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.


6 (Sun.) – Hockanum River Canoe & Kayak Race, Registration 9:30-10:30 a.m ., first boat off 11 a.m. Start: Motel 6, Route 83, Vernon. Learn more.

8 (Sat.) – Strong Family Farm Work Day, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – This is a Volunteer Work Day so the whole family can get a taste of farm life. Many different tasks from raking to painting to sweeping to carpentry work and so much more. Learn more.

9 (Sun.) – Strong Farm 5k Chicken Run, 8 a.m. – More than a road race this is the first outdoor family event of the season. Events for kids and adults. Learn more.

17 (Mon.) – Vernon Garden Club April Program, “Easy Care Roses for the Home Garden” with Marci Martin.” 7-9 p.m. Learn more.

20 (Thu.) – Friends of Bolton Lakes Spring Seminar: “Landscaping in a Watershed for Healthier Lakes and Rivers” with Kathy Connolly. 7 p.m. Learn more.

22 (Sat.) – Vernon Senior Center’s “A Rolling Tour of Our Town,” a bus tour of Rockville narrated by Bob Hurd followed by a a slide show. 1 p.m. Learn more.

26 (Wed.) – Vernon Greenways Volunteers Season Kickoff Program, “Creating A Suspended Bridge Over The Hockanum River,” with Town Engineer Dave Smith, 7 p.m. Learn more.

28-30 (Fri.-Sun.) – Vernon Historical Society Book Sale – Our annual Book Sale featuring a wide selection of used hardcover and paperback books, DVDs, VCR tapes and books on tape.

29 (Sat.) – New England Civil War Museum ‘Civil War Day Camp For Kids’ at the Strong Family Farm. 10-2:30. Learn more.

30 (Sun.) – CT Forest & Park Association Risley Park Hike, 1-3 p.m. Susan Barlow leads this 3.3 mile hike to the Box Mountain Ridge. Learn more.


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

6-7 (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.

7 (Sun.) – Arts Center East presents ‘Poetry Rocks.’ State Poet Laureate Rennie McQuilkin, and poets Joan Seliger Sidney, who has published two books and RHS poet Joyce Hida will read from their works. 2 p.m. Learn more.

8 (Mon.) – Vernon Volunteers’ Cooperative Participants Meeting, 9 a.m. at Mitchell’s Restaurant, 9-11 a.m.

13 (Sat.) – Vernon Garden Club’s Spring Plant Sale at Sacred Heart Church, 8-10:30 a.m.

15 (Mon.) – Vernon Garden Club May Program, “Hardy Cactus and Succulents” Dave Deluca, past president of the CT Cactus and Succulent Society. 7-9 p.m.

20 (Sat.) – Friends of Valley Falls “Birds In The Park,” a bird walk led by Denise Anamani. Meet at the Valley Falls Park gazebo. 7:30 a.m. Rain date Sunday, May 21.

20 (Sat.) – Strong Family Farm’s ‘Container Gardening Workshop’ with Cathy T, 9-12.

20 (Sat.) – Friends of Valley Falls “Wildflowers Of Valley Falls,” a wildflower walk led by Ginny Gingras. Meet at the Valley Falls Park gazebo. 1 p.m. Rain date Sunday, May 21.

21 (Sun.) – Friends of Valley Falls “History & Geology Walk,” a geology and history walk led by Don Sierakowski. Meet at the Valley Falls Park gazebo. 1 p.m.

21 (Sun.) – Vernon Historical Society Program “Flying Tigers – The American Volunteer Group of WWII” with Thomas Pandolfi, 2 p.m.

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


3 (Sat.) – The Vernon Chorale’s June Concert at the Talcottville Congregational Church, 7:30 p.m.

13 (Tue.) – “Water Powered Mill Sites in Vernon & Rockville” with author Richard Symonds, Jr. at the Rockville Public Library. Details to follow.

14 (Wed.) – Strong Family Farm’s Farm Stand Opening. Free ice cream while it lasts.

19 (Mon.) – Vernon Garden Club June Program, “Annual Club Picnic.” 6 p.m.


5 (Wed.) – July In The Sky, Annual Fireworks Display in Rockville, 6-11 p.m. Rain date: July 6.

21 (Fri.) – New England Civil War Museum Program, “Unconditional Surrender”, Ed Bearss, 7-9 p.m.


12 & 13 (Sat. & Sun.) – Tolland County 4-H Fair at TCAC.

20 (Sun.) – Friends of Valley Falls Artists Day At The Farm, 1 p.m. (Tentative date)


17 (Sun.) – Vernon Historical Society Program “Meetinghouse Hill” with Jon Roe, 2 p.m.

24 (Sun.) – Vernon Historical Society Hike “Early Vernon Center: First Congregational Church, Elm Hill Cemetery & Meetinghouse Hill.” Rain date Sunday, Oct. 8.


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

15 (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.

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

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