Upcoming Events in Southern Vermont

Upcoming Events in Southern Vermont

Battle Day Reenactment
British march to surrender at Bennington during the annual reenactment.

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.

Chambers of Commerce Contact Info for Southern Vermont


Also, feel free to check out:

the Vermont Arts Calendar

the Bennington Area Chamber Community Calendar

the Manchester Business Association Events Calendar

Ongoing

May-October
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
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.
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
www.dorsetfarmersmarket.org

Outside the Area

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.

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May 13-Sep 23 – Manchester
“The Southern Vermont Sampler Tour”
Discover the lure, charm & nostalgia of Vermont’s country backroads. Visit & learn about unique places you wouldn’t normally find on your own. Many stops along the way, group size 2 – 10, comfortable tour vehicle, 2 daily tours (morning “History Buff’s” tour & afternoon “Southern Vermont Sampler.” Advanced reservations necessary. backroaddiscovery.com

June 20-Aug 12 – Manchester
“Farm Chores”
Children 12 and younger are invited to experience Hildene Farm and Goat Dairy in our Farm Chores program. Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 to 11:00, a family with children ages 3 through 12 can register for “Farm Chores at the Dairy.” From feeding and grooming the goats to pitching their pens and cleaning their feeders to having fun exploring the hay mow, children experience an up-close and personal encounter with the farm, the friendly Nubian goats in residence and the farm staff who care for them. This program will be offered as weather permits. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. $20/Hildene member family, $30/non-member for families of four. Each additional person is $5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register please call 802.379.0519 or email to farm@hildene.org.

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 1-Nov 5 – Bennington
“Grandma Moses: American Modern at the Bennington Museum”
Grandma Moses: American Modern is a long-overdue exhibition reexamining the beloved American artist Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses and reestablishing her to her rightful place within the canon of mid-century American Modern Art. The exhibition counters Moses’s marginalization as strictly a “folk” artist and a phenomenon within popular culture through the presentation of fresh research and in-depth analyses of Moses’s celebrated artworks and unique painting techniques to address the myth of the self-taught artist through a modernist lens. Grandma Moses: American Modern also contextualizes Moses within the modern art era by pairing her paintings and ephemera alongside fellow “folk artists” as well as her modernist contemporaries such as Joseph Cornell, Helen Frankenthaler, Joseph Pickett, and Any Warhol. Together with the works in the permanent gallery dedicated to the life and work of Grandma Moses, the Museum will have on view over 65 works by this great American modern folk artist. benningtonmuseum.org

July 4- Aug 13 – Manchester
“Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show”
Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show. Northern New England’s largest “AA” rated hunter and jumper show. Top riders throughout the United States and Canada compete for prizes and points toward national recognition. July/August. See our events page for specific dates. Located at the Beebe Farm, Route 7A, East Dorset, VT. vt-summerfestival.com

July 6- Aug 17 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival”
Professional musicians from New York City and beyond (even from abroad) gather each summer in Manchester, drawn by the opportunity not only to perform but also to teach and play with the Young Artists. MMF’s focus on superb music education and performance within this collegial atmosphere in the bucolic Green Mountains of Vermont remains one of the program’s strongest attractions. This years’ events will include: The Young Artists Concerts, An Orchestral Experience, Childrens’ Concert and Ice-cream Social, and A Night At The Opera.
mmfvt.org

July 8-Aug 27 – Manchester
“Take Your Best Shot! at Southern Vermont Arts Center”
As part of the exhibit “I Choose Film” (July 8 – August 27), SVAC will be holding a kids instant photography contest titled “Take Your Best Shot”. Check out a Fuji Instax instant film camera from the museum, shoot pack of film on the grounds, and donate your favorite image. The submitted images will hang for the duration of the show and then be judged with the 3 winners receiving their own Fuji Instax camera. Thank you to our sponsor Fuji Film for their generous donation of cameras and film! svac.org

July 13-29 – Dorset
“Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Ken Ludwig part of the Dorset Theatre Festival”
A fast-paced comic mystery! Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its latest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators untangle a dizzying web of clues and deceit. Does a wild hellhound really prowl the moors? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Silly accents and disguises abound as 5 actors portray over 40 characters in this family-friendly adventure. dorsettheatrefestival.org

July 20-29 – Weston
“Lost in Yonkers at the Weston Playhouse”
Comedy at its very best and a family you won’t soon forget – winner of a Pulitzer and four Tony Awards. Sponsored by Manchester Designer Outlets. westonplayhouse.org

