Green Mountain BBQ & Music Festival

Waterbury likes to start celebrating July Fourth a week before the rest of the country. We call it Not Quite Independence Day. It comes with a parade, fireworks, and the Green Mountain BBQ & Music Festival!

Put on by the Rotary Club of Waterbury, the June 25th & 26th event features authentic barbecue, food trucks, craft brews by von Trapp Brewing, live music, fireworks, and kids' activities.

  • Authentic Barbecue: More than 3,000 barbecue enthusiasts will gather to watch 35+ pit masters from across the region compete at the Green Mountain BBQ Championship. Events are sanctioned by the New England Barbecue Society & Kansas City Barbecue Society.
  • Kids' Activities: Carnival-style games that aren't rigged; climbing wall, provided by the Vermont National Guard; a large sandbox; lawn tractor jousting, sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts; a roaming railroad; inflatable obstacle course, provided by the Waterbury Mission; pie baking contest; face painting; baby animals; and fun photo opts to remember the occasion. (Activities are subject to change.)
  • Live Music: Bands such as Tim Brick, Mellow Yellow, The Pilgrims, Prydein, and Jimmy T Thurston grace the stage at Farrs Field on Route 2 West. (Acts are subject to change.)


On-site ticket prices $12 adults, $5 kids ages 5-12, $25 pass for a family of up to two adults and two or more kids. Tickets are also available online at at a reduced rate.

This year, the schedule is as follows:

Saturday, June 25 11 am:

Not Quite Independence Day Main Street Parade, starts with the annual running of the Green Mountain Mile, a race down Main Street open to all. This starts at the Ice Center and ends at Stowe Street. The parade route will be on Main Street, beginning at Demeritt Place and ending at Dac Rowe Field. This year's parade theme: Kid's Favorite Characters.

Noon to dusk: The Green Mountain BBQ & Music Festival, at Farr's Field. At dusk, fireworks at Farr's Field, weather permitting.

Sunday, June 26 11 am - 5 pm:

Green Mountain BBQ & Music Festival resumes. 

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