With all new events like the Food Truck Popup @ The Pavilion and St. J Final Fridays, and the return of favorite events like the 73rd Annual Pet Parade and the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series, it will be easy to lose track of all of the fun that is in store for you. St. Johnsbury is a town perfectly placed to be your jumping off point for Vermont’s rural Northeast Kingdom, with lodging, dining, and attractions galore.
“This is the summer to get out and explore all that St. J has to offer,” says Gillian Sewake, Director of the Discover St. Johnsbury. “In addition to a thriving downtown—with bustling gift shops and a growing foodie scene—the event lineup has something for everyone.”
Discover St. Johnsbury’s website www.DiscoverStJohnsbury.com/calendar and social media pages on Facebook and Instagram are the best places to find up-to-date information about the full calendar of events happening all throughout town. Read on for a preview of some of St. Johnsbury’s signature activities this summer, and make sure to save these dates:
The Food Truck Popup @ the Pavilion is a new event produced by Discover St. Johnsbury to bring delicious foods and fun to a rapidly developing area of the downtown during the summer. On the second Tuesdays of the month, June 14, July 12, & August 9, from 4 - 7pm, come order dinner and dessert from a half dozen of the region's favorite food vendors serving Mediterranean, Jamaican, BBQ, ‘walking tacos’, wood-fired pizza, ice cream, poutine, and more. Plus, listen to live music, and play a game of corn hole on the lawn at the new Trailhead Pavilion (195 Bay Street). The vendor lineup for each date and more information can be found at www.discoverstjohnsbury.com/foodtruckpopup
Partners Discover St. Johnsbury, the Town of St. Johnsbury, and Catamount Film & Arts riff off of their pandemic-era #GetDowntown series to create an all-new take on the event. St. J Final Fridays will be a full-on street fair along Railroad Street on the final Friday evening of June 24, July 29, and August 26. From 4 - 7pm, Railroad Street will be closed to motorized vehicles and filled with free interactive live art demonstrations, family fun activities, a gallery stroll, sidewalk sales, tasty treats, a beer garden, and more. At 7pm, the event closes out with a free Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series performance right in the heart of our downtown! More details can be found at www.discoverstjohnsbury.com/finalfridays
Speaking of which, the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series, presented by Catamount Arts and supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, is back with 11 free, family-friendly concerts at two St. J locations. From July 10 through August 28, enjoy 5pm shows each Sunday at beautiful Dog Mountain (143 Parks Road). Dogs are welcome! New this year, three Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury concerts will take place on Railroad Street during St. J Final Fridays, at 7pm. For the full line-up of world-class performers featured in the series this year, visit www.catamountarts.org.
And there’s more. The St. Johnsbury Farmers Market is back at its summer location on Pearl Street & Eastern Avenue, happening weekly each Saturday, 9am - 1pm. The St. Johnsbury Town Band’s beloved weekly concerts and free ice cream socials begin on Monday, June 13 at 7:30pm at Courthouse Park (1126 Main Street). Art exhibitions and live music performances take place at multiple venues throughout town weekly, and planning is underway to bring live music to Railroad Street every Saturday afternoon (details TBA soon). The St. Johnsbury Recreation Department and NEK Prosper host free weekly drop-in runs, walks, Tai Chi classes, and lots more.
For those interested in pedal power, there has been an explosion in the number of bike amenities and activities happening this summer in St. Johnsbury, including a weekly gravel bike meetup hosted by guide Land Animal Adventures at the Trailhead Pavilion (195 Bay Street) each Tuesday at 5:30pm, and a new mountain bike meetup from Caledonia Trail Collaborative being planned on Thursdays, taking advantage of the new mountain bike trails being built at the St. Johnsbury Town Forest. LINK Vermont, a nonprofit bike repair workshop newly housed at the old Caplan's store (457 Railroad Street) offers by-donation bike repair services, and will be planning activities and workshops for later in the summer.
In addition to partner websites, details about almost everything happening in St. Johnsbury can be found on Discover St. Johnsbury’s website www.DiscoverStJohnsbury.com. Visit the Play section for itineraries, activity ideas, and attractions listings, and bookmark the Calendar tab to keep up to date with happenings around town.