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Movies in West Dover

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

www.memhall.org

Southern Vermont Natural History Museum

Location:  7599 VT. Rte. 9, W. Marlboro, VT

The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum fosters an interest in nature, the environment and the natural sciences through exhibition and educational activities. The museum displays one of New England's largest collections of native species along with live animal exhibits, ecology, geology and natural history exhibits. With nearby access to over 600 protected acres of hiking trails, the family fun and adventure can continue outside year-round.  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

Grafton Village Cheese

Location:  400 Linden St. (Rte. 30), Brattleboro, VT

Our Brattleboro Specialty Cheese & Wine Shop is located close to Route 91. A visit to our Brattleboro store includes an opportunity to watch our cheddar being made via our viewing area. Open daily, 10 am - 6 pm, and until 8 pm on Fridays. 802-246-2221 x101.   www.graftonvillagecheese.com

Zoar Adventure Center

Location:  Zoar Adventure Center, 36 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

We offer retail gear for your outdoor adventures including clothing by NRS and Outdoor Research, Tubbs snowshoes, Darn Tough Socks, Turtle Fur hats and fleece, hiking and ski poles, back packs, glove and mittens.  You can reach us by phone at our main location office at 800-532-7483.  Check us out on the web at www.zoaroutdoor.com for special sales.

Adams Family Farm

Location:  15 Higley Hill Rd., Wilmington, VT

www.adamsfamilyfarm.com

Marlboro Music Festival

Location:  Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT

www.marlboromusic.org

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Open Farm Week

August 13 - 19, 2018

Location:  throughout Vermont

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 13-19, 2018 taking place at farms across Vermont!  Take a look back at last year's Open Farm Week! 

During Vermont Open Farm Week, you can meet the farmers, plants, and animals that bring your favorite high-quality Vermont products to your plate.  

What’s the greatest part about Open Farm Week? Every farm is unique!  Milk a cow and harvest a carrot at one farm, sit on a tractor and take in the smell of freshly cut hay at another. 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.

Moose in Vermont - Tiny Threats to Our Biggest Mammals

August 15, 2018           7 - 8:30 PM

Location:  Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

Scott Darling of Vermont Fish & Wildlife is the featured speaker at this year’s Hogback Mountain Conservation Association Summer Meeting. During the 19th century, moose had pretty much vanished from the then-bare hillsides of Vermont. When the forests regrew in the 20th century, moose gradually made their way back to the region. You may have noticed an uptick in the moose population in the early part of this century, but have you noticed the recent decline? What’s happening? Bad news: ticks and other parasites. Can such small creatures bring down an animal as big as a moose? Scott will give us the full story. As in past years, we’ll be meeting at Memorial Hall in downtown Wilmington. Doors open at 7:00. Come and meet Scott Darling or chat with your friends and neighbors for a few minutes before the program starts at 7:30. Questions? Contact HMCA at hmca@hogbackvt.org. Price: Free  

Author Event - Rick Winston

August 16, 2018         5 PM

Location:  Bartleby's Bookstore, 17 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the "Red Scare" swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Rick Winston explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural "rock-ribbed Republican" state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. Now, as our country again experiences a political atmosphere charged with intolerance, condemnation, and widespread falsehoods, this book could not be more timely.  www.myvermontbookstore.com

Food Truck Roundup

August 16, 2018        5 - 8 PM

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

Roundup your family, friends, and neighbors, and head to Retreat Farm on Thursdays in August! We'll have food, craft brews, live music, lawn games, and more. Bring a blanket, chair, or just yourself.  Price: Free.

Vendors include Dosa Kitchen, Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza, Whetstone Station's Mobile Beer Garden & Kitchen, Cai's Dim Sum Teahouse, Crooked Stick Pops, Hot Oven Cookies, and more. Tapalou Guilds will also sell cut flowers from their Guilford farm.

Our Farm Shop will also be open late serving up a selection of prepared food from the Brattleboro Co-Op and VT Made Creemees!   www.retreatfarm.org

Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots Festival

August 16 - 19, 2018

Location:  Hunter Park, Hunter Park Rd., Manchester, VT

What happens when you take world-class musicians rooted deeply in traditional American music, plant them in the majestic beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains, and then invite them to collaborate with each other as they see fit? Join us to find out as we sow the seeds of a musical experience created by the musicians themselves alongside Vermont-based food and alcohol vendors and locally sourced crafts and goods.  www.greenmountainbluegrass.com

Alash Ensemble from Tuva

August 17, 2018          8 - 10 PM

Location:  Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., Brattleboro, VT

The tiny Central Asian republic of Tuva is a giant when it comes to mastery of the human voice. Tuvan throat singers can produce two or three, sometimes even four pitches simultaneously. The award-winning Alash Ensemble brings this remarkable musical traditional back to Brattleboro.

