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.


16 (Fri.) – The Diary of Anne Frank, a poignant dramatization of the dreams of a young girl, affirms the best of humanity in the context of the worst of humanity. Award-winning director Gabbi Mendelsohn will bring the play to life at Arts Center East. Performances Feb. 16 through Mar. 3. Times vary. Learn more.

19 (Mon.) – Vernon Garden Club Program: “Container Gardening & Panel Discussion” 7-9 p.m. Learn more.


4 (Sun.) – Vernon Historical Society Program “How Technology Won the Civil War” with Vernon resident Professor Thomas Army. 2 p.m. Snow date March 11. Learn more.

12 (Mon.) – Vernon Volunteers’ Cooperative Participants Meeting at the Vernon Historical Society, 9-11 a.m.

19 (Mon.) – Vernon Garden Club Program: “The Tankerhoosen: Vernon’s Green Valley” – Jon Roe, will give a slide presentation of the local gems and hidden gardens in our area. 7-9 p.m.


7 (Sat.) – Strong Family Farm Spring Cleaning Work Day, 9 a.m. – 12 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.

7 (Sat.) – The Vernon Chorale presents “The Emerald Isle” concert at the First Congregational Church of Vernon, 7:30 p.m.

7-8 (Sat.-Sun.) – Greater Vernon Holistic Healthfest. Learn more.

8 (Sun.) – Strong Farm 5k Chicken Run, 7:30 a.m. – More than a road race this is the first outdoor family event of the season. Events for kids and adults.

16 (Mon.) – Vernon Garden Club Program: “Herbal Self Defense” – Terri Cusson, president of the Connecticut Herb Association will familiarize us with several recipes for uses of herbs. 7-9 p.m.

21 (Sat.) – Hockanum Brew Fest. 1-4 p.m. Learn more.

24 (Tue.) – Vernon Greenways Volunteers Season Kickoff Program, “Building The Suspended Bridge Video,” with Don Bellingham at the Camp Newhoca Lodge, 7 p.m.

26 (Thu.) – This Ellington Historical Society program features Richard N. Symonds, Jr. of Tolland discussing his latest book “Location of Water-Powered Mill Sites, Ellington, Connecticut.” It will be held at 7 p.m. at Hall Memorial Library.

27-29 (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.


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

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.

5-6 (Sat.-Sun) – Friends of Valley Falls 3 Walk Weekend: ‘The Birds Of Valley Falls,’ ‘Wildflowers of Valley Falls,’ ‘Rocks, Rails & Industry at Valley Falls.”

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

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

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.

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.

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


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

2-3 (Sat.) – Connecticut Trails Weekend – Hikes throughout the state.

3 (Sun.) – Manchester Land Conservation Trust Risley Park Hike, 1-3 p.m. Susan Barlow leads this 3.3 mile hike to the Box Mountain Ridge.

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


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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