Event Schedule

LAST UPDATED: 9/21/2023- check back regularly!
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Saturday, September 30

ACTIVITYLOCATIONTIMEOFFICIAL PASSPORT STOP
Stroll through the Essex Free Library StoryWalk in the back garden.

Essex Free Library, 1 Browns River RoadAnytime
YesIf during normal library hours.
Leaf Peeping in the Library - Search for hidden leaves throughout Essex Free Library. Can you find them all? Search the library and count the leaves, then submit your final count to a librarian. Those who submit the correct number will be entered to win a copy of The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming.Essex Free Library, 1 Browns River Road9am to 2pmYes
Essex Community Historical Society will open the Harriet Farnsworth Powell Museum for visitors. There will be a scavenger hunt of interest to both adults and children. Plus - help them name the museum mascot!3 Browns River Road10am to 4pmYes
ArtHound Gallery is a participating gallery in the Vermont Craft Council's Fall Open Studio Tour! Visit the gallery to meet the artists, see demonstrations, and sample chocolate truffles from Vermont's own Birnn Chocolate. 21 Essex Way10am to 6pmYes
Fort Ethan Allen Museum showcases a collection of photos, artifacts, ephemera, uniforms, equipment and more. From its opening as a Cavalry Post in 1896, to its short time as an Air Force base, to its conversion to the private sector, much of the Post remains as it was when first built. The Fort represents an important piece of Vermont and military history.  Fort Ethan Allen Museum, 11 Marcy Road11am to 2pmYes

Essex Community Players presents Murder in the Studio by Agatha Christie. Enjoy a collection of three radio plays (Personal Call, Yellow Iris, and Butter in a Lordly Dish) as a talented cast of eleven directed by Adam Cunningham entertain you with these three whodunnits. All seats reserved. Purchase tickets at www.essexplayers.com
Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Rd.2pm and 7:30pmNo, this is a ticketed event.
Oktoberfest - Black Flannel Brewing
Black Flannel is offering free tastings and 5% off bottle purchases at the Distillery all week!

Explore Essex will have a booth to hand out passports and you can purchase tickets for the Explore Essex  50/50 Raffle, Smuggs Bash Badge Raffle, and Indian Brook Painting Raffle.
21 Essex Way #2012pm to 8pmYes
1st Republic Brewing is hosting music from Jackson Garrow & BABAS TACOS Food Truck.39 River Rd., Ste #66pm to 8pmYes


Sunday, October 1

ACTIVITYLOCATIONTIMEOFFICIAL PASSPORT STOP
Stroll through the Essex Free Library StoryWalk in the back garden.Essex Free Library, 1 Browns River RoadAnytimeNo, only during regular library hours
Charlotte Case Boutique is celebrating One Year being open! Stop by the Essex Towne Marketplace to visit them and enjoy food & drink, a photo wall, in-store giveaways and coupons, and special products. Grab yourself a scratcher discount with a purchase during Passport Week!1 Marketplace #2110am to 2pmYes
Essex Community Historical Society will open the Harriet Farnsworth Powell Museum for visitors. There will be a scavenger hunt of interest to both adults and children. Plus - help them name the museum mascot!3 Browns River Road10am to 4pmYes
ArtHound Gallery is a participating gallery in the Vermont Craft Council's Fall Open Studio Tour! Visit the gallery to meet the artists, see demonstrations, and sample chocolate truffles from Vermont's own Birnn Chocolate. 21 Essex Way10am to 6pmYes
Fort Ethan Allen Museum showcases a collection of photos, artifacts, ephemera, uniforms, equipment and more. From its opening as a Cavalry Post in 1896, to its short time as an Air Force base, to its conversion to the private sector, much of the Post remains as it was when first built. The Fort represents an important piece of Vermont and military history.  Fort Ethan Allen Museum, 11 Marcy Road11am to 2pmYes