July 21-Aug 6 – Bennington
“Mauritas at Oldcastle Theatre”
Tingling suspense follows with Theresa Rebeck’s “Mauritius,” a tension filled exploration of the seemingly benign hobby of stamp collecting. Two sisters, following their mother’s death, discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. oldcastletheatre.org

July 24-28 – Bennington
“One World Conservation Center Summer Camp: Wild About Flowers”
Explore Vermont native and invasive flowers. What is a meadow? Create plant imprints and botanical journals. Wildflower mandala art. Plant wildflower seeds. Price includes all materials $150.00/week per child. oneworldconservationcenter.org

July 24 – Manchester
“Can We Talk? Bridging the Political Divide”
Based on requests from the community, the Manchester Community Library will host a program called “Can We Talk? Bridging the Political Divide: A Community Conversation on How to Make This Happen” at 7 p.m. One of the comments the Library keeps hearing is that people wish they could have a civil, polite conversation with those who have political views different from their own to better understand the divide we find ourselves facing. Rabbi Michael Cohen and Judy Livingston will serve as co-facilitators. We want this program to be inclusive and well represented by people of all political parties and a full range of the political spectrum. So please come, and spread the word about this important community event.
The program is free and open to the public. The Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. For more information, call the Library at 802-362-2607. mclvt.org

July 25 – Dorset
“New Play Reading with Mona Mansour part of Dorset Theatre Festival”
The hottest ticket in town! All plays start out somewhere. The Dorset Theatre Festival is on the map as one of the premiere theatres in the national landscape where new plays come to life. Attending one of our new play readings, you get to experience up close how theatre is made. Mona Mansour’s play ‘Unseen’ premiered at The Gift Theater in Chicago in February 2017. The Vagrant trilogy was recently presented at New Dramatists in NYC after a workshop at the Vineyard Arts Project with the Public Theater. Mona is the recipient of the 2012 Whiting Award and 2014 Middle East America Playwright Award. dorsettheatrefestival.org

July 26 – Manchester
“How Solar Power Works Presentation”
Join Bill Laberge and Danielle Laberge at the Manchester Community Library at 7 p.m., for a look at how solar power works. They will explore the history of solar technology and the advances made in the industry, and why renewable energy is replacing fossil fuels. Bill and Danielle will also look at the practical considerations of connecting solar power to the grid amidst an ever-changing regulatory landscape. Q & A will follow the illustrated presentation. Bill Laberge is the owner of Grassroots Solar; Danielle Laberge is involved with sales and system design for the company.
The program is free and open to all. Manchester Community Libray is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchestser Center, VT. Info: 802-362-2607. mclvt.org

July 26 – Bennington
“The Swing Peepers at the Bennington Free Library”
The Swing Peepers take families on an energetic, fun & participatory journey. Join them in creating impromptu & improvisational songs & stories. John Hadden & Matthew Whitten provide the music! Instruments strummed, swung, & tapped include guitar, mandolin, harmonica, banjo & more. Meets in the Rotary Room. benningtonfreelibrary.org

July 27 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival Chausson, Franck, & Shubert”
Chausson: “Le Colibri” for Soprano & Piano, Op. 2 No. 7. Chausson: “Chanson Perpétuelle for Soprano, String Quartet, & Piano, Op. 37. Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor. Schubert: Cello Quintet in C Major, D. 956. Tickets to all Festival concerts can currently be purchased as part of a season-long subscription. mmfvt.org

July 28-30 – Manchester
“Green Mountain Fair”
Come to the Dorr field for Fair Fun. FREE ADMISSION! FREE PARKING! Enjoy local entertainment, rides, crafts, and food! Green Mountain Fair on Facebook

July 28 – Bennington
“Where the Rivers Flow North – Film Screening and Howard Mosher Tribute”
Award-winning filmmaker Jay Craven will present a special tribute to Vermont writer, Howard Frank Mosher, who passed away unexpectedly in late January. Following his talk, Craven will present a 25th anniversary screening of his film, Where the Rivers Flow North , starring Academy Award nominee, Rip Torn, Native American actress, Tantoo Cardinal (Dances withWolves, Legends of the Fall), and Michael J. Fox. This film has been included in the Sundance, Vienna, and Vancouver film festivals and has had special screenings at The Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, and the Harvard Film Archive. Where the Rivers Flow North was one of three U.S. finalists for Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival.
The theater will open at 6:30pm and the talk will begin at 7pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students under 18. Tickets may be purchased by calling The Bennington Center for the Arts: 802-442-7158. thebennington.org

July 30 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert”
Join students from top conservatories around the world as they showcase their chamber music talents. These talented musicians come to Manchester each summer to study and learn directly from the country’s top professional artists. Their Sunday afternoon performances highlight the next generation of premier classical musicians and they’re right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont. mmfvt.org

