The Shires of Vermont






 

Events

Ongoing:

May-Oct Farmers Markets in Bennington and Manchester The Walloomsac Farmer's Market will be located beside the Walloomsac River walk at the Bennington Station, on the corner of Depot and River Streets, in downtown Bennington, Vermont. Hours: Every Saturday May 7 - October 29, 10am - 1pm, and every Tuesday May 10 - October 25, 3:30 - 5:30pm
www.walloomsac.org

The Manchester Farmer's Market will be located at Adam's Park, next to the Chamber of Commerce on Rt. 7A, Manchester Center, Vermont. Hours: Thursdays June 3rd - October 7th, 2pm - 6pm

The Dorset Farmer's Market will be located at H.N. Williams Store on Route 30 in Dorset, Vermont. Hours: Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend
www.dorsetfarmersmarket.org


Now through July 27 - Bennington
"Oil Painters of America National Exhibition" We are honored to host the annual national members exhibition for this highly-respected group. The show will be online in late May for those that cannot visit. Opening events will take place the weekend of June 7th. Check back for the full schedule as the weekend approaches. The Bennington 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-442-7158.
www.thebennington.org

Now through July 27 - Bennington
"Play: "4000 Miles"" Winner of the Obie Award for Best Play and a finalist for the Pulitzer, this warm-hearted play by one of our most acclaimed young playwrights, tells the story of a 21 year old, after the loss of a loved one seeks the solace of his feisty 91 year old grandmother. Critics called it “funny, moving, altogether wonderful” and a “well-observed gem.” Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-447-0564.
www.oldcastletheatre.org

Now through August 2 - Manchester
"Hills Alive! A Festival of the Arts in Southern Vermont" Enjoy world-class stage productions, concerts, art and photography exhibitions at the Dorset Theatre Festival, Manchester Music Festival, Southern Vermont Arts Center and Weston playhouse Theatre Company.
www.hillsalive.org

Now through August 24 - Bennington
"Art of the Animal Kingdom XIX" One of the country's most prestigious wildlife exhibitions opens on June 14 and will run through late August. This year's Special Guest Artist is Rosetta. Over 65 pieces will be included in this impressive exhibition and all work will be for sale. The Bennington 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-442-7158.
www.thebennington.org

Now through September 27 - Manchester
"Revolutionary War Tour" The tour route will go through covered bridges and historic villages and go by places where US Presidents stayed, etc. as we explore the heart of Green Mountain Boy country. Bring your camera.
www.backroaddiscovery.com

Now through September 27 - Manchester
"Southern Vermont Sampler Tour" Explore the Shires of Vermont's best-kept secrets with our local guide. There are several stops along the way.
www.backroaddiscovery.com

Now through November 2 - Bennington
"Alice Neel/Erastus Salisbury Field: Painting the People" Major exhibition of 2014 features the stunning work of two acknowledged masters of the portrait as art. The NEW Bennington Museum - Get Into It! 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-447-1571.
www.benningtonmuseum.org

Now through December 21 - Bennington
"Small Works Show" Fine art - 11 x 14 and smaller - is available for immediate purchase in this gallery. Artwork is representational but not limited to a theme. Figurative, landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife and still-lifes by nationally recognized artists make up the show. The Bennington 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-442-7158.
www.thebennington.org

Now through December 31 - Bennington
"Newly Installed Grandma Moses Gallery" The Bennington Museum's re-designed and re-installed permanent gallery now features four additional masterworks on loan from Galerie St. Etienne in New York City, The Kallir Family Foundation, and a private collector in addition to those from the museum’s collection. The NEW Bennington Museum - Get Into It! 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-447-1571.
www.benningtonmuseum.org

July 21 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert Series" Monday, July 21st at 7PM at Riley Center for the Arts, Burr and Burton Academy. Tickets $10
www.mmfvt.org

