Area Events

Ongoing Events & Places of Interest

Movies in West Dover

Location:  4 Mountain Park Plaza, W. Dover, VT

www.memhall.org

Southern Vermont Natural History Museum

www.vermontmuseum.org

Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

Location:  10 Vernon St., Brattleboro, VT

www.brattleboromuseum.org

Bennington Museum

Location:  75 Main St., Bennington, VT

www.benningtonmuseum.org

Mass Moca:  Museum of Contemporary Art

Location:  87 Marshall St., N. Adams, MA

www.massmoca.org

Sterling & Clark Art Institute

Location:  225 South St., Williamstown, MA

www.clarkart.edu

Brattleboro Farmers' Market, Saturdays, 9 AM - 2 PM

Location:  570 Western Ave. (Rte. 9), Brattleboro, VT

Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade soaps and more.  www.brattleboroareafarmersmarket.com

Wilmington Antique & Flea Market    8 AM - 3 PM

Location:  225 Rte. 9 East, Wilmington, VT

Established in 1983, the Wilmington Antique and Flea Market has been a must-stop for both travelers and area residents for over thirty years.  Vendors offer a potpourri of antiques, collectibles, jewelry, glass, furniture, flowers, plants, vegetables, and artisan crafts outdoors on the 10-acre property.  Bring the sunshine.  The area attraction is Southern Vermont’s largest weekend market. The seasonal business operates mid-May thru mid-October every Saturday and Sunday as well as Mondays on Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day.  Admission and parking are free with a food concession on-premises.  www.vtflea.com

Specific Dates 

Rock River Artists Open Studio Tour

July 20 - 21, 2024                       11 AM - 4 PM

The tour begins at the Olallie Gallery located at the Olallie Daylily Gardens at 129 Auger Hole Rd, South Newfane, VT 05351.  

The Rock River Artists will be opening our homes and studios once again as we invite visitors to view our creative processes, purchase artwork, and interact directly with us, the artists.

Get a behind-the-scenes look into the unique locations where each artist’s work is made. Take a trip through our rural villages — visit rustic studios down county lanes, or high up in the hills with spectacular views; visit studios with lush gardens; and studios tucked away in the woods, or along the river’s edge — and see how and where art is made in Vermont.

Make a special visit to Olallie Gallery at the Olallie Daylily Garden to see examples of each artist’s work, as well as the work of Ellen Darrow/Aho (1933-2023) and oil paintings of Georgie, and to pick up a map of the entire tour. For more information, contact Gianna Robinson, giannapaint@gmail.com, 802-380-4448.  www.rockriverartists.com

Veterans Memorial Park BBQ Fundraiser

July 20, 2024           12 - 3 PM

Location:  Public Safety Facility, 40 Beaver St., Wilmington, VT

Hosted by the Wilmington Fire Department. Bring your family and friends for an afternoon BBQ, with live music by Ian Campbell, and fun activities for the kids. All proceeds will go toward the construction of Veterans Memorial Park. Let's come together to support our community and honor our Veterans. Advance tickets can be purchased here.

Music Under the Stars: Vermont Jazz Center Big Band

July 20, 2024              6:30 - 7:45 PM

Location:  Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT
The three-part Music Under the Stars series returns to Farmhouse Square. Presented by the Brattleboro Music Center and Retreat Farm, this free outdoor concert series is rated one of Vermont’s Top 10 Summer Events.

Vermont Jazz Center Big Band Delight in the sparkling tones of the 17 piece Vermont Jazz Center Big Band, accompanied by vocalist Alexis Cole. The VJC is a top-notch ensemble of professional musicians. Bring your blanket, lawn chair, and picnic dinner, or enjoy delicious food truck fare. Craft beer, wine, and cider are available at the Thirsty Goat Bar. No outside alcohol is permitted. Gates Open: 5:30 pm | Show Starts: 6:30 pm Music Under the Stars is a FREE community event. Donations are welcome to support Retreat Farm and the Brattleboro Music Center and to help offset event costs.  www.retreatfarm.org

 

Circus Smirkus

July 20 - 22, 2024             Sat. 6 PM, Sun. 11 AM & 4 PM, Mon. 1 PM & 6 PM

Location:  Franklin County Fairgrounds, 89 Wisdom Way, Greenfield, MA

Step into a world of whimsy and wonder, as Circus Smirkus celebrates playfulness, discovery, and childlike curiosity with the 2024 Big Top Tour: The Imaginarium. A magical toy shop comes to life with tumbling teddy bears, high-flying marionettes, and a very mischievous Jack-in-the-Box, in this awe-inspiring and laughter-filled production.
This year's troupe is comprised of 30 hardworking and talented teenagers ages 11-18 who come from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.
Circus Smirkus is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization whose mission is to promote the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus, inspiring youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts. Tickets revenue from these events goes back into developing circus programming for The Big Top Tour, Smirkus Camp, & School Residency programs.
  www.smirkus.org

