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Events

Also, feel free to check out:
the Vermont Arts Calendar
the Bennington Area Chamber Community Calendar
the Manchester Business Association Events Calendar

May-Oct
Vermont Farmers Markets

The Bennington Farmer's Market will be located beside the Walloomsac River walk at the Bennington Station, on the corner of Depot and River Streets, in downtown Bennington, Vermont. Hours: Every Saturday May 7 - October 29, 10am - 1pm, and every Tuesday May 10 - October 25, 3:30 - 5:30pm
www.benningtonfarmersmarket.org

The Manchester Farmer's Market will be located at Adam's Park, next to the Chamber of Commerce on Rt. 7A, Manchester Center, Vermont. Hours: Thursdays June 3rd - October 7th, 2pm - 6pm www.manchesterfarmers.org

The Dorset Farmer's Market will be located at H.N. Williams Store on Route 30 in Dorset, Vermont. And October - May they will be located at J.K. Adams. Hours: All Sundays except for Easter Sunday 10am - 2pm.
www.dorsetfarmersmarket.org


May 13-Sep 23 - Manchester
"The Southern Vermont Sampler Tour"
Discover the lure, charm & nostalgia of Vermont's country backroads. Visit & learn about unique places you wouldn't normally find on your own. Many stops along the way, group size 2 – 10, comfortable tour vehicle, 2 daily tours (morning "History Buff's" tour & afternoon "Southern Vermont Sampler." Advanced reservations necessary. backroaddiscovery.com

June 1-30 - Manchester
"Celebration of Peonies"
Through the month of June the peonies are in bloom at Hildene and they welcome everyone to come and enjoy their gardens. Stop by the Hildene Welcome Center before heading up to take a tour of the gardens to learn more. hildene.org

June 20-Aug 12 - Manchester
"Farm Chores"
Children 12 and younger are invited to experience Hildene Farm and Goat Dairy in our Farm Chores program. Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 to 11:00, a family with children ages 3 through 12 can register for "Farm Chores at the Dairy." From feeding and grooming the goats to pitching their pens and cleaning their feeders to having fun exploring the hay mow, children experience an up-close and personal encounter with the farm, the friendly Nubian goats in residence and the farm staff who care for them. This program will be offered as weather permits. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. $20/Hildene member family, $30/non-member for families of four. Each additional person is $5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register please call 802.379.0519 or email to farm@hildene.org.

June 22-July 8 - Dorset
"Downstairs: a world premiere by Theresa Rebeck with the Dorset Theatre Festival"
Downstairs A world premiere by Theresa Rebeck Tyne and Tim Daly star in this thought-provoking family drama. Eileen’s brother Teddy has moved back home and is living in her basement. Her husband is less than thrilled about this. And Teddy is more than a little off his game. As brother and sister struggle to understand their present and past, questions of betrayal, disappointment, and madness rise and fall. Who is saving whom? dorsettheatrefestival.org

June 23-July 9 - Bennington
"Oldcastle Theatre Company Presents: Moonlight & Magnolias"
"Moonlight and Magnolias," which the Chicago Sun Times called a " hyperventilating slapstick comedy, an impassioned love song and a blazing critique of Hollywood,” tells the story of producer David O. Selznick shutting down production of his new epic "Gone with the Wind". The screenplay, sadly, just doesn't work. So the all-powerful movie mogul, while fending off the film's stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law sends a car for screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of "The Wizard of Oz." Summoning both to his office, he locks the door, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become a blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time. The cast includes Nathan Stith, who last season directed Oldcastle's production of "39 Steps" and Richard Howe, Oldcastle's Associate Artistic Director. oldcastletheatre.org

June 29 - Dorset
"Chef's Table with Felisia Tandiono at The Marble West Inn"
Felisia Tandiono will take us into a mini journey of exploring the cuisine and flavors of Indonesia. This Chef's Table dinner, the second of the series, will pay homage to Sri Owen, referred to in the United Kingdom as the Grand Dame of Indonesian Cookery.
Please call (802) 867-0400 to reserve. Seating is limited to 16. marblehouseproject.org

