Vermont Tourism Calendar of Events: July Features Art and Food Fests, Sports Races & Antiquing
As summer days heat up, festivals and family getaways are ready to be enjoyed across the state. Here's a sampler:
Hills Alive! Festival of the Arts
June 28 – August 3, Southern Vermont
Five weeks to view 125 live music and theater performances by a dozen arts organizations. Performances on stage and under the stars are set from Bennington north to Manchester and east to Weston and Stratton.
Cars ‘r Art
Now – July 14, East Hardwick
In the mood for something different? Take in this contemporary automotive sculpture exhibit.
July 4th Celebration Smuggs-Style
Jun. 30 – July 7, Smugglers' Notch.
On July 4, celebrate with a parade and country fair in Jeffersonville followed by festivities on The Village Green at Smugglers' Notch. Plus, enjoy an evening celebration with the 40th Army Band Concert, an old-fashioned Firemen's Barbeque and fireworks.
Summer-Time Weekly Events at Billings Farm & Museum
Partake in special activities while visiting this historic educational farm. Time Travel Tuesdays operate from July 2 - Aug. 20. Wagon Ride Wednesdays run July 3 - Sep. 25 and Foodways Fridays are July 12 - Oct. 18.
Gettysburg: Mini Lecture Series
July 1 – 15, Woodstock
The Woodstock History Center will host a three-part mini lecture series on Gettysburg. Class lecturer/facilitator will be historian Charlie Wilson. (Participants do not need to attend all 3 sessions.)
Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival
July 3, 5, 10, 12 & 19, Burlington
The artist faculty of this annual summer conservatory offer a series of concerts, welcoming Eugenia Zukerman for a return engagement, the Arianna Quartet, new to the Festival faculty this summer, and guest harpist Rebecca Kauffman, in the company of our 130 gifted and committed emerging artists.
Beauty and the Beast
July 4-7, Randolph
For the 15th straight year, the stage of Chandler Music Hall comes to life during the 4th of July weekend with the central Vermont youth production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The cast features students from 33 schools, and an elementary chorus numbering close to 50.
Stowe Old-Fashioned Fourth of July
July 4, Stowe
A combined celebration of our Nation’s Independence and the Town of Stowe’s 250th birthday will make this year’s town wide celebration bigger and better than ever!
Killington Old-Fashioned Fourth of July
July 4, Killington
The Killington Fire Department hosts their annual Fourth of July picnic & fundraiser, featuring a parade of community groups and bands, a barbecue and potluck, pool party and contest and fireworks.
President Calvin Coolidge Birthday Celebration
July 4, Plymouth
President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site celebrates the birth of the nation as well as its 30th president. At noon, a delegation of the Vermont National Guard leads a march to the Plymouth Notch Cemetery where a wreath from the White House will be placed at the President’s gravesite. The event will follow with family festivities, bluegrass music and a barbecue.
Yellow Barn Music Festival
July 5 – 20, Putney
Enjoy the summer concert series at this internationally known center for chamber music.
Independence Day Celebration
July 5 – 6, Brandon
Friday is a food fest and street dance at Central Park and Saturday’s celebration includes music, a parade and fireworks at dusk.
The Americans Withdraw
July 5, Orwell
Mount Independence hosts a commemoration of the American withdrawal on July 5 and 6, 1777. Talk with soldiers preparing for the British and a possible withdrawal toward Hubbardton. After, enjoy music of Seth Warner Mount Independence Fife & Drum Corps.
VT Morgan Horse Heritage Days Show
July 5 – 7, Tunbridge
Friday - Open dressage show. Friday night - Morgan in-hand conformation classes. Saturday - Jr. Amateur Morgan show, variety of classes. Sunday - Carriage competition, and the Justin Morgan Performance Competition and races (Morgans only).
1777 Constitution Day Celebration
July 6, Windsor
Join reenactors, artisans and costumed guides in this tribute to Vermont's first constitution, held where it all began - Windsor's Old Constitution House. The event culminates with "Vermont's Revolutionary Trek" - a symbolic relay from Hubbardton Battle field to Windsor.
