Spring/Early Summer Events

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Things to do

Get out and enjoy a variety of events this spring and early summer. Here is a sample of things going on around the state.

Vermont Maple Festival

April 28-30 • St. Albans

The 51st annual festival in St. Albans includes sugar house tours, maple exhibits, live music, beverage tastings, entertainment, kids events, a carnival, parade and more. Vtmaplefestival.org

21st Annual Spring Fine Arts and Crafts Show

May 6 & 7 • Essex Jct.

 Come visit both the Spring Craft show and the Vermont Antique Expo and Sale at the Champlain Valley Expo. Both shows give the shopper the opportunity of finding that unique gift or decorative item they have been looking for. Fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/2017-spring-fine-arts-and-craft-show

Dairy Day at Shelburne Farms

May 7 • Shelburne

Bring the grandkids to meet Shelburne Farms’ spring calves in the Brown Swiss herd from 1-4 p.m. Take a wagon ride to see the pastures, see the calves get afternoon milk and explore the barns. Shelburnefarms.org

People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay

May 28 • Burlington

Beginning at Battery Park and winding through Burlington, the marathon draws an average of 8,000 runners and 20,000 spectators. Vermontcitymarathon.org

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

June 2-11 • Burlington

The 34th annual festival includes dozens of quality live jazz performances from national and regional artists, showcases Vermont jazz talent and creates a citywide community jazz festival. This year’s festival includes performances by Diana Krall, Pink Martini, Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective and more. Discoverjazz.com

Strolling of the Heifers
Street Festival

June 3 • Brattleboro

The world-famous, agriculturally-themed Strolling of the Heifers Parade starts at 10 a.m. sharp on Brattleboro’s historic Main Street. Pre-parade entertainment starts at 9 a.m. The parade kicks off with scores of lovable heifer calves, groomed, decorated and led by future farmers followed by farm animals, bands, tractors, floats, clowns and surprises. Stay for the Slow Living Expo featuring food, entertainment, animals, tractors, music and family fun, plus demonstrations, craft show and exhibits.

Wild Spaces, Open Season’

June 3 – Aug. 27 • Shelburne

“Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art”—a special exhibit at Shelburne Museum—celebrates artists’ captivation with hunting and fishing. .The exhibition encompasses a wide variety of portraits, landscapes, still life and genre scenes, including iconic works by Thomas Cole, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Alfred Jacob Miller and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait. Shelburnemuseum.org

Vermont Quilt Festival

June 23 – 25 • Essex Junction

Experience eye-popping color and artistry in hundreds of new and antique quilts on display at New England’s largest and oldest quilt event, held in Essex Junction. Shop the bustling Merchants Mall and enjoy lectures, classes, free gallery talks, appraisals, Textile Detectives and more. Vqf.org


June 23-25 • Websterville

A unique combination of art, music and fire on a monumental scale, celebrating central Vermont’s colorful granite heritage, set in the abandoned quarries and granite ruins in Websterville. An event for the whole family with both day and evening activities, including a three-mile long procession, lit by thousands of luminaries and dozens of bonfires, all leading to the fire-lit granite art installations and live performance stages. Rockfirevt.com

Long Trail Century Ride

June 24 • Bridgewater Corners

The seventh annual Long Trail Century Ride lets participants enjoy the beauty of Vermont through cycling while raising funds for Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports. Whether cycling on the 100-mile or 60-mile loops, or simply journeying near the Brewery on the 20-mile loop or the family-friendly 5K, there is something for everyone. All rides start and finish at Long Trail Brewery, located on Route 4, plus BBQ, live music, kids games, vendor village, refreshments and more. Longtrailcenturyride.com

Green Mountain Grooves & Brews Festival

June 24 • Waterbury

Rotary Club of Waterbury presents the inaugural Green Mountain Grooves & Brews Festival, held on Farr’s Field. The event features three bands—Chad Hollister Band, Dead Winter Carpenters and Satin & Steel—beer from von Trapp Brewery and fireworks.

Central Vermont 50+ EXPO

 Aug. 5 • Rutland

A day of fun and learning from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. designed for Vermonters age 50 and older, all ages welcome. More than 40 exhibitors; demos, workshops, giveaways and much more. Free admission, free parking. Info: www.vermontmaturity.com/RutlandEXPO


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