July 1 - Manchester
"Summer Festival: NextGen Concert I"
Student ensembles participating in our Chamber Music Intensive program will perform complete works for string quartet and piano quintet. Join us at the Riley Center for the Arts at 4pm. Admission: $10 suggested donation at the door. Kids free. taconicmusic.org

July 1 - Ludlow
"Ludlow Arts and Craft Festival"
The fair will feature over 90 of New England's finest artists and craftsmen exhibiting top quality wares such as pottery, primitives, glass, oil and watercolor paintings, carvings, scroll work, dried flowers, syrup, honey, jewelry, sterling silver jewelry, doll clothes, wood turnings, stained glass, fabulous foods and more. 11am - 4pm. 802-228-8770 fletcherfarm.org

Jul 1-Aug 19 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival"
Welcome to the Manchester Music Festival, now in our 43rd year of bringing the passion and beauty of classical music to our southwestern Vermont community. The Southern Vermont Arts Center will be hosting concerts and events throughout the festival. For a complete listing and links to purchase tickets go to www.mmfvt.org

July 1-Nov 5 - Bennington
"Grandma Moses: American Modern at the Bennington Museum"
Grandma Moses: American Modern is a long–overdue exhibition reexamining the beloved American artist Anna Mary Robertson "Grandma" Moses and reestablishing her to her rightful place within the canon of mid-century American Modern Art. The exhibition counters Moses's marginalization as strictly a "folk" artist and a phenomenon within popular culture through the presentation of fresh research and in-depth analyses of Moses's celebrated artworks and unique painting techniques to address the myth of the self-taught artist through a modernist lens. Grandma Moses: American Modern also contextualizes Moses within the modern art era by pairing her paintings and ephemera alongside fellow "folk artists" as well as her modernist contemporaries such as Joseph Cornell, Helen Frankenthaler, Joseph Pickett, and Any Warhol. Together with the works in the permanent gallery dedicated to the life and work of Grandma Moses, the Museum will have on view over 65 works by this great American modern folk artist. benningtonmuseum.org

July 2 - Manchester
"Taconic Summer Festival: Faculty Concert II"
Joana Genova and Austin Hartman, violins; Ariel Rudiakov, viola, Nathaniel Parke, cello and Molly Morkoski, piano. Special guests: Elizabeth Wright, piano and Todd Palmer, clarinet. Join us at the Riley Center for the Arts at 4pm. Admission $25, students and children $10. taconicmusic.org

July 4 - Bennington
"Hometown Fun and Fireworks"
An annual tradition, the Reading of the Declaration of Independence with local actor Willy Jones will take place at 1:00 PM at the Bennington Battle Monument. And don't forget to watch the fireworks display at Willow Park on East Road, starting at 7pm.
www.bennington.com

July 4 - Dorset
"ART SEED: Performance by Kensaku Shinohara"
Kensaku Shinohara will present choreographic elements of Foreigner, a dance film he is creating in residency. The film takes a humorous and surrealistic approach to the dancers personal narrative of migration and identity in America. In Foreigner, Kensaku is weaving together his multidisciplinary approach to dance, with an emphasis on choreography, contemporary art, music, writing and personal/cultural values.
marblehouseproject.org

July 4- Aug 13 - Dorset
"Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show"
Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show. Northern New England's largest "AA" rated hunter and jumper show. Top riders throughout the United States and Canada compete for prizes and points toward national recognition. July/August. See our events page for specific dates. Located at the Beebe Farm, Route 7A, East Dorset, VT. vt-summerfestival.com

July 5 - Manchester
"Writers in Love part of Summer Wednesdays Series at the Manchester Community Library"
At 7 p.m., Barry Deitz will discuss "Writers in Love: The Brownings and the Fitzgeralds," two writing couples who became as famous for their romance as for their writings. Deitz will look at the challenges of having two writers under one roof, the gender issues involved during their eras, and the legacy of these writers and their times. Deitz is back at the Library by popular demand, having wowed audiences with talks on Charles Dickens and the Writing of A Christmas Carol and Edgar Allan Poe. "Writers in Love" is part of the Library's Summer Wednesdays Series, which is sponsored by Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty.
The program is free and open to all. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. For more information, please call the Library at 802-362-2607. mclvt.org

