BCA’s Festival of Fools

Burlington City Arts is proud to announce the 12th annual Festival of Fools, presented by Community Bank, N.A. – a free, all ages street performance festival overtaking downtown Burlington, Vermont, August 2 through 4. Festival of Fools features the best international street performers from around the globe and transforms the downtown district into a world of foolish fun.

Five stages (also known as pitches) on Church Street Marketplace, Club Metronome, Nectar’s, Red Square, and Vermont Comedy Club will feature three full days of acrobatic feats, circus arts, quirky comedy, diverse music, and other surprises.

More than 100 performances will entertain an estimated 100,000 visitors and residents throughout the weekend–making it one of New England’s largest festivals and an internationally recognized festival celebrating street performance.

Festival of Fools celebrates the inclusive art of busking and street performance. Coined in Great Britain during the 1860s, busking has been a popular art form in every dominant culture since antiquity. Devoted to community engagement and making the arts accessible, Burlington City Arts curates the Festival to offer free events, open to the public and appropriate for all age groups.