Alash are keepers of an ancient musical tradition developed among the nomadic herdsmen of Central Asia, people who lived in yurts, rode horses, and had a close spiritual relationship with nature. Since 2006 they have been sharing their rich, unique musical heritage with audiences around the globe.Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door ($5 discount for BMAC Members)  Call 802-257-0124, ext. 101 or click here to purchase online.  www.brattleboromuseum.org

Charlemont Reggae Fest

August 18, 2018           11 AM - 10:30 PM

Location:  Charlemont Fairgrounds, Park St., Charlemont, MA

Shank by sun, groove by moon at the longest running reggae festival in the area. Co-founded by Ras Jahn Bullock, who brought Jamaican music and culture to the hills of western Massachusetts. This is a family event and all ages are welcome. Artists include: I-Shea & Sana Ndiaye, Root Shock, Total Collision, Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble, Dave Noonan's Green Island, Denroy Morgan, and The Alchemystics. Food and craft vendors and draft beer available.   $20 early bird, $25 advance, $30 at gate. Kids under 12 free.   www.charlemontreggaefest.com

Deerfield Valley Rescue Open House

August 19, 2018        Noon - 4 PM

Location:  22 Stowe Hill Rd., Wilmington, VT

Tour the new facilities and ambulances, kids activities, CPR/first aid education, free food and much more!  www.dvrescue.com

Exploring Fruit Preservation through Peaches at Scott Farm

August 19, 2018         1 - 4 PM

Location:  Scott Farm Orchard, 707 Kipling Rd., W. Dummerston, VT

Wouldn't it be great if you could pack summer into a jar to enjoy this winter? Join Vermont cookbook author Andrea Chesman in the Apple Barn at Scott Farm to learn about steam and water bath canning, drying, and freezing peaches. Taste and compare samples of preserved peaches and jams, and prepare fresh peaches for steam canning to take home, along with a tote of Scott Farm’s fresh peaches!  Price: $50.00  www.scottfarmvermont.com  

Pours 4 Paws

August 19, 2018            Noon - 8 PM

Location:  Dover Forge, 183 Rte. 100, W. Dover, VT

Join the Windham County Humane Society for another fun Pours for Paws event! This time, Dover Forge is hosting us and will be pulling out all the stops for a “Dog Days of Summer” dog show. On top of that, there will be an all-you-can-eat BBQ and live music! Portions of the proceeds will benefit WCHS.  www.wchs4pets.org

Author Event - Tinky Weisblat

August 23, 2018         5 PM

Location:  Bartleby's Bookstore, 17 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

In Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb Tinky shares some of her reasons for loving rhubarb: its taste, its place as one of the first crops of the agricultural year, and above all its versatility. With more than 60 recipes, and essays about rhubarb, Tinky tempts those who are not yet in love with “pie plant”.  www.myvermontbookstore.com 

Food Truck Roundup

August 23, 2018        5 - 8 PM

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

Roundup your family, friends, and neighbors, and head to Retreat Farm on Thursdays in August! We'll have food, craft brews, live music, lawn games, and more. Bring a blanket, chair, or just yourself.  Price: Free.

Vendors include Dosa Kitchen, Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza, Whetstone Station's Mobile Beer Garden & Kitchen, Cai's Dim Sum Teahouse, Crooked Stick Pops, Hot Oven Cookies, and more. Tapalou Guilds will also sell cut flowers from their Guilford farm.

Our Farm Shop will also be open late serving up a selection of prepared food from the Brattleboro Co-Op and VT Made Creemees!   www.retreatfarm.org

Best Dam Run & Walk in Vermont

August 25, 2018           8 AM

Location:  Dam Rd., Whitingham, VT

Help support emergency fuel assistance in Vermont's Deerfield Valley and have some dam fun doing it. This is a fast out-and-back 13.1 mile (half-marathon) that starts out at the Harriman Dam and mostly follows the old Hoot, Toot & Whistle rail bed along the west side of Harriman Reservoir, the largest body of water entirely within Vermont's borders. The shores of this scenic lake are undeveloped and unbroken. Amazing views abound, especially as you cross the 215 foot high and 1250 foot long dam. Both runners and walkers are welcome! All proceeds benefit the Deerfield Valley Community Cares' Fuel Assistance Fund. The event is sponsored by the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club.  www.bestdamwalk.com

Wildflowers of Late Summer

August 25, 2018        10 AM - Noon

Location:  Hogback Mountain Conservation Area, 7700 Rte. 9, Marlboro, VT

Wildflower and medicinal plant expert Allison Turner will guide us on a hike in the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area in Marlboro, VT to discover the late summer/early fall flowers. We expect to see some interesting items, like a reddish-violet Bottle Gentian, and an uncommon polygala, as well as the more common, but still glorious, late summer flowers. This will be a leisurely walk with some elevation gain and loss, but nothing tricky. Meet at 10:00 in the parking lot on the south side of Route 9 west of the gift shop, near the white distillery building. Questions? Contact hmca@hogbackvt.org.