July 6- Aug 17 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival"
Professional musicians from New York City and beyond (even from abroad) gather each summer in Manchester, drawn by the opportunity not only to perform but also to teach and play with the Young Artists. MMF's focus on superb music education and performance within this collegial atmosphere in the bucolic Green Mountains of Vermont remains one of the program's strongest attractions. This years' events will include: The Young Artists Concerts, An Orchestral Experience, Childrens' Concert and Ice-cream Social, and A Night At The Opera.
mmfvt.org

July 7 - Bennington
"Bennington Museum Summer Party!"
Come and see the Grandma Moses: American Modern exhibit and enjoy picnic inspired supper with live music and special guests including friends and family of Anna Mary Robertson "Grandma" Moses. To help us finalize our plans, reservations are requested by July 1. Tickets are $35 for museum members and $50 for not-yet-members. 5:30 to 8:30 pm. benningtonmuseum.org

July 8-Oct 29 - North Bennington
NBOSS - North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show
Celebrating their 20th year, this open exhibit of local talent will feature 25 artists. OPENING PARTY JULY 8 @ the VERMONT ART EXCHANGE 4-8pm. For more information check us out on Facebook or call 802-442-3328

July 8 - Bennington
"Bennington Bike Night"
Come and enjoy hundreds of bikes, vendors, auctions and more! This year taking place at the Vermont Veterans Home. For more information go to bimcvt.org

July 8 - Bennington
"Bennington Museum Community Day"
FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY! 10 am to 5 pm. Here is just some of what we have planned: Presentation by Ken Gottry - Grandma Moses: Painter and Grandma With guest Harry Moses. Book and product signing with Will Moses. Milk Benita, the Museum cow and churn butter. Enjoy a treat from the Moses muffin station Moses-inspired art activity in the Schoolhouse plus community story-telling. Film Viewings - The Jerome Hill film "Grandma Moses" at 1:30. Jane Kallir's lecture on the life of Grandma Moses at 2:00. benningtonmuseum.org

July 9 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert"
Join students from top conservatories around the world as they showcase their chamber music talents. These talented musicians come to Manchester each summer to study and learn directly from the country's top professional artists. Their Sunday afternoon performances highlight the next generation of premier classical musicians and they're right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont. mmfvt.org

July 9 - Manchester
"Taconic Music Festival: Faculty Concert III"
Horszowski Trio: Jesse Mills, violin, Raman Ramakrishnan, cello and Rieko Aizawa, piano. Joana Genova, violin and Ariel Rudiakov, viola. Special guest: Carmit Zori, violin. Join us at the Riley Center for the Arts at 4pm. Admission $25, students and children $10. taconicmusic.org

July 10-14 - Bennington
"One World Conservation Center Summer Camp: It All Starts With The Sun"
What is photosynthesis? How do plants, animals, and humans use solar energy? Celebration of the sun with yoga sun salutations. Plant a seed and see what it needs to grow. Price includes all materials $150.00/week per child. oneworldconservationcenter.org

July 13-29 - Dorset
"Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Ken Ludwig part of the Dorset Theatre Festival"
A fast-paced comic mystery! Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" before a family curse dooms its latest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators untangle a dizzying web of clues and deceit. Does a wild hellhound really prowl the moors? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Silly accents and disguises abound as 5 actors portray over 40 characters in this family–friendly adventure. dorsettheatrefestival.org

July 13 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Schubert, Beethoven, Messiaen, Strauss, & Brahms"
Schubert: "Notturno" for Piano Trio, D. 897. Beethoven: Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1 No. 2. Messiaen: "Appel Interstellaire" for Solo Horn. Strauss: Andante in F Major, for Horn & Piano, Op. Posth. Brahms: Horn Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40. Tickets to all Festival concerts can currently be purchased as part of a season-long subscription. mmfvt.org

July 14 - Bennington
"Hemming's Cruise In Celebrates National Collector Car Appreciation Day!"
Come down to Hemming's Headquarters at 222 Main Street in Bennington, 5:30 - 8pm, and check out classic cars and meet the car enthusiasts who make them shine and hum. Awards and trophies will be given, and winners are featured in the Hemming's Motor News! Please note that cruise ins can often be canceled due to weather, so please check in with them before hand at www.hemmings.com or call 800-227-4373

