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:
What does it cost?
Admission is good for the entire weekend! (excludes special programs)
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.
Who is in the Audience?
The festival is open to pre-registered school groups during this time:
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 www.cctaride.org.
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.
Who are the performers/artists?
Who are the craft vendors?
Who are the food vendors?
Who are the community exhibitors?
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.
How can I support the Festival?
How can I volunteer?
There are a variety of opportunities to help out at the Festival, including:
If you lost something at the Festival, check with us if it was found. E-mail: VIF@vpal-us.org. 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.