There are a variety of spring and summer festivals are just around the corner. Food, music, beer, crafts, hot air balloons and a dose of good ole’ Vermont fun makes for memorable festivals!
Flavors of the Valley
Sunday, April 9
Hartford High School
37 Highland Ave
White River Junction, Vt. 05001.
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tickets are purchased at the door.
Where can you taste basil-infused maple syrup, locally made hot sauce, award-winning cheeses, and lamb sausage, all in the same place? At the 16 annual Flavors of the Valley, the region’s premier local food expo hosted by the local nonprofit Vital Communities.
The family-friendly event offers a chance for consumers to taste a wide range of fresh, local foods, meet some of the Upper Valley’s farmers and food producers, and get inspired to incorporate local products into their regular shopping.
In addition to sampling foods from more than 45 unique local farms, restaurants, and food businesses, visitors can purchase cheese, vegetables, meats, baked goods, sauces, and more directly from vendors, and even sign up for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for the season. Kids can enjoy fun local-food activities with Upper Valley Farm to School.
Everyone is welcome at Flavors of the Valley. Admission is per person, with children 6 and under free, and there is a family maximum. Proceeds help support the Valley Food & Farm program at Vital Communities.
Vermont Restaurant Week
April 21 – 30
Participating restaurants acorss the state encourage you to explore new places and menus. Discover the Vermont we all love and enjoy great food along the way! More information can be found at www.vermontrestaurantweek.com
May 6 – noon to 3 p.m
Singing River Farm, Rockingham, VT
The Pansy Festival is a free community celebration of spring will happen rain or shine because pansies love both.
“Just as pansies are deeply rooted in the soil, so farms must be rooted in community,” said Laurel Green, who with Steve Crofter, owns the farm hosting the festival.
Pansies are a colorful harbinger of spring. Singing River Farm’s field-grown pansies are nurtured to grow as nature intends with strong, large root systems. Laurel saves her own seeds to start the pansies growing during the summer. In the fall she transplants seedlings from nursery beds to growing beds. As the days lengthen in the spring, each pansy plant really puts on a burst of growth and begins blooming. Field-grown pansies of many colors will be available for sale at the festival.
For more information, call the farm at 802-275-4646, facebook.com/Singing-River-Farm-616669548476381/
Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival
May 7 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Just off Route 5, less than three miles north of Bellows Falls.
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast itching for spring then be sure to check out the eighteenth annual Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival in Rockingham, Vt. Herrick’s Cove, on the Connecticut River, hosts one of the most popular festivals in the area. The festival includes nature walks and live animals such as hawks, owls, coyotes, wolves, fish, turtles, and snakes.
“Vermonters really enjoy the wild animals and wild places that make the state so special,” said Forrest Hammond, bear project leader with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “This festival gives participants a chance to experience some of these animals firsthand and learn about the importance of conserving their habitats so future generations can appreciate them as well.”
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will host several exhibits at the event, including animal mounts, interactive demonstrations, hands-on fishing activities hosted by the department’s Let’s Go Fishing program, information on bears and bats, a 4-H shooting event as well as fun games for kids. Other presenters include Jim Andrews on turtles, the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society, The Nature Museum at Grafton, and TransCanada Corporation.
May 20 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
21 Fairground Road
Springfield, Vt. 05156
Join us for Springfield’s seventh annual May Festival. The festival features the popular plant sale table (along with free advice), arts and crafts vendors, flea market tables, and an indoor art show and sale. There will be music throughout the day by the Springfield Stringers (George Ainley and Friends), John Hitchcock, Jay Doucette, and strolling minstrel, Matt Meserve. Homemade food is available in the “Café.” They will have coffee, muffins, and quiche in the morning and a variety of delicious homemade chili and cornbread for lunch.
This is a free event. More information available online.
Strolling of the Heifers
Saturday, June 3 at 10 a.m. on Main St. the agriculturally-themed Strolling of the Heifers Parade begins. The event is a beloved Brattleboro tradition, featuring farm animals, bands, tractors, floats, clowns, and – of course – heifers. The heifers are groomed to the nines, colorfully decoracted with hats and flowers and lead by local farmers and 4H club members. The parade is followed by the Slow Living Expo with food, entertainment, music and a craft show.
Hot Air Balloon, Craft and Music Festival
June 16- 18
91 Village Green
Quechee, Vt. 5059
Friday: 3 p.m.-dusk, Saturday: 10 a.m.-dusk, Sunday: 9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
What could be better than hot air balloons, crafts and music? A festival that includes all three! The festival will feature up to 20 hot air balloons that will fill the skies over the Upper Valley of Vermont. Five flights will be schedule, so you will have a chance to see and participate throughout the day, there will also be tethered flights.
