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BURLINGTON, VT—The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival will hold the Festival at Burlington’s Waterfront Park August 6-9, 2015. The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival is excited to continue a nine-year tradition of exciting events!


Now heading towards its ninth year, the Festival is a four-day celebration of Lake Champlain, showcasing hundreds of exhibits throughout sites on the Burlington Waterfront (Burlington Boathouse, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, Burlington’s Waterfront Park and more).

Past Festival activities have included: Lake Champlain Antique & Classic Boat Show on Saturday; Pirate 5k Run/Walk; Stand Up for the Lake; Free Concert Series; evening ticketed concerts, presented by Higher Ground; international food court and craft vendors; beer tent; maritime exhibits and more! The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival has been named a Top 100 North American Event by the American Bus Association and a Top Ten Vermont Summer Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and is well-supported by both the state and regional chambers, as well as the city of Burlington. Daily admission is free to most events with select events requiring admission.

“On behalf of the City of Burlington, I’m pleased to congratulate the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival for celebrating (its ninth year) on the Burlington waterfront. I commend the festival for bringing people of all generations down to our remarkable waterfront to experience a great variety of crafts, activities, music and of course, boats. We look forward to the future and all that the wonderful Lake Champlain Maritime Festival has to offer,” says Mayor Miro Weinberger.



Thursday, August 6, gates: 7:00pm | show: 8:00pm

Tickets on sale now at

$59 reserved seating | $49 general admission/lawn

$63 reserved seating, day of show | $53 general admission/lawn, day of show

The America the Beautiful Tour 2015 consists of 2½ hours of Sweet Harmony & Garrison Keillor with piano master Richard Dworsky and Fred Newman, the world’s greatest SFX man, the Radio Rhubarb Band with Fiddling Richard Kriehn & Chris Siebold boy guitarist, Guy Noir, private eye & news from Lake Wobegon, audience chorale & poetry declamation & other classics from 41 years of radio history.



with Soule Monde

Friday, August 7, gates: 5:30pm | show: 6:30pm

Tickets on sale now at | 877.987.6487

$25 Waterfront, General Admission

$44 Combo Pass*

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*Exclusive Combo Ticket Required for Higher Ground Show; Combo includes: Twiddle at Higher Ground Ballroom, Saturday, August 8, Doors 9 | Show 10

Twiddle, a Vermont based quartet, spins tall tales over an intricate sound-scape of hi-def shred. Their fresh multi-genre approach conjures up jazz, classical, and bluegrass, but above all, masterfully blends reggae and funk. Obliterating laws of improvisation, their complex arrangements never fail to leave crowds lusting for more. With sage songwriting and unmatched variety, Twiddle’s thrilling infancy continues to exceed all expectation.



with Cabinet

Saturday, August 8, gates: 5:00pm | show: 6:00pm

Tickets on sale now at | 877.987.6487

$33, Waterfront, General Admission

$59 Combo Pass*

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*Exclusive Combo Ticket Required for Higher Ground Show Combo includes: moe. at Higher Ground Ballroom, Friday, August 7, Doors 10 | Show 11pm

Over a journey spanning nearly a quarter-century, moe. has let their knack for dynamic, democratic improvisation influence nearly every facet of the band’s existence. In concert, they stretch the boundaries of their source material into intricate, set-long suites where distinct songs seamlessly segue into one another in exhilarating fashion. In the studio, their eclectic, wide-ranging sensibilities manifest in playful, varied albums that spotlight both their fluid musicianship and their incisive, hook-laden songwriting.



Sunday, August 9, gates: 6:00pm | show: 7:00pm

Tickets on sale Friday, May 29, 11am at | 877.987.6487

$28 Early Bird (first 500), $38 Regular, $42 day of show

Promoter Presale: Thursday, 5/28 at 11am, password: railroad#

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Grammy Award winning artist Warren Haynes has been recognized as a cornerstone of the American music landscape and revered as one of the finest guitar players in the world. Throughout his prolific career as part of three of the greatest live groups in rock history – Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and the Dead – his virtuosic artistry has led to thousands of unforgettable performances and millions of album and track sales. Despite all of the ground that Haynes has covered on his musical journey, the impressive thing is that he still has many miles to explore. On his newest solo album Ashes and Dust, he puts forth one of his most gorgeous, musically rich and personal albums to date. It is endlessly exciting to see one of the most brilliant minds in modern music shine an entirely new light on the depths of his creativity.


