We hope our events calendar will lead you to fun and memorable outings in our area!
Johnson State College, which is about a 20-minute drive east of Smugglers' on Route 15, hosts a number of performances, readings, and speakers this Spring in the college's Dibden Center for the Arts. Visit the Dibden Center's events calendar
April 5-6 Franklin County Quilt Show. Sponsored by the Franklin County Quilters Guild, the show will showcase more than 100 quilts on display, plus vendors, an auction, raffles and demonstrations. Saturday 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday 10 am - 3 pm. St. Albans City Hall, 100 North Main Street, St. Albans.
April 8 Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. Free Cone Day has been a beloved April tradition since the iconic ice cream company's first anniversary in 1979! Swing by the Smugglers' Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop or any other participating Scoop Shop during your Vermont visit and enjoy a free cone!
April 12-13 Made in VT Marketplace. Browse and purchase the many fine food, beverages, furniture, clothing, and more, made here in Vermont by skilled producers. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction.
April 12-27 The ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center's MudFest. Celebrate Vermont's legendary mud season with activities that are fun for all ages, including a music festival, mud fling and lots more! Every day is an adventure at this interactive center on Burlington's beautiful waterfront. Learn more about ECHO
April 20 Easter Summit Sunrise Service - On Easter Sunday, conditions permitting, the Sterling lift will transport attendees up the mountain free of charge to participate in a non-denominational service and Easter message by a local minister. Lift loading begins at 6:00 am and ends promptly at 6:30 am. No experience with riding the chairlift is necessary. Following the service, guests may ski or snowboard to the base area or ride the lift back down the mountain. The service is held outdoors. All participants are advised to dress very warmly for the much cooler and windier conditions typically found on the mountaintop. If riding the lift round trip for the service, warm and waterproof boots are recommended. Be prepared to walk in the snow from the lift unloading station to the gathering spot about 200 yards away. Parking is available in any of the resort's upper mountain lots. For information or questions regarding the service, please call 802-644-8572. The service will not take place in the event of inclement weather.
April 25-27 48th Annual St. Albans Vermont Maple Festival. A sweet celebration of the goodness of maple! Weekend activities include parade, pancake breakfast, maple cooking demonstrations, sugarhouse tours, antique show, fiddlers' variety show, children's activities and more. For details, please visit www.vtmaplefestival.org
April 26-27 Everything Equine & Canine Expo. This special weekend celebrates our equine and canine friends with over 30 seminars and demos. Chat with 100 exhibitors with specialty merchandise and expertise. Visit breed row showcasing different breeds and disciplines for horses and dogs, have some fun in the Kids Corner with activities, and check out the Champlain Valley Kennel Club canine events! An evening variety show on Saturday at 6:30 pm is an experience that allows you to see equine and canine "stars" in their majestic beauty. Tickets available at the door: $10 (children under 5 free). Saturday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, and Sunday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction.
May 3-4 18th Annual Essex Spring Craft Show and Vermont Antique Expo. This rite of spring features a wide variety of exhibitors with pottery, specialty foods, wood crafts, baskets, candles and much more in the craft show, plus quality antiques and ephemera at the Antique Expo. Find the perfect gift, taste the perfect treat, and uncover the perfect keepsake that will survive for generations! At the Champlain Valley Exposition fairgrounds in Essex Junction. Ticket includes admission to both shows. $8 entry; under 12 free. www.vtcrafts.com
May 4 Shelburne Farms Dairy Day at the Farm. Visit the Shelburne Farms dairy where the Brown Swiss Cow herd makes the milk for the farm's cheddar cheese. Explore the barns, visit the calves, take a wagon ride and try your hand at milking a cow. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Admission $5 per car. Shelburne Farms is on Harbor Road in Shelburne, Vermont.
May 10 29th Annual Kids' Day. Vermont's largest children's festival provides fun for families at Burlington's Battery Street Park. Enjoy train rides, performers, amusement rides and more. 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. No admission fee.
May 24-25 24th Annual Vermont Open Studio Weekend. Visit Vermont's talented artisans right in their workspaces and see their beautiful creations! Open studios represent potters, glassblowers, painters, wood carvers and more. For more information, including information on studio locations, please visit www.vermontcrafts.com
May 25 Key Bank Vermont City Marathon. Residents of the city of Burlington and surrounding areas turn out in droves to cheer on runners in this annual race through city streets and along the breathtaking Lake Champlain waterfront. Activities include a Sport and Fitness Expo on Friday and Saturday with vendors of the latest in apparel and gear. For more information, please visit www.vermontcitymarathon.org
May 30-June 8 Discover Jazz Festival. For over a quarter of a century Burlington has celebrated amazing live music during the annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. The festival combines incredible local talent with jazz legends from every corner of the globe, and ticketed and free performances are held in a variety of wonderful venues, including waterfront parks and a pedestrian mall. For the line-up of performers and additional information on the festival, please visit www.discoverjazz.com
June 5-8 Vermont Dairy Festival. A fun weekend of events celebrating all things dairy in northern Vermont, including a parade, horse pull, midway rides, animal barn, and fiddlers' show. Festival held in Enosburg Falls. For more information, please visit www.vermontdairyfestival.com
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