Art on Main

A non-profit community-supported, artist cooperative gallery committed to supporting the creative endeavors of individual in our community. Check their website for upcoming exhibit openings, artist receptions and demonstration.

Bartlett Falls

Considered one of the top 10 swimming holes in New England, Bartlett Falls is located off River Road on the way to Lincoln, about 2 miles east from the center of town. Park along the road and head down to the river for summer fun at the swimming hole.

Better L8 Than Never Car Show

The last Sunday in September is for cars, vendors, great food, live DJ, raffle drawings, piston toss, kids’ activities, bake sale and more.

Bristol Band Concerts

Concerts are held every Wednesday evening from June 18th to the Wednesday before Labor Day from 7 pm to 8:30. The Bristol Band has presented outdoor summer band concerts since shortly after the Civil War.

Bristol Harvest Festival

The last Saturday in September is a day of harvest fun and music on the Bristol town green each year.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Off North Street, about two miles north of town, is a road leading to an access point for Bristol Pond, a wonderful area for canoeing and kayaking.

Chocolate Walk

The Chocolate Walk is held on the first Friday night in December from 5:00–9:00pm. Come to Bristol’s Chocolate Walk and experience a complimentary chocolate treat in downtown businesses.

Cool Yule

The Cool Yule is an annual holiday celebration held the entire month of December and includes a series of events, bazaars, concerts, activities and late night shopping for the month of December.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Join us on the for shopping, festivities, and most all, music, at a new event in Downtown Bristol!


The New Haven River borders our town and is considered by many to be one of the finest trout fishing rivers in the United States.

Fourth of July Celebration

One of the best and most popular Fourth of July celebrations in the state of Vermont! Includes fireworks, a parade, music on the town green, a 5K run and the world’s longest running Outhouse Race.

Hiking Trails

Many trails wind their way through our meadows and forests.  A map of nearby trails is available from the Bristol Recreation Department in Holley Hall or at Art on Main at 25 Main Street.  Ask about how to hike to The Ledges for a bird’s eye view of Bristol.


The New Haven River, where it rushes through Bristol along River Road, is considered one of the best white water rivers in New England during the springtime.

Lumen Celebration of Fire & Light

Join us on the third Friday in December for the Lumen Celebration of Fire & Light and experience fire performers, a lighted walk down Main Street, and fire pits at Tandem and Vermont Tree Goods.

Pocock Rocks Music Festival & Street Fair

The Main Street of Bristol is rockin’ with music, food and fun on June 16th during our annual Pocock Rocks Music Festival and Street Fair from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Small Business Saturday

A national initiative to help local merchants compete during the critical holiday shopping season and aims to drive shoppers to local small merchants the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

Sodbusters Horseshoe Club

Originally organized in 1966, the Sodbusters Horseshoe Club is an NHPA-sanctioned league club, and hosts several tournaments throughout the year.

Spring Into Art

Join us for the Second Annual SPRING INTO ART on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Theater Productions at Holley Hall

A variety of plays and musicals are staged throughout the year at Holley Hall.  Please contact the Bristol Recreation Department for upcoming performances at 802-453-5885 or

Three Day Stampede for the Cure

Toward the cure for cyctic fibrosis – July 25, 26 and 27, 2014 at the Bristol Rec Field.