The Lake Champlain Antique and Classic Boat Society 30th Annual Vintage Boat Show returns to the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, Saturday, August 8. The Boat Show is a hugely popular event, hosting thousands at Burlington’s Boat House. More than forty-five boats are on exhibit from Vermont, New York and as far away as New Jersey, Connecticut and Maine. Exhibits in most cases are planned by boat manufacture and/or by type of boat. The Lake Champlain Chapter practices skipper judging with judges and skippers voting for their favorite boat in their respective class (Cruiser/Outboard/Utility/Runabout/Sail and more) and during the course of the day boat owners will be available to answer any questions. Attendees have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award with ballots available at the registration tent. Time: 8-10:00am, Registration, Burlington Boat House | 10:00 am, Skippers

Meeting, upstairs at Splash | 10am-4pm, Boat Exhibits and Demonstrations, Burlington Boat House | 4pm, Boat Parade, Burlington Boat House LCACBS Boat Classifications have included:

Historic: A boat built up to and including 1918.

Antique: A boat built between 1919 and 1942, inclusive.

Classic: A boat built between 1943 and 1975, inclusive. These age classifications apply to both boats and motors.

Early Contemporary: A wooden boat built 1976 to 1986.

Late Contemporary: A wooden boat built within the last 25 years.

“What really makes The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival special is that it offers something for everyone; it is a dynamic celebration for children, families and adults of all ages. Stay tuned for other exciting Festival events that are in the works!” says Tara Perkins, Festival Spokesperson and Director of Public Relations.


The Stand Up for the Lake is a community-based festival that promotes wellness, fitness, and lake stewardship through a chic and trendy sport—stand up paddle boarding and will take place on Saturday, August 8! The festival encourages the LCCSC to engage the community in and around Lake Champlain and fulfill our mission of encouraging lake stewardship. Sunday, throughout the day there will be a Sports Expo with stand-up paddle boarding demos, clinics, hot gear vendors and plenty of good times. The Community Sailing Center’s mission is to encourage and celebrate the responsible use and long-term stewardship of Lake Champlain by fostering educational and recreational opportunities for all members of our community. This is the second year the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival will host this must-do event and it is a must for all outdoor enthusiasts.


Programs, Interpretive Exhibits, Activities, Learning Opportunities

Join the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for an exciting weekend of events at the Maritime Festival. Visit our special exhibits under the “big top tent” for a window into the region’s maritime heritage traditions. Discover Blacksmithing and Log Rolling through live demonstrations. Enjoy the beautiful waters of Lake Champlain while venturing out in one of our traditional 32’ six-oared rowing boats. The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum offers an array of programs, interpretive exhibits, and hands on activities – opportunities to enjoy learning about our rich submerged cultural heritage, ecology, and history of Lake Champlain. Our new programs enable visitors and participants to “go deeper” in their experiences with the Museum’s rich content and expertise. Join us for a “60-minute experience,” enroll in a hands-on Lake Adventure Camp for young explorers, visit our interpretive exhibit, Maritime Burlington, at Perkins Pier on the Burlington waterfront, participate in our community rowing program in Burlington, investigate shipwrecks on our ROV, and explore special exhibits on our Vergennes campus.


Saturday, August 8

On Saturday, August 8, Artist Clark Derbes will guide volunteers from children’s programs at King Street Youth Center and the Boys and Girls Club, as they work together to create a large-scale painted mural on the lake-facing exterior wall of the historic Moran Plant. Burlington artist Clark Derbes has been making his mark on the waterfront for over a decade — from the northern bike path and skatepark, to Burlington’s South End. This project, modeled after The Walls Project in Derbes’ hometown of Baton Rouge, is designed to engage the kids of our community in directly shaping their waterfront, and to teach them about making art and the future of the Moran Plant. Derbes and the volunteers will begin painting the mural on Saturday, August 8 at 11am at the Moran Plant at 1 Penny Lane in Burlington, VT. During the event, New Moran Inc. will host hourly public tours* at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and share new architectural renderings of what the building will become. Food and music will be provided by Burlington Food Project’s Fork In the Road food truck and WRUV Radio. Perfectly positioned at the heart of the Lake Champlain waterfront, the abandoned industrial relic of Burlington, Vermont’s former Moran coal power plant is poised to make a comeback as a world-class cultural hive and hub of lakefront recreation. To raise awareness for the project and demonstrate the potential of what the building will become, New Moran, Inc. has hosted a wide range of artists, musicians and creatives to use the building in its current state. Building on the work of their first artist in residence, Mary Lacy, and several musical collaborations with Signal Kitchen and Higher Ground, including the band Guster, thanks to Higher Ground, VermontPBS and Moran Champion Ryan Miller – this mural represents the continued evolution of Moran Plant’s artistic program and redevelopment process.

