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Local Events to Kick Off an Epic Summer in Woodstock - Echo Market

Local Events to Kick Off an Epic Summer in Woodstock

| Victoria Hurd

As the days grow longer and the weather warms up, Woodstock is buzzing with excitement and gearing up for a season filled with fun and engaging community events. Whether you're a local or planning a visit, there's no better way to celebrate the start of summer than by participating in the unique activities our town has to offer. From outdoor concerts and food festivals to art exhibitions and nature walks, we’ve curated a list of ten must-attend events that promise to enrich your summer with joy and community spirit. Get ready to mark your calendars and create unforgettable memories right here in Woodstock!

Woodstock Union High School and Middle School’s Spring Plant Sale

Support Woodstock Union High School and Middle School’s CRAFT (Community and Climate Resilience Through Agriculture, Forestry, and Technology) Spring Plant Sale! Students start more than half of their plants by seed and the others from a nursery that is neonicotinoid-free. Learn more about the importance of this initiative here. There are native plants, fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and Fedco seeds available for purchase. They are selling No Mow May signs this year and are doing a plastic plant pot collection drive. Make sure to bring a cardboard box or two to transfer the plants to your car!

  • When: Now through May 31st, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: The large greenhouse behind the building at 100 Amsden Way, Woodstock, VT 05091

Portraits of Resilience Exhibition: Farming in a Changing Climate 

In collaboration with Vital Communities, Billings Farm and Museum is sharing a thought-provoking exhibition of 26 original artworks from the “Climate Farmers Stories” project. “Through portraits in paint, print, fiber, and digital media, the works highlight the resiliency, creativity, and problem-solving abilities of farmers in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. Each portrait is intentionally crafted by local artists to connect viewers with climate farmers.” Visit Billings Farm for more information and to purchase tickets to this inspiring series.

  • When: Now through June 23rd
  • Where: 53 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT 05091

‘Slow & Gentle’ Community Yoga at Wise Pines

Wise Pines is “A sustainable [and] holistic hiker-focused B&B in Hartland, VT – offering a variety of services and amenities including organic farming, yoga, reiki and more.” Join them for a rejuvenating yoga class in a serene setting. Visit their website for more information and to purchase advance tickets.

  • When: Wednesdays at 1:00 pm 
  • Where: 184 Hartland Hill Rd, Woodstock, VT 05091
A climate change protest where a picket sign reading "There is no planet B" is the focus

Environmental Humanities 101: Critical Studies for Feverish Times

The Vermont Humanities Council will host a May Snapshot Series lecture in Woodstock at the Norman Williams Public Library. UVM professor Adrian Ivakhiv, founder of EcoCultureLab, will introduce the rapidly growing field of Environmental Humanities, which is designed to address ecological crises, climate crises, dramatic global inequality, political polarization, media frenzy, future pandemics, and much more. Ivakhiv will focus on what it means to live at this moment, sometimes called “the Anthropocene.” Advanced registration is requested.

  • When: Wednesday, May 22nd, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Where: Attend virtually or in person at the Norman Williams Public Library - 10 The Green, Woodstock, VT 05091

Woodstock Sidewalk Sale Days 

Shop at your favorite local stores this Memorial Day Weekend and enjoy great sales, good food, and fun for all! 

  • When: May 24th and 25th, 2024, from 9:30 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Participating businesses on Central Street and Elm Street

Oneness Field Meditation | Oneness with Oneself in Woodstock

Sri Krishnaji, an Enlightened Master Teacher, will lead a live webcast for the International Oneness Community. Everyone is invited to attend and receive a transmission of energy with the theme of Oneness with Oneself. There will be some participant sharing around the theme, followed by the Oneness Field Transmission from Sri Krishnaji. Register here.

  • When: Saturday, May 25th, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
  • Where: North Universalist Chapel Society - 7 Church St., Woodstock, VT 05091

Market on the Green

Woodstock’s weekly farmer’s market returns with its weekly festivities every Wednesday beginning May 29th! Support more than 30 local vendors offering fresh produce, cheese, meat, bread, prepared foods, ice cream, pottery, crafts, and more! Complete with live music, this event offers fun for attendees, young and old.

  • When: Every Wednesday beginning May 29th from 3:00 to 6 pm
  • Where: The Village Green in Woodstock

Feast & Field 

Feast & Field is a magnificent celebration of music, food, and community in the exquisite setting of the Fable Farm orchards in Barnard. This weekly event kicks off on Thursday, May 30th, and continues through September 26th. Curated and produced by BarnArts Center for the Arts, talented musicians grace the stage every week, sharing love through song and dance. Enjoy freshly prepared food that is grown, raised, and harvested on this same land by the Feast & Field Farmers. Get tickets and order food in advance here.

  • When: Every Thursday, May 30th to September 26th, from 5:30 to 9:00 pm
  • Where: Fable Farm. 1525 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard, Vermont 05031
A Pride Parade with colorful balloons that spell out "Pride"

First Annual Pride of Woodstock

Woodstock is celebrating the start of Pride Month in style with a stunning lineup of events around town. Show your support of love, diversity, and community by attending the Classic Sounds Dance Party, High Heel Race on Elm Street, and the “Made with Pride” Arts & Crafts Fair on the Green. See below for a full list of the weekend’s festivities.

Covered Bridges Half Marathon

There’s nothing like a scenic race through Vermont’s gorgeous covered bridges to kick off summer. The Half Marathon begins at Saskadena Six in Pomfret, Vermont, on June 2nd at 8:15 am and meanders through the Woodstock Village, along dirt roads parallel to the Ottauquechee River and ends in Quechee, Vermont. If you missed out on early registration, you can still run by joining one of the non-profit partner teams. Not a runner? The CBM is always looking for volunteers and cheerleaders. Find a place along the route to cheer on your friends and family!

  • When: June 2nd from 8:15 to 11:15 am
  • Where: The race starts at the Saskadena Six Ski Area in Pomfret

The Woodstock area truly comes alive in the summer, and these local events are a testament to the vibrant community spirit and diverse interests of our residents and visitors alike. From the energy of live music under the stars to the tranquility of a nature walk, there's something for everyone to enjoy. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to connect with neighbors, support local artists and businesses, and make the most of the beautiful summer season. Don’t forget your sunscreen and your sense of adventure as you dive into the best of what Woodstock has to offer!

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