Twilight on the Tavern Lawn: Gaslight Tinkers

July 21, 2024             6 PM

Location:  Putney Tavern lawn, 133 Main St., Putney, VT

The Gaslight Tinkers' mix of global rhythms creates a joyous world beat sound around a core of traditional New England old time and celtic fiddle music, merging boundless positive energy with melody and song. Drawing from their extensive musical backgrounds in traditional folk, Caribbean, old time, Celtic, and rock, I-Shea, Clara, Garrett, Elie, and Peter craft a sound that brings world traditions together. Since its formation in 2012, the band has lit up the nation coast to coast as well as the Caribbean, headlining clubs, dances, and major festivals. The Gaslight Tinkers have performed at Green River Festival, The Iron Horse Music Hall, The Parlor Room, Old Songs Festival, Caffe Lena, Strange Creek, Rock and Roll Resort, Old Songs, Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals, and Wormtown festival.

Twilight Music continues its 21st Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of bluegrass, folk/rock, world beat, jazz, pop, and Zydeco summer concerts. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 18. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. Co-presented with Next Stage Arts Project, the series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, The Mockingbird Tavern, Rod's, and many other Putney area businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.  www.twilightmusic.org

Food Truck Roundup - Midnight Betty

July 25, 2024          5 - 8 PM

Location:  Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT

Join us every Thursday this summer for live music, lawn games, craft brews, and local food truck fare in Farmhouse Square. Vermont-based and New York-cultivated musicians Chelle Martinez (vocals, guitar) and Oriana Barros (vocals, banjo, keyboard, percussion) bring you a variety of folk, country, indie, pop, and even Broadway covers, along with several originals. Their music is splashed with shimmering harmonies, inspired by the style of Lucius, The Wailin' Jennys, and The Secret Sisters. Though they are proudly one of Brattleboro's only female duos, they are thrilled to be joined by their band: lead guitarist Dave Schottland, bassist Paul Martinez, and drummer Josh Francis. www.retreatfarm.org

Dover Artisan Market

July 26, 2024              2:30 - 6:30 PM

Location:  171 VT Rte. 100, W. Dover, VT

Welcome to the monthly Dover Artisan Market in West Dover VT! Join us at 171 Vermont Rte 100 for an afternoon filled with creativity and local talent. Discover unique handmade crafts, art pieces, and delicious treats from talented artisans in the area while listening to live music! The market is the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind gifts or simply treat yourself to something special. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to support community, local artists, and makers while enjoying a fun day out. We can’t wait to see you there!  We run from June through October!

Greenfield Arts Walk

July 26, 2024           5 - 8 PM

Location:  downtown Greenfield, MA

On last Friday of the month downtown Greenfield comes alive in a celebration of the local arts scene! The Greenfield Arts Walk is a town-wide event featuring a cohort of local arts organizations including Madhouse Multi-Arts, Hawks & Reed, and Greenfield Gallery to name a few. The Arts Walk's mission is to grow the local creative community and economy by attracting interest from beyond the region while strengthening the connections within.  During the Arts Walk, many featured destinations showcase work submitted by local artists, providing them with an excellent opportunity to gain a stronger local following and sell their work.  www.madhousemultiarts.com/greenfieldartswalk

Avant Vermont Dance

July 26, 2024            5:30 PM

Location:  Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT

Come revel in the joy of "Thumbelina," an original, family-friendly story ballet from Avant Vermont Dance! Audiences of all ages will delight in this retelling of the classic story of a tiny girl who goes on a big adventure to find a magical place where she truly belongs. "Thumbelina" is set to a narrated composition by Vermont composer Evan Premo of Scrag Mountain Music, with choreography by Ashley Hensel-Browning. Admission is by optional donation to ensure "Thumbelina" is accessible to as many members of our community as possible! "Thumbelina" will be performed outdoors: bring a blanket or chairs. Weather date July 27th.  www.retreatfarm.org

 

Troy Ramey

July 26, 2024             7:30 PM

Location:  Next Stage Arts15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT

Vermont native Troy Ramey makes a return to familiar grounds. Troy grew up in Townshend as a young boy, where his father was a teacher and men's basketball coach at Leland & Grey High School. You may have seen this soulful crooner when he made Celine Dion cry and turned all 4 chairs on The Voice. Or maybe you heard him on the soundtrack of this season of "Love Island Allstars." While Troy gained notoriety for his singing ability on The Voice, he is also a celebrated songwriter who has amassed over 25 Million Streams on Spotify. Singing with unbridled emotion and mixing in powerful storytelling, his unique style may remind you of a mix of Chris Stapleton, Leon Bridges, Jason Isbell & Zach Bryan. His underground hit, "Woman," was written as a wedding gift to his wife, and has taken him all across the country and abroad for private performance requests. Well, now is is your chance to experience one of his intimate acoustic shows, as he tours in support of his debut full length album, "All I Had!"  www.nextstagearts.org

Vermont Blueberry Festival

July 26 - August 4, 2024

Location:  throughout the Deerfield Valley

We love our blueberries, so we give them 10 days of celebration!  A parade and street fair kicks off the Fest, followed by blueberry themed events and of course picking all week at Boyd Family Farm. 

