It’s easy to tell summer has arrived in Vermont, and not just because the weather is warmer, it’s green everywhere, flowers are blooming, birds are singing, yada yada. I always know summer is here because of all the outdoor festivals. Seems like there’s a festival for everything – balloons, music, food, beer, art.
Here’s an overview of upcoming Vermont festivals. They are all in Burlington and nearby towns.
May 31 to June 9 — On the Waterfront and around downtown Burlington
“In addition to bringing in legendary acts, Discover Jazz does an incredible job of promoting local jazz groups and connecting them with audiences. In a time of much hullaballoo over the state of the music industry, Jazz Fest’s role in carrying the fire for diverse traditional music isn’t just fun and vibrant: it’s necessary.”
Special guest artists: Branford Marsalis, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Bobby McFerrin, John Scoffield, and many more. Lots of jazz performance take place throughout Burlington.
The Stowe Wine and Food Classic is the annual signature event of Stowe Charities Inc., and is held at the beautiful Trapp Family Lodge. The three-day festival features a five-course meal prepared by five renowned chefs to be paired with top-rated wines. Proceeds benefit Copley Hospital in the purchase of a Gamma-Ray Camera as well as to the Vermont Foodbank.
Two Sessions: noon to 4pm and 5 to 9pm
Enjoy 300 wines from across the globe and meet winemakers and other representatives from some of the world’s best vineyards. The wine tent will also house a huge variety of Vermont artisan cheeses, breads, charcuterie and some new food offerings by local purveyors, all available for sampling. Tickets are limited to 1,000 per session.
Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival
July 12-14, 2013 — Stoweflake Resort, Stowe
More than 25 hot-air balloons will soar through the sky during this festival. Launches are daily, weather permitting, at 6am and 6pm. Rides are available for a fee. Great photo ops!
This is a great little arts & crafts festival on Stowe Street in Waterbury. Friday evening is music and a street party; Saturday is a cornucopia of vendors lining Stowe Street. Lots of beautiful arts and crafts for sale in an intimate setting.
Forty-five brewers will be here! Unfortunately if you are just learning about the brewfest as you read, I am sorry to say it is sold out. Holy canoli! Not to worry, lots is happening around town anyway.