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When: Fri., Aug. 4, 12:30-10 p.m., Sat., Aug. 5, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 2023
Phone: 802-865-7166
Price: Free.
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Festival of Fools, Burlington’s beloved busking bazaar, takes over the Queen City’s downtown with three days of jolly jesters, cool clownery and merry music. From Friday’s kickoff parade down Church Street to the Last Laugh Variety Show on Sunday, the streets are replete with fun for everyone. Visitors catch death-defying tricks courtesy of Circus Smirkus, canine stunts from Mutts Gone Nuts, the jaw-dropping juggling of revered Indigenous performer Sam Malcolm, and live tunes from acts including Bandits on the Run, Mikahely and Lido Pimienta.


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