Vernon Events

This is a listing of upcoming events in the area sponsored by our Vernon Volunteer Organizations as well as other Vernon events of general interest.

Details of many of the events can be found on our Making Vernon Special MeetUp Page. The ‘Learn more’ link will take you to the event listing.


2 (Thu.) – Vernon Greenways Volunteers Season Kickoff at the Camp Newhoca Lodge. ‘The Bear Reality’ with Felicia Otner, a Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist (MWC) and a bear enthusiast. 7 p.m. Learn more.

4 (Sat.) – Northern CT Land Trust Canoe and Kayak Paddle of Upper Bolton Lake., 9 a.m. Learn more.

4 (Sat.) – Hockanum Brew Fest at the New England Motorcycle Museum in Rockville, 1-4 pm. Learn more.

4-5 (Sat.-Sun.) – Vernon Historical Society Book Sale – Annual Book Sale continues featuring a wide selection of used hardcover and paperback books, DVDs, VCR tapes and books on tape. Learn more.

11 (Sat.) – International Migratory Bird Day Walk at Belding Wildlife Management Area. This 2-hour walk, led by Jane Seymour, will highlight migratory bird habitat information. 8 a.m. at Bread & Milk Road parking area. Learn more.

11 (Sat.) – Vernon Garden Club’s Spring Plant Sale at Vernon Center Middle School, 8-10:30 a.m.

13 (Mon.) – Vernon Volunteers’ Cooperative Participants Meeting, 9 a.m.

18 (Sat.) – Antique Engine & Tractor Show at Tolland County Ag Center, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Learn more.

18 (Sat.) – Friends of Valley Falls “The Birds Of Valley Falls,” a bird walk led by Denise Anamani. 7:30 a.m. Learn more.

18 (Sun.) – Friends of Valley Falls ‘Wildflowers Walk’ led by Ginny Gingras. 1 p.m. Learn more.

19 (Sun.) – Friends of Valley Falls “Rocks, Rails & Industry Walk,” a geology and history walk led by Don Sierakowski. He will take us on a jaunt through the historic parts of Valley Falls Park discussing the history of the area, the cotton mill, the coming of the railroads, and the rock formations of the valley. 1 p.m. Learn more.

19 (Sun.) – Arts Center East presents ‘Poetry Rocks! Editor and Publisher Ginny Connors, along with University of Hartford Professor Ines Rivera Prosdocimi and Rockville High School poet Abigail Tyrrell will read. 3 p.m. Cost: $5. Learn more.

20 (Mon.) – Vernon Garden Club Program: “Eastern Coyotes in Connecticut” with PAUL COLBURN, Certified Master Wildlife Conservationist with DEEP. 7-9 p.m. Learn more.

26 (Sun.) – Talcottville Memorial Day Parade to Mt. Hope Cemetery’s Civil War Monument, 8:30 a.m. assemble, 9 a.m. Learn more.


1 (Sat.) – Rockville Public Library’s A Day In The Park takes place in Rockville’s Talcott Park to kick off their Summer Reading Program. It will be a family friendly party with activities, live music and information tables for local nonprofits and town departments. In case of rain the event will be held indoors at the Library. 10:30-12:30.

1 (Sat.) – The Vernon Chorale’s, ‘A Choral Tapestry’ will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m. Learn more.

2 (Sun.) – CT Trails Day: Rediscover the Valley Falls Braille Trail led by Vernon Park & Rec, 9-11 a.m.

2 (Sun.) – CT Trails Day: Manchester Land Conservation Trust Risley Park Hike, 1-3 p.m. SUSAN BARLOW leads this 3.3 mile hike to the Box Mountain Ridge. Rain or shine. Learn more.

2 (Sun.) – Vernon Historical Society Program “The Tankerhoosen Valley – Vernon’s Quiet Valley” with BOB HURD. 2 p.m.

8 (Sat.) – CT Open House Day In Vernon. Open House and special events at Strong Family Farm, the New England Civil War Museum, Valley Falls Farm and the Vernon Historical Society. This is your chance to visit the places you’ve always meant to visit. For the whole family.

9 (Sun.) – ‘Vernon’s Quiet Valley’ Bus Tour will supplement BOB HURD’s June 2 talk. 1 p.m. Learn more.


24-27 (Wed.-Sat.) – Vernon Summer Days Carnival at the former Connecticut Golf Land.


18 (Sun.) – Friends of Valley Falls’ ‘Artists Day At The Farm,’ 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. featuring art, music and history.


28 (Sat.) – Vernon Community Day at Route 30 Public Works. Details to follow.

28 (Sat.) – Talcottville, Talcott Ravine and Vernon Rail Trail history, geology and archeology walk, 1 p.m.

29 (Sun.) – Friends of Valley Falls Annual Meeting and Program, 1 p.m. Details to follow.

29 (Sun.) – Arts Center East presents ‘Poetry Rocks! featuring Jim Finnegan and others. 3 p.m.


19 (Sat.) – Strong Family Farm Annual Harvest Festival, 10-2. Scarecrow contest, children’s activities.

20 (Sun.) – Northern CT Land Trust fall foliage hike at Valley Falls Park and along Railroad Brook gorge on the Trusts’ Andrew Webster Knapp property, 9 a.m.

Making Vernon Special