July 26th - Jacksonville Street Fair
July 27th - Dover Street Fair & Blueberry Parade
July 28th - Blueberry Pancake Breakfast by Deerfield Valley Rotary
Blueberry Boat Extravaganza at Harriman Reservoir
July 31st- DVCP Family Fun Frenzy Event
August 1st - Laugh Till You're Blue Comedy Show at Carinthia
August 2nd - Jello Slip n Slide
August 3rd - Blueberry Block Party 

Full schedule at vermontblueberryfestival.com.

West Dover Fire Department 60th Anniversary Celebration

July 27, 2024              12:30 - 2 PM

Location: W. Dover Fire Station, 253 VT Rte. 100, W. Dover, VT

Come celebrate the fire department's 60th Anniversary following the Blueberry Parade! There will be food, games, a raffle and more!

Bandwagon Summer Series: Bombay Rickey

July 27, 2024                 6 PM

Location:  New England Center for Circus Arts10 Town Crier Dr, Brattleboro, VT

Praised as “a true treat for the adventurous ear” (TimeOut NY), Bombay Rickey is a five-piece band with a unique sound evocative of 1960s movie soundscapes. The group plays both covers and original music that borrow equally from the worlds of surf rock, cumbia, spaghetti-Western, and Bollywood, balanced out with soaring operatic vocals. Since its inception in 2012, Bombay Rickey has become a fixture at Brooklyn mainstay Barbés, as well as having played live on WFMU, opened up for Cambodian psychedelic band Dengue Fever, and having been featured in an ad for Citibank. Bombay Rickey’s debut album, Cinefonia, was named best debut of 2014 by New York Music Daily and received the Vox Pop Award for Best Eclectic Album from the International Music Awards. Most recently, Bombay Rickey was invited to create an opera cabaret based on the life of Yma Sumac for the prestigious PROTOTYPE Festival in New York City. The show ran for seven sold-out performances and was hailed as a “rocking musical show” by the Wall Street Journal. The band features Kamala Sankaram: vocals, accordion; Drew Fleming: guitar, vocals; and Jeff Hudgins: alto saxophone, vocals; with Nick Cuduahy: bass; and Brian Adler: percussion. All longtime NY musicians, the ?ve members of Bombay Rickey have done previous work with John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Chicha Libre, and Alarm Will Sound, to name a few. Co-presented with New England Center for Circus Arts.

The Bandwagon Summer Series is a family-friendly outdoor cultural performance series running from early May through mid-October. 20 performances ranging from a diverse group of musical styles, circus arts, dance, and theater will take place at ballfields, farms, and parks throughout Windham County. Kids under 12 always get in for free, and a dedicated play area will be available at all shows. Refreshments are sold onsite, including the return of the hugely popular Barr Hill cocktails. Bring a picnic and a blanket or fold-up chair to enjoy our concerts. www.nextstagearts.org

Food Truck Roundup - Stockwell Brothers

August 1, 2024          5 - 8 PM

Location:  Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT

Join us every Thursday this summer for live music, lawn games, craft brews, and local food truck fare in Farmhouse Square. Bruce, Barry, Alan and Kelly Stockwell’s music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms and three-part harmonies.  www.retreatfarm.org

Riverside Music Series

August 2, 2024             2 - 5 PM

Location:  Ratu's, 34 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

Live music, food from RVQ Smokehouse, cocktails from the Club Car.

Gallery Walk

August 2, 2024              5 - 9 PM

Location:  downtown Brattleboro, VT

Every first Friday from 5-9 pm we hope you’ll swing on down to Downtown Brattleboro for galleries, live music, food trucks, Brattleboro Flea, interactive art stations. You never know what will pop-up or who you’ll see at Gallery Walk! For months May-Oct we will close Elliot Street and Harmony Lot to traffic and we can all enjoy a block party that is ALL about art & community. For Nov & Dec it’s all about the galleries and the stellar exhibits they have planned for you! Gallery Walk is rain or shine.  www.brattleboro.com/downtown/gallery-walk

The Sweetback Sisters

August 2, 2024             7:30 PM

Location:  Next Stage Arts15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT

