Open studio tours and arts festivals

North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show

Downtown Bennington

Thru Oct 29: Artist Joe Chirchirillo organizes and curates the 20th annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show. Through the ages, classic sculpture—whether a Greek or Roman marble or a Far East depiction of Buddha—tends to follow a familiar visual aesthetic with which most lovers of art, as well as the lay public, are familiar. Enter sculpture with an edge to it and leave behind any notions gained from classic renditions of that medium.

River Valley Artisan Tour Chesterfield, Spofford and Westmoreland, NH

Sept 9-10

The River Valley Artisan Tour is a self-guided tour through the towns of Spofford, Chesterfield and Westmoreland, N.H. Visiting artists in their own studios and in Fellowship Hall. In celebration this year, two wineries will join in for a fabulous weekend of art, wine, food, and fun. Visit online for a map and more information.

Bennington Quiltfest

Mt. Anthony Union Middle School, Bennington

Sept 16-17

Show offers new quilts, demonstrations, queen-size quilt raffle, challenge quilts, special exhibits, many vendors, and mouthwatering fare from the Quiltfest Cafe. Our featured quilter and lecturer, Joan Ford of Hummingbird Highway and author of “Scrap Therapy” and “Scraps Plus One,” will give one lecture at 1p daily. You’ll also find our consignment boutique open with a large selection of items for sale.

Annual Vermont Fine Furniture Woodworking & Forest Festival

Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock

Sept 23-24

Enjoy furniture and wood product shopping at Billings Farm & Museum at this year’s event. Vermont woodworking vendors will sell their unique wood products such as carvings, home accessories, jewelry, bedroom and dining furniture, and toys and games. In the barns, see farm work first-hand, including care of the Jersey herd, draft horses, sheep, oxen, and chickens. Explore the horse barn, calf nursery, milk room, and dairy barn and get comfortable with the farm’s livestock through interactive activities, programs, and events. Activities include wagon rides, horse logging, hands-on wood crafting, sawmill demos, forest walks, and many educational programs.

29th Manchester Fall Arts & Craft Fest

Route 7A, Manchester

Sept 29-Oct 1

Coming to the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the wonders of American Craft. Every day thousands of American artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects. Craft show patrons demonstrate their love of these items by coming to the shows, meeting the artists, and buying handmade products. As one craft artist puts it, this is the creative economy.


Downtown Bennington

Sept 30-Oct 1, 11a-4p

Bring the kids to store-to-store trick-or-treating for gifts and games between 11a and 3p. Then enjoy the Bennington Farmers’ Market, wagon rides, gift vendors, children’s activities, and live entertainment.

34th Annual Weston Craft Show

Weston Playhouse, Weston

Oct 6-8

The Weston Craft Show is a juried exhibit of exceptional Vermont artisans representing works in baskets, ceramics, folk art, glass, jewelry, lighting, paper, fiber, leather, mosaics, pastels, sculpture, wearable art, and wood. The Weston Craft Show is held at the Weston Playhouse, which provides a manageable, pleasant shopping experience for those looking for something special. With a carefully juried array of exceptional arts and crafts in a distinctive setting, the Weston Craft Show offers discerning collectors high quality, diverse, and beautiful displays.

35th Stowe Foliage Arts Festival

Topnotch Field, Stowe

Oct 6-8

Stowe is the place to experience the classic New England autumn, and the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival is the perfect destination. Surround yourself with Autumnal perfection—the festival takes place at the height of the fall foliage season—and enjoy exquisite art and fine craftwork from more than 200 juried fine artists and artisans. There will be live music and other entertainment, great food, draft beer, wine, and demonstrations of traditional craftwork.

Art in the Park Rutland

Downtown Rutland

Oct 7-8

Art in the Park has been named a Sunshine Artist 200 Best and was voted the Rutland Herald’s Best of the Best in the category of Best Arts Festival. Added value such as food, music, craft demonstrations, and kids’ activities are also offered. All gate donations go to sponsor the Chaffee Art Center’s exhibitions, art education classes, and community outreach programs.