Sun & Fun Festival

August 25, 2018          10 AM - 3 PM

Location:  Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St., Bennington, VT

All are welcome to come enjoy this free celebration of the Nature and community! Meet a live owl and other Vermont wildlife at the Vermont Natural History Museum presentations. Kids activities include make your own solar fairy light, face painting, games, and more. We’ll have live music by the Hale Mountain Pickers and the Throwbacks, as well as a delicious homemade luncheon. Over 20 local environmentally friendly groups will have displays, with break out sessions on back yard wind power, permaculture, beekeeping, composting, parachute yoga, and more. For more info: facebook.com/sunandfun, or call (802) 447-8982.

Monadnock Farm Tour

August 25, 2018        11 AM - 4 PM

Location:  throughout southern New Hampshire

Farmers are opening their barns, coops, hoop houses, and pastures to foster a better understanding of their day-to-day lives working to bring food to our tables. 

NEW THIS YEAR -- farm fresh sandwiches, salads, gelato, turnovers, pies, cookies & more...Monadnock farmers offer farm made lunch and goodies for all to purchase! 

  • Branch & Blade Popup Beer Garden 
  • Hay wagon rides
  • Pig training demos
  • Farm & Hoop House tours
  • Draft horses, alpacas, calves, miniature horses, bantam chickens, goats, sheep & pigs
  • Fruit ale tasting at Granite Roots Brewing
  • Pudding plant tours at Echo Farm 
  • Alpaca fiber-making demos & clothing
  • & More   

The goal of the Monadnock Farm Tour is to provide rich experiences that are educational and fun for consumers while infusing much needed income into the pockets of local farmers.  Cost for the Monadnock Farm Tour is $5/individual or $10/car.  Buttons can be purchased at farms during Farm Tour hours only and will get you into all farms on tour.  All proceeds go to pay for next year’s Monadnock Farm Tour.   www.mfcommunitycoalition.org

Muddy Days at the Farm

August 25, 2018            1 - 4 PM

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

Our first Mud Day was a success so we're doing again! Celebrate the joy of childhood, nature, and our deep connection to the earth. Join us for this family-friendly event where kids (and adults) are encouraged to dig holes, jump in puddles, squish dirt through their fingers, and get dirty! The event will feature our Mud Kitchen where kids can make mud pies, a Mud Pit, and a Mud Studio where you can create mudtastic sculptures. Dress for a mess and bring a change of clothes. A rinse-off station will be available, but be prepared for a wet ride home. And remember, the most memorable days end with the dirtiest clothes! Admission is free for members; $8 adults; $6 children & seniors; free for children under 2. Price includes Children's Farm & Forest admission.  www.retreatfarm.org

The "Great American Songbook"

August 25, 2018           8 PM

Location:  Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

Music director and pianist Chris Bakriges, bassist Ron White, and drummer Bill Matthews treat audiences to a night of classics from the "Great American Songbook".  The trio, joined by guest vocalist Eithne Elred, performs American pop and jazz songs from this influential album that highlights the music of the 20th century.  Free - This concert is a fundraiser for the Pool Learning Center.

18th Annual Iron Bridge Dinner

August 26, 2018            5 - 7 PM

Location:  Iron Bridge, connecting Shelburne Falls and Buckland, MA

Local restaurants and food providers will prepare the elegant, one-of-a-kind dinner on the Iron Bridge for ticket-holders at sunset. Athletes from the Mohawk Athletic Association will serve the meal while local musicians serenade the diners. The Iron Bridge spans the two towns of Buckland and Shelburne, and this event celebrates all the connections there are between the two. It is an incredibly beautiful and well known event with tickets selling out. Held Rain or Shine.  Click here for more information.

