Upcoming Events in Southern Vermont
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.
Also, feel free to check out the Vermont Arts Calendar.
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.
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. And October – May they will be located at J.K. Adams. Hours: All Sundays except for Easter Sunday 10am – 2pm
Outside the Area
The Craftsbury Farmer’s Market will be located at the Craftsbury Common.
Hours: Saturdays 10am -1pm.
Celebrate Recovery Meeting A Christ centered 12-step recovery program, Come find healing from any of life’s hurts, hangups, and habits, Tuesdays 6:30 pm, Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church 484 Hill rd, Hoosick Falls, NY
For more information call, Jonathan 518-686-3269, Bob 518-779-3485
or Sandy 518-686-5962.
Feb 4-May 21 – Bennington
“Holding the Line at the Bennington Museum”
Ceramic Sculptures by Stanley Rosen. By the late 1950s, Stanley Rosen was in the vanguard of American ceramics. He was one of a small cohort—among them Peter Voulkos, John Mason, and Ken Price—who revolutionized ceramics, making of it a freely inventive and richly expressive art form, liberated from the practical requirements of vessel making and the conventions of the craft tradition. For the last forty-plus years, however, Rosen has focused on his role as teacher (Bennington College, 1960–91) and maker, rarely exhibiting or publishing his work. This exhibition and the accompanying catalogue survey—for the first time—a unique, evocative body of abstract ceramic sculpture representing more than a half-century of artistic creation. Rosen’s sculptures are primal and earthy, sometimes singing, often somber and mysterious. This exhibition and catalogue establish Rosen’s place in the pantheon of 20th- and 21st-century American ceramics.
March 1-April 2 – Manchester
“Maple Sugar Tour”
Join the Backroads Discovery Tour group for a two-and-a-half hour tour of local sugaring spots. If you have only a day or two to spend in the area and want to experience the charm of the Vermont backroads during Maple Sugaring Season, this tour is for you! In general the sap runs during the month of March. We visit a local sugar house where you can watch the boiling process and taste the results directly from the boiler. You’ll have the opportunity to sample/purchase VT-made syrup, cheeses, etc… The tour also includes sweeping mountain/valley vistas, a visit to an international woodworking factory/retail store, the oldest marble quarry in the U.S. Visit historic Dorset Village, the “Birthplace of Vermont,” Manchester Village and a Norman Rockwell exhibit. Learn the interesting facts and historical significance of the area. Tours leave from Manchester Center at 1 p.m. Ride in the comfort of our 10-seat tour vehicle or 4-passenger SUV (for small groups), escorted by local guide. Reservations are necessary!
Contact 802-362-4997 or firstname.lastname@example.org or backroaddiscovery.com
March 31-April 2 – Dorset
“14th Annual One Act Festival”
This year’s One Act Festival will feature 5 plays covering both comedy and drama. “The Fifteen Minute Hamlet” directed by Dom Degnon “Wanda’s Visit” directed by Richard Grip “The Scary Question” directed by Todd Hjelt “Sorry Wrong Number” directed by Kevin O’Toole “Talking Cure” directed by Peter Van Haverbeke. $13 ticket. Phone: 802-867-5570. dorsetplayers.org
April 1 – Bennington
“Bowl For Kids’ Sake is Celebrating 30 years!”
Bennington Lanes is celebrating 30 years! Great prizes and a lot of fun are sure to be had by all. Dig out your parachute pants and aquanet hairspray. We hope you will grab your friends and coworkers and join us for this fabulous, fun-filled day. Prizes will be given for team spirit at every wave.
Get your team together and start fundraising. It is only $10 to register with minimum fundraising of $50 to support this great cause. Thanks to Global Link Travel the highest overall fundraiser will win a trip for 2 on Norwegian Cruise Lines to the Bahamas for October 22-29, 2017.There will be prizes for best 80’s ensembles, a silent auction and more! Register at crowdrise.com or call Sam at 802.442.5491 for information.
April 1 – Manchester
“Free Lecture: The Kitchen Garden”
Garden Designer Joanne Gilmartin brings her Potager presentation to Mettowee on Saturday! A traditional French kitchen garden, the Potager, contains symmetrical geometric vegetable beds planted in patterns or groups rather than rows and often with flowers (edible & non-edible), fruits, and herbs to enhance the garden’s beauty. Slideshow, discussion, and Q&A are free and open to the public. Topics include design, proper placement, intercropping, and planting with edibles. Learn how to build a Potager in your own backyard!