Wells River Walking Tour
The walking history tour of Wells River will start and finish in the heart of the village where there will be adequate parking behind the Wells River Savings Bank. The tour will take about 3 hours with presenters at each of the 9 tour stops. A summary of the tour, with photos, will be given to each history buff.
Pond Hill Pro Rodeo
July 6 - Aug. 31, Castleton
Great Family Fun - set on top of one the most panoramic views in Central Vermont. See cowboys and cowgirls compete in classic rodeo events!
Spirits of Vermont
July 7, Danville
Tastings of Vermont wineries, distilleries, breweries and restaurants benefits Danville Pope Memorial Library.
35th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green
July 7 – 13
Family-friendly programs run from Noon-1 p.m. and evening musical performances from 7-10 p.m. Monday-Friday. A Street Dance with the Vermont Jazz Ensemble closes the Festival on Saturday evening.
Four Days of Dog Shows
July 11 – 14, Tunbridge
Woodstock Dog Club & Green Mountain Dog Club host an AKC Event with conformation classes, best in show, companion events, obedience and rally. Best puppy, best veteran, meet the breeds, dog show tours, ice cream social and barbecue with Cold Country Blue Grass Band!
The Whipping Man by Mathew Lopez
July 11 – 20, Dorset
Tied by faith. Bound by secrets. Passover 1865. The Civil War has just ended and the annual celebration of the freedom from bondage is being observed in Jewish homes across the country. As the three men reunite to celebrate Passover, they uncover a tangle of secrets that might cost each man his freedom. "Haunting, striking and powerful"- The New York Times.
River Road Summer Concert Series
July 11 - Aug. 15, Killington
Enjoy a free outdoor concert on Thursday evenings at the Shelburne Memorial Library. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics while enjoying a variety of free musical talent.
Old Time Band Concert and Ice Cream Social
July 12, Woodstock
Come listen to the tunes of Dick Ellis and the South Royalton Town Band while you enjoy ice cream made by the local Mountain Creamery. Back lawn of the Woodstock History Center. Please bring chairs or blankets.
Old Church Theater's "Heidi"
July 12 – 21, Bradford
Written especially for Old Church Theater, this is the 1880 classic about the orphan Heidi who brings hope into the lives of everyone around her, set in the Alps and in Frankfurt, Germany.
July 12 – Oct. 19, Stowe
Exposed, an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, hosts sculptures, site-specific installations and participatory work from national and international artists throughout Stowe.
Waterbury Arts Fest
July 12 – 13
Celebrate the arts, the hip town of Waterbury and its 250th anniversary. The festival includes a block party, Nimble Arts aerial acrobatics, and music by Josh Panda and the Hot Damned. More than 60 Vermont artists will display their affordable, unique, spirited art for festival-goers to admire, purchase and enjoy.
Marlboro Music Summer Concerts
July 13 – Aug. 11
Concert artists of varied ages and backgrounds perform at what New Yorker Magazine calls "the classical world's most coveted retreat."
Antiques and Uniques Festival
July 13, Craftsbury Common
Festival goers of all ages come from far and wide to enjoy shopping for antiques and crafts, sample food and drink, picnic outside of the barbeque tent and to listen to live music- it doesn’t get any more country-sweet than that!
French Heritage Day
July 13, Vergennes
Celebrate Franco-American music and food, step-dancing, reenactors, antique vehicles, exhibits, churn ice cream, carriage rides, a Waiter’s Race for pros & non-pros! Narrated English & French historical walking tour with “le Comte de Vergennes,” French Canadian Genealogical Society and visit St. Peter’s French built Catholic Church.
Stepping Up, Guided Tours up Bennington Monument
July 13, Bennington
Once a year, the inside steps will be open to the public for guided tours. Learn the history as you walk the 417 unique steps to the top.