Invasive Species Walk at Indian Brook Park. Learn how to identify invasives from our local experts. Please meet at the parking lot left of the gate. The tour will begin on time, so please arrive early. Bring good walking shoes, layered clothing, bottled water, or other items you may need for a 2-hour walk. 150 Indian Brook Road1pm to 3pmYes
Essex Community Players presents Murder in the Studio by Agatha Christie. Enjoy a collection of three radio plays (Personal Call, Yellow Iris, and Butter in a Lordly Dish) as a talented cast of eleven directed by Adam Cunningham entertain you with these three whodunnits. All seats reserved. Purchase tickets at www.essexplayers.com
Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Rd.2pmNo, this is a ticketed event.
1st Republic Brewing is celebrating SUNDAY FUNDAY with $6 pints.
39 River Rd., Ste #6ALL DAYYes


Monday, October 2

ACTIVITYLOCATIONTIMEOFFICIAL PASSPORT STOP
Stroll through the Essex Free Library StoryWalk in the back garden.
Essex Free Library, 1 Browns River RoadAnytimeYes
If during normal library hours.
Leaf Peeping in the Library - Search for hidden leaves throughout Essex Free Library. Can you find them all? Search the library and count the leaves, then submit your final count to a librarian. Those who submit the correct number will be entered to win a copy of The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming.
Essex Free Library, 1 Browns River Road9am to 5pmYes
Essex Free Library is Musical Monday with Ms. Noreen.Essex Free Library, 1 Browns River Rd.11am to 11:30amYes
Fort Ethan Allen Museum showcases a collection of photos, artifacts, ephemera, uniforms, equipment and more. From its opening as a Cavalry Post in 1896, to its short time as an Air Force base, to its conversion to the private sector, much of the Post remains as it was when first built. The Fort represents an important piece of Vermont and military history.  Fort Ethan Allen Museum, 11 Marcy Road11am to 2pmYes
Join 1st Republic Brewing for Monday Runday (running group) & a Cribbage Tourney (IV) Week #3.39 River Rd., Ste #66pm to 8pmYes


Tuesday, October 3

ACTIVITYLOCATIONTIMEOFFICIAL PASSPORT STOP
Stroll through the Essex Free Library StoryWalk in the back garden.
Essex Free Library, 1 Browns River RoadAnytimeYes
If during normal library hours.
Leaf Peeping in the Library - Search for hidden leaves throughout Essex Free Library. Can you find them all? Search the library and count the leaves, then submit your final count to a librarian. Those who submit the correct number will be entered to win a copy of The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming.
Essex Free Library, 1 Browns River Road9am to 8pmYes
Essex Free Library is hosting Tech Time. Want to learn how to... download audio & eBooks? Use a Chromebook, laptop or cell phone? Learn a language online? Use free digital resources? Bring your device & your questions.  Essex Free Library, 1 Browns River Rd.10:30am to 11:30amYes
Fort Ethan Allen Museum showcases a collection of photos, artifacts, ephemera, uniforms, equipment and more. From its opening as a Cavalry Post in 1896, to its short time as an Air Force base, to its conversion to the private sector, much of the Post remains as it was when first built. The Fort represents an important piece of Vermont and military history.  Fort Ethan Allen Museum, 11 Marcy Road11am to 2pmYes
Essex Free Library is hosting Drop-In Knitting Group. Bring your project and enjoy the company of other knitters.Essex Free Library, 1 Browns River Rd.1pm to 3pmYes
Living Well Center for Integrative Health - "Learn How to Relieve Low Back Pain" - A discussion on ergonomics at work and home. Learn an easy stretching routine suitable for most and bring your questions for a Q&A session with a chiropractor and physical therapists on hand. Enjoy an office tour and some light refreshments while you are there. Space is limited, so registration is encouraged. This is a FREE event.1 Market Place, Unit 276pm
Registration is not required, but is encouraged. Register HERE
Yes
For event ONLY
Essex Community Historical Society Meeting & Program - View the restoration of the water tower roof and windows. A short business meeting will begin at 7pm followed by a virtual tour of Fort Ethan Allen led by Will ParkinsonFort Ethan Allen Museum, 11 Marcy Drive6:15pmNo
It's Open Mic Nite/Teacher Tuesday at 1st Republic Brewing. Get 15% off tabs!39 River Rd., Ste #66pm to 8pmYes
Essex CHIPS presents a documentary film Our American Family, followed by discussion with Linda Geraghty (matriarch of family featured in the film). Addiction is an all-encompassing force not only in the lives of the afflicted, but also those around them. Captured at a pivotal "nothing to lose" moment over the course of a year, Our American Family is a radically honest portrait of five family members grappling with the legacy of generational addiction as they fight to heal resentments and pull each other out of the deepest depths.

