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10:00AM-4:00PM: Vermont Granite Museum – Explore Vermont’s Granite Heritage & More

Vermont Granite Museum, 7 Jones Brothers Way, Barre | 802-476-4605

Come to the museum to see the work of Vermont's granite sculptors and learn about the different ethnic groups that came to Barre to work in the granite industry. Besides exploring the museum's exhibits, try creating your own sculpture in clay, foam blocks, and PVC pipe; design your own monument or machine; try the climbing wall or pedal cars; or play an outdoor game (horseshoes, bocce, bolo palma, croquet, or cornhole).

 

10:00AM-6:00PM:  Lenny's Outlet Tent Sale
Lenny's Outlet, 54 North Main Street, Barre | 802-476-9107

Attention bargain hunters! Don’t miss Lenny’s Outlet Tent Sale, Wednesday through Friday, in downtown Barre. The Lenny’s Outlet always has great deals on brand-name overstocks from Lenny’s 4 stores. But when the tent goes up, the prices fall even further! Save on top-brand items including sneakers, sandals, slippers, casual shoes, kids’ shoes, hikers, work boots, jeans, shorts, hats, sweatshirts, t-shirts and more! Everything in the store will be on sale at Lenny’s Outlet Tent Sale, September 20-23, during the Barre Heritage Festival in downtown Barre.

 

10:00AM-10:45am:  Barre Opera House tour
barre opera house, 6 North Main Street, Barre | 802-476-8188

Take a tour of the historic Barre Opera House. Tour attendees can meet in the lobby starting 15 min before each tour.

 

10:00am-4:00pm: Rock of Ages Guided Quarry Tours

Rock of Ages Visitors Center, 558 Graniteville Road, Graniteville | 866-748-6877

The Rock of Ages Visitors Center offers 60-minute guided tours of the world’s largest active deep-hole dimension granite quarry and self-guided tours of their Graniteville factory. Admission: $8.00 Adults, $7.00 Seniors, Children (6-13) $4.00, children under 6 free.  https://rockofages.com/tours

 

11:30AM-5:00PM: Visit SPA Galleries & Artist Studios

Studio Place Arts, 201 N Main Street, Barre | 802-479-7069

Experience Studio Place Arts (SPA), a vibrant, three-floor non-profit community visual arts center in historic downtown Barre, Vermont. There are 3 exhibits (Exhibit Dates:  September 13, 2023- October 28, 2023) on view at Studio Place Arts:

 

Main Floor Gallery: Rock Solid XXIII: SPA’s annual stone sculpture exhibit, since 2000, showcasing stone sculptures and assemblages by regional artists and other work that depicts the beautiful qualities of stone.

2nd Floor & Quick Change Galleries:  Deep Impressions: Elinor Randall, Master Printmaker: A survey of printmaking by Elinor Randall (b. 1932, d. 2023), curated by the Northern New England Museum of Contemporary Art (NNEMoCA)

3rd Floor Gallery: Primordial: Paintings by Kate Arslambakova: 2022-23 SPA Studio Residency program award recipient

For more info, visit:  [studioplacearts.com]

 

2:00pM-2:45pm:  Barre Opera House tour
barre opera house, 6 North Main Street, Barre | 802-476-8188

Take a tour of the historic Barre Opera House. Tour attendees can meet in the lobby starting 15 min before each tour.

 

3:30PM-6:30PM:  Barre Farmer’s Market

City Hall Park

Stock up your kitchen and pantries with local produce and products from our Barre Farmer’s Market!

 

6:00pm:  meet the author - Rick Winston

Aldrich Public Library, 6 washington street, barre | 802-476-7550

Meet the author of SAVE ME A SEAT! Rick Winston grew up in Yonkers, New York, and became hooked watching old films on TV at a young age. He went to Columbia College and University of California, Berkeley, where there were many opportunities to catch up on films while putting off writing English Literature papers. He co-founded The Savoy Theater in Montpelier, Vermont in 1981, and was co-owner until he and his wife Andrea Serota sold it in 2009. Winston’s previous book, Red Scare in the Green Mountains (Rootstock, 2018) won the 2019 Richard O. Hathaway Award from the Vermont Historical Society  for “Outstanding Contribution to Vermont History.” He currently teaches film history throughout Vermont. 

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10:00AM:  EARTHLY WONDERS – ribbon cutting

Earthly wonders, 321-1 north main street, barre / 802-522-9689

Join us for Earthly Wonder’s Ribbon Cutting! Earthly Wonders is a sustainable home goods and refill shop located at 321-1 North Main Street in downtown Barre.

