Upcoming festivities celebrate a variety of Vermont’s early summer traditions. Some events are playful, like fiddlehead picking competitions; others are enriching, like plein air festivals and history exhibitions. Here's a sampler of the hundreds of VermontVacation.com events you’ll want to experience in the month ahead:
Now Playing Newport - A Vermont Music Series
June 1, Newport
Tune into a variety of music including Classical and Celtic. Heather plays the silver flute as well as Native American flutes. Chris plays classical guitar and the Celtic harp. Light refreshments following.
Windham Orchestra: Tosca
June 1, Brattleboro
Windham Orchestra and Panopera join forces for a semi-staged production of Puccini’s Tosca. The opera tells the brutal truth about what drives us, our passion and desires. It’s essential Puccini - lurid, ravishing and hugely enjoyable.
Piano and Choral Music Concert
June 1, Shelburne
Shelburne United Methodist Church presents a Piano and Choral Music Concert, with Dr. Joe Utterback, pianist. The Shelburne United Methodist Church Choir will be singing anthems composed by Dr. Utterback and featuring Newtown Requiem in memory of those lost in the December 2012 shooting in Newtown, Ct.
Ice Cream Sundays at Billings Farm & Museum
June 1 – 29, Woodstock
Every Sunday, in celebration of Dairy Month, lend a hand making, then tasting ice cream – a different flavor each week. Learn the history and scientific facts about this dairy treat.
June is Dairy Month at Sugarbush Farm
June 1 – 30, Woodstock
Free sampling of 15 kinds of cheese from mild to 8 years old. Receive tips on cooking with cheese, storage and safe travel with cheese. Nature walk, educational sugar house, make friends with farm animals.
Strolling of the Heifers
June 4-8, Brattleboro
The Stroll is not just a parade — it’s a movement. It encourages entrepreneurship and innovation at farm and food businesses, connects people and organizations around sustainable living and resilient communities, and promotes the value of local food systems, local thinking and Slow Living. Come experience the Strolling of the Heifers Annual Parade, Festival, Gallery Walk, Slow Living Summit and Tour de Heifer farms cycling tour!
Attempting the World's Longest Contra Dance Line
June 7, Rutland
Nationally known caller Will Mentor and Perpetual E-Motion and Giant Robot Dance will play for the record attempt. A large evening dance will follow. We need 2209 dancers!
Bharata Natyam and South Indian Classical Dance
June 7 -8, Brattleboro
SoBo Studio brings a taste of India to Brattleboro. Jaan weaves the interpretation and Hindu mythology of this riveting art form as well as provide the interpretation of the poetry in the sung text. The following day, Jann will explore South Indian Classical Dance.
Retreat from Canada: Revolutionary War Re-enactment
June 7 – 8, Burlington
Revolutionary War re-enactors recreate an encampment of colonial militia who were training to reinforce the American forces in Canada in 1776. This event will feature tools and crafts displays and presentations of both home-life and military camp-life.
The Bake-off: Beyond Therapy
June 10 – 15, Burlington
The Vermont Stage Company presents its third annual directing Bake Off at FlynnSpace. Take one play, break it in three parts, add three directors and three casts, and - voila! - you've got the third annual directing "Bake Off," an engaging exploration of "the ingredients" different directors can use to create the same play. Each performance is followed by a Q&A with the directors and audience. This year, the play is "Beyond Therapy" by Christopher Durang.
Lyndonville Downtown Street Festival
June 13, Lyndonville
Music, food, fun and shopping. Depot Street is closed to traffic from 6 pm to 9 pm and vendors and businesses set up all along the street.
Antique Engine Show and Barbeque
June 14, Brownington
Antique engines and classic cars on display. Blacksmithing Demonstration. Join a blue grass jam and enjoy a chicken barbeque in the afternoon.
Vermont Gran Fondo
June 14, Hancock
The Vermont Gran Fondo is a non-competitive, challenging ride through Vermont’s Green Mountains. There are amazing views at the top each gap—savor them for a moment before you speed downhill. Ride 103 miles, 75 miles or 45 miles.
Vermont History Weekend
June 14 – 15, Montpelier
Vermont Civil War Hemlocks are hosting an overnight encampment at Morse Farm, with period uniforms and equipment. Crafters, vendors, historical societies and Native American medicines.