Centered around the charismatic, airtight harmonies of Emily Miller and Zara Bode, The Sweetback Sisters mix compelling originals and unexpected interpretations of country classics. Hints of jazz and ragtime flesh out the Sisters' unique brand of classic country, as Miller, Bode, and their remarkably versatile band conjure up a singular blend of heart, humor, and virtuosic musicianship. Their rollicking music is as infectious as it is heartbreaking. Like the country artists they admire, the Sisters sing about traditional subjects of heartbreak, revenge, remorse, and staying strong in the face of relationships gone wrong, albeit with a contemporary sensibility. The Sweetback Sisters first emerged in 2007 with their debut EP "Bang!" The collection earned them a record deal with stalwart indie label Signature Sounds, and over the course of three ensuing albums, the band built a dedicated following in the US and Europe while racking up a heap of critical acclaim. With a live show that The Boston Globe described as "the perfect balance of sass, sincerity, and swing," The Sweetback Sisters have performed everywhere from A Prairie Home Companion to Mountain Stage, and graced festivals from coast to coast. Technically speaking, The Sweetback Sisters come from Brooklyn, but philosophically, they hail from a parallel universe - one where country music history zigged instead of zagged. The sextet’s blend of magical harmonies, blazing solos, and charging rhythms doesn't just look back on honky tonk with fond nostalgia, but rather moves it forward into the 21st century, presenting a vital take on an All-American genre.  www.nextstagearts.org

Rock Voices Brattleboro

August 2, 2024                7:30 - 9:30 PM

Location:  Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro, VT

Join the area's only community rock choir for a tribute to the music of Queen! We will be performing a variety of their most beloved songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions, Under Pressure, and more! You will love the power of 80 singers belting out Queen's harmonies, backed up by a professional rock band! Rock Voices represents everything that is wonderful about the greater Brattleboro area: a sense of community, a love of music, and a desire to share that joy with others. Click here for tickets

Fair Day with Grace Cottage

August 3, 2024              9 AM - 3 PM

Location:  on the Common, Townshend, VT

Proceeds to benefit Grace Cottage Hospital. Live music, all-day bingo, bargain booths, live auction, pony rides, delicious food and more!  Free Admission. gracecottage.org/get-involved/fair-day

Kite Day at Apex Orchard

August 3, 2024               11 AM - 3 PM

Location:  Apex Orchard, 225 Peckville Rd., Shelburne Falls, MA

Join us at the Farm Store  to fly your kite.  Professional Kite Flyer Glenn Davison will be selling kites on-site, and they can also be purchased inside the Farm Store.  Food by Steve's Weiner Wagon and our Mini Cider Donut Trailer!  All are welcome, we have plenty of space!  We hope to see you there (In case of rain, the event will be held on August 4th from 11 am to 3 pm.)  www.apexorchards.com
 
Blueberry Block Party
August 3, 2024            5 - 8 PM
Location:  South Main St., Wilmington, VT
Join us for our annual block party for live music, food and craft vendors and an epic pie eating contest!  Community fun for all!
 

Bandwagon Summer Series: Glen David Andrews Band

August 3, 2024               6 PM

Location:  Cooper Field, 41 Sand Hill Rd., Putney, VT

Acclaimed and beloved New Orleans vocalist and trombone player Glen David Andrews returns to the Bandwagon stage with his high-energy band. Hailing from a renowned musical lineage in New Orleans, Andrews is celebrated among roots-music fans as a native son and a beloved musician of The Big Easy, renowned for his commanding voice and fierce trombone sound – a powerful, emotional, and resonant blend of smoothness and grit that never fails to meet the moment. Andrews comes from a storied and extended family of musicians. He and his older brother, Derrick Tabb of the Rebirth Brass Band, along with their younger cousin Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, learned the history of the brass band tradition firsthand from iconic figures like Tuba Fats. Co-presented with Vermont Jazz Center.  www.nextstagearts.org

Twilight on the Tavern Lawn: The Emily Margaret Band

August 4, 2024              6 PM

Location:  Putney Tavern lawn, 133 Main St., Putney, VT

The Emily Margaret Band merges R&B and jazz into an evocative journey inspired by Hiatus Kaiyote, Amy Winehouse, and Lianne La Havas. This dynamic teen quartet features vocalist and guitarist Emily Margaret whose expressive delivery and introspective lyrics deeply resonates with listeners, Adam Acker on keys who brings intricate textures and emotive melodies, Lewis Wells on bass who anchors their sound with a natural groove and intuitive feel, and drummer Lucas Majer who infuses their rhythms with a sophisticated blend of dynamics and precision. Together, the quartet crafts intricate melodies and infectious grooves, blending original compositions exploring human experiences with soulful renditions of classics by Amy Winehouse, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, and Bill Withers.

Twilight Music continues its 21st Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of bluegrass, folk/rock, world beat, jazz, pop, and Zydeco summer concerts. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 18. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. Co-presented with Next Stage Arts Project, the series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, The Mockingbird Tavern, Rod's, and many other Putney area businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available. For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit twilightmusic.org.

National Night Out

August 6, 2024               5 - 8 PM

Location:  on the Common, Park Place, Brattleboro, VT

The Brattleboro Police Department is inviting the public to join them during National Night Out! This family-friendly event will be happening on Tuesday, August 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Brattleboro Common. 

