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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

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.

Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour 2018 in Vermont

Jun 29, 2018 - Aug 19, 2018 various towns; see details above many towns, VT

Smirkus Troupers, ages 10 to 18, takes to the road in traditional mud show fashion for a two-month performance tour of New England. Backed by professional coaches, musicians and crew, Smirkos perform Circus Smirkus’s own 750-seat European-style one-ring big top tent. Each year brings a new storyline and original full-length show.
June 29 -- Circus Barn, Greensboro, VT. Two shows, at 1 and 6 p.m.
July 2-3 -- Kenyon’s Field, Waitsfield, VT. Four shows, at 1 and 6 p.m.
July 6-7 -- Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, VT. Four shows, at noon and 6 p.m.
July 12-13 -- Manchester Parks & Recreation, Manchester, VT. Four show, at 1 and 6 p.m.
July 18-19 -- Green Mountain Mall, Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury, VT. Four shows, at 1 and 6 p.m.
August 15-17 -- Montpelier High School, Montpelier, VT. Six shows, at 1 and 6 p.m.
Aug 19 -- Circus Barn, Greensboro, VT. Two shows, 1 and 6 p.m.

Festivals

StreetFests 2018

Jun 15, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018 Main Street Manchester, VT

The June 15 StreetFest will feature the music of Get Up Jack, and the July 20 StreetFest will feature local rock and roll favorite The Don’t Leave Band.

Music

Live music in City Hall Park

Jun 8, 2018 - Aug 29, 2018 City Hall Park, College, Main, and St. Paul streets Burlington, VT

Enjoy lunchtime tunes all summer long with free concerts. Bring your lunch, meet up with friends or coworkers, and enjoy free music.
June Performances: June 8 -- The Jazz Thieves; June 13 -- USAF American Clarinet Quartet; June 15 -- Pappy; June 20--Jacob Green; June 22--Haze & Dacey; June 27--Danza Del Fuego; June 27--5:30 p.m.--The Band Binger; June 29--About Time
July Performances: July 6—Birdcode; July 11--John Dunlop and Laura Markowitz; July 13--Moose Crossing; July 18--Marty Morrissey and Robert Resnik; July 18--5:30 p.m.--Low Lily; July 20--Marc Berger; July 25--Hana Zara; July 27--Andric Severance Xtet
August Performances: August 1--Violet and Bell; August 3--Just for Kicks; August 8--Dana & Sue Robinson; August 10--Derek Burkins Band; August 10--3 p.m.--Vermont Youth Orchestra; August 15--The Dupont Brothers; August 15--5:30 p.m.--Francesca Blanchard; August 17--Hokum Brothers; August 22--Phil Henry Trio; August 24--Chaque Fois; August 29--Daddy Long Legs

Jackson Gore Summer Music Series 2018

Jun 15, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 Okemo Mountain Resort, 77 Okemo Ridge Road, Courtyard, Jackson Gore Village Ludlow, VT

Bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets and bring the family to enjoy live music and an outdoor barbecue every Friday night, all summer.
June 15 -- Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Juneketeers
June 22 -- Cold Chocolate
June 29 – Copilot
July 6 -- Big Fez & The Surfmatics
July 20 -- Deadgrass
July 27 – Dojo
August 10 – CK3
August 17 -- Studio Two
August 24 -- 2Adam12
August 31 -- The Grift

Burlington Concert Band Summer Series 2018 - Burlington, VT

Jun 17, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 Battery Park, Battery Street Burlington, VT

Bring a picnic and a comfy lawn chair to enjoy free performances by the Burlington Concert Band this summer. Dates: June 17 through August 12. The July 8 concert will include the Middlesex Concert Band from Wakefield, MA, and will happen 3-4:30 p.m.

Parkapalooza 2018

Jun 17, 2018 - Sep 16, 2018 Hubbard Park Hubbard Park, VT

In addition to great music, there will be a giant slip ‘n slide and a community barbecue trailer fired up for you to grill your own picnic.
June 17 -- Steady Betty (3-6 p.m.)
July 21 and 22 -- Montpelier BioBlitz 2018 Performances by Sabouyouma, Funk Shui, Modern Times Theater, and more! (2 p.m. Saturday, 2-10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. )
August 19 -- Band TBD (3-6 p.m.)
September 16 -- Patti Casey and the Wicked Fine Players

10,000 Maniacs

Jun 28, 2018 - Jun 28, 2018 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT

10,000 Maniacs has covered plenty of ground in its 35-plus years, from cult hero status to international stardom, to their current status as a cornerstone alternative band.