Sixty craft artisans will also be available for you to pursue their wares while you enjoy the continuous music and entertainment for all ages. The festival is family friendly with children’s activities that include Euro Bungee, a Rock Climbing wall, bounce house and more. No festival is complete with out festival food and local healthy options and a beer and wine garden.
Springfield Strawberry Festival
529 Wellwood Orchards Rd.
Springfield, Vt. 05156
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
It is more than a craft fair, it is an adventure at Wellwood Orchards filled with food vendors, PYO strawberries, petting zoo, wagon rides and live music.
Ludlow Arts and Crafts Festival
Fletcher Farm School
Ludlow, Vt. 05419
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ludlow’s Arts and Crafts Festival features over 90 artists and craftsmen exhibiting their top wares. You will be able to find pottery, paintings, syrup, honey, jewelry, wood turnings and more! Along with the artisans you get the opportunity to enjoy some fabulous food from a variety of vendors.
Grafton Food Festival
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
In the historic Grafton Village the fifth annual Grafton Food Festival will feature tastings of local products, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities. Enjoy this delicious day and end the evening with a special dinner served in the Old Tavern Dining Room at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for adults 13+ are available at the gate. Children 12 and under are free.
NoTown Music Festival
July 21 – 23
2056 Rte. 100 (at the Junction of Rte. 107)
3 – 9 p.m.
NoTown announces that its 2017 Music Festival with three days of music from area musicians in the green mountains of Vermont. The theme this year is Butterfly Effect because it’s the little things that count. Proceeds go to three local charities. Initial headliners for the festival include: Bow Thayer Band, Sonic Malfunction, Rick Redington & the Luv, Krishna Guthrie, and SOB Mobile. More bands will be announced.
Food vendors will be on site, along with family friendly activities such as face painting and giant bubbles provided by the Killington Art Garage, and more. Tubing is available on the Tweed River through Tweed River Tubing of Stockbridge.
Children under the age of 18 are admitted free with their parents. Camping is available free with the 3-day weekend pass for those wishing to camp for all three days. No glass is allowed on the festival site.
Jackson Gore courtyard
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Okemo Mountain Resort is celebrating with its third annual Blueberry Festival, presented by William Raveis Real Estate Vermont Properties. Visitors can start their day with a blueberry pancake brunch. Lots of blueberry treats will be available from several local vendors, and kids can enjoy a purple cow in a special color-changing Okemo mug. Event attendees can make their own souvenir tie-dye T-shirt while singing along to the kid-friendly tunes of Rick Davis. A blueberry pie eating contest will take place at 12:30 p.m. Okemo’s Blueberry Festival is open to the public. Admission to the event is free. Fees will be charged for the blueberry pancake brunch, T-shirt tie-dye and purple cow treats, as well as items purchased from attending vendors.
Okemo’s Adventure Zone will be operating throughout the day for lots of family fun. For more information about Okemo’s Blueberry Festival, or call 802-228-1600.
July 28 & 29
A 2-day Caribbean style food festival giving festival goers plenty of spice in the sun. The event begins at the Rum & Brew tasting Friday night 7 – 10 p.m. at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden located at 157 Main Street. The tasting features themed libations and plenty of rum to go around. Ther is also live Caribbean music that will keep you grooving.
Saturday, July 29 the festival continues from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. where music artists bring reggae to the mountains. Also on Saturday is the Jerk Cook-off competition, street vendors and food trucks, chef demos, and a kids culture zone with plenty of interactive activities.
Hops on the Hills
August 4 – 6
Jackson Gore Inn
Ludlow, Vt. 05149
Friday 5 – 9 p.m., Saturday 12 – 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Vermont is has the highest breweries per capita (21 to be exact) and if you love beer and cider, this is a festival not to miss. More than 75 craft beers and ciders from area brewers are at the festival. The festival showcases a great lineup of live music, craft vendors, food trucks and the great outdoors. For more information call 802-228-1600 or visit online.
Art in the Park
August 11 & 12
Main Street Park
Junction of Route 4 & 7
Rutland, Vt. 05701
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
One of the highlights of August in the summer Art in the Park put on by the Chaffee Art Center. The festival will have all things art available from vendors such as pottery, paintings, fiber, metal, jewelry, wood. You will also have the pleasure of listening to great music and indulging in delicious food. Admission is by donation.
BrattRock Youth Rock Festival
118 Elliot Street
Planning is underway for this year’s BrattRock–The Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival. The festival’s mission is to provide a venue for musical youth from Brattleboro and the surrounding region to connect, learn, perform, inspire, and be inspired. Events and activities emphasize both educational and performance opportunities. Participation is free and open to youth under age 20 who are musicians, or who have an interest in music or the music industry.
Last year’s inaugural event included workshops offered by local music professionals,The public concert features live performances by 14 area youth bands on two different stages and drew an audience of over 400 spectators.