Vermont is known for fresh, delicious food, gorgeous farmlands, and plenty of quirky fun! It’s no wonder then that The Green Mountain State hosts an array of unique, exciting annual festivals.
Unfortunately, you’ve already missed out on Brattleboro’s Strolling of the Heiffers, but the Discover Jazz Festival is underway right now, and there are five more exciting events to look forward to this summer!
1. Quechee Balloon Festival, June 16 – 18
Quechee hosts the longest-running hot air balloon festival in New England, with this Father’s Day weekend marking their 38th year. Approximately 20 colorful balloons will fill the skies over Vermont’s Upper Valley and New Hampshire. The single admission price includes live music, comedy acts, a kids’ play zone, and lots more! More than 60 artisan and food booths will also be present. You may book your untethered balloon adventure in advance online, or choose a tethered voyage during the event.
2. Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival, June 22 – 25
Head to the Turnbridge fairgrounds for this family-friendly musical weekend. You won’t want to miss a single note of mandolin melodies, mountain harmonies, and banjo chords. Country favorites, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, the Gibson Brothers, and Dale Ann Bradley have signed on for 2017, and kids will love the “instrument petting zoo.” If you choose weekend admission, the price covers parking, camping, showers, and access to all stages. Day passes are also available.
3. Vermont Cheesemaker’s Festival, July 16
Shelburne Farms plays host to more than 40 award-winning Vermont cheese producers. Aside from all the delicious free samples, the festival also features cheesemaking workshops, cooking demos and tons of Vermont-made specialty foods, beer, wine, and spirits.
4. Festival of Fools, August 4 – 6
This fun, eclectic event turns 10 this year! The Festival of Fools combines street performing, comedy, and music. More than 75 shows are scheduled at various downtown Burlington venues, plus there will be continuous street theater acts throughout the weekend!
5. Deerfield Valley Farmers’ Day Fair, Aug. 10–13
This year marks ONE HUNDRED YEARS for the Deerfield Valley Farmer’s Day Fair! This agricultural-themed celebration takes place at the Wilmington fairgrounds and features truck and tractor pulls, a demolition derby, a kids’ tractor rodeo, a craft and hobby demonstration fair, exhibit halls, a carnival midway, music performances, a classic car show, and a pie eating contest!