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The Shires of Vermont Annual Events


Groups love events! Add one of these excellent events to your itinerary to make it a stand out tour.

January 25 – Winterfest, Annual North Bennington Winter Festival
Locals, visitors, shops and community gather to share in some fun during the winter months …  a lake plunge, chilifest, pig roast, winter carnival and day long entertainment!

March 7 – Winter Home Brew Festival, Bennington
Top Ten Winter event. Sample and vote on local beers, ciders, mead and wings.

March 21-22 -Vermont Maple Open House Weekend
Visit the Sugar Houses in The Shires for this sweet Vermont treat.

May – Memorial Day Weekend – 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.

July-August -Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show, Manchester
Celebrating its 24rd year as Vermont’s premier hunter/jumper event.

August:July 31 – August 2 -Bennington Arts Weekend
he crowning jewel of this annual event is the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival.

August 1-2 – Summer Home Brew, Bennington

August 6-9 Manchester Annual Sidewalk Sales
Enjoy the biggest discounts of the season at World-class designer outlets and unique, independent retailers.

August 8 – 12th Annual Fly-Fishing Festival, Manchester
Showcasing the joy of fly fishing with vendors, demonstrations, and a gathering of people who are all equally enthused about the sport.

Mid-August – Green Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Manchester
Bluegrass, roots and Americana music. Main stage, dance tent, food trucks, VT beer and wine in a magical Green Mountain setting!

September 5-6 – Garlic and Herb Festival, Bennington
Join garlic lovers from throughout New England to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors all made from garlic and herbs.

September 1- Columbus Day Weekend – Bromley Mountain Resort Scenic Lift Rides
Enjoy scenic lift ride to Bromley Mt. Summit. Spectacular 360 degree views. Weekends and holidays September 1 through Columbus Day. Group rates available.

September 21 – Peru Fair, Peru
An old-fashioned country fair and fun for everyone!

October 4-6 -Manchester Fall Arts Festival
Over 100 talented artists and artisans from throughout New England displaying their works under large heated tents.

November 26, 2019 -January 1, 2020 -Celebrate the Season in The Shires
Tree lightings, music events, inn tours, wine and beer tastings, horse and wagon rides, bookstore events and museum happenings.

For more details about these events visit or call 802-447-3311

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