The event will include:

• An ice cream truck, and BPD will be distributing coupons for free ice cream cones

• A touch-a-truck event, featuring the Brattleboro Fire Department, construction trucks, police cruisers, and more 

• A bounce house

• Dunk tank (dunk a police officer!)

• Giveaway items and other fun games for kids

• A small petting zoo

• Officers will be available to chat or answer questions

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police/community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.

Food Truck Roundup - Jatoba

August 8, 2024          5 - 8 PM

Location:  Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT

Join us every Thursday this summer for live music, lawn games, craft brews, and local food truck fare in Farmhouse Square. The original lineup is back! This Vermont-based trio has a distinctly unique sound dubbed "groovegrass." Their music consists of high-energy bluegrass-tinged covers and originals with thumping upright bass lines and soaring vocal harmonies. The band delivers a live show that encompasses all of these aspects — complete with composed originals, improvisatory jams, and a seamless flow. Jatoba is a rebellious response to typical jam grass and has something that listeners of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy.  www.retreatfarm.org

Bandwagon Summer Series: Slavic Soul Party!

August 9, 2024              6 PM

Location: The Putney Inn Field57 Putney Landing Rd, Putney, VT

Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Roma (Gypsy) accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops make Slavic Soul Party! NYC’s official #1 brass band for BalkanSoul GypsyFunk. SSP! pumps a strong Balkan brass sound through the filter of life in New York’s outer boroughs, making new music out of the unplanned results of immigration, proximity, and globalization. Over the past 15 years the band has released 7 full-length albums, and toured in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Turkey, and Zimbabwe, from pasha’s palaces to dive bars, Carnegie Hall to Serbian schoolyards, festival stages to prison courtyards. The band’s music has fans on both sides of the Atlantic, and their tunes have been covered by Serbian brass stars, New Orleans funk stalwarts, and legendary street bands. SSP!’s Tuesday night residency in Brooklyn has become a destination for music fans from around the world, and is famous for “delivering a great time.” (New York Times).  In September 2016 Ropeadope Records released Slavic Soul Party! Plays Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite. SSP! re-imagines Duke Ellington’s iconic Far East Suite as an Eastern European brass band discovering an exotic American sound, reversing the “exotic tinge” and reveling in this subtle, funky, and brilliant music. Ellington’s suite (created with Billy Strayhorn) was inspired by a 1963 State Department tour that was cut short – they didn’t make it to the “Far East” – and serves as a perfect foil for SSP!’s blend of East European, Romani, and American sounds. Critics call it “a pretty heavenly match” (TimeOut NY) and say “parts of SSP’s reinterpretation sounds like a Bulgarian wedding, others like a gypsy jazz funeral in New Orleans. And yet… it all sounds like Duke Ellington.” (Wall St Journal).  Co-presented with The Stone Church and Secret Planet Western Mass.

The Bandwagon Summer Series is a family-friendly outdoor cultural performance series running from early May through mid-October. 20 performances ranging from a diverse group of musical styles, circus arts, dance, and theater will take place at ballfields, farms, and parks throughout Windham County. Kids under 12 always get in for free, and a dedicated play area will be available at all shows. Refreshments are sold onsite, including the return of the hugely popular Barr Hill cocktails. Bring a picnic and a blanket or fold-up chair to enjoy our concerts.  www.nextstagearts.org

Vermont Theater

August 9 - 11, 2024              all evenings 6 PM, matinee 3 PM 8/10

Location:  Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT
 
Children and adults will be thrilled as they learn the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, France's finest swordsman and poet. Cyrano is in love with Roxanne but has a unique problem: his bizarrely long nose. Get ready for a story of comedy, drama, action, and romance. $10.00 all admissions, children under 12 free. Picnic blankets and chairs encouraged. Ticket info at www.vermonttheatrecompany.org.
 
Yann Falquet & Keith Murphy and The Murphy Beds

August 10, 2024                  7:30 PM

Location:  Next Stage Arts15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT

Keith Murphy and Yann Falquet are masters of contemporary Celtic guitar, representing the compelling textures, harmonies and rhythms that the guitar has brought to traditional songs and instrumentals since the Celtic music revival in the 1970s. As singers, they bring a rich blending of the Franco and Anglo song traditions. Falquet comes with a wealth of songs from the French-Canadian tradition. He is probably best known for his work with the Quebecois trio, Genticorum, with whom he has been a driving force since the group’s inception. Murphy is a highly respected traditional singer and brings a song repertoire filled with gems from his native Newfoundland as well as Quebec and his current home, Vermont. He was a founding member of the groundbreaking trio, Nightingale. Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer (aka The Murphy Beds) present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. In 2021 they released their second album, titled “Easy Way Down”, which The Irish Echo called “an incredible collection of songs delivered with grace and ease.” They have toured extensively throughout Europe and North America, with performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Alaska Folk Festival, Milwaukee Irish Festival, WGBH Boston’s Celtic Sojourn, Doolin Folk Festival (Ireland), and Unamplifire Festival (London). Co-presented with Twilight Music.  www.nextstagearts.org

