Festival of Fools

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Church Street Marketplace
Church Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Event Description: 
Burlington City Arts celebrates the 10th anniversary of Festival of Fools, presented by Community Bank N.A., on August 4-6, 2017. The weekend-long event is Vermont’s premier street performing, comedy, and music festival. More than 100 performances will fill City Hall Park and Church Street Marketplace. Many new events have been added to the lineup including the first annual Block of Fools street party. Main Street will be closed Friday, August 4 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in front of Nectar’s. This free family-friendly street party will feature a crew of buskers, puppeteers, musicians, artists, fire dancers and more! Internationally known street performers, musicians and comedians will be featured during the festival. They include Brushy One String (Jamaica), Coyote Crow (New York), Dan Blakeslee (Maine), Drumadics (New York), Fred Garbo’s Inflatable Theater Co. (Maine), The Hokum Bros. (Vermont), John Park (Toronto, Canada), Kif Kif Sisters (Quebec, Canada), Mal Maiz (Vermont), Mama Lou (Texas), Mark Hayward (Wisconsin), Mat Velvet & Charlie Show (Quebec, Canada), Mike Wood (Ontario, Canada), Nigel Blackstorm (New York), Piazzetta Pit Band (Vermont), Rob Torres (Florida), and Snap Boogie (Massachusetts). Buskers will be up & down the Church Street Marketplace Friday, noon-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11-10 p.m.; & Sunday, 11-6 p.m. All busking shows are free, but we encourage you to show your support by tipping generously! Locations and times for each performance will be regularly updated at www.vermontfestivaloffools.com or visit the information booth in front of City Hall during the event. Brody Stevens headlines a ticketed event at Vermont Comedy Club, August 3, 4, and 5. Stevens was the executive producer and star of the unique Comedy Central TV series Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! Other credits include Conan, Chelsea Lately, @Midnight, Premium Blend, TMZ, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Late World with Zach, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, Tosh.0, Fox NFL Sunday, Jesus is Magic, Due Date, and The Hangover. Two other ticketed events are new to the weekend. The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus will present Late Night Foolery on Friday, August 4 at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. This ticketed event will take place at Club Metronome. Aside from the many street performances, the weekend includes many activities for kids. These free special events include the Foolish Parade, Block of Fools Street Party, Looking Back on Laughter Art Exhibition, Ben & Jerry’s Free Outdoor Movie: Hairspray (1988, PG), Kids Rock the Park, Last Laugh Variety Show and the School of Foolery made possible by Art Works. The School of Foolery is free and will take place, Friday, August 4 from 8:30-3:30 p.m. in the BCA Center. School of Foolery instructors have performed in Cirque du Soleil, starred on Broadway and Sesame Street, and have taught at the legendary Ringling Brothers Clown College. The day will culminate with a 3pm performance on the top block of Church Street. This special program is led by School of Foolery instructors and camp staff from Burlington City Arts. Limited to 12. Pre-registration encouraged. Festival of Fools is made possible by hundreds of volunteers and the support of our sponsors. The Queen of Hearts sponsors for the 2017 Festival of Fools include: Art Works, Burlington Town Center, Dealer.com, Hendrick’s Gin, Leunig’s Bistro & Café, and Samual Adams. Other sponsors include: American Flatbread Burlington Hearth, Ben & Jerry’s, Champlain College, Clearwater Filter Systems, Eyes of the World, Fluid Bar Service, Marketplace Fitness, Red Square, RiRa Irish Pub Restaurant, Signal Kitchen, Vermont Comedy Club, and vermontvacation.com. Festival of Fools is also supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.