Inaugural Vermont Barns & Bridges Festival

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Valley Arts and the Mad River Valley community present the first annual Vermont Barns & Bridges Festival, taking place September 14 – 16, 2018.


The Festival includes more than 30 events around the Mad River Valley over the course of three days.  Festival attendees can enjoy art shows, wellness workshops, farm tours, educational talks, an antique car show, festive lunches, an authentic afternoon tea, a classic chicken pie supper, kids activities, parties, fireworks, and more.


A highlight is the Barns & Bridges Tour, a self-guided exploration of the historic structures dotting the beautiful Mad River Valley landscape.  The tour includes working barns, abandoned barns, repurposed barns, unusual barns, covered bridges, and gardens too.  Maps will be readily available at the Mad River Valley Visitor Center, Valley Arts, Three Mountain Café, and other locations throughout the Valley.


“The Festival is a community-wide celebration of the history and creative culture of the Valley,” says Barbara Greene, executive director of Valley Arts. “It will kick off fall foliage season, and with all kinds of businesses and organizations involved and hosting special events, the weekend will be filled with plenty for everyone to enjoy!”


The Festival kicks off on Friday with the opening reception of the annual Photography Show in the Red Barn Galleries at Lareau Farm, home of American Flatbread.  It culminates on Sunday with the grand opening celebration of Salt & Sand Studios, a recently restored barn turned glass blowing studio.  The evening will include a ‘Get it While it’s Hot’ auction where attendees can bid on a piece of hand blown glass while it is being made.


Visit for the full schedule and details.


Valley Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the multiple interests of the Mad River Valley by encouraging and promoting participation in the arts. The organization produces a wide variety of events, including outstanding exhibits in its Festival Gallery in Waitsfield and other venues, workshops conducted by nationally recognized artists, lectures, demos and hands-on creative programs, as well as the annual Festival of the Arts, a month-long celebration of all the arts, held in August and now in its 21st exciting year. More information is available at


The Mad River Valley is a four-season destination located on scenic Route 100 in the center of Vermont.  A unique multi-town community, the Mad River Valley offers a fun, authentic Vermont experience including arts, recreation, farms, foods, craft beverages, beautiful vistas, quaint villages, historic barns and bridges, cool shops, and warm hospitality. Home to both Sugarbush Resort and Mad River Glen, visitors to the Valley in the winter enjoy Vermont’s best alpine, Nordic, and backcountry skiing.  In the summer and fall, visitors experience vibrant events, hiking, biking, paddling, and refreshing swimming holes on the Mad River.  More information is available at


Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 9:00am