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July 17, 2013

Vermont Tourism Calendar of Events: August

Summertime festivities are abundant in Vermont’s lakes, mountains and towns. Come hungry for local food and local flare as a dozen upcoming Vermont agricultural fairs promise to entertain. Here’s a sampler of the 260 events posted on VermontVacation.com this month:

Vermont Blueberry Festival (July 26 - August 4, West Dover, Vt.): Blueberries, vintage cars, music, food, parade and fashion; if it’s blue, it’s probably happening in the Mount Snow area towns of Wilmington, Whitingham and Dover. www.vermontblueberry.com

Vermont Festival of the Arts (August 1 – Labor Day): The towns of the Mad River Valley play host to one of the most diverse festivals in New England. With more than 100 quality arts-related events and activities, the Vermont Festival of the Arts is designed to entertain the soul, enlighten the mind, and energize the spirit. Because this is a multi-dimensional, multi-media, multi-age series of events, there is truly something for everyone. www.vermontartfest.com

27th Annual Quilt Exhibition at Billings Farm & Museum (Aug. 1 - Sep. 22, Woodstock): Billings Farm's 27th annual juried exhibition of over 50 colorful and exquisitely designed quilts made in Windsor County, Vermont. Quilting demonstrations and activities for children and adults. www.billingsfarm.org

Canaan's 65th Annual Sugar on Snow Festival (Aug. 2, Canaan): For 65 years, the people of Canaan & W. Stewartstown have celebrated winter with an afternoon into evening gathering on the town common. Good food, music and snow with maple from our mountains. www.gracecanaan.com

75th Annual August Supper on the Lawn (August 3, Chester): After 75 years, it’s evolved into an artform with a fully laden banquet table beneath a tent – if you are choosing one church supper, this could be it. www.stlukesepiscopalvt.org

Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival (Aug. 2 - 4, Bennington): The festival houses 160 talented artists and artisans who display and sell original one of a kind work as well as traditional and contemporary crafts. There are specialty food producers, wine makers and spirit distillers too. Great fresh food from local restaurants abounds. Craft demos and live music make it a very festive event. www.craftproducers.com

Brandon's Yard Sale Day (Aug. 3, Brandon): The town-wide yard sale start at 9 a.m. and lasts as long as there are still bargains available! Official yard sales are on 'The Map', which will be available on Saturday morning at the Brandon Museum and Visitor Center and at www.brandon.org.

Specialized Catamount Classic Pro XCT (Aug 3-4, Williston): How often do you have the chance to see the world’s finest mountain bikers—many fresh from the London Olympics—taking massive air in your back yard? That’s exactly what will happen on August 3rd and 4th at the Specialized Catamount Classic Pro XCT in Williston, Vermont at Catamount Outdoor Family Center. www.catamountclassicproxct.com

Cooler in the Mountains Concert Series (August 3, 10, 17, 24, Killington): At Killington Resort, the Saturday afternoon free concert series returns with family-friendly outdoor concerts at the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars, plus outdoor activities, games & BBQ. www.discoverkillington.com

Burke Mountain Bike 'n Brew (Aug. 3, East Burke): The 5th Annual Burke Mountain Bike & Brew brings music, Vermont brews, and mountain biking to the mountain! Bike all day on the Kingdom Trails and Burke Bike Park, then join the brew event afterward. Freestyle Demo shows, bike contests, gear demos, mountain board demos and lessons and group rides. www.skiburke.com

Heritage Chicken Day at Billings Farm & Museum (Aug. 3, Woodstock): The Farm & Museum will feature a variety of breeds of chickens to see their similarities and differences, plus baby chicks. Fun facts about chickens and eggs, plus the egg toss and games. www.billingsfarm.org

Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival (Aug. 4, Burlington): 78 community and Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat teams will race against each other for charity. Entertainment, food, silent auction. www.ridethedragon.com

Emancipation and Higher Education (Aug. 4, Strafford): For the first time in history, Abraham Lincoln will visit Strafford to honor and celebrate the recent sesquicentennial anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and visit with friend and author of the Land Grant College Act of 1862, Senator Justin Morrill. Lincoln will regale his audience with sharp political discourse and folksy humor. Lincoln fought to free the slaves and Morrill worked to liberate their education. www.historicvermont.org/morrill