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.

Hunger Mountain Co-op Brown Bag Summer Concert Series 2018

Jul 5, 2018 - Aug 30, 2018 Christ Church Courtyard, 64 State Street Montpelier, VT

Bring your lunch to the Christ Church Courtyard and enjoy live music and friends every Thursday at noon in July and August.
July 5 -- Pitz Quattrone
July 12 -- Twangtown Paramours (from Nashville)
July 19 -- Dana & Sue Robinson
July 26 -- Allison Mann
August 2 -- Patti Casey and Colin McCaffrey
August 2 -- Starline Rhythm Boys at 6 p.m.
August 9 -- Alex Smith/Mountain Folk
August 16 -- Big Hat No Cattle
August 23 -- Gerry Grimo/East Bay Jazz
August 30 -- Dave Keller

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.

John Pizzarelli Trio

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

Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, John Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and The Beatles.

Concerts on the Green 2018

Jul 11, 2018 - Aug 15, 2018 Factory Point Town Green on Depot Street (Route 11/30) Manchester, VT

Outdoor concerts are Wednesday nights, beginning at 6 p.m.

All Come Home Music Festival 2018

Jul 12, 2018 - Jul 14, 2018 Okemo Mountain Resort, 77 Okemo Ridge Road Ludlow, VT

Okemo’s All Come Home Music Festival presents music that pays tribute to some of the best bands of our time, along with food, drink, and family fun. The Labatt Blue Stage, outside the Jackson Gore inn and adjacent to Okemo’s Adventure Zone, will present free music on Friday and Saturday afternoon. At 5 p.m., ticketed shows begin nightly on the Main Stage. Music lineup.

Mary Chapin Carpenter with guest Caitlin Canty

Jul 19, 2018 - Jul 19, 2018 Spruce Peak Peforming Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT

In celebration of her 30 year recording career, Mary Chapin Carpenter released "Sometimes Just The Sky" earlier this year. The landmark record features new versions of 12 of her most beloved songs and the title track. Vermont native Caitlin Canty will open the evening with folk, blues, and country ballads.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Thirty Year Anniversary Party

Jun 23, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 Intervale Center, 180 Intervale Road Burlington, VT

Join Intervale Center to celebrate its 30th anniversary with food from American Flatbread Burlington Hearth and City Market, a cash bar by Zero Gravity Craft Brewery, DJ Matt Hagen, Bonnie Acker art activities, cake from Mirabelles Cafe, hats, lawn games, and a new interactive game that explores Intervale Center history. No dogs, please.

Theater

“A Doll’s House, Part 2”

May 29, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018 Weston Playhouse, Walker Farm, 705 Main Street Weston, VT

Almost a century and a half after Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” debuted in Copenhagen, this fascinating play by Lucas Hnath picks up Nora’s story, 15 years after she walked out on her domestic life. Now she’s back – with a request. This funny new play puts that idea of domestic life – marriage, family, gender – under a microscope.

"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.

“Fun Home”

Jul 5, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018 Weston Playhouse, Walker Farm, 705 Main Street Weston, VT

July 5 - 28 Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel, this funny, poignant play, the winner of five Tony Awards, shows the author’s challenges, discoveries (about her own sexuality and about a secret her father holds) and triumphs at three stages in her life.

“West Side Story”

Jul 12, 2018 - Aug 4, 2018 Weston Playhouse, 12 Park Street Weston, VT

This modern retelling of star-crossed lovers, a la “Romeo and Juliet,” set in the warring and sometimes unforgiving streets of New York, is blessed with a heart-breaking score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim and groundbreaking choreography by Jerome Robbins. It is one of the classic American musicals.

“Million Dollar Quartet”

Aug 9, 2018 - Sep 2, 2018 Weston Playhouse, 12 Park Street Weston, VT

Imagine this: a meeting at a Memphis record company that includes Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins – and Elvis Presley. In Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escot’s Tony-nominated musical, the hits range from “Great Balls of Fire” to “Blue Suede Shoes.” Just try to keep your toes from tapping.

“Two Trains Running”

Sep 27, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018 Weston Playhouse, Walker Farm, 705 Main Street Weston, VT

In Pittsburgh’s Hill District, Memphis, the owner of a popular lunch spot, has to decide if he should sell the place, in the face of probable demise from urban-planning efforts. What will it mean to Memphis and to his community? This August Wilson drama is Weston’s fourth annual American Masters play.

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.