Approaching Summer Season, One Tulip at a Time

June 7, 2012  
Filed under Things to do

Late spring in Vermont is a feast for the senses: lilac bushes undulate in the breeze; crisp fiddleheads and tangy, sweet rhubarb come into season; cool mornings shift to short sleeve weather by midday and sunsets stretch into the late evening. Amidst all this renewal, visitors are already out exploring the robust line-up of events, open doors and unhurried roads. Mark your calendar, the Travel Planner  lists these featured events and many more.

June 15-17 • 33rd Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival
The skies over Quechee and the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire will be filled with vibrantly colored hot air balloons ushering in the annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival. The longest continuously running hot air balloon festival in New England, the Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival is one of Yankee Magazine’s Top 20 Events of summer. Go aloft for an unforgettable view of a beautiful part of the world,

June 16-17 • Vermont History Expo, Tunbridge fairgrounds
Designated by the Vermont Chamber as a Top 10 Ten Summer Event, the Vermont History Expo invites you to walk back in time at this country fair where more than 150 local historical societies, museums, and heritage organizations unite. Some exhibits commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and Vermont’s significant role in that war. In addition to learning opportunities, enjoy crafters, musicians and children’s games. Tunbridge Fairgrounds. View the full schedule at

June 21-24 • Wanderlust Vermont, Stratton
Wanderlust is a one-of-a-kind festival bringing together the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, chefs and winemakers — all in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty. Come for fun in the sun and dancing under the stars; hiking on peaceful trails and mountainside yoga. Stratton, Vt. Wander at

June 23 • Rockfire, An Elemental Experience, Websterville
This annual summer solstice event honors the immigrant communities that lived and worked at the granite quarries for more than a century, and embraces the recreation and beauty that the space offers today.  Enjoy more than 900 luminaries and 40 bonfires burning throughout the quarry while visitors walk the biking trails to see live performances. 59 Little John Rd., Websterville.

June 23-24 • Native American Heritage Festival, Ferrisburgh
Discover the vibrant Native culture of the Champlain Valley Region as members of the Elnu and Missisquoi Abenaki tribes, the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk and Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation gather at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for the annual celebration of the region’s Native American Heritage. Tribal members dressed in traditional garments will demonstrate singing, drumming, basket making, bead decoration, food preparation and other life skills. Sign up in advance for “Paddle to Prehistory” and travel by canoe to the site of an ancient Native American village with archaeologist Joanne Dennis.

June 22-24 • 14th Annual Stowe Wine & Food Classic at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe
A benefit for Copley Hospital and the Vermont Foodbank, the Stowe Wine and Food Classic is a one-of-a-kind food and wine experience, taking you from farm to table and vine to glass. Not only will you meet top winemakers and chefs, you will also get to know the farmers and producers these chefs count on for fresh ingredients. Enjoy more than 100 wines and an array of offerings from area restaurants, cheese makers and brewers, all in a casual and vibrant atmosphere. Learn more at

June 30 • Event in a Tent comes to Brattleboro
Music New England, a new presenting and performing arts organization, debuts its unique music festival model on the grounds of the Vermont Agricultural Business and Education Center in Brattleboro, (Famolare Farm.) The Event in A Tent fuses live music with other performing art genres and audience participation to create a singular entertainment experience under one 1,000-seat tent. Enjoy a family friendly atmosphere that encourages picnicking and socializing. Visit


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