April 1 – Stratton
“Josh Panda Party Band at Grizzly’s”
The Josh Panda Party is pop ‘til you drop. A non-stop dance party featuring hits from the 80’s, 90’s, and today. As the premier front man and vocalist in Vermont, Josh Panda takes you from Madonna to Beyoncé and beyond. Ain’t no party like a Panda party.
April 4 – Manchester Center
“Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day”
It’s that magical time of year again! Ben & Jerry’s wants to say thank you for being devoted customers with their annual Free Cone Day! Show up to our local little Ben & Jerry’s and enjoy a free cone or cup of your favorite flavor. Don’t forget or you’ll be sorry!
April 4 – Manchester
“What to Know Before You Build Program at Manchester Community Library”
Thinking about building a new house, putting on an addition or renovating? On Tuesday, at 6 p.m., SEON (The Sustainable Energy Outreach Network) will be giving a free presentation at the Manchester Community Library. A panel of local experts will present “What to Know Before you Build”, an informative talk, which will cover all aspects of residential construction; choosing an architect, selecting a contractor, contracts, the design and planning process, construction loans, financing, energy efficiency incentives and savings.Presenters include Alan Benoit, Architect at Sustainable Design; Mel Baiser, partner of HELM Construction Solutions; Laurie Fielder, the VGreen Program Manager at VSECU; and Steve Spatz, Residential Energy Consultant at Efficiency Vermont. Following their short presentations, each member of the panel will be available for a more intense question-and-answer session with interested individuals from the audience.
The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, Vt. For more information, contact the Library at 802-362-2607.
April 5 – Manchester
“First Wednesdays presents Professor Emeritus Mark A. Stoler on Churchill-Roosevelt WWII Relationship”
Talk begins at 7pm at the Manchester First Congregational Church. University of Vermont History Professor Emeritus Mark A. Stoler will examine the important personal relationship between Britain’s Prime Minister and America’s President during their World War II alliance. His talk, “Churchill and Roosevelt: The Personal Element in Their Partnership,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series.
All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. First Congregational Church of Manchester is located at 3624 Main St. (Rt. 7A) in Manchester, Vt. For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802.362.2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or email@example.com, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.
April 7 – Bennington
“The Cash Registers and The Tracys performance at Harvest Brewing”
Part of the Vermont Arts Exchange Basement Music Series, a Rock n’ Roll show hosted in partnership with Harvest Brewing. The Cash Registers are a New York based band that play melodic, old school punk. Also based in New York and featuring blistering old school punk rock outfit The Tracys are as clear an 80s punk revival as it gets. For more information contact Harvest Brewing at (802) 681-8520. Cash Registers on BandCamp.com. The Tracys on BandCamp.com.
April 7 – Rawsonville
“Backacre Batch 9 Bottle Release & Tasting”
Be one of the first to taste and purchase the newest batch of Backacre golden sour beer from Weston, VT. Each bottle of Backacre has been barrel aged and then blended from different barrels to achieve a refreshing balance of tart, fruity, and earthy elements. Once in the bottle it will keep for years in a cool, dark cellar. Backacre released their first batch in 2012 and since then have earned top ratings of 99 from RateBeer and 92 from Beeradvocate. There will also be the sale of vintage bottles in addition to the latest Batch 9. Tasting will be from 3-6pm. For more information go to www.craftdraughts.com. Meulemans’ Craft Draughts can be located at: 8814 VT Rt 30, Rawsonville, VT.
April 7-8 Stratton
“Minus Zero Winter Sports & Music Festival”
Minus Zero Music Festival returns to Stratton Mountain for a second year, bringing the world of electronic music and winter sports together again.Tickets are on sale now. Lineup features Bassnectar, GRiZ and more.
April 7-8 – Brattleboro
“Vermont Jazz Center Solo Jazz Piano Fest”
The VJC presents a one and one half day festival of eight concerts and five master classes featuring solo jazz piano. Pianists presenting concerts and master classes in this festival include world renowned players Stanley Cowell, Luis Perdomo, Amina Figarova, Miro Sprague and Yoko Miwa, as well as local performers Franz Robert, Alki Steriopoulos and VJC director Eugene Uman.
Master classes are open to and designed for musicians and interested listeners alike.
This event is sponsored by a generous grant from the Thompson Trust.
$80 for the “full-package” admission (all events)
$20 Friday concert alone
$20 Saturday concert alone
$50 for Saturday’s four master classes combined only.