NXT Rockumentary Film Series: Amazing Grace (2018)

August 14, 2024             7 PM

Location:  Next Stage Arts15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT

Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack, 1h 27m

It only took 46 years to see it, but this legendary concert film chronicling Aretha Franklin’s two-night stand at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church — the same 1972 shows that gave us Franklin’s classic live gospel album — was more than worth the wait. Sydney Pollack’s movie isn’t a document of a performance so much as a visual extension of the ecstasy that the singer, her collaborators and the crowd experienced; no matter how many times you’ve heard her interpretations of “Wholy Holy” or “Never Grow Old,” the sight of Franklin, eyes closed and head bowed, working her way through those numbers feels like a revelation. (Watching the choir jump up and egg Aretha on as she testifies during the title track is capable of reducing an entire theater to nothing but goosebumps and teardrops.) Witness the Queen of Soul do those stellar runs and work the audience, from everyday churchgoers to Mick Jagger, into a divine frenzy, and you’ll feel as if you’ve seen the face of God. — Rolling Stone.  Co-presented with Next Chapter Records.  www.nextstagearts.org

Xanadu the Musical
August 14 - 17, 2024            7:30 PM
Location:  Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT
XANADU, the 2007 Tony award-nominated musical about following your dreams despite the limitations that others set for you, will be presented by The Deerfield Valley Players, a community theatre group.
It features an unconventional campy story that blends the golden age of 1940s musicals and 1980s new wave sound.  Mythological Greek muses come to life after being sketched by a surfer/dude sidewalk artist in Venice, California.
The show will be directed by Caden Adair, who will also be the choreographer and play the leading role.  Barbara Lipstadt, founder of The Deerfield Valley Players in 1997, will be the musical director.  
XANADU is a comedy jukebox musical adapted for the stage from the 1980s movie of the same name.  While the film was a box office flop, the Broadway musical is an absolute gem full of 1980s cheesy dialogue, with characters whirling around in a roller disco, and a pop sound track for a 90 minute fan favorite show.
Tickets will be available at events.com and also at Bartleby's Book Store in Wilmington.  Adults - $18 and students - $12.
The performance is sponsored by Friends of Memorial Hall.
 

Food Truck Roundup - Wyld Nightz

August 15, 2024          5 - 8 PM

Location:  Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT

Join us every Thursday this summer for live music, lawn games, craft brews, and local food truck fare in Farmhouse Square. The Wyld Nightz Band is a six piece classic rock dance band from Brattleboro, VT. Featuring rocking sax and dynamic vocals, the band has been entertaining audiences for over twenty years. From the Beatles and Stones to contemporary rock music, Wyld Nightz Band plays music you can sing along to!  www.retreatfarm.org
 

Rainbow Girls plus Children of Divorce

August 15, 2024                  7 PM

Location:  Next Stage Arts15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT

Rainbow Girls are an eclectic folk trio hailing from the golden countryside just north of California’s Bay Area. Vanessa May, Erin Chapin, and Caitlin Gowdey seamlessly combine soul-touching harmonies, varitextured instrumentals, and poignant lyrical content into a beautiful sonic tapestry. Throughout their performance, voices are paired with an ever-changing amalgamation of acoustic and slide guitar, keys, upright bass, harmonica, and an array of vocal techniques creating an engaging and emotionally moving live show. Originally formed in Santa Barbara, CA in 2010, the Rainbow Girls have spread their musical wings both internationally and domestically, from busking on the streets of Europe to playing pubs and theaters in the UK, to house concerts, festivals, and shows in the US. They've released four albums of music that delves deeply into themes of the human experience: hopeful love, honest self-reflection, and pursuits of social justice. Co-presented with Twilight Music.  www.nextstagearts.org

Village Stroll
August 17, 2024            5 - 7 PM
Location:  downtown Wilmington, VT
Stroll through downtown and explore the shops!  Create your own flower crown, immerse  yourself in our enchanted activation in the park and enjoy live music.
 
Music Under the Stars: Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy
August 17, 2024             6:30 - 7:45 PM
Location:  Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT
 
The three-part Music Under the Stars series returns to Farmhouse Square.

Presented by the Brattleboro Music Center and Retreat Farm, this free outdoor concert series is rated one of Vermont’s Top 10 Summer Events.
This striking duo is a leading light in the traditional music scene. Together with special guests Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman, Keith and Becky will bring the  Square to life with traditional music and songs. Keith and Becky have taught and inspired generations of traditional musicians. Their connection to traditional fiddle music and songs runs deep and their performances showcase the music of Ireland, Quebec, Keith’s native Newfoundland as well as their own compositions, inspired by all these traditions. Irresistible dance tunes, singable chorus songs wrapped in tasteful arrangements, and good humor. Bring your blanket, lawn chair, and picnic dinner, or enjoy delicious food truck fare. Craft beer, wine, and cider are available at the Thirsty Goat Bar. No outside alcohol is permitted. Gates Open: 5:30 pm | Show Starts: 6:30  Music Under the Stars is a FREE community event. Donations are welcome to support Retreat Farm and the Brattleboro Music Center and to help offset event costs.  www.retreatfarm.org

