Frequently Asked Questions

COST OF ADMISSION Online: Children 4 and under – Free; Children 5-12 – $4.00; people over the age of 12 – $7.00. Click here to purchase tickets online. At the Gate: Children 4 and under – Free; Children 5-12 – $5.00; people over the age of 12 – $8.00. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: . The Chocolate Experience Tent (which houses the chocolate vendors, chef demonstrations, chocolate eating contests, and a variety of family-friendly activities). Click here for a full schedule of events.


Friday May 26th 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm


Thursday May 25th  5 P.M – 10 P.M. No Gate Admission — Carnival Only —
Friday 4 P.M – Midnight – Fireworks at Dusk
Saturday 10 am – Midnight
Sunday 10 am – Midnight
Monday Noon – 7P.M.  $5 or 5 non-perishables, Pack the Pantry MONDAY

COST FOR DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES: Access to all Music Stages, The Chocolate Experience Tent and Expo Tent are included with gate entrance. In addition to the entrance ticket costs, there are activities that cost additional money. There is a large selection of food and other vendors (t-shirts, etc.) which charge for their fare. We also have a carnival which charges for it”s rides. In the Chocolate Experience Tent, chocolate vendors charge for the chocolate items they sell. You may also purchase a Taster Ticket for $8  Reduced price this year —  $7 in the Chocolate Experience Tent that allows you to sample 12 items from pre-determined chocolate vendors. There are various other activities in the Chocolate Tent that are free.
ESTIMATED TIME TO GO THROUGH THE FESTIVAL: This all depends on what you chose to do when you get here. Several families return 2 to 3 days to see specific entertainment, ride rides, and participate in the Chocolate Experience Tent activities. Please email back if you require more specific information in this area.
DIFFERENT BOOTHS: On the festival grounds we have food vendor booths and merchant (t-shirts, novelty items, etc.) vendor booths. The Carnival includes several games booths in addition to rides. We have a tent dedicated to commercial vendors. And the Chocolate Experience Tent houses the festival”s Chocolate Vendor booths.
WHO “RUNS” the Festival: Burlington”s ChocolateFest is run completely by volunteers. Our volunteers work on behalf of non-profit organizations to earn money for their organization. So, in that sense, dozens of non-profit organization are represented at the festival. Our vendors and the carnival, however, represent themselves (and not our non-profit groups or the festival). The festival operations committee also consists of all volunteers. ARE THERE SAMPLES: If you purchase a $7 Taster Ticket, you will receive 12 chocolate samples from pre-determined chocolate vendors in the Chocolate Experience Tent. Some chocolate vendors pass out samples outside of the Taster Ticket. You may purchase as many Taster Tickets as you like. Every patron also gets a Nestle cookie in the Chocolate Experience Tent.
MAIN STAGE/BEER TENT AREA: Anyone under 21 MUST be accompanied by Parent or Legal Guardian prior to 8PM. MUST be 21 or Older to enter the Main Stage area after 8PM. No Exceptions!
CARRY-INS: No, carry-ins are not allowed.
PARKING: Festival General Parking is available for $5.00 per vehicle. Parking is accessed at the corner of Milwaukee Ave and Maryland Ave. There are various local businesses that supply parking for a wide range of fees, most are located around the festival grounds mainly on Milwaukee Avenue. On street parking may be available on a first come first served basis, check local ordinances before using on street parking.
BATHROOMS: The festival has port-a-potties located in various places around the grounds.
CREDIT CARDS: Are accepted at the gate and at most vendors. ATM”s are available on grounds for a small ATM fee.
RIDES: The festival includes the world”s largest traveling carnival – it is a set-up and take down operation.
SKY GLIDE: We do not have a sky glide.
PETS: No pets on the grounds with the exception of registered service animals.

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