Waterbury Celebrates the Arts

Condensed into one weekend in July, Waterbury plays host to artists, musicians, makers and much more Friday and Saturday, July 14 & 15.  Considered the signature summer event of the year, the Waterbury Arts Fest and Friday Night Block party take over Stowe Street and Bidwell Lane in the historic downtown.  An added bonus is the Waterbury Mini Maker Faire, Community Art Show at the White Meeting House and the Artist as Designer exhibit on Elm Street.  Everywhere you turn Waterbury is celebrating the Arts.

The festivities kick off with the Friday Night Block Party, featuring The Grift and Josh Panda. This is a classic party in the street set with a large stage, a fabulous beer garden run by The Reservoir and an awesome food truck court.  “Dancing in the street is a must at the Friday Night Block Party!” said Karen Nevin, Executive Director of Revitalizing Waterbury.  “I can never sit still when The Grift is playing.” Gates open at 5:30 and admission is free, donations welcome.

On Saturday the town will be teeming with artists to visit.  Stowe Street and adjoining Bidwell Lane are transformed into a fabulous arts and crafts market featuring nearly 100 artist and vendor booths. The streets are lined with colors, textures and inspirations of locally-made artwork. 

The Community Art Show aims to provide a chance for local residents to share their creative sides with their neighbors - from sculpting to painting, and writing to photography. The exhibit - at the White Meeting House, right next to the Arts fest - will be open all day on Saturday so that visitors at the Arts Fest can step on over and enjoy this less public aspect of our community's arts culture too. Visitors to the Artist as Designer exhibit will have the opportunity to speak with artists as they conduct demonstrations in their medium. The select artists in this event create art that shares the aesthetic of high quality design with a purpose. 

New this year is the Waterbury Mini Maker Faire.  Part of the Waterbury Arts Fest, the Maker Faire will be located at the bottom of Bidwell Lane and will showcase all that is creative and innovative in our community. Who knows what we will discover, perhaps a home-built robot, video game, miniature race car, or new musical instrument?

The Waterbury Arts Fest is sponsored by dozens of local businesses, led by Green Mountain Coffee, our Grand Sponsor; Prohibition Pig, our Friday Night Block Party Sponsor; VSECU, our Saturday Arts Fest Sponsor and Ben & Jerry’s, our Stage and Entertainment Sponsor.

The Friday Block Party is Friday, July 14th from 5:30 – 10 pm.  All Saturday activities are being held from 10-4 pm, including the Waterbury Arts Fest.  Entrance at all events is free. The Waterbury Arts Fest is the primary fundraiser for Revitalizing Waterbury, whose mission is to promote and enhance the economic, social and historic vitality of Waterbury, Vermont.  Details about the Arts Fest can be found at www.WaterburyArtsFest.com.

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