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.

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

Orvis Game Fair & Country Sporting Weekend

September 20th and 21st
Orvis Sandanona Grounds, Millbrook, NY
Orvis Sandanona is the oldest permitted shooting Club in the US, dating back to the Thomas Jefferson administration. The clubs annual Game Fair is a two-day event offering a wide variety of family-friendly activities. Visitors can experience shooting, fly fishing, game cooking, hunting dog training and falconry, while exploring country wares, sporting guns and sporting art. Children will delight in birdhouse builing, air rifle instruction and shooting, romping in the bouncy house and plenty of hands-on dog time. A farmers market will highlight local fruit, produce and meat. Food concessions will feature burgers, hot dogs, gourmet salads, ice cream and kettle corn for the family, as well as cigars, scotch and wine tasting for adults

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.

Author Events

September 2014 -- 7:00 pm
Northshire Bookstore
Join noted authors as they discuss their works at local owned and operated Northshire Bookstore.

Equinox Preserve Naturalist Hike

Saturday, September 27th - 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 9/27, 10/01, 10/04, 10/07, 10/11, 10/15 and 10/18.

56th Annual Weston Antique Show

October 2nd to 4th
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.

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'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.

Gondola Rides and More

Through Fall 2014
Stratton Mountain resort
The top of the mountain is only a leisurely ride away. The Stratton Gondola will take you to the top of southern Vermont's highest peak for a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape. Bask in the glory of the mountains during the changing seasons from the summit of southern Vermont's highest peak.
We're excited to announce that this summer we'll be getting NEW Gondi Cabins! It will take a few weeks to swap out the old with the new which is why our schedule below looks a little different from last summer.
Gondola is open the weekend of September 20-21 and then open daily from Sept 27 - Oct 13.

Gondola Hours
Daily Hours:
Weekends: 10 am - 5 pm
Midweek: 11 am - 5 pm

Last Trip Up: 4:30 pm
Last Trip Down: 4:50 pm

Bromley's Sun Mountain Adventure Park

Now Open Weekends and Holidays
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. Park closes for the Season on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

31st Annual Weston Craft Show

October 10th to 12th
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

Columbus Day Weekend Celebration

October 11th to 13th
Stratton Ski resort, VT
Fill your Columbus Day Weekend with endless fun, games, food and friends at Stratton. Beginning Saturday, October 11 through Monday, October 13, Stratton will be buzzing with plenty to do and see. Join in on all the exciting activities we've planned this Columbus Day.

Bird Walk

Saturday, October 11th, 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 Meet at the Welcome Center Parking Lot, Free. also, Nov. 15th, Dec 6th

58th Annual National Fall Open Exhibition

Exhibition runs through Oct. 26th
Southern Vermont Art Center
58th Annual National Fall Open Exhibition, Opening Reception, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, free and open to the public. Exhibition runs through October 26th, Yester House. Featured Artists: Paul Bowen, Thomas Ostenberg with works of Member Artists.

8th Annual Pumpkin Carving Festival

Saturday, October 18th
Equinox Valley Nursery
The Equinox Valley, home of the official Manchester Pumpkin Patch, is pleased to host the 8th Annual Pumpkin Carving Festival in Manchester, Vermont.

Come help celebrate! Activities will include kids games, a craft market, food vendors, baking contest, soup competition, fresh cider donuts, wagon rides and the Equinox Nursery’s famous corn maze and more.

Stick around or come back at dusk to enjoy a warm bonfire and don’t miss the Grand Event of Illuminated Pumpkins On Parade. For more information call 362-2610. Event hours are 10-8 on October 18th.

Christmas in Weston

Saturday, December 6th, 10am to 5:30pm
Weston, VT
“An Old Fashioned Christmas Festival”; tours, rides, Santa, caroling and more. At the Vermont Country Store, the Museums, the Old Parish Church and many other locations throughout Weston.

Santa arrives at 10am at the Vermont Country Store to greet his young friends and to kick off Christmas in Weston, a day long celebration that's fun for all ages, ushering in the Holiday season.

Weston's old-fashioned Christmas begins with a tour of the village by foot or by horse drawn wagon, with stops at may of the open galleries, museums and inns. Children waiting for the wagon ride will enjoy seeing live farm animals while adults can partake of a bake sale.

Hooked on the Holidays

Saturday, December 6th
American Musuem of Fly Fishing
The American Museum of Fly Fishing will host a special event -- Hooked on the Holidays -- 1pm to 4 pm. kids can decorate trout cookies, create ornaments and tie clown flies. FREE, refreshements served.

Confirm your spot by emailing or by calling the museum at 802 362 3300.

Our House for the Holidays -- Hildene

December 6th and 7th
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
The Museum Store Welcomes Neighbors & New Friends. Dressed in holiday finery, the spirit of the season abounds in our 100 year old Carriage Barn! Apple cider, Vermont tastings & fresh cider doughnuts. The crisp fragrance of pine boughs & sounds of the season. All conspire to create a unique Holiday Shopping experience. Distinctive items for Holiday Gift Giving sure to please young & old. Lincoln, Gilded Age, Gardens, History, Nature and Vermont.
Bring this ad & our gift to you - 20% off purchase
For more information, please call (802) 362 1788.

Elf Express Train ride

December 20th and 21st only!
Manchester, Vermont
This whimsical 2014 holiday train will leave r.k. Miles Depot Station on December 20th and 21st, 2014, taking its riders on a one-hour enchanting journey through the Green Mountains.

Passengers will be entertained with holiday melodies and dance routines by the elves of the theater and dance program of Burr and Burton Academy under the direction of Broadway and Hollywood song and dance man Jim Raposa. Hot chocolate and button cookies will be served in decorated trains. Adding to the memories of this holiday ride, the elves will be reading a special story about Christopher Pop-In-Kins, who will also be hidden on every train in the greenery peeking to see who’s been naughty and nice! Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will make a surprise visit to provide every child with a special gift.

Trains will depart each day at: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.
WHERE: r.k. Miles; 670 Depot Station; Manchester Center, VT 05255
COST: Adults (13 and over): $25.00; Children (2-12): $20

VSO Brass Quintet and Counterpoint -- A Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 21st -- 4:00pm
First Congregational Church, Manchester
A Holiday concert performed by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. The perfect mix of brass and voices to ring in the sesaon. Conductor, Nathaniel G. Lew and Music Direcor, Jaime Laredo. Tickets: $21 adults; $18 seniors and students: free under 18 with adult purchase. Tickets available at: Northshire Bookstore (802) 362-3565