July 15 - Manchester
"Taconic Music Summer Festival: NextGen Concert II"
Student ensembles participating in our Chamber Music Intensive program will perform complete works for string quartet and piano quintet. Join us at the Riley Center for the Arts at 4pm. Admission: $10 suggested donation at the door. Kids free. taconicmusic.org

July 16 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert"
Join students from top conservatories around the world as they showcase their chamber music talents. These talented musicians come to Manchester each summer to study and learn directly from the country’s top professional artists. Their Sunday afternoon performances highlight the next generation of premier classical musicians and they’re right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont. mmfvt.org

July 16 - Manchester
"Taconic Music Summer Festival: Faculty Concert IV"
Heather Braun-Bakken and Joana Genova, violins; Amadi Azikiwe and Ariel Rudiakov, violas, Sophie Shao, cello and Teddy Robie, piano. Special guest: Steven Moran, double bass. Featuring our Chamber Music Intensive program students. Join us at the Riley Center for the Arts at 4pm. Admission $25, students and children $10. taconicmusic.org

July 17-21 - Bennington
"One World Conservation Center Summer Camp: Bird Exploration"
Explore Vermont’s bird habitat. Build birdhouses. Learn about special bird adaptations. Price includes all materials $150.00/week per child. oneworldconservationcenter.org

July 20 - Bennington
"Midnight Madness"
This downtown retail extravaganza is a terrific family event and community institution with incredible bargains all throughout downtown. The businesses of the Bennington four corners including downtown Main St., North St., and South St. are opened to all 7-12pm. Stop by Jay's Art Shop & Frame Gallery, Village Chocolate Shop, Gamer's Grotto, Bennington Bookshop, and many more. And don't forget to head north and see the business of County St. such as Bennington Potters and the Tap House at Catamount Glass.
betterbennington.com

July 20 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Liebermann, Arensky, Sollima, & Dovrak"
Liebermann: Piano Quartet, Op. 114. Arensky: Cello Quartet in A minor, Op. 35. Sollima: “Arboreto Salvatico” for Two Cellos. Dvořák: Piano Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 23. Tickets to all Festival concerts can currently be purchased as part of a season-long subscription. mmfvt.org

July 21-23 - Manchester
"SolarFest at SVAC"
SolarFest started with an innovative idea: Hold a festival that showcases the power and possibilities of solar energy. Since its inception in 1995, SolarFest promotes artistic excellence and community-building while providing both general and detailed information on a wide range of sustainable living topics. And the entire festival, including the ultra-professional sound and lights on our main stage, runs on renewable energy! We pioneered this concept: inviting a few thousand people to a festival in Vermont to show that SOLAR WORKS. solarfest.org

July 21-Aug 6 - Bennington
"Mauritas at Oldcastle Theatre"
Tingling suspense follows with Theresa Rebeck's "Mauritius," a tension filled exploration of the seemingly benign hobby of stamp collecting. Two sisters, following their mother's death, discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. oldcastletheatre.org

July 22 - Manchester
"Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2017"
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series is the world's largest, most successful fundraising and education event for breast cancer. The race series includes more than 140 events on four continents, with over one million participants coming together every year to take part in the fight against breast cancer. On this, the 25th anniversary, racers will gather at the Riley Rink at Hunter Park for a 10k run, either a 5k run or walk, and a kids obstacle course. For more information and to register a team go to southernnewengland.info-komen.org

July 22-23 - Manchester
"Shakespeare on Main Street of Vermont Presents Hamlet"
Over 400 years after William Shakespeare wrote the play readers and audiences are still connecting with it.

The play tells the story of Prince Hamlet, but he's no party-boy prince. We discover that his dad (the King of Denmark) has been murdered by his own brother and Hamlet's uncle, Claudius. And it gets worse. 