July 24 - August 9 - Dorset
"Play: "All in the Timing"" This critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of six short comedies byt Tony award winning playwright David Ives, form an evening of wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun! A hilarious sextet that uses brilliant language and wordplay to investigate for audiences of all ages the classic existentialist questions of life and the complications involved in romantic relationships.
www.dorsettheatrefestival.org

July 24 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Concert: Spanish Poetry / German Romanticism" Thursday, July 24th at 7:30PM at Arkell Pavilion, SVAC. Tickets $38.
www.mmfvt.org

July 26 - East Dorset
"Plant ID Walk" Join Steven for a Plant ID Walk through Emerald Lake State Park. Learn to identify local flora — flowers, edibles, and more. This event will be held from 10:30am - 12:30pm.
www.vtstateparks.com

July 28 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert Series" Monday, July 28th at 7PM at Riley Center for the Arts, Burr and Burton Academy. Tickets $10
www.mmfvt.org

July 31 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Concert: Master And Commander-Ludwig Van Beethoven" Thursday, July 31st at 7:30PM at Arkell Pavilion, SVAC. Tickets $48.
www.mmfvt.org

August 1-3 - Bennington
"The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival" Handcrafted pottery, blown glass, one of a kind jewelry, colorful hand-woven scarves, striking photography, original drawings, paintings, sculpture, and other upscale collectibles will be showcased by 150 artists and artisans under beautiful, new Camelot tents at The 36th Annual Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival. Camelot Village, VT Route 9, Bennington, VT.
www.craftproducers.com

August 1 - Bennington
"First Fridays" Downtown celebrates the arts with a gallery walk, artist openings, live performances, later store hours with in-store specials, and children's activities.
www.betterbennington.com

August 2 - September 14 - Bennington
"Impressions of New England" This annual exhibition will include over 60 scenes captured in paint and bronze. Seashores, rolling hills, foliage and New England wildlife will be depicted in fine works of art. The Bennington 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-442-7158.
www.thebennington.org

August 2 - December 21 - Bennington
"Portraying the Human Spirit" Works that depict the soul, whether it be through a formal portrait or simply through an elegant gesture, will be the focus of our newest juried show. The Bennington 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-442-7158.
www.thebennington.org

August 2 - Bennington
"Norman Rockwell Arlington Models Reunion" Open to the public, this day of events includes a presentation by Jamie Franklin, curator at the Bennington Museum, opportunity to meet and talk with Rockwell models and hear their stories, preview of the in-production film "Our Neighbor Norman" and more. Free to residents of Bennington County with proof of residency. Regular admission for out-of-county visitors. The NEW Bennington Museum - Get Into It! 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-447-1571.
www.benningtonmuseum.org

August 2 - Manchester
"Mt Equinox Hillclimb for Lyme" Race it in under 40 minutes or just ride it in about an hour and a half with Amy and Robin. Join us for this worthy fund raiser.
www.gearupforlyme.com

August 2 - Dorset
"Discover Dorset Concert on the Green" Eclectic rock by BAND MEMBERS: DANIEL SCARLOTTA - Drums/Percussion & Vocals, GEOFFREY CHAMBERLAIN - Bass, Guitar & Vocals SCOTT MCCAMBELL - Bass, Guitar & Vocals, MATTHEW LANGAN - Guitar & Vocals, PATRICK ZILKHA - Keyboards/Synthesizer & Vocals.
www.dorsetvt.com

August 4 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert Series" Monday, August 4th at 7PM at Riley Center for the Arts, Burr and Burton Academy. Tickets $10
www.mmfvt.org

August 7-10 - Manchester
"Manchester's Famous Sidewalk Sales" Don't miss this one! It only happens once a year for 4 days only! FREE Shuttle Bus courtesy of the Manchester Chamber, Town of Manchester and Orvis.
www.visitmanchestervt.com

August 7 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Concert: Generations Of Melody" Thursday, August 7th at 7:30PM at Arkell Pavilion, SVAC. Tickets $38.
www.mmfvt.org