Tickets online, by email, at door, at In the Moment Records, reserved by phone.
Please call ahead for handicap access. (802)-254-9088. vtjazz.org.
April 8 – Bennington
“Basement Music Series – Hannah Gill and The Hours”
Hannah Gill & The Hours combines 70s lo-fi pop and rock with contemporary soul and blues and transforms them into sweet and sultry songs that overflow with feeling. Steered by soulful 19-year old vocal powerhouse and songwriter Hannah Gill combined with skilled guitarist, songwriter and arranger Brad Hammonds, the group offers up music with contagious melodies and wise lyrics. Each song presents a thrilling story about how humans connect through their experiences that reveals the intrepid singer’s intimate perspectives on love, loss, longing, hope and transformation. Gill’s lush voice, Hammonds’ sparkling fretwork and both members’ background in improvisational jazz give the duo’s hypnotic recordings and dynamic live performances otherworldly gravity. Hannah Gill & The Hours’ debut EP, The Water, is now available via iTunes. World class Soul, Blues with a taste of Pop Rock. Advance $18, At-the-door $22, Students $10. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm.
April 8 – Manchester
“Tap Takeover with New Belgium Brewing at The Other Woman Tavern”
New Belgium Brewing is taking over The Perfect Wife taps! Known for their popular beer, Fat Tire, NBB has been making beer in Colorado since 1991. Come and try all their beers without having to take a trip to Fort Collins. Music by Digisaurus from 9:30-12:30. DIGISAURUS is the brand new “future pop/rock” project from artist and producer, James Allison. His music is very fun, you are going to love it.
April 13 – Bennington
“Honeycreepers performance at South Street Cafe”
The Honeycreepers are the musical fusion of classical and musical theater trained vocalist Kelsea Burch and self-taught, experimental guitarist and vocalist Matt Shea. In 2012, while living on a farm in Hawaii, the duo began by sharing stories of their adventures and misadventures through music. As time passed and the scope of subject matter broadened, a new blend of acoustic tunes began to sprout from the rich soil of American music. A splash of funk, a dollop of folk and a heaping spoonful of soul help create their savory sound. You can hear their music at thehoneycreepers.bandcamp.com. Come support them live in Bennington from 2-4pm at the South Street Cafe downtown.
April 22 – Bennington
“Basement Music Series – Blair Crimmins and the Hookers”
The Vermont Arts Exchange Basement Music Series at the Masonic Hall presents Blair Crimmins. 1920’s Dixieland Swing Jazz dance party! “The sound evokes the hot jazz, ragtime and blues of the 1920s. Still a rocker at heart, Crimmins’ marriage of these distinct musical worlds wound up creating a timeless niche.” – Creative Loafing. Tickets: Advance $18, at-the-door $22, Students $10. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm.
April 24 – Bennington
“FIRE AND ICE: Hot New Music from Norwegian Fjords and the Colorado Rockies”
FREE admission to the general public! Starting noon at the Everett Theatre at Southern Vermont College, catch a concert and a movie. This concert features three world premieres by Norwegian and American composers: Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen and Conrad Kehn, and a solo by Magnar Am. Bjorn Skjelbred will fly in from Oslo to host the concert. Colorado-based composer Conrad Kehn’s newly-created silent film will be shown accompanied by live music. Performers include Michael Gilbert Ronstadt (Cello), Eric Despard (Guitar) and Rocco Anthony Jerry (Accordion). This project was funded by Arts Council Norway, Norwegian Society of Composers, The Composers’ Remuneration Fund, American-Scandinavian Foundation – Andrew E. and G. Norman Wigeland Fund, The Troy Public Library, Music Norway and The Foreign Office. Watch the promotional video on YouTube and follow the event on Facebook.
April 29 – North Bennington
“Basement Music Series – M’Balia with Thom Loubet”
Vermont Arts Exchange Basement Music Series at Pangaea Restaurant presents M’Balia. Fierce Jazz vocals grounded in Gospel. Philadelphia-based M’Balia is a singer who approaches jazz standards with a “fiercely individualistic style and a generous dollop of gospel grounding”, and an “ace” songwriter with a caustic wit and piquant attitude born of lived experience. Tickets: Advance $20, at-the-door $25 only if advance tickets do not sell out. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm.
