The Shires of Vermont



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Vermont Farmers Markets
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

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

The Craftsbury Farmer's Market will be located at the Craftsbury Common. Hours: Saturdays 10am -1pm.

Apr 23-Jul 10 - Bennington
"Out of This World" Lush Abstract Landscapes by Sally Gil
Bennington Museum presents Out of This World, an exhibition of new and recent work by visual artist Sally Gil. This is the first exhibition of Gil's work in her native state of Vermont. The artist will create a site specific installation directly on the gallery walls; a further three large scale works and a number of smaller scale works will complete the show. The artist will host an Artist’s Reception on Saturday, April 23 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to speak with Gil and enjoy her work. It is free and open to the public.

May 7-July 30 - Bennington
"It Is All a Mystery" at the Bennington Museum
Opening in Bennington Museum’s Works on Paper Gallery is 'it is all a mystery', Drawings by Marcy Hermansader, 1981-2015. At first this exhibition may appear to be a group show. But upon closer examination the viewer will see a selective retrospective, featuring four distinct bodies of work by the same artist dating from 1981 through 2015. Drawing on a deep well of intuitive, often deeply personal symbols and images, Hermansader's work is akin to sophisticated visual poetry.

June 25 - Chester
"Music in the Meadows"
One mile west of Chester VT town green on Route 11 WEST, will hold their 2nd Annual Music-in-the-Meadow Festival benefiting Race for the Cure. With months of preparation behind them, Pat Budnick CO-owner of the Motel with her husband, Ron, are looking forward to a tremendous day and still on the look out for more food vendors and crafters. This is a music festival therefore our aim is something for everyone, all day long! For the kids we have found a moonwalk and hired Judy the Musical Clown from 1-4p.m. there will be several craft vendors, a silent auction, a raffle, great food and great music, plus the use of our 4 acre meadow for picnicking, throwing a Frisbee, what have you and we are still looking for even more food vendors and crafters.From 11am-8pm, Music-in-the Meadow will feature every hour on the hour, local musicians from the CMS Vermont CD sampler, as well as musicians from New York all of whom are donating their time and talent to help raise money for the Race for the Cure. 802 875-2626

June 25 - Bennington
"Jaguar Day At Hemmings"
Come see Jaguar models new and old including the iconic E-Type sports car from the 1960s, the Mark II saloon and Jaguar’s newest sport coupe, the F-Type. Organized by the Capital Region Jaguar Club of New York, club members are happy to answer your questions and talk about their cars. Held at Hemmings Motor News in Bennington, everyone is welcome to attend this free event. For more

Jul 1-Nov 5 - Bennington
"Grandma Moses: American Modern" at Bennington Museum
In addition to the permanent gallery dedicated to the life and work of Anna Mary Robertson "Grandma" Moses, Bennington Museum, home to the largest collection of Grandma Moses paintings, will proudly present Grandma Moses: American Modern. Together with the new paintings on loan in the permanent gallery, over 70 works of this great American modern folk artist will be available for you to explore and enjoy. This special exhibition pairs her paintings and ephemera alongside fellow folk artists, as well as her modernist contemporaries and counterparts associated as "high art" including key paintings and ephemera by iconic artists such as Joseph Cornell, Helen Frankenthaler, Edward Hicks, Morris Hirshfield, Joseph Pickett, and Andy Warhol.

July 2 - Manchester
"Vermont Symphony Orchestra - Wanderlust"
Pack your passport in your picnic basket and join the VSO for a whirlwind tour of eleven countries, five continents--and beyond. From the Great Wall to a gypsy encampment to a hacienda to the far reaches of the universe, our music will transport you! The travelogue concludes with the 1812 Overture, marches, and fireworks. For more

July 2-Nov 6 - Bennington
"Milton Avery's Vermont" at Bennington Museum
Bennington Museum presents its major 2016 exhibition Milton Avery’s Vermont, the first focused look at the work this great American modernist created based upon his summers spent in southern Vermont, 1935 through 1943. Avery's Vermont work vividly captures his family's summer activities and the artist's personal response to the Vermont landscape. The work that was inspired and to an extent created in Vermont, from pencil sketches executed en plein air, fresh watercolors based on these sketches and painted while in Vermont, and many major oil paintings drawn from these sources and typically completed during the winter months in his New York studio, is celebrated in Milton Avery’s Vermont.

Jul 5-Aug 7 - Dorset
"Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show"
Celebrating its 23rd year as Vermont’s premier hunter/jumper competition. The Vermont Summer Festival is a six week show on the Beebe Farm in East Dorset. See Olympic equestrians participating in events for $750,000 in prizes.