This film is recommended for ages 16 and up due to language and thematic elements about substance use. The film is directed by Hallee Adelman & Sean King O'Grady. Questions email: office@essexchips.org.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. 
Sponsors: Anonymous, Division of Substance Use Programs, Vermont Department of Health, The Essex Experience, and United Way of Northwest Vermont.
T-Rex Theatre at The Essex Experience, 21 Essex Way #3007pm
Tickets are free. Register HERE
For event ONLY


Wednesday, October 4

ACTIVITYLOCATIONTIMEOFFICIAL PASSPORT STOP
Stroll through the Essex Free Library StoryWalk in the back garden.
Essex Free Library, 1 Browns River RoadAnytimeYes
If during normal library hours.
Leaf Peeping in the Library - Search for hidden leaves throughout Essex Free Library. Can you find them all? Search the library and count the leaves, then submit your final count to a librarian. Those who submit the correct number will be entered to win a copy of The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming.
Essex Free Library, 1 Browns River Road9am to 5pmYes
Open House at Aunt Dot's Place. You've probably donated. You've most certainly heard of them...but have you ever wondered how they do all of those great things at Aunt Dot's? Visit their OPEN HOUSE for informational tours and a children's scavenger hunt!51 Center Rd.10am to 4pmYes
Storytime with Ms. Emily at the Essex Free LibraryEssex Free Library, 1 Browns River Rd.11am to 12pmYes
Fort Ethan Allen Museum showcases a collection of photos, artifacts, ephemera, uniforms, equipment and more. From its opening as a Cavalry Post in 1896, to its short time as an Air Force base, to its conversion to the private sector, much of the Post remains as it was when first built. The Fort represents an important piece of Vermont and military history.  Fort Ethan Allen Museum, 11 Marcy Road11am to 2pmYes
Invasive Species Walk at Indian Brook Park. Learn how to identify invasives from our local experts. Please meet at the parking lot left of the gate. The tour will begin on time, so please arrive early. Bring good walking shoes, layered clothing, bottled water, or other items you may need for a 2-hour walk. 
150 Indian Brook Road3pm to 5pm 
(Note: earlier printed passports incorrectly list 5pm to 7pm)
Yes
Kabaka Pyramid, 2023 Grammy Winner for Reggae Album of the Year will be performing at The Essex Experience Green!

To purchase tickets for the show, visit https://sevendaystickets.com/events/kabaka-pyramid-10-4-2023.


21 Essex Way6pmYesNo purchase necessary, visit the Box Office for your sticker.
(Holler) - It's $6 Pint Night at 1st Republic Brewing!39 River Rd., Ste #6ALL DAYYes


