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.

Drum 'N Schmooze w/ Sarah Benjamin

Saturday, May 9th, 7pm to 8:30pm
Southern VT Arts Center, Yester House, Manchester, VT
Community Drum Circle for All Ages

Adults: $10 Kids 18 & under: $5-$0
Family rates available
MOMs: Half Price in honor of Mother’s Day
Fee includes a drum to play & delicious snacks
A festive evening of music making and socializing in the awesome SVAC.
All level players welcome! Drums provided, or bring your own! Come every month, or just this once!

Many thanks to Southern VT Arts Center for their support of this event.

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.

Spring Open Studio Weekend 2015

May 23rd and 24th
Throughout Southern Vermont
Celebrating the 23rd Anniversary of the Vermont Crafts Council. 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.

The Open Studio Weekend was named one of the Top Ten Summer Events in a competition sponsored by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce in 1997.

Author Events

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

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

Tough Mudder

June 5th and 6th
Mount Snow Mountain Resort
Built in a valley of the towering Green Mountains, Tough Mudder’s course is as unforgiving as a New England winter. Strip the course of obstacles, and a hike around Vermont’s harsh, mountainous terrain is a struggle in itself. Pepper that same terrain with obstacles that aggressively push boundaries of might and fright, and that “struggle” becomes a fight for your next headband.

Manchester Summer Streetfest

Friday, June 19th & July 17th, 6pm - 9pm
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.

For more information, please see attached link.

Wanderlust Yoga Festival

June 18th to 21st
Stratton Mountain Resort
YOGA. MUSIC. NATURE.
Wanderlust is a one-of-a-kind festival bringing together the world's best yoga teachers and best performers in rock & roll, all in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty. We’re talking about fun in the sun and dancing under the stars. Getting’ your down dog on at the top of the mountain and sipping poolside cocktails with your crew. Early morning meditations and all-night chakra spinning musical performances. Summertime in Stratton – green and pristine Vermont in all of its picturesque glory. A place to root down and rise up, to get centered on your yoga mat and get funky on the dancefloor – lux rooms, fresh healthy food, and good people. Yoga, music, nature, and a whole lot more. This is Wanderlust Vermont.

Please see our website for more information -- stratton.wanderlustfestival.com.

VSO concert and fireworks display

Thursday, July 2nd
Riley Rink at Hunter Park, Manchester Center, VT
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra proudly presents Summer Festival Tour. The concert closes with the traditional 1812 Overture, marches, and fireworks.

Gates open at 5:00 PM for picnicking
Concert begins at 7:30 PM

Annual 4th of July Celebration 2014

Friday, July 3rd
Manchester, VT
The Town of Manchester is sponsoring and hosting the 2015 Independence Day Celebration at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park! Throughout the day the park will host live music, free swimming and pool games.

11:00 - 6:00pm: Free Swimming at the Pool for Everyone!
5:15 - 8:45pm: Food, Bands and Music
9:30pm: Fireworks!

Note: Schedule is subject to change

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Please call the Golf Shop to register 802.362.7870

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!

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.

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.

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