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The Shires of Vermont 2019 Annual Events


2019 Events in The Shires

March 9
Wings and Winter Home Brew, Bennington – Top Ten Winter event. Sample and vote on local beers, ciders, and mead and wings.

March 23-24
Vermont Maple Open House Weekend – Visit the Sugar Houses in The Shires for this sweet Vermont treat.

May 25
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.

June 20-23
Wanderlust, Stratton Mt. – Unplug from the Ordinary – yoga, mindfulness, classes, concerts, hikes, great food

July -August
Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show, Manchester – Celebrating its 23rd year as Vermont’s premier hunter/jumper event.

August 2-4
Bennington Arts Weekend – The crowning jewel of this annual event is the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival.

August 8-11
Manchester Annual Sidewalk Sales – Enjoy the biggest discounts of the season at World-class designer outlets and unique, independent retailers.

August 10
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.

August 15-18
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 7-8
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.

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 23, 2018-January 1, 2019
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 #exploretheshires

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