Thursday, October 5

ACTIVITYLOCATIONTIMEOFFICIAL PASSPORT STOP
Stroll through the Essex Free Library StoryWalk in the back garden.
Essex Free Library, 1 Browns River RoadAnytimeYes
If during normal library hours.
Leaf Peeping in the Library - Search for hidden leaves throughout Essex Free Library. Can you find them all? Search the library and count the leaves, then submit your final count to a librarian. Those who submit the correct number will be entered to win a copy of The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming.
Essex Free Library, 1 Browns River Road9am to 8pmYes
Fort Ethan Allen Museum showcases a collection of photos, artifacts, ephemera, uniforms, equipment and more. From its opening as a Cavalry Post in 1896, to its short time as an Air Force base, to its conversion to the private sector, much of the Post remains as it was when first built. The Fort represents an important piece of Vermont and military history.  Fort Ethan Allen Museum, 11 Marcy Road11am to 2pmYes
Noontime Book Discussion Group at the Essex Free Library.Essex Free Library, 1 Browns River Rd.12pm to 1pmYes
Essex Police Department will have a display just for you! Visit and see work-related items from Community Affairs, K9, School Resource Officer (SRO), Patrol, Detectives, and Tactical Team. Essex Police Department Community Room, 145 Maple Street, Essex Junction1pm to 4:30pmYes
Hand and Foot Canasta at the Essex Free LibraryEssex Free Library, 1 Browns River Rd.1pm to 3pmYes
Salt & Bubbles Wine Bar and Market is hosting a FREE TASTING! Reservations are not necessary, but are recommended. 19 Essex Way, #4125pm to 7pmYes
Open House at Aunt Dot's Place. You've probably donated. You've most certainly heard of them...but have you ever wondered how they do all of those great things at Aunt Dot's? Visit their OPEN HOUSE for informational tours and a children's scavenger hunt!51 Center Rd.5pm to 7pmYes
Stop in for Trivia Night & Sparky's BBQ & Grill at 1st Republic Brewing! A combo of Essex businesses bringing you a fun night of food, drink, and fun!39 River Rd., Ste #66pm to 8pmYes
Smokey Newfield Project in the Biergarten at Black Flannel Brewing21 Essex Way #2016pmYes


Friday, October 6

ACTIVITYLOCATIONTIMEOFFICIAL PASSPORT STOP
Stroll through the Essex Free Library StoryWalk in the back garden.
Essex Free Library, 1 Browns River RoadAnytimeYes
If during normal library hours.
Leaf Peeping in the Library - Search for hidden leaves throughout Essex Free Library. Can you find them all? Search the library and count the leaves, then submit your final count to a librarian. Those who submit the correct number will be entered to win a copy of The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming.
Essex Free Library, 1 Browns River Road9am to 5pmYes
Take 'n' Make Crafts at the Essex Free LibraryEssex Free Library, 1 Brown Rivers Rd.9am to 5pmYes
Fort Ethan Allen Museum showcases a collection of photos, artifacts, ephemera, uniforms, equipment and more. From its opening as a Cavalry Post in 1896, to its short time as an Air Force base, to its conversion to the private sector, much of the Post remains as it was when first built. The Fort represents an important piece of Vermont and military history.  Fort Ethan Allen Museum, 11 Marcy Road11am to 2pmYes
1st Republic Brewing is hosting music from Rick Carnell and yummy Hook & Peel Pizza. TGIF!39 River Rd., Ste #66pm to 8pmYes
Essex Community Players presents Murder in the Studio by Agatha Christie. Enjoy a collection of three radio plays (Personal Call, Yellow Iris, and Butter in a Lordly Dish) as a talented cast of eleven directed by Adam Cunningham entertain you with these three whodunnits. All seats reserved. Purchase tickets at www.essexplayers.comMemorial Hall, 5 Towers Rd.7:30pmNo, this is a ticketed event. 






Saturday, October 7 - All activities take place at Foster Road Park, 60 Founders Rd.

ACTIVITYTIME
Stop by the Explore Essex Information Booth to pick up your last sticker and drop off your passport. Purchase 50/50 Raffle,tickets, Smuggs Bash Badge Raffle tickets or Painting Raffle tickets. Drop off your Pie Baking and Cookie Baking contest entries.10am to 4pm
Star 92.9 and VOX Media will be broadcasting LIVE! Thank you SPONSOR! 11am to 1pm
Festival sponsor, Northfield Savings Bank will be hosting Corn Hole and handing out fun festival bags. Stop by their booth and say hello!
Northfield Savings Bank
10am to 4pm
Visit with your local news folks and festival sponsor The Essex Reporter and see what's new in the news! Essex Reporter10am to 4pm
Touch-a-Truck featuring vehicles and equipment from the Vermont Army National Guard, Essex Fire Department, Essex Public Works, and Essex Police Department.