 

10:00AM & 1:00PM Tours: Vermont History Center Tours

Vermont History Center, 60 Washington Street, Barre | 802-479-8500

The Vermont History Center is housed in the beautiful old Spaulding School building. Admission to the center will be free on Saturday. Enjoy free access to the Historical Society’s Leahy Research Library, including access to Spaulding photos and yearbooks from days’ past.

We will be offering special guided tours of the building at 10am and 1pm. You can also visit our current exhibit: “Icons, Oddities, and Wonders.”

 

10:00AM-4:00PM: Vermont Granite Museum – Explore Vermont’s Granite Heritage & More

Vermont Granite Museum, 7 Jones Brothers Way, Barre | 802-476-4605

Come to the museum to see the work of Vermont's granite sculptors and learn about the different ethnic groups that came to Barre to work in the granite industry. Besides exploring the museum's exhibits, try creating your own sculpture in clay, foam blocks, and PVC pipe; design your own monument or machine; try the climbing wall or pedal cars; or play an outdoor game (horseshoes, bocce, bolo palma, croquet, or cornhole).

 

10:00AM-6:00PM:  Lenny's Outlet Tent Sale

Lenny's Outlet, 54 North Main Street, Barre | 802-476-9107
Attention bargain hunters! Don’t miss Lenny’s Outlet Tent Sale, Wednesday through Friday, in downtown Barre. The Lenny’s Outlet always has great deals on brand-name overstocks from Lenny’s 4 stores. But when the tent goes up, the prices fall even further! Save on top-brand items including sneakers, sandals, slippers, casual shoes, kids’ shoes, hikers, work boots, jeans, shorts, hats, sweatshirts, t-shirts and more! Everything in the store will be on sale at Lenny’s Outlet Tent Sale, September 20-23, during the Barre Heritage Festival in downtown Barre.

 

10:00AM-10:45am:  Barre Opera House tour
barre opera house, 6 North Main Street, Barre | 802-476-8188

Take a tour of the historic Barre Opera House. Tour attendees can meet in the lobby starting 15 min before each tour.

 

10:00am-4:00pm: Rock of Ages Guided Quarry Tours

Rock of Ages Visitors Center, 558 Graniteville Road, Graniteville | 866-748-6877

The Rock of Ages Visitors Center offers 60-minute guided tours of the world’s largest active deep-hole dimension granite quarry and self-guided tours of their Graniteville factory. Admission: $8.00 Adults, $7.00 Seniors, Children (6-13) $4.00, children under 6 free.  https://rockofages.com/tours

 

11:30AM-5:00PM: Visit SPA Galleries & Artist Studios

Studio Place Arts, 201 N Main Street, Barre | 802-479-7069

Experience Studio Place Arts (SPA), a vibrant, three-floor non-profit community visual arts center in historic downtown Barre, Vermont. There are 3 exhibits (Exhibit Dates:  September 13, 2023- October 28, 2023) on view at Studio Place Arts:

 

Main Floor Gallery: Rock Solid XXIII: SPA’s annual stone sculpture exhibit, since 2000, showcasing stone sculptures and assemblages by regional artists and other work that depicts the beautiful qualities of stone.

2nd Floor & Quick Change Galleries:  Deep Impressions: Elinor Randall, Master Printmaker: A survey of printmaking by Elinor Randall (b. 1932, d. 2023), curated by the Northern New England Museum of Contemporary Art (NNEMoCA)

3rd Floor Gallery: Primordial: Paintings by Kate Arslambakova: 2022-23 SPA Studio Residency program award recipient

For more info, visit:  [studioplacearts.com]

 

2:00pm-2:45pm:  Barre Opera House tour
barre opera house, 6 North Main Street, Barre | 802-476-8188

Take a tour of the historic Barre Opera House. Tour attendees can meet in the lobby starting 15 min before each tour.

 

4:00PM-8:00pm:  food truck thursdays  

Currier Park 

Enjoy dinner from one of our amazing Food Truck vendors in the historic Currier Park.  Serving dinner from 4-8pm.  Concerts in Currier Park begins at 5:30pm.

 

5:30PM-7:00PM:  Ally tarwater 

Concerts in Currier Park Series presented by Community National Bank, 802 Cars, & Heney Realtors

Sponsored by Richard J. Wobby Jewelers 

Ally Tarwater – Rootbound - Formed in 2022 in the vibrant musical community of Montpelier, Rootbound began playing in the bike shop at Onion River Outdoors. Ally Tarwater (vocals/ukulele), Jeremy Tarwater (vocals/guitar), Kyle Montgomery-Noel (vocals/harps/banjo), Lincoln Frasca (percussion), and Micah Ball (bass) bonded over their love of biking, being outdoors, and creating music. Soon after their early performances at open mics, farmers markets, and intimate venues, laid the groundwork for a journey that would lead them to playing funky folk.  Sponsored by Espresso Bueno.

