city. All festival tickets are sold through the FlynnTix box office at 153 Main Street. Performers include Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Chucho Valdés – Jazz Batá, Rhiannon Giddens, Smalltalker, Manwolves, Tubafresh, The Makanda Project, Juptr, and many more.

Chucho Valdés Jazz Batá

Jun 2, 2018 - Jun 2, 2018 Flynn Performing Arts Center, 153 Main Street Burlington, VT

Cuban pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years. In 1972, Chucho released his fourth album, a trio recording with bass and batá drums entitled simply, Jazz Batá.

Sean McCann of Great Big Sea

Jun 8, 2018 - Jun 8, 2018 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT

Séan McCann’s love for Newfoundland and Labrador led him to help found the renowned group Great Big Sea. He now tours as a solo artist in intimate venues.

Ry Cooder

Jun 30, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main Street Burlington, VT

For over half a century, guitarist Ry Cooder has adjusted his style from ‘30s topical songs to Hawaiian slack key, Tex-Mex twang to Cuban jazz, Indian classical music to pop, bop, and rock. Cooder comes to the Flynn with his seven-piece band for an evening of career highlights.

John Pizzarelli Trio

Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT

Guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” Pizzarelli has expanded his with music of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, and others.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Spielpalast Cabaret

May 14, 2018 - Jun 14, 2018 Main Street Landing Black Box Theatre, 60 Lake Street Burlington, VT

The tang of burlesque is rampant in this always-evolving theatrical presentation filled with rip-roaring musical numbers, naughty innuendos, cunning commentary and dazzling dance hall floozies. Not entirely suitable for children Dates: May 25, 26, 31; June 1 and 2

Theater

"The Almost True & Truly Remarkable Adventures of Israel Potter"

Jun 15, 2018 - Jun 24, 2018 Oldcastle Theatre Company, 331 Main Street Bennington, VT

The captivating novel by Herman Melville has been transformed into a lively play. Join young Israel as he goes from a small New England town to the American Revolution to motherland England and back again. Along the way he meets historical figures, falls in love, fights the British, becomes a spy, escapes imminent death a few times and sings a few songs.

“Our Town” at Weston Playhouse

Jun 21, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Main Stage at Weston Playhouse, 12 Park Street Weston, VT

This simple story of a community, Grover’s Corners, allows us to contemplate life, death and the meaning of it all. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Train Excursions

Champlain Valley Dinner Train Excursion

May 11, 2018 - Sep 1, 2018 Departing from Green Mountain Railroad Station, 1 Main Street Burlington, VT

Enjoy a 3-course dinner on board restored historic dining cars while taking in the beautiful scenery from your window on the trip from Burlington to Middlebury and back. Tickets include your round-trip train ride, three-course dinner on board and all soft beverages. Full bar available for additional price. Gratuity not included. Offered Friday and Saturday evenings.