Burlington City Arts

JULY 7, 2015

Announcing Festival of Fools 2015 in Downtown Burlington!



Burlington, VT: Burlington City Arts is pleased to present the 8th annual Festival of Fools, a free, fun for all ages street festival taking place in downtown Burlington, kicking off Friday, July 31st at 5pm with the musical guests Lowell Thompson and The Hokem Bros. with Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger in front of City Hall. Festival of Fools features street performances, comedy and music, running Friday, July 31st through Sunday, August 2nd. Featuring world class entertainers, residents and visitors will experience exciting performances in downtown Burlington on the Church Street Marketplace, City Hall Park and other select locations around town. Full information about performers and festival events can be found at

The Festival of Fools is a curated festival of street theater devoted to community engagement through the celebration of circus arts, music and comedy for family audiences. In accord with Burlington City Arts’ mission to make the arts accessible in greater Burlington, the Festival of Fools offers free events, open to the public and appropriate for all age groups. 

The Festival of Fools features the best international street performers from around the globe. Four main stage locations surrounding the Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park will feature continuous street theater and music, performing to over 10,000 visitors to Church Street each day. The Festival wraps up on Sunday, August 2nd with a grand finale featuring all the performers of the festival. 
Festival of Fools brings the age-old tradition of busking to Burlington. Busking is the practice of performing in public places for tips and gratuities. Performers will be conducting their acts on various locations called pitches throughout the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. While the entertainment is free, festival goers should feel free to donate to the performer if they like what they see. 

There are many new and exciting events happening this year at the Festival. Friday evening at 8pm, Live Nation presents comedian Lewis Black on the Flynn Main Stage. Also on Friday at 8pm, don’t miss the Afinque Salsa Social with special guest Ray Vega and Dsantos VT at North End Studios. Friday also features music by Robert Resnik, Starline Rhythm Boys and Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band, all performing on Church Street. New this year is a Late Night Cabaret called P Project with Paul Schnabel at the Off Center for the Dramatic Arts. It’s just for adults and at 10pm on Friday. The 31st is also a full moon, which brings the Full Moon Masquerade to Signal Kitchen, featuring music by Slow Magic and Madaila and masks by artists Beth Robinson and Eric Roy. Saturday features Farmers Market performances and a movie under the stars, Metropolis, with original live score by Randal Pierce and friends in front of Ben & Jerry’s on Church Street. On Sunday, Kids Rock The Park! with music and performance by kids… for kids. From 12-5:30pm, enjoy performances from Burlington’s own, Very Merry Theater Company and Young Traditions Vermont bands on two big stages! Mike and his Big Blue Trunk will have foolish activities and festive face painters will be ready to paint your kids silly, along with the PinBox 3000 interactive DIY gaming and performance from Diversity Rocks! There is truly something for everyone.

Festival of Fools is sponsored by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont, Ben & Jerry’s,, The Scuffer, Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, Eyes of the World, Concept 2, American Flatbread Burlington Hearth, Marketplace Fitness, Randolin Music, Ri Ra, and the Church Street Marketplace, with media sponsorship by Independent Radio The Point, WCAX-TV, and Seven Days. This event is an important part of Burlington City Arts, which is dedicated to the promotion of excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. For more information about gallery exhibitions, special events, classes and workshops, please call 802.865.7166 or visit BURLINGTONCITYARTS.ORG.