Burlington City Arts

Festival of Fools

Burlington City Arts is excited to announce the incredible talent headlining the 12th annual Festival of Fools, presented by Community Bank, N.A., downtown Burlington, Vermont, August 2 through 4.

This year's free, all-ages, street performance festival will feature Cimarrón, Dan Deacon, FLiP, Flyin Hawaiian, Giri and Uma Peters, Kilted Colin, Lakou Mizik, NANDA, Red Trousers, Sara Twister, Tic & Tac, and the Waterbombs. 

The full festival schedule, events, and other performers will be announced later this spring.

More than 100 performances will entertain an estimated 100,000 visitors and residents throughout the weekend–making it one of New England’s largest festivals and an internationally recognized festival celebrating street performance. 

Festival of Fools celebrates the inclusive art of busking and street performance. Coined in Great Britain during the 1860s, busking has been a popular art form in every dominant culture since antiquity.

Devoted to community engagement and making the arts accessible, Burlington City Arts curates the Festival to offer free events, open to the public and appropriate for all age groups. The Festival is pleased to be working in association with Signal Kitchen as a creative development and music programming partner.

Full information about performers, festival events, and future announcements can be found at

Burlington City Arts’ Festival of Fools is presented by Community Bank, N.A. As of April 7, the event is also sponsored by Ben & Jerry's,, Hendrick’s Gin, and Leunig’s Bistro & Café. Media sponsorship by Independent Radio The Point, WPTZ-TV, and Seven Days. 

Downtown Burlington
Church Street
Burlington, VT 05401