Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of Vermont, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
We did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we've overlooked a specific event, please let us know through the contact page located HERE so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
With regards to any larger festivals, be sure to think outside of the box. While many of them do not regularly book independent acts as part of their official showcases, the national and international bands that do perform often draw some of the biggest built-in crowds imaginable, and provide a huge influx of music lovers and enthusiasts to each respective event location.
So try booking a show at one or several of that city's smaller local venues/bars/restaurants during the festival itself and take advantage of the vast number of music fans located in one place at one time. Even playing an ad-lib acoustic set in the event parking lot can go a long way in gaining you new fans and selling some merch.
-Wanderlust Festival - Dates: Late June
"Wanderlust is a one-of-a-kind festival bringing together the world's leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, top chefs and winemakers, and much, much more -- all in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty. We're talking about fun in the sun and dancing under the stars. Hiking on peaceful trails and gettin' your down dog on at the top of the mountain. Sipping poolside cocktails with your friends, and then enjoying a tasty farm-to-table dinner with views of the surrounding mountain peaks. Early morning meditations and all-night chakra spinning musical performances - it's an all-out ecstatic celebration in the most awe-inspiring locations in the world." - Submit to Perform
-Burlington Discover Jazz Festival - Dates: Early June
"For over a quarter of a century Burlington, Vermont, has celebrated amazing live music during the annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. In 1983 the Festival gave Vermont’s flourishing jazz community the recognition it deserved – a celebration combining incredible local talent with jazz legends from every corner of the globe."
-Grand Point North Festival - Dates: Mid September
-GreggFest - Dates: Early May
"This is a two day music festival that is held in upstate Vermont in honor of a student named Jake Gregg, who unfortunately lost his life due to cancer. The team that puts it on every year are extremely nice and will guarantee you dinner, drinks, and whatever they can for a guarantee - never a door deal. They welcome bands of all genres and sizes for a great time with an extremely professional setup. All the proceeds from the festival go to an endowment fund in Jake's name that generates scholarships for music students." - Submit to Perform to MEISA at firstname.lastname@example.org.