Tour de Tall Tales Bicycle Race

Have you ever wanted your picture taken on the winners podium at the Tour de France? Well, how about the Tour de Tall Tales? will sponsor two bike rides as part of the Tall Tales Fest. There are two options for riders.

We will have a community bike ride through the streets of Burlington led by a ride captain. You can ride at your own pace or race to the finish! The Community Ride is 3-miles through Burlington local streets along sections of the designated bike route and Sunset Park Bike Trail. The route is 3 miles long.

We will also have a group road ride around some of the lovely country roads in the Burlington area. This ride will have a ride captain. This is a "no drop" ride. Riders will receive a cue sheet. The route is 15 miles.

Both rides will leave the Tall Tales site (Corner of Dodge and Chestnut) at 9am sharp. At the conclusion of the race, you can have your photo taken on the winners podium with roses and a ribbon. Provide us with an email, and we will email your photo so you can brag to all your friends!

If you have any questions, please email us at

Bicycle Decorating Contest for Young Riders

Use your imagination to decorate your bicycle in any crazy way you want! The contest is open to ages 12 years and under.

Your bike will be judged on Creativity, Appearance/Design, and Use of Recycled Materials. We encourage entrants to use items you have at home that can be recycled as a decoration.

Your bicycle must be safe to ride with the decorations. Decorated bicycles should be brought to the Bikeburlington booth at Tall Tales on Saturday any time before 1:00. Judging will take place from 1:00-2:00pm. Ribbons and prizes for First, Second, and Third Place will be awarded at 2:00pm on the Tall Tales stage. If you have any questions, please email us at Hope to see you there!!!

Pint Sized Polkas - "Real American Heroes"

Prepare yourself for a musical journey highlighting the accomplishments of legendary heroes like aviator Amelia Earhart, engineer Casey Jones, firefighter Molly Williams, and lumberjack Paul Bunyan with Uncle Mike's "Real American Heroes" show.  Participation opportunities abound!  Participants will be invited to wear hats similar to those worn by the heroes listed above while the audience guesses the jobs that go with them. Everyone will have fun answering age and theme-appropriate trivia questions on the aforementioned heroes and will be encouraged to check out books that go with them! Catchy sing-along polka songs and a quick round of "Name that Tune" further complement the program theme, and of course, no one goes home without doing the "Chicken Dance" and a special polka version of "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes." Plenty of singing, dancing, and education make this show fun for the whole family!

Location: Music Matters Tent (across the street from the Coffeehouse)

Music Theater Auditions Workshop with Abby Galstad

Workshop participants will work on audition skills, and perform mock auditions. We will discuss appropriate audition material, clothing, as well as how to prepare for auditions. Participants should prepare and memorize 16-32 bars of a musical theater song they think might be good for an audition. Please bring a copy of the music for the accompanist.

Ages: 7th grade through adult

Max of 10 registrants - Abby Galstad will work directly with specific participants, but we welcome additional attendees to observe, as they will still learn a lot by watching and listening!

Location: Upstairs at The Coffee House on Chestnut & Pine

Drum Circle

Ever wanted to participate in a drum circle or learn to play various kinds of drums? Enjoy a variety of tall and hand held drums and percussion items.  We’ll explore support rhythms and creatively making in-the-moment music.

Location: Thrivent Financial

Max # of participants: 30


Music Matters 10th Anniversary Celebration

Come join us as we recognize our generous sponsors, local musical theater programs, area music educators, and celebrate 10 years as a non-profit supporting music education for youth.  Enjoy complimentary beverages and appetizers as you socialize with your fellow musicians and supporters of music education! 

Location: Music Matters Tent (across the street from the Coffeehouse)

Learn to Play the Ukulele

Come and enjoy learning how to play basic Ukulele with Luke Moyta! We are have several ukuleles ready to be played by music lovers of all ages. Best for ages 12 and up.

Location: Thrivent Financial 

Instructor: Luke Moyta

Max # of participants: 20