This summer, point your clients toward Burlington, VT, where they can enjoy a host of events, festivals and family fun during the days, capped off by spectacular sunsets each evening along picturesque Lake Champlain.
Festivals and Events
June is a month for festivals in Burlington, offering plenty to see and do.
From the first to the 10th of the month, more than 50,000 people will enjoy concerts, dances, street parties, artist meet-and-greets and workshops during the 29th Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. Ticket prices range from $10 to $80 for select performances.
Then on June 9 and 10, a Kids Pirate Festival will feature live juggling performances, stilt-walking, sing-alongs, comedy by Stephen Gratto & Sons and arts and crafts. The festival will be held at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and is free with standard museum admission ($10 per adult, $9 for seniors, $6 for students ages 5-17). Make sure your clients pack their costumes!
And with two events falling on the same day, June 23 will be a busy day, featuring both the Burlington Wine and Food Festival and Sam Mazza’s 17th Annual Strawberry Festival. The wine and food event will take place at Waterfront Park, where more than 300 wines from around the world will be featured alongside the creations of nine of the area’s most famous local restaurants. Meanwhile, families can enjoy the fresh strawberry delights showcased at Sam Mazza Farms, including strawberry shortcake, milkshakes, fudge, jam and more. Kids will also enjoy pony rides, games, petting zoo, and face painting.
But don’t let the abundance of June festivals fool you—there are plenty more things to see and do in Burlington all summer long, including a Circus-Palooza event in July, a Dragon Boat Festival in August and a ton of arts and cultural events in between. For more information, visit vermont.org/about_burlington.
Let your clients get a feel for how it’s done and a taste of the local flavors with a tour of Magic Hat Brewery, where both guided and self-guided tours are offered free of charge throughout the week. Not only will guests get a thorough education on the ins and outs of beer making, they’ll enjoy a study break from time to time to enjoy free samples.
For families, a tour through the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory would let children experience the magic as teddy bears come to life. After their tour, visitors can browse through the Bear Museum and shop, or they’ll have the option to make their very own teddy bear right there in the factory. The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory tour is available daily. Rates are $3 for adults, and free for children ages 12 and under.
Ice cream lovers unite for a Ben & Jerry’s factory tour. Located about 30 minutes from Burlington, guests of Ben & Jerry’s factory will explore the ice cream production process before sampling the flavor of the day and splurging at the full-service Scoop Shop. Rates are $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for children ages 12 and under.