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From The Blog 15 Things To Do in Woodstock, VT This Spring

15 Things To Do in Woodstock, VT This Spring

The snow has melted, the birds are chirping and the first colorful flowers of spring are beginning to bloom in Woodstock, Vermont. Spring is in the air! It’s a rejuvenating time in our small town as the sleepy village begins to wake up, opening windows to take in the floral aroma of lilacs. Spring in Woodstock is a true delight with farmers markets, road races amongst scenic backdrops, sidewalk sales, parades, and this year, the first Pride event. Come have some fun this spring in Woodstock, VT. 

Check out our full calendar of events here

Support Local Youth In The Race Around the Lake

Race Around the Lake is held in Barnard, Vermont, on May 19th just 20 minutes from the Woodstock Village. This stunning race loops around Silver Lake through trails in the state park. Runners can choose between a 10K run or a 5K run or walk. If you’re not around for the race this year there are virtual options as well. Participating in the race is a wonderful opportunity to support a local youth summer and theater program.

Head To The Trails For Mountain Biking

Woodstock, VT has some of the best trails in the state thanks to the Woodstock Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA). Trails are now open! Head to Mt Peg or Aqueduct Trails for great terrain from beginner to experienced. 

Watch The Memorial Day Parade

Woodstock’s Memorial Day Parade is a beautiful tribute to honor and mourn those who have served our country. Join us in commemoration on May 25th from 10:30-11am. Woodstock’s annual parade highlights the locals who have fought for our freedom. 


Mt. Peg Bike Riders
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Enjoying the View on Mt. Peg
Dine Al Fresco

Longer days and warmer weather means plenty of opportunities for outdoor dining in Woodstock. Enjoy breakfast at Mon Vert or Soulfully Good Café on their outdoor patios. Get coffee at Abracadabra and enjoy beautiful hillside views. Au Comptoir is the place to be for outdoor cocktails. Sandwiches from The Village Butcher or the Farmer’s Market make the perfect lunch on the go at Faulkner Park or The Green. White Cottage is also open for the season so get some ice cream and enjoy it by the river.  

Support Your Favorite Village Shops At The Woodstock Sidewalk Sale

Walk Central and Elm Streets to enjoy outdoor shopping as the village shops open their doors May 24-25 during the Woodstock Sidewalk Sale. Take advantage of excellent sales at some of our favorite local shops. You can find a little something for everyone from beautiful clothing and local artisan made products to homeware and more.

Cheer On Runners At The Covered Bridges Half Marathon

People come from far and wide to run the Covered Bridges Half Marathon as it is one of the most idyllic races in the country. This race actually sells out within minutes each year. The Half Marathon begins at Saskadena Six in Pomfret, Vermont on June 2nd at 8:15am and meanders through the Woodstock Village, along dirt roads parallel to the Ottauquechee River and ends in Quechee, Vermont. The CBM is always looking for volunteers and cheerleaders. Find a place along the route to cheer on the runners. 

Join In The Festivities At The Inaugural Pride of Woodstock VT

Woodstock is proud to be hosting its first Pride event May 31-June 2. Pride of Woodstock is a weekend long event in celebration of love, diversity and community. This Pride event combines the spirit of Woodstock, Vermont with the vibrant colors of the LGBTQ+ community, creating a unique and welcoming atmosphere for all.

The weekend of events begins on Thursday with a movie at the Town Hall Theatre. Friday brings a Welcome Reception at the Woodstock Inn and a dance party at the Village Inn.

If running in high heels is more your cup of tea, join us for the High Heel Race on Elm Street on Saturday, June 1 at 10:30am. Check out the Pride of Woodstock event page for more happenings during the weekend including a Drag BrunchTea Dances and Gay Trivia at the Woodstock Inn & Resort.

Soar To New Heights At The Quechee Balloon Festival

The Quechee Balloon Festival, June 14-16, is a popular event and a great kick-off to summer. It is a miraculous sight to behold the colorful balloons scattered across the blue skies of the Upper Valley. Grab tickets to enjoy the festival or book a balloon ride to experience the magic from the air. The festival includes live music, crafts, yummy food and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Hot air balloons
Watch The Woodstock Alumni Day Parade

The Woodstock Alumni Day Parade always falls the Saturday after graduation. It is a celebration of both the newest Woodstock Union High School graduates as well as all the classes prior. Alumni join forces to create fun themed floats and show their Woodstock pride. Come celebrate our alumni Saturday, June 15 at 2pm.

Enjoy Scenic Views On Woodstock Hiking Trails

Take a short stroll out of the Woodstock Village to hike Mt. Peg. This beautiful trail is a short 1.3 mile loop that takes about 45 minutes to complete. At the top you will get sweeping views of Billings Farm and Killington. This hike is family-friendly and dogs are welcome on leash.

Mt. Tom is another favorite among locals and visitors for the gorgeously maintained trails and stunning scenery. You can begin the hike from Faulkner Park via the switchback trails, the National Park entrance, or Prosper Rd. for carriage trails. Some choose to hike to the Pogue to view the turtles sunbathing on logs and the pristine pond. If you continue beyond the Pogue you can make your way to the summit for epic views of the Woodstock village. This hike is family-friendly. Dogs are welcome on leash.

Attend the Bookstock Poetry Festival

Come witness Vermont’s largest poetry gathering in 2024 at the Bookstock 2024 Poetry Festival June 21-22 at the North Chapel. Some of the country's most highly recognized poets will be in attendance. See their website for the schedule of events and more information.

Treat Yourself To A Spa Day

The Spa at The Woodstock Inn & Resort is the perfect place for some rest and relaxation during your stay in Woodstock this spring. Pamper yourself with a day at the spa enjoying a massage, facial, manicure or pedicure. Be sure to enjoy the amenities including a eucalyptus steam room, sauna, whirl pool and outdoor pool once the weather warms up. 

Enjoy Music and Good Food at Feast and Field

A new season of Feast and Field, marks the true beginning of summer in Vermont. Spending Thursday evenings amongst the scenic beauty of Fable Farm in Barnard, Vermont eating farm-fresh tacos and salads, Kiss the Cow Farm ice cream, local brews and wines and excellent live music is the absolute best way to do summer in Vermont. Head to Feast and Field every Thursday beginning May 30 through September for outdoor fun the whole family can enjoy.

Find Fresh Veggies, Flowers and Makers At The Market on the Green

The Market on the Green is Woodstock’s weekly outdoor market showcasing local artisan made products, food and beverages. Grab your fill of farm harvested veggies for the week, pick up your local flower CSA, buy artwork from local makers or get wood fired pizza and enjoy live music. The Market on the Green is a Woodstock tradition that brings out the entire community to congregate in support of our local small businesses. The Market on the Green runs every Wednesday from May 29 through October, 3-6pm.

See The Beauty Of Spring At Eshqua Bog Natural Area 

The Eshqua Bog Natural Area is a 41-acre protected space on Garvin Hill Rd. in Hartland, VT, located 10 minutes from the Woodstock Village. This beautiful botanical wonder features post glacial era bog and fern plants such as the lady slipper, larches and buckbean. May and June are popular times to visit the bog to see the showy Lady Slippers make their big debut. A boardwalk allows visitors to cross the bog and view the lady slippers up close.

Middle Covered Bridge Sunny Spring
Middle Covered Bridge under a bright, early summer sun