Daily Events

July 1-Nov 5 - Bennington

"Grandma Moses: American Modern at the Bennington Museum"

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

 

July 8-Aug 27 - Manchester

"Take Your Best Shot! at Southern Vermont Arts Center"

As part of the exhibit "I Choose Film" (July 8 – August 27), SVAC will be holding a kids instant photography contest titled "Take Your Best Shot". Check out a Fuji Instax instant film camera from the museum, shoot pack of film on the grounds, and donate your favorite image. The submitted images will hang for the duration of the show and then be judged with the 3 winners receiving their own Fuji Instax camera. Thank you to our sponsor Fuji Film for their generous donation of cameras and film! svac.org

 

Aug 1-Sep 4 - Manchester

"Ogden Pleissner Exhibit"

The watercolors of Ogden Pleissner will be featured in a Special Exhibition in Gallery I of Yester House. The show is comprised of works from the SVAC Permanent Collection and loans from two private collectors. svac.org

 

Aug 18-Sept 3 - Bennington

"A Comedy of Tenors at Oldcastle Theatre"

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

 

Aug 24-Sep 2 - Dorset

"American Buffalo by David Mamet with Dorset Theatre Festival"

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

 

Aug 25-27 - Manchester

"Manchester Food & Wine Classic"

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

 

Sept 2-3 - Bennington

"22nd Annual Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival"

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

 

Sep 2-Oct 9 - Bennington

"1863 Jane Stickle Quilt on display at Bennington Museum"

The quilt that inspires quilters all over the world. Brought to the museum 60 years ago, the Jane Stickle Quilt is only shown for a short time each year due to the fragility of the fabric. The Jane Stickle Quilt is comprised of 169 five-inch blocks, each in different patterns, containing a remarkable total of 5,602 pieces surrounded by a unique scalloped border. The craftsmanship of the quilt has been mentioned in numerous quilting books. The Jane Stickle Quilt can be viewed with regular museum admission. benningtonmuseum.org

 

Sep 9 - Manchester

"Maple Leaf Half Marathon for Make-a-Wish"

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

 

Sep 16 - Rupert

"Fall Festival"

Visit the Merck Forest & Farmland Center and celebrate the season! Family fun on the farm: games, farm animals to meet, demonstrations in blacksmithing and the use of a crosscut saw. Come up with a picnic lunch, then go for a hike to view the foliage. At 3pm, a free contradance with a performance by Pete's Posse. It's all kinds of fun on a fall afternoon! Suggested Donation $3 per person. merckforest.org

 

Sep 16-17 - Bennington

"24th Annual Bennington Quiltfest"

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

 

Sep 29-Oct 1 - Manchester

"Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival"

Come to quaint, historic Manchester, Vermont for the annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival at Riley Rink in Hunter Park. This Festival, bringing annual visitors from New York, Massachusetts, and elsewhere in the Northeast, provides a unique and memorable shopping experience. Find handcrafted creations made by expert Artists and Artisans, and meet the actual makers of the work. Visitors also enjoy the Specialty Foods and Spirits tent, with producers of Vermont products including maple syrup, craft distilled spirits, and other gourmet items. Also find wine, beer, and great food to eat on-site while you enjoy live music and other entertainment. Enjoy a memorable visit to beautiful Manchester! craftproducers.com

 

Sep 29-Oct 15 - Bennington

"Oldcastle Theatre presents Broadway Bound"

Following Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, this is the poignant and funny conclusion of Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical Eugene trilogy. Eugene and his brother Stanley are trying to break into the world of professional comedy writing, while coping with their parents' messy and gut-wrenching split. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the rest of the family is upset to hear a comedic rendition of their own trials and tribulations. How will Eugene and his brother balance their loyalties to their family and to their art? oldcastletheatre.org

 

Oct 6-15 - Dorset

"Dorset Players presents Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"

October 6-8 (Columbus Day Weekend) and Oct 13-15. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a comedy play written by Christopher Durang. The story revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings, two of whom live together, and takes place during a visit by the third, Masha, who supports them. They discuss their lives and loves, argue, and Masha threatens to sell the house. dorsetplayers.org

 

Oct 11-15 - Manchester

"ITV Fest"

TVFest (the Independent Television Festival) is a worldwide community of television creators, executives, agents and fans responsible for discovering the best new television programs created on independent (aka, non-network) budgets. Throughout the year from New York to Los Angeles and places in between, our global network of creatives, executives and fans gather for seminars, screenings and retreats. It all culminates at the week-long festival in Manchester in October. ITVFest is an open public festival. It is not just for entertainment industry folks. If you enjoy film festivals, arts festivals and seeing the world's best creative talent, then ITVFest is for you! itvfest.com

 

Oct 14 - Bennington

"Oktobrefest"

Presented by the Northshaft Lions group, come enjoy music, food, entertainment for kids and adults, and lots and lots of good beer. Held each year at Colgate Park, $5 admission. bennington.com/oktoberfest

 

Oct 21 - Bennington

"Rock N' Brews"

Get ready for a loud night of music and beer. Hosted at Southern Vermont College, three great New England bands will be gathered together: Anchor & Chain, Darling, and Stowaway. Check  back in closer to the event date for more details: bennington.com/rocknbrews

 

Oct 28 - Bennington

"Fallapalooza!"

Fallapalooza! is the event designed especially for children. With store-to-store trick-or-treating at over 35 business locations for kids in costume, there's also train rides, a petting zoo, medieval combat exhibitions, pumpkin carving, henna tattoos, free balloons, prizes, and coupons, a giant public art project, and carnival games. Food trucks line the streets, but there's also over 15 restaurants within walking distance. This is the ULTIMATE Family fun day in Bennington. betterbennington.com