Food Truck Roundup - MILES Band

August 22, 2024          5 - 8 PM

Location:  Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT

Join us every Thursday this summer for live music, lawn games, craft brews, and local food truck fare in Farmhouse Square. The MILES Band performs energetic live shows featuring crowd-pleasing musical styles of Funk, Soul and Rock & Roll. You’ll hear great songs by artists like Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, The Commodores, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Keith Urban & more. With a lineup featuring Guitar, Bass, Drums, 4 vocalists and a great two-man horn section, Miles’ ability to adapt the band to varying audiences is just one more reason why people love the group. Audiences of all ages and tastes find themselves dancing to The MILES Band!  www.retreatfarm.org

Ramble Bike Ride

August 24, 2024              9 AM - 1 PM

Location:  Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT

Presented with support from Burrows Sports, the Ramble is our first annual cycling event! Choose a 50 mile farm tour with gravel roads and challenging hills, a 35 mile gravel and pavement farm tour, or a 30 mile road bike farm tour perfect for families and E-bikes. Refuel with tasty treats as your ride from farm to farm. We'll have food trucks, live music, mechanical support, and a farm full of fun for the entire family. Explore the hiking trails, sign up for a tour, and sample artisan cheese and local products at the new Retreat Farm Market. The ride will end at Retreat Farm where we'll have a party with music, food and tasty beer for all!  www.retreatfarm.org

 

Food Truck Roundup - The Brake Lights

August 29, 2024          5 - 8 PM

Location:  Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT

Join us every Thursday this summer for live music, lawn games, craft brews, and local food truck fare in Farmhouse Square. The Brake Lights is a high energy rock and roll concoction brewed by composer Jason Jensen and guitarist Pete Ginter. Based out of Southern Vermont, this duo presents both original rock songs and timeless classics with the accompaniment of our esteemed musical allies. A night with The Brake Lights won’t be soon forgotten.  www.retreatfarm.org

Dover Artisan Market

August 30, 2024              2:30 - 6:30 PM

Location:  171 VT Rte. 100, W. Dover, VT

Welcome to the monthly Dover Artisan Market in West Dover VT! Join us at 171 Vermont Rte 100 for an afternoon filled with creativity and local talent. Discover unique handmade crafts, art pieces, and delicious treats from talented artisans in the area while listening to live music! The market is the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind gifts or simply treat yourself to something special. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to support community, local artists, and makers while enjoying a fun day out. We can’t wait to see you there!  We run from June through October!

Greenfield Arts Walk

August 30, 2024           5 - 8 PM

Location:  downtown Greenfield, MA

On last Friday of the month downtown Greenfield comes alive in a celebration of the local arts scene! The Greenfield Arts Walk is a town-wide event featuring a cohort of local arts organizations including Madhouse Multi-Arts, Hawks & Reed, and Greenfield Gallery to name a few. The Arts Walk's mission is to grow the local creative community and economy by attracting interest from beyond the region while strengthening the connections within.  During the Arts Walk, many featured destinations showcase work submitted by local artists, providing them with an excellent opportunity to gain a stronger local following and sell their work.  www.madhousemultiarts.com/greenfieldartswalk

Garlic Town USA

August 31, 2024             10 AM - 5 PM

Location:  downtown Bennington, VT

This Southern Vermont Festival keeps getting better and better. Garlic ice cream, garlic goodies, and other local delicacies to eat on-site and to take home. And, some of the best artisan vendors in the Northeast. This event is full to the brim with fun – Bounce houses, kiddy train, beer tents, and live music.  www.garlictownusa.com

More Information here

Peach Fest

August 31, 2024              11 AM - 3 PM

Location:  Apex Orchard, 225 Peckville Rd.,  Shelburne Falls, MA

Some of the activities include: Pick Your Own Peaches, Cooking Demo with local celebrity, Tinky Weisblat and a Peach Recipe Contest! Craft Vendors, Brick & Feather Brewery, Food by Caravan Kitchen, Our Mini Cider Donut Trailer, & Yard Games!  www.apexorchards.com

29th Annual Mount Snow Brewers Festival

August 31, 2024                   Noon - 6 PM

Location:  Mt. Snow, W. Dover, VT

Our renowned celebration of beer, music, and food is back, with breweries pouring a variety of beers and ciders, delicious food options, and live music throughout the event. www.mountsnow.com

Riverside Music Series

September 1, 2024             2 - 5 PM

Location:  Ratu's, 34 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

Live music, food from RVQ Smokehouse, cocktails from the Club Car.