August 8-13 - Stratton Mountain
"Bob Hurley Family Basketball Festival" Check in Friday night for a weekend of basketball, friends and family fun. The camp starts Saturday and runs through Tuesday night. For more information: (800) STRATTON.
www.stratton.com

August 9 - Manchester
"The Cairo Shriner's Super Bingo" Riley Rink at Hunter Park, Manchester Center, VT. Great Food, Door Prizes, Early Bird Specials, Clean Restrooms, and Handicap Accessible.
www.rileyrink.com

August 11 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert Series" Monday, August 11th at 7:30PM at Riley Center for the Arts, BBA. Tickets $10
www.mmfvt.org

August 13-17 - Stratton Mountain
"The Vermont Challenge" The people of Vermont welcome you to tour Vermont's beautiful landscape, replete with rolling farmlands, bucolic villages, and quiet country roads. The Vermont Challenge is a friendly experience drawing on the qualities of the people of Vermont.
www.stratton.com

August 14-30 - Dorset
"Play: "The Mousetrap"" The world's longest running play - murder mystery at its best. A homicidal maniac terrorizes a group of snowbound guests to the refrain of "Three Blind Mice".
www.dorsettheatrefestival.org

August 14 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Concert: A Night At The Opera" Thursday, August 11th at 7:30PM at Arkell Pavilion, SVAC. Tickets $48.
www.mmfvt.org

August 15-31 - Bennington
"Play: "My Fair Lady"" The most loverly love story the world has ever taken to heart in the greatest musical of all-time. Glorious songs, memorable characters and enchanting romance all in a miraculous, wise, witty and winning show that is not to be missed. Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-447-0564.
www.oldcastletheatre.org

August 15-17 - Bennington
"Battle Day Festivities and Parade" Bennington Battle Day is a state holiday in Vermont to honor of the Battle of Bennington, which took place during the Revolutionary War in north America in 1777.
www.bennington.com

August 16-17 - Bennington
"Living History Encampment" A Living History Encampment will take place on the grounds of the Monument. Drill presentations, musket and artillery demonstrations, educational exhibits, and activities for children will be ongoing hourly. Authentic cannons will be on display and fired periodically during the day Saturday and Sunday.
marylou.chicote@state.vt.us

August 16 - Bennington
"Annual Bennington Battle Day 5K Road Race" The race begins at 9:30 AM and ends with cannon fire. Following is an easy 1/2 mile "kids fun race." Registration forms available at the Monument Gift Shop. Raffle tickets for antique commemorative plates and dinner at the top will be drawn at the end of the race.
marylou.chicote@state.vt.us

August 24 - Manchester
"The Making of the Secret Garden" A presentation by composer Nolan Gasser on the East Coast premiere of his opera The Secret Garden to be produced by Opera Theatre of Weston in January 2015. San Francisco Opera scenic designer Naomie Kremer will talk about the stunning video projections in the original debut at SFO that will be specially adapted for this production. They will be joined by members of the OTW creative team, and the professional cast will sing musical highlights from the opera.
www.operatheatreofweston.com

August 24 - Bennington
"Open Steps Guided Tour of Bennington Battle Monument" The inside steps will be open to the public for guided tours. Learn the history as you walk the 417 unique steps to the top.
marylou.chicote@state.vt.us

August 30 - December 21 - Bennington
"Laumeister Fine Art Competition" Representational artwork selected by a guest juror will be on exhibit this fall. $7,000 in awards will be given. The Bennington 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-442-7158.
www.thebennington.org

August 30-31 - Bennington
"19th Annual Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival" Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top 10 Fall Events! Admission: $5.00 - FREE Parking! At Camelot Village, Route 9W.
www.bennington.com

August 30-31 - Stratton Mountain
"The Full Palette" A colorful celebration of the tastes and techniques of Vermont Farm-to-Table. You'll experience, tastings, demos and more at this annual culinary event. For more information: (800) STRATTON.
www.stratton.com

