Arts & Entertainment

Champlain Valley Festival Celebrates 26 Years in July

Join folk musicians, dancers, and crafters at Kingsland Bay State Park on Lake Champlain for a 3-day celebration – the annual Champlain Valley Folk Festival, which brings together the best elements of the area’s centuries-old and recent traditions.

This year’s festival features folk legend Geoff Muldaur, Quebec’s Reveillons, traditional singers Enoch Kent and Tim Eriksen, dynamic guitarist Pat Wictor, West African proto-banjo player Sana Ndaiye, the thrilling fiddle and piano duo of Laura Risk and Jacqueline Schwab, and exciting young bands The Duhks, Crowfoot, and Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers. Many of this year’s guests are family acts — the Amidons, Abenaki singers and storytellers Joe and Jesse Bruchac, Albany’s Annie and the Hedonists, and Maine’s Gawler Family. A large variety of local performers of all musical persuasions will also be on site throughout the weekend, and Saturday afternoon will feature a special “mini-Quad Fest” at the Lakeside Stage as our part of the year-long commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s arrival to Lake Champlain. For dancers, there is a large tent with a wooden floor, featuring contras and squares, family dances, waltzes and more. For music listeners, performers rotate among multiple venues ranging from the “Big Tent” to more intimate settings. And a variety of craftspeople show their wares, along with food vendors of various ethnic backgrounds.

The Festival begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31 and winds up on Sunday, August 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by the day or for the entire weekend. The cost of a full weekend pass is $70 ($60 if purchased by July 15). Camping and ticket information:

Tickets: Flynn Regional Box Office,, or at the gate. For more information, please call 877-850-0206.

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