Yellow Barn Young Artist Program
June 19 & 27, Putney
Yellow Barn presents the Young Artist Program for outstanding composers and performers ages 13-20. Three concerts in June include classical repertoire and world premiere performances of works created during the program.
Green Mountain Opera Festival Presents Cenerentola (Cindrella)
June 20 and 22, Barre
La Cenerentola is Gioachino Rossini's version of the popular Cinderella story, an exciting mixture of comedy, pathos, coloratura fireworks and masquerade. GMOF presents some of the most exciting Rossini singers of their generation in this highly theatrical presentation.
NEMBAfest Mountain Bike Festival
June 20 – 22, East Burke
Ride some of the 110 mile Kingdom Trails’ trail system, visit NEMBAfest Expo Center and camp onsite. From the latest gear to the newest bikes to demo, as well as live music and festivities, there will be entertainment for all ages.
Sandiwood Farm to Fork Sunset Dinner and Farm Tour
June 20 - Oct. 7, Wolcott
Using produce grown on the farm and other local farm ingredients, chef Sandi will prepare a farm-to-plate experience that promises to be an exceptionally unique event. Reservations recommended for this monthly event.
Burlington Wine & Food Festival
June 21, Burlington
World class wines paired with creations of Vermont’s top chefs, artisanal cheese, and live jazz lakeside. This event showcases fine local, domestic and international wines. Admission includes wine tastings, menu samples, and seminars.
Fairbanks Feast with the Beasts
June 21, St. Johnsbury
Partake in a party that celebrates the flavors of the Kingdom in northern New England's Natural History Museum. Ticket sales benefit the museum's educational services and programs. Wear feathers or fangs or other "wild" accessories for beastly fun!
2014 Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive
June 21, Killington
The annual Long Trail Century Ride is a recreational century, 60 or 20 mile ride that starts and ends at Long Trail Brewery. The brewery hosts a celebration with food, live music and entertainment and flowing beverages.
Vermont History Expo: Artists & Artisans
June 21 – 22, Tunbridge
The Vermont History Expo will take you back to the days of small Vermont hill farms, rural country stores, horses and buggies, homespun clothes and stories. More than 150 history and heritage organizations offer fascinating exhibits sharing community history from all over the state. Artists, artisans, musicians, authors, crafters, and genealogists complete this history-filled heritage extravaganza.
The Great Race 2014
June 22, Bennington
The Great Race rolls into Bennington for lunch on their last stop before they leave New England on their way to Florida. Visit the drivers and their crews while you check out the cars and have lunch as the Bennington Fire Department hosts a BBQ.
Central Vermont Cycling Tour
June 22, East Montpelier
Ride in a fully supported bike tour on beautiful dirt roads past farms, woods, lakes and historic towns. Local food lunch. Choose 13-miles, 33-mile or a 60-mile ride with 6,000 feet of climbing.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra
June 26, Chittenden
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra TD Bank Summer Festival Tour returns to The Mountain Top Inn & Resort.
Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival
June 26-29, Tunbridge
Experience Bluegrass Green Mountain Style! As soon as you arrive at the gates you are officially part of the Jenny Brook Family. Choose from multi-day or single-day admission. Camping is available.
Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDSTheater
June 26 – 28, Lyndonville
While exploring one afternoon, siblings Jack and Annie discover a tree house full of books. Jack looks through a book about dinosaurs and wishes he could see a real one. Suddenly the wind begins to blow and the tree house starts to spin wildly.
Jane Austen Weekend: Pride and Prejudice
June 27 – 29, Hyde Park
A leisurely literary-inspired weekend has something for every Austen devotee: Regency dinner party, discussion of Pride and Prejudice, afternoon tea, informal talk on Regency life, English country dancing, sewing workshops, sleigh ride, quiz with prizes.
Westminster Cares Garden Tour
June 28 – 29, Westminster
Wesminster Cares 13th Annual Garden Tour features five gardens, including the gardens of Mary and Gordon Hayward, garden designer, author and lecturer.
Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition
June 29 - July 27, Waitsfield
The Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition celebrates the many styles and techniques of the watercolor medium. This juried show features outstanding artists from around across the country with the works of the highest quality. Artwork is on exhibit in the Red Barn Gallery at Lareau Farm.