Vermont Tourism Calendar of Events: March Sports, Concerts and Maple
March in Vermont ushers in cultural events and outdoor celebrations of Vermont’s vibrant snowsports scene as well as springtime’s many maple festivities! Here’s a sampler of the 115 events in the VermontVacation.com Travel Planner:
Junior Youth Nationals, Cross Country Championships
March 1-8, Stowe
Trapp Family Lodge hosts a week of amazing racing. Stowe will be transformed into a mini-Olympic village for the week, hosting events such as a parade, awards ceremonies, banquets, and receptions.
Dion Snowshoe U.S. Nationals Snowshoe Championships
March 1, Bennington
Hundreds of North America’s best snowshoe racers will compete in the 2014 Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships. The historic village of Bennington will serve as the host community, while the racers compete at nearby Prospect Mountain.
March 1, Burlington
Vermont Vaudeville was founded by Vermonters who have spent years working with theater and circus programs such as Circus Smirkus and Bread and Puppet. The 2014 Tour is funded in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
March 7, Plainfield
Chicha Libre plays a mixture of Latin rhythms, surf and psychedelic pop inspired by Peruvian music from Lima and the Amazon. The Brooklyn collective is made up of French, American, Venezuelan and Mexican musicians who mix up covers of Peruvian Chicha with original compositions in French, Spanish and English, re-interpretation of 70s pop classics.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra
March 8, Burlington; March 9, Rutland; March 10, Bellows Falls
The Vermont symphony Orchestra presents a concert including a Rossini opera overture, a miniature by Grieg, a virtuoso performance of a popular tuba concerto by Vaughan Williams featuring Takatsugu Hagiwara, and “Death and the Maiden,” Schubert’s beloved string quartet, arranged by Andy Stein of Prairie Home Companion fame.
Richard Thompson Solo Acoustic
March 9, Middlebury
Richard Thompson is considered one of the greatest guitarists in British folk rock and was named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of all time. He will perform with guest – and son – Teddy Thompson, an accomplished singer songwriter in his own right.
Molly Rowlee Benefit Rail Jam
March 8, Smugglers' Notch Resort
This special Rail Jam benefits the Molly Rowlee Fund, which supports families with children undergoing treatment for cancer. Come have some fun and support a great cause!
6th Annual Vermont Chili Festival
March 8, Middlebury
A Top 10 Winter Events for the past five years, Vermont Chili Festival includes activities for all ages and award-winning chili! The streets will be overflowing with award winning chili from restaurants, caterers and amateurs.
Mardi Gras Jazz
March 9, Newport
The “Kingdom Dixie Jazz Band” is a group of local Northeast Kingdom musicians playing the songs once heard along the Mississippi River in the early 20th Century. The “Kingdom Dixie’s” feature a full rhythm section of tuba, guitar and drum set and horns include trumpet, clarinet, trombone and tenor sax.
Bolton to Trapps Back-Country Ski Tour
March 9, Stowe
Ski from Bolton to Trapp Family Lodge on a classic section of the Catamount Trail and help raise money for the Catamount Ski Cubs youth program! Celebrate with music, food and refreshments.
Extreme Skiing Challenge
March 9, Smugglers' Notch
Junior and adult freeskiers show their stuff on some of the most difficult terrain Smugglers' Notch has to offer! The course is planned for the Madonna headwall, an ungroomed steep with a double fall line descent filled with cliffs, bumps, trees, chutes and stumps.
Jasper String Quartet
March 9, Randolph
The Jasper Quartet performance features music by Mozart Shostakovich and Beethoven, Middlebury College Music Professor Larry Hamberlin offers a talk at 6:45 p.m.
2014 US Ski-Orienteering Championships
March 14, Stowe
Ski-orienteering is a x-c ski race but instead of following a clearly marked route, racers find a series of checkpoints, choosing whatever route they think they can ski the fastest. The racer that finds all the checkpoints in the least time is the winner.
Andrea Lilienthal Exhibition
March 15, Stowe
Andrea Lilienthal is a Brooklyn-based mixed media sculptor. Her use of materials derives from nature, then becomes transformed - long brightly painted branches propped against a wall, striped trees with their roots still intact, and pussy willow buds suspended in space resembling a swarm of bees.
Borromeo and Giovale Quartets play Mendelssohn Octet
March 16, Montpelier
Capital City Concerts presents "4 + 4" on, at 3:30p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. The Borromeo String Quartet, one of the most sought after string quartets in the world will join forces with the rising star Gioviale String Quartet in a performance which features the remarkable Mendelssohn Octet for strings.
Third Thursday: Joseph Smith and Brigham Young
March 20, Montpelier
Join Joseph Mender, manager of The Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial historic site in Sharon, as he explores the birth and heritage of Joseph Smith, 19th century founder and leader of the Mormon Church. He will also speak about Brigham Young, who followed Joseph as leader of the church and became a pioneer of the western frontier.
March 22, Middlebury
Chris Smither returns to the After Dark Music Series bringing blues, Americana and folk. Associated Press writes, "Smither is an American original - a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer/songwriters in the world."
Relay for LIfe Nordicstyle
March 22, Stowe
Bring your snowshoes or skis for an all-night festive fundraiser! The American Cancer Society Relay For Life symbolizes hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. If cancer has touched your life, participating in a Relay For Life event is a way to take action and help finish the fight.
Maple Open House Weekend
March 22-23, Statewide
Vermont sugar makers invite you to visit their farms and sugarhouses. Some sugar makers offer tours and horse-drawn wagon rides, and others welcome you with tastings of this year's crop, sugar-on-snow, and maple donuts. Because no two sugarhouses are the same, plan on visiting more than one!
Mini Mud Variety Show
March 29, Randolph
Now in its seventh year and returning to its original Mud Season timeframe, this performance celebrates young talent from across the region. Auditions take place in February.