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GUIDE

Glad you’re joining us for the first annual Battenkill Fly Fishing Festival! We have so much lined up for you: keynote speakers, workshops, and the film festival.  Not to mention the craft beer tent and live music!  All of this is in front of the beautiful backdrop of the Battenkill and the gem of Arlington, VT.  We’ve put together this guide to help you make the most of your visit. 

 

Before you grab waders and pack bags:

Lodging

Get your rooms or campsites soon before they fill up! Please see our lodging page for local options. If you would like more recommendations, please email us at info@vtflyfest.com, and we will be happy to help.  

 

Food and Dining

Don’t wait until the weekend to figure out where you are eating!

Important: Make your lunch and dinner plans by April 23nd. 

Arlington is a small town, a 15-minute drive from neighboring towns, so reserving lunch and dinner plans is encouraged. Sign-up early on our website. We have various options, from boxed picnic lunches and restaurants to Italian buffets for dinner.    

 

Once you are here:

Parking

The Arlington Common, located at 3938 Route 7A, Arlington, VT, is the host and Festival headquarters for the Battenkill Fly Fishing Festival. Parking is limited at The Common (to park on-site, please purchase a parking pass on our website).  There is ample space at the Arlington Recreation Park just down the street (shuttles will be available, or you can walk), the Arlington Yellow Barn, or street parking. Maps will be available at registration.

 

Shuttles

Shuttles will constantly run from 8:30 am until 9:30 pm on Saturday between the Arlington Recreation Park and The Arlington Common.  

 

Onsite Information 

The registration and information desk will be in the Watkins House at The Arlington Common. You must check in here to get your festival bracelets, parking passes, or tickets to be able to enter any of the festival events.

 Registration Hours 

  • Friday 9 am-7 pm

  • Saturday 8 am-7 pm

  • Sunday 8 am-12 noon

 

Dog Policy

Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed at all times and with their owners. No dogs are allowed in the buildings unless they are service dogs. Please find the dog station for water and pet waste supplies.

 

Events and Locations

You will need to show your Festival bracelet to enter any workshops, beer tent, presentations, and film festival. 

 

Cocktail Party and fundraiser for TU Battenkill Home Rivers Initiative

Watkins House at the Common

Thursday, April 28th, 6 pm-8 pm

Join the artists and other anglers for a sneak peek of the Back to the River: Scenes from an Angler’s Paradise exhibit and a silent auction with unique fly fishing trips, equipment, and art.  The evening will raise money for the Battenkill Home Rivers Initiative. Please see our events page for more information and to register.  $100 a person (not included in Weekend Pass)

 

Festival Weekend: Friday, April 29 - Sunday, May 1

 

Art Exhibit, Back to the River: Scenes from an Angler’s Paradise

 Watkins House, Doyle and Edgerton Galleries

Friday-Sunday (Exhibit continues until June 12th on weekends)

See the amazing art done by 15 nationally and internationally known artists. Their work highlights fly fishing, the Battenkill River, and respect for the natural environment. For more information, see our website. 

 

Workshops and Presentations

Performance Hall at The Arlington Common 

Saturday and Sunday

Come to listen to over ten different presentations and workshops.  Please see the events page on the website for a detailed list.

 

Fly Fishing Demonstrations 

Arlington Recreation Park

Saturday and Sunday

Take a shuttle to the nearby Rec Park for demonstrations and demos.  Please see the events page on the website for a detailed list. 

 

International Fly Fishing Film Festival

Friday and Saturday nights, 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm

Watch a collection of short and feature-length films produced by professional filmmakers from all corners of the globe. For more details, see the about page on our website. Films are the same each night. 

 

Fly Tyers

Fitness Center at The Arlington Common

Saturday and Sunday

Visit our fly tyers and conservation projects tables in the Fitness Center. 

 

Beer Tent

Friday and Saturday Nights

Arlington Common and Arlington Inn

Friday 5 pm-9 pm; Saturday 3 pm-9 pm

Visit our craft beer tent and taste Lawsons, ZeroGravity, Browns, Liambru Tasty, and Montucky beers.  Also, Shacksbury Cider!  Live music both nights. To enter the beer tent, you must be over 21. 

 

Questions?

If you have questions about accommodations and travel, email info@vtflyfest.com.  Once you’re in Arlington, stop by the Registration Desk (Watkins House at the Common) with any questions regarding the Festival.

 

See you in Arlington!