Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When and Where is the Vermont International Festival (VIF)?
The festival is held annually on the 3-day weekend following Thanksgiving weekend.  The dates for 2016 are:

Friday, Dec. 2 9am to 3pm School Program
Friday, Dec. 2 5pm to 8pm
Saturday, Dec. 3 10am to 6pm
Sunday, Dec. 4 10am to 5pm

The festival is held at the Champlain Valley Exposition, Route 15/Pearl Street, Essex Junction, Vermont.

What does it cost?
Admission is good for the entire weekend! (excludes special programs)

Individual $7 at the door
Children (ages 6-12) $5
Seniors (age 65+) $5
Family pass $20
Children under 6 Free

Special Programs

School Program, Friday, Dec 2, 9am to 3pm $5 per student, 1 chaperone per 5 students free
Seniors, Friday December 2 1 pm to 3 pm. free.

How do I register to get in?
General Public - Come in and pay for tickets at the door. Tickets may now be purchased in advance online here. You will receive an email confirmation.

School Reservation Form - School Groups register in advance for a 2-hour time slot - PDF - Word

Craft Vendor Application Form - PDF - Word

Food Vendor Application Form - PDF - Word

Performing Artist Application Form - PDF - Word

Community Organization Application Form - PDF - Word

Who is in the Audience?
The festival is open to pre-registered school groups during this time:
Friday, Dec. 2 9am to 3pm

The festival is open to the public and everyone is welcome during these times:
Friday, Dec. 2 5pm to 8pm
Saturday, Dec. 3 10am to 6pm
Sunday, Dec. 4 10am to 5pm

Is the festival site handicapped accessible?
Yes, and everything is at ground level.

Is there parking?
Yes.  There is unlimited free parking on-site.

Can the festival be reached by bus?
Yes.  The Champlain Valley Exposition can be reached via CCTA bus Route 2 Burlington-Essex Junction. This bus runs weekdays and Saturdays. For more information, please call CCTA at  802-864-CCTA (2282) or visit

Why should one visit this festival?
VIF is a unique and unforgettable event. It is the largest and most comprehensive international festival in Vermont and is a special blend of international crafts, ethnic foods, and multi-cultural music and dance.

The Festival has been voted one of the Top Ten Winter Events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce!

Who are the performers/artists?
List of Festival Performers.

Who are the craft vendors?
List of Craft Vendors.

Who are the food vendors?
List of Food Vendors.

Who are the community exhibitors?
List of Communitity Organizations and Exhibits.

What is the New Americans New Neighbors Pavilion?
The Vermont International Festival began in December of 1992. The idea was to help Vermonters experience world cultures through the traditional crafts, performing arts, foods and folk customs of many nations. Over the last 20 years our community has changed dramatically, and now people from many different parts of the world have settled here as refugees, immigrants and asylees. By coming here they have enriched our lives in many ways. In recognition of their contributions, we have established a special section at the festival to highlight the ethnic groups who have joined us and the organizations who serve them. The Pavilion provides an opportunity to welcome and learn more about our new neighbors.
List of New Americans New Neighbors Pavilion Exhibitors.

How can I support the Festival?
You can donate via Paypal.
Donations to support the Festival are greatly appreciated.

How can I volunteer?
There are a variety of opportunities to help out at the Festival, including:
  • Setting up at the Expo Center on Wednesday evening and/or Thursday morning/afternoon/evening (hanging flags, signs, covering tables....)
  • Breaking down at the Expo Center on Sunday evening (beginning at 5:00 p.m.)
  • Selling tickets on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday
  • Staffing craft booths temporarily (to allow vendors working alone to take a quick break) on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday
  • Keeping the food court clean
  • Selling food tokens
Shifts for selling tickets, staffing craft booths and selling food tokens are Friday 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Saturday 10:00 am - 12:30 pm, 12:30 - 3:00 pm, 3:00 to 6 pm. Sunday 10:00 am - 12:30 pm, 12:30 - 3:00 pm, 3:00 to 5 pm. This is a great opportunity to spend time volunteering with friends or family members and get to know your community. Plus you get to enjoy the Festival on the day you volunteer for free! For information on Festival Volunteer Opportunities, please contact the VIF office, 802-863-6713 or email

Lost something?
If you lost something at the Festival, check with us if it was found. E-mail: Any found items are kept for two weeks after the Festival. Items that are unclaimed after two weeks will be donated to charity or discarded.