15 Signature Summer Events in StoweMay 9, 2019
by GO STOWE
Summer in Stowe is a unique time of year—one filled with festive, annual events that transform Stowe’s scenic landscape into a vibrant New England destination. Everything from races, outdoor concerts and Independence Day celebrations, to craft beverage, mountain bike and renaissance festivals. Events in the Historic Stowe Village are especially vibrant, with historic buildings and a steepled church as a backdrop to the festivities. From mountain to Main Street, discover quintessential Vermont at these 15 signature summer events in Stowe in 2019:
Stowe Craft Brew Race
When: May 18, 2019
Race through the beautiful countryside during the 2nd annual Stowe Craft Brew Race. The route for this 5K winds along the Stowe Recreation Path, starting and ending at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa. After a good run, enjoy a beer festival featuring more than 45 Vermont breweries, wineries and cideries.
Chowderpalooza & Spring Art On Park
When: May 25, 2019
For the ultimate New England experience, sample authentic chowders by chefs from 11 local restaurants at the 5th annual Chowderpalooza & Spring Art On Park. Cast your vote for the best seafood, poultry, meat and vegetarian chowders. Browse displays of handmade jewelry and goods by local artists and artisans at Spring Art on Park.
B3 Fest: Bikes, Brews & Beats
When: June 14 – 16, 2019
If you love mountain biking, craft beverages and cool beats, the B3 Fest is for you. This kid-friendly weekend of “Bikes, Brews & Beats” celebrates Stowe’s mountain biking, craft beverages and music. All group rides are free to the public. Family and friends can ride through Stowe on guided rides with stops at different food and music venues. This event is put on by the Stowe Trails Partnership. (Insider Tip: The B3 Fest Block Party will kick off the event with samples of local food and craft beverages, followed by a Critical Mass Ride down Mountain Road).
Vermont Renaissance Faire
When: June 22 – 23, 2019
Indulge in a medieval-inspired fair at the Mayo Events Field. Bring the family and explore the artisans and craft vendors, musicians, historical demos, jousting and more. (Insider Tip: Interested in attending the Vermont Renaissance Faire? Save up to 35% off lodging when you register for this event).
Stowe Brewers Festival
When: June 28 – 30, 2019
If you love craft beverages, you won’t want to miss this summer festival featuring more than 40 brewers and cider makers from Stowe and beyond. Stowe favorites include Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Idletyme Brewing Co., von Trapp Brewing and Stowe Cider. Enjoy the mountain views while sampling craft beverages, dining at food trucks and listening to live music. (Insider tip: Attendees of the Stowe Brewers Festival can take advantage of exclusive lodging discounts and a unique continue your craft beverage exploration beyond the event).
Gardens of Stowe
When: June 30, 2019
Experience a unique side of Stowe while taking self-guided tours through Stowe’s gardens. After viewing both private and commercial gardens, head back to the reception at the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe for floral arranging, a silent auction and more.
An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July
When: July 4, 2019
This festive celebration lives up to its name. Stowe was recognized by Fodor’s Travel for having one of “America’s 15 Best Small-Town Fourth of July Celebrations.” Start with a village parade in the hamlet of Moscow, then head to the village for a day filled with festival activities including the traditional parade, Art on Park, a pie contest, the “World’s Shortest Marathon” and fireworks. (Insider Tip: Visit Stowe’s independently owned retailers during 7 Miles of Sales. Explore sidewalk and tent sales on and off the seven mile-long Mountain Road for great summer savings).
Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival
When: July 5 – 7, 2019
This signature event, now in its 33rd year, is a magical experience. Relax and take in the picturesque scenery while dozens of hot air balloons fill the Stowe sky. Experience a thrilling balloon ride, enjoy games and kids activities and savor food and libations at the beer and wine garden at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa.
Music in the Meadow
When: July 7 – August 4, 2019
Enjoy a sunset picnic among the rolling Nebraska Valley hills at the Trapp Family Lodge concert meadow. All guests are guaranteed a full view of the stage while taking in the sounds of orchestras, traditional bands and blues music at three concerts this summer. Watch a dazzling firework display following the Vermont Symphony Orchestra performance on opening night.
Art on Park
When: Thursdays, July 11 – August 22, 2019
Shop local artists, artisans and vendors on Park Street in Stowe on Thursday evenings this summer. From live music and local jewelers, to specialty food and beverages, there’s something for everyone to see, hear, taste and buy throughout the series.
Stowe Arts Week
When: July 20 – 28, 2019
While Stowe is a year-round destination for arts, Stowe Arts Week showcases the rich arts community here through a week of events put on by local arts and cultural organizations. This event celebrates local artists, performers and art lovers. Other art events allow visitors to interact with the community and experience the breathtaking landscape of Stowe at the same time.
Spruce Peak Folk Festival
When: August 10 – 11, 2019
Get together this summer for a collection of Americana, bluegrass and folk music at the Spruce Peak Folk Festival on the green. Listen to six live musical performances and taste local food and brews with majestic Mt. Mansfield in view.
Stowe Tango Music Festival
When: August 15 – 18, 2019
Tango takes Stowe at one of the premier tango festivals in the country. The Stowe Tango Music Festival brings world-class talent to Stowe for a weekend of live music, competitions and premier performances at several venues in Stowe.
100on100 Relay Race
When: August 16, 2019
For all the running fanatics – this is your race! This 100-mile course begins in Stowe. Teams of runners will race through the heart of Vermont on this long-distance relay race along scenic Route 100. Scenic views of Vermont hills are guaranteed. (Insider Tip: Get a good night’s rest in Stowe before the race with a special lodging offer for race attendees).
Race To The Top Of Vermont
When: August 25, 2019
More than 800 runners, bikers and climbers will climb 4.3 miles on the historic Toll Road, racing to reach the top of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. Challenge yourself in this annual Vermont tradition, complete with spectacular views.
So pick your favorite event – or events – and start planning your next adventure in Stowe this summer!
Images courtesy of: Clancy Creative/Stowe Craft Brew Race, Grant Wieler, Helen Day Art Center, Race To The Top Of Vermont, Spruce Peak Performing Arts, Stowe Brewers Festival, Stowe Tango Music Festival, Stowe Vibrancy, Trapp Family Lodge, Vermont Renaissance Faire and 100on100 Relay Race.