6:00PM-8:30PM: Shane McGrath at Ladder 1 Grill

Ladder 1 Grill 

Come to Barre’s old Firehouse and enjoy some great music with Shane McGrath! 

 

6:30pm:  meet the author – Stephen clark

Next chapter bookstore, 14 north main street, barre | 802-3114

Meet the Author of A FRESH BREATH of FREEDOM, a historical novel based on a true story Stephen Clark was born in Augusta, Maine, on June 20, 1944. However, he grew up and attended schools in the small Vermont community of Barre. Later in life, he moved to East Montpelier, VT, where he presently resides with his beautiful wife and youngest son. Stephen devoted 37 memorable years to teaching and loved working with children. He received the prestigious award of Who’s Who multiple times, and they were extra special since he was nominated by his own students. 

7:30PM: movie night in the park

Currier park

OUR House and Mattress Land have teamed up to bring you MATILDA on our giant inflatable outdoor movie screen! Come out and kick off Heritage Days!  Movie will begin at dusk, after Music in the Park. FREE for all - bring a chair, a blanket and snacks or dinner if you want!!!  ** We will have candy/pirates booty to hand out as well **  Reach out to OURHouseBarreDirector@gmail.com if you have questions or want to get involved!

 

7:30PM: Rock city flood relief concert & dance party

The barre elks lodge, Elks Lodge 1535, 10 Jefferson Street, Barre

Barre, our beloved rock city, was devastated by the flood in July.  Ongoing help is desperately needed, and funding is essential to recovery for families and businesses. A Barre Strong! rocking concert and dance party will prove We Are Stronger than That!  The party with Barre’s own Rock City Chorus and band followed by the rockers Atom and the Orbits will take place on the opening night of the Barre Heritage Festival Thursday, September 21. Directed by John Harrison, Rock City is Barre’s One and Only Rock and Soul chorus with 40 singers and one rocking band! Our mission is to serve the residents of Barre and Central Vermont by giving back to the community through our benefit concerts. Come and enjoy the concert in comfort, sing and dance with us if you choose, or sit back and listen if you prefer!  Admission by donation. All are welcome. A cash bar will be available. We thank The Elks Lodge, Rock City Band members, Atom and the Orbits, and our sound technician for their very generous contributions. All proceeds from the concert will go to the Barre Community Relief Fund.

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8:00AM-5:00PM: Annual Book Sale

Aldrich Public Library Lawn & Milne room, 6 washington street, barre / 802-476-7550

If you thought the Friends of the Aldrich Library’s July sale was “it” for Heritage Days sales, guess again. We had so many books left over and so many that have been donated, that we are going to hold another sale in conjunction with this year’s delayed Heritage Days celebration. We have some really great titles for all ages to sell at rock bottom prices. Adult paperbacks will be outside under the tent, and smaller ones (“mass market”) are just $0.50, while larger ones (“trade”) are $1. All other books and media will be downstairs in the library’s Milne Room, with all children’s items costing $0.25 and adult hardcovers $1. Sale hours are Friday, Sept. 22, 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, Sept. 23, 8 am to 1 pm. Bring a bag(s) to stock up on some good winter reading!

 

8:00AM-5:00PM: 64th Annual Paletteers Art Show

Aldrich Public Library, 1st Floor, 6 washington street, barre | 802-476-7550

The Paletteers were formed in Barre, Vermont in 1957, by Leslie Bell and 16 others, all students of the late Stan Marc Wright of Stowe. Joe Fowler was the first President. Their art show is the longest running tradition of the Heritage Festival.  The Paletteers Art Show will feature their regular artwork and the traditional collector’s corner.  

 

10:00AM & 1:00PM Tours: Vermont History Center Tours

Vermont History Center, 60 Washington Street, Barre

The Vermont History Center is housed in the beautiful old Spaulding School building. Admission to the center will be free on Saturday. Enjoy free access to the Historical Society’s Leahy Research Library, including access to Spaulding photos and yearbooks from days’ past.

We will be offering special guided tours of the building at 10am and 1pm. You can also visit our current exhibit: “Icons, Oddities, and Wonders.”

 

10:00AM-4:00PM: Vermont Granite Museum – Explore Vermont’s Granite Heritage & More

Vermont Granite Museum, 7 Jones Brothers Way, Barre | 802-476-4605

Come to the museum to see the work of Vermont's granite sculptors and learn about the different ethnic groups that came to Barre to work in the granite industry. Besides exploring the museum's exhibits, try creating your own sculpture in clay, foam blocks, and PVC pipe; design your own monument or machine; try the climbing wall or pedal cars; or play an outdoor game (horseshoes, bocce, bolo palma, croquet, or cornhole).

