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.


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

5-6 (Sat.-Sun.) – Vernon Historical Society Book Sale – Our annual Book Sale continues featuring a wide selection of used hardcover and paperback books, DVDs, VCR tapes and books on tape. Learn more.

6 (Sun.) – Friends of Valley Falls annual ‘Wildflowers Walk’ led by Ginny Gingras & Carol Hatch. 12 Noon. Learn more.

6 (Sun.) – Friends of Valley Falls annual ‘Rocks, Rails & Industry Walk’ led by Jon Roe. 1 p.m. Learn more.

12 (Sat) – Friends of Valley Falls annual ‘The Birds Of Valley Falls’ walk led by Denise Animani. 7:30 a.m. Learn more.

12 (Sat.) – Vernon Garden Club’s Spring Plant Sale at Vernon Center Middle School, 8-10:30 a.m. Pouring rain date, May 19.

12 (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.

12 (Sat.) – Rockville Community Alliance’s “A Rolling Tour of Our Town,” a bus tour of the Tankerhoosen Valley narrated by Bob Hurd followed by a a slide show. Learn more.

14 (Mon.) – Vernon Volunteers’ Cooperative Participants Meeting, 9-11 a.m.

19 (Sat.) – Vernon Community Day at Route 30 Public Works. VVC will have a tent. 9-12. (CANCELLED)

20 (Sun.) – Vernon Historical Society Program “Tobacco Farming in the Connecticut Valley” with Brianna Dunlap, former director of the Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum in Windsor. Many Vernon residents worked in local tobacco fields when they were teenagers and there were tobacco farms here in Vernon. 2 p.m. Learn more.

21 (Mon.) – Vernon Garden Club Program: “Pocket Gardens” – Barbara Austin, will construct a stone “Pocket Garden” with different types of plants as she gives us ideas about how to make beautiful gardens. 7-9 p.m. Learn more.

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

27 (Sun.) – Stickney Hill Preserve Hike in Rockville led by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust, 12 noon on Pleasant Street. Learn more.


2 (Sat.) – CT Trails Day: Freja Park to Bolton Lake via the Tulip Tree Trail. 4 miles. 8:30 – 11 a.m. Rain or Shine. Learn more.

2 (Sat.) – CT Trails Day: Ellington’s Windermere Trail along the Hockanum River. 2 miles. 10 – 11 a.m. Rain or Shine. Learn more.

2 (Sat.) – CT Trails Day: Hop River Rolling Museum – A bike ride through Vernon & Bolton with stops along the way to learn about the history and features of the trail. 6 miles in Vernon, 6 miles in Bolton. Do one part or both. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rain postpones. Learn more.

2 (Sat.) – The Vernon Chorale presents “A Choral Tapestry” concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Vernon, 7:30 p.m. Learn more.

3 (Sun.) – CT Trails Day: Hockanum River Trail Suspended Bridge – Bring your camera and visit the new structure, 10-10:30. Rain or shine.

3 (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.

9 (Sat.) – CT Open House Day at Strong Family Farm. Open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The farm is hosting Vernon’s historical society’s antiques farm tools exhibit and the Vernon Garden Club members will be available for gardening questions. Free seeds available while supplies last and a special sale on dahlia tubers. Tours of the historic barn will take place every hour on the hour.

10 (Sun.) – CT Open House Day at Valley Falls Farm and Park. 10-2 with free hourly tours. At 10 a.m. there will be a 1-hour family Nature Walk at the park led by Jane Seymour, Wildlife Biologist, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

16 (Sat.) – Chronic Lyme Disease: Restoring Balance In The Body Conference at the Tolland County Agricultural Center, 9-1. Learn more.


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

23 (Sun.) – Vernon Historical Society Program at 2 p.m. “The Tolland County Children’s Home” presented by Cheryl and Christopher Klemmer who have been researching all the county homes for children in Connecticut.

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

30 (Sun.) – Friends of Valley Falls Annual Meeting and Program, 1 p.m. Program to be announced.


14 (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.

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

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