44th Annual Harvest Arts & Crafts Show

Main Base Lodge, Mount Snow, West Dover

Oct 7-8

Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the 44th Annual Harvest Arts and Crafts Show, featuring more than 50 vendors including local artisans, specialty food makers, and more. The event is conveniently located throughout the Main Base Lodge and base area. Admission is free. Expect to see original works of art and handmade jewelry and furniture; you’ll sample homemade fudge and can chat with the purveyors. Then head outside and check out our 18th Annual Oktoberfest. This is a weekend of two great events, absolutely not to be missed.


Mount Snow, West Dover

Oct 7-8

Like most German-themed Oktoberfest events, the 20th Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest will have plenty of beer, schnitzel and oom-pah music. Throw in kids games, pumpkin painting, an apple sling shot and the famous schnitzel toss and you’ve got two days of fun for the whole family.

Empty Bowls

Landmark College, Putney

Oct 7, 5p and 6:30p

When Vermonters go hungry, their neighbors act. That’s why, for the 11th year, volunteers are preparing for near sellout capacity at the Empty Bowls Dinner, an annual benefit for the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center, an essential resource for people in need in Brattleboro and the surrounding areas who depend on it for food, shelter, and other basic services. Empty Bowls serves as a major source of funds for the center.

Bratt West Arts Open Studio

West Brattleboro

Oct 14-15

BWA infuses the tours with its members, making the Brattleboro area a major destination with a critical mass of studios at the state’s southern gateway. The tour features seven artists working in the studios around West Brattleboro, Brattleboro, Dummerston, and elsewhere.

New England Center for Circus Arts Showcase of Circus

10 Town Crier Drive, Brattleboro

Nov 4

NECCA invites you to see its annual Showcase of Circus, featuring new works by students, followed by a production by NECCA graduates and visiting troupes. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the circus arts and especially to see new and experimental acts in development.

39th Annual Putney Craft Tour

Various locations around Putney

Nov 24-26

This year, we celebrate the 39th annual Putney Craft Tour. Spend Thanksgiving weekend at our craft, performance and culinary event, meandering our back roads, purchasing one-of-a-kind crafts, eating fabulous food, drinking local wine, and taking in a performance at one of our local theaters. For the fourth year running, the Putney Craft Tour is voted one of Vermont’s top 10 winter events.

Walpole Artisans Tour

Various location around Walpole, NH

Nov 25-26

There are some new artisans this year as well as some returning favorites. Enjoy shopping for the holidays, meeting the artisans, viewing demonstrations, and even having a few snacks along the way. Pick up a map at the Walpole Artisans Cooperative Gallery at 52 Main St. in Walpole (across from Burdick’s Chocolate). Hope to see you there!

Cotton Mill Open Studio and Holiday Sale

Cotton Mill, Brattleboro

Dec 1-3

Cotton Mill Arts presents the 19th annual Cotton Mill Open Studio and Holiday Sale on Friday, 4-8p, Saturday, 10a-5p, and Sunday, 11a-4p. This juried show is a much-anticipated family event showcasing artists and artisans from the Mill and surrounding communities. Experience culinary offerings, circus acts, music and dance performances, pottery demonstrations, and shopping throughout the three floors of the Mill. Free admission and raffle. Handicap accessible.

Gilfeather Turnip Festival

Wardsboro, Main Street

Oct 28, 10a-3p

At Town Hall and the big tent on Main Street. This is America’s best turnip culinary event. Join the town for Gilfeather turnip soup and turnip recipe tastings at the Turnip Café, outdoor soup kiosk, the farmers’ market, many new craft and specialty artisan food vendors, more than 1,000 pounds of turnip, turnip seeds, turnip cookbooks, festival T-shirts, turnip-themed gifts, live music, and other entertainment.

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