Vibrant, active and memorable are just a few descriptions for the days ahead. Summertime festivities are abundant in Vermont’s lakes, mountains and towns. Here’s a sampler of the hundreds of events listed at VermontVacation.com in August.
Vermont Festival of the Arts
Through Labor Day, The Vermont Festival of the Arts will bring more than 120 arts events to the Mad River Valley. This celebration includes exhibits, performances, workshops and demonstrations, from a simple pottery workshop to a world class musical performance.
Festival of Fools
August 1-3, Burlington
The Festival of Fools is a curated festival of street theater, celebrating circus arts, music and comedy for family audiences. Four main stage locations surrounding the Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park will feature continuous street theater from internationally acclaimed performers.
Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival
August 1-3, Bennington
140 talented artists display and sell original art as well as traditional and contemporary crafts. There are specialty food producers, wine makers and spirit distillers too. Fresh food from local restaurants abounds; craft demos and live music make it a very festive event.
Yabuno Ettun Project (YEP)
August 2, Brandon
The improvisatory and “conversational” Yabuno Ettun Project (YEP) performs at Brandon Music.
28th Annual Quilt Exhibition at Billings Farm & Museum
August 1 to September 21, Woodstock
Billings Farm will present its 28th annual juried exhibition of colorful and exquisitely designed quilts made in Windsor County. The exhibit will also include quilting demonstrations and activities for children and adults.
Marlboro Music’s 64th Season
Now to August 17, Marlboro
Marlboro Music’s weekend concerts present artists from around the world performing diverse chamber music works from all periods.
2014 Hank Schaefer Memorial Golf Tournament
August 1, St. George
The 5th Annual Hank Schaefer Memorial Golf Tournament is a fundraising event that supports the services provided to the community at the Turning Point Center.
Friday Night Fires with The Mint Julep Band
August 1, Berlin
Join us for yet another batch of live music and delicious wine! The Mint Julep Band will be performing an eclectic mix of swing, latin, funk, hip hop, reggae and soul rhythms at the Fresh Tracks Farm tasting room.
YellowBarn Music School & Festival
August 1-2, Putney
August 1 includes: Arnold Schoenberg, Pierrot Lunaire, Igor Stravinsky, Rite of Spring for piano four-hands, Maurice Ravel, Piano Trio. August 2 includes: Ludwig van Beethoven, Olivier Messiaen, George Benjamin, Octet, Lei Liang, Five Seasons, Jerome Kern.
Saturday Night Music
August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, Townshend
Bring your own instrument and sit in, sing along, or just kick back and enjoy. The park ranger leads a fun evening of music at beautiful Townshend State Park.
Benson Bear Obstacle Challenge #3
August 2, Benson
3.1 -or- 6.2 challenging miles of x-country and wooded terrain with 30+ -or- 50+ obstacles and challenges on the famous "Benson Bear" obstacle challenge course in Benson, Vermont. This is an obstacle heavy course inspired, designed and built by Rob Butler.
Norman Rockwell Models Reunion
August 2, Bennington
All are invited to a reunion of people who posed as models for renowned painter Norman Rockwell. At the Bennington Museum, the program includes talks by curator Jamie Franklin - speaking about 1939-53 the years Rockwell lived in Arlington - and Myatthew Miele of Quixotic Endeavors - who will present information about the upcoming motion picture of Norman Rockwell’s life.
Pike's Falls Chamber Music
August 2, Barnard
PFCM is a small chamber music festival based in Jamaica, Vt. The ten musicians come from New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and San Francisco. They will perform works from their Grammy-nominated CD, as well as other standard classical music selections.
Plymouth Old Home Day
August 2, Plymouth
Join in this long-time town tradition which includes wagon rides, chicken barbecue, old-time music, sheep shearing, traditional craft demonstrations, historic children's games, and a special presentation by Reeve Lindbergh.
Impressions of New England
August 2 - Sep. 14, Bennington
This annual exhibition will include over 60 scenes captured in paint and bronze. Seashores, rolling hills, foliage and New England wildlife will be depicted in fine works of art.
Lake Champlain Bicycle Tour
August 4 – 11, Burlington
Leave your worries behind and join us on this fabulous inn-to-inn tour of the beautiful Champlain Valley. With rolling hills and picturesque New England villages steeped in early American history, the Champlain Valley offers a week of riding that you won’t want to miss.
