Clicking on one of the months below will open up the events for that month. We'll be adding more events as information becomes available.
Free Fishing Day.
On this day, Vermont residents and non-residents are welcome to enjoy fishing in Vermont's lovely waterways without a license.June 8-9
Free entry to residents and non-residents to explore Vermont State Parks, state-owned historic sites and Vermont's History Museum. Celebrate Vermont's natural resources, history and culture! For specific sites, please visit http://www.vtstateparks.comJune 15
Rattling Brook Bluegrass Festival.
The 30th anniversary of this popular event. Multiple bands play from mid-day into the evening at the Belvidere town pavilion on Route 109. Rain or shine. Admission $15 at the gate, 12 and under free. Music from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. Info: 802-644-2498. June 18
The World's Largest Swim Lesson comes to Smuggs!
Smugglers' will serve as an official host facility for The World's Largest Swim Lesson
. This worldwide effort, now in its 4th year, aims to set a new Guinness World Record
for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson while helping aquatic facilities and water safety organizations communicate the importance of teaching children how to swim. Smugglers' will hold a fun introductory 30-minute group swim lesson for ages 7 and up from 11:00 to 11:30 am in the Village Mountainside Pool. This is open to guests of the resort and local residents. Please call aquatics manager Rena Perkins at 802-644-1289 to sign up. June 19 - July 6
Stowe Theatre Guild
presents "Nine," the musical story of famous director Guido Contini, who is dealing with a mid-life crisis in the midst of trying to save his marriage and create his greatest film. The story is based on Frederico Fellini's semi-autobiographical film "8 1/2.". For tickets and additional information, visit www.stowetheatre.com
or call 802-253-3961.June 22
Cupola Music Festival.
Enjoy a mix of indie rock, jam, Americana/folk and hip hop from four bands! Featuring Bronze Radio Return and The Shady Trees, plus TallGrass GetDown and Entendre, both in the running for top 10 new bands in Vermont. Food and beer garden, rock climbing wall and other activities. 4:30-9:30 pm, Mayo Field, Route 108/Weeks Hill Road, Stowe. Information: 888-498-4114. Tickets purchased the day of the event are $30. Pre-purchased tickets are $20 and are available at O'Grady's, Stowe Kitchen Bath and Linens, Vermont Ale House or Black Cap Coffee. June 28-30
Vermont Quilt Festival.
New England's oldest and largest quilt event celebrates 37 years! Displays of more than 400 new and old quilts, vendors, workshops, appraisals. Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Sunday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction. Info: www.vqf.orgJune 30
2nd annual Vermont Paddleboard Festival
. Curious about the popular sport of paddleboarding? Check it out at this festival, which brings together instructors and enthusiasts for clinics, free demos and fun races. At the Waterbury Center State Park Reservoir about a half hour from Smugglers', 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. $5 festival entry; $3 park day-use fee. Details at vtpaddlefest.com CLOSE
July 4 - Independence Day!
Smugglers' Notch Resort and Jeffersonville. An old-fashioned July 4th celebration in Jeffersonville with parade at 10:00 am, carnival with games and vendors, kids' games, food and live entertainment. Don't forget the world famous frog jumping contest!
And back at Smugglers' ... Starting at 5:00 pm, the Resort hosts a tasty Firemen's Barbecue on the Green with proceeds benefiting the local fire department. Goodtime Charlie
spins great tunes for all ages on the Green from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The Vermont National Guard 40th Army Band plays their mix of classic favorites and patriotic tunes beginning at 8:00 pm. At dusk, enjoy the spectacular fireworks against the backdrop of the Green Mountains. It's a full day of celebration! Info: Ron Carter, 802-644-1118. July 7
Music in the Meadow.
Broadway star Sara Jean Ford joins the Vermont Symphony Orchestra for hits from the Great American Songbook — the golden age of American songwriting. Vocal numbers by Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter,
and Gershwin share the spotlight with irresistible big band tunes made famous by Benny Goodman. This special evening will be capped by the 1812 Overture and fireworks. Trapp Family Lodge Concert Meadow, Stowe. 7:30 pm. Info: www.stoweperformingarts.comJuly 12-13
Waterbury Arts Fest.
In celebration of Waterbury's 250th anniversary, festivities Friday night feature live music in a street party atmosphere, and Saturday highlights high-quality, original artwork and entertainment. Info: (802) 496-6466.July 12-14
The 27th annual Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival.