July 30 – Weston
“Sundays on the Hill featuring Cochran-Wrenn Duo”
Sundays on the Hill concert series welcomes Cochran-Wrenn Duo to the Church on the Hill in Weston at 4:00pm. Admission to the concert is $5, with children (12 and under) admitted free. The doors open around 3:30 pm with parking available at the Church and along Lawrence Hill Road. For more information see SundaysOnTheHill.org and bonniecochran.net.
The Cochran-Wrenn Duo will be performing Libertango by Astor Piazzolla, Wayfaring Stranger arranged by the Cochran Wrenn Duo, Flute Sonata in E minor, BWV1034 by JS Bach, Away by David Leisner, and London Trio No. 1 in C by Franz Joseph Haydn, and they’ll end the program with Haydn’s cheerful London Trio in C Major.

July 31-Aug 4 – Bennington
“One World Conservation Center Summer Camp: Wetland Wonders”
Be a wetland scientist and discover what this habitat is all about. Price includes all materials $150.00/week per child. oneworldconservationcenter.org

Aug 2 – Manchester
“Jamie Franklin will discuss Grandma Moses: American Modern”
Bennington Museum Curator Jamie Franklin will present “Grandma Moses: American Modern?: Moses and the Narrative(s) of Modern Art,” in an illustrated talk, at 7 p.m. at Manchester Community Library. The program is part of the Summer Wednesdays Series and is sponsored by Four Seasons – Sotheby’s International Realty. 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. mclvt.org

Aug 2 – Newfane
“Free Concert on the Newfane Common, featuring Wyld Nightz”
Sponsored by Newfane Anew Community Volunteers, come and see Wyld Nightz free on the Common. Show is 6pm to 8pm, food vendors will be available. Rain venue: Union Hall located next to the Common. Newline Anew on Facebook

Aug 3 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival: An Orchestral Experience”
Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony. Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major. Featuring Alexander Kobrin as piano soloist and led by Maestro Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Tickets to all Festival concerts can currently be purchased as part of a season-long subscription. A very special thank you is extended to Susan Hunter and Doug Watson for their generous support of this evening.mmfvt.org

Aug 3 – Manchester
“Duane Carleton Live at Nipper’s Cafe”
Duane Carleton is the newest voice of rural America. His songs capture the essence of working class life. Whether he is describing the everyday people of small town America and their relationships or the struggles that they encounter in their day-to-day lives, he conveys the beauty and tragedy of a disappearing lifestyle. His music, which is a rich blend of Rock, Country, Folk and Blues falls into the Americana genre. He paints a vast and colorful landscape with his songwriting as he covers the spectrum from poetic ballads, to upbeat rockers, to political story songs that could be aptly described as the offspring of The Band and The Allman Brothers. nipperscafe.com

Aug 3-19 – Dorset
“‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’ by Matthew Lopez with Dorset Theatre Festival”
The Legend of Georgia McBride A music-filled comedy by Matthew Lopez. He’s young, he’s broke, his wife is having a baby. And now, Casey has lost his gig as an Elvis impersonator. When his club brings in a drag act led by Miss Tracy Mills, Casey is given the opportunity to trade one sequined outfit for another. A critic’s pick wherever it plays, this heart-warming, music-filled comedy celebrates finding your own voice and singing your own song. dorsettheatrefestival.org

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.
craftproducers.com

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!
4cnhomebrewfest.weebly.com

Aug 6 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival Children’s Concert & Ice Cream Social”
Join Manchester Music Festival for a special children’s concert presented by its summer young artist residents. School age children and their parents are welcome free of charge to come on a musical adventure followed by an ice cream social. Generously supported by The David Greenewalt Charitable Trust, Berkshire Bank Foundation, and The Alcyon Foundation. mmfvt.org

Aug 7-11 – Bennington
“One World Conservation Center Summer Camp: What’s Down Under?”
Explore the world of decomposers. Dig in the dirt and see what we find. Set up a compost bin for our snacks. Price includes all materials $150.00/week per child. oneworldconservationcenter.org

Aug 8 – Dorset
“New Play Reading with Lauren Yee part of the Dorset Theatre Festival”
All plays start out somewhere. The Dorset Theatre Festival is on the map as one of the premiere theatres in the national landscape where new plays come to life. Attending one of our new play readings, you get to experience up close how theatre is made. Lauren Yee’s play King of the Yees will premiere this season at The Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group, followed by a production at ACT Theatre. Other plays include Ching Chong Chinaman, The Hatmaker’s Wife, Hookman, In a Word, Samsara , and The Tiger Among Us. dorsettheatrefestival.org