Starry Starry Night (Aug. 7, Hubbardton): Members of the Green Mountain Alliance of Amateur Astronomers share their telescopes and knowledge. Bring blankets, flashlights and your own binoculars or telescopes if you like. We provide the marshmallows. www.historicsites.vermont.gov/hubbardton

Burlington Ensemble’s Summer Serenades (August 7-10, Several Locations): Burlington Ensemble's Summer Serenades 2013 Season 3 is a festival of chamber music concerts performed by world-class musicians in some of Vermont's most stunning venues. Gates will open at 5:30pm for outdoor picnicking. Event dates include Aug.7: Basin Harbor Club, Aug. 8: West Monitor Barn, Aug. 9: Castleton State College and Aug.10: Shelburne Farms. http://www.burlingtonensemble.com/

The Danville Fair (August 9-10, Danville): The tradition of the Danville Fair goes back further than most of us. This is truly a good ole country fair, starting with a street dance on Friday night. Saturday will begin with a parade, followed by the Grand Horse Pulling as a major event drawing the best teams in the area. www.danvillevtchamber.org

Manchester's Famous Sidewalk Sales (Aug. 9 - 11, Manchester): Bargains galore await the discriminating shopper as Manchester prepares for another town-wide shopping experience from the Designer Outlets to our independent retailers. It only happens once a year for four days only. www.visitmanchestervt.com

West Newbury Summer Festival (Aug. 10, West Newbury): Come enjoy the breakfast, silent auction, exhibits, bake sale, parade, hay rides, rib barbecue and dessert café. www.facebook.com/WestNewburySummerFestival

6th Annual Jay Summer Fest (Aug. 10, Jay): Tag sale, silent auction, horseshoe tournament, cow Plop 50/50 raffle. “The Great Land Trust Rush” – Bike, run, hike, race at Jay Community Recreational Centre. Parade, over 40 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, ice cream social and so much more. www.jayvt.com

Woodstock Summer Fest! (Aug. 10, Woodstock): Woodstock Summer Fest is a festival of food, drink, live music, street performers, kids activities, dancing, tastings, and shopping. www.woodstockvt.com

52nd Annual Art in the Park Festival (Aug. 10 - 11, Rutland): The Chaffee Art Center invites you to their 52nd Annual Art in the Park Fine Art and Craft Festivals, featuring the superior work of over 60 fine artists and crafts people. Handcrafted woodenware, clothing, pottery, jewelry, glass and more! Enjoy food and music while you shop! www.chaffeeartcenter.org

Antique Tractor Day at Billings Farm & Museum (Aug. 11, Woodstock): Tractors made between 1930 and the 1960s will be displayed by the proud and talented folks who restored them. The tractor parade at 1:00 p.m., includes restoration details and historical information. Tractor-drawn wagon rides and tractor activities for children, including the popular tractor sandbox. www.billingsfarm.org

Southern Vermont Hot Dog Cook Off (Aug. 11, Chester): The 2nd Annual Southern Vermont Hot Dog Cook Off to benefit the Springfield Humane Society will be held at the Stone Hearth Inn. Enjoy music by the Bondville Boys and incredible gourmet hot dogs prepared by 20 chefs, both professional and amateur. www.spfldhumane.org

Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris (Aug. 15 - 31, Dorset): Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and London's Olivier Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a wickedly funny and fiercely provocative new play about the volatile combination of race and real estate. www.dorsettheatrefestival.org

The Vermont Challenge, 1-4 Day Rides (Aug. 14-18, Killington): Come ride the one-day Legendary Gap Century/Metric Century, which begins and ends at Killington Mountain Resort and crosses the Brandon Gap before returning to Town of Killington for finish lunch/ party. www.vtchallenge.com

Annual Bennington Battle Day 5K Road Race & Anniversary Celebration (Aug. 17-18, Bennington): A living history encampment will take place at the Monument. Drill presentations, musket and artillery demonstrations, educational exhibits, and activities for children will be ongoing. Authentic cannons will be on display and fired periodically. The 5K race begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, followed by an easy 1/2 mile kids fun run. www.Historicsite.Vermont.gov/bennington

Pirate Run at Lake Champlain Maritime Festival (Aug. 17, Burlington): Dress in your favorite pirate costume and get some treasure at this 5k! Run along the Burlington Waterfront during the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival. www.lcmfestival.com/event-information/pirate-5k-run/

