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To-Do List: Vermont Events You Don't Want to Miss


Published August 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Updated September 5, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

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  • Stephen Mease
  • South End Art Hop

Looking to do like the locals? Follow them to a festival or seven. While it would be impossible to include all of the city's goings-on in one list, we've compiled this calendar of major events that keep the good times rolling all year round. For a weekly rundown of can't-miss happenings in Burlington and beyond, check the Seven Days calendar listings in print or online  and sign up for the weekly Notes on the Weekend newsletter.

Fall 2017

South End Art Hop

Thousands flock to South End studios and businesses for exhibits, fashion shows, artist markets, live demos and music from more than 600 participating creatives.
September 8-10, South End, Burlington,

Pride Vermont Parade & Festival

LGBTQ individuals and allies paint the town red — er, rainbow — with a lively procession from Church Street to Battery Park, where an epic all-day party awaits.
September 10, Downtown Burlington,

Grand Point North

Bona fide rock star and Vermont native Grace Potter headlines two nights of lakeside live tunes by area and national acts. Also "gracing" this fest? Beer, wine, local eats and an art installation.
September 16-17, Waterfront Park, Burlington,

Vermont International Film Festival

A showcase of international, independent and local flicks hits silver screens for a celluloid celebration with filmmaker Q&As, receptions and discussions.
October 20-29, Burlington,

Vermont Tech Jam

Dozens of Vermont's fastest-growing and most innovative companies gather under one roof to recruit employees and talk trends at this career and tech expo organized by Seven Days. Bring your résumé.
October 20-21, Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction,

Winter 2017-18

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  • Matthew Thorsen
  • Magic Hat Mardi Gras

First Night Burlington

Music, dance, comedy, circus arts and a midnight fireworks display take over the Queen City at this substance-free festival.
December 31, Downtown Burlington,

Vermont Burlesque Festival

A luscious lineup of local, national and international talent and a steamy selection of performance classes turn up the heat during one of the coldest months of the year.
January 18-20, Burlington And Barre,

Winter Is a Drag Ball

Queen City drag troupe House of LeMay helps revelers combat cold-weather woes at a colorful bash complete with a costume contest, live entertainment and DJ sets. Proceeds benefit the Vermont People With Aids Coalition.
February, Higher Ground, South Burlington,

Magic Hat Mardi Gras Parade

Burlington parties Big Easy-style with tunes, brews, beads and a lively procession of creatively constructed floats down Main Street. Keep your shirts on, people — this is a family event.
March 10, Downtown Burlington,

Spring 2018

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  • Waking Windows

Burlington Yoga Conference

Seasoned yogis and those hitting the mat for the first time come together to do the downward-facing dog under the direction of regional teachers. Namaste!
April 14-15, University Of Vermont, Burlington,

Vermont Restaurant Week

Foodies get their fill of prix-fixe menus and themed events that put local fare front and center — and won't break the bank.
April 20-29, Statewide,

Waking Windows

Indie-music lovers can catch their favorite bands at this ever-hip extravaganza of live tunes, comedy, art, food and drink taking place in and around the Onion City's traffic circle.
Early May, Downtown Winooski,

People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay

Runners pound 26.2 miles of pavement or split the distance with relay teams. Non-runners can order brunch at outside tables and gawk.
May 27, Downtown Burlington,

Summer 2018

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  • Champlain Valley Fair

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

Cool cats tap their toes to the swingin' sounds of local, regional and legendary jazz masters on indoor and outdoor stages around Burlington.
June 1-10, Downtown Burlington,

Burlington Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

Several days of taste-bud-tempting events culminate in a culinary affair with palate-pleasing vinos, gourmet bites and seminars with celebrated winemakers.
Mid-June, Waterfront Park, Burlington,

Vermont Brewers Festival

More than 150 craft beers beckon suds lovers of legal age, who sip samples during scheduled tasting sessions.
July 21 & 22, Waterfront Park, Burlington,

The Ramble

Burlington's Old North End showcases its one-of-a-kind qualities with community-wide displays of art, music, food, performances and pop-ups. Anything goes!
July 28, Old North End, Burlington,

Festival of Fools

Along with area venues, Queen City streets host internationally renowned buskers, comedians, musicians and quirky performers.
August 3-5, Downtown Burlington,

Champlain Valley Fair

Fried foods fuel revelers at this annual amusement featuring rides, games, agricultural displays, a demolition derby and grandstand concerts by big-name acts.
August 24-September 2, Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction,

A-Dog Day

With an annual day of skateboarding, art, eats, beats and a bone-marrow drive, friends and fans fête the life and legacy of DJ Andy "A-Dog" Williams, who died of leukemia in 2013.
August 25, Downtown Burlington,

Survival Tips:
Skip the hassle — and expense — of festival parking. Bike instead!
If you're an introvert or claustrophobe, the crowded Burlington Farmers Market might be your worst nightmare — strollers and dogs and tourists, oh my! Check the calendar listings at for lower-density alternatives in Winooski, Richmond, Shelburne and beyond.