Aug 9 – Manchester
“Classic Film showing at Manchester Community Library”
At 2p.m., the Manchester Community Library’s Greatest Generation Film Series will screen a 1946 classic film noir, starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. The film was well received by critics and is best remembered for its lush photography and for the scene where Hayworth, as “Gilda,” sings “Put the Blame on Me.” The story is a complex and cynical tale in keeping with the prevailing post war US political paranoia of German Nazi criminals who escaped to South America and assumed new identities.
The film screening is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester Center, VT. 802-362-2607 mclvt.org

Aug 10 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival Gilere, Renie, Rachmaninoff, Back, & Mandelssohn”
Glière: Ballade for Cello & Piano, Op. 4. Renié: Trio for Violin, Cello & Harp. Rachmaninoff: “Two Morceaux de Salon” for Violin & Piano, Op. 6. Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor for Solo Harp, BWV 565, arranged by Kibbey. Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66. Tickets to all Festival concerts can currently be purchased as part of a season-long subscription. mmfvt.org

Aug 10 – Putney
“Vermont Jazz Center’s Summer Workshop Student Concert”
Showcasing students of the Vermont Jazz Center’s 40th annual Summer Workshop perform in professionally coached ensemble, trio, and featured vocalist settings. Different concerts at 3:30 and 8 pm with break for dinner. At the idyllic Putney School in Vermont. $5 donation recommended. vtjazz.org

Aug 10-13 – Manchester
“Manchester Sidewalk Sales”
It’s August in Manchester, and that means our famous shops are ready to overflow into the streets with the biggest discounts of the season. World-class designer outlets and unique, independent retailers pull out all the stops to make these four days extra special here in Vermont’s year-round shopping paradise. Whether bargain hunting is your favorite pastime or you’re just passing through on the way to a favorite vacation spot, we invite you to come join the festivities on the streets of Manchester and discover summer’s sweetest deals. manchesterdesigneroutlets.com

Aug 12-13 – Bennington
“12th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow”
It’s Pow Wow time again! After eleven years of celebratory dance, song, and drumming, this year’s 11h Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will explode in another weekend of American Indian music, dance, education, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and cultural festivities fun for the whole family! For two exiting days, Bennington, Vermont will be the center of Native American art and culture where American Indians will gather and share the richness, diversity and beauty of their Indigenous culture. The 12th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Vermont Veteran’s Home in Bennington, VT. healingwinds.net

Aug 12 – Manchester
“10th Annual Fly Fishing Festival”
FREE ADMISSION! The 10th annual AMFF Fly Fishing Festival returns to beautiful Manchester, VT on August 12th this year from 10 am until 4 pm. This is our signature event of the summer – a growing event that showcases the joy of fly fishing with vendors, demonstrations, and a gathering of people who are all equally enthused about the sport. Come enjoy fly tying and casting demonstrations, food vendors and lessons. Try your hand at casting vintage rods, learn how to tie a saltwater fly, and mingle with likeminded people as you share the taste and joy of the great outdoors. Keep checking our event page for updates on vendors, guest fly fishing and fly tying instructors, performers, and much more. Enjoy food from the Back Road BBQ truck and other food vendors, and listen to live music by Kelly Ravin. amff.org

Aug 12 – Windsor
“Harpoon Brewery: Point to Point Benefit Bike Ride”
Join the Vermont Foodbank in their fight against hunger by riding the Harpoon Point to Point!
Since its inception in 2002, the Harpoon Point to Point has become the Vermont Foodbank’s largest fundraiser of the year, raising over $1.3M to date. Come ride 100, 50 or 25 miles on the road, or ride the 20-mile mountain bike trial at Mt. Ascutney. This well-supported ride will take you along rivers, over covered bridges and through Vermont’s incomparable landscape with its infinite shades of green. A festive post-ride party awaits you when you cross the finish line at the Harpoon Brewery, complete with hot showers, delicious BBQ, live music and fresh beer, straight from the source! Sign up to ride or volunteer at: harpoonpointtopoint.com

Aug 13 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert”
Join students from top conservatories around the world as they showcase their chamber music talents. These talented musicians come to Manchester each summer to study and learn directly from the country’s top professional artists. Their Sunday afternoon performances highlight the next generation of premier classical musicians and they’re right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont. mmfvt.org

Aug 14-20 – Various Vermont Locations
“Vermont Open Farm Week”
Do you love local food and farms? Want to get to know your farmer better — and to get a behind-the-scenes look into Vermont’s vibrant working agricultural landscape? Mark your calendar for Vermont Open Farm Week: August 14-20, 2017 taking place at farms across Vermont! During Vermont Open Farm Week, you can meet the farmers, plants, and animals that bring your favorite high-quality Vermont products to your plate. Find up-to-date lists of participating farms and search by location or product at DigInVT.com, your portal to Vermont’s agriculture and culinary experiences.

