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Festival of Fools

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Festival of Fools
Church Street
BurlingtonVT 05401
(802) 865-7166

Ages: 0 - 14+

Cost: All events are free to the public. Performers in all areas accept tips and gratuities through the tradition of “passing the hat”.

Parking: No - Street Parking Only

Features: Snack Stand, Restrooms

August 1-3, 2014

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. 

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, performing to over 10,000 visitors to Church Street each day. 

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.

On Saturday from 10-4pm, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont’s Kids Zone in City Hall Park featuring festival performers: Fred Garbo’s Inflatable Theater Co., Modern Times Theater and characters from Big Nazo!  Join us in the park for fantastic kid friendly performances, a traveling ‘crankie show’ (rolling picture story), minstrel music, face painting and hands on creative arts for children ages 6-14. 

Note that Bank Street will be closed to traffic and features the Feast of Fools, showcasing foolery, great music and an outdoor food court. 


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Amandab123

  • 5

Reviewed on 08/22/2013

What an awesome idea! My kids enjoy this every year....this year my son got to be part, they duct taped him to a chair then balanced a chair on his chin lol too funny. Great times on church street

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bluebingo

  • 5

Reviewed on 08/22/2013

This is such a great event. The shows that I put on here just amazing. There's all different kinds of performances from all over the world to see.

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katiebug_1530

  • 4

Reviewed on 08/19/2013

I have attended this festival 3 years in a row now and I have to tell you it is absolute fun! Although it is free i usually bring a bunch of ones so that i can give each of my kids a few to toss in the buckets of a good performer. You never know what your going to get at this event because they seldom have repeat performances from year to year. I have seen performers that had me in tears laughing as well as some duds too. The only problem I see with this festival is that if you attend annually like me, juggling may loose its majestic appeal.
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shay123

  • 5

Reviewed on 07/27/2012

Love this festival. My husband and I travel all the way from New Jersey for this. Performers are excellent. Food is great. People are so friendly in Burlington we love to get away here. Our favorite show is the yo yo show. They always put on an amazing performance. Every year the festival seems to get even better and there is a bigger croud every year.

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JulieMS

  • 5

Reviewed on 08/08/2011

What a ton of fun! My husband and I laughed and enjoyed 4 shows plus the end of the day "best of..." show. Thank you BCA for all the fun!

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twincoastlove

  • 5

Reviewed on 08/12/2008

Wow, what a Saturday we had. This festival was the perfect way to spend all day in Burlington. We met a friend in City Hall Park, caught a show, and decided to plan the day around the rest of the shows. It was wonderful! So kid-friendly, they laughed hysterically at the humor, facial expression, and stunts that the performers delighted us all with throughout the day. We met my husband for a to-go dinner on the lawn in City Hall Park again, and enjoyed the Best of Festival show before heading home. We felt so thankful for the ability to experience such a rich, cultural event in our wonderful city, and thankful for the time together as a family. We also were so grateful for Flatbread, the Chamber, and for Burlington City Arts for making Woody's vision come to fruition. I hope we'll see this come again each year. One other note - I would probably not have known about it if it weren't for Find and Go Seek's easy way of putting fun things to do with the family, all in one place! Thank you!! ...more

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pcheftammy

  • 5

Reviewed on 08/12/2008

What a great way to spend a Saturday. We happened on the Festival of Fools, in Burlington to look for school clothes. This event was a blast. Great performers who were very entertaining and professional . The kids loved it, I enjoyed it also. There were many performances all happening at the same time, but repeated throughout the day, so all you had to do was wander around Church Street and beyond to catch an act. The Farmers Market was also going on, and it is always a treat to go to that.

All in all very enjoyable and I hope to see it again next year!
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Steve Mease

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Reviewed on 07/18/2008

This is a brand new event for Burlington, but if you like street performers (and who doesn't) I think this is going to be a fun event. Our family experienced all the street performers at Key West at sunset a couple years ago and it was a blast to see so many people out performing. And if you have seen Waldo Woodhead at First Night, you know his festival will be fun.

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