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About Festival of Fools

Burlington City Arts is proud to present the Festival of Fools, now in its twelveth year, on August 2-4, 2019. 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 of Fools features the best international street performers from around the globe. Five main stage locations on Church Street Marketplace, plus performances at Club Metronome, Nectar’s, VT Comedy Club, and Red Square will feature continuous street theater, performing to over 100,000 visitors on Church Street. The Festival wraps up on Sunday with a grand finale featuring all the performers of the festival.