August 31 - Stratton Mountain
"Grizzly Triathlon" Mark your calendars for the Stratton Mountain Grizzly Triathlon! Money and of course bragging rights are at stake. For more information: (800) STRATTON.
www.stratton.com

September 5 - Bennington
"First Fridays" Downtown celebrates the arts with a gallery walk, artist openings, live performances, later store hours with in-store specials, and children's activities.
www.betterbennington.com

September 7 - Dorset
"Firehouse Breakfast" Old-Fashioned Pancake Breakfast Benefit for Community Sharing
www.dorsetvt.com

September 12-14 - Bennington
"48th Annual Bennington Car Show" Cars | Trucks | Motorcycles | Car Corral | Tractor Field | Vendors | Food | Music | More! Admission: Friday $5 (No cars, just vendors). Saturday and Sunday $8. At Willow Park, East Road.
www.bennington.com

September 13-14 - Bennington
"19th Annual Bennington Quiltfest" New & Vintage Quilts, Demonstrations, Quilt Raffle, Door Prizes, Challenge Quilts, Vendors, Food Service. Admission $6, Children 12 and under free.
www.benningtonquiltfest.com

September 13-14 - Stratton Mountain
"Stratton Stride" We're excited to announce the first annual Stratton Stride, a 24-Hour family-friendly event for all abilities and fitness levels. Walk laps on easy and moderate circuits or hike the more challenging course to raise funds for your favorite charity. For more information: (800) STRATTON.
www.stratton.com

September 13 - Bennington
"Antique & Classic Car Show Cruise-In" Main Street fills up with antiques and classic cars as they cruise through town. Join us for an evening of live music on the streets as you meet the drivers and enjoy all the specialty cars close-up.
www.betterbennington.com

September 20 - November 30 - Bennington
"The Heroism of Modern Life" Max Ginsberg and Garin Baker have invited a small group of select artists to participate in this important exhibition. The goal of the show is to showcase artists whose work interprets the beauty and heroism that is found in contemporary, everyday life. The Bennington 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-442-7158.
www.thebennington.org

October 3-5 - Manchester
"The Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival" Under spacious Camelot tents, formerly at Hildene, now at the Practice Tee,at Riley Rink Road, on route 7A in Manchester. 150 artists and artisans display and sell wondrous creations. Craft demos, live music, a food court featuring local restaurants, and the Vermont Beer Cheese and Sausage Tent make it a splendid way to spend a fall day in Vermont.
www.craftproducers.com

October 3 - Bennington
"First Fridays" Downtown celebrates the arts with a gallery walk, artist openings, live performances, later store hours with in-store specials, and children's activities.
www.betterbennington.com

October 11-13 - Stratton Mountain
"Columbus Day Weekend" Join us as we celebrate autumn and the changing season in the midst of stunning fall foliage over Columbus Day Weekend, October 11-13. Family fun, fall foliage and a run to the Summit are in store during our annual Chilifest Cookoff, North Face Race to the Summit and Harvestfest! For more information: (800) STRATTON.
www.stratton.com

October 12 - Stratton Mountain
"North Face Race to the Summit" Experience Vermont's fall foliage in a whole new way as you run up Stratton in the North Face Race to the Summit. For more information: (800) STRATTON.
www.stratton.com

October 25 - Bennington
"Fallapalooza!" Main Street closes down to host the last festival of the year with store-to-store trick-or-treating, craft vendors, live entertainment, farmers' market, food vendors, carriage rides, and children's activities.
www.betterbennington.com

October 28 - November 24 - Manchester
"Southern Vermont Sampler Tour" Explore the Shires of Vermont's best-kept secrets with our local guide. There are several stops along the way.
www.backroaddiscovery.com

November 1-30 - Manchester
"Revolutionary War Tour" The tour route will go through covered bridges and historic villages and go by places where US Presidents stayed, etc. as we explore the heart of Green Mountain Boy country. Bring your camera.
www.backroaddiscovery.com

 
 
 
       
     
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