July is bursting with fun things to do in Vermont. It’s the perfect time to visit, or explore your own backyard. Here are just a few of the festivals and celebrations you’ll find on VermontVacation.com:
Vermont Morgan Heritage Days Tunbridge, July 3-5
Celebrate the versatility of America’s original breed of horse. Competitions in dressage, in-hand classes, junior amateur horse show, races, carriage driving and performances.
Burlington Fireworks Train Burlington, July 3
Avoid backups and parking hassles by taking the train to the Burlington waterfront for the Independence Day fireworks. Trains run between Charlotte and Burlington, with stops in Shelburne and South Burlington.
Calvin Coolidge Birthday Celebration Plymouth, July 4
Commemorate the birthday of the only U.S President born on Independence Day. A noon parade will wind from the village green to the cemetery, where a wreath from the White House will be placed at the President’s gravesite.
Middlebury Festival on the Green Middlebury, July 5-11
Free, family-friendly programs at noon. Musical performances from 7-10 pm.
FM Point Battery Park Concert Series Burlington, July 9-30
The classic summer series of concerts returns with four free shows. All performances are on Thursday evenings, beginning at 6:30 pm. Good Old War, Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band, Ryan Montbleau Band, Alpha Rev.
Kids’ Adventure Games Stowe, July 10-11
Kids ages 6-14 can experience the thrill of adventure racing. The races emphasize teamwork, problem solving, sportsmanship, environmental awareness, and fun.
29th Annual Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival Stowe, July 10-12
More than 25 hot air balloons participate in this annual festival. Twilight and sunrise launches. Live music, kids’ activities, beer and wine garden, vendors, raffle prizes.
ADA Celebration Burlington, July 10
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with a picnic at noon. Adaptive sporting program vendors and Burlington Mayor Weinberger will attend.
9th Annual Champlain Islands Open Farm and Studio Tour Grand Isle, July 11-12
Visit vineyards, farm, gardens, art galleries, art studios, and farmers’ markets in the heart of the islands.
Summer Pride Festival Randolph, July 17-26
Vermont Pride Theater presents its fifth annual summer festival at Chandler Music Hall. The festival focuses on the concerns and issues of LGBT Vermonters.
Killington Wine Festival Killington, July 17-19
The Killington Wine Festival continues to bring hundreds of fine wines from around the world to Killington.
Vermont Brewers Festival Burlington, July 17-18
An artisan craft beer festival celebrating beer, ale, stout, lager and the brewers who make them.
Flock Fling Sharon, July 18
Carol Langstaff’s FLOCK dance troupe hosts a Flock Fling at the Star Mountain Amphitheater in Sharon. Potluck picnic at 5 pm, followed by participatory dance celebration for the whole family.
13 Artists Open Studio Weekend South Newfane, July 18-19
Visit the studios of artists in South Newfane. Demonstrations, refreshments, garden tours and a community dinner.
Vermont Cheesemakers Festival Shelburne, July 19
More than 40 Vermont cheesemakers offer samples of more than 150 varieties of artisan and farmstead cheeses. A celebration of food, community, and Vermont’s working landscape.
Barre Heritage Festival Barre, July 22-25
Music and food from around the world. Two stages of performances and concerts, kids’ zone, parade, fireworks, art show, bathtub race, car show and more.
Bookstock Woodstock, July 24-26
A celebration of authors and poets from the New England region. Most events take place in historic buildings around Woodstock’s green.
Inclusive Kayaking & Picnic Shaftsbury, July 24
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with inclusive kayaking and picnicking at Shaftsbury State Park.
Festival of Fools Burlington, July 31-August 2
A curated festival of street theater devoted to the celebration of circus arts, music and comedy for the family.