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

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.

  Fairs & Festivals in  Vermont
Vermont Cheesemakers Festival 2018
Vermont Cheesemakers Festival 2019

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

August 11, 2019

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-$300.
Lake Champlain Maritime Festival 2019

Burlington Waterfront Burlington, VT Phone:

July 25-28, 2019

Vendors, crafts, international food court, beer tent, kids rides and activities; interactive exhibits.
Live music by Lake Street Dive and The Wood Brothers on Thursday on the Main Stage, 7 p.m.; Tumble Down Twiddle on Friday and Saturday, 3:30 p.m.; Joe Russo's Almost Dead on Sunday, 6 p.m. See event website for detailed schedule.
Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival 2019

Camelot Village, 66 Colgate Heights Bennington, VT Phone:

August 2-4, 2019

The festival (formerly called the Hildene Festival of Manchester) is returning to Camelot Village in Bennington with 150 artists and artisans displaying and selling their handcrafted creations. The exhibitors will be housed in tents so the festival is held rain or shine.
Time: Friday- Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adult for one day, $8; adult for Friday, $5; adult for the weekend, $10; kids under age 12 free. Parking is free and plentiful.
Vermont Quilt Festival 2019

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

June 27-29, 2019

Quilt displays, demos by master quilt makers, classes, lectures, appraisals, lots of interaction among quilters and quilt artists.
Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: $12-$32
Deerfield Valley Blueberry Parade and Splash 2019

various locations Wilmington, VT Phone:

July 27-August 4, 2019

Blueberry Festival Parade featuring local floats and marching bands begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday July 27. The parade will be followed by a craft fair, barbecue, contest for blue-inspired spectators, activities, music, vintage cars. On Sunday July 28, join the Blueberry Splash at Lake Whitingham. Listen to floating musical groups; decorate your boat with blue, and at 2 p,m, meet at High County Marina for the parade of boats line-up. Music will be at Wards Cove and at the end of Fairview Avenue boat landing on Lake Whitingham in Wilmington. See event website for full schedule of the entire week's events.
Middlebury Festival on the Green 2019

Village Green Middlebury, VT Phone: 802-462-3555

July 7-13, 2019

This is a week-long, free, family-friendly performing arts festival. The opening act is on Sunday evening, followed by Brown Bag family-friendly programs at noon and evening musical performances. Free admission. See festival website for schedule. Performer lineup.
Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show 2019

Harold Beebe Farm, 2971 US Route 7 East Dorset, VT Phone:

July 2-August 11, 2019

For six exciting weeks, the country’s top equestrians compete across a challenging hunter/jumper course at East Dorset’s Beebee Farm. As a spectator, you’ll be near the action with a chance to stroll the stalls for a behind-the- scenes look at these championship horses. Sweeping mountain views, awesome event staff, and fabulous food vendors. See website for scheduling details.
Do Good Fest 2019

On the lawn at National Life Group, 1 National Life Drive Montpelier, VT Phone:

July 13, 2019

Music lineup includes Michael Franti. Hailey Knox, Syd, Soundbrother and many more. More than 15 food trucks and local restaurants will be on site. Admission is free; proceeds from the parking fee of $20 benefit the Branches of Hope Cancer Patient Fund at Central Vermont Medical Center. Music lineup.
Time: Gates open at 2:30 p.m.; children's activities start at 3 p.m.; music from 4 to 9 p.m.
Rockfire 2019

59 Little John Road Websterville, VT Phone:

June 28-29, 2019

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.”
Time: All day and evening
Hops in the Hills Beer and Wine Festival 2019

Jackson Gore at Okemo Mountain Resort, 111 Jackson Gore Road Ludlow, VT Phone: 802-228-1600

August 2-4, 2019

Sample craft beers, hard ciders and 20 wines in the courtyard at Okemo’s Jackson Gore Inn. Enjoy a great lineup of live music, local food and goods from neighborhood crafters. Open for fun: Adventure Zone with the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, zipline tours and more. Picnic blankets and lawn chairs welcome. Music lineup coming soon; check event website.
Time: Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Stars and Stripes Festival and Parade 2019

Downtown Lyndonville Lyndonville, VT Phone: 802-626-9696

July 20, 2019

Join this wonderful community celebration. The hour-long parade starts and 9 a.m. This parades was chosen as a Top Ten Summer Event by the VT Department of Tourism.
Wanderlust Festival 2019

Stratton Mountain, 761 Mountain Road Bondville, VT Phone:

June 20-23, 2019

Wanderlust Festival, the one-of-a-kind yoga and music festival set within the nation’s most inspiring natural scenery, is coming back to Stratton Mountain Ski Resort. The world’s largest festival of its kind, Wanderlust is a mix of yoga classes, guided meditations, DJ and band performances, dance parties and other daytime and evening events. Featured performers in 2019 include MC Yogi, Abbie Galvin, Sri Dharma Mittra, Kate Northrup, Emily Fletcher, Noah Mazé, India Arie, and Ziggy Alberts. Schedule.
Admission: $101-$376; tickets also available for individual musical acts. See event website.
Stowe Tango Music Festival 2019

Various Locations Stowe, VT Phone: 802-779-9669

August 15-18, 2019

Help make Stowe the Tango capital of the U.S. this weekend by attending the Tango Music Festival! Enjoy workshops, dance classes, parties and performances, as well as a 20 piece orchestra to keep you going. Consult website for details.
Grafton Food Festival 2019

92 Main Street Grafton, VT Phone: 802-234-8407

July 13, 2019

The Grafton Inn is whipping up a tasty itinerary for this rain-or-shine event that pays homage to Vermont’s selection with food and spirit samplings from 36 local vendors. At the festival, enjoy tastings, workshops, and a special grand finale dinner at The Grafton Inn at the end of the day.
Cost: $10; kids under age 12 admitted free.
Time: Noon.-5 p.m.
Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival 2019

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

July 5-7, 2019

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.
Festival of Fools 2019

Church Street Marketplace, City Hall Park, Red Square and Vermont Comedy Club Burlington, VT Phone:

August 2-4, 2019

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.
Killington Wine Festival 2019

Killington Resort, 4763 Killington Road Killington, VT Phone: 800-337-1928

July 19-21, 2019

The Killington Wine Festival presents a tasteful weekend of wine and food tastings, dinner, and golf. See scheduling details on website.
Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival 2019

Waterfront Park, Lake Champlain Burlington, VT Phone: 802-999-5478

August 3-4, 2019

The Festival is a lively day of teams racing dragon boats on beautiful Lake Champlain. The festival also features entertainment all day, food vendors. Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.
Fly Fishing Festival 2019

American Museum of Fly Fishing, 4070 Main Street Manchester, VT Phone:

August 10, 2019

The American Museum of Fly Fishing event of the summer presents the joy of fly fishing with demonstrations, local vendors, and a gathering of fishermen. Chefs, food trucks, farmers, and eating establishments will be in attendance. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Free all day!