To help you navigate the festival and find the performances you’re going to love, we’ve compiled some tips and must-sees. You’ll experience 100+ performances with a single $10 ticket; from art to music to cooking, dance, yoga, acrobatics, and more. All from your home. Hope you enjoy!
Spend NYE with friends & family from around the world.
After you’ve purchased your ticket, you’ll create a profile with your photo and name. On 12/31, you’ll log in, cruise through live streamed performances and video chat and message your friends, family and favorite performers. Hang with your cousin from Berlin or your daughter that’s away at college—they’ll probably be home, and they’ll probably be stoked to see you.
Use the Schedule View to navigate.
Try using the Schedule View as a guide. Leave it open in a separate browser window (next to the virtual event platform window) and click on whatever performance you want to see next. If the act hasn’t started yet, you’ll see a countdown timer. If you want a little more randomness you can flip through channels to check out what else is happening at the event. See the schedule view here >>
Join in on a mini-festival w/ Rubblebucket & Friends.
Rubblebucket is celebrating NYE by live-streaming their own 3+ hour house party — hosted by Kalmia from Rubblebucket — featuring live performances from Rubblebucket, Toth & Jesse Harris. Read about it >>
Support local restaurants + eat, drink and be merry.
Our pals at Adventure Dinner have crafted a special Highlight ticket package that includes cocktails and custom-themed meals-for-two from an incredible crew of Vermont chefs from The Arcadian, Cafe Mamajuana, The Great Northern, Hen of the Wood, and Honey Road. *Very limited tickets on sale until 12/28 @ 11:59pm. See all menu options here >>
Get in the front row.
The Bengsons bring world-renowned music & storytelling at 3:30pm. “Spine-tingling… Terrific indie-folk choral songs” — The Guardian
Kat Wright & Brett Hughes playing tunes from a deep well of old country and folk traditions at 7pm.
Henry Jamison pouring his heart out through songs, dry humor & his personal banking info at 10pm.
Be captivated by a good story.
“The Moth”, first person true stories from everyday people at 4pm.
“PechaKucha” reflects on the past year with a unique storytelling format at 4pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm, and 10:30pm.
“Storytelling with Ferene Paris Meyer”, heartfelt stories from the kitchen inspired by Haitian culture at 5:30pm.
Take in creative performance art.
“Aerialis”, an aerial performance art show with live music and lighting projections at 1pm.
“Rock/Puppet/Scissors”, a conceptual art, rock-n-roll, DIY crafts and puppetry extravaganza at 7pm.
“Resonance” Sage Horsey + Co.’s newest body of work makes its sneak peak at 8:30pm.
Laugh your face off.
Vermont Comedy Club will host “Family Friendly Improv” at 2:30pm.
“Front Porch Follies” are dramatic readings of the most whimsical entries from Burlington’s Front Porch Forum, followed by improv scenes inspired by them at 4pm.
VCC also hosts “Talk To Us Please”, a not-so-late-night variety show at 10pm.
Dance, dance, dance.
DJ Llu, featuring family-friendly hip hop, dance, house + more at 4:45pm.
DJ Steal Wool, spinning soul, funk, and lots of vinyl at 9pm.
“Move B*tch”, Nectar’s presents the infamous 2000’s hip hop dance party at 11:30pm.
Let the kids in on the fun.
Circus Smirkus, with 3 performances at 2pm, 4pm & 6pm.
“BCA Art Activity”, a hanging paper-bead sculpture family art workshop at 3pm.
Mister Chris plays brand new songs and old favorites at 3:15pm.
<3 your community.
Highlight strives to create a safe space for all Vermonters to be able to connect with their friends, family, and neighbors. Learn more about our Community Guidelines and what you can expect on New Year’s Eve at Highlight “House Party”. Read the community guidelines >>