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, July 19th, 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, August 16th and Sept 13th

Hills Alive! A Festival of the Arts

Now to early August
Southern Vermont
The Hills are Alive with the Sounds and Sights of Art. Hills Alive is a collaborative partnership among Dorset Theatre Festival, Manchester Music Festival, Southern Vermont Arts Center and Weston Playhouse Theatre Company to present a full schedule of world class stage productions and play readings, concerts and art and photography exhibitions at vnues throughout the region.

More information will be available on www.hillsalive.org or through the four organizations.

Weston Playhouse -- "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"

July 17th to July 26th
Weston, VT -- Mainstage
by Christopher Durang

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play

This hilarious and timely comedy is set in present day Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where three middle-aged siblings grapple with their lives in the company of a soothsaying cleaning woman, a sexy boy toy, and a star-struck ingénue.

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

Valley Classic Horse Show

July 22nd to 27th
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.

Equinox Preserve Naturalist Hike

Saturday, July 19th - 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.

Summer Sidewalk Streetfest

Friday, July 18th, 6:00 to 10:00 pm
Downtown Manchester Center
Live music, street performers, kids' activities and great food are on tap. Stores in the area will be open extended hours. As John O'Keefe, town manager, said "we want to bring residents and visitors downtown to experience the revitalized street. We worked diligently to make the area attractive and welcoming to all."

Main Street from Thai Basil to the Mountain Goat will be accessible for pedestrians only. Car parking will be available at the municipal lot behind the Rite Aid and at MEMS. The road will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. to allow vendors to set up. 2nd event on August 15th

For more information, please see attached link.

11th Annual Gear Up for Lyme

Saturday, August 2nd
Mount Equinox, Skyline Drive
This event is a 5.4 mile uphill bike race for experienced cyclists and benefits Lyme Disease Association and other local charities. For more information see website or call Andy Holzman (802) 442 7619

35th Annual Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival

August 1st to 3rd
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!

Manchester & the Mountains Horse Show

July 29th to August 3rd
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.

Dorset Theatre Festival -- "All in the Timing"

July 24th to August 9th
Dorset Playhouse, VT
"All in The Timing is by a master of fun. David Ives spins hilarity out of words." -- New York Times

20th anniversary revival.

This critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of six short comedies byt Tony award winning playwright David Ives, form an evening of wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun! A hilarious sextet that uses brilliant language and wordplay to investigate for audiences of all ages the classic existentialist questions of life and the complications involved in romantic relationships.

Call for tickets 867-5777 from 10 am to 2 pm or visit online.

Vermont Summer Celebration Horse Show

August 5th to 10th
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.

The Vermont Challenge -- Bicycle Race

August 13th to 17th
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 -- "A Chorus Line"

July 31st to August 23rd
Weston Playhouse, VT
Conceived by Michael Bennett
Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante
Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Lyrics by Edward Kleban

The legendary Broadway musical

This blockbuster musical provides stirring glimpses into the lives of a group of dancers auditioning for spots in a Broadway chorus line. With its show-stopping songs, jaw-dropping dances, and heartfelt stories, this is the show for anyone who has ever dreamed about life in the theatre! Hits include “What I Did for Love” and “One.”

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

214th Annual Bondville Fair

August 22nd to 24th
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 -- "The Mousetrap"

August 14th to August 30th
Dorset Playhouse, VT
"Blood, gore, black humor, circuitous chatter...the play is substantial and the characters not just cardboard cut-outs. It's woderfully structured - up there with A Midsummer Night's Dream" -- The Guardian

60th Anniversary Revival of the classic by the master of mystery, Agatha Christie.

The world's longest running play -- murder mystery at its best. A homicidal maniac terrorizes a group of snowbound guests to the refrain of "Three Blind Mice".

Call for tickets 867-5777 from 10 am to 2 pm or visit online.

19th Annual Garlic & Herb Festival

August 30th and 31st
Route 9, Camelot Village Bennington
19th 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 6th, 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

Weston Playhouse -- "Uncle Vanya"

August 28th to September 6th
Weston, VT
by Anton Chekhov Adapted by Annie Baker

A fresh take on a modern classic

When an aging professor returns with his beautiful young wife to his family’s country estate, tempers flare and passions are ignited. Remaining true to the brilliance of Chekhov’s wistful comedy, award-winning playwright Annie Baker’s acclaimed new translation will be set in contemporary Vermont in this exciting new production of a timeless favorite.

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

Discover Dorset Days

September 6th and 7th
Dorset, VT
Discover Dorset Days presents the history and art of one of Vermont’s best communities. Open studios, artisans, local food, festivities including a scavenger hunt and a pie judging contest.

85th SVAC Summer MembersExhibition

July 26th through September 7th
Southern Vermont Art Center
Annual members' exhibition and fine art sale.

Peter Miller: A Lifetime of Vermont People == companion show to book exhibition at Skinner Library

Summer Exhibitions at the Wilson Museum include Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults/ Kate Gridley; Portraits Through Time: Selections from the Collection Memorial Tribute: Abbe, Armstrong, McCabe and Webb

48th Annual Bennington Antique & Classic Car Show

September 12th to 14th
Willow Park, Bennington
This antique & classic car show returns to Willow Park, Bennington. Also craft festival, car corral, tractor pull events, food and entertainment.

22nd Annual Komen Vermont/ NewHampshire Race for the Cure

Saturday, September 20th
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.

7th Annual Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Festival

September 19th to 21st
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

35th Annual Peru Fair

Saturday, September 27th
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.

22nd Annual Manchester Fall Arts & Crafts Festival

October 3rd to 5th
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.

Fall Open Studio Weekend 2014 -- 22nd Year

October 4th and 5th; 10am - 5pm
throughout Southern Vermont
Celebrating the Premiere Fall Open Studio Weekend.

Most Vermont craftspeople work in studios located in or close to their residences. These are places of production and inspiration located in downtowns as well as at the ends of dirt roads. Wherever their locations, they are exciting places to visit because they reflect the dynamic yet organized process that is used to produce the finished work of art.

The studio itself is enormously informative because you can see at a glance how the artist works. You see the swatches that have not been chosen for the quilt or the work that is experimental or not serious enough for the gallery. Buying or ordering work during an Open Studio sale is a unique experience because you have the opportunity to speak to the artist directly.

30th Annual Antiques in Vermont

Sunday, October 5th -- 10am to 4 pm
Riley Rink at Hunter Park; Manchester, VT
"A one-day wonder...80 exhibitors...fresh stock...it's a winning recipe", -- Maine Antique Digest

Early Admission: Sunday, Oct. 5th, 8am - 10am; $12
Show Hours: Sunday, Oct. 5th 10am - 4 pm; $8

For information, please contact Phyllis Carlson and Tim Stevenson at (802) 236-2342.