July 7-23 - Dorset
"Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl" at Dorset Playhouse
Dorset Theatre Festival is excited to produce Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl, one of the most renowned playwrights of her generation. Dear Elizabeth chronicles the remarkable thirty-year friendship between two of the most celebrated and honored American poets of the 20th century: Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. With postmarks from Maine to Key West, and as far away as London and South America, Dear Elizabeth is a lyrical and moving portrait of two lives that unfold in letters. A recent hit Off-Broadway at The Women’s Project, the production will be helmed by director Adrienne Campbell-Holt, known to regional audiences for her acclaimed work on DTF’s productions of Red starring Tim Daly, and The Scene by Theresa Rebeck. The production will feature a rotating cast of Broadway actors.

July 8-9 - Waterbury
"Waterbury Arts Fest"
Revitalizing Waterbury is proud to present the 2016 Waterbury Block Party, Friday, July 8 and the Waterbury Arts Fest, Saturday, July 9! These two days of entertainment and artwork showcase some the most talented performers and artists in our area and serve as the main fundraiser for Revitalizing Waterbury. Please have a look through our page for more information and follow RW on Facebook to get all the latest updates.

July 9 - Bennington
"Bennington Bike Night"
A free event sponsored by the Bennington International Motorcycle Club held at the Bennington Station. Roll in and join the show, compete for best in show, live music by “Moose” Bell, and local vendors.

July 10 - Manchester
"3rd Annual Barnyard Ball"
Please join The Dorset Equine Rescue on Sunday July 10th at 5:30 pm for their 3rd annual Barnyard Ball! This year it will be held at The Inn at Manchester in their beautiful new event barn. There will be a live band, mechanical bull rides, silent auction, door prizes and great food! Wear your best boots and maybe your cowboy hat and come on out and have some fun!

July 15-16 - Burlington
"Vermont Brewers Festival"
An Artisan Craft Beer Festival celebrating Artisan Craft Beer and the Brewers who brew them. The third weekend in July at Burlington Waterfront Park with scenic views of Lake Champlain framed by the Adirondack mountain range.The Vermont Brewers Association, Inc. is organized for the purpose of promoting craft brewing in Vermont.The Corporation is formed to operate without profit, and so that no part of its earnings or assets shall ever be distributed as a dividend or inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. This is a 21+ event, photo ID required. No persons under 21 years of age will be admitted to the festival site.

July 15-16 - Manchester
"Solarfest Sunrise Festival"
SolarFest 2016 will continue the 20-year legacy of integrating high quality sustainable energy education, music and arts. is a community activity fueled by the passion of hundreds of knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced volunteers. This year will mark a new home for SolarFest at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, VT (map). Solarfest and SVAC have joined together due, in large part, to their shared missions to connect people, the arts and ideas. Together we can further art in all its aspects, promoting artistic excellence and community-building with the foremost goal of education to create a vibrant present and a sustainable future. SolarFest will utilize lecture and classroom facilities for workshops, the Arkell Pavilion auditorium and outdoor stages for musical performances, the botany trail and gardens to host Theater-in-the-Woods, fields and parking areas for exhibitors and vendor booths, and the beautiful wooded areas of the grounds for camping, including selected areas of the Sculpture Park.

July 16-17 - Manchester
"Sheepdog Trial and Farm Festival"
Annual two day event featuring some of the Northeast’s best border collies in timed trials. A fun event and farm festival for the whole family with farm activities, vendors and local foods.

July 21 - Bennington
"Midnight Madness"
Midnight Madness returns on Thursday, July 21 2016 to Downtown Bennington. This downtown retail extravaganza is a terrific family event and community institution with incredible bargains all throughout downtown. 7-12 All Downtown Shops open late, some til Midnight. The biggest sales event of the year!

July 23 - Manchester
"The 24th annual Vermont Race for the Cure" at Riley Rink at Hunter Park
Hundreds of individuals will be coming together for a common purpose: support of breast cancer research and education. Many of those individuals will be on a team. Team members will take part in the 10K Run, 5K Run or 5K Walk to honor, or remember, someone. For some it is a loved family member or friend, for others it may be a co-worker, and for others it is just because they feel the cause is important.
For more information call 802-362-2733 or visit online at For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

July 29-31 - Woodstock
"Bookstock Literary Festival"
The 8th annual Bookstock Literary Festival brings together 40 outstanding poets, novelists, historians, and other writers to share their work. The event also includes used and vintage book sales, a literary marketplace for publishers and writers, activities for children, food and music, story telling, workshops and a poetry slam at ArtisTree Community Arts Center. ArtisTree also hosts the opening of UnBound, a juried exhibit of book-related art. The entire festival is free and open to all.

