Strolling of the Heifers Fair

How much fun was this! We spent the day sharing information about the festival and the Brattleboro Words Project!!








Festival Survival Guide now updated for 2018!

 Because we know you don’t want to miss a minute of the 17th annual festival, here are some tips to make it easier:


Parking in long term parking areas is always better-it eliminates the worry of an expired meter. The two long term lots closest to the festival venues are the High Grove lot (near the Robert H. Gibson River Garden and Centre Congregational Church) and the Transportation Center (near 118 Elliot). Parking in these lots is only $.30 per hour so you can park all day for less than $3.00. Short term parking at meters is limited to 2 hours and is $.60-$.75 per hour. On Friday and Saturday, parking regulations are enforced from 9-6. Parking is free on Sunday.

If you are running from Centre Church to 118 Elliot, consider going through the Brooks House lobby to the Harmony Lot to save a few steps.


  • Bring a small umbrella if the weather is inclement.
  • Dress comfortably.
  • If you are relaxing at the River Garden, be careful to notice if there is an event taking place and be appropriately quiet.
  • We love our phones, too but please turn off all ringers and alerts at events- nothing is more embarrassing or annoying.
  • Absolutely no food or drink at the Centre Church.
  • All venues are fully accessible.
  • No flash photography but we absolutely encourage you to take photos with your mobile devices and share them on social media.


For a quick snack or lunch:

The Write Action Cafe at the River Garden-support local writers. Coffee, snacks, bagels, by donation…this is by far the fastest way to grab something. Or you can bring your own food and grab a coffee and some cookies at the cafe- there are tables in the River Garden along with free Wi-Fi and restrooms. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
The Works– large cafe with sandwiches, wraps, panini, breakfast sandwiches and bagels. Free WiFi and restrooms. 6:00 am- 6:00 pm. On Main Street between High St and Elliot St.
Amy’s Bakery Arts Cafe– the best baked goods downtown along with soup, gourmet sandwiches, salads and drinks. Free WiFi and restrooms. On Main St. near Elliot. 8:00 am- 6:00 pm.
Tulip Cafe– Great sandwiches, salads, crepes, panini, breakfast sandwiches till 11:00 am, drinks. Free WiFi and restrooms. On Main St. in the Brooks House. 9:00 am- 4:00 pm.
Superfresh Organic Cafe– located at the bottom of Main Street next to the Latchis, has great healthy options including vegan or gluten free.
Elliot Street Fish and Chips -small restaurant with truly eclectic menu with something for everyone- kids, vegans, vegetarians, comfort food seekers, fish & chip lovers. 50 Elliot Street 11:30 am-8:00 pm
Brattleboro Food Coop at Main and Canal Street has a large cafe and all sorts of healthy options for breakfast or lunch from smoothies to sandwiches and salads. Also a food bar. Saturday 7:00 am-9 pm, Sunday 9:00 am -9:00 pm. Free parking on site while you are there, Wi-Fi, restrooms.
If you are downtown early and want a full brunch, consider Duo at the corner of Main and High for brunch Saturday and Sunday between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. Or if you just want great coffee or expresso and a pastry, Mocha Joe’s at the corner of Main and Flat Street is an excellent choice-they roast their own coffee. Amy’s Bakery Arts Café is another great coffee and pastry option. And the Tulip Café and the Works both offer a variety of coffee and good breakfast sandwiches and wraps.
Lunch & Dinner
At the end of the day, you can relax over dinner or drinks at one of many fine restaurants:
Whetstone Station and Brewery overlooks the CT River and has great food plus a brewery on site- also open for lunch. Located at the bottom of Main Street next to the bridge. Open from 11:30 am till late.
Echo – Brick oven pizza, pasta, specialty drinks, On Main Street near Elliot St. Lunch Thursday-Sunday 11:30-3:00 pm Bar open at 4:00 dinner 5:00 – 11:00 Friday and Saturday, 5:00 – 10:00 on Sunday.
Shin La (Korean, Japanese and sushi). Located on Main Street for over 30 years- a Brattleboro institution. Open from 11:00 am-9:30 pm. Closed Sunday.
Thai Bamboo-Lovely Thai restaurant with huge menu at the corner of Main and High 11:30 am-10:00 pm.
Turquoise Grille – Turkish offerings including kebabs. 11:00 -3:00 pm lunch 5:00-9:00 pm dinner.
Twin Flames Taqueria handmade tortillas, carne asada, and shrimp and octopus ceviche, among other Southern California–style Mexican street food. 11:00 am -10:00 pm. 97 Main St (at Elliot St.)
Yalla Israeli-inspired street food- homemade hummus, fresh-baked pita sandwiches, and other Middle Eastern specialties.
Hazel– Handcrafted pizza, applewood smoked barbecue, signature cocktails. Located on Elliot St across from the transportation center. Dinner only- Open from 5:00 pm-close
Upscale dinner options include:
Peter Haven
T.J. Buckley’s
Reservations are recommended for these locations
Late night
Latchis Pub (near the Latchis Hotel)-50 Main Street
McNeill’s Brewery and Pub90 Elliot
Kipling’s Restaurant and Pub78 Elliot




Donate today!

Donate online now to make the 2015 Brattleboro Literary Festival possible along with future festivals. It’s easy and very secure …and of course, all contributions are tax-deductible!!

Writer’s Circle named the Brattleboro Literary Festival one of top five upcoming Writing and Literary Festivals!

Writer’s Circle named the Brattleboro Literary Festival one of top five upcoming Writing and Literary Festivals!

Writer’s Circle is bringing you a list of the best writing and literary festivals lined up for fall 2013. If you’re in the area or can spare a plane ticket, we highly recommend checking out these events.