More than 25 colorful balloons will be launched over the course of the weekend. Balloon rides and tethered rides available. Children's activities, live entertainment, beer and wine garden, and food. Stoweflake Resort and Spa in Stowe, Route 108. Info: 802-253-7355, x5538. July 17 - August 3
Stowe Theatre Guild
presents "Hair," the American rock tribal musical that will make you laugh, cry and get up and dance to the timeless tunes you forgot you loved! For further information, please call 802-253-3961 or visit www.stowetheatre.comJuly 18-21, July 25-28
Lamoille County Players present "Guys and Dolls," based on Damon Runyon’s colorful stories of New York City characters and considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. A male chorus of gamblers, the Hot Box dancing girls, and a Salvation Army mission band highlight the action as two unlikely couples finally find happiness together. Historic Hyde Park Opera House, Hyde Park, Route 15. For further information, please call 802-888-4507 or visit www.lcplayers.comJuly 19-20
Vermont Brewers' Festival. The finest brewers from Vermont, New England, and New York. Tastings, gourmet food and entertainment. Waterfront Park in Burlington. Info: www.vtbrewfest.comJuly 21
Shelburne Museum Circus-palooza.
A circus spectacular featuring aerialists, performers, carnival games and much more on the lovely grounds of the Shelburne Museum, home to one of the finest, most diverse, and unconventional collections of art and Americana. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, please visit www.shelburnemuseum.orgJuly 26-28
Vermont Balloon and Craft Festival. The region's best craft vendors, plus hot air balloon launches and glows, kids' activities, and entertainment. Hosted by the Shelburne Museum, home to one of the finest, most diverse, and unconventional collections of art and Americana. For additional information, please visit www.shelburnemuseum.orgLamoille County Field Days.
Country fair with horse show, music, food, crafts, livestock exhibition. Johnson. Info: www.lamoillefielddays.comJuly 28
Music in the Meadow.
Performance by bluegrass group Citigrass, combining the speed and virtuosity of bluegrass with the rebel yell of rock and roll. Trapp Family Lodge Concert Meadow, Stowe. 7:00 pm. Info: www.stoweperformingarts.com CLOSE
Franklin County Field Days.
Agricultural and 4H displays, cattle show, crafts, games, rides, music, tractor and horse pulling, antique tractor pull, draft horse show and demolition derby. Airport Road in Highgate. Visit www.franklincountyfielddays.orgAugust 7-9
Annual Church Street Marketplace Sidewalk Sale.
Merchants lining Burlington's charming pedestrian shopping street display their wares both in front of and inside their stores. Great bargains to be found! August 9-11
56th Annual Stowe Antique and Classic Car Meet.
800-plus vehicles on display, parade, automotive flea market, food. Nichols Field, Stowe, Route 100. Information: www.vtauto.orgAugust 10
4th Annual Festival of the Arts in Jeffersonville.
The Cambridge Arts Council and the Smugglers' Notch Area Chamber of Commerce celebrate the creativity and talent of regional artists! Lovely galleries and a wide range of artists display their work along Jeffersonville's charming Main Street. Children's activities include special art activities and face painting. Delicious food from local restaurants and toe-tapping music from the Green Mountain Swing Band and jazz band Eight 02. Parking available at Cambridge Elementary. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Information: www.cambridgeartsvt.orgAugust 14-31
Stowe Theatre Guild
presents the musical "The Drowsy Chaperone," which addresses a great unspoken desire in all our hearts: to be entertained. As a musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love. For further information, please call 802-253-3961 or visit www.stowetheatre.comAugust 16-18
Lake Champlain Maritime Festival.
Commemorating the past, present and future of beautiful Lake Champlain! Lake Champlain maritime exhibits; free sailboat, kayak and paddleboard rides; vintage boat show; U.S. Coast Guard exhibit; live musical performances; kids' entertainment by Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate; food and crafts. On the Burlington Waterfront, from Perkins Pier to the Community Sailing Center. More information at lcmfestival.comAugust 17-18
St. Albans Heritage Weekend.
The town of St. Albans, located about 40 minutes from Smugglers', celebrates its Civil War history with a full weekend of authentic displays and presentations. Taylor Park will host a Civil War encampment featuring units portraying soldiers from the North and South. See infantry drills, artillery and cavalry demonstrations. Also featuring period music, museum tours, cooking demonstrations and period sutlers hawking their wares. For additional information, please visit the St. Albans Museum and Historical Society websiteAugust 24 - September 2
Champlain Valley Exposition. The Champlain Valley Fair caps the Summer season in Vermont! Vendors, midway rides and games, entertainment, food, agricultural exhibits, nationally recognized performers and more. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction. Info: 802-878-5545 or visit www.champlainvalleyfair.orgAugust 25
Music in the Meadow.
Performance by the Carolyn Wonderland Band, described as "a musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet." Trapp Family Lodge Concert Meadow, Stowe. 6:30 pm. Info: 802-863-5966 or www.stoweperformingarts.com CLOSE
Visit the Fall and Winter events pages for information on what's happening during those seasons!