 

10:00AM-6:00PM:  Lenny's Outlet Tent Sale
Lenny's Outlet, 54 North Main Street, Barre | 802-476-9107

Attention bargain hunters! Don’t miss Lenny’s Outlet Tent Sale, Wednesday through Friday, in downtown Barre. The Lenny’s Outlet always has great deals on brand-name overstocks from Lenny’s 4 stores. But when the tent goes up, the prices fall even further! Save on top-brand items including sneakers, sandals, slippers, casual shoes, kids’ shoes, hikers, work boots, jeans, shorts, hats, sweatshirts, t-shirts and more! Everything in the store will be on sale at Lenny’s Outlet Tent Sale, September 20-23, during the Barre Heritage Festival in downtown Barre.

 

10:00AM-10:45am:  Barre Opera House tour
barre opera house, 6 North Main Street, Barre | 802-476-8188

Take a tour of the historic Barre Opera House. Tour attendees can meet in the lobby starting 15 min before each tour.

 

10:00am-4:00pm: Rock of Ages Guided Quarry Tours

Rock of Ages Visitors Center, 558 Graniteville Road, Graniteville | 866-748-6877

The Rock of Ages Visitors Center offers 60-minute guided tours of the world’s largest active deep-hole dimension granite quarry and self-guided tours of their Graniteville factory. Admission: $8.00 Adults, $7.00 Seniors, Children (6-13) $4.00, children under 6 free.  https://rockofages.com/tours

 

11:30AM-5:00PM: Visit SPA Galleries & Artist Studios

Studio Place Arts, 201 N Main Street, Barre | 802-479-7069

Experience Studio Place Arts (SPA), a vibrant, three-floor non-profit community visual arts center in historic downtown Barre, Vermont. There are 3 exhibits (Exhibit Dates:  September 13, 2023- October 28, 2023) on view at Studio Place Arts:

 

Main Floor Gallery: Rock Solid XXIII: SPA’s annual stone sculpture exhibit, since 2000, showcasing stone sculptures and assemblages by regional artists and other work that depicts the beautiful qualities of stone.

2nd Floor & Quick Change Galleries:  Deep Impressions: Elinor Randall, Master Printmaker: A survey of printmaking by Elinor Randall (b. 1932, d. 2023), curated by the Northern New England Museum of Contemporary Art (NNEMoCA)

3rd Floor Gallery: Primordial: Paintings by Kate Arslambakova: 2022-23 SPA Studio Residency program award recipient

For more info, visit:  [studioplacearts.com]

 

2:00pm-2:45pm:  Barre Opera House tour
barre opera house, 6 North Main Street, Barre | 802-476-8188

Take a tour of the historic Barre Opera House. Tour attendees can meet in the lobby starting 15 min before each tour.

 

4:00PM-5:00PM:  Jazzercise w/The Barre Jazzercise Center

City Hall Park

Sponsored By:  Metro Development & downstreet housing & Community development

Cheryl Metivier has inspired many people to reach their best fitness level with her knowledge, enthusiasm, and her genuine caring for every single person who walks through the door.  Join the Jazzercise group at City Hall Park for a super fun class!

 

5:00PM-8:00PM:  Quarry Kitchen & Spirits Live Music with Free Range Band

Quarry Kitchen & Spirits - Depot Square

Have fun at the Quarry’s Block Party!  Friday and Saturday – stop in and listen to great music, enjoy drink specials and play some cornhole!  Reservations not required, but recommended.  Seating is limited.  Open until 9pm.

 

5:00PM-6:30PM: Jacob green, one man band

City Hall Park

Sponsored By:  Metro Development & downstreet housing & Community development

Jacob Green is a Blues Singer Songwriter who has been described as a modern day rambler, who brings a fresh approach to Roots Music. He's an OneManBand & Multi-String Instrumentalist, performing on Resonator Slide Guitar, Cigar Box Guitars, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, while simultaneously playing Stomp Box & Foot Tambourine for percussion and Harmonica for lead. Originally from Wisconsin, Jacob has toured in 40 states in the U.S. total, averaging 140 shows a year, and now resides in the Green Mountain State of Vermont.

 

6:00PM-8:00pM:  chris powers acoustic

Gusto’s bar, 28 Prospect street, barre

Stop into “America’s Gin Mill” and enjoy the sounds of Chris Powers Acoustic!  Barre Heritage Festival drink specials all weekend long!

