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The Magnificent 7: Must See, Must Do, August 24-30


Published August 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
Updated August 24, 2022 at 10:05 a.m.

  • Courtesy Of The Artists
  • James & Waltien

Freestyle Fun

Wednesday 24-Saturday 27

Burlington's Vermont Comedy Club throws an end-of-summer pool party (metaphorically speaking) called Mini-Fest. The four-day celebration of all things improv features an audience-participation jam, a Best in Show competition, the Mothra troupe's after-dark storytelling hour, and performances by the VCC touring group, the Kingdom Kids, and improv power couple James and Waltien (pictured).

Come This Far

Saturday 27
First African Landing Day - © KAREN FOLEY | DREAMSTIME
  • © Karen Foley | Dreamstime
  • First African Landing Day

Vermont's fourth annual First African Landing Day marks the arrival of the first enslaved people in Virginia in 1619 — and celebrates the resilience of the Black American community in all the years since — with food, dancing, talks and more at Burlington's Intervale Center. In keeping with this year's theme, "We Come This Far by Faith," guests include Bishop Dwayne Royster and gospel musicians Adrian B. King and Bishop Cortez Vaughn.

Give Up the Funk

Friday 26 & Saturday 27
Britton & the Sting - COURTESY OF ROB STRONG
  • Courtesy Of Rob Strong
  • Britton & the Sting

JAG Productions opens its 2022-23 season with an outdoor performance by funk liberation group Britton & the Sting at King Arthur Baking in Norwich. The band, fronted by Tony Award winner Britton Smith, takes to the stage for a joyfully audacious show that's half concert, half musical.

Easy as Pie

Saturday 27
Whoopie Pie Fest - COURTESY
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  • Whoopie Pie Fest

Lovers of one of Vermont's favorite sweet treats will want to sample the first annual Whoopie Pie Fest & Parade of Heroes along Rutland's Center Street. The day features a whoopie pie baking competition, a parade honoring pandemic frontline workers, live music, street performances and the unveiling of Rutland's largest whoopie pie.

Swing It On

Sunday 28
Zara Bode's Big Little Band - COURTESY
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  • Zara Bode's Big Little Band

Putney's Next Stage Arts gets audiences jumping and jiving with an outdoor concert featuring Zara Bode's Little Big Band and StompBoxTrio. The classic swing group and hip-shaking blues-rock-soul band, respectively, fill the night with boogie-woogie beats while David's Catering dishes out tandoori cuisine and Caledonia Spirits shakes up drinks.

Long Live the Flavor

Sunday 28
Fiesta Viva el Sabor - COURTESY
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  • Fiesta Viva el Sabor

Fiesta Viva el Sabor salutes the end of summer with an evening of mouthwatering food and live music, featuring a cash bar. Addison County's women-led Mexican and Guatemalan culinary collective serves up scrumptious bites at the Marble Works in Middlebury.

Spray Painting

  • Courtesy Of Jackson Gallery
  • Samuel Wyatt

The Jackson Gallery at Middlebury's Town Hall Theater presents "In Praise of Darkness: The 'Writing on the Wall Project' and Recent Paintings" by Philadelphia-born, Vermont-based painter Samuel Wyatt. Wyatt's work explores all the textures of urban life — the gritty concrete, hulking trash bags and dripping graffiti.