BBQ Bonanza Music Festival (Aug. 17, Vergennes): Basin Harbor’s BBQ Bonanza brings together all the things to love about Vermont summers: music, BBQ, beer and the outdoors. www.basinharbor.com

Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour (Aug. 17-18, Greensboro): Grab your ruby slippers and click your heels together as Circus Smirkus goes "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" with a new spin on the Wizard of Oz. It will take acrobatic thinking, highwire hearts, and courageous clowns to embark on this Emerald City adventure! www.smirkus.org

Saint Albans Civil War Heritage Weekend (Aug. 17-18, St. Albans): The 1860s reverberate in St. Albans as re-enactors bring this tumultuous era to life. A top 10 Vermont Civil War attraction, this event returns to historic Taylor Park for a third year. Portrayals of civilian and military life, including numerous displays and demonstrations, take place on the green. www.stalbansraid.com

The St. Albans Raid Half Marathon (August 18, St. Albans): Run like bandits through the streets of Saint Albans during the first annual St. Albans Raid Half Marathon. The race starts at the original scene of the heist 149 years ago. Come run a portion of the exact same get-a-way trail the original raiders took. www.active.com/running/st-albans-vt/the-1st-annual-saint-albans-raid-half-marathon-2013

Some Enchanted Evening II (Aug. 17, Newport): Classical and international Jazz vocalist Eileen Kennedy, member of Asheville's Symphony Chorus & Broadway Show Choir, sings from ""The Great American Songbook," Broadway, Piaf, Bocelli, and more. www.memphremagogartscollaborative.com

15th Annual Calais Folk Concert (Aug. 18, Calais): Vermont vocalist Deb Flanders, great-niece of Helen Hartness Flanders performs with Vermont folk music icon Pete Sutherland at the Old West Church in Calais. This year’s Calais concert will also feature Anna Roberts-Gevalt, a Vermont native immersed in Appalachian music. www.debflanders.net

Vergennes Day (Aug. 23-24, Vergennes): Celebration begins with a street dance on Friday. On Saturday, start the day with a pancake breakfast, Little City 5K Walk & 10K Race, and enjoy 80 crafters & vendors, wagon rides, bandstand music, chicken BBQ, children's venues, a car show and rubber duckie race. www.VergennesDay.com

Wall to Canvas 4 (Aug. 24, South Burlington): Magic Hat Artifactory is hosting this urban arts competition to benefit the Shelburne Craft School and will feature 12 street style artists competing live! Art auction, live music, food and drink. www.MagicHat.Net/WalltoCanvas

Mount Independence-Hubbardton Military Road Car Tour (Aug. 24, Hubbardton): The Crown Point Road Association offers a driving tour along part of the 1776 Mount Independence-Hubbardton Military Road, from the Hubbardton Battlefield to Otter Creek. www.historicsites.vermont.gov/hubbardton

3rd annual Bump Your Rump Mountain Bike Race (Aug. 25, Grafton): Six hours of cross-country mountain biking. Four-mile racetrack, starting at Grafton Ponds & continues on Grafton Village Trails and through the village of Grafton. Single track (80), cross-country ski trails (15) and pavement (5). Enjoy a BBQ lunch after the race. www.graftonponds.com

The North Face Race To The Top Of Vermont (Aug. 25, Stowe): The North Face Race To The Top Of Vermont is the second largest hill climb in New England. The course follows the historic Toll Road in Stowe up Mt. Mansfield, the highest mountain in Vermont. There are running, mountain biking and hiking options. For kids ages 4-14 there’s the MVP Healthcare Kids Run For Fun. This is a ~1km non-competitive run where everyone is a winner. www.rtttovt.com

Killington Classic Motorcycle Rally (Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, Killington): A premier motorcycle rally, presented by Americade. Social events, a vendor village, bike & stunt shows, live music, and a 12-mile parade, plus five days of touring through Vermont's Green Mountains. www.killingtonclassic.com

More events across Vermont are listed in the Travel Planner of VermontVacation.com; please note event organizers can post events to this listing as well. If your publication prefers more advance notice of events or has specific requests, please email jen.butson@state.vt.us.

Contact: Jen Butson, Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing, jen.butson@state.vt.us, 802.522.7323

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: July 17, 2013 10:50:29
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