 

7:00PM-8:30PM: The Messengers

City Hall Park

Sponsored By:  Metro Development & downstreet housing & Community development

The Messengers are a local cover band that play 50s and 60s rock and roll!  You’ll hear famous hits of The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Elvis, Eddie Cochran, and The Rolling Stones!  More than just a tribute band of one group, The Messengers pay tribute to the two best decades of rock and roll!  This is a must see performance!

 

7:00pm-10:30PM:  Barre heritage festival beer tent

Church street tent 

Sponsored by cornerstone pub & kitchen

Stop into the Barre Heritage Festival Beer Tent and let the Cornerstone crew pour you a cold beer or glass of wine while enjoying music from the concerts on the stage at City Hall Park.  21 years or older; must show valid ID to enter.  

 

8:30PM-9:00PM: Cirque de Fuego Fire Show

City Hall Park

Sponsored By:  Metro Development & downstreet housing & Community development

Cirque de Fuego is a Vermont-based fire performance troupe providing event entertainment since 2014.  What started as a husband/wife duo quickly became a team of talented artists with varying skill sets to ensure a perfectly curated show for any celebration. Cirque de Fuego offers ambient performance, as well as solid-set showcases. Our shows include fire breathing, fire juggling, partner acrobat fire routines, choreographed pieces, and fire dancing with various props (torches, hoop, fans, poi, and staff). 

 

9:00PM-10:30: LEGEND

City Hall Park

Sponsored By:  Metro Development & downstreet housing & Community development

''The Legend Band" is a Classic Country dance band. Founded by 2 members of Central Vermont's First family of Country Music, The Commo Family. Legend plays memorable country by legendary country performers. In short "Real Country.”

 

9:00PM-1:00aM:  DJ Johns Jukebox

Gusto’s bar, 28 Prospect street, barre

Stop into “America’s Gin Mill” and enjoy the sounds of DJ Johns Jukebox.  $3 cover.  Barre Heritage Festival drink specials all weekend long!

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7:30AM-10:00AM: 38th Annual Barre Rotary Breakfast

Aldrich Public Library Lawn, 6 north main street, barre

Please come to the 38th Barre Rotary Club Breakfast on the Aldrich Public Library Lawn during the Barre Heritage Festival.  Enjoy Pancakes, eggs, French toast, ham, sausage, toast, coffee, chocolate milk, white milk and bananas. Presented by the Barre Rotary Club. Tickets are available at Quality Market, the Aldrich Public Library or from any Barre Rotarian.  Proceeds benefit the Aldrich Public Library. Questions? Contact Karl Rinker at 802-479-0124 or lazykarl@aol.com.

 

8:00AM-1:00PM: Annual Book Sale

Aldrich Public Library Lawn & Milne Room, 6 washington street, barre / 802-476-7550

If you thought the Friends of the Aldrich Library’s July sale was “it” for Heritage Days sales, guess again. We had so many books left over and so many that have been donated, that we are going to hold another sale in conjunction with this year’s delayed Heritage Days celebration. We have some really great titles for all ages to sell at rock bottom prices. Adult paperbacks will be outside under the tent, and smaller ones (“mass market”) are just $0.50, while larger ones (“trade”) are $1. All other books and media will be downstairs in the library’s Milne Room, with all children’s items costing $0.25 and adult hardcovers $1. Sale hours are Friday, Sept. 22, 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, Sept. 23, 8 am to 1 pm. Bring a bag(s) to stock up on some good winter reading!

 

8:00AM-1:00PM: 64th Annual Paletteers Art Show

Aldrich Public Library, 1st Floor, 6 washington street, barre | 802-476-7550

The Paletteers were formed in Barre, Vermont in 1957, by Leslie Bell and 16 others, all students of the late Stan Marc Wright of Stowe. Joe Fowler was the first President. Their art show is the longest running tradition of the Heritage Festival.  The Paletteers Art Show will feature their regular artwork and the traditional collector’s corner.  

 

8:00AM: 10th annual ladies ride for breast cancer

Gusto’s bar, 28 prospect street, barre

The Final Ride!  Everyone is invited to ride, with the ladies leading the way!  All proceeds to benefit Tanya Johns.  Registration starts at 8 at Gustos.  Rev. Earl Kooperkamp from the Church of the Good Shepard will be doing a blessing of the bikes just before we take off. Kickstands up at 10am.  $30 for ride, meal and entertainment.  $20 for meal and entertainment.  50/50 raffle, silent auction, games & prizes! Afternoon entertainment with Donna Thunder & Guests! The 10-year Celebration will continue into the night beginning at 8pm with Lawless entertainment (Cover Charge $5).  Come on down and celebrate 10 years of success supporting local women affected by breast cancer.