Vermont Summer Music Festival
July 14 – 21, Burlington, Colchester, Ferrrisburgh
The Vermont Summer Music Festival presents a handful of concerts in air-conditioned, intimate indoor settings. Enjoy major artists: New York Chamber Soloists, flutist Jennifer Grim, clarinetist Allen Blustine, and William Metcalfe conducting the Gilbert & Sullivan Players and his Oriana Singers. The festival also introduces the renowned New Orford String Quartet: an ensemble formed by the leaders of the Toronto and Montreal Symphonies.
Star Light, Star Bright Star Night
July 17, Hubbardton
Experienced stargazers from the Green Mountain Alliance of Amateur Astronomers share their telescopes and knowledge of the moon and the stars. Bring blankets, flashlights and your own binoculars or telescopes, if you like. The marshmallows are on us.
Killington Wine Festival
July 19 – 21, Killington
Three days of dinners, tastings and special events, showcasing 400 wines from around the world. A highlight is Saturday's Grand Tasting at Killington's K-1 base area.
2013 Warman Ride
July 20, Pittsfield
Cyclists race along six gaps, otherwise known as mountain passes, located in Vermont's Green Mountains just north of the Killington region and north to the Mad River Valley. Expect 132 miles of riding with 14,000 feet of climbing, sustained grades of 20% to 24% on Lincoln Gap, cramps and beautiful scenery.
Irasburg United Church Fair
A classic fair with crafts, an auction, live music, baked goods, including strawberry shortcake, a chicken barbecue and fireworks at dusk.
Yankee Brass Band
July 23, Newbury
The Yankee Brass Band includes 20-25 members who perform with period instruments and historically informed arrangements of music from the second half of the 19th century.
Great Brandon Auction
The 25th annual auction offers quality goods, attic treasures and barn bargains. There’s art, gift certificates, antiques, furniture and lots of surprises. Bring cash or a good check.
Shelburne Art and Craft Festival
July 26 – 28, Shelburne
150 artists and artisans under Camelot tents, with specialty food exhibitors, wine and spirits tastings, craft demos by Shelburne Craft School, and A Taste of Shelburne with local restaurants on Sunday benefiting the Shelburne Craft School. Visit the Museum and make a full day of it!
July 26- 28, Woodstock
The fifth annual Bookstock literary festival celebrates the written and spoken word for all ages and in all genres. Bookstock promotes authors mainly from Northern New England and supports regional publishers and cultural organizations that make our region a magnet for families and vacationers.
10th Annual Onion River Century Ride
July 27, Montpelier
Riders can choose from three different loops – a 35 mile Dirt Road Climber Challenge loop, an 110k Metric Century, or the full 111 mile Century Ride. All rides begin at 8:30 am with a police escort and end with a barbeque.
Sip and Stitch: Felting and Wine
July 27, Washington
Join Fresh Tracks Farm & Grand View Farm for wine tasting, yarn sampling, and felting! A mini workshop on making felted wine bags will run throughout the afternoon. Purchase your favorite skein of yarn and bottle of wine before heading home.
Biggest Loser RunWalk Killington
July 27 – 28
The Biggest Loser RunWalk Race Series travels the country challenging Americans to get fit and stay healthy. Everyone can participate and join past contestants of The Biggest Loser in a half marathon, 15K, 10K, 5K, kids race, Off-Road Challenge, obstacle run or trail runs.
Vermont State Parks Free Learn S'more About Camping Workshop
July 27, Charlotte
Learn about gear and how to set up your campsite, build a campfire and cooking techniques. Enjoy free take home resources and coupons to help you get started. This free clinic at Mount Philo State Park is offered by the experts at Eastern Mountain Sports and state park staff.
Cooler in the Mountains Concert Series
July 27 - Aug. 24, Killington
Saturday afternoon free concert series returns with family-friendly outdoor concerts at Killington's Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars, plus outdoor activities and games & BBQ.
Citizens Band Concert
July 31, Highgate
Franklin County area Citizens Band under the direction of Kevin Loomis will hold a concert. If the weather is good, the concert will be outside. Picnicking prior to the concert on the church lawn is welcome.