Shakespeare on Main Street sets the play in modern day, drawing the audience to explore how Shakespeare's words are relevant to today. The key themes behind Hamlet are the price of vengeance, effects of deception, madness and the consequences of corruption. The themes that Shakespeare expresses in Hamlet are just as relevant to today’s society, perhaps even more so. Come join us this summer for an exploration of the human spirit and what happens when it is challenged.
Show dates and times are: Sat, July 22 7:30 pm, and Sun, July 23 at 2pm at Hunter Hall at Maple Street School, 322 Maple Street, Manchester Center, Vermont. Tickets are $18 for Adults, and $12 for Ages 18 & Under. ShakespeareOnMainStreet.org

July 23 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert"
Join students from top conservatories around the world as they showcase their chamber music talents. These talented musicians come to Manchester each summer to study and learn directly from the country's top professional artists. Their Sunday afternoon performances highlight the next generation of premier classical musicians and they’re right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont. mmfvt.org

July 24-28 - Bennington
"One World Conservation Center Summer Camp: Wild About Flowers"
Explore Vermont native and invasive flowers. What is a meadow? Create plant imprints and botanical journals. Wildflower mandala art. Plant wildflower seeds. Price includes all materials $150.00/week per child. oneworldconservationcenter.org

July 25 - Dorset
"New Play Reading with Mona Mansour part of Dorset Theatre Festival"
The hottest ticket in town! All plays start out somewhere. The Dorset Theatre Festival is on the map as one of the premiere theatres in the national landscape where new plays come to life. Attending one of our new play readings, you get to experience up close how theatre is made. Mona Mansour's play 'Unseen' premiered at The Gift Theater in Chicago in February 2017. The Vagrant trilogy was recently presented at New Dramatists in NYC after a workshop at the Vineyard Arts Project with the Public Theater. Mona is the recipient of the 2012 Whiting Award and 2014 Middle East America Playwright Award. dorsettheatrefestival.org

July 27 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Chausson, Franck, & Shubert"
Chausson: "Le Colibri" for Soprano & Piano, Op. 2 No. 7. Chausson: "Chanson Perpétuelle for Soprano, String Quartet, & Piano, Op. 37. Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor. Schubert: Cello Quintet in C Major, D. 956. Tickets to all Festival concerts can currently be purchased as part of a season-long subscription. mmfvt.org

July 28-30 - Manchester
"Green Mountain Fair"
Come to the Dorr field for Fair Fun. FREE ADMISSION! FREE PARKING! Enjoy local entertainment, rides, crafts, and food! Green Mountain Fair on Facebook

July 30 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert"
Join students from top conservatories around the world as they showcase their chamber music talents. These talented musicians come to Manchester each summer to study and learn directly from the country's top professional artists. Their Sunday afternoon performances highlight the next generation of premier classical musicians and they're right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont. mmfvt.org

July 31-Aug 4 - Bennington
"One World Conservation Center Summer Camp: Wetland Wonders"
Be a wetland scientist and discover what this habitat is all about. Price includes all materials $150.00/week per child. oneworldconservationcenter.org

Aug 3 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival: An Orchestral Experience"
Beethoven's Eroica Symphony. Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major. Featuring Alexander Kobrin as piano soloist and led by Maestro Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Tickets to all Festival concerts can currently be purchased as part of a season-long subscription. A very special thank you is extended to Susan Hunter and Doug Watson for their generous support of this evening.mmfvt.org

Aug 3-19 - Dorset
"'The Legend of Georgia McBride' by Matthew Lopez with Dorset Theatre Festival"
The Legend of Georgia McBride A music-filled comedy by Matthew Lopez. He's young, he's broke, his wife is having a baby. And now, Casey has lost his gig as an Elvis impersonator. When his club brings in a drag act led by Miss Tracy Mills, Casey is given the opportunity to trade one sequined outfit for another. A critic's pick wherever it plays, this heart-warming, music-filled comedy celebrates finding your own voice and singing your own song. dorsettheatrefestival.org

Aug 4-6 - Bennington
"Bennington Arts Weekend"
First Friday, galleries, entertainment (Downtown). Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival at Camelot Village (Route 9). 4 Corners North Homebrew Competition (County Street). More details to come, stay tuned! bennington.com

