Middlebury Festival on the Green
Sunday, July 6th through Saturday, July 12th, 2014
A much anticipated highlight of the summer, the Festival has remained faithful to its mission of bringing top-quality, free, family-friendly entertainment to the residents and guests of Addison County since its debut at the end of the nineteen-seventies. Over the years, we have introduced more than 445 performance artists and groups to collectively more than 125,000 audience members. The roster of “alumni” performers includes homegrown talent from the Green Mountain State and entertainers from half-a-world away, solo artists and entire parades, traditional entertainers and those who’ve earned a reputation as “cutting-edge.”
“Brown Bag Specials,” performances designed for a family audience, are presented at noon Monday through Friday. Festival-goers bring a bag lunch or picnic from home, or patronize one of the nearby restaurants for take-out. These shows, which feature storytelling, dance, music, and puppetry, are enjoyed by an audience sprinkled with lively toddlers from localday care centers, youthful residents of nearby camps, downtown shoppers, and employeesfrom businesses bordering the Green.
Evening performances begin at 7:00 p.m. and are generally done by 10:00. The week’sprogram features something for nearly every musical taste from folk and country blues to rhythmic international melodies. All events take place rain or shine under the tent on the Village Green.
Saturday Evening 7:00-9:00
Since 1984, our capstone event has been the Street Dance, featuring big-band selections by the always-popular Vermont Jazz Ensemble. With the support of the town Selectboard and businesses surrounding the Green, Main Street is closed to all but pedestrian traffic so that Festival-goers can “cut the rug” on the street.
Change of Location!
Due to the 2014 Middlebury Downtown Railroad Bridge Replacement Project, the Middlebury Green will not be available for our festival this summer. For this year we will be a Festival off the Green. We will take our big tent and all our performances to the Town Recreation field by the Mary Hogan School. You can find the location at 88 Mary Hogan Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753. There is parking at the Mary Hogan School, as well as at the Memorial Sports Center, 296 Buttolph Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753 and at the Mahady Courthouse, 7 Mahady Court, Middlebury, VT 05753.