Author Event - Eric Rickstad

August 30, 2018            Time: TBD

Location:  Bartleby's Bookstore, 17 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Girls comes this chilling, harrowing thriller set in rural Vermont about a recluse who believes the young girl he's found in the woods is the reincarnation of his missing daughter, returned to help him solve her and his wife's disappearance.  www.myvermontbookstore.com

Food Truck Roundup

August 30, 2018        5 - 8 PM

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

Roundup your family, friends, and neighbors, and head to Retreat Farm on Thursdays in August! We'll have food, craft brews, live music, lawn games, and more. Bring a blanket, chair, or just yourself.  Price: Free.

Vendors include Dosa Kitchen, Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza, Whetstone Station's Mobile Beer Garden & Kitchen, Cai's Dim Sum Teahouse, Crooked Stick Pops, Hot Oven Cookies, and more. Tapalou Guilds will also sell cut flowers from their Guilford farm.

Our Farm Shop will also be open late serving up a selection of prepared food from the Brattleboro Co-Op and VT Made Creemees!   www.retreatfarm.org

Brewers Festival

September 1 - 2, 2018

Location:  Mt. Snow, W. Dover, VT

The Mount Snow Brewers Festival is established as one of the premier events of its kind in the Northeast, named one of The 20 Best Summer Destinations In Ski Country by FREESKIER Magazine , and we are expecting nearly 50 different breweries to be on-hand pouring their beers and ciders from 100+ different taps.

As always, there will be tons of great food options on the festival grounds with a huge BBQ on Cuzzins deck along with vendors whipping up kettle korn, crepes, waffles and a few other surprises to satiate your appetite.  

Quality live music will be on-stage throughout the event starting on Saturday.

Start your Brewers Festival weekend off by burning a few calories in support of a great cause! For the fifth year, Mount Snow and the American Cancer Society have teamed up to bring you the Hops For Hope 5k , a fun run with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. The top fundraiser will receive a 2018/19 Mount Snow Season Pass!  www.mountsnow.com

ACS Hops for Hope 5K

September 1, 2018         9 AM

Location:  Mt. Snow, W. Dover, VT

Start your Brewers Festival weekend off by burning a few calories in support of a great cause!  For the fifth year, Mount Snow and the American Cancer Society have teamed up to bring you the Hops For Hope 5k, a fun run with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

Held on Saturday, September 1 at 9 AM, enjoy a multi-terrain run/walk that is beginner friendly while challenging even the most seasoned of runners.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 men and top 3 women, but all participants will receive a specialty men’s or women’s style t-shirt and a limited edition Hops for Hope Pint Beer Glass. The top fundraiser will receive a 2018/19 Mount Snow Season Pass!

After the race stay for awards and light refreshments, then at noon join the thousands of others coming to Mount Snow to enjoy over 50 breweries and 100+ beers (Brewers Festival tickets are an additional cost, see HERE for more details).

There is no better way to enjoy all of what Vermont has to offer while raising money in the fight against cancer!  www.mountsnow.com

23rd Annual Garlic Fest

September 1 - 2, 2018         10 AM - 5 PM

Location:  Camelot Village, 66 Colgate Heights, Bennington, VT

Join garlic-lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors, all made from -you guessed it - garlic and herbs!

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. 

TICKET INFO:
Ticket prices are as follows:
$6.00 adult on line purchase (+ service fee)
$8.00 adult at gate
$2.00 child 12 and under on-line purchase (+ service fee)
$2.00 child 12 and under at gate
$10.00 adult two day pass on line purchase (+ service fee)
$12.00 adult two day pass at gate
Parking is FREE | Service Dogs Only

www.lovegarlic.com

Shake Your Tail Dance Pawty

September 1, 2018          7 - 10 PM

Location:  Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

Calling all pawty animals! WCHS will be hosting a fun dance party at Memorial Hall in Wilmington, VT on Saturday, September 1st from 7 pm-10 pm. Come shake your tail with us to the smooth sounds of local band, Hipfunk Associates. Ticket price includes hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic refreshments. A cash bar will be provided, as well.  Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased via our website or at the door.  All proceeds benefit the Windham County Humane Society.  www.wchs4pets.org

168th Annual Franklin County Fair

September 6 - 9, 2018            8 AM - 10 PM

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

www.fcas.com

Hog Jog at Baconfest

September 8, 2018            9 - 10:30 AM

Location:  Guilford Fairgrounds, 163 Fairground Rd., Guilford, VT

This race is held in conjunction with Brattleboro Baconfest. The 5K race kicks off at the Guilford Fairgrounds on Weatherhead Hollow Road in Guilford, VT and winds its way through the back roads of Guilford. This is a family-friendly event, so whether you’re a serious runner or just want to have fun this is the race for you!

