Festivals and Events


Reading and Celebration of the Declaration of Independence

Bennington Battle Monument

Bennington, Vt.


Historic games and Colonial fun leading up to the reading of the Declaration of Independence, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Brattleboro’s Independence Day Parade

Brattleboro, Vt.


The annual Brattleboro Goes Fourth kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade along Canal and Main streets to the Town Common. Public concerts, sporting events and family activities at Living Memorial Park continue in the afternoon and evening. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade

Pittsfield, Mass.

pittsfieldparade.com and facebook.com/PittsfieldFourthOfJulyParade

Themed “The Berkshires – Past, Present and Future,” the annual parade kicks off at 10 a.m. in downtown Pittsfield. The parade begins at South, East Housatonic and West Housatonic streets and proceeds along South Street onto North Street and turns onto Wahconah Street. The Independence Day 5K Run precedes the parade, at 9:15 a.m.

Williamstown Hometown Parade

Williamstown, Mass.


Annual parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Parade route begins at Southworth Street and ends on Spring Street. Hot dog barbecue follows at noon on Walden Street. Other events include an Independence 5K Fun Run at 8 a.m., community yoga at 9 a.m., a free movie at Images Cinema at 2:30 p.m. and fireworks at Taconic Golf Club at 9:30 p.m.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence and Frederick Douglass speech

Sawyer Library, Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.

Williamstown Theatre Festival actors read the Declaration of Independence and a selection from “What to a Slave is the Fourth of July,” a speech by Frederick Douglass, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Gather on the library quad west of Sawyer Library. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place inside Sawyer Library.

View the college’s collection of the Founding Documents in the Chapin Gallery, on the second floor of Sawyer Library, from noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.

70th Wardsboro Fourth of July Parade and Street Fair

Wardsboro, Vt.

4thofjulywardsboro.com and on facebook.com/Wardsboro4thofJulyParadeandStreetFair

Street fair opens at 9 a.m., rain or shine. Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Route VT-100, turning by the Wardsboro Country Store and heads along Main Street. Satellite parking $4, with all-day shuttles.

July 13

Hilltown Brouhaha

Washington Park, Route 8, Washington, Mass.


Annual Becket-Washington Community Fair. Vendors, music, food, fun for everyone, beer garden and music.

21st Eagle Street Beach Party and Adult Fiesta

Eagle Street, North Adams, Mass.


More than 250,000 pounds of sand is trucked in to create a beach in the middle of the state’s smallest city. A family-friendly beach party runs from 3:30 to 6 p.m. An adult-oriented fiesta, complete with margaritas on the beach and live music, follows from 7 to 10 p.m.


Chatham’s Summerfest 2019

Chatham, N.Y.


Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the village with two stages featuring music and entertainment, food trucks, activities for kids, a farmers market, artisan vendors, a special commemorative beer from Chatham Brewing and more. Plenty of activities for children, including face painting and train rides, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival

Runs through Aug. 4

Various locations in Southern Vermont’s Deerfield Valley


This annual festival celebrates all things blueberry! Events for all ages, including a blueberry slip and slide, parade, craft fair, classic cars, block party and lakeside dining. Visit the website for event listings and times.


Blueberry Festival Parade

Dover, Vt.


Parade featuring local floats and marching bands starts at 11 a.m. and travels north on Route 100 to Country Club Road. End-of-parade barbecue and crafts at Dover Forge at noon.

Blueberry Bash

Mount Snow, 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, Vt.


After the Blueberry Parade, Mount Snow is hosting a daylong festival full of various backyard games, live music, a barbecue, beer and more. Admission to the event is free, and games/activities are free.

Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour

July 27 and July 28

Various locations in Western Mass.


A self-guided tour of nine potters at eight open studios. Guest artists, demonstrations and local foods at each location. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Visit website for participating artists and map.

AUG. 2

41st Southern Vermont Arts and Craft Festival

Runs through Aug. 4

Camelot Village, Bennington, Vt.


This juried fine art and craft fair features nearly 200 exhibitors who work in a variety of styles and mediums. Specialty foods and artisan spirits are in a separate section. Additional roaming entertainers delight children and adults. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AUG. 10

12th AMFF Fly-Fishing Festival

The American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester, Vt.


The American Museum of Fly Fishing’s signature event of the summer — a growing event that showcases the joy of fly fishing with vendors, demonstrations and a gathering of people who are all equally enthused about the sport. Enjoy fly-tying and casting demonstrations, try your hand at casting vintage rods, learn how to tie a saltwater fly and mingle with like-minded people as you share the joy of the great outdoors. Free admission, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AUG. 10

Windham Country History Fair

Newfane Common, Route 30, Newfane, Vt.


Step back in time at the Seventh biennial Windham County History Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A festival of vintage exhibits, demonstrations and historic tours, with exhibits by the Vermont Historical Society as well as many of Windham County’s historical societies. Events include a genealogy presentation; antiques appraisals; book evaluations; woodworking, carding, spinning and quilting demonstrations, and much more. Free admission.

AUG. 16

Bennington Battle Day

All state historic sites in Vermont are free. Commemorative ceremony, 7 p.m. at the Bennington Battlefield, Route NY-67, Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Celebrate Stephentown

Runs through Aug. 18

Stephentown, N.Y.


Opening reception Friday night. Full-schedule family-friendly events featuring music, local vendors and food, open houses, a classic car show and more. Most events are free; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit website for events, locations and times.

AUG. 17

Celebration of the Battle of Bennington

Aug. 17 and Aug. 18

Bennington Battle Monument, 15 Monument Circle, Old Bennington Vt.

benningtonbattlemonument.com and bennington.com/battleday

Saturday begins with the 15th Battle Day 5K road race starting and ending at the monument. Race starts at 9:30 a.m., with the firing of a cannon or Revolutionary War-era rifle. Other events on Saturday include presentations by the Moodus Drum & Fife Corps, and a talk on notorious women. An encampment of Revolutionary War reenactors will be at the monument both days, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check websites for updated information, locations and times.

Greek Fest 2019

Aug. 17 and Aug. 18

St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 73 Bradford St., Pittsfield, Mass.


Great Greek food and pastries handmade from traditional family recipes, gifts, music and dancing, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; noon to 6 p.m., Sunday.

27th Stockbridge Summer Arts and Crafts Show

50 Main St., Stockbridge, Mass.


Over 80 artisans and crafters display their work, ranging from paintings to ceramics, fiberware to glass blowing; all exhibitors are jury-selected. Free admission; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

AUG. 18

Bennington Battle Day Parade

Downtown Bennington


Parade begins at 12:30 p.m. Parade will run from Main and Safford streets to Depot Street, north on Depot Street to River Street, and end at the fire station.

AUG. 24

Sun and Fun Festival

Second Congregational Church, 155 Hillside St., Bennington, Vt.


Live music, homemade luncheon, kids activities, workshops, educational displays, and over 25 local groups participate to celebrate the Earth and sustainability. Free admission; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

AUG. 31

24th Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival

Aug. 31 and Sept. 1

Camelot Village, Bennington, Vt.


Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations. Over 200 vendors will be at this farmers market-style weekend event; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

25th Brewers Festival

Aug. 31 and Sept. 1

Mount Snow, 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, Vt.


The Mount Snow Brewers Festival — it’s a celebration of beer, music and food — celebrates its 25th anniversary. Nearly 50 breweries will be on hand pouring their beers and ciders from 100-plus taps. Noon to 6 p.m. both days.

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