 

8:30AM-9:30AM: Yoga with Rooted Yoga

City Hall Park

Sponsored By:  Metro Development & downstreet housing & Community development

Join Rooted Yoga on Saturday, September 23rd  at 8:30 AM in City Hall Park for a morning Vinyasa Yoga class sure to kick your weekend off right! Move, breathe and flow with us as we engage the body, mind and spirit in an all levels of yoga practice. Please bring your own mat and any props you like to practice with, along with all the good vibes to fully enjoy your morning!  Want more yoga in your life? Check us out at: www.rootedyogavt.com to find classes and events as we hold temporary space in Barre and Berlin while we search for our new home post-flood. 

 

9:00AM-3:00PM: family fun & games

Hedding church, 40 washington Street, barre

Fun day for kids!  Families with kids of all ages are invited to Hedding Church for a day of face painting, bubbles, three-legged races, bracelet making and goodie bags!  

 

9:00AM-9:00PM: Vendors & Sidewalk Sales

City Hall Park, Washington Street, North Main Street

Food vendors, gifts, novelties, non-profits and other services. 

Downtown Sidewalk Sales on North Main Street.

 

9:30AM-10:30AM: Green Mountain Swing

City Hall Park Stage

Sponsored By:  Metro Development & downstreet housing & Community development

Green Mountain Swing is an all-volunteer, 17-piece “big band”.  In addition to playing music from the swing era when swing was king, as in the immortal bands of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman and others, we also include music from the “bop” and “post bop” period which followed.

 

10:00AM-11:00AM: Wildlife Encounters

Depot Square Tent

Wildlife Encounters delivers the extremely popular Wildlife Encounters® environmental education and community outreach programs. Don't miss this fun family event!

 

10:00AM-12:30PM: Inflatable Fun - Round One

Kids’ Zone on North Main Street

Enjoy free inflatable fun featuring a Super-Mega Obstacle Course, Bounce Castle, Gladiator Joust and Bungee Run. We offer two sessions, before and after the parade. Bring the kids down for a day full of free fun! 

 

10:00am-1:15pm: Rock of Ages Guided Quarry Tours

Rock of Ages Visitors Center, 558 Graniteville Road, Graniteville | 866-748-6877

The Rock of Ages Visitors Center offers 60-minute guided tours of the world’s largest active deep-hole dimension granite quarry and self-guided tours of their Graniteville factory. Admission: $8.00 Adults, $7.00 Seniors, Children (6-13) $4.00, children under 6 free.  https://rockofages.com/tours

 

10:00AM-4:00PM: Vermont Granite Museum – Explore Vermont’s Granite Heritage & More

Vermont Granite Museum, 7 Jones Brothers Way, Barre | 802-476-4605

Come to the museum to see the work of Vermont's granite sculptors and learn about the different ethnic groups that came to Barre to work in the granite industry. Besides exploring the museum's exhibits, try creating your own sculpture in clay, foam blocks, and PVC pipe; design your own monument or machine; try the climbing wall or pedal cars; or play an outdoor game (horseshoes, bocce, bolo palma, croquet, or cornhole).

 

10:00AM-6:00PM:  Lenny's Outlet Tent Sale
Lenny's Outlet, 54 North Main Street, Barre | 802-476-9107

Attention bargain hunters! Don’t miss Lenny’s Outlet Tent Sale, Wednesday through Friday, in downtown Barre. The Lenny’s Outlet always has great deals on brand-name overstocks from Lenny’s 4 stores. But when the tent goes up, the prices fall even further! Save on top-brand items including sneakers, sandals, slippers, casual shoes, kids’ shoes, hikers, work boots, jeans, shorts, hats, sweatshirts, t-shirts and more! Everything in the store will be on sale at Lenny’s Outlet Tent Sale, September 20-23, during the Barre Heritage Festival in downtown Barre.

 

11:00AM-12:00PM: comedy hypnosis street show with bug guys entertainment - Round 1

North Main Street

You've seen them at Fairs. The hypnotist uses a blend of comedy, hypnosis and audience participation to create an exciting and entertaining show. invites members of the audience to the stage and after some careful words and some music, they are under his command. The hypnotist will typically begin the show by introducing themselves and then explain the process of hypnosis. They will then invite members of the audience to come on stage and be hypnotized. Once in a trance, the hypnotist will then use various techniques to create humorous situations and scenarios that the audience can enjoy and laugh at. The Comedy Hypnotist will then bring the audience back to reality and end the show with a bang.