Baconfest - Bacon, Blues + Brews

September 8, 2018                11 AM - 4 PM

Location:  Guilford Fairgrounds, 163 Fairground Rd., Guilford, VT

Bacon, blues and brews are featured at this annual family-friendly festival! Local vendors showcase their mouthwatering bacon recipes and Brattleboro’s own Whetstone Station pours their craft beer. The day begins with the Hog Jog, a 5K race. This event is sure to sizzle!

Mark Dooley 5-K Race and Fun Run

September 15, 2018            8 AM

Location:  old High School, School St., Wilmington, VT

This annual event commemorates 1st Lt. Mark Dooley, and supports a scholarship fund set up in his name by his friends at the Wilmington Police Department. Kids fun run at 9 am, walkers and runners at 10 am, with lunch to follow.  www.markdooley5k.com

Stellaria Trio In Concert

September 15, 2018             Doors 7:30 pm  Showtime 8:00 pm

Location:  Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

The Stellaria Trio, acclaimed for their musical cohesion, virtuosic precision, and rich lyricism (Times Argus), returns to Historic Memorial Hall to present a compelling pairing of standard and contemporary repertoire. Commencing their fifth season as an ensemble, violinist Letitia Quante, cellist John Dunlop, and pianist Claire Black comprise this Burlington-based piano trio.  $12.00 Pre-sale, $15.00 Door.  Buy Tickets Here-https://bpt.me/3232622

Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival

September 21 - 23, 2018            10 AM - 5 PM

Location:  Mt. Snow, W. Dover, VT

Mount Snow hosts the grand tasting of the 10th Annual Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival. Set in the backdrop of our world renowned Vermont fall foliage, attendees of the Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival will discover, savor and enjoy Vermont vintners, small specialty food producers, chefs, painters, publishers, cheese makers, potters, jewelers, photographers and farmers.  www.thevermontfestival.com

Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival Wine Stroll and Soup Contest

September 21, 2018        5 - 7 PM

Location:  downtown Wilmington, VT

Enjoy the historic village of Wilmington, VT and the fantastic soups crafted by our valley chefs. Stroll passport REQUIRED to taste soups during the stroll.
Advance price $25. Includes all wines & soups while supplies last.  After September 16th $30.00.  www.visitvermont.com

The Barn Sale

September 22 - 23, 2018           9 AM - 4 PM

Location:  Northshire Civic Center, Riley Rink at Hunter Park, 410 Hunter Park Rd., Manchester, VT

The Biggest Tag Sale in Vermont! Join us at the Northshire Civic Center at Riley Rink, proceeds of the Barn Sale have benefited United Counseling Service outpatient services at the Northshire office since 2012. For more information call us at 802-442-5491 or the Northshire Office at 802-362-3950.  www.ucsvt.org

New England Street Food Festival

September 22, 2018           11 AM - 6 PM

Location:  the Pit at Kampfires, 792 US Rte. 5, Dummerston, VT

The second annual New England Street Food Festival!  To be held on the grounds of Kampfires, September 22nd from 11 am-6 pm!  Over 30 street food vendors from around New England, each serving up a variety of dishes, along with great beverages from Whetstone Craft Beers.   Live music, entertainment and a family friendly afternoon. This is a free event!

The Gathering: Steve MacLauchlan, Glendon Ingalls, and Stephen Devine

September 22, 2018              8 PM

Location:  Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

An enticing blend of post-bop and jazz standards is performed by notable jazzmen saxophonist Steve MacLauchlan, bassist Glendon Ingalls, drummer Stephen Devine, and pianist and music director Chris Bakriges.  Free  - This concert is a fundraiser for The Gathering Place.

8th Annual Vermont Wildlife Festival

September 23, 2018            10 AM - 4 PM

Location:  Main Base Area, Mt. Snow, W. Dover, VT

The Vermont Wildlife Festival was first held in 2010 on Hogback Mountain in Marlboro Vermont. It was originally intended as an opportunity for locals and visitors to the region to share their passion for the outdoors in all its facets. Representatives from the hunting and conservation communities, wildlife rescues, State agencies and nature centers all came out for a fun day of learning and fun in the beautiful Vermont outdoors! The event has continued to grow and this year moves to Mount Snow resort! With the help of Mount Snow, the Southern Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Zoocademy, the Museum is keeping that spirit of inclusiveness! The event is admission by a donation of your choice and we again have a wide variety of attractions to engage anyone with an interest in the outdoors. Live birds of prey, reptile rescues and a live wolf demonstration bring the flashy live animals into focus. The Deerfield Valley Sportsmens’ Club and the American Museum of Fly Fishing will keep us learning about the hunting and fishing traditions of Vermont. Please contact the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum for more information www.vermontmuseum.org (802) 464-0048.