10am to 4pm
Alyx the Magician will be performing
Sponsored by Autumn Harp

Autumn Harp
  • Performance at Touch-a-Truck at 10:30am
  • Performance at Kids Carnival at 2pm
  • Performance at Food Truck Ally at 12:30pm

Look for Alyx throughout the day! Alyx the Magician

Hop on and enjoy a horse-pulled hayride sponsored by Lamell Lumber.
10am to 4pm
Enjoy Mini Golf sponsored by CCR Sales and Service, LLC 10am to 4pm
Kids Carnival featuring Face Painting, Kids Craft Area and other fun. Sponsored in part by Sweet P BoutiqueSweet P Boutique
Parents - take a break enjoy some complimentary apples from Chapin Orchard and popcorn from Essex Cinemas!
Essex Cinemas Chapin Orchard
10am to 4pm
Musical performances by Ryan SweezeySky Blue Boys
Sponsored in part by John Leo & Sons

John Leo and Sons
Sky Blue Boys 10am to 12pm
Ryan Sweezey 12 pm to 1pm & 2pm to 3pm

Lawrence Family Farms will be on hand with a calf pair and display on the history of their farm. Learn about farming in Essex!
10am to 4pm
Are you up for some Lawn Jenga? Stop by to visit our friends and sponsor, NBT Bank and show off your skills! NBT_Bank logo10am to 4pm
SeaComm will be on hand with some complimentary swag items. Thank you, sponsor! SeaComm 10am to 4pm
Enjoy a Beginner Salsa Lesson & Dance Demonstration by David Nicasio and Rhiannon Ariel.  
FUN!
1pm to 2pm
Face Painting by FACE MANIA!Face Mania10am to 4pm
Food Truck Alley will have something you'll love. It has to - there are so many to choose from! Snack on a hot dog or pick up a slice of pizza for lunch. There's plenty for everyone. 
DINING INDOORS!
10am to 4pm
Visit vendor booths from local crafters, artists, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Find beautiful products made here in Vermont, learn or experience something new with demonstrations, pick up some free items, or color your best picture! 
Nearly 50 booths, including food vendors!
10am to 4pm
Amateur Photo Contest voting ends and Passports must be turned in at the Information Booth. Pie and Cookie judging begins!

1pm
Copy of Giveaway Exploraganza BannerGiveaway EXPLORaganza! You do not have to be present to win. Be sure to "explore" Essex to collect your passport stickers. The more places you visit, the more chances you have to win! We're giving away over $4,600 in donated prizes!
Raffle ticket winners, Amateur Photo Contest winners, and Baking Contest winners will be announced.
3 pm
Celebrate the end of Explore Essex by stopping in at 1st Republic Brewing for a performance by KIP DE MOLL and $8 Pizza & Pint specials (featuring Vespa's Pizza). 
1st Republic Brewing Co
6pm to 8pm at 1st Republic Brewing, 39 River Rd., Ste #6

Essex Community Players presents Murder in the Studio by Agatha Christie. Enjoy a collection of three radio plays (Personal Call, Yellow Iris, and Butter in a Lordly Dish) as a talented cast of eleven directed by Adam Cunningham entertain you with these three whodunnits. All seats reserved. Purchase tickets at www.essexplayers.com
7:30pm at Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Rd. - Grab an evening show after your day outside!


Information

If you are planning on attending Community Day, here are some general rules and information.

WEATHER

Activities and events for Community Day will be held indoors at the Essex Middle School cafeteria and gym in case of bad weather.

PARKING

Parking will be at the Essex Middle School.

FACILITIES/PORTABLE TOILETS

Portalets (ADA) are on site for public use.

PETS

We love our furry friends, but this isn't the right place for them. Leashed service animals only, please.

OUTSIDE BEVERAGES, ALCOHOL, CANNABIS

No outside beverages are allowed within the park grounds during the festival. Alcohol, cannabis-use, and illegal drugs are not permitted.

SMOKING

Vermont State Law prohibits smoking, electronic cigarettes, and any electronic or battery powered device that delivers nicotine or other substances into the body through inhaled vapor, in indoor places of public access and designated areas.

FIRST AID
Available on site. Inquiry at the Information Booth. Dial 9-1-1 if there is an emergency.