Events & Festivals

There’s always something of interest going on in Manchester and its environs. When you stay at the Equinox you’re sure to find exciting diversions to suit every interest. If you are interested in any of these area events, we would be happy to make arrangements for you through our concierge at 800.362.4747.

Tuesday "Concerts on the Green"

Every Tuesday evening through mid August
Manchester Town Green
Mark your calendar now to be at the Mancheter Town Green every Tuesday evening now until August 18th. Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the sounds of great local bands from 6pm to 8pm each week.

Equinox Preserve Naturalist Hike

Saturday, August 1st - 9:00 am
Equinox Preserve -- Entrance to spa
Join Rick LaDue, Forest and Trails Steward for the Equinox Preservation Trust, for a guided hike on the 914 acre Equinox Preserve. Hike to the Equinox Pond followed by an optional visit to Robin's Lookout, with a splendid view of the Valley of Vermont. Along the way we will explore the cultural history of the Preserve lands, the natural history of the rich northern hardwood forests and the geologic history of the mountain.

The hike features a 500 foot elevation gain. Dress warmly, in layers, and bring along a drink, camera, questions and your sense of adventure. We will meet at 9:00 am at the Entrance to the Equinox spa.

Manchester Sidewalk Sales

August 6th to 9th
Manchester Center
It's the sport of shopping - sidewalk sales - and this August. From locally owned shops to designer outlets, some of the finest merchandise will spill out onto the sidewalks at unprecedented savings. All stores are open 10 am to 6 pm, and many will have extended hours. Specials will be offered both on the sidewalks and inside.

Vermont Summer Celebration Horse Show

August 4th to 9th
Beebe Farm, East Dorset, VT
Last Week of 6 consecutive weeks of Horse show competition. The Vermont Summer Festival Horse Shows are a chance for equestrians to spend July and August where the summer is its most beautiful: Vermont's Green Mountains. Quaint New England towns of the Manchester & the Mountains area, noted for their charm, first class accommodations, world-class dining and excellent show facilities.

The Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset is the perfect site for the six weeks of competition. Its lovely peaceful view of the Green Mountains, just off scenic Route 7 North, offers a well equipped hunter/jumper facility. The show grounds boast FIVE all weather rings, including one of the largest Grand Prix fields in New England, as well as several all weather schooling and riding areas, permanent wash racks, paddocks and extended trails for casual enjoyment.

Author Events

July/ August 2015 -- 7:00 pm
Northshire Bookstore
Join noted authors as they discuss their works at local owned and operated Northshire Bookstore.

Dorset Theatre Festival -- "Outside Mullingar"

July 30th to August 15th
Dorset Playhouse, VT
Call for tickets 867-5777 from 10 am to 2 pm or visit online.

Battle Day & Parade in Bennington

Sunday, August 16th
Bennington, VT
The Battle Day Parade is the largest of its kind. It honors firefighters, police, military, and our veterans! Come see fire trucks, military transports, marching bands, and more! Celebrate Vermont's only state holiday... The Battle of Bennington Day! For more information contact the Bennington Town Office at 802-447-1030.

The Vermont Challenge -- Bicycle Race

August 13th to 16th
Southern Vermont
The people of Vermont welcome you to tour Vermont's beautiful landscape, replete with rolling farmlands, bucolic villages, and quiet country roads. The Vermont Challenge will be a friendly experience drawing on the qualities of the people of Vermont. The Ride incorporates four major VT ski resorts and a signature town as our key hosts for meals and lodging.

We offer 3 ride choices from which to choose:
• The 4-day Grand Challenge
• The 3-day Weekend Challenge
• The 1-day Legendary "Gap" Century & Half Century

Weston Playhouse -- "Guys and Dolls"

July 30th to August 22nd
Weston Playhouse, VT
The legendary Broadway fable

Guys and Dolls is a musical romantic comedy involving the unlikeliest of Manhattan pairings: a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary, a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but. Set in the Manhattan of Damon Runyon’s short stories, Guys and Dolls takes us from bustle of Times Square to the dance clubs of Havana to the sewers of New York City. The musical features some of Frank Loesser’s most memorable tunes, including "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" and “Luck be a Lady.”

