Friday and Saturday, May 5-6
Two days, eight authors, and 100 people who love books as much as you do. The weekend includes a festive Friday night dinner featuring Chef Amy Chamberlain’s freestyle cuisine. Plus, Yankee book swap, crafty cocktails, and trivia competitions, to boot! Spend Saturday with this year’s author panel – eight talented writers in all – for presentations, Q&A sessions, and a fun group signing event. Special lodging rates available.
Shires of Vermont Marathon
Sunday, May 21
Sign up or be a spectator for this picturesque point to point journey through five Vermont towns. The route begins at Bennington College and winds north through the back roads of Shaftsbury, over the Chiselville covered bridge in Sunderland, past spectacular views and scenery, before funneling through downtown Manchester and ending at Riley Rink.
Thursday through Sunday, June 22-25
Searching for your true north? Look no further than this weekend-long retreat with the best of the best: yoga instructors, meditation gurus, amazing musicians, organic chefs, transformational speakers, and limitless outdoor adventure. Wanderlust host Sratton Mountain Resort is just thirty minutes from Manchester. Go for a day, stay for the weekend!
Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show
Tuesdays through Sundays, July 4–August 13
For six exciting weeks, the country’s top equestrians compete across a challenging hunter/jumper course at East Dorset’s Beebee Farm.As a spectator, you’ll be near the action with a chance to stroll the stalls for a behind-the- scenes look at these championship horses. Sweeping mountain views, awesome event staff, and fabulous food vendors–bonus!
Friday through Sunday, July 21-23
This summer, the one hundred acre historic campus of Southern Vermont Art Center becomes a celebration of sustainable living! World-class musicians perform on a solar-powered stage while the most knowledgeable expert practitioners deliver talks on art, culture, and technology. All weekend long, a pop-up marketplace buzzes with food, craft, energy, and sustainable living vendors.
Race for the Cure
Saturday, July 22
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created Over 140 races will be held this year in over 40 continents, including one right here in MVT! You can register as an individual or a team for the 10k run, the 5k run or fitness walk, and littles can tackle the obstacle course. Spectators are welcome and wanted!
Saturday through Sunday, August 10-13
On this popular August weekend, Manchester’s famous Designer Outlets and independent shops team up to host a shopping extravaganza. Demolish your kids “back to school” list or simply spoil yourself — tax-free and guilt-free — with goods from more than fifty participating retailers. Whether bargain hunting is your favorite pastime or you’re just passing through on the way to a vacation spot, stop over to join the festivities and discover summer’s sweetest deals.
The Vermont Challenge
Thursday through Sunday, August 17-20
Riders from across the U.S. and Canada arrive in Manchester and the Mountains for four glorious days of hard riding and competition. Routes cruise through the picturesque countryside, covered bridges, river valleys and historic villages of south and central Vermont. The ride is open to all abilities and spectators are welcome!
Manchester Food and Wine Classic
Friday through Sunday, August 25-27
Whether you are a full-fledged foodie or an emerging gourmand, this is the weekend for you. Join master winemakers, culinary greats, and hundreds of other guests gather to play, wine, and dine in beautiful Vermont! Fill your days and nights with food and wine tastings, seminars, cooking demos, and outdoor adventures with food & wine flair. Best of the Fest Kick Off, Friday night at Equinox Resort!
Maple Leaf Half Marathon
Saturday, September 9
A terrific excuse to race our country roads while supporting a fabulous cause! Run a stunning 13.1-mile loop through the hills and valleys of Manchester before returning to our Parks & Rec for food, drink, live music, and an awards ceremony. A top-notch, professional event, Maple Leaf is produced by partner charitable organizations, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Manchester Lions Club.
Saturday, September 23
Right in the heart of historic Peru Village, an old-fashioned country fair. The Saturday-only event is beloved by visitors and local alike. Includes a pig roast, live music, craft vendors, cloggers, antiques and art exhibits, clowns and magicians, pony rides, local food and drink, baked goods. Park at Bromley Mountain and ride the shuttle down the street.
Fall Art and Craft Festival
Friday through Sunday, September 29-October 1
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.
Wednesday through Sunday, October 11-15
Against a backdrop of autumn splendor, artists and audiences gather to celebrate outstanding independent small-screen production. ITVFest (the Independent Television Festival) is a worldwide community of television creators, executives, agents, and fans responsible for discovering the best new indie television programs. Come for seminars and screenings, rub elbows with industry movers and shakers, and stay for a glamorous red carpet event. Special lodging rates available.
November 24-December 31
Six weeks of small town charm, snow-capped mountains, and the spirit of the season. Manchester Merriment kicks off Thanksgiving Weekend and continues through New Year’s Day. Highlights include tree lighting, tractor parade, historic inn tours, and Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home decked in her Victorian finery. Plus, festive and fun holiday markets, visit from Santa, and the Elf Express train ride for kids! For Merriment updates, join our email list!