30th Annual Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival

September 28 - 30, 2018          10 AM - 5 PM

Location:  Riley Rink at Hunter Park, 410 Hunter Park Rd., Manchester, VT

Quaint, historic Manchester has been hosting this Fall Art and Craft Festival for nearly thirty years! Juried artists and artisans shop their wares while musicians play and chefs craft excellent eats. Meet more than 100 talented makers while you shop for a one of a kind piece. Family friendly atmosphere, specialty foods and spirits tent, all around good vibe on a perfect foliage weekend.  Adult daily admission $10. Weekend pass $12. Kids Free. Free Parking. No pets, please.  craftproducers.com

Hungry Lion Bike Tour 2018

September 29, 2018

All rides start and finish at Town Hill in Whitingham, Vermont.

Friends, foliage, and fun -- and all for a good cause! It’s the Hungry Lion Bike Tour, one of the best bike events in New England.  Join us for awesome cycling on rolling country roads with thrilling descents and amazing fall scenery.
 
You are our guests for the day, and our Lions will take care of you with well-marked routes, road maps, rest stops with nutritious treats, and sag wagon service.  (Plus a BBQ celebration, prizes and a live band at the end!) You’ll have the time of your life – and you’ll be helping end hunger and food insecurity in southern Vermont.  www.hungrylionbiketour.com

16th Annual WCHS Walk for Animals

September 29, 2018           9 AM - Noon

Location:  Grafton Village Cheese, 400 Linden St. (Rte. 30), Brattleboro, VT

Join Windham County Humane Society for the 16th Annual Walk for Animals! Ask friends, family and colleagues to sponsor your walk with a donation that will provide loving care for animals in need. All human walkers receive ice cream at the finish, all canine walkers get biscuits and water, and top fundraisers win great prizes. Raise more than $50 and get a Walk T-shirt.  www.wchs4pets.org

Music Jam Session

September 29, 2018            7 PM

Location:  Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

The Historical Society of Wilmington, VT hosts Music Jam Session, complete with performances from local musicians. Events include a silent auction of the re-purposed painted windows from the Barber House Historical Society and a Historic Mountain Mills power point presentation.  Price: Free - Freewill donations accepted at the door.

11th Annual Domino Toppling Extravaganza

September 30. 2018           5:30 PM

Location:  Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., Brattleboro, VT

An annual spectacle and crowd favorite, the Domino Toppling Extravaganza returns to BMAC for the eleventh straight year. Veteran domino toppler and YouTube superstar Lily Hevesh and other domino whiz kids will arrive in Brattleboro 48 hours in advance to begin setting up the big show. Correctly guess how many dominoes are set up, and you could start the entire chain reaction! Watch the video of BMAC's 2017 Domino Toppling, which featured over 30,000 dominoes! Admission: Free for children 8 and under, $3 for BMAC members, $5 for all others Doors open at 5 p.m.  www.brattleboromuseum.org

Gulp & Gallop 5K

October 6, 2018            9 AM

Location:  Mt. Snow, W. Dover, VT

For the “athletic beer drinkers” there’s the 7th Annual Gulp and Gallop 5k Beer Run on Saturday! Gulp and gallopers make four laps starting and returning in the base area. Each time participants complete a lap they have their choice of water or a cup of beer to drink before heading back out onto the course. This fun run is for the 21+ crowd only (must bring valid government issued ID) and crazy outfits are highly encouraged.

There will be a Kool Aid 1k for the kids at 2 pm, which is free of charge.

Afterwards check out the FREE 45th Annual Harvest Arts and Craft Show and the 21st Annual Oktoberfest (admission required and not included).  www.mountsnow.com

21st Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest

October 6 - 7, 2018

Location:  Mt. Snow, W. Dover, VT

Like most German-themed Oktoberfest events, the 21st Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest will have plenty of beer, schnitzel and Oom-pah music; but throw in kids games, pumpkin painting, an apple sling shot and the famous “schnitzel toss” and you’ve got two days of fun for the whole family! A Columbus Day Weekend tradition since 1997, the Mount Snow Oktoberfest is one of our signature festivals and was named a 2018 Top 10 Fall Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

The Kid’s Zone is where families will find festival games like the beanbag toss, a huge bouncy house, pumpkin painting and other kid-friendly activities. While the young ones are playing, the big kids can enjoy a large selection of beers from at least 25 different German and domestic breweries as well as authentic German fare served out of Marktfrisch in the Main Base Lodge and the sausage roast outside of Cuzzins. Plus, try your hand at games like the keg toss, yodeling contest and stein holding.  For you shoppers, don't forget the 45th Annual Harvest Arts & Crafts Show going on inside the Base Lodge and for the "athletic beer drinkers" there’s the 7th Annual Gulp and Gallop 5k Beer Run on Saturday!