Gallery Walk

September 6, 2024              5 - 9 PM

Location:  downtown Brattleboro, VT

Every first Friday from 5-9 pm we hope you’ll swing on down to Downtown Brattleboro for galleries, live music, food trucks, Brattleboro Flea, interactive art stations. You never know what will pop-up or who you’ll see at Gallery Walk! For months May-Oct we will close Elliot Street and Harmony Lot to traffic and we can all enjoy a block party that is ALL about art & community. For Nov & Dec it’s all about the galleries and the stellar exhibits they have planned for you! Gallery Walk is rain or shine.  www.brattleboro.com/downtown/gallery-walk

Fermentation Fest

September 7, 2024

Location:  Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT

From pickles to kimchi, chocolate, miso, and cider, this is going to be a funky celebration of your favorite fermented foods. Join the Big Brass Band as they kick off the festivities with a parade at noon.  www.retreatfarm.org

Brattleboro on Wheels

September 14, 2024                9 AM - 5 PM

Location:  Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT

Get ready for food, fun, music and car talk at the Brattleboro Rotary Club Cruise-in Car Show. All makes and years of cars, trucks, and motorcycles are welcome. All funds raised go to local nonprofits.  www.retreatfarm.org

Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival

September 20 - 21, 2024

Set in the backdrop of our world-renowned Vermont fall foliage,  attendees of the 15th Annual Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival will discover, savor and enjoy Vermont vintners, small specialty food producers, chefs, painters, publishers, cheese makers, potters, jewelers, photographers, and farmers.

Wine Stroll and Soup Contest 

Friday, September 20, 4:00 pm-7 pm – Historic Downtown Wilmington

Grand Tasting & Artisan Expo

Saturday, September 21, 11 am – 5 pm – Mount Snow Resort, West Dover

For more information and to buy tickets click here.

Mark Dooley 5K Race of Remembrance (walk, run and kids fun run)

September 21, 2024

Location:  Wilmington Police Department, 40 Beaver St., Wilmington, VT

1Lt Mark Dooley Race of Remembrance is a 5k race/walk in honor of 1LT Mark Dooley's service to our country, state and community. This race is a community event sponsored by our local businesses and the Wilmington Police Department. All proceeds from this event are used to support Mark's memory by giving back to the community.  One such community endeavor is the 1LT Mark Dooley Scholarship awarded to a Twin Valley High School Senior. Race timing will be by Granite State Race Services. Currently the 1Lt Mark Dooley Legacy Fund Inc. is a registered non-profit and is seeking final IRS 501(c)(3) approval. 

This family friendly event is coordinated by the Wilmington Police Department, supported by the Vermont Army National Guard and many amazing local businesses. First 200 registrants will receive a T-shirt (must be present at event) and lunch is included at the event. Registration is available on day of event at 9:00 AM and is $30.
Start Time: 10:15am EDT
End Time: 12:00pm EDT
Price: $30.00 Race Fee + $2.80 SignUp Fee
Registration: Registration ends September 20, 2024 at 8:00am EDT  runsignup.com/Race/VT/Wilmington/1LTMarkDooley5kRaceofRemembrance

 

Riverside Music Series

September 27, 2024             2 - 5 PM

Location:  Ratu's, 34 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

Live music, food from RVQ Smokehouse, cocktails from the Club Car.

Dover Artisan Market

September 27, 2024              2:30 - 6:30 PM

Location:  171 VT Rte. 100, W. Dover, VT

Welcome to the monthly Dover Artisan Market in West Dover VT! Join us at 171 Vermont Rte 100 for an afternoon filled with creativity and local talent. Discover unique handmade crafts, art pieces, and delicious treats from talented artisans in the area while listening to live music! The market is the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind gifts or simply treat yourself to something special. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to support community, local artists, and makers while enjoying a fun day out. We can’t wait to see you there!  We run from June through October!

Dover Artisan Market

October 4, 2024              2:30 - 6:30 PM

Location:  171 VT Rte. 100, W. Dover, VT

Welcome to the monthly Dover Artisan Market in West Dover VT! Join us at 171 Vermont Rte 100 for an afternoon filled with creativity and local talent. Discover unique handmade crafts, art pieces, and delicious treats from talented artisans in the area while listening to live music! The market is the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind gifts or simply treat yourself to something special. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to support community, local artists, and makers while enjoying a fun day out. We can’t wait to see you there!  We run from June through October!

Riverside Music Series

October 13, 2024             2 - 5 PM

Location:  Ratu's, 34 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

Live music, food from RVQ Smokehouse, cocktails from the Club Car.

Family Farm Day

October 19, 2024                10 AM - 4 PM

Location:  Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT

Celebrate Vermont’s agricultural history with farm games, a hay castle, animals, and more. Embark on a scavenger hunt to discover hidden treasures throughout the farm, test your coordination skills with farm games, visit with animals in the Calf Barn and place a bid during the Funny Farm Auction to benefit the Retreat Farm animals.  www.retreatfarm.org
 

More events can be found at vermontvacation.com/stay-and-play/events/southern