Wednesday Afternoons with Farmer Fred
August 6, Plymouth
Acclaimed for his extensive knowledge and engaging wit, Fred will demonstrate such historic farming activities as sheep shearing, grain flailing, log cutting and wagon rides.
Middlebury Art Walk
August 8, Middlebury
Stores and businesses will remain open, becoming galleries displaying the work of dozens of area artists. Art will turn up in restaurants, on the town green, and in other exciting and unlikely places. This is a regular monthly event—-visit downtown Middlebury on the second Friday of every month.
Point CounterPoint Faculty Concert
August 8, Salisbury
The faculty of Point CounterPoint chamber music camp will perform for the 35th year as part of the Summer Concert Series.
Jane Austen Weekend: Sense and Sensibility
August 8 – 10, Hyde Park
A leisurely literary-inspired weekend has something for every Austen devotee: Regency dinner party & discussion of Sense and Sensibility, afternoon tea in a beautiful old mansion, an informal talk on Regency life, a carriage ride, brunch & a quiz with prizes. Come for an evening or the weekend. You'll love Vermont circa 1800.
7th Annual Jay Summer Fest
August 9, Jay
Tag Sale, Silent Auction, Horseshoe Tournament, Cow Plop 50/50 Raffle. “The Great Land Trust Rush” - Bike/Run/ Hike Race on Jay Community Recreational Centre, Parade (10:30am), over 50 vendors, Music Tent, Best Brownie Contest sponsored by King Arthur Flour, American Red Cross Blood Drive, Square Dance Demo, Wooden Horse Arts Guild “Art on the Fence” Show, Kids Games & Activities, Dessert Social and so much more.
Street Dance & Block Party
August 9, Stowe
The 57th Annual Antique & Classic Car Meet (Fri, August 8 - Sun, August 10, 2014) would not be complete without the Street Dance & Block Party. You can dance the night away tqo the rock and roll classics presented by WDEV, and step back into time as you mingle among the antique and classic cars along Main Street.
Shakespeare in the Park
August 9 – 10, North Hero
Vermont Shakespeare Company will present its seventh season of Shakespeare in the Park. Join this exciting and locally beloved company for an unforgettable evening featuring one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.
Old Stone House Day
August 10, Brownington
Free Museum Tours, Demonstrations of Old Time Skills, Crafts, Farmers Market, Pie Auction, Children’s Activities, Food, Music, Barn Dance.
"Full Duty" Exhibit Highlights Tour with Howard Coffin
August 10, Windsor
Explore the exhibit as Coffin shares how he found the objects in his collection and relates the stories and anecdotes of his years collecting them. The third and final season of the exhibit, preregistration is required.
Family Maker Day: Make a Cryptograph
August 10, Windsor
Espionage was a vital tool during the Civil War. One of the most large-scale espionage activities of the Confederates was the St. Albans Raid. Both sides used cryptography, the practice of sending secure communications. You can make a cryptograph, and see if you can decipher the secret messages and clues at the museum.
The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart
August 10, Mount Holly
Having grown up in Topsham, Vermont, Charles Ross Taggart went on to a forty-year career performing in countless stage shows across the country, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua circuit. Fiddler Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections of his life and career interspersed with live fiddling and humorous sketches. A Vermont Humanities Council event.
Circus Smirkus 2014 Big Top Tour
Multiple Dates & Towns: August 10 – 13, Montpelier; August 15 – 16, Greensboro
Come see the award-winning, international traveling youth circus! Kids – ages 10 to 18 – are stars, on highwire and trapeze, as clowns, jugglers, acrobats and more. This is the circus featured on the Disney Channel, the circus that The New York Times called “exuberant” and “joyful.”
Studio Arts & Writing Week
August 10 – 16, Putney
One week arts intensive program for adults (21+) of all skill levels. Students create & collaborate through workshops & studio time with accomplished faculty, using well-equipped arts studios. Students elect one workshop for six hours daily of instruction, with studios available for independent work in the evenings. Located on a 500-acre hilltop farm in southern Vermont, workshops include Blacksmithing, Creative Writing, Fiber Arts, Jewelry, & Painting.