July 30 - Londondery
"Led Zeppelin Tribute Band Out on the Tiles, with String Power!" part of
Stratton Mountain Music Summer Series
Now in its 42nd year, the brings the passion and beauty of classical music to our community. The Manchester Music Festival operates year-round and offers classical music performances and music education of the highest caliber. Rock out with highlights from Led Zeppelin's eight studio albums. Guitarist Jonathan Newell leads the band, who will be joined by electrified strings from Manchester Music Festival. From 8 - 10pm. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-STRATTON.

Aug 5-7 - Bennington
"Bennington Arts and Crafts Weekend"
Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival. The Festival is located at Camelot Village on Rt. 9 West. Here visitors to the area can enjoy an incredible variety of Fine Art and Craftwork for sale including jewelry, textiles, pottery, handmade wooden pieces, and so much more. For more information check out the Better Bennington Corporation.

Aug 6 - Bennington
"4 Corners North Homebrew Festival"
The same people who brought you the 2015 Craft of Beer Home Brew Challenge have done it again! This time as 4 Corners North but bigger and better. Are you are a home brewer? Want to find out what people think of your brew? Want to challenge yourself to make the best homebrew? Then join us for the Second Annual Homebrew Festival on August 6th from noon to 4pm. The 4 Corners North section of County St., Bennington, VT will be closed for this unique event. Enjoy a street fair atmosphere with a live band, food and other vendors, and of course the best home brewed beer in the area. This is a family friendly event and there will be homemade root beer available.
There is a $20 registration fee and is limited to the first 60 home brewers who register. Spaces are already filling up so register today.Voting is done by the public so brew to impress. Prizes awarded to the top 3 homebrewers. Admission to the street festival is free or $20 to sample and vote for your favorite beer.
For more information visit The Craft of Beer.

Aug 6 - Manchester
"Not Fade Away - A Tribute to Buddy Holly and Other Various Artists"
Not Fade Away is a tribute band to the late great Buddy Holly and music of his era. However we like to throw in the odd newer song in our own style! Not Fade Away started after the lads performed in Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story in Edinburgh, 2009 Tickets can be purchased at Northshire Book Store, Sam's Woodfire Pizza, The Gourmet Deli and on line. For more

Aug 6 - Londondery
"Live Music by Manchester Pops Orchestra" part of Stratton Mountain
Music Summer Series
Now in its 42nd year, the Manchester Music Festival brings the passion and beauty of classical music to the Stratton Mountain community. The Manchester Music Festival operates year-round and offers classical music performances and music education of the highest caliber. From 7 - 10pm. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-STRATTON.

Aug 13 - Arlington
"19th Annual Norman’s Attic"
Arlington, Vermont is the place to be if you’re looking for unique items, gifts, crafts and collectibles. A celebrated community wide tag sale in with local vendors and food along Main Street.

Aug 13 - Rutland
"Art in the Park"
Art in the Park Festival is held in Main Street Park, at the Junction of Routes 4 and 7 in the heart of Rutland. It'll be featuring fine artists and craft persons, specialty foods, kid's activities and musical entertainment.

Aug 13-14 - Bennington
"11th Annual Rock, Rattle and Drum American Indian Pow Wow"
We are the ones we've been waiting for. Authentic American Indian dancing, drumming, arts, crafts, and demonstrations. With "Lord of the Strings" Arvel Bird, and Danza Azteca - The Aztec Dancers. At the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington. Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 10am-6pm, rain or shine. One day admission is $8, $5 for seniors and youths age 11-17, children under 10 for $1.
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Sep 3-4 - Bennington
"Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival"
Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations. For more information visit Love Garlic.

Sep 3-4 - Dover
"22nd Annual Mount Snow Brewers Festival"
The renowned celebration of beer, music and food celebrates its 22nd anniversary on Labor Day weekend much to the delight of visitors that have made it their annual tradition. The Mount Snow Brewers Festival is established as one of the premier events of its kind in the Northeast and we are expecting nearly 50 different breweries to be on-hand pouring their beers and ciders from 90+ different taps. As always, there will be tons of great food options on the festival grounds with a huge BBQ on Cuzzins deck along with vendors whipping up kettle korn, crepes, waffles and a few other surprises to satiate your appetite. Quality live music will be on-stage throughout the event starting on Saturday with a performance by Brewers Festival favorite, Jeff Tuohy Band , rocking out upbeat covers and groovy originals that keep you dancing. Sunday band TBD. Back again this year is the always popular annual team t-shirt contest where the team with the most creative t-shirts get FREE admission to the 9th Annual Winter Brewers Festival in April.

