Tim Calabro | First Light Studios
Chandler’s New World Festival is an 11-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 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. Email [email protected] 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
Karen Dillon … Executive Director
Becky McMeekin … Secretary
Kristin Chandler … Site Manager
Marina Aronson … Artisans & Food Vendors
Ramsey Papp … Volunteer Coordinator
Kristina Emmons & Libbie Pattison … Family Tent
Yasi Zeichner … Music Committee
Danielle Devlin … Music Committee
Daryll Breau … Admissions
Betsy Cantlin … Flowers
Seth Stoddard … Technical Director
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 Chandler’s outreach director to tell her how awesome the Festival is!

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  1. had an absolutely SUPER day ! thank you to all involved. well organized and comfortable with all the events …..a DELIGHT REALLY !
    came last year to see NIC GAREISS AND LIZ CARROL…..LOVED it and came again this year , brought family and friends. heard 10 strings last year and was
    THRILLED with their innovative music, style and warm presence so it was a TREAT to see them again…WAY GOOD ….and david francey….a joy to see him ….troy and andrea ….nils….and then all the new folk to me …..good variety …..so great to have everyone playing numerous times …really liked the idea of collaboration …scot and breton session …. I enjoyed it …..you never know whats going to happen…and its such fun to put a group together like that .



    • Hi Margie,
      Volunteer coordinator here – I have your email address on file, expect a message about NWF 2018 volunteers in June/July!

    • Unfortunately Cantrip couldn’t make it work with their schedule this time around. We’ve got a bunch of other festival favorites though, along with some great new talent, we hope to see you there!

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