Free First Friday Eve is a favorite summer tradition at Shelburne Museum. From June through August on the first Friday of the month during the evening hours, admission to the Museum is free. It’s the perfect time to visit galleries, enjoy a picnic on the grounds, stroll through gardens, and take in the splendor of a summer’s evening.

Join us Fridays, 5–7:30 PM, June 7th, July 5th, and August 2nd!


Free First Friday Eves are made possible by:

And with generous support from Lois H. McClure and an anonymous family foundation.

Live Music

June 7th – Andriana and the Bananas

Andriana Chobot, Burlington, Vermont, singer-songwriter whose indie-pop and heart-rock sounds ruminate in jazz, will perform with her dynamic band, the Bananas!

July 5th – Mal Maiz

Based out of Burlington, Mal Maiz vibrantly blends traditional cumbia, Latin, reggae, and Afro-Caribbean sounds.

August 2nd – Dwight + Nicole

American soul/blues band Dwight & Nicole has been touring the Eastern U.S. since 2017. They have been steadily on the rise ever since – nominated for nine Boston Music Awards, ten Daysie Awards, and ten New England Music Awards, winning “Band of the Year”, “Vocalist of the Year”, “Best Blues/R&B Band”, “Female Vocalist of the Year”, “Blues Act of the Year” and “Video of the Year”. They have opened up for their idols including Mavis Staples, who exclaimed “Dwight & Nicole are my favorite new band!” as well as Melissa Etheridge who said “Dwight & Nicole are absolutely the real deal… They are carrying the torch.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay to get in?

No! The event is free and open to all between the hours of 5 – 7:30 p.m. Museum visitors who wish to visit during the daytime will be asked to pay normal admission.

Is there an ATM available?

Unfortunately, no. However, select food truck vendors may accept credit/debit cards.

Will the buildings be open?

All buildings will be open except for the 2nd floor of Shaker Shed.

What time does the music start?

Live music begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. at the conclusion of the event.

Is this event kid-friendly?

Yes! The event is designed to appeal to all audiences. Children may enjoy a story walk, lawn games, dancing, and exploring the Museum grounds – ask a staff member for their recommendations.

What activities are happening?

Each event features an activity from 5 – 6 p.m. These activities often include exploration stations, artist lectures, exhibition tours, and more! See specific calendar listings for details. Ongoing activities include live music, food vendors, open buildings, and lawn games.

Can we bring in a picnic?

Yes! We have picnic tables set up near the Weathervane Café, benches around the grounds, an open-air lounge area at Shaker Shed, and plenty of lawn space. Visitors may not bring alcoholic beverages on the grounds. Food and drink will be available for purchase from the Museum Store and select food truck vendors at each event.

Can we bring in lawn chairs?

Yes! You may bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets, or may utilize the picnic tables and benches around the grounds.

Is the Museum accessible to wheelchairs?

The Museum’s grounds are accessible, as are nearly all of our buildings. Paths, walkways, and roads consist of firmly packed gravel or slate surfaces and the terrain varies in slope and surface. Because each building is unique, we have published a Physical Accessibility Guide to help you plan your visit. You can download this guide from

Can I bring my dog in?

Service animals are welcome on the Museum grounds, but pets are not allowed. Visitors with service animals should speak with a member of the admissions staff prior to entering the grounds, for clarification on our policy and building access.

Where can I get something to eat and drink?

Featured food truck vendors will be present at each event. Check our event listings for more details on food and entertainment offerings each evening.

For more questions, please see our 2024 Visitation FAQs: