Kids are headed back to school and the college students are back in town making it hard to deny that fall is on the way. The changing weather doesn’t stop the energy in town; a number of festivals celebrate everything for local art to beer, makes for a great time to visit Burlington.
August 28 – September 6, 2015: Champlain Valley Fair
The Champlain Valley Fair celebrates the end of summer with 10 days of rides, food, concerts, livestock shows, and games at the Champlain Expo in Essex Junction. Big names performing this year at the Grandstand include Little Big Town, EchoSmith, Jake Owen and the Happy Together Tour with The Turtles, Flo & Eddie, The Grass Roots and more. Fair admission: $12 adults, $5 children.
September 5: Vermont Heritage Brew Festival
Vermont Heritage Brew Festival highlights craft brews from at least 13 beer, cider and mead makers. Brews specifically created for the festival will be on tap alongside known favorites from Fiddlehead, Magic Hat, 14th Star, Champlain Orchards Cidery, Backacre, The Vermont Pub & Brewery, Eden, Shacksbury, Windfall Orchard, Whetstone Ciderworks, Groennfell Meadery, Drop-In Brewing, and Queen City Brewery.
Brewers will be located at four different locations on the Museum’s campus, designed so that visitors can stroll from one sip to the next. Maps will be available onsite.
Live music performances throughout the grounds feature: Pete Sutherland and Tristan Henderson (fiddle and guitar), Brass Balagan (a radical marching band), Erica and Eric Andrus, Scheitholt and his Zithers and Fiddleheads. Tickets are $55; $35 for Shelburne Museum members.
September 11 – 13: Art Hop
The Art Hop brings thousands of residents, visitors, and the community together to celebrate the dynamic art and culture of Burlington. It has gained a reputation as being Vermont’s largest and best arts festival, and won a Seven Daysie as the Best Event/Festival. Last year over 30,000 visitors were able to experience and enjoy art exhibits, music, performance, comedy, sculpture, and fashion from over 500 participating artists at over 100 locations throughout Burlington’s South End Arts District. This is a free street festival located on Pine Street.
September 12 – 13: Grand Point North
For its fifth consecutive year, Grace Potter’s Grand Point North will be held on the Burlington Waterfront. The family-friendly festival features local food and drink as well as an impressive line up including The Flaming Lips, Shakey Graves, Greensky Bluegrass. Tickets are almost sold out so get your now: $59 for a day pass children 12 and under free.
September 19 – 20: Eat by Northeast
Presented by Higher Ground and the Skinny Pancake, Eat by Northeast is a two-day food and music festival at Oakledge Park in Burlington’s South End. This free festival features dozen of local vendors serving all local fare and performances by Hug Your Farm All-Star Band, Josh Panda, Rebirth Brass Band, Caroline Rose and more.
September 25 – 27: Oktoberfest
Located on Burlington’s Waterfront, the Barvarian-style Oktoberfest Vermont is a weekend-long festival that celebrates local food, like oompah bands, games, contests and beer. Tickets $35 per person; must be 21+ to attend.
Picture by Miss Magpie of Find and Go Seek.