Aug 4-6 - Bennington
"the 39th Annual Southern Vermont Arts & Craft Festival"
Juried fine art and craft Exhibitors line outdoor paths and fill soaring white tents with expertly handcrafted creations. With nearly 200 Exhibitors, there is work in a wide variety of style and medium! Specialty foods and artisan spirits are in a separate section. Relax with wine, beer, and great food while listening to live music in the dining tent. Additional roaming entertainers delight children and adults alike! For the fifth year, the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival is the jewel in the crown of the ever-expanding Bennington Arts Weekend. Experience a lively, arts-filled weekend in Vermont's first town. There is so much to do, including shopping at the Arts Festival, galleries, exhibits, and delightful restaurants throughout picturesque, historic Bennington.
craftproducers.com

Aug 5 - Bennington
"3rd Annual 4 Corners North Homebrew Festival"
A true celebration of home brewing! A street fair with unique food and home brewed beer sampling! Follow us on Facebook!
4cnhomebrewfest.weebly.com

Aug 6 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Children's Concert & Ice Cream Social"
Join Manchester Music Festival for a special children's concert presented by its summer young artist residents. School age children and their parents are welcome free of charge to come on a musical adventure followed by an ice cream social. Generously supported by The David Greenewalt Charitable Trust, Berkshire Bank Foundation, and The Alcyon Foundation. mmfvt.org

Aug 7-11 - Bennington
"One World Conservation Center Summer Camp: What's Down Under?"
Explore the world of decomposers. Dig in the dirt and see what we find. Set up a compost bin for our snacks. Price includes all materials $150.00/week per child. oneworldconservationcenter.org

Aug 8 - Dorset
"New Play Reading with Lauren Yee part of the Dorset Theatre Festival"
All plays start out somewhere. The Dorset Theatre Festival is on the map as one of the premiere theatres in the national landscape where new plays come to life. Attending one of our new play readings, you get to experience up close how theatre is made. Lauren Yee's play King of the Yees will premiere this season at The Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group, followed by a production at ACT Theatre. Other plays include Ching Chong Chinaman, The Hatmaker's Wife, Hookman, In a Word, Samsara , and The Tiger Among Us. dorsettheatrefestival.org

Aug 10 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Gilere, Renie, Rachmaninoff, Back, & Mandelssohn"
Glière: Ballade for Cello & Piano, Op. 4. Renié: Trio for Violin, Cello & Harp. Rachmaninoff: "Two Morceaux de Salon" for Violin & Piano, Op. 6. Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor for Solo Harp, BWV 565, arranged by Kibbey. Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66. Tickets to all Festival concerts can currently be purchased as part of a season-long subscription. mmfvt.org

Aug 10-13 - Manchester
"Manchester Sidewalk Sales"
It's August in Manchester, and that means our famous shops are ready to overflow into the streets with the biggest discounts of the season. World-class designer outlets and unique, independent retailers pull out all the stops to make these four days extra special here in Vermont's year-round shopping paradise. Whether bargain hunting is your favorite pastime or you're just passing through on the way to a favorite vacation spot, we invite you to come join the festivities on the streets of Manchester and discover summer's sweetest deals. manchesterdesigneroutlets.com

Aug 12-13 - Bennington
"12th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow"
It’s Pow Wow time again! After eleven years of celebratory dance, song, and drumming, this year's 12th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will explode in another weekend of American Indian music, dance, education, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and cultural festivities fun for the whole family! For two exiting days, Bennington, Vermont will be the center of Native American art and culture where American Indians will gather and share the richness, diversity and beauty of their Indigenous culture. The 12th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Vermont Veteran’s Home in Bennington, VT. healingwinds.net

Aug 13 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert"
Join students from top conservatories around the world as they showcase their chamber music talents. These talented musicians come to Manchester each summer to study and learn directly from the country's top professional artists. Their Sunday afternoon performances highlight the next generation of premier classical musicians and they're right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont. mmfvt.org

Aug 14-20 - Various Vermont Locations
"Vermont Open Farm Week"
Do you love local food and farms? Want to get to know your farmer better – and to get a behind-the-scenes look into Vermont's vibrant working agricultural landscape? Mark your calendar for Vermont Open Farm Week: August 14-20, 2017 taking place at farms across Vermont! During Vermont Open Farm Week, you can meet the farmers, plants, and animals that bring your favorite high-quality Vermont products to your plate. Find up-to-date lists of participating farms and search by location or product at DigInVT.com, your portal to Vermont’s agriculture and culinary experiences.

