We have many fantastic major Events happening in our region. Be sure to also review our Daily Happenings Calendar to discover what is going just about any day of the week.
Harold Beebe Farm
June 30, 2015 - August 9, 2015 – All Day
Celebrating its 22nd year as Vermont’s premier hunter/jumper competition. The Vermont Summer Festival is a six week show on the Beebe Farm in East Dorset. See Olympic equestrians participating in events for $750,000 in prizes.
Riley Rink at Hunter Park
July 2, 2015 – 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
2015 Summer Festival Tour. Picnics, Pops & Fireworks! Thursday July 2 @ 7:30pm at Riley Rink at Hunter Park. For tickets, visit www.vso.org or get tickets locally at: Northshire Bookstore, Winhall Market in Bondville, or Dorset Union Store. Rain or Shine! Bring blankets & chairs.
Dana Thompson Memorial Rec Park
July 3, 2015 – 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
This year’s fireworks will be choreographed to rock and roll music through the decades, from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. And as usual, during the day from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm the pool will be open to the public free of charge. There will be a free aqua zumba class from 2:00-3:00 pm. Misty Blues will entertain the crowd on Apple Jack field before the fire works
from 6:00- 9:00 pm and the Lions Club will be vending food from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Fireworks start at 9:30pm.
The Independence Day Celebration is sponsored by the Town of Manchester and its taxpayers and the Vermont Summer Festival and by the generous support of RK Miles,Orivs, The Vermont Country Store, TMS Inc., The Bank of Bennington, Casablanca Motel, GSK Climate Control, Palmer House, W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc, VFW Manchester, Merchants Bank, The Pharmacy – Northshire, The Equinox, Brewster Antiques, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Homestead Landscaping, Joy All Things Underthings, A Safe Place, The Richards Group, Aspen Motel, Langway Chevrolet of Manchester, Chalet Motel, Inc., Cole Company, Inc. Adoniram Lodge, Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce and Pat Dupree.
The Rain Date for the fireworks is Sunday July 5th. Call Liz at the Rec Park for more info – 802-362-1439.
Stratton Mountain Resort
July 4, 2015 – All Day
Ring in the fourth of July at Stratton with music by Jeff Tuohy & The Lustre Kings, fireworks, pie eating, games, hay rides and much more.
Fireworks are Saturday, July 4.
July 7, 2015 – 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Come to the Town Green and join us for the beginning of the Concert Series with Bruce White on July 7th at Noon. Thank you to our sponsor this year The Bank of Bennington for supporting the Concert Series!!
Riley Rink at Hunter Park
July 11, 2015 – 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Get ready for action-filled fun for the whole family this summer at Riley Rink. Southshire Roller Derby plays host for this double header beginning with a Men’s Roller Derby Association sanctioned game between Capital District Mens Roller Derby (Albany) and Vermont Men’s Roller Derby (Essex Jct.) at 5pm followed by Southshire’s Battle Cats taking on Pair O’ Dice City Rollers at approximately 7pm.
The lobby of Riley Rink will be converted to a beer garden to relax and sip a great brew while watching from the elevated windows. Food available from the chef of Riley Rink’s food services. And we’re not talking your ordinary, unhealthy snack bar food but GOOD food! Activities for kids will be available during the whole event or hope in our photo booth to ham it up with your friends and family or get a shot of you and your new favorite skater.
Tickets available on our website (http://southshirerollerderby.com/tickets/), through any of our skaters, and select retailers in Bennington (Fiddle Head, Loomis Auto, Raz A Tat Tattoo) and Manchester (Zippy Chicks, Vistors’ Center, Ink Spot Press).
$5 in advance for adults 21 and over
$3 young adult tickets (12-20) available on our site
Under 12 free with paying adult
At the door $8 for adults and $5 for young adults
July 14, 2015 – 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come to the Town Green and join us for the opening of the Concert Series with The Battenkillers on July 14th, 6-8pm. Thank you to our sponsor this year The Bank of Bennington for supporting the Concert Series!!
July 17, 2015 – 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Celebrate Summer in the very best place on Earth! Beer & wine by Northshire Brewery & The Perfect Wife. Great food provided by Gringo Jack’s, The Barn Restaurant, NanZ’s & DeAnna Mach’s Wood Fire Pizza! Special thanks to the Sponsors for keeping it FREE: The Bank of Bennington, Orvis, Northshire Bookstore, Perfect Wife Restaurant & Tavern, Spiral Press Café, Vermont Country Store, Town of Manchester & Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce.
July 17: 6-9pm w/ Don’t Leave Band, and The Real McCoy Vermont Vaudeville, Brent McCoy.
Riley Rink at Hunter Park
July 18, 2015 – All Day
5K Run/Walk * 10K Run * Kids’ Fun Run at Riley Rink at Hunter Park in Manchester, VT. Register & donate online www.komenvtnh.org More info at 802-362-2733.
Merck Forest and Farmland Center
July 18, 2015 - July 19, 2015 – 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest and Farmland Center’s annual Sheep Dog Trial and Farm Festival falls in the early summer this year. Join us for this two-day event: watch the Northeast Border Collie Association in action at the Sheep Dog Trials, and take part in the Farm Festival’s activities.
Tickets are sold at the door: $5/adult, $3/child ages 4 – 12, and under age 4 are free
Call 802-394-7836 or visit www.merckforest.org for more info.
