Here at This is Vermont™, we have possibly one of the most complete and regularly updated events listings for the Southern Vermont region! Email us your event listings throughout the year and especially prior to our print publication dates to ensure maximum exposure of your upcoming events in Southern Vermont.
Visitors’ Note: While every effort has been made to get the times and places of these events right, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm dates and time. All phone numbers are in area code 802, unless otherwise specified.
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
The Manchester Farmer’s Market will be located at Adam’s Park, next to the Chamber of Commerce on Rt. 7A,Manchester Center.
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
Hours: Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend, 10am – 2pm
Now through October 12 – Bennington
“Play: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”” A brilliant playwright at his very best this play features some of Williams’ most memorable characters. Sexy Cat desperate to regain the love of her tortured husband, Brick; and Big Daddy a towering man of colossal appetites fighting for his life. Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-447-0564.
Now through October 13 – Bennington
“1863 Jane Stickle Quilt on View” The quilt that inspires quilters all over the world will be on its yearly display at the Bennington Museum. The NEW Bennington Museum – Get Into It! 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-447-1571.
Now through October 19 – Bennington
“Intimite: Photographs by Jonathan Brand” The NEW Bennington Museum – Get Into It! 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-447-1571.
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.
Now through 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.
Now through 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.
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.
Now through December 30 – Bennington
“Patsy Santo: A Growing Collection” Celebrates the recent gift to the museum of six of Santo’s paintings (four of them on view) by Tom and Jennifer Fels, nearly doubling the size of the museum’s collection of this important local artist’s work. The NEW Bennington Museum – Get Into It! 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-447-1571.
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.
Now through December 31 – 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.
September 30 – Bennington
“Book Signing: Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont” Superior Court Judge Robert Mello signs his new full-length biography about Moses Robinson, perhaps Vermont’s most important founding father you never heard of. New book published by the Vermont Historical Society. The NEW Bennington Museum – Get Into It! 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-447-1571.
October 1 – Manchester
“A Century after World War I: Are We Sleepwalking Again?” It’s been said that in 1914 Europe sleepwalked into a war no one wanted. Distinguished veteran diplomat George Jaeger considers whether current geopolitics might play out similarly. Part of the First Wednesdays series. A Vermont Humanities Council event.
October 3-5 – Manchester
“The Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival” Classic art and craft festival kicks off foliage season in Manchester. Under spacious Camelot tents, formerly at Hildene, now at the Events Field at Riley Rink, 180 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 day.
October 3-5 – Weston
“52th Annual Weston Antiques Show” Best small show in New England according to the New York Times. Dealers from across New England showcasing antiques for collectors.
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.
October 7 – Arlington
“Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense” By drawing on twelve film clips, starting with his 1925 silent The Lodger and continuing through to his Hollywood classics such as Notorious and Rear Window, Rick Winston will illuminate the arc of Hitchcock’s brilliant career. A Vermont Humanities Council event.
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.
October 11 – Bennington
“Oktoberfest” Rain or Shine. Bavarian food, great music, cold Oktoberfest beers (and wine) – what more could you ask from an Oktoberfest? The event, sponsored by the NorShaft Lions and Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, takes place from 11 am to 6 pm on the grounds of Historic Colgate Park, Route 9 West, Bennington. For further information, call the Chamber at 802-447-3311
or Laura Meehan at 802-442-6350.
October 11 – Downtown Bennington
“Annual Fall German Dinner” Redeemer Lutheran Church’s Annual Fall German Dinner will be on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at The Elks Lodge in Downtown Bennington. Seatings are at 5pm and 6:30pm. Proceeds from the dinner will be divided between Emergency Food & Fuel Fund of Bennington and Redeemer Lutheran Church. For the full menu, please visit our Facebook page.
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.
October 24-26 – Bennington
“Play: “Bennington Goes To War”” Southern Vermont’s Greatest Generation helped save the world for democracy during World War II. Based on interviews done by the Bennington Historical Society, this is their story. Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-447-0564.
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.
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.
November 11 – Bennington
“Veteran’s Day Parade” Join us downtown on November 9, 2014 at 11AM to honor our local war heroes. Downtown Bennington.
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.
November 24 – Bennington
“Our Hometown Holiday in Downtown Bennington” Win a Downtown Shopping Spree, visits with Santa Claus, and enjoy carolers & entertainment. Downtown Bennington.
November 29 – December 30 – Bennington
“Reflections – Festival of Trees” The NEW Bennington Museum – Get Into It! 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-447-1571.
November 29 – January 1 – Manchester
“Manchester Merriment” Tree lighting, holiday inn tours, wine tastings, horse and wagon rides, lighted tractor parade, music events and family activities.
November 29 – Manchester
“Tree Lighting at the Green” Come see the annual Tree Lighting at the Green!
December 6 – Bennington
“Festival of Trees Annual Gala” The Bennington Museum hosts its 18th Annual Festival of Trees Gala held from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This fabulous evening offers the magic of the season as it helps launch the holiday celebration at the museum. Don your gay apparel and come out to enjoy great food, drink, live music, spirited auction both live and silent, and the beauty found in all the decorated galleries of the museum. Reservations are suggested. Come out and be a part of the museum’s largest annual fundraiser. The NEW Bennington Museum – Get Into It! 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-447-1571.
December 6 – Manchester
“Lighted Tractor Parade” Antique tractors covered with holiday lights!
December 13 – Bennington
“Festival of Trees Family Day” The NEW Bennington Museum – Get Into It! 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-447-1571.
December 20-21 – Manchester
“Elf Express Train Ride” This whimsical holiday train will take its riders on a one-hour enchanting journey through the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont. Passengers will be entertained with holiday melodies and dance routines by the elves of the theater and dance program of Burr and Burton Academy. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will make a surprise visit to provide every child with a special gift. The Elf Express Train is a charity event sponsored by the Manchester Lions Club. (802) 362-1645.