The Mural Project 2014
August 11 – 15, Morrisville
The camp will have two projects – a painted and a photographic mural. Painting outdoors, the group will develop a theme and produce a four-panel mural – this will be exhibited on the facade of the River Arts building. Using digital cameras, we will work outdoors as well as in the River Arts photo studio – creating powerful images with a singular message. The work will be unveiled in surprising ways downtown this summer!
August 13 – 17, Stratton
The Vermont Challenge is a bicycle challenge that traverses Southern and Central Vermont over 3 or 4 days plus a one day Gran Fondo century option on Saturday for all riders.
Violin Master Class with Arturo Delmoni
August 14, Randolph
Learn from Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival artist Arturo Delmoni, in coordination with the Vermont Youth Orchestra. Free and open to the public.
The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns
August 14 - Sep. 7, Weston
If you saw the prequel, you know you’re in for a great time! It’s Graduation Day in 1958, and then ten years later in this infectious, family-friendly show featuring a quartet of lovely ladies singing a dazzling set of songs. Favorites include “Rock Around the Clock” and “At the Hop.”
The Roaring 20s in Fox Trot Tempo
August 15, West Fairlee
Perhaps more than any other decade, the history of the 1920s is captured in the popular music of the day. From Lindbergh to Ford's Model A, from the Scopes Trial to the Florida land boom, the music of the 1920s tells the story. This lecture by Martin Bryan traces historical events, from the sublime to the ridiculous. A Vermont Humanities Council event.
Peter Pan Jr.
August 15 – 17, Montpelier
This production comes complete with pirates, Hook, fairies, mermaids, comedy, clowning and puppets brought to life onstage in Disney's musical theater adaptation by aspiring professionals age 12 to 21.
Some Enchanted Evening
August 16, Newport
Singer Eileen Kennedy: Her four octave voice has been described as “resplendent,” her interpretations “reminiscent of Garland and Piaf.” Kennedy swings Cole Porter, Oscar & Hammerstein, Sondheim, Kern & others, the Best of Broadway, a pop aria (or two), and a surprise anniversary tribute to an American icon! Accompanied by Mark Violette.
Plant ID Walk
August 16, Ludlow
Learn to identify local flora — flowers, ediblies, medicinal, and poisonous. No experience necessary.
12 Strings Concert
August 16, Groton
Acoustic guitar duo, Mike and Joe, entertain with the soothing sounds of classic folk music. This concert is easy listening and enjoyable for the whole family.
Annual Bennington Battle Day 5K Road Race
August 16, Bennington
The race begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends with cannon fire. Following is an easy half mile "kids fun race." Raffle tickets for antique commemorative plates and dinner at the top will be drawn at the end of the race.
Living History Encampment
August 16 – 17, Bennington
A Living History Encampment will take place on the grounds of the Monument. Drill presentations, musket and artillery demonstrations, educational exhibits, and activities for children will be ongoing hourly. Authentic cannons will be on display and fired periodically during the day Saturday and Sunday.
Pie & Ice Cream Social
August 17, Ferrisburgh
Join in a long tradition and come by for music, chat – and pie! Choose from homemade pies of every type – plain or a la mode – while relaxing in the shady back yard. Proceeds support Rokeby Museum’s work, so have a second piece!
David Sanger: Living in the Surveillance State
August 17, Weston
Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times and noted author David E. Sanger returns to the Weston Playhouse for his annual discussion of the political events that shape our world. Topics include the recent NSA leaks, government surveillance and national security.
Concert by Calloway Taxi
August 17, Hinesburg
Concert by a cappella jazz vocal group Calloway Taxi.
Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival
August 17-24, Randolph
The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival will present “2+2=3: Music for violin, cello, and piano” with works by Tartini, Rachmaninoff, and Smetana featuring violinist Arturo Delmoni, cellist Peter Sanders, and pianist Jung Lin. The festival will also include “Breakfast with Bach” and a special children’s concert.
Stowe Tango Music Festival
August 20-23, Stowe
The Festival’s mission is to create accessibility to Tango as a whole, and to tell the true Tango story through music, dance, art, and community events. The Stowe Tango Music Festival will bring together world-renowned tango musicians and talented student musicians of any genre to inspire and enrich their artistic voice through the music of Tango.