May 7 – North Bennington
“Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race”
The Annual Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race will be held at the Historic Park McCullough House in North Bennington, Vermont. Races get underway at 9:30AM with a 1/2 Mile Kids Fun Run, with the gun going off at 10AM for a 3.8 mile and 10K race. The Zem-Benn has become a long standing tradition in southern Vermont, with events for all ages and abilities. Age group awards from 12 and under to 90 and over are presented in the 3.8 mile and 10K events for 1st to 3rd place finishers. Walkers are encouraged and awards are presented for the top 3 walkers in the 3.8 mile event.
Batten Kill Valley Runners website: www.bkvr.net
May 9 – Manchester
“Bulgarian Folk Music at the Manchester Community Library”
Green Mountain Academy welcomes violinist Joana Genova to talk about Bulgarian folk music. Known for its unique asymmetrical rhythms, Bulgarian folk music has its roots in aural traditions that predate musical notation in Bulgaria and is heavily influenced by neighboring Greek, Romanian and Macedonian rhythms. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call our office or visit our website. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Avenue, Manchester Center, 5:30 – 7 p.m. $15 in advance/$20 at the door, 867-0111, www.greenmtnacademy.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 11 – Bennington
“Hemming’s Cruise In”
The first of Hemming’s Cruse In events, held at Hemming’s Headquarters at 222 Main Street in Bennington. 5:30 – 8pm come and check out classic cars and meet the car enthusiasts who make them shine and hum. Awards and trophies will be given, and winners are featured in the Hemming’s Motor News! Prizes for: Publisher’s Choice, Editor’s Choice, Favorite Muscle Car, Coolest Street Rod, and more. Please note that cruise ins can often be canceled due to weather, so please check in with them before hand at www.hemmings.com or call 800-227-4373.
May 13 – Bennington
“Bennnington Free Library’s Annual Book Sale”
The Bennington Free Library’s major fundraising event of the year. Enjoy huge selection and great deals, all from books and media given by donation from the dedicated public of the Bennington Area and many older titles from the Library’s own collection. Some paperback books as low at $2 each! The day long event takes place at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main Street in Bennington from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free Admission! All proceeds benefit library programs and services.
May 19-28 – Dorset
“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”
The Dorset Players present: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. A musical presented as a series of vignettes connected by the central theme of love and relationships. The play’s tagline is “Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.” SHOWTIMES: May 19, 20, 26 & 27 at 7:30 p.m.; 21 & 28 at 2:00 p.m. dorsetplayers.org
May 20 – Shaftsbury
“2017 Ordinary Heroes Day”
An annual celebration honoring a strong yet humble, ordinary yet extraordinary, civic-minded Shaftsbury resident.
Ruth Levin – 2014
Ken Coonradt – 2015
Brenda & George Keen – 2016
To be announced – 2017
Join us at the Governor Galusha’s Homestead, 3871 VT-7A, along with the talented Shaftsbury Elementary School chorus, and congratulate Shaftsbury’s 2017 Ordinary Hero recipient! All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
May 25 – Bennington
“Hemming’s Cruise In”
Hemming’s second Cruse In of the season, held at Hemming’s Headquarters at 222 Main Street in Bennington. 5:30 – 8pm come and check out classic cars and meet the car enthusiasts who make them shine and hum. Awards and trophies will be given, and winners are featured in the Hemming’s Motor News! Prizes for: Favorite GM, Favorite Ford, Favorite British, Best Paint, and more. Please note that cruise ins can often be canceled due to weather, so please check in with them before hand at www.hemmings.com or call 800-227-4373.
May 27 – Bennington
Celebrating 32 years, this event kicks off the summer season with over 125 crafters, ethnic food vendors, live entertainment, and lots of children’s activities. Woodworking, pottery, textiles, glass, jewelry, specialty foods and more are all featured at Mayfest. Along with all the great downtown shops, restaurants, and galleries you will find absolutely anything you’re looking for. Enjoying Mayfest is a great way to spend Memorial Day Weekend with your friends and family.
June 2-4 – Brattleboro
“Strolling of the Heifers”
The heifers are coming! The Stroll is not just a parade — it’s a movement. We work year-round to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation at farm and food businesses, to connect people and organizations of many kinds around sustainable living and resilient communities, and to promote the value of local food systems, local thinking and Slow Living. Follow the event on Facebook.