Aug 15 - Dorset
"New Play Reading with Paola Lazaro part of the Dorset Theatre Festival"
All plays start out somewhere. The Dorset Theatre Festival is on the map as one of the premiere theatres in the national landscape where new plays come to life. Attending one of our new play readings, you get to experience up close how theatre is made. Paola Lazaro is a playwright and actress from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is Atlantic Theater Company's 2016/2017 Tow Playwright-in-Residence. Some of her plays include Tell Hector I Miss Him, Contigo and There's Always the Hudson, which was selected as part of Labyrinth Theater Company's Up Next Series. dorsettheatrefestival.org

Aug 17 - Bennington
"Hemming's Cruise In"
Come down to Hemming's Headquarters at 222 Main Street in Bennington, 5:30 - 8pm, and check out classic cars and meet the car enthusiasts who make them shine and hum. Awards and trophies will be given, and winners are featured in the Hemming's Motor News! Prizes for: Favorite Mopar, Favorite Truck, Best Engine Bay, Driveable Dream, and more. Please note that cruise ins can often be canceled due to weather, so please check in with them before hand at www.hemmings.com or call 800-227-4373

Aug 18-Sept 3 - Bennington
"A Comedy of Tenors at Oldcastle Theatre"
From the Ken Ludwig the man who brought you "Lend Me a Tenor" Mr. Ludwig has now written a hilarious sequel, "A Comedy of Tenors" which includes a few of the characters from "Lend Me a Tenor." Picture one hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could go wrong? oldcastletheatre.org

Aug 24-Sep 2 - Dorset
"Ämerican Buffalo by David Mamet with Dorset Theatre Festival"
American Buffalo Regional revival of David Mamet's American classic One of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet's defining works, instantly acclaimed when it opened on Broadway. Starring Treat Williams and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, Dorset Theatre Festival now takes a fresh look at a trio of misguided misfits who are a little out of luck and way out of their league as they plot the theft of a rare coin collection. American Buffalo crackles with explosive humor, frenetic energy, and surprising tenderness. dorsettheatrefestival.org

Aug 25-27 - Manchester
"Manchester Food & Wine Classic"
The 1st Annual Manchester Food & Wine Classic. This inaugural event will be a premium wine experience in the region, attracting attendees to Manchester, Vermont and Stratton Mountain. Experience more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally-made products at this ultimate food and wine experience. Whether you are a full-fledged foodie or an emerging gourmand, you are sure to find more than one event to whet your appetite at the Classic. There is something for everyone – from food and wine tastings, to seminars and cooking demonstrations, to outdoor adventures with food & wine influences, there are tastes and temptations at every turn. Tickets are now available online. Please note this is a 21+ only event, and IDs will be checked at the gates.
manchesterfoodandwineclassic.com

Sept 2-3 - Bennington
"22nd Annual Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival"
Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations. For aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic-lovers or those simply looking for a fun way to spend a Vermont end-of-summer day, the event promises something for everyone. For the kids there will be face painting, inflatable fun jumps and other great children's activities. Take time to wander around the spacious lawns sampling garlic delicacies and enjoy the festivities. Relax at the Beer and Wine Garden under the tent listening to live music both days. In addition this year, there is a special smoking area near the beer tent. lovegarlic.com

Sep 9 - Manchester
"Maple Leaf Half Marathon for Make-a-Wish"
The Make-A-Wish Vermont Maple Leaf Half Marathon traverses truly gorgeous Vermont landscapes. Your run will take you from the downtown community to picturesque village settings to country roads past farm lands back to the finish. Adding to the beauty, Vermont will be in the early stages of fall foliage. Organization is excellent, and the course is scenic and enjoyable. There is something for everyone in this rural Vermont tour. It’s one of those "must do" New England races. manchestervtmapleleaf.com

Sep 16-17 - Bennington
"24th Annual Bennington Quiltfest"
New quilts on display, including Challenge Quilts from the Quite Valley Quilters members. Vote for your favorite in the People's Choice Award competition! Demonstrations, quilt raffle, vendors. Come to the Quiltfest Café for Breakfast and Lunch, serving all Day! 2017 Featured Quilter: Michelle Renee Hiatt. benningtonquiltfest.com

 
 
 
       
     
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