 

11:00AM-12:00PM: Barre Tones

City Hall Park Stage

Sponsored By:  Metro Development & downstreet housing & Community development

The Barre-Tones is a member of Harmony Incorporated (Area 2), a non-profit international singing organization whose purpose is to empower all women through music education, friendship and a cappella singing in the barbershop style. 

 

11:00aM-12:30PM: chalk drawing fun

Mathewson playground, 65 elm street, Barre

Free family fun!!! Sponsored by the Friends of Mathewson Playground. An all free, family fun event!  There will be 5 chalkboards, plenty of chalk and also the playground pavement to draw on.

 

11:00am-3:00PM: American Legion front yard bbq

American Legion, 320 North Main Street, Barre | 802-479-9058

The American Legion will host their annual BBQ on their front lawn. Open to the public.

11:30AM-12:30PM: Wildlife Encounters

Depot Square Tent

Wildlife Encounters delivers the extremely popular Wildlife Encounters® environmental education and community outreach programs. Don't miss this fun family event!

 

11:30AM-4:00PM: Visit SPA Galleries & Artist Studios

Studio Place Arts, 201 N Main Street, Barre | 802-479-7069

Experience Studio Place Arts (SPA), a vibrant, three-floor non-profit community visual arts center in historic downtown Barre, Vermont. There are 3 exhibits (Exhibit Dates:  September 13, 2023- October 28, 2023) on view at Studio Place Arts:

 

Main Floor Gallery: Rock Solid XXIII: SPA’s annual stone sculpture exhibit, since 2000, showcasing stone sculptures and assemblages by regional artists and other work that depicts the beautiful qualities of stone.

2nd Floor & Quick Change Galleries:  Deep Impressions: Elinor Randall, Master Printmaker: A survey of printmaking by Elinor Randall (b. 1932, d. 2023), curated by the Northern New England Museum of Contemporary Art (NNEMoCA)

3rd Floor Gallery: Primordial: Paintings by Kate Arslambakova: 2022-23 SPA Studio Residency program award recipient

For more info, visit:  [studioplacearts.com]

 

1:00PM-2:00PM: Annual Barre Heritage Parade

Barre Auditorium to North Main Street

** PLEASE NOTE **  The Parade will turn left unto Elm Street and disburse at Summer Street.

 

2:30PM-3:15PM: the green mountain chorus

City Hall Park Stage

Sponsored By:  Metro Development & downstreet housing & Community development

Vermont’s Premier A Capella Chorus since 1947. Celebrating 75 years of the Green Mountain Chorus.  GMC is a group of dedicated men who are committed to enriching the lives of its members and others while enjoying performances in wonderful a cappella, barbershop style. Barbershop Harmony has a rich and time-honored heritage that is well known in New England and is guaranteed to strike a “chord” with our audiences.

 

2:30pm-3:30pm: comedy hypnosis street show with bug guys entertainment - Round 2

North Main Street

You've seen them at Fairs. The hypnotist uses a blend of comedy, hypnosis and audience participation to create an exciting and entertaining show. invites members of the audience to the stage and after some careful words and some music, they are under his command. The hypnotist will typically begin the show by introducing themselves and then explain the process of hypnosis. They will then invite members of the audience to come on stage and be hypnotized. Once in a trance, the hypnotist will then use various techniques to create humorous situations and scenarios that the audience can enjoy and laugh at. The Comedy Hypnotist will then bring the audience back to reality and end the show with a bang.

 

2:00PM-5:00PM:  Quarry Kitchen & Spirits Live Music with the adam mcmahon trio

Quarry Kitchen & Spirits - Depot Square

Have fun at the Quarry’s Block Party!  Friday and Saturday – stop in and listen to great music, enjoy drink specials and play some cornhole!  Reservations not required, but recommended.  Seating is limited.

 

2:30PM-6:00PM: Inflatable Fun - Round Two

Kids’ Zone on North Main Street

Enjoy free inflatable fun featuring a Super-Mega Obstacle Course, Bounce Castle, Gladiator Joust and Bungee Run. We offer two sessions, before and after the parade. Bring the kids down for a day full of free.

 

3:00pm-5:00PM: green mountain wrestling’s granite city showdown

North Main Street

Green Mountain Wrestling and the Barre Heritage Festival are tag teaming to present an afternoon of exciting FREE pro-wrestling action as a part of the 2023 Barre Heritage Festival! The event is FREE as part of the Barre Heritage Festival!

