Summer Events 2016 

June 10, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Things to do, Travel

The Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival is a feast for the eyes and the imagination. (Photo by Karen Cox)

The Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival is a feast for the eyes and the imagination. (Photo by Karen Cox)

Sunday, July 10 – Saturday, July 16

MIDDLEBURY FESTIVAL ON THE GREEN

Addison County’s premier summer arts event — the 38th annual festival will feature family-friendly programs and live performances from musicians both near and far. Free admission. www.festivalonthegreen.org

Friday, July 8 – Sunday, July 10

STOWEFLAKE HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

The 30th Annual Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival returns with 25 hot air balloons set to take flight above the beautiful Green Mountains. The weekend will feature live music, local food and craft beer, gift shops and plenty of activities for children. www.stoweflake.com/activities_balloon_festival.aspx

Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 10

CHAMPLAIN ISLANDS OPEN FARM  & STUDIO TOURS

The 10th annual celebration allow visitors to explore the vineyards, farms, gardens, art studios and galleries of Grand Isle County. Meet local artists and agricultural producers and purchase items directly from their makers. www.openfarmandstudio.com

Saturday, July 16

STARS AND STRIPES FESTIVAL

The Lyndon Area Chamber hosts the 36th annual festival and parade in downtown Lyndonville. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and the festival features more than 40 crafters and vendors and live music in the park. www.lyndonvermont.com

Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 31

‘SEUSSICAL’ AT HASKELL OPERA HOUSE

Adults and children alike will love this musical based on the Dr. Seuss stories. Tickets for “Seussical” are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students and $7 for children 12 and under. haskellopera.com/events

Friday, July 15 – Sunday, July 17

KILLINGTON WINE FESTIVAL

The festival returns for its 15th year at Killington Peak Lodge. Guests can sample from more than 400 wines from over 40 vineyards from around the world and take a ride on the K1 gondola to the top of Killington Peak. www.killingtonpico.org/page/wine_festival

Sunday, July 17

VERMONT CHEESEMAKERS FESTIVAL

Enjoy a day of fun at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms — sample more than 150 varieties of artisan cheeses from over 40 Vermont cheesemakers along the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain. This celebration of “food, community and the working landscape of Vermont” will also feature local food and beverage artisans. www.vtcheesefest.com

Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31

FESTIVAL OF FOOLS

Burlington City Arts hosts the 9th annual Festival of Fools in downtown Burlington featuring a variety of street theater, circus arts, music and comedy for family audiences. Free and open to the public. www.vermontfestivaloffools.com.

Friday, July 29 – Saturday, July 30

STOWE BREWERS FESTIVAL

The second annual Stowe Brewers Festival offers three 4-hour tasting sessions featuring 40+ brewers and cider-makers serving more than 130 beers and ciders, bonus taste tickets from premiere Vermont spirits distillers, more than a dozen food trucks, free workshops and demonstrations, a wide variety of specialty food and product vendors, live music and free on-site parking, unlimited cold, filtered water and secure bicycle valet. Standard admission is $45 and includes: entry to single 4-hour tasting session; 15 beer/cider tasting tickets for 3 oz. samples; five bonus spirits tasting tickets; and souvenir tasting glass. VIP admission for $75 also includes expedited festival entry; exclusive VIP lounge tent; 2016 festival swag bag; and the Coveted “Hop the Line” pass.

The live music lineup includes: Session 1: Gang of Thieves; Session 2: Michelle Sarah Band; Session 3: Josh Panda. Designated drivers are admitted free. Round-trip luxury motor coach transportation is available departing from University Mall in South Burlington for only $20. www.StoweBrewersFestival.com.

Friday, July 29 – Sunday, Aug. 7

DEERFIELD VALLEY  BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

This mid-summer festival spans the towns of Wilmington, Whitingham and Dover and will feature a Big Blue Parade, a Blue Street Fair, jam making, live music, a blue car auto show, bake sales, blue beer, children’s activities, pick your own blueberries and more. www.vermontblueberry.com

Thursday, July 28 – Sunday, July 31

LAKE CHAMPLAIN  MARITIME FESTIVAL

The 10th annual festival returns to the shores of the Burlington Waterfront and offers a variety of classic boats, long boats, canoes, kayaks and dragonboats on display, as well as live music, local food and hands-on exhibits for children to enjoy. www.lcmfestival.com

Saturday, Aug. 6 – Sunday, Aug. 7

ART IN THE PARK

Head out to Main Street Park in Rutland for live music, food, craft demonstrations, kids activities and a day full of art hosted by Chaffee Art Center. www.chaffeeartcenter.org

Friday, Aug. 12 – Sunday, Aug. 14

59TH ANNUAL ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CAR SHOW

One of the largest and oldest shows in New England has become a treasured tradition for those in Stowe and beyond. The weekend will feature more than 800 antique and classic cars and new this year the show will feature race cars, food concessions, a flea market, car parade, street dance and more www.vtauto.org.

Tuesday, Aug. 16 – Saturday, Aug. 20

VERMONT STATE FAIR

The 171st Vermont State Fair will be held at the fairgrounds in Rutland featuring entertainment, rides, events, music concerts, demolition derby, agricultural exhibits, farm animals, culinary, vegetable and floral exhibits, maple sugar house and dairy barn, grandstand attractions and more. www.vermontstatefair.org.

Saturday, Aug. 20 – Sunday, Aug. 21

6TH ANNUAL PEACHAM ACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival returns to the Village Green featuring acoustic music from a variety of genres including folk, blues, bluegrass, Celtic and classica,l as well as music workshops, jam sessions and family events. www.pamfest.com

Friday, Aug. 19 – Sunday, Aug. 21

VERMONT MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Vermont Music Festival is a volunteer-run music festival produced by the Mad River Valley Rotary. Billed as ‘a Vermont musical celebration for the whole family’ it features a wide variety of musical styles. Bring your blanket or lawn chair. visit http://vtmusicfest.org

Wednesday, Aug. 24 – Sunday, Aug. 28

CALEDONIA COUNTY FAIR

Special events happening daily plus Children’s Barnyard, cattle and livestock, 4-H exhibits, Floral Hall displays, sugar house, giftsShop, antique tractor display, poultry, goats and swine and commercial exhibits. www.vtfair.com

Friday, Aug. 26 – Sunday, Sept. 4

CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FAIR

The Champlain Valley Fair is 10 days of fun, rides, food, concerts and more. Essex Junction. www.champlainvalleyfair.org

Thursday, Sept. 15 – Sunday, Sept. 18

TUNBRIDGE WORLD’S FAIR

A weekend honoring agricultural traditions and features music, food, refreshments and information on farming practices. 889-5555. 

 

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