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Vermont's fairs and festivals are a fun whirlwind of music, food, and local traditions

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Vermont is a festival of year-round fun for the whole family. From the fall harvest through the wintry holiday and snow season and all summer long, come to discover Vermont’s special places, people, and events. Meet poets, historians, and writers. Hear famous musical artists and newcomers. Dance the tango and savor local food, beers, wines, and ciders. Stroll the lakes to find boats, canoe, kayak and dragon boat demonstrations. Arts and crafts are everywhere. Nearby hotels and motels abound.

80 Weeks Hill Road Stowe, VT Phone:

June 24-25, 2017

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. Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Waterfront Park Burlington, VT Phone: 802-244-6828

July 21-22, 2017

The Vermont Brewers Festival is the one of the premier beer festivals in the world, held on the waterfront of Lake Champlain overlooking the Adirondack Mountains. Plan your tasting agenda. There are over 150 beers to choose from so save time by making your tasting decisions before you arrive. For guests age 21 and older. Time: Four separate tasting sessions are Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission: $43. Tickets.

Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl Street Essex Junction, VT Phone:

June 23-25, 2017

Quilt displays, demos by master quiltmakers, classes, lectures, appraisals, lots of interaction among quilters and quilt artists,. This is the place where masters come to display and teach. Champaign and Chocolate Preview on Thursday. Hours: Thursday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  

Tunbridge World’s Fairground, Fairground Road Tunbridge, VT Phone:

June 22-25, 2017

Wonderful outdoor event for lovers of bluegrass in the Green Mountains. See event website for lineup. Tickets.

Various locations Stowe, VT Phone:

June 23-25, 2017

This three-day festival encompasses all of Stowe, and all group rides are free to the public. There is something for everyone – family friendly events, food and drink specials, live music, group rides and more! Check out the current schedule at stoweb3fest.com and start making your plans. Enjoy Vermont music, Vermont craft libations (beers, wines, spirits, ciders, root beer), and a celebration of Vermont mountain biking. Area bike shops are hosting mountain bike group rides in town for the B3 Fest weekend, which will start and end at participating B3 Fest venues.

Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road Shelburne, VT Phone: 866-261-8595

July 16, 2017

Vermont is a world class cheese state with the highest number of cheese makers per capita: over 40 of them. You are invited to share their passion for making exceptional cheeses. Come for cheese, wine, beer, cider, spirits, food, and tastings of all kinds. Expand your knowledge with cooking demonstrations and workshops. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $20-$100.

Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, 1746 Mountain Road Stowe, VT Phone: 800-253-7355

July 7-9, 2017

This popular summer celebration includes a children's corner, live band, great food, beer and wine garden, balloon launches and tethers. Twenty-eight of the country's most prominent balloon experts will launch starting Friday afternoon. Time: Balloon Launches: Friday at sunset, Saturday at sunrise and sunset, and Sunday, at 6:30 a.m. Viewing the morning launches is complimentary for all visitors. Admission: $10; kids age 12 and younger, free.

Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park Burlington, VT Phone:

August 4-6, 2017

The Festival of Fools features the best international street performers from around the globe. Four main stage locations surrounding the Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park will feature continuous street theater, performing to over 10,000 visitors to Church Street each day. The Festival wraps up with a grand finale featuring all the performers of the festival.

80 Weeks Hill Road Stowe, VT Phone: 802-595-9581

July 28-29, 2017

A festival of fine craft beer, cider, and spirits with live music, workshops, food trucks, and a vendor fair. Time: Friday, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon-4 p.m. and 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Admission: Standard ticket is $39 to $65; designated driver, $25.

59 Little John Road Websterville, VT Phone:

June 23-25, 2017

RockFire is a unique combination of art, music and fire on a monumental scale, celebrating Central Vermont’s colorful granite heritage. Events happen at Millstone Hill’s abandoned quarries and granite industry ruins. The centerpiece of the event is Firewalk, a three-mile procession lit by thousands of candles and luminaries with dozens of bonfires, all leading to variety of fire-lit art installations and six live performance stages. The words most often used to describe RockFire are “amazing, magical, one of a kind, and powerful.” (No children under 10 allowed on the FireWalk.)
Time: All day and evening