Tim Calabro | First Light Studios

Chandler’s New World Festival is a 12-hour annual all-weather event on Labor Day Sunday in Randolph, Vermont that celebrates the Celtic and French American musical heritage so prevalent in this part of the New World brought to northern New England by English, Scottish, Irish and French-Canadian immigrants. The Festival has earned a reputation as one of the finest traditional music events in Vermont. With Main Street closed to traffic, the festival site is an intimate pedestrian village. Nearly 75 of the best regional and international musicians present concerts, play in dance bands, and share tunes and traditions.

Tim Calabro | First Light Studios

Performances are in Chandler, in all-weather tents on Main Street, and in Bethany Church. Puppet shows, performances by young musicians, dance instruction and crafts are featured in the Family tent. The Dance tent offers participatory dancing in a variety of styles: contra, French quadrilles, Cape Breton, and free-style. The Sessions tent brings musicians from the same traditions together to share tunes in impromptu performances. Adding to the festive atmosphere is work by area artisans. The Food tent offers specialties from several area caterers; local non-profit organizations sell homemade treats and raise funds for community activities.

All performance sites are wheelchair accessible.

Volunteer with Us

Volunteer and earn a festival pass! The 20th annual New World Festival will be held in Randolph, Vt. on Sunday, September 2 from noon-midnight. This festival is held at the Chandler end of Main Street and benefits Children’s programming at Chandler. Over one hundred volunteers are necessary to make this event successful and YOU can join us. Three to four hours of work qualifies volunteers for an all day pass to the Festival. Call Marda Donner at 802-276-3808 or email mardadonner@hotmail.com to volunteer.


The New World Festival is a marvel of volunteer effort. More than 100 volunteers from the Randolph area come out every year to make the event a reality. We thank you all! The Festival is organized by the following volunteer committee:

Kevin Dunwoody … Music Director
Becky McMeekin … Overall Coordinator
Marina Aronson … Artisans
Linda Davis … Food Tent
Marie Dunwoody and Janet Poeton … Family Tent
Marda Donner … Volunteer Coordinator
Anne Pritchard … Admissions
Louise Ferris-Burt … Treasurer
Laura Morris and Betsy Cantlin … Flowers
Emily Crosby and Seth Stoddard … Technical Directors
Dick Drysdale … Sponsorships
Tim Calabro … Webmaster
Charlie McMeekin … Festival Store

Photography provided by Bob Eddy and Tim Calabro with First Light Studios

Get in Touch

Let us know how we’re doing with an email or by leaving a comment below. Email Becky to tell her how awesome the Festival is or Tim to comment on the website.

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  1. Great festival, we attended for the first time and it was awesome, wondering if the festival would be interested in Polish music(Polka) Thank you so much and looking forward hearing from you.

    • Good morning! Thank you so much for your kind words about the festival. Because the festival is a celebration of Celtic and French Canadian music traditions, I don’t think that Polish music would fit in. If you can make a strong case for its connection to either of the above traditions, we’ll certainly give it some consideration. Again, our thanks for giving the festival a try. We hope to see you again next year!
      Becky McMeekin, Executive Director

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