Caledonia County Fair
August 20 – 24, Lyndonville
A good ole' fashioned county fair! Big Aerial Show, 4-H Exhibits, Cattle/Sheep/Poultry/Aquarium Exhibits, Floral Hall and Craft Exhibits, Maple Display, Alpaca Demonstrations, Ways of the Woods, Kirby Quilters Country Store, Antique Demo and Display, Children's Freedom Train, Trout Pond/Wildlife Display and more.
2014 New England Victory Rally
August 21 – 24, West Dover
Join fellow Victory Riders for an end of the summer bash in the beautiful Deerfield Valley of Southern Vermont. Located near Mount Snow, right on Route 100, the Valley offers some of the best motorcycle roads in the country. Benefiting Home for Our Troops and the New Hampshire Make a Wish Foundation.
Champlain Basin Bike Tour
August 23, Milton
Funds raised from the beautiful Champlain Basin Bike Tour directly support Lake Champlain International’s year-round work to protect and restore the region’s streams, rivers, and lakes.
Wall to Canvas 5
August 23, South Burlington
This urban arts competition is a benefit for the Shelburne Craft School and will feature 12 street style artists competing live! At the end of the competition there will be a live art auction featuring all 12 pieces. There will also be live music featuring The Human Canvas and DJ Kanga, an outdoor beer garden serving up specialty cask beer, Skinny Pancake grub, and live art with Abby Manock.
August 23, Vergennes
Family fun from 10am-4pm: Pancake breakfast (7am-10:30am, Little City 5K Run & Walk & 10K Run, 65 plus crafters/vendors, horse drawn wagon rides, bandstand music, chicken BBQ, children's venues, face painting, games, car/tractor display, Rubber Duckie Race, radio controlled airplanes, engines, Comfort Hill Kennel dog performances, and more!
The North Face Race To The Top Of Vermont
August 24, Stowe
Every August the North Face Race To The Top Of Vermont draws as many as 800 hikers, mountain bikers, and runners from across the U.S. and Canada to climb Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak. Come challenge yourself and help support the Catamount Trail Association.
MVP Health Care Run For Fun
August 24, Stowe
The MVP Health Care Run For Fun youth event is designed to give youth ages 4-14 the opportunity to experience running in a fun environment. The event takes place before the awards ceremony at the Race to the Top of Vermont and there will be hundreds of people on hand to cheer the kids on. Every child will receive a custom made finisher medal.
Beatrix Potter Revisited
August 25, Enosburg
Using books, props, and bibliography, Helene Lang presents the life of Beatrix Potter, highlighting her artistic talent, her writing ability where every single word is appropriate and perfectly arranged, and finally, her years as a countrywoman raising Herdwick sheep. A Vermont Humanities Council event.
Point CounterPoint Faculty Concert
August 29, Brandon
The faculty of Point CounterPoint chamber music camp will perform at Brandon Music as a benefit for the Compass Music and Arts Foundation.
2014 North Branch Bluegrass Festival
August 29 – 31, Bridgewater Corners
Held annually since 2008, our old-fashioned family-friendly event features a three day show, 16 music workshops, and tasty food. Field camping and musical jam sessions all weekend.
2014 Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Car Show
August 29 – 31, Ludlow
Car enthusiasts have the opportunity to view the antique & classic cars from the 1910’s-1989. Guests will even have a chance to rate their favorite car in the “People’s Choice” competition. There will be a Car parade each day.
Hop Jam & Bolton Valley 5K
August 30, Bolton
At the Hop Jam beer and music festival, partake in a 5k Benefit run for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. Proceeds will provide Sports Programming and Adaptive Sports Equipment for People with Disabilities.
Darn Tough Ride
August 31, Stowe
The Darn Tough Ride is indeed tough, with over 100 miles of cycling on Vermont’s most scenic roads. Be ready for over 7,300 feet of elevation gain. Fun low key 65, 45 miles and family ride are also offered. Count on us to assist you, to feed you, to cheer you on, and to pick you up if needed. No worries.
22nd annual New World Festival
August 31, Randolph
Each year more than 70 exceptional musicians are drawn from New England, Canada, and the British Isles. Concerts, music and dance sessions, children's activities, and dancing unfold. Food and drink provided by the area's finest chefs and breweries.