July 27-28 2013-Annual Festival of the Islands

 

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Saturday, July 27, 2013 – 8:00am to Sunday, July 28, 2013 – 5:00pm

During this last weekend in July, the five towns of the Champlain Islands, Alburgh, Isle LaMotte, North Hero, Grand Isle and South Hero will be hosting the Festival of the Islands.  Visitors will be entertained by numerous  free events including book sales, retail sidewalk sales, flea markets, petting paddocks (to include llamas and alpacas), garage sales, puppet show, farmer’s market, concerts, art galleries, wine tasting and craft fairs. This is the perfect mini-staycation to enjoy the beautiful Champlain Islands! Breathtaking lakeside mountain view may have you on the hunt for your own piece of paradise in the Islands. If that is the case be sure to check out ournewly reduced listing at 5 Keeler Bay

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Stoweflake 27th Anniversary Hot Air Balloon Festival, July 12-14, 2013

activities_balloon_festivalIt’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s more than 25 hot-air balloons!!

Keep an eye on the sky at the Stoweflake 27th Anniversary Hot Air Balloon Festival, July 12-14, 2013 and you will see why this is a summer highlight!

The festival kicks things off  on Friday July 12 at 4 p.m. you won’t want to miss the twilight balloon launch at 6:30 p.m.  On Saturday earlybirds will enjoy  sunrise launches at 6:30 a.m. and  Sunday, July 14, and a second twilight launch at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Morning launch viewing is complimentary for all visitors. Evening admission to the festival events is $10 (free for children 12 and under).

Attendees are welcome to take to the air; hot-air balloon rides are  $275 per person, plus tax. Reservations  recommended. Tethered hot-air balloons rides may be available for $10 per person. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call 802.253.7355, ext. 5538.

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival May 31-June 9, 2013

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One of the delights of living in Burlington is the annual influx of talent which pours into our town to Jazz up the place up quite literally.  This year marks 30 years for  Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.  Here are a few acts to look for- including some Burlington Local Artists on the rise!

Living legend and Grammy-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis performs
Sunday, June 2, 8PM at Flynn MainStage in Burlington. $20/35/48/60.
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***Listen and fall in LOVE with LOCAL Burlington musicians Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band

Thursday, June 6, 2013
11 pm – 1 am
Radio Bean
free before 10 pm / $5 cover after 10 pm

Kat Wright Sings Nina Simone

Monday, June 3, 2013
7 pm
Red Square
21+
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Also from  Burlington, Vermont, the seven-piece ensemble Barika
Indie / Polyrhythmic Ethereal Dub-Scape soaked in Psychedelic, West African Resonance.

May 31 at American Flatbread
5:30 PM

Gretchen Parlato
Gretchen Parlato is making quite a splash in the contemporary jazz scene catch her performance Saturday, June 8, at the FlynnSpace in Burlington, 8 and 10 p.m. $25. flynntix.org