Bre Kennedy performs at the Tall Tales music festival in 2021. Organizers have cancelled the 2022 festival due to logistics challenges, but are working to bring the popular Burlington event back in 2023. (Photo by Chad Hensiak)

Tall Tales was unable to over come logistics issues

By Jason Arndt

Staff Writer

For the second time in three years, the Tall Tales Music Festival in downtown Burlington has been canceled, organizers announced.

The decision, according to a Facebook post, comes as organizers attempted to coordinate logistics.

“This is the news we’ve been working hard to avoid, but it’s time to face the music: Due to insurmountable logistical challenges, Tall Music Festival will be taking a hiatus in 2022.”

The Tall Tales Music Festival, typically held in mid-August, features two days of live music from national touring artists, craft beer, food, youth music, workshops and a weekend filled with games and activities for children and adults alike.

Additionally, many local businesses participate, offering their food and products during the music festival.

“We love putting this event together for our community and are absolutely crushed it won’t be happening this year,” the Facebook post states. “But there just isn’t a way forward – the only way to make it happen this year was to sacrifice the quality of the production that we’ve built our hard-earned reputation on, and that is something we just aren’t willing to compromise on.”

Since the festival launched nearly a decade ago, the Tall Tales Music Festival has attracted Grammy Award nominees as well as up and coming musicians from all genres, ranging from folk songs to pop rock.

While organizers found logistical challenges for 2022, they are looking forward to a better 2023, according to the Facebook post.

The 2023 Tall Tales Music Festival is tentatively slated for Aug. 11-12 in downtown Burlington, primarily in the area of Chestnut and Pine Streets, much like previous productions.

“Rest assured, we will be working with the City of Burlington and other stakeholders to address the logistics of hosting this event in 2023 and beyond,” organizer said in the Facebook post.

Tall Tales Music Festival organizers, meanwhile, commended the support the festival has received from the community and key sponsors.

“We have been so fortunate for the support we’ve received from the community and our sponsors, which has allowed us to bring countless musicians – including numerous Grammy Award nominees and winners – from all over the world to Burlington for a weekend of unforgettable (and FREE!) performances.”

Patrick Sullivan, key organizer for Tall Tales Music Festival, could not be reached for comment related to logistical concerns as of Tuesday evening.

Before this year’s cancellation, Tall Tales Music Festival last nixed the event in 2020, when the area still underwent challenges during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.