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.

Author Events

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

Winter Solo Art Exhibition

Now until March 8th
Southern Vermont Arts Center
Southern Vermont Arts Center
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
Open Sunday 12pm to 5pm

For more information: 802 362 1405

Equinox Preserve Naturalist Hike

Saturday, Jan 24th - 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, 1/31.

Boy Scout Weekend

January 31st to February 1st
Bromley Mountain Ski resort
Scouts will have the opportunity to work on their snow sports merit badge over the weekend.

Vermont Sugar House

Saturday, February 7th
Bromley Ski Resort
On-site at Bromley with Vermont specialty food samples, including Maple Syrup on Snow, Cabot cheese and more. YUM! Bromley Mountain

Bromley's February Festival & Fireworks Display

Saturday, February 14th
Bromley Mountain Ski Resort
Hey everybody, it's February Festival time! It all starts at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday the 14th, the torchlight parade goes off at 7:15 p.m. followed at 7:30ish by the fireworks. Then it's dancing in the Wild Boar, the silent auction, vacation raffle, dessert tasting and all of the other frivolity from 8-11:00 p.m. in the base lodge.
For more information, call (802) 824 5522

Stratton Torchlight Parade and Fireworks

Saturday, February 14th
Stratton Mountain ski resort
Don't miss the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks starting at 8:30pm in the Main Base Area.

Harris Hill Ski Jumping Tournament

February 14th and 15th
Brattleboro, VT
Not only is it the Pepsi Challenge and Fred Harris Memorial Tournament, but our 2015 event is the ONLY US stop on the FIS tournament and the finals of the USA Ski Jumping tournament. The best of the best will be in Brattleboro!

Harris Hill Ski Jump of Brattleboro, Vermont is the only 90 meter ski jump in New England and one of only six in the USA of our size and caliber. We have completed an extensive renovation of the jump in order to continue its reputation of a first-class venue in the sport of ski jumping. Harris Hill is a symbol of pride for the Brattleboro community and throughout the Northeast.

Full Moon Snowshoe Hike

Saturday, January 17th; 7pm to 9pm
Stratton Mountain
Meet us at The Sun Bowl Nordic Center for the Full Moon Snow Shoe Hike. Featuring classic New England terrain for beginners and experts, the trail system is unique and varied with trails winding through hardwood forests and over streams. We will end our hike back at the campfire with S'Mores and Hot Chocolate. You won't want to miss out on this memorable experience, it's quintessentially Vermont! *no restroom available at the Nordic center

Hikes will depart from the Nordic Center at 7 pm. Reservations are required. $45 or $55 with equipment. If snow coverage does not warrant the use of snowshoes we will forge ahead on foot. Please dress appropriately for the conditions at the time of your hike; you may want to stash a headlamp or flashlight in your pocket just in case. Also 1/31, 2/14, 3/7 and 4/4.

Bird Walk

Saturday, February 14th, 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 randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet at the Welcome Center Parking Lot, Free. Also, 3/14, 4/11 and 4/25.

13th Annual Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer

Saturday, February 28th
Stratton Mountain Ski resort
The Tubbs Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer benefits the Susan G Komen Foundation.

Stratton Mountain is home of the first Romp to Stomp event in history. With a gorgeous course that leads snowshoers through pleasant, wooded trails, this Romp to Stomp is not to be missed. Vermont Romp to Stompers have an incredible passion for the cure and have consistently held the position of highest average fundraising per person of all the Romp events.

For more information call (802) 297 2200

The Vermont Open

March 12th to 15th
Stratton Mountain Ski Resort
Stratton and snowboarding have a long history together, dating all the way back to the very beginnings of the sport. Legend says that Jake Burton developed his boards here at Stratton, hiking Suntanner and riding Stratton by moonlight. Stratton was one of the first resorts to formally welcome snowboards on the hill, later becoming the home of the US Open and Olympic medalists Ross Powers and Lindsay Jacobellis.

Join us this year as we celebrate the sport, the culture, and the launch of Burton's new learning program, Experience Snowboarding with a week of on-snow demos, clinics with pros and movies.

See link for daily events and schedule of activities.

Bromley's Spring Fling

Saturday, March 21st
Bromley Ski Resort
Live music and fun family events both Saturday & Sunday. The Trampoline Things will be on hand from VT's Summer Adventure to liven up the weekend both days! Saturday features a waffle eating contest on the deck and the Pond skimming contest on School Slope, and you won't want to miss the Duct Tape Derby on Sunday where some cardboard and duct tape can be your ticket to glory (and awesome prizes)! For more information, please call 802 824 5522.

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.

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.

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.
After a long day of laughter and scrapping, you'll find your bed turned down with a pillow chocolate to send you off into dreamland.
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 village 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-cool things to do
?Golf, Orvis fly-fishing, Landrover tours

*2 nights lodging in the Equinox Resort & Spa
*Friday dinner
*Saturday br

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.

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.

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.

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.

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