The Bluebird Express will be open each day of the festival for scenic rides to the summit! The Bullwheel will be open with beer and food as well. Please note: due to high demand, we will have to limit uphill capacity to the summit. Check with the lift staff about wait times before going for your ride.  www.mountsnow.com

45th Annual Harvest Arts & Crafts Show

October 6 - 7, 2018        10 AM - 5 PM

Location:  Main Base Lodge, Mt. Snow, W. Dover, VT

Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the 45th Annual Harvest Arts and Crafts Show featuring 50+ vendors including local artisans, specialty food makers and more. 

The event is conveniently located throughout the Main Base Lodge and base area. Did we mention that there is also FREE ADMISSION! Expect to see original works of art, handmade jewelry and furniture, sample homemade fudge and speak face to face with the purveyors. Then head outside and checkout our 21st Annual Oktoberfest- two great events and truly a weekend not to be missed!  www.mountsnow.com

Newfane Heritage Festival

October 6 - 7, 2018          10 AM - 4 PM

Location:  on the common, Newfane, VT

On Columbus Day Weekend, tents blossom on the Newfane Common for the Heritage Festival. Amid the colorful Fall Foliage on the village streets and surrounding hillsides, talented artists and craftpeople display their creative efforts. Locals and tourists return year after year for this signature event in southeastern Vermont.   Juried Arts, Crafts, & Specialty Products are sold in the 97 Exhibitor spaces.  Each year there are wonderful new exhibitors along with long-time favorites.   Other highlights include ... the Church's famous Homemade Apple Pies, Church Deli, Outdoor Food Tent, Super Raffle, Flea Tent, Community Groups, Children's Activities, Live Music, and the peak of Vermont's Fall Foliage on the surrounding hills.  www.newfaneheritagefestival.com

Zach Brock, Violin/Chris Bakriges, Piano

October 6, 2018             8 PM

Location:  Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

Zach Brock, Grammy award-winning violinist, joins with Chris Bakriges, pianist and former music director of Jazz Alive on northeast public radio, to present an original compilation of global musical influences, with the goal of understanding, appreciation, and preservation of the world's musical heritage.  Free - Concert raises funds for West River Habitat for Humanity.

ITVFest

October 10 - 14, 2018

Location:  Manchester, VT

The Independent Television Festival (ITVFest) called “the Sundance of independent television” welcomes thousands of attendees to the Green Mountains of Vermont for five days of screenings, lively panel discussions, and networking events with some of the television industry’s best independent producers, content creators, and executives. The festival is lauded for both its intimacy and camaraderie as well as the ‘can’t-find-anywhere-else’ opportunities afforded to independent television creators.  www.itvfest.com

Eastern States Cup Downhill Finals

October 13 - 14, 2018

Location:  Mt. Snow, W. Dover, VT

Eastern States Cup returns to Mount Snow for a ninth straight year, this time for the Finals! Come out and test your skills against the northeast’s best riders, or come and cheer them on with great spectator viewing all along the course. Whether you are a novice to downhill or an experienced pro, this is a great race for you! There will be categories covering all ability and age levels with the amateurs racing for some great gear from our sponsors while the pros duke it out for a piece of the cash purse.

Mount Snow has a long standing tradition of great downhill trails and this race promises to be no different. Our trail crew will be out diligently working to create a fun and challenging course incorporating rocks & roots, open trail, and slopestyle features.

For more information on this race and the Eastern States Cup series, please visit their website, www.easternstatescup.com.

7th Annual Wilmington Quilt & Craft Show

October 13 - 14, 2018        Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM, Sun. 10 AM - 4 PM

Location:  Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

It's time for the 7th Annual Quilt and Craft Show, in memory of founder Suzanne A. Wells Wurzberger. All in attendance enjoy historical and modern quilts, craft vendors, demonstrations, and raffles every hour. Lots of free parking will be available.  Price: Free - Admission by donation, please.

34th Annual Pumpkin Festival

October 13, 2018         9 AM - 4 PM

Location:  on the common, Townshend, VT

Quality Crafts, Antiques, Art Work & Food.  Free Admission - Free Parking - Pumpkin Pies - Food Vendors - Locally Grown Apples + Cider - Free Pony Rides
Organized by Townshend Business Association  WE OPERATE RAIN OR SHINE!

