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    BirdFEST!

    BirdFEST!

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    Sat., May 27, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

    Birders bond over nature walks, banding demos, live raptors and kids' activities. at North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. Barre/Montpelier (map). $10-15; free for kids.

    Open Fields Medieval Festival

    Open Fields Medieval Festival

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    Sat., May 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Come one, come all to a celebration of centuries past! The annual Open Fields Medieval Festival transports costume-clad merrymakers to another time and place with family-friendly music, dance, demos and hands-on activities. The revelry commences with the Procession of the King and Queen and continues with an artist market, festive foods and the chance to meet majestic Highland ponies. No Strings Marionette Company enchants with a quirky rendition of a classic fairy tale in Handsome and Gretel. Oh, and be on the lookout for the festival’s fire-breathing friend, Benny the Dragon, wandering the grounds. at Thetford Green in Thetford. Upper Valley (map). $7; free for kids 4 and under.

    Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic

    Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic

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    Sun., May 28, 1 p.m.

    Race car drivers start their engines and rev up the holiday weekend at this 55th annual showdown. at Thunder Road Speed Bowl in Barre. Barre/Montpelier (map). $25; free for kids.

    Baked Beads Jewelry & Scarf Sale

    Baked Beads Jewelry & Scarf Sale

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    Through May 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Fashionistas scoop up baubles and more at low prices. Partial proceeds benefit Mad River Valley Ambulance. at 46 Carroll Rd. in Waitsfield. Mad River Valley/Waterbury (map). Free.

    St-Ambroise Montréal FRINGE Festival

    St-Ambroise Montréal FRINGE Festival

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    May 29-June 18

    Several guiding principles set the St-Ambroise Montréal FRINGE Festival apart. For starters, there’s no artistic direction, anyone can apply to perform, and artists are completely uncensored. The result is a three-week smorgasbord of unconventional Canadian and international creatives showcasing their talents in music, dance, theater and visual art. With ticket prices that won’t break the bank, the attendance policy seems to be “the more, the merrier,” drawing more than 60,000 patrons of the arts each year. For fans of all things offbeat, this eclectic extravaganza is worth a trip across the border. at Various Montréal locations in Montréal. Outside Vermont (map). Prices vary.

    'Meet the Patels'

    'Meet the Patels'

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    Tue., May 30, 7 p.m.

    Dating becomes a family affair when an Indian American man enters a love triangle with his dream woman and his parents. at Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. Northeast Kingdom (map). Free.

    T. Namaya

    T. Namaya

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    Wed., May 31, 7-8:30 p.m.

    Vermont entertainer T. Namaya wears many hats — poet, humorist, raconteur, playwright and visual artist among them. Though he has graced stages around the globe, works such as his 2011 album Vermont My Home: A Celebration prove that Namaya’s roots are firmly planted in the Green Mountain State. The troubadour turns up at Montpelier’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library, where banners bearing his poetry currently hang, to perform selections from his new book, Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida. Ranging from poems to stories to songs, these excerpts celebrate life, love, travel and the penman’s Vermont neighbors. at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Barre/Montpelier (map). Free.

    'Into the Woods'

    'Into the Woods'

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    Thursdays, Fridays, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through June 18

    Classic Grimm characters get entangled in the darker side of fairy tales in Lost Nation Theater's staging of Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical. at Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier. Barre/Montpelier (map). $10-35.

    Vishtèn

    Vishtèn

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    Fri., June 2, 7:30 p.m.

    A trio of multi-instrumentalists weaves together traditional and contemporary sounds with fiddle, guitar, accordion, harmonium, bodhrán, jaw harp and more. at Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph. Randolph/Royalton (map). $10-35; free for kids 5 and under.

    Homes Tour

    Homes Tour

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    Sat., June 3, 12-4 p.m.

    History comes alive on a self-guided walking tour of notable Queen City abodes. Proceeds benefit Preservation Burlington. at Various Burlington locations in Burlington (map). $20; free for kids under 16.

    Dwight & Nicole

    Dwight & Nicole

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    Sat., June 3, 6:30 p.m.

    The soulful trio serves a mashup of folk, blues, pop, jazz, gospel and reggae. Thunderbolt Research open. Brocklebank Craft Brewing tasting, 5 p.m.; concert, 6:30 p.m. at Strafford Town House in Strafford. Upper Valley (map). $20.

    'Red Velvet'

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    Sun., June 4, 3-5:30 p.m.

    As part of its Salon Series, the Vermont Shakespeare Festival presents a staged reading of Lolita Chakrabarti's play based on the actor Ira Aldridge. at Farrell Room, St. Edmund's Hall, Saint Michael's College in Colchester. Chittenden County (map). $10; preregister.

    Palaver Strings

    Palaver Strings

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    Mon., June 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    Classical masterworks and folk melodies alike are on this Boston-based ensemble's program "Simple Gifts." at Heartbeet Lifesharing in Hardwick. Northeast Kingdom (map). $10.

    Joe Minicozzi

    Joe Minicozzi

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    Tue., June 6, 5-7 p.m.

    In the first installment of the "Let's Talk Progress: A Conversation for a Better Burlington" speaker series, the economist uses simple math to guide the reshaping of urban spaces. at Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington (map). Free; preregister.

    Peter Shapiro

    Peter Shapiro

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    Tue., June 6, 7 p.m.

    The journalist takes lessons from history in a discussion of his 2016 title Song of the Stubborn One Thousand: The Watsonville Canning Strike, 1985-87. at Maple Corner Community Center in Calais. Barre/Montpelier (map). Free.
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