Please call (802) 824 5288 for tickets and information or visit online.

Bird Walk

Saturday, August 22nd, 7:00 am
Hildene Welcome Center
The Vermont Bird Place & Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please call Randy Schmidt at (802) 362-2270 or email randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet at the Welcome Center Parking Lot, Free. Also, 8/22.

Drumming in the Park w/ Sarah Benjamin

Saturday, August 22nd, 6 to 8pm
Dana Thompson Rec Park, Manchester Center, VT
Community Drum Circle for All Ages

All level players welcome. Drums provided, or bring your own.

Outdoor event, please bring your own chairs. Rain cancels.
Come every month, or just this once!

215th Annual Bondville Fair

August 28th to 30th
Bondville, VT
The oldest, continuously running country fairs in Vermont located at the fairgrounds, across from the Stratton Access road. Live entertainment, tractor pulls, crafts, kid's rides and much more. Opens Friday afternoon & goes to Sunday at 5:00 pm. For more information(802) 297 2927.

Weston Playhouse -- "The Glass Menagerie"

August 27th to September 5th
Weston, VT
The timeless American masterpiece

Tennessee Williams’ classic of the American stage is a deeply personal and haunting “memory play”. An aging Southern Belle longs for her youth and dreams of a better life for her children. Her restless son (a would–be poet and the story’s narrator) gets swept in his mother’s funny and heartbreaking schemes to find a husband for his painfully shy sister.

Please call (802) 824 5288 for tickets and information or visit online.

Dorset Theatre Festival -- "I Hate Hamlet"

August 20th to September 5th
Dorset Playhouse, VT
Call for tickets 867-5777 from 10 am to 2 pm or visit online.

Old Castle Theatre -- "Black Comedy by Peter Shaffer"

August 21st to September 6th
Bennington, VT
In one hilarious act, the action supposedly in the dark is illuminated, when the lights are to be on, the stage is dark. Lovesick and desperate, Brindsley a young sculptor has embellished his apartment with furniture and objects d’arte “borrowed” from the absent antique dealer next door hoping to impress his fiancee’s pompous father and a wealthy art dealer. The neighbor returns just as a blown fuse plunges the apartment into total darkness and Brindsley is revealed teetering on a the verge of a very ripe farce. Unexpected guests, aging spinsters, errant phone cords, and other snares impede his increasingly frantic efforts to return the stolen items. Shaffer has written a non-stop laugh riot!

For tickets or more information, please call (802) 447 0564.

20th Annual Garlic & Herb Festival

September 5th and 6th
Route 9, Camelot Village Bennington
20th Annual Southern Vermont GARLIC & HERB FESTIVAL; 10am -5pm. Vermont Stinks!! Join garlic-lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from over a 100 different vendors all made from -you guessed it-garlic and herbs! Celebrate Garlic -- food, games, crafts plus much more. Live music all day.

Route 9 west from the center of Bennington at Camelot Village. Adults $5, Children under 12 $1 -- No Pets.

Maple Leaf Half Marathon & 5K Walk/Run

Saturday, September 12th, 9:00 am
Manchester, Vermont
Half Marathon and 5K through lovely Manchester, Vermont during the peak foliage season. Special events, movies, dinners and activities are planned thoughout the two and half day event with the main race taking place on Saturday. Sponsored by The Perfect Wife restaurant and the Spiral Press Cafe. Registration and information is available the Manchester and the Mountains chanber of commerce at 802 362-6313 or online at www.manchestervtmapleleaf.com

Dorset Theatre Festival -- "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"

September 9th to 12th
Dorset Playhouse, Dorset, VT
For more information or to purchase tickets, to to www.dorsettheatrefestival.org or call (802) 867 2223.