Water Works Fair

August 9, 10am-2pm

The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center and lake partners will be hosting a Water Works Fair to celebrate and learn about Lake Champlain. The Water Works Fair will offer opportunities to explore the ecology and experiences of Vermont’s greatest natural resource with hands-on educational activities and fun for all ages. Experiential education provides the critical link to our lake and develops future stewards for its health and future generations. Community partners include: Lake Champlain Basin Program, Lake Champlain Sea Grant – UVM Watershed Alliance, Lake Champlain Committee, Friends of Northern Lake Champlain, Winooski Valley Parks District, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District, Vermont Natural Resources Council and Vermont Afterschool and Let’s Go Fishing with Lake Champlain International. The fair will be held in Waterfront Park adjacent to ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. There will opportunities for participants to catch plankton, ID fish, explore lakeside creatures using microscopes and much more. Community partners from across the state will be there to guide you in your adventures and explorations.


Friday August 7, 3:30-5:30pm

The Burlington Free Press presents Big Heavy World’s ‘Rocket Shop’ Showcase on Burlington’s Waterfront at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, with performances by Deep River Saints and Ida Mae Specker. For more: or

Saturday Festival Stage, August 8

Steve Hartmann, The Beerworth Sisters, Claudia Varona, Tiffany Pfeiffer and the Discarnate Band, Mike Colbourn with Hovey Otis

Sunday Festival Stage, August 9

Aaron Flinn Band, Malletts Bay Showcase (please see info below), Crazyhearse, Phil Henry Acoustic Trio, Sam Creigh, Adlai Waxman, Emily Nyman, Steve Hartmann, Casey Dubie, Christine Malcolm Band, Bow Thayer, Crazyhearse

Sunday, August 9

Malletts Bay Music will offer a free showcase featuring some of the artists they work with at the Maritime Festival on Sunday, August 9, on the Burlington Waterfront. Each artist will offer a 20 minute set between 1:30‐4:15pm. Artists include Bow Thayer, Phil Henry Acoustic Trio, Steve Hartmann, Casey Dubie, Emily Nyman, Adlai Waxman, Sam Creigh, and newcomer Christine Malcolm. A free download card of the compilation project, ‘Twists & BendsVarious Vermont Artists’, will be given out in exchange for an email address to keep audience members informed of upcoming events. CDs and T‐Shirts will also be sold at discounted prices that will help benefit promotion of independent artists. The Aaron Flinn Band and Crazyhearse will bookend the showcase. Get there early. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and have lunch while supporting independent, Vermont-made music! For more:

*All ages. Children 12 & under free. Online: | Charge by phone: 888-512-7469 or 888-512-SHOW| In-person: Higher Ground Box Office, 1214 Williston Rd, S. Burlington. Glass, pets, alcohol, blankets, and coolers are all prohibited. Rain or shine. Prices inclusive of $1 FMG; 9% sales tax added on top of ticket price. All dates, acts, and ticket prices subject to change without notice.

The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival’s mission is to celebrate the past, present and future of Lake Champlain and the Burlington Waterfront. The Festival is committed to enhancing the visibility and outreach of various non-profit organizations within our community. Please contact the LCMF office at (802) 482-3313 or visit LCMF online: For a complete list of Festival sponsors, please visit | Like the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival on Facebook and follow @LCMFestival on Twitter. Watch our featured Festival video, please visit: | Stay tuned to for 2015 Festival details/updates and to review the events from 2014.




The 2021 Festival has been CANCELED...We look forward to a spectacular event in 2022