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 day-use 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.vermontdays.comJune 14
Disc Golf Trilogy Challenge.
The Disc Golf Trilogy Challenge at Smugglers' Brewster Ridge 18-hole course will be a fun event that is geared to any ability level, beginner to expert. Registration costs $30 and includes 3 new, previously unreleased discs. Players compete over two rounds of disc golf at Brewster Ridge, but can only use the new discs provided by the three companies sponsoring the event - Westside Discs, Latitude 64, and Dynamic Discs. Join us for a great day of disc golf! Register online at www.gmdgc.orgJune 19 - July 5
Stowe Theatre Guild
presents "title of show," the story of two struggling writers who hear about a new musical theatre festival and try to create a new work with the help of friends. For tickets and additional information, visit www.stowetheatre.com
or call 802-253-3961. June 27-29
Vermont Quilt Festival.
New England's oldest and largest quilt event celebrates 38 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.org 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 6
Music in the Meadow
at the Trapp Family Lodge. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra proudly presents "Let’s Dance!" Bring a picnic, kick off your shoes, and enjoy music from the world of dance — from waltzes to swing and polkas to salsa. Toe-tapping melodies by Strauss, Delibes, Borodin, and Gershwin will put you "in the mood" for dance hits from Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. The 1812 Overture, marches, and fireworks conclude the show. Trapp Family Lodge Concert Meadow, Stowe. 6:30 pm. Info: www.stoweperformingarts.comJuly 11-12
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 from more than 80 exhibitors and entertainment. Info: www.waterburyartsfest.comJuly 11-13
The 28th 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: www.stoweflake.comJuly 16 - August 2
Stowe Theatre Guild
presents "On the Town." This Leonard Bernstein classic tells the story of three sailors on leave in New York City singing and dancing through the city while trying to find love. For further information, please call 802-253-3961 or visit www.stowetheatre.comJuly 18-19
Vermont Brewers' Festival. The finest brewers from Vermont, New England, and New York. Tastings, gourmet food and entertainment. Waterfront Park in Burlington. Note: Tickets on sale May 15; pre-purchase is advised as this event is popular. Info: www.vtbrewfest.comJuly 19
Plein Air Art Festival.
Have you ever wanted to watch an artist at work? Here's your chance! More than 75 artists will participate in the 4th annual Jericho Plein Air Festival. Aritsts will be painting at various spots around Jericho, capturing scenic vistas, lovely gardens, and historic buildings. As a festival attendee, you'll receive a map that directs you to the various sites, allowing exploration of Jericho's rolling hills and country roads en route to watching the creative process and chatting with the artist about their work.
Pick up a map at the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery at 22 Barber Farm Road in Jericho Center. While in Jericho Center, don't miss the store on the town's lovely green - it's one of the oldest continuously operating country stores in Vermont and can fulfill all needs from creemees to Vermont souvenirs! Further details: emilegruppegallery.comJuly 20
Music in the Meadow at the Trapp Family Lodge. Performance by talented young musician Quinn Sullivan, whose wide range includes blues, pop and rock that will appeal to music fans of any age who favor authentic guitar-driven grooves and melodies. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe. 7:00 pm. For further information, please visit www.stoweperformingarts.comJuly 24-27, July 31 - August 3
Lamoille County Players present "Damn Yankees." This lighthearted and fun musical tells the story of Joe Boyd, a middle-aged baseball fanatic who would do anything to see his beloved Washington Senators win. He's so desperate for the Senators to win, that he sells his soul to the Devil for the chance to become the greatest ballplayer in the world and to lead the Senators out of the cellar into a pennant race with their arch-rivals, the New York Yankees. For additional information on show times, please visit www.lcplayers.comJuly 25-27, July 31-August 3Lamoille County Field Days.
Country fair with horse show, music, food, crafts, livestock exhibition. Johnson. Info: www.lamoillefielddays.comJuly 31 - August 3
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.org CLOSE
Music in the Meadow
at the Trapp Family Lodge. Performance by Shemekia Copeland. Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. Of her debut album “Turn Up the Heat,” The Boston Globe proclaimed that “she roars with a sizzling hot intensity.” Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe. 7:00 pm. For additional information, please visit: www.stoweperformingarts.comAugust 6-8
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 7-10
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 8-10
57th 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 9
6th 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. Enjoy toe-tapping music from the ever-popular Green Mountain Swing Band. Local restaurants offer delicious food for purchase. Parking is available at Cambridge Elementary. Festival hours 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Information: www.cambridgeartsvt.orgAugust 13-30
Stowe Theatre Guild
presents the musical "The Secret Garden," a family favorite based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. "The Secret Garden" tells the story of the orphaned Mary Lennox sent to live with her reclusive uncle and how her new family comes together within the rambling estate with its secret garden. For further information, please call 802-253-3961 or visit www.stowetheatre.comAugust 17
Music in the Meadow
at the Trapp Family Lodge. Bringing over three decades of musical excellence to their audiences, the West Point Band’s Jazz Knights present the best in big band favorites, popular music, and original compositions and arrangements for jazz ensemble. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe. 6:30 pm. Info: 802-863-5966 or www.stoweperformingarts.comAugust 22 - 31
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.org Details CLOSE