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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
10th Annual Fly Fishing Festival
Saturday, August 12
The American Museum of Fly Fishing’s signature summer event showcases the pure joy of their sport! The day-long celebration includes fly tying and casting demonstrations, local food vendors, lessons, and live music from Vermont’s own Kelly Ravin. Try your hand at casting vintage rods, learn how to tie a saltwater fly, and mingle with likeminded people as you share the taste and joy of the great outdoors. Plus, surprise visits from a fly fishing celeb, or two!
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!
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.