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.

Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show

June 30th through August 9th
Harold Beebe Farm, East Dorset, VT
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, host the fourteenth annual Vermont Summer Festival.

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.

Dorset Theatre Festival -- "Intimate Apparel"

June 25th to July 4th
Dorset Playhouse, VT
Call for tickets 867-5777 from 10 am to 2 pm or visit online.

Vermont Summer Special Horse Show

June 30th to July 5th
Beebe Farm, East Dorset, VT
Week 1 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.

Equinox Junior Tennis Camps

Two 1 week day camps
Tennis Courts at the Equinox
Sign up up two one week tennis camp sessions. Either July 6-9 or August 10-13 or both. 11:30am to 12:30pm. Only $60 per week. Ages 5 to 14 years old. All skill levels invited.

For reservations or for more information, please call Equinox Tennis Pro at (802) 338 7568.

Equinox Junior Golf Camps

Two 1 week day camps
The Golf Club at the Equinox
2015 Junior Camps
First Session -- July 6th to 9th
Second Session -- August 10th to 13th
8:30-11:00 Daily
$150 Per Camper per Session -- Boys and Girls 8 to 16

Interested in playing tennis in the afternoon. Call the concierge for more information

Please call the Golf Shop to register 802.362.7870

Weston Playhouse -- "Pump Boys and Dinettes"

June 30th to July 11th
Weston Playhouse, VT
A down-home musical served with a smile

The ‘Pump Boys’ sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country and the ‘Dinettes’, Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, run the Double Cupp Diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of country ballads and upbeat honky tonk tunes that received unanimous raves on and off-Broadway. With heartbreak and hilarity, they perform on guitars, piano, bass and, yes, kitchen utensils.

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

Manchester Summer Festival Horse Show

July 7th to 12th
Beebe Farm, East Dorset, VT
Week 2 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.

23rd Annual Komen Vermont/ NewHampshire Race for the Cure

Saturday, July 18th
Hildene Meadows, Manchester, VT
Our Vision: A World without Breast Cancer. Join us for an inspiring walk or run in lovely Southern Vermont with all proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation. 10K, 5K walk/ run and kids run. For more information, please visit us online.

Sheepdog Trial & Farm Festival

July 18th and 19th
Merck Forest & Farmland Center
Sheepdog Trial & Farm Festival- July 18th and 19th, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Merck Forest & Farmland Center's Annual Sheepdog Trial & Farm Festival is a great family-friendly event that provides an unmatched educational experience on sheep and sheep herding --an integral part of Vermont's history.
Join us and witness some of the region's best-trained sheepdogs in action as they help move flocks from pasture to pasture, separate one sheep from the rest, and herd an entire flock into a barn or pen.

Each dog receives a score based on their performance, and the dog with the highest score wins the competition. For spectators, it is a chance to see sheepdogs show off their herding talents and demonstrate their natural skills as working dogs.

Manchester Classic Horse Show

July 14th to 19th
Beebe Farm, East Dorset, VT
Week 3 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.

Dorset Theatre Festival -- "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily"

July 9th to July 25th
Dorset Playhouse, Dorset, VT
For tickets or more information, please call (802) 867 2223

Weston Playhouse -- "Peter and the Starcatcher"

July 16th to July 25th
Weston, VT -- Mainstage
The Tony-winning prequel to Peter Pan

Winner of five 2012 Tony Awards, this play with music is “a Grownup’s Prequel to Peter Pan.” A company of a dozen actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? This epic original story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world.

For tickets and more information, please call (802) 824 5288 or purchase online at westonplayhouse.org

Valley Classic Horse Show

July 21st to 26th
Beebe Farm, East Dorset, VT
Week 4 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.

Tuesday "Concerts on the Green"

Every Tuesday evening, starting 7/14
Manchester Town Green
Mark your calendar now to be at the Mancheter Town Green every Tuesday evening between July 14th and August 18th. Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the sounds of great local bands from 6pm to 8pm each week.

Old Castle Theatre -- "Cabaret"

July 10th to August 2nd
Bennington, VT
Book By Joe Masteroff, Music By John Kander, Lyrics By Fred Ebb

The great, classic music featuring a host of well loved songs including MAYBE THIS TIME,MONEY MONEY, DON’T TELL MAMA and the title tune.Set in Germany as the Second World War looms and the world is about to change.

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

Manchester & the Mountains Horse Show

July 28th to August 2nd
Beebe Farm, East Dorset, VT
Week 5 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.

37th Annual Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival

July31st to August 2nd
Camelot Village, Route 9, Bennington, VT
This “Festival Marketplace” includes: pottery, glass, fiber, photography, leather, jewelry, metal, graphics, painting, prints, wood, furniture, and more. Dinnerware, vases, clothing, leather bags, blown glass, canvas garment bags, Windsor chairs, outdoor sculpture, rugs, raincoats, and much more!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.