Summer festivals

Alison Cook Beatty performs at the Southern Vermont Dance Festival.

Alison Cook Beatty performs at the Southern Vermont Dance Festival.

Manchester Antique and Classic Car Show

June 6-7

Dorr Farm Field, Route 30, Manchester, 802 362-6313

The premier Antique and Classic Car Show in Manchester celebrates 29 years of the best antique and classic cars, food vendors, and flea market in the Northeast. First- and second-place winners, special awards, and first place in the “best of” categories awarded. Tailgate competition takes place and is judged on Sunday, as is the judging for “best of” the 1940s through the ’80s.

CineSLAM, Vermont Pride Film Festival

June 17, 5p

Latchis Theater, Brattleboro

This film festival of shorts, which takes place during June Pride, brings together films from across the country and around the world. It allows us an intriguing glimpse of the diversity of life, struggles, and triumphs of LGBTQ people and their allies in short narrative, documentary, and art video formats. Programmed by Guilford, Vt., resident and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker John Scagliotti, who created the first LGBTQ television series, PBS’s In the Life.

Attendees of the CineSLAM Film Festival must be 18 or older. Be advised that while CineSLAM does not accept pornographic films, some submissions may contain adult situations and nudity, so please do not bring minors.

Old-fashioned Strawberry Supper

June 24

Evening Star Grange Hall, Dummerston Center

Old-fashioned Strawberry Supper at the Dummerston Congregational Church runs Sat, June 24.

Wardsboro Fourth of July Street Parade

July 4

The 68th Annual Wardsboro Street Fair and Parade is Vermont’s longest running Fourth of July fair. More than 50 crafters and vendors will line Main Street; see an eclectic, one-of-a-kind parade; enjoy plenty of food, including strawberry shortcake, homemade pies, chicken BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs, and pulled pork sandwiches. Also on tap: quilt show, book sale, children’s games, art show, and entertainment.

Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show

July 4-Aug 13

Beebe Farm, Route 7A, East Dorset, Vt.

Northern New England’s largest AA-rated hunter and jumper show. Top riders throughout the United States and Canada compete for prizes and points toward national recognition. The six-week Vermont Summer Festival, marking the event’s 24th consecutive season of competitive and spectator-friendly hunter, jumper, and equitation competition at Harold Beebe Farm. See our events page for details.

Southern Vermont Dance Festival

July 13-16

Brattleboro (tickets)

The Southern Vermont Dance Festival returns with an exciting round of dance classes, lectures, and performances. Attend dance performances each evening and your choice of classes each day. There will be many amazing opportunities offered to the professional dancer, dance student, and dance enthusiast. This festival weekend will be filled with incredible raffle events, downtown performances and workshops, and live music and performances hosted by various local businesses. Accessible to all interested in participating in a weekend of dance and movement.

Rock River Artists Open Studio Tour

July 15-16

Starts at South Newfane Village

The Rock River Artists open their homes and studios for the 25th annual Open Studio Tour. Starting at the Old Schoolhouse in South Newfane Village, where 14 participating artists present a group show. The Schoolhouse itself is worth of a visit, as it’s a classic 19th-century structure that formerly housed the village one-room school. On the weekend of the Rock River Artists Tour, the historic Old Schoolhouse, with its maple wood floors and natural light streaming through old glass windows, is magically transformed into a premier contemporary art viewing venue. At the Schoolhouse, you’ll see a representative sampling of each Rock River artist’s work. Pick up a map to the studio locations and begin a self-guided tour of the studios of your choice, all within brief driving distance of the Schoolhouse. Admission is free all weekend.

Bookstock Literary Festival

July 28-30


Bookstock supports the cultural richness and diversity of the Upper Valley and celebrates authors and poets, both established and emerging, from our region. Most events take place in historic buildings around Woodstock’s lovely Green, within three minutes’ walk to the center of Woodstock village, with its unique shops and superb dining. There is limited parking, nearly all of it metered, in Woodstock village. We suggest that you park just outside the village, either at the Billings Farm and Museum on Rt. 12 north, or in the lot between Village Hardware and Pizza Chef on Rt. 4 just east of the village. There are also lots in Woodstock’s east end (on the north side of Rt. 4, between the Shire Motel and Mobil station), and behind the Woodstock elementary school (off South St., Rt. 106 south).

Bookstock hosts two remarkable book sales at once. Norman Williams Public Library offers a unique selection of fine vintage books of interest to both serious and casual collectors. In addition, NWPL and the North Universalist Chapel Society collaborate to put together an extraordinary used book fair. Thousands of quality secondhand books are available at yard sale prices under a tent on the Green, carefully arranged by genre and topic.

Bennington Arts Weekend

Aug 4-6

With events all over the greater Bennington area, there’s sure to be something for everybody. The weekend starts off with the southern Vermont Arts and Crafts Festival at Camelot Village—which includes food, beer, wine, and entertainment—and continues with the Front Porch Music Series, a plein-air style competition on Main Street, and live entertainment. Throughout the weekend, visit the Bennington Museum and the Bennington Center for the Arts for more events. Finish off the weekend with Sunday Morning Jazz at South Street Café.

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