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Events Calendar - 2023

Find a multitude of fun events and great things to do, including weekend events, throughout the year, like music; festivals; comedy; outdoor fun; boat cruises; excursions for families and kids; food, wine and beer tastings. Weather is no problem; lots of things to do happen indoors.
Be sure to check out the listings of year-round Fairs & Festivals throughout New England. See also, Great Things to Do.

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Arts & Crafts Shows

"Quilting in the Land of Milk & Honey" Quilt Show – Middlebury VT

Oct 7, 2023 - Oct 8, 2023 Middlebury Recreation Center, 154 Creek Road, Middlebury, VT

Celebrate the artistry and craftsmanship involved in making quilts. See hundreds of quilts in modern and historical styles, as well as traveling exhibits. Shop from vendors and enter raffles to win prizes. Lunch will also be available.


The Vermont Cannabis Convention – Burlington VT

May 6, 2023 - May 7, 2023 Champlain Valley Expo, 105 Pearl Street, Burlington, VT

This is the fourth annual Cannabis Convention in Vermont. Now that Vermont has officially begun its sales of recreational cannabis, this will be a great opportunity to connect with vendors, take educational workshops, purchase paraphernalia, and learn about the cannabis market in Burlington.


Draft Animal Day – Woodstock VT

May 14, 2023 - May 14, 2023 Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, VT

Head to Billings Farm and learn about the work and treatment of draft animals, such as oxen and steers. Activities include a harnessing demonstration, DIY plowing, and a parade. Enjoy tacos from a food truck and beer in the beer garden. Mothers get in for free in celebration of Mother’s Day.


Art in the Park Summer Festival – Rutland VT

Aug 12, 2023 - Aug 13, 2023 Junction of Routes 4 & 7, Rutland, VT

Enjoy lots of fine art, photography, crafts, Vermont vineyards/breweries/distilleries, specialty foods, kids' activities, and musical entertainment in a festive outdoor setting.

Open House

Spring Open Studio Weekend – Various VT

May 27, 2023 - May 28, 2023 Various locations, Various, VT

VT Open Studio Weekend

Vermont Craft Council’s Open Studio Weekend invites visitors to celebrate the visual arts and go behind the scenes of the creative process. During Memorial Day Weekend, artists from across the state of Vermont will open their studio doors to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to go on a self-guided tour through Vermont’s picturesque villages and lush, springtime wilderness to view the work of glassblowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, metal workers, painters, sculptors, and fiber artists working with silk and felt.

Parades & Fireworks

Independence Day Celebration – Brandon VT

Jul 1, 2023 - Jul 1, 2023 Brandon Central Park, Brandon, VT

Brandon has been celebrating Independence Day with a grand parade for decades. This year, besides the procession, there will be bands in the parks, the Heritage train giving rides up Park Street, and two auction sites. Additionally, there will be a beer garden, the world-famous Little Debbie Swiss Cake Roll Eating Contest, an evening street dance and fireworks at dusk that can be seen from up to a mile away. 

Shows & Exhibits

Vermont Steampunk Expo – Essex Junction VT

Nov 11, 2023 - Nov 12, 2023 Champlain Valley Expo, 105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, VT

“Steampunk” describes a science fiction subgenre that makes use of retrofuturistic technology and aesthetics inspired by steam powered machinery of the 19th century. At this expo, come dressed in your best steampunk garb and enjoy activities, talks from special panelists, crafters, performances, and more.