Aug 15 – Dorset
“New Play Reading with Paola Lazaro part of the Dorset Theatre Festival”
All plays start out somewhere. The Dorset Theatre Festival is on the map as one of the premiere theatres in the national landscape where new plays come to life. Attending one of our new play readings, you get to experience up close how theatre is made. Paola Lazaro is a playwright and actress from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is Atlantic Theater Company’s 2016/2017 Tow Playwright-in-Residence. Some of her plays include Tell Hector I Miss Him, Contigo and There’s Always the Hudson, which was selected as part of Labyrinth Theater Company’s Up Next Series. dorsettheatrefestival.org

Aug 17 – Bennington
“Hemming’s Cruise In”
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

Aug 18-Sept 3 – Bennington
“A Comedy of Tenors at Oldcastle Theatre”
From the Ken Ludwig the man who brought you “Lend Me a Tenor” Mr. Ludwig has now written a hilarious sequel, “A Comedy of Tenors” which includes a few of the characters from “Lend Me a Tenor.” Picture one hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could go wrong? oldcastletheatre.org

Aug 19-20 – Stratton
“Paws for a Cause”
Celebrate the dog days of summer with your furry family member at the Paws for a Cause. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome in Stratton Village, filled with fun activities like a Heels to Paws 5K, Pooch Splash Party, Doggy Fun Zone, Yappy Hour and more. Enter your k-9 into the Paws for a Cause Talent Contest for a chance to win pawsitively delightful raffle prizes. Raffle proceeds and donations benefit the Second Chance Animal Shelter in local Shaftsbury, Vermont, who will be hosting an adopt-a-thon in the Village for pets looking for their furrever home. stratton.com

Aug 23 – Newfane
“Free Concert on the Newfane Common, featuring Tattoo”
Sponsored by Newfane Anew Community Volunteers, come and see Tattoo free on the Common. Show is 6pm to 8pm, food vendors will be available. Rain venue: Union Hall located next to the Common. Newline Anew on Facebook

Aug 24-Sep 2 – Dorset
“Ämerican Buffalo by David Mamet with Dorset Theatre Festival”
American Buffalo Regional revival of David Mamet’s American classic One of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet’s defining works, instantly acclaimed when it opened on Broadway. Starring Treat Williams and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, Dorset Theatre Festival now takes a fresh look at a trio of misguided misfits who are a little out of luck and way out of their league as they plot the theft of a rare coin collection. American Buffalo crackles with explosive humor, frenetic energy, and surprising tenderness. dorsettheatrefestival.org

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.
manchesterfoodandwineclassic.com

Aug 26-27 – Ludlow
“Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Truck/Car Show”
Please join us for our Annual Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Car/Truck Show on Saturday, August 26 from 10-3pm followed by a parade to Chester. On Sunday, August 27 the show is 10-3pm with People’s Choice Awards Ceremony at 2pm. Thanks to our Sponsor: Springfield Buick GMC. Okemo Valley Antique Classic Car and Truck Show on Facebook

Sept 2-3 – Bennington
“22nd Annual 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 aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic-lovers or those simply looking for a fun way to spend a Vermont end-of-summer day, the event promises something for everyone. For the kids there will be face painting, inflatable fun jumps and other great children’s activities. Take time to wander around the spacious lawns sampling garlic delicacies and enjoy the festivities. Relax at the Beer and Wine Garden under the tent listening to live music both days. In addition this year, there is a special smoking area near the beer tent. lovegarlic.com

Sep 9 – Manchester
“Maple Leaf Half Marathon for Make-a-Wish”
The Make-A-Wish Vermont Maple Leaf Half Marathon traverses truly gorgeous Vermont landscapes. Your run will take you from the downtown community to picturesque village settings to country roads past farm lands back to the finish. Adding to the beauty, Vermont will be in the early stages of fall foliage. 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. manchestervtmapleleaf.com

Sep 16-17 – Bennington
“24th Annual Bennington Quiltfest”
New quilts on display, including Challenge Quilts from the Quite Valley Quilters members. Vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Award competition! Demonstrations, quilt raffle, vendors. Come to the Quiltfest Café for Breakfast and Lunch, serving all Day! 2017 Featured Quilter: Michelle Renee Hiatt. benningtonquiltfest.com

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