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.

14th Annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend

March 28th & 29th
Southern Vermont area
Vermont Maple Syrup Open House Weekend is March 28th and 29th 2015. This is the official celebration of the maple season, when sugar houses around the state are open to visitors.

Vermont is the largest producer of pure maple syrup in the US and was the first state to establish a maple law to mandate high standards of quality. Vermont's maple syrup is 100% natural.

Many Vermont maple sugar houses are open all year long and visitors can learn about the sugarmaking process. Visit vermontmaple.org. for a list of sugarhouses open year round and be sure to visit several during your stay in Vermont.

March di Gras

Saturday, March 28th
Stratton Mountain ski Resort
This annual village block party features live music, food and drink and the famous Mulligan's ice bar with activities for adults and children alike.

Maple Open House weekend

March 28th and 29th
Local Area Maple Syrp makers
Visit Vermont sugarhouses and restaurants across the state and watch as maple syrup is being made.

Merck Maple Sugaring Celebration

March 28th and 29th
Merck Forest and Farmland Center
The Maple Celebration and Pancake Breakfast has been a part of Merck Forest for just under a decade now. This year it returns at the end of winter with all of its usual sweet appeal. Annual visitors to the breakfast know they can expect a delicious spread of pancakes, eggs, Merck's sizzling pork breakfast sausage, hot coffee, juice, and, of course, Merck Forest's house-made Vermont-certified organic maple syrup.

The celebration boasts other happenings as well. A variety of children's activities will be held, a tree tapping demonstration, and tours of the sap house will be offered this year. There may even be newborn lambs in the barn! Wagon or sleigh rides will convey visitors from the parking lot to the sap house. Please, call the Visitor Center for more information or to volunteer for the event!

Cost: $10/adult, $5/child 4 - 12, under age four are free!

Vermont Specialty Food Days

Sunday, March 29th
Stratton Mountain Resort
This March, local Vermont vendors will be showcasing their delicious products. Isn't it better when you know where your food comes from, start to finish? Ski Vermont and the Agency of Agriculture are welcoming skiers and riders to come sample local foods at Vermont resorts' Specialty Food Days.

From 10:30am-2:30pm on March 29 at Stratton Mountain Resort, sample tasty Vermont products like Cabot Cheese, Wood Syrup Maple Sugar, Kimball Brook Farms milk products, Gringo Jack's chips and salsa, Ambrosia confections and Perfect Balance foods.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 4th, 10:00 am
Dana Thompson Memorial Rec Park
Come and enjoy a fun filled morning with the Park and Rec crew as you search for over 2,000 eggs filled with candy. Children ages 10 and under bring your parents and see how many eggs you can find during this year's Easter Egg Hunt. For more information, call 802 362 1439.

Easter Day Brunch

Sunday, April 5th; 10am to 2pm
Colonnade Grand Ballroom -- Equinox Resort
Join us in our Colonnade dining room. Buffet brunch includes a full selection of traditional Easter dishes such as French toast and Eggs made to order. Our hot selection includes Prime Rib and Cedar Plank Scottish Salmon. More than 30 selections to choose from. Lastly, you’ll need to save room for our sumptuous dessert table. $69 for adults (13 years of age and older) $20 for children 12 and under. Plus Tax and gratuity. For reservations or additional information, call the concierge desk (802) 362 4700.

Equinox Preserve Naturalist Hike

Saturday, April 4th - 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, 4/11 and 4/25.

Stratton Spring Fling and Annual Pond Skim

Saturday, April 11th
Stratton Ski resort
This year there is NO LIMIT on the number of participants. Goggle tans for everyone! It's time to enjoy spring’s soft snow, longer days and sunshine with a weekend of celebration and the Annual Pond Skim! Pond Skim is open to all and is a Be. Event this year, making it worth 22 points!

Pond Skim - Saturday, April 11 at Noon on Lower Suntanner (one run to each participant)
Register: April 11 from 10-11am in the East Wing of the Base Lodge - $20 Fee (includes t-shirt)
Costumes are highly encouraged! Prizes will be awarded for the best one and for best crash. If you're more into the spectating, catch a great view from Gizzly's deck with a beverage in hand to keep you warm or there's always front row seats right along side the pond.

Scrap and Spa Weekend

April 24th to 26th
Equinox resort -- Manchester, VT
Spring in Vermont-- experience all the elegant charm and peace of this world renowned five star historic Starwood property in picturesque Manchester Village while scrapbooking to your heart’s content!
Time to bloom! Bask in the fine elegance of this upscale 5 star historic hotel & resort with full resort amenities and enjoy endless scrapbooking in an elegant ballroom.
Take a break in front of a fireplace at one of the cozy seating areas, or relax in the Falcon Bar for a drink.
Shop in the nearby Manchester for superior premium outlet shopping. Book a spa treatment or simply enjoy the sauna, steam room, or exquisite pool and sip cucumber water. Add a massage ...or bring your spouse-There are many cool things to do.
For more information, please contact Laurie Surpitski at (978) 500 3619 or email lsurpitski@yahoo.com. Or registeronline at www.scrapbooknewengland.co

Mother's Day Brunch

Sunday, May 10th, 10am to 2pm
Colonnade Grand Ballroom, Equinox Resort
Celebrate Mother's Day in our Colonnade Ballroom. Buffet Brunch includes a wide assortment of dishes ranging from traditional favorites like Eggs Benedict and made to order omlettes. Chef's hot selection will feature Roasted Leg of lamb, Prime Rib and Cedar Plank Scottish Salmon. More than 40 delectable selections to choose from and you will want to save some room dessert, our pastry Chef and team are preparing a sumptuous dessert table that is sure to please any Mom's sweet tooth!. $69 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under. Plus tax and gratuity. For reservations or additional information, call the concierge desk (802) 362 4700.

5th Annual Shires of Vermont Marathon

Sunday, May 17th; 8:00 am
Bennington County
A new scenic point to point 26.2 mile course will connect the Shire towns of Bennington and Manchester. "New England's newest Marathon" is the only marathon held in southern Vermont -- don't miss this opportunity. Registration is now open. All finishers will receive a moisture wicking tee-shirt and a commemorative medallion.

Bromley's Sun Mountain Adventure Park

May 23rd to 25th Opening weekend
Bromley Mountain Ski resort
Vermont's Spring Adventure 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. Weekends only until mid June

29th Annual Manchester Car Show

June 6th and 7th, 2015
Dorr Farm, Manchester, VT
The 29th Annual Manchester Antique and Classic Car Show will be held at the Dorr Farm in Manchester Center, VT from June 6th and 7th. Welcome all car enthusiasts! The premier Antique and Classic Car Show in Manchester & the Mountains, Vermont celebrates 29 years of the best antique and classic cars, food vendors and flea market in the northeast! New this year! Drive your antique car in on a newly paved road right to the Registration Desk!

Gates open at 8am
Children under 12 FREE
Adults $8 per day or $12 Weekend Pass
No pets allowed on the show field

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.