June 8 – Bennington
“Hemming’s Cruise In”
Hemming’s third Cruse In of the season! Come down to Hemming’s Headquarters at 222 Main Street in Bennington, 5:30 – 8pm, and check out classic cars and meet the car enthusiasts who make them shine and hum. Awards and trophies will be given, and winners are featured in the Hemming’s Motor News! Prizes for: Favorite Mopar, Favorite Truck, Best Engine Bay, Driveable Dream, and more. Please note that cruise ins can often be canceled due to weather, so please check in with them before hand at www.hemmings.com or call 800-227-4373
June 22 – Bennington
“Hemming’s Cruise In”
Hemming’s fourth Cruse In of the season! Come down to Hemming’s Headquarters at 222 Main Street in Bennington, 5:30 – 8pm, and check out classic cars and meet the car enthusiasts who make them shine and hum. Awards and trophies will be given, and winners are featured in the Hemming’s Motor News! Prizes for: Publisher’s Choice, Editor’s Choice, Coolest Street Rod, Favorite GM, and more. Please note that cruise ins can often be canceled due to weather, so please check in with them before hand at www.hemmings.com or call 800-227-4373
July 1-Aug 19 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival”
Welcome to the Manchester Music Festival, now in our 43rd year of bringing the passion and beauty of classical music to our southwestern Vermont community. The Southern Vermont Arts Center will be hosting concerts and events throughout the festival. For a complete listing and links to purchase tickets go to www.mmfvt.org
July 4 – Bennington
“Hometown Fun and Fireworks”
An annual tradition, the Reading of the Declaration of Independence with local actor Willy Jones will take place at 1:00 PM at the Bennington Battle Monument. And don’t forget to watch the fireworks display at Willow Park on East Road, starting at 7pm.
July 8 – Bennington
“Bennington Bike Night”
Come and enjoy hundreds of bikes, vendors, auctions and more! This year taking place at the Vermont Veterans Home. For more information go to bimcvt.org
July 14 – Bennington
“Hemming’s Cruise In Celebrates National Collector Car Appreciation Day!”
Come down to Hemming’s Headquarters at 222 Main Street in Bennington, 5:30 – 8pm, and check out classic cars and meet the car enthusiasts who make them shine and hum. Awards and trophies will be given, and winners are featured in the Hemming’s Motor News! Please note that cruise ins can often be canceled due to weather, so please check in with them before hand at www.hemmings.com or call 800-227-4373
July 20 – Bennington
This downtown retail extravaganza is a terrific family event and community institution with incredible bargains all throughout downtown. The businesses of the Bennington four corners including downtown Main St., North St., and South St. are opened to all 7-12pm. Stop by Jay’s Art Shop & Frame Gallery, Village Chocolate Shop, Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington Bookshop, and many more. And don’t forget to head north and see the business of County St. such as Bennington Potters and the Tap House at Catamount Glass.
Aug 4-6 – Bennington
“Bennington Arts Weekend”
First Friday, galleries, entertainment (Downtown). Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival at Camelot Village (Route 9). 4 Corners North Homebrew Competition (County Street). More details to come, stay tuned! bennington.com
Aug 4-6 – Bennington
“the 39th Annual Southern Vermont Arts & Craft Festival”
Juried fine art and craft Exhibitors line outdoor paths and fill soaring white tents with expertly handcrafted creations. With nearly 200 Exhibitors, there is work in a wide variety of style and medium! Specialty foods and artisan spirits are in a separate section. Relax with wine, beer, and great food while listening to live music in the dining tent. Additional roaming entertainers delight children and adults alike! For the fifth year, the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival is the jewel in the crown of the ever-expanding Bennington Arts Weekend. Experience a lively, arts-filled weekend in Vermont’s first town. There is so much to do, including shopping at the Arts Festival, galleries, exhibits, and delightful restaurants throughout picturesque, historic Bennington.
Aug 5 – Bennington
“3rd Annual 4 Corners North Homebrew Festival”
A true celebration of home brewing! A street fair with unique food and home brewed beer sampling! Follow us on Facebook!
Aug 25-27 – Manchester
“Manchester Food & Wine Classic”
The 1st Annual Manchester Food & Wine Classic. This inaugural event will be a premium wine experience in the region, attracting attendees to Manchester, Vermont and Stratton Mountain. Experience more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally-made products at this ultimate food and wine experience. Whether you are a full-fledged foodie or an emerging gourmand, you are sure to find more than one event to whet your appetite at the Classic. There is something for everyone – from food and wine tastings, to seminars and cooking demonstrations, to outdoor adventures with food & wine influences, there are tastes and temptations at every turn. Tickets are now available online. Please note this is a 21+ only event, and IDs will be checked at the gates.