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Save the Date for these 9 Family-Friendly Vermont Festivals in 2018


Published June 2, 2018 at 4:00 a.m.

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1. Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft & Music Festival

The longest-running New England hot-air balloon festival, held on Father's Day weekend, features music and all-ages entertainment, including a rock-climbing wall and high-flying Euro Bungee.

Friday, June 15-Sunday, June 17, at 70 Village Green Circle in Quechee,

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2. Do Good Fest

This full-day, community-centered gathering features eclectic food vendors, live bands and booths run by local nonprofits, some featuring kids' projects.

Saturday, July 14, at National Life Group in Montpelier,

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3. Lake Champlain Maritime Festival Festval

The city's waterfront is the scene for a summer celebration with nightly concerts, an international food court, arts and crafts, and an antique boat show.

Thursday, July 26-Sunday, July 29, at Waterfront Park in Burlington,

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4. Festival of Fools

Some of the world's most talented street performers bring their busking skills to Burlington during this annual outdoor jamboree.

Friday, August- Sunday, August 5, in downtown Burlington,

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5. Dog Mountain Summer Dog Party

Four-legged furry friends and their two-legged owners spend the afternoon romping through the late artist Stephen Huneck's 150-acre preserve, with live music from acoustic duo WhiteSteer.

Saturday, August 4, at Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury,

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6. Addison County Fair & Field Days

This agriculture-centered event celebrates rural Vermont with racing pigs, draft horse- and oxen-pulling competitions, a cow milking parlor, rides, and 4-H youth exhibits.

Tuesday, August 7-Saturday, August 11, at Addison County Field Days Grounds in Vergennes,

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7. Open Farm Week

This weeklong celebration offers visitors up-close and hands-on opportunities to learn about local food and meet growers. Events vary from farm to farm, with activities including goat and cow milking, pickle preserving, fiber arts demos, farm dinners, and scavenger hunts.

Monday, August 13-Sunday, August 19, at various locations in Vermont,

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8. Champlain Valley Fair

Carny curiosities combine with agricultural exhibits, traditional fair food, daily parades and midway rides at this large fair, which signals the end of school vacation.

Friday, August 24- Sunday, September 2, at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction,

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9. Glory Days Festival

This annual shindig fêtes the town's choo-choo history with children's entertainment, a model train show, a Lego exhibit, a mini steam engine and Green Mountain Train Excursion rides along the Connecticut River.

Saturday, September 8 & Sunday, September 9, in downtown White River Junction,


This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.