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October 17 & 18

Get Out & About with Essex on Saturday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 18 to enjoy all that a fall weekend in Vermont can offer.  Local shops and restaurants will be participating as well as local artists and musicians.  Want to find some great deals?  Essex is the place!  Looking to toe tap to some tunes and have a bite to eat?  Bring your chair and stay a while. With a boost from Restart Vermont funds, Essex and Essex Village are inviting you to spend the weekend exploring to find your next favorite place to eat and that little store that has everything.  

Are you an Essex resident?  

You can receive gift vouchers to spend at participating local businesses in your community!  With funding from the Restart Vermont Regional Marketing & Stimulus Grant Program, the Town and the Village are offering two gift vouchers totaling $15 to Essex and Essex Junction residents to spend at their local community businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.  There is a limited supply, so get yours ahead of time for a weekend of shopping and eating out! 

  • Gift vouchers will be available beginning October 13 through October 18, while supplies last.
  • Pick up gift vouchers at the following locations:
    • Essex Recreation office at 75 Maple Street: 10am - 2pm Tuesday through Friday.  Special arrangements for pick up outside of these hours can be requested by calling 878-1376 or emailing recreation@ejrp.org.
    • Info Booth (tent) at 2 Lincoln Street: Friday 2pm - 5pm; Saturday & Sunday 11am - 3pm
    • Info Booth (tent) at Essex Experience (Essex Outlets):  Friday 2pm - 5pm; Saturday & Sunday 11am - 3pm
    • Please bring a proof of Essex residency, such as a driver's license or utility bill.
  • Gift vouchers can only be redeemed on October 17 & 18 on location at participating businesses (see below for a list).
  • Limit $15 per household.

Out & About in Essex COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

  • Please do not attend the event if you have signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or are in quarantine, according to Vermont Department of Health guidance.
  • You are required to wear a face mask or covering in public spaces in Vermont any time it is not possible to keep a 6-foot distance from others who are not part of your household.  If bringing chairs to enjoy entertainment and eat, please set up your belongings 6 feet apart from other groups.  

Participating Businesses

Updated 10/16/2020  Check back regularly as new businesses are added!
Hours and Out & About specials during the event will vary by business. 

Downloadable list of participating businesses (pdf)

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Interested in helping out?  We have many little jobs to do and helping hands are, well, helpful!  

Entertainment Schedule

Updated 10/14/2020

Saturday, October 17th

11AM - 1 PMThe Brevity ThingThe NestUnkempt acoustic rock
11AM - 1PMIvamaeUncommon Grounds
1PM - 3PMThe Lloyd Tyler BandFirebird CafeLike a radio station that plays your favorite songs...
1PM - 3PMFranky James ProjectMimmo's/Cody's/Joyce's - Carmichael St.
3PM - 5PMSabouyoumaOn TapTraditional West African dance music with contemporary funk and reggae
3PM - 5PMMilton Busker & The Grim WorkBeer Garden Black FlannelIndie folk-pop
4PM - 6PMDavid Hardin & KirbyHeart n Soul/Mark BBQ
5PM - 7PMChazzy LakeRailroad & Main
5PM - 7PMSputoola
The Yard at The Essex Experience
Flip it and let it sizzle. A delicious blend of fund, psychedelic rock, jazz and folk
5PM - 8PMThe DuelOn Tap

Sunday, October 18th

11AM - 1 PMHenry WuRailroad & MainCellist
11AM - 1 PMLinda BassickMimmo's/Cody's/Joyce's - Carmichael St.family-friendly concert perfect for the kids
1PM - 3PMMilton Busker & The Grim WorkFirebird CafeIndie folk-pop
1PM - 3PMUkelele ClairTurner Toys Green Spacefamily-friendly concert perfect for the kids
3PM - 5PMHokum BrothersMcGuillicuddy's
3PM - 5PMLowell ThompsonMimmo's/Cody's/Joyce's - Carmichael St.
5PM - 7PMUnruly Allies Firebird Cafefolk/rock mixture of cover and original tunes
5PM - 7PMShades of BlueThe Yard at The Essex Experience