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.

Bird Walk

Saturday, October 10th, 8:00 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 Meet at the Welcome Center Parking Lot, Free.

Drumming in the Park w/ Sarah Benjamin

Saturday, October 10th, 4 to 6pm
Dana Thompson Rec Park, Manchester Center, VT
Community Drum Circle for All Ages

All level players welcome. Drums provided, or bring your own. Held at Pavilion 1.

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

Heels to Paws walk/ run

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Stratton Mountain Ski resort
Grab Fido because it's the Heels to Paws 5k fun dog run and walk. Four legs are just as welcome at Stratton as two! Bring your furry friend along for a vigorous 5k Fun Run/Walk. Money raised will benefit the Second Chance Animal Shelter. All event proceeds and donations go to shelter.

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Registration: The North Face store in the Village from 8-9am
Price: $20 - cash or check donation accepted. Please make checks out Second Chance Animal Shelter
Start Time: 9:30am

Second Chance animal shelter will be on hand to answer questions and take donations. All participants and guest are encouraged to donate pet food and products.

Bennington Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 10th
Colgate Park, North Bennington
Live Music, Bavarian food, beer, family activities, arts and crafts vendors and more.

For more information call 802 447 3311.

Gypsy Reel & BBQ

Sunday, October 11th, 1 to 4 pm
Bromley Adventure Park
Final Fall weekend festivities include the celtic rhythm of Gypsy Reel.

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.

Bromley's Sun Mountain Adventure Park

Open Weekends and Holidays
Bromley Mountain Ski resort
Vermont's Premiere Adventure Park is now open for the Summer season with 22 rides & Attractions for every member of the family. You can also party on our Sun Deck with great food and drink specials weekly from 5 p.m. 'til close.

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

Stratton -- Columbus Day Weekend Events

October 10th to 12th
Stratton Mountain Ski Resort
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.

Visit our website or call 800 787 2886 for more information.

Author Events

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

Tuesday, October 6th - 5:00pm - Death Cafe with host Robin Taft
Friday, October 9th - 7:00pm - Howard Frank Mosher - God's Kingdom
Saturday, October 10th - 3:00pm - KIDS! - Elizabeth Howard - A Day With Bonefish Joe
Saturday, October 10th, 7:00pm - Archer Mayor - The Company She Kept
Friday, October 16th, 7:00pm - Howard Axelrod - The Point of Vanishing
Saturday October 17th, 7:00pm - Julia Shipley and Peter Biello
Sunday October 18th - 1:00pm - Susan Cheever - Drinking in America; Our Secret History
Sunday October 18th - 4:00pm - Tor Books Fantasy Group Tour: Seth Dickinson, Ilana C. Meyer and Fran Wilde

Annual Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, October 17th
Equinox Valley Nursery
The Equinox Valley, home of the official Manchester Pumpkin Patch, is pleased to host the Annual Pumpkin Festival in Manchester, Vermont.

Come help celebrate! Activities will include kids games, a craft market, food vendors, baking contest, soup competition, fresh cider donuts, wagon rides and the Equinox Nursery’s famous corn maze and more.

Stick around or come back at dusk to enjoy a warm bonfire and don’t miss the Grand Event of Illuminated Pumpkins On Parade. For more information call 362-2610. Event hours are 10-5 on October 17th.

Dorset Players -- "Nunsense The Musical”

October 9-10 & 16-17 at 7:30pm; 11 & 18 at 2pm
Dorset Playhouse, Dorset, VT
Dorset Players present Nunsense is a hilarious talent show staged by five survivors at the Little Sisters of Hoboken nunnery, the rest of the sisterhood having succumbed to botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia, Child of God. The remaining “Little Hobos” parade their talents at a variety show staged to raise funds so that the last four of the dearly departed can be buried.

Please call (802) 867 5777 for more information and tickets.

Equinox Preserve Naturalist Hike

Saturday, October 10th - 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. Also,10/10, 10/13, 10/15 and 10/17.

60h Annual National Fall Open Exhibition

Exhibition runs through Nov 30th
Southern Vermont Art Center
60thh Annual National Fall Open Exhibition, Opening Reception, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, free and open to the public. Exhibition runs through November 30th, Yester House. Featured Artists: Paul Bowen, Thomas Ostenberg with works of Member Artists.

Dorset Players -- "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

Dec 4-5 &11-12 at 7:30pm, 6 & 13 at 2pm
Dorset Playhouse, Dorset, VT
Best Christmas Pageant Ever tells the story of Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys, six delinquent children surnamed Herdman who engage in misfit behavior for their age such as smoking, drinking jug wine, and shoplifting. They go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday School’s Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas Story in a non conventional fashion.

Please call for (802) 867 5777 for tickets and for more information.

Elf Express Train ride

December 19th and 2oth only!
Manchester, Vermont
This whimsical 2015 holiday train will leave r.k. Miles Depot Station on December 19th and 20st, 2015, taking its riders on a one-hour enchanting journey through the Green Mountains.

Passengers will be entertained with holiday melodies and dance routines by the elves of the theater and dance program of Burr and Burton Academy under the direction of Broadway and Hollywood song and dance man Jim Raposa. Hot chocolate and button cookies will be served in decorated trains. Adding to the memories of this holiday ride, the elves will be reading a special story about Christopher Pop-In-Kins, who will also be hidden on every train in the greenery peeking to see who’s been naughty and nice! Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will make a surprise visit to provide every child with a special gift.

Trains will depart each day at: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.
WHERE: r.k. Miles; 670 Depot Station; Manchester Center, VT 05255
COST: Adults (13 and over): $25.00; Children (2-12): $20