8th Annual Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Festival

September 18th to 20th
West Dover, VT -- 45 minutes from resort
Celebrate the unique local talents of Vermont wineries, cheesemakers, specialty food producers and artists. This event brings together all that makes "Vermont Made" synonymous with top quality, ingenuity and tradition by hosting the Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Soup contest, Exceptional Wine Pairing Dinners at local area restaurants, Cheese & Wine pairing, Chef Demos, a Localvore Culinary Competition and tastings from exhibitors. Adults $10, under 5 free

36th Annual Peru Fair

Saturday, September 26th
Peru, Vermont
“What is the Peru Fair?”, people ask. Those who know stop, smile and explain, “one of the nicest country fairs you will ever know.”

The Peru Fair began over 30 years ago as the “end of the world tag sale.” but what had evolved is not what a tag saler would ever dream of. Each year approximately 100 exhibitors converge on the tiny village of Peru, Vermont located off Route 11 to display and sell their arts, but most of all to be discovered by craft seekers of all types.

Early in the morning of the fair, booths, displays, and crafts are set up, smells of food begin to stretch across and before too long, the parade of whimsical characters officially opens the Fair and music and entertainment fill the air.

Highlights of the Fair include a pig roast, art demonstrations, church exhibits of yesteryear, music, dancing, and foods of all tastes.

56th Annual Weston Antique Show

October 1st to 3rd
Weston, VT
Set in the heart of the Green Mountains at the peak of fall foliage, the Weston Antiques Show has been attracting collectors, dealers, residents, and tourists alike since 1959. Regarded as one of the best small shows in New England, thousands of attendees flock to Weston every year to enjoy the show, the setting, and the season.
Located in the Weston Playhouse on the Village Green, the 56th annual show is October 2nd to 4th, 2014 with the preview on the evening of October 2nd. Thirty-five renowned dealers from across the U.S. transform this distinctive venue into three floors of room settings of antiques.


Attendees find quality and variety here: American and English furniture prior to 1900, accessories to 1900, Oriental rugs to 1920, antique and estate jewelry, and paintings and prints to 1935. All merchandise is guaranteed by the exhibitors to be as represented.

27th Annual Manchester Fall Arts & Crafts Festival

October 2nd to 4th
Riley Rink at Hunter Park, Manchester
Fall in Vermont is a stimulating time of year. As the green leaves mutate turning into brilliant red, yellow, orange, and gold, the days offer gentle daytime temperatures and the evenings are cool enough for a cheery fire in the fireplace. The long shadows cast by the October light in the late afternoon frames the resplendent leaves before dusk closes in.

Adding to the allure of Nature, the colossal Camelot tents set in the valley are a veritable cathedral of creativity. After all, winter is the season most of us spend prolonged periods indoors.

32nd Annual Weston Craft Show

October 9th to 11th
Weston, VT
"One of Vermont's TOP TEN FALL EVENTS"
Vermont Chamber of Commerce Competition

"There are talented artists throughout the Green Mountain State & the Weston Craft Show finds the best"
The Message

"For a compact look at the work of some of Vermont's top artisans, it's difficult to top the annual Weston Craft Show!"
Rutland Herald

Old Castle Theatre -- "The Lion in Winter"

September 25th to October 11th
Bennington, VT
King Henry II of England has three sons by Eleanor of Aquitaine. He wants the kingdom to stay united after his death, but all three sons want to rule and it is likely to be torn apart by revolution. A gigantic Broadway hit that became an Oscar winning film, this is a not to be missed, brilliantly written that is highly dramatic, suspenseful, witty and and gloriously funny simultaneously.

For tickets or more information, please call (802) 447 0564.

Columbus Day Weekend Celebration

October 10th to 12th
Stratton Ski resort, VT
Fill your Columbus Day Weekend with endless fun, games, food and friends at Stratton. Beginning Saturday, October 10 through Monday, October 12, Stratton will be buzzing with plenty to do and see. Join in on all the exciting activities we've planned this Columbus Day.