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About Festival of Fools

Burlington City Arts and Community Bank N.A are proud to present the Festival of Fools, now in its fourteenth year, July 30 through August 1, 2021. Despite a very difficult year, we are looking forward to enlivening downtown Burlington with safe performances and for all to enjoy. Everyone could use a good laugh!

The Festival of Fools is a curated festival of street theater devoted to community engagement through the celebration of circus arts, music and comedy for family audiences. In accord with Burlington City Arts’ mission to make the arts accessible in greater Burlington, the Festival of Fools offers free events, open to the public and appropriate for all age groups.

The Festival features the best international street performers from around the globe. Four main stage locations on Church Street Marketplace, plus performances in City Hall Park will feature continuous street theater and music, performing to over 100,000 visitors. The Festival wraps up on Sunday with a grand Last Laugh finale featuring all the performers of the festival.