Sep 9 - Stowe
"2nd Annual Fly Fishing Show"
Join The Fly Rod Shop for our first annual Fly Fishing Show right here in Stowe Vermont! We’ll have an action packed weekend full of everything from Michael Mauri doing two handed castings demos to Pat Cohen spinning up some of the meanest looking streamers out there. We will have Justin Sterner there giving you a sneak peak of what Simms has to offer for 2016! Brad Gage will be there with a full line up of Sage fly rods to try out as well. There will be on the river fishing demonstrations minutes away from the shop on everything from nymphing with a raven float to getting a true dead drift on a dry fly! It’s not something you’re going to want to miss. Stay tuned for more info and updates throughout the year on this awesome event!

Sep 10 - Manchester
"Make A Wish Vermont Maple Leaf Half Marathon"
The Make-A-Wish Vermont Maple Leaf Half Marathon, Walk for Wishes and Kotler 5K will be run on Saturday, September 10, 2016, in beautiful Manchester, Vermont, a vibrant region with much to offer. Organization is excellent, and the course is scenic and enjoyable. There is something for everyone in this rural Vermont tour. It’s one of those “must do” New England races. Manchester, Vermont is a year-round sports, recreation, foodie and shopping destination in the heart of the Green Mountain National Forest. For more

Sep 17 - Guilford
"Brattleboro Baconfest Hog Hog"
The Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the second annual Brattleboro Baconfest Hog Jog. The race is being held in conjunction with the Brattleboro Baconfest – Bacon, Blues + Brews. The 5K and 10K race will kick off at 9:30am at the Guilford Fairgrounds on Weatherhead Hollow Road in Guilford, VT and wind its way through the back roads of Guilford. Prizes will be awarded by age group. This is a family-friendly event, so whether you are a serious runner or just want to have fun this is the race for you! 802-254-4565

Sept. 17-18 - Bennington
“23rd Annual Bennington Quiltfest”
Offering one of the best quilt shows in the northeast. Show offers new quilts, demonstrations, queen size quilt raffle, challenge quilts, special exhibist, many vendors and mouthwatering fare from the Quiltfest Cafe. Our featured quilter and lecturer is Pat Delaney is an award winning quilter from New England, specializing in color, home machine quilting, appliqué, and embroidery. Her teaching has taken her to shows in Chattanooga, Des Moines, Vermont, Minnesota, and Virginia among others and she has visited many, many, guilds..

Sep 24-25 - Woodstock
"The Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival"
Working farms and forests give Vermont its beautiful rural character and unique sense of place while serving as an important part of the economy for many communities throughout the state. This fall, one event celebrates those great aspects of Vermont. The Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival will be held on Saturday & Sunday at the Billings Farm & Museum. The Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association (VWMA) will partner with Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park during their Forest Festival for a premier foliage weekend event! The farm and park are directly across the street from each other so visitors can park for free at Billings Farm and enjoy both events! They can visit with you, the artisan, and woodworking demonstrators who will be in the Visitor Center, barn, or on the farm lawn. Join the celebration of Vermont’s working landscape with your unique products that represent the best of Vermont. The VWMA is seeking producers of wood furniture, accessories & woodenware, cabinetry, flooring, carvings, turnings, and all other products made of wood to sell their product.

Sep 30-Oct 2 - Manchester
"Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival"
Formerly the Autumn Festival at Hildene, the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival is now located at the Practice Tee off Route 7A in Manchester. 200 Fine art and craft Exhibitors, dining and beverages, specialty foods, live music, and more. For more craft

Sept 30-Oct 2 - Stowe
"Stowe Oktoberfest"
The Town of Stowe’s event field will be transformed into a Bavarian village, under a traditional tent this year for this annual celebration of the harvest and fall foliage. From Oompah bands to authentic Bavarian foods and freshly brewed Vermont beers to traditional sing-a-longs and dancing, even a silent auction… there’s something for every “villager”… young and old. It’s a weekend full of music, dancing, and of course great beer. Oktoberfest is a great time for a good cause. Last year, Oktoberfest allowed Stowe Rotary to provide over $50,000.00 worth of support to over twenty local charities and scholarships in the greater Lamoille/Washington County region.

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