2012 Annual Vermont Events

January 20, 2012  
Filed under Things to do


So. Burlington – January 28

Vermont Maturity Magazine presents its annual 50-Plus & Baby Boomers EXPO at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes game shows, silent auction, exhibitors, Celtic Folk band Longford Row, Tai Chi and Zumba demos, dance party, art demos, soup sampling, seminars, workshops, Lyric Theatre, and more. Tickets $5 at the door, $4 in advance at University Mall or by calling 872-9000 x19. www.vermontmaturity.com/expo.

Stowe Winter Carnival:

Stowe – January 16-29

A winter festival with snow-volleyball, snow-golf, ski races, kids’ carnival, ice carving,movies and live music. www.stowewintercarnival.com.

Annual Burlington Penguin Plunge:

Burlington – February 4

Jump into freezing February waters to benefit Special Olympics Vermont. www.PenguinPlunge.org

Sleigh Ride Week at Billings Farm & Museum:

Woodstock – February 18-26

Climb aboard the Billings Farm sleigh for a ride through the frosty farm fields.  www.billingsfarm.org.

Annual Jay Peak Mardi Gras:

Jay – Feb. 27-Mar.3

A week filled with authentic New Orleans food, music, and more. www.jaypeakresort.com.

Green Mountain Film Festival:

Montpelier – March 16-25

Feature films, documentaries and short films from around the world are presented in a relaxed and informal atmosphere at numerous venues throughout the community. www.greenmountainfilmfestival.org.

Vermont Maple Open House Weekend:

Statewide – March 24 & 25

The annual statewide maple festival will be held at sugarhouses throughout Vermont. It is an opportunity for the public to visit one or more “sugarhouses” throughout the state. Watch maple syrup being made (weather permitting) and sample maple products. www.vermontmaple.org

Annual ECHO Earth Weeks’ Mudfest:

Burlington – April 16-24

A celebration of Earth Day and Mud Season, featuring muddy activities and games, including the “Mud Fling” from ECHO’s top floor. www.echovermont.org

Vermont Maple Festival:

St. Albans – April 27-29

The annual festival features entertainment, maple exhibit hall, antiques, cooking demonstrations, sugarhouse tours, face painting, pancake breakfast, fiddling and youth talent shows.


Vermont Open Studio Weekend:

Statewide – May 26 & 27, Oct 6 & 7

Vermont artists and craftspeople invite the public into their studios during Memorial Day Weekend. More than 285 artists and artisans participate. www.vermontcrafts.com.

Burlington Discover Jazz  Festival:

Burlington – June 1-10

Enjoy a unique mix of concerts, dances, jams, street parties, cruises on Lake Champlain, workshops and more at various Burlington locations. www.discoverjazz.com.

Annual Strolling of the Heifers Weekend:

Brattleboro – June 1-3

A day long festival of music, food, fun, entertainment, demonstrations, exhibitors and more. www.strollingoftheheifers.com.

Vermont Quilt Festival:

Essex Junction – June 29-July 1

Over 500 quilts on display at the Champlain Valley Expo, vendor booths and over 80 classes and lectures. www.vqf.org.

Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival:

Quechee – June 15-17

The skies over Quechee will be filled with hot air balloons during this family-oriented event which includes food, arts and crafts, more than 50 artists and artisans, and live entertainment. www.quecheeballoonfestival.com.

Tunbridge World’s Fair:

Tunbridge – September 13-16

The 141st World’s Fair features working antique displays, horse, pony and oxen pulling, horse racing, exhibits, free shows, midway, food and more. www.tunbridgefair.com.

South Hero Applefest & Craft Show:

South Hero – October

Vermont’s largest apple festival includes free entertainment, music, flea market, cider pressing contest, crafts, petting zoo and plenty of apples. www.champlainislands.com.

First Night Burlington and Montpelier:

Burlington and Montpelier – December 31

Enjoy a rich variety of performances and events at these annual substance-free, New Year’s Eve festivals in the cities of Burlington and Montpelier. Everything from dancers to puppets to drummers. www.vermontvacation.com.



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