FEATURED WATERBURY EVENTS

 

Waterbury is home to a number of fun, festive, and quirky events and promotions! Here's a sampling of events to plan your visit around; check with event organizers or visit our Events Calendar for exact dates and details.

Please note: some events or promotions may be modified or on pause due to COVID-19. Confirm any information before planning your visit.

 

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Winter

 

A shopping promotion card for Wrap It Up and WinVery Merry Waterbury

THANKSGIVING THROUGH DECEMBER

We roll out the red carpet every holiday season, with a variety of events and promotions under the Very Merry Waterbury umbrella, including the Wrap It Up & Win shopping and dining promotion, Holiday Stroll, River of Light Lantern Parade, and Artisans Boutique.

 

 

Lanterns at the River of Light paradeRiver of Light Lantern Parade

FIRST SATURDAY IN DECEMBER

Since 2010, a group of local artists, students, and community members have made beautiful and elaborate lanterns, which are then paraded through downtown.

 

 

 

Human bowling during Waterbury WinterfestWaterbury Winterfest

LATE JANUARY THROUGH EARLY FEBRUARY

This ten-day festival in the heart of winter includes great activities for all ages, such as broomball, human bowling, moonlight snowshoeing and skiing, ice sculpting, Wassailing, and much more!

 

 

Spring

 

Bikers during the Gravel GrindGravel Grinder

FIRST SUNDAY IN MAY

Join mountain biking enthusiasts for this spring bike ride on Waterbury's dirt roads, which supports the work of the Waterbury Area Trail Alliance to build and maintain Waterbury's trails.

 

 

SUMMER

 

Waterbury Adventure Challenge materialsWaterbury Adventure Challenge

ongoing, MEMORIAL DAY - INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY

This is a fun, self-guided series of challenges and puzzles that encourages participants to explore Waterbury. It can be completed any time from Memorial Day Weekend through Indigenous Peoples' Day, including over multiple visits to Waterbury.

 

 

Shoppers at the Waterbury Farmers MarketWATERBURY FARMERS MARKET

thursdays, LATE MAY - MID-SEPTEMBER

The Farmers Market takes place every Thursday in the summer from 4-7 pm. Come buy local and stick around for the Concerts in the Park!

 

 

 

A band performing at a Concert in the ParkCONCERTS IN THE PARK

THURSDAYS, MID-JUNE - LATE AUGUST

Put on by the Waterbury Rotary Club, this free annual concert series coincides with the time and location of the Waterbury Farmers Market, making it the place to be on Thursday nights in the summer!

 

 

People and a dog are dressed up and marching in the Not Quite Independence Day paradeNOT QUITE INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE

SATURDAY BEFORE INDEPENDENCE DAY

Waterbury typically kicks off the Independence Day celebrations a little early on the Saturday before the Fourth of July. The streets of Waterbury are shut down for the lively NQID parade and then spill over to a concert, fun family activities, and fireworks! This event is organized by the Waterbury Rotary Club.

 

 

A band performing at the Waterbury Arts Fest Friday Night Block PartyWATERBURY ARTS FEST

SECOND WEEKEND IN JULY

This arts festival delivers fun for everyone and is a showcase for local art, food, and entertainment, making it a signature summer event in Waterbury. The festivities include the Friday Night Block Party, with great food, a beer garden, and music for dancing under the stars and Saturday's Arts Fest, an open-air arts and crafts market with over 100 vendors selling their locally crafted wares.

 

A line of antique cars at the Antique and Classic Car ShowVERMONT ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC CAR SHOW

SECOND WEEKEND IN AUGUST

The Car Show is one of the largest and oldest in New England and is a cherished summer tradition in Vermont. Some of the events that take place include automobile judging, a flea market & car corral, and antique car parade and street dance and awards ceremony.

 

Fall

 

Runners at the Leaf Peepers raceLEAF PEEPERS HALF MARATHON & 5K

FIRST SATURDAY IN OCTOBER

For over 30 years, the Leaf Peepers Half Marathon and 5k races have taken place in Waterbury. This autumn event highlights the athletic and outdoorsy nature of our town!