 

4:00PM-5:30PM: The Bresett’s

City Hall Park Stage 

Sponsored By:  Metro Development & downstreet housing & Community development

The Bresett’s are a father and son duo that have been playing together for the past six years. They have combined experience of over 30 years playing music in the area. David plays the guitar, harmonica and sometimes the mandolin and sings. Courteney plays the electric acoustic bass and the stand up double bass. David has played with Block Tower, The Urge, and The Homegrown Band. Courteney has played with Prisoner Thirteen, Cell Block One and currently he is playing in Spaisekult, Green Chapel and Hell Priest as well as The Bresett’s. The Bresett’s play rock, pop, Americana and originals. They have been playing in the area at Ladder 1, Bent Nails, Hugo’s Piano Bar, The Hideaway, as well as area Farmers Markets this summer.

 

4:00pm-11:00PM:  Barre heritage festival beer tent

Church street tent 

Sponsored by cornerstone pub & kitchen

Stop into the Barre Heritage Festival Beer Tent and let the Cornerstone crew pour you a cold beer or glass of wine while enjoying music from the concerts on the stage at City Hall Park.  21 years or older; must show valid ID to enter.  

 

4:30pM-6:00PM: ART SOCIAL CELEBRATION

Studio Place Arts, 201 N Main Street, Barre | 802-479-7069

Meet the exhibiting artists and enjoy a performance by a quartet from the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra, including Susan Reid, Sandra Kerin-Weaver, Lexi Shear & Andrew Jackson.

 

5:00PM-7:00PM:  Quarry Kitchen & Spirits Live Music with Robyn V GRoup

Quarry Kitchen & Spirits - Depot Square

Have fun at the Quarry’s Block Party!  Friday and Saturday – stop in and listen to great music, enjoy drink specials and play some cornhole!  Reservations not required, but recommended.  Seating is limited.  Open until 9pm.

 

5:45PM-7:15PM: chris dagnese

City Hall Park Stage

Sponsored By:  Metro Development & downstreet housing & Community development

DAGS a Boston Native and Nashville Songwriter / Recording Artist is coming to you LIVE on Saturday, September 22, 2023, at the Barre Heritage Festival & Homecoming Days in Barre, Vermont. The Performance is scheduled for 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM on City Hall Park Main Stage. DAGS has written songs for Major Label Artists, most notably UNSHATTER ME on the rock band Saliva’s album LOVE, LIES & THERAPY. He has been mentioned by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) as “A Songwriter to Watch” in 2023 and the website Songtown listed DAGS as one of their “Most Wanted” songwriters. His voice delivers each lyric with a smooth grit. His sound is a blend of Rock, Pop, Country & Americana. For more on DAGS go to www.dagsmusic.com or @DagsMusicNow on all socials!

 

7:00pm-11:00PM: American Legion Krazy Kountry

American Legion, 320 North Main Street, Barre | 802-479-9058

Enjoy the sounds of Krazy Kountry!  $8.00 cover charge.  Open to the public 21 and over.

 

7:30PM-9:00PM: native tongue

City Hall Park Stage

Sponsored By:  Metro Development  & downstreet housing & Community development

Native Tongue is a five-piece band playing original music and classic rock covers. Four-part harmonies, screaming guitars and a great rhythm section!  Founded in 1995 Native Tongue never stops growing and getting better. Music is the key to life and they love to live it, and it shows!

 

9:00PM-1:00AM:  LawLess

Gusto’s bar, 28 Prospect street, barre

Stop into “America’s Gin Mill” and enjoy the sounds of the Lawless Band.  Join the 10 year celebration of the Ladies Ride for Breast Cancer.  Cover charge - $5.00.  Barre Heritage Festival drink specials all weekend long! 

 

9:00PM-10:00PM:  FIREWORK lawn party

The Meltdown, 83 Washington street, barre / 802-622-8277

Sit on the patio or front lawn to watch the Fireworks at The Meltdown!  Quite possibly the best place in town to view the firework show! 

 

9:15PM:  Fireworks

City Hall Park 

Sponsored by cody Chevrolet, rk miles & Community National Bank, N.A.

This show is not to be missed! The Barre Heritage Festival & Homecoming Days fireworks is a unique close-proximity show. The fireworks shoot off right from the lawn of the Vermont History Center. The views are simply phenomenal from City Hall Park and North Main Street. Plan on being downtown with your neighbors and friends for this unique fireworks display.

 

Special thank you to the Vermont History Center and the City of Barre!

 

9:30PM-11:00PM: 90 proof

City Hall Park Stage

Sponsored By:  Metro Development & downstreet housing & Community development

90 Proof is a cover band based out of Burlington-Vermont that plays all your Favorite Dance and Sing Out Loud Songs!!! Soooo, get Ready to take those shoes off and dance! We look forward to seeing you all at the show!!!

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