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Lake Champlain Weekend Roundup: August 4-6

The Festival of Fools is a curated festival of street theater devoted to community engagement through the celebration of circus arts, music, and comedy for family audiences.

Just as we began to fall in love with her warm embrace, July has left us for yet another year. But don’t put away your swimsuits yet – our friend August is here to bless us with four more weekends of sunny days, warm nights, and cold creemees. Here’s the rundown of how to keep your summer momentum going this weekend:




Burlington Young Professionals’ 8th Annual Kicks for a Cure

  • Friday, August 4: 3:30 PM-8:00 PM
  • Oakledge Park Lower Shelter, Burlington
  • $5-150

The Vermont Stage team getting their best game faces on for the 2016 Kicks for a Cure Tournament.

Find your inner 4th grader and get ready to play some kickball! Grab some friends or co-workers and spend your afternoon at Burlington’s beautiful Oakledge Park on the shores of Lake Champlain. Each team is made up of 10 players, but if you can’t find that many people interested in vying for the Golden Cleat, BYP will pair you up with other free agents (read: new friends). The grill gets fired up around 7:00 PM. Bring your own beer (no glass, please!) and dress creatively! Team sports not your thing? Come by for BBQ with a side of networking – just bring yourself and $5! Feel good about a great time – a portion of the proceeds for this event benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. To learn more, click here.




Duct Tape Regatta

  • Saturday, August 5: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • City Bay, North Hero Village
  • $10 to race; free to spectate

Racers bring their creatively crafted vessels to North Hero House Beach to launch at the 2016 Duct Tape Regatta. PC: Facebook @heroswelcome

Start your day with some nautical fun on the beautiful City Bay in North Hero and watch the zaniest boat race in Lake Champlain – the Duct Tape Regatta! Contestants construct boats made entirely of cardboard and duct tape (them’s the rules – no other materials allowed) and race from the North Hero House Beach to the Hero’s Welcome Dock, a distance of approximately 600 feet, with nothing to keep them afloat but their homemade vessels. Trophies will be bestowed for extraordinary victories, such as Biggest Wipe-Out, Most Creative Design, Most Effective Design, and Most Determined Racers. Come enjoy some laughs, creativity and ingenuity on the beautiful Champlain Islands! To learn more, click here.


Jane Austen Tea

  • Saturday, August 5: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
  • Governor’s House in Hyde Park, Hyde Park
  • $22

Take afternoon tea and discuss Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at the Governor’s House in Hyde Park this weekend. Photo source.

“But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea”. Take afternoon tea this Saturday in a mansion that will make you feel like you’re in Regency England and chat with fellow literary aficionados about the artistic prowess of Jane Austen. Dress for whichever century you please and enjoy English afternoon tea with scones, jam, clotted cream, finger sandwiches, and tea cakes. The Governor’s House in Hyde Park hosts a recurring series of Jane Austen Weekends, each based on a different Austen novel. The theme for this series is the romantic classic Pride and Prejudice. Learn more about the tea, the weekend, or the Governor’s House here. Tickets to Jane Austen Tea are $22 and advance registration is required.




Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival

  • Sunday, August 6: 8:30 AM-3:00 PM
  • Waterfront Park, Burlington
  • Free to spectate

Dragon Boaters paddle for the finish line at last year’s Dragon Boat Festival. PC: Facebook @dragonboatfestival

This weekend marks the 12th Annual Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival on the Waterfront in Burlington, and if you don’t already know what that means, you’re in for a treat of mythological proportions! Dragonheart Vermont hosts their annual fundraiser in a truly unique and fun way: a giant race of people navigating the Champlain current atop a 41 foot long, fire-breathing, winged reptile. Teams are made up of local businesses, nonprofits, service groups, neighbors, and families, but all are paddling toward the same goal: to raise funds for Dragonheart Vermont and other nonprofit organizations supporting and raising cancer awareness in the area. No dragon-riding experience necessary! Learn more about the event and how you can get involved here.


Vermont Fresh Network’s 21st Annual Forum Dinner

  • Sunday, August 6: 5:00 PM-8:00 PM
  • The Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne
  • $75

The Vermont Fresh Network Annual Forum Dinner is a fundraiser for the Vermont Fresh Network, a nonprofit that develops programming to help bring more Vermont grown and raised food to the table. PC: Facebook @vermontfreshnetwork

Summer is fleeting and seasons come and go up here in the Northeast, but one thing sticks around through all four: delicious Vermont food. You’ll be hard-pressed not to find at least one giant celebration of our culinary mastery per season. This weekend brings Vermont Fresh Network’s 21st Annual Forum Dinner, a summer evening event that brings Vermont farmers, chefs, and artisans together to feed food enthusiasts from all over the state. And to properly celebrate Vermont Fresh Network turning 21, the dinner will also feature Vermont farm to bar, bottle, and beverage producers – with an abundance of free tastings and treats. All of this will take place in the gorgeous Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms on the coast of Lake Champlain. Delicious food, tasty beverages, and breathtaking landscapes – it doesn’t get much more Vermont than that.




Burlington City Arts’ Annual Festival of Fools

  • Friday, August 4 thru Sunday, August 6: 12:00 PM-7:00 PM
  • Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park, Burlington
  • Free

The Festival of Fools is a curated festival of street theater devoted to community engagement through the celebration of circus arts, music, and comedy for family audiences. Photo source.

As sure as August follows July, Burlington City Arts‘ Annual Festival of Fools will come with it. Arguably the biggest summer festival in our great Queen City, over 140 street performers will take to Church Street and City Hall Park to give you a show like you’ve never seen. The performances will seamlessly integrate themselves with the day-to-day goings-on of downtown Burlington, accompanying the Farmers’ Market and every corner of Church Street with gut-busting comedy and awe-inspiring performances for the whole family! It kicks off this Friday with the Foolish Parade and Mayoral Proclamation. Visit here to get more information on how to get foolish this weekend.


Looking for more cool stuff to do this weekend? Check out our events calendar.