Fall Festival

October 13, 2018           All Day Event

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

Join us for a day-long celebration with face painting, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, balloon animals, Abenaki storytellers, outdoor yoga, the infamous cider donut hang, and more!   www.retreatfarm.org

Carla Cooke- The Ultimate Sam Cooke Experience Tribute

October 20, 2018            Doors 7:30 pm  Showtime 8:00 pm

Location:  Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

The Legendary Sam Cooke is about music, religion, romance, and history. Carla Cooke is the youngest daughter of the Legendary Sam Cooke. Carla’s future mirrors the image of her father. Carla crafted her sound in the church similar to her dad and never sought to use her father's name but to build her own reputation as many do. Now the younger Cooke knows her father’s roots are so deep that Carla has become her own person and connects with her roots through her father's music. Carla is currently on tour with the "Ultimate Sam Cooke Experience Tribute" with her band Agape Nation, where she performs unforgettable hit songs of her father and shares intimate stories about her Father's life and music. Carla has been on tour with "The Daughters of Rhythm and Blues" and as a featured artist with Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood. One of New England's top rated bands. Don't miss the journey Carla will take you on with her performances.  $17.00 Pre-buy, $20.00 Door.  Buy Tickets Here-  https://bpt.me/3342066

16th Annual Gilfeather Turnip Festival & Turnip Contest

October 27, 2018         10 AM - 3 PM

Location:  Main St., Wardsboro, VT

Free Admission. Family Friendly. Parking $3. No dogs please (it's very crowded and dogs don't like turnips anyway). Marketplace Vendors and Farmers Market open at 10. Turnip Cart opens at 10. Turnip Soup Kiosk opens at 10. Turnip Cafe serving begins at 11:30. Turnip Boutique opens at 10. Gift Basket Raffles throughout the day. Live Music begins at 10. Turnip Contest entries accepted until Noon. Turnip Judging Noon to 1. Turnip Contest Awards 1. Drawing for the Best Raffle Ever 2.  Library open 9 to 1 - free admission.  www.friendsofwardsborolibrary.org

Fallapalooza

October 27, 2018            11 AM - 3 PM

Location:  downtown Bennington, VT

The event designed with children in mind!  Pumpkin carving and painting, town trick-or-treating, face painting, and lots more will be going on throughout downtown Bennington. betterbennington.org

Steal Your Peach Band Watkins Glenn 1973 Summer Jam Revisited

November 3, 2018           Doors 7:30 pm Showtime 8:00 pm

Location:  Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen was a 1973 rock festival which once received the Guinness Book of World Records entry for "Largest audience at a pop festival." An estimated 600,000 rock fans came to the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Raceway outside Watkins Glen, New York on July 28, 1973, to see the Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead and The Band perform.

Although the concert was scheduled to start on July 28, thousands of music fans were already at the concert site on the 27th. Robbie Robertson of The Band requested to do a soundcheck, but was perpleTxed that so many people were sitting in front of the stage. Bill Graham allowed the soundcheck with the crowd of people in front, and The Band ran through a few numbers to the delight of the audience. The Allman Brothers Band did their soundcheck next, playing "One Way Out" and "Ramblin' Man". The Grateful Dead's legendary soundcheck turned into a two set marathon, featuring their familiar tunes such as "Sugaree", "Tennessee Jed" and "Wharf Rat". They also performed a unique jam that was eventually included on their retrospective CD box set So Many Roads (1965-1995).

Steal Your Peach Band will perform 3 sets of music, one from each band.  $15 Pre-sale, $20.00 Door.  Buy Tickets Here- https://bpt.me/3335042

The Lizards- A Phish Tribute

November 17, 2018             Doors 7:30 pm Showtime 8:00 pm

Location:  Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St., Wilmington, VT

The Lizards, Phish Tribute made their debut in November of 2013, playing sold out shows and festivals to hundreds of fans. The band’s main goal is to recreate the Phish Experience. Whether it’s their ever changing setlists, synchronized dancing (or trampoline-ing) or touring with their own lighting rig and director (TG5), the band is committed to giving people that same feeling as the one we’ve all felt many times before. The Lizards intend to show everyone that they, above all things, can once again bring together a congregation of like-minded people that all want the same things: good times, good music & sore legs!  $15.00, Pre-buy  $20.00 Door.  Buy Tickets Here- https://bpt.me/3379156

 

 

These are just a few of the events in our area. Visit our local chamber of commerce for a more comprehensive listing of area events or visit  www.vermontvacation.com for statewide events.

 

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