Summer Music at Vermont Farms and Vineyards
June 24, 2023
Vermont summer music festivals and performances are in every corner of the state. If you’re looking for a new way to experience live music, enjoy a variety of locations to soak up summer music at Vermont farms and vineyards.
-courtesy Pittsford Village Farm
Pittsford Village Farm
Pittsford Village Farm hosts summer concerts on Tuesdays on its 20-acre historic property. The farm, a nonprofit dedicated to being a community center for all, hosts free “Tunesday” concerts through mid-August. Enjoy folk, Celtic, bluegrass, Americana, rock and more. Sit back and enjoy an evening under the stars.
The farm also hosts special music events in partnership with the Paramount Theater featuring the Onion River Jazz Band on Friday, July 7, 2023, from 6-9 p.m., and the Glenn Miller Orchestra on July 29, 2023, from 7-9 p.m. (42 Elm Street, Pittsford; pittsfordvillagefarm.org). Free.
When: “Tunesday” concerts held Tuesdays through Aug. 15, 2023, between 6-8 p.m. Check the farm’s schedule for additional events. Free.
-courtesy Earth Sky Time
Earth Sky Time in Manchester
In Southern Vermont, Earth Sky Time in Manchester hosts performances by musicians such as the Garifuna Collective, Glen David Andrews Band, Billy Wylder and Saints and Liars & Wild Leek River. Earth Sky Time, located at the base of Equinox Mountain, is a certified organic three-generation family farmstead, wood-fired bakery, concert venue, and community of artists, musicians and friends. Beer, wine, pizza and desserts are available at concerts. (1547 Main Street, Manchester; earthskytime.com). Tickets $15, students/farmers $10; kids free.
When: Concerts held 5-10 p.m. every other Sunday through Oct. 8. 2023. Rain or shine.
-courtesy Knoll Farm
Knoll Farm in Fayston
Bragg Hill Road—where you’ll find iconic views of Mount Ellen—is home to Knoll Farm, an organic berry and Icelandic sheep farm. The farm has hosted concerts since 2017 and recently launched a summer-long concert series. Enjoy folk, bluegrass, funk, and more on a new performance stage now through mid-August. (700 Bragg Hill Road, Fayston; knollfarm.org). Tickets $25 for July shows; August benefit concert $55-$75. Kids under five are admitted for free.
When: Concerts are scheduled July 7, 14, 29, and August 20. Picnicking begins at 5:30 p.m., live music starts at 7 p.m. for July shows and 6:30 p.m. for the August benefit concert.
Retreat Farm in Brattleboro
Enjoy live music at Retreat Farm every Thursday for live music, lawn games, craft brews, and local food truck fare. Bring a blanket, chair, and friends. This year’s Food Truck Roundup features a diverse musical lineup featuring Brother Sal Blues Band, Zara Bode, Jatoba and more. Enjoy tasty food by Thirsty Goat Bar, Anon’s Thai Cusine, Mach’s Mobile Pizza, The HAngry Traveler and Vermont Gelato (45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro; retreatfarm.org). Tickets are on a sliding scale.
When: Thursdays now through Aug. 24, 2023. 5 p.m.
-courtesy Snow Farm Vineyard
Snow Farm Vineyard in South Hero
Summer music concerts at Snow Farm Vineyard started in the late 1990s. It could be the longest-running summer concert series in Vermont (they even held performances during the pandemic). The vineyard, owned by the Lane family, is ideal for soaking up live music with views of the Green Mountains to the east and Lake Champlain to the west.
Please bring a picnic, enjoy the vineyard’s many wines (they sell beer, too), dance the night away, and spend time with friends in a gorgeous setting in the Champlain Islands. (190 West Shore Road, South Hero; snowfarm.com). Free.
When: Concerts held Thursdays now through August 31, 2023, between 6:30-8:30 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. (check the Snowfarm Vineyard concert schedule for details)
-courtesy Max Grudzinski/Fable Farm
Fable Farm in Barnard
BarnArts and the Feast & Field Collective invite you to weekly gatherings on Thursdays at Fable Farm’s orchard in Barnard. Food and drink are available with Eastman Farm’s beef and pork and Fable Farm’s vegetables, Ice cream is made on-site by Kiss the Cow Creamery. (1525 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard, feastandfield.com) Entry is sliding scale, $5-25 per person. Reservations can be made online at feastandfield.com. Walk-ins are welcome, space permitting.
When: Thursdays now through late September. Gates open at 5:30; music starts at 6. Food service: 5:30-8 p.m.; bar service 5:30-9 p.m.
Live music at Shelburne Vineyard happens on Fridays and Sundays, with some concerts on Saturdays. Hear artists perform bluegrass, swing, folks, rock and more at this popular vineyard, which first plantings took root in 1998. Food trucks on-site during Friday concerts. (6308 Shelburne Road, Shelburne; shelburnevineyard.com). Tickets $10-12; Sunday performances free.
When: Most concerts are held Fridays and Sundays at 6 or 6:30 p.m.; some performances are on Saturdays through September. Check the Shelburne Vineyard website for exact times and details.
-courtesy Knoll Farm
-Main photo courtesy of Max Grudzinski, photographer for the Feast and Field music series at Fable Farm.