2018/2019 Events in the Shires
March 24, 2018
Wings and Winter Home Brew, Bennington – Top Ten Winter event. Sample and vote on local beers, ciders, and mead and wings.
March 24- 25
Vermont Maple Open House Weekend – Visit the Sugar Houses in The Shires for this sweet Vermont treat.
May 26, 2018
Mayfest, Bennington – A craft fair in its 33rd year that features over 150 crafters and food vendors
Late May – June
Celebration of Peonies at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, Manchester – Thousands of fragrant flamboyant peony blooms, heirloom and new in the Lincoln family’s formal garden.
Wanderlust, Stratton Mt. – Unplug from the Ordinary – yoga, mindfulness, classes, concerts, hikes, great food
July 3-August 12
Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show, Manchester – Celebrating its 23rd year as Vermont’s premier hunter/jumper event.
August 3, 4, and 5, 2018
Bennington Arts Weekend – The crowning jewel of this annual event is the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival.
August, 2nd weekend
Manchester Annual Sidewalk Sales – Enjoy the biggest discounts of the season at World-class designer outlets and unique, independent retailers.
Sept 1 & 2, 2018
Garlic Fest, Bennington – Join garlic lovers from throughout New England to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors all made from garlic and herbs.
Manchester Fall Arts Festival – Over 100 talented artists and artisans from throughout New England displaying their works under large heated tents.
November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019
Celebrate the Season in the Shires – A six week-long event…tree lightings, music events, inn tours, wine and beer tastings, horse and wagon rides, bookstore events and museum happenings.
December 1, 2018
Christmas in Weston – Town wide holiday including horse drawn sleigh rides, caroling, concerts, holiday shopping and a tree lighting ceremony.
For more details about these events visit exploretheshires.com or call The Shires of Vermont 802-362-6313