Families traveling in Vermont this summer can spend an evening listening to music at outdoor concerts hosted by farms throughout the state. From Brattleboro and Manchester in the south to the Hero Islands in Lake Champlain, you’ll find Vermont’s farms come alive with the sound of music.
Retreat Farm in Brattleboro
Every Thursday at 5 p.m., Retreat Farm is the place to go for live music, food, lawn games and craft brews. Music spans genres from gospel and swing to blues and bluegrass. Local favorite food trucks offer Thai dishes, pizza, gelato and more. These weekly events run through Aug. 24.
Earth Sky Time in Manchester
In Southwestern Vermont, Earth Sky Time is an organic farm with a wood-fired bakery, so families can enjoy pizza and desserts as they listen to classic New Orleans jazz, country rock or Afropop with nationally known bands. Concerts are from 5 to 10 p.m., rain or shine on alternate Sundays through Oct. 8.
Fable Farm in Barnard
Near the resort town of Woodstock, music fills the orchards at Fable Farm. Here, you can buy foods made from locally raised meats and farm-fresh vegetables and fruits. Ice cream is made on-site by Kiss the Cow Creamery. Music begins at 6 p.m. on Thursdays through late September.
Pittsford Village Farm
In central Vermont near Rutland, the non-profit Pittsford Village Farm hosts free summer concerts on Tuesdays through mid-August. Music under the stars includes folk, Celtic, bluegrass, Americana, rock and more. Concerts are from 6 to 8 p.m.
Snow Farm Vineyard in South Hero
The longest-running summer concert series in Vermont is at Snow Farm Vineyard on the Lake Champlain islands north of Burlington. Bring a picnic and accompany it with one of the vineyard’s wines while you listen to music and enjoy views of the lake and mountains. Concerts are free and held on Thursday evenings through Aug. 31.
You can find more music and other summer events in the state on the HappyVermont website or podcast.
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