July 21, 2015 – 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come to the Town Green and join us for the Concert Series with the Julie Shea Band on July 21st, 6-8pm. Thank you to our sponsor this year The Bank of Bennington for supporting the Concert Series!!
July 28, 2015 – 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come to the Town Green and join us for the Concert Series with MOOSE CROSSING on July 28th, 6-8pm. Thank you to our sponsor this year The Bank of Bennington for supporting the Concert Series!!
The Landgrove Inn
August 3, 2015 – All Day
As proof that nothing brings people together like good weather and chocolate, the annual “Chocolate Festival” for the benefit of Neighborhood Connections has grown to a scope that defies imagination. Join chocolate lovers from near and far in TheLandgrove Inn’s great meadow as they sample delicacies from 30 of the area’s best chefs and cheese makers, all with a chocolate theme. Besides being a chocoholics delight, it’s all for a good cause! For information on where you can purchase tickets call Neighborhood Connections at 802-824-4343. Tickets are $15 before the event and $20 at the door. Children are $10 and those kiddos under 6 are free.
August 4, 2015 – 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come to the Town Green and join us for the Concert Series with So Far on August 4th, 6-8pm. Thank you to our sponsor this year The Bank of Bennington for supporting the Concert Series!!
August 6, 2015 - August 9, 2015 – All Day
With no sales tax on clothing and fantastic bargains throughout Manchester Center and Manchester Village. The Sidewalk is the place to be! Sponsored by Manchester and the Mountain Regional Chamber of Commerce. 802-362-6313.
American Museum of Fly Fishing
August 8, 2015 – 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
It’s that time of year again- Join us for our 8th annual Fly Fishing Festival! Brian Price of Vermont Fly Guys and Mike Rice of Mud Dog Flies (Marshfield, Mass.) will be on hand doing fly tying demonstrations. Learn how to tie flies, cast vintage rods at our casting pond, have your antique gear appraised, chat with representatives from the fly fishing industry, and enjoy barbecue food courtesy of Mulligan’s. There are plenty of activities for the kids as well with face painting and “clown flies” among other things. Michael Hackney of The Eclectic Angler will be on hand for a very special presentation printing fly reels from his 3-D printer! Author John D. Juriga will also be on hand signing copies of his book Bob Hines: National Wildlife Artist to coincide with our Hines exhibition in our Leigh Perkins Gallery. Admission to the event and museum is FREE all day!
August 11, 2015 – 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come to the Town Green and join us for the Concert Series with John ORourke Legato Blues Band on August 11th, 6-8pm. Thank you to our sponsor this year The Bank of Bennington for supporting the Concert Series!!
August 13, 2015 - August 16, 2015 – All Day
The 4th annual Vermont Challenge is a premier bicycle tour that offers both challenging routes for elite recreational cyclist plus tamer routes for all riders. The routes traverse Southern & Central Vermont over 2, 3 or 4 days including the signature Saturday 1-day Gran, Medio & Piccolo Fondo for all riders, presented by our title sponsor Stratton Mountain Resort on Saturday 8/15.
The Gran Fondo is only mountain resort-top Gran Fondo finish east of the Continental Divide. On Saturday we’ve created The “Ride Up” Bike Festival that’s designed to show you how to take your riding to the next level with exhibitors focusing on: training advice & equipment, nutrition, hydration and more.
Challenge Options: • The 4-day Grand Challenge: 8/13-16 • The 3-day Challenge: Any three day combination between 8/13-16 • The 2-day Challenge: Any two day combination between 8/13-16 • The 1-day Gran, Medio and Piccolo Fondo: 8/15
ALL MULTI-DAY OPTIONS ALSO INCLUDE THE SATURDAY FONDO RIDES.
Route Overview by Day • Thursday 8/13: Southern routes out of Manchester – 65, 45 or 30 miles • Friday 8/14: Routes to/from the Vermont Country Store plus BBQ! – 53, 35 or 25 miles • Saturday 8/15: Gran, Medio & Piccolo – 101, 68 or 26 miles respectively all departing and ending. “Ride-up” Bike Festival from 11-6 pm Stratton Base. at Stratton Mountain or Bondville. Two Strava timed segments: KOM & Sprint • Sunday 8/16: Northern routes out of Manchester – 58, 40 or 24 miles
August 18, 2015 – 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come to the Town Green and join us for the last night of the Concert Series with Don’t Leave Band on August 18th, 6-8pm. Thank you to our sponsor this year The Bank of Bennington for supporting the Concert Series!!
Dana Thompson Memorial Rec Park
September 12, 2015 – All Day
Premier Manchester, Vermont Classic- “A Must-Do”. The course traverses truly gorgeous Vermont landscapes, running 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.
The Maple Leaf Half Marathon and Kotler 5K will run on Saturday, September 12, 2015, in beautiful Manchester, Vermont, a vibrant region with much to offer. 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. Manchester, Vermont is a year-round sports, recreation, foodie and shopping destination in the heart of the Green Mountain National Forest.
The races are presented by the Perfect Wife Restaurant, the Spiral Press Cafe, and by MVP Health Care. And it has now evolved into one of the top rated races in Vermont. The revised course is USATF-certified and a true gem of New England racing. It is challenging, which has always been part of the appeal—this is Vermont with mountain vistas. It has been lauded as one of the top half marathons in the country for scenic beauty, organization and allure.