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.

Mar 26-Jun 15 - Bennington
"3D Digital: Here and Now" at the Bennington Museum
Bennington Makes - the World Takes! Who knew that the quintessential New England town of Bennington, VT was a hub of digital design and technology? Over the last fifteen years, there has been a profound transformation taking place in the way things are made, all across the world, and here in Bennington too. Artists, including Jon Isherwood, Willard Boepple, and Karolina Kawiaka have been exploiting the potential of new technologies to push material practice, while commercial design and manufacturing firms such Nahanco, Plasan NA, and Kaman Composites have been making products ranging from clothes hangers to cancer treatment beds all used quite literally around the world. Explore the unique works on view in 3D Digital: Here and Now, March 26 through June 15 at the Bennington Museum.
Learn more at The Bennington Museum

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.

May 15-June 15 - Bennington
Free admission at Bennington Museum for County Residents
We at the museum are proud of the amazing advances in design and technology being made right here in Bennington, and we think everyone in Bennington should be too. That's why the museum is waiving regular admission fees from May 15 through June 15 for anyone who lives in or works in Bennington County!* Show proof for one of these, and then you can go check out "3D Digital: Here and Now" and feel the pride yourself.

May 30 - Weston
"Cruise In at The Vermont Country Store"
Take a Spin Down Memory Lane. From 5.30 -7.30 pm, head to Mildred’s Dairy Bar at The Vermont Country Store in a classic car or truck and receive a maple creemee on us. It’s a great way to show off your ride, meet other drivers and enjoy the best soft serve around. 802.824.6287.

June 3 - Burlington
"Randy Newman Solo Performance" at Flynn Mainstage
For over half a century Randy Newman has composed Grammy and Academy Award-winning music charged with his signature pairing of wry wit and tender empathy. His art has moved generations of fans, from listeners drawn to 1977’s sardonic Little Criminals to those listeners’ children, enchanted by his many beloved film scores (the Toy Story series, A Bug’s Life, The Princess and the Frog, Monsters Inc., and others). 8pm-9:30pm

June 3rd-5th - Brattleboro
"Strolling of the Heifers"
The Stroll is noted every year as a top ten time-honored event with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. It has also been selected as one of the top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association. For more information.

Jun 3-5 - Bellows Falls
"17th Annual Roots on the River Festival"
Dave Alvin, The Steel Wheels, Mary Gauthier and more! Lineup also includes: Della Mae, Roger Marin Band, Lula Wiles, Joe Crookston, The Young Novelists and The Defibulators. For more information: Vermont Festivals LLC

June 3-12 - Burlington
"Burlington Discover Jazz Festival"
Burlington, Vermont is a beautiful, small city located on the shores of Lake Champlain, in between the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains in the Champlain Valley. Countless outdoor activities, a top notch local food scene, and vibrant nightlife make this a vacation destination for visitors and a quality-of-life dream for residents. Join us June 3-12, 2016 for the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, a 10-day celebration of live music for all ages. With free live music on four stages in downtown Burlington, headlining shows at the historic Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and the Waterfront Tent, and nightly showcases in restaurants and venues all over the city, the festival brings this community to life with one heck of a 10-day-long party

June 4 - Weston
"Cheese Tasting at The Vermont Country Store"
Come sample cheeses made at The Plymouth Cheese Factory in Plymouth, Vermont. One of the oldest cheese operations in the United States, it was founded by John Coolidge, father of President Calvin Coolidge. At the Weston Store from 11-2pm. 802.362.5950.

June 11 - Manchester
"Manchester Antique & Classic Car Show: Celebrating 30 Years!"
Welcome all car enthusiasts! The premier Antique and Classic Car Show in Manchester & the Mountains, Vermont celebrates 30 years of the best antique and classic cars, food vendors and flea market in the northeast! 802-362-6313.

June 11 - Brattleboro
"Eugene Uman's Convergence Project" at the Vermont Jazz Center
The Convergence Project ends the season with VJC Director, Eugene Uman's blend of new compositions influenced by Latin, Colombian and funk rhythms. The arrangements travel far afield from traditional structures by incorporating odd meters and musical language from tjazz and rock. The Colombian rhythms retain their folkloric essence while each musician is encouraged to add his own voice. 8pm. $20-40 sliding scale, $15 students. Available online, at door, reserved by phone and In the Moment Records, Main St Brattleboro. $1/ ticket extra for MC/Visa. 802 254 9088.

June 11 - Bennington
FREE Concert "A Musical Offering" at Bennington Museum
Music by JS Bach performed by Repast Baroque Ensemble with Emi Ferguson: transverse flute, Amelia Roosevelt: violin, Beth Wenstrom: violin & viola, Katie Rietman: cello, Gabe Shuford: harpsichord. Made possible by Alison Nowak and Robert Cane.

June 11 - Jay
"Craft Beer Relay"
This ain’t your Daddy’s fun run. The Craft Beer Relay is like nothing you have done before. The 5k’ish 4 person relay will challenge your will and your palate as you and your teammates navigate a race course filled with team games and individual challenges. 12 local craft beer stations along the course are sure to keep you motivated! Before and after your race, enjoy an awesome craft beer festival with live music, food trucks and all your favorite local craft breweries pouring their delicious beer for you. To top it off, this event is taking place at beautiful Jay Peak Resort!

June 11-12 - Manchester
"30th Annual Manchester Antique & Classic Car Show"
The show will be on the Dorr Farm on Route 30, just north of Manchester Center-a spectacular setting surrounded by the Green Mountains. Thousands of spectators and hundreds of car collectors turn out each year to enjoy an exciting array of vintage vehicles. This great family event offers activities for all ages plus great food, silent auctions, 50/50 raffles, tractor rides and strolls on the show field. For more information about this event please call 802-362-6313 or visit Show hours are Saturday 8am-4pm and Sunday 8am-3pm. Adults $10.00/Children Under 12 Free.

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

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.

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 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.

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 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 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

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.

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..

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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