Southern Vermont Area Events
So much to do… How do you choose? We have the answers to your questions as part of our Next Up section.
Stratton Magazine is proud to support area events and activities throughout Manchester and The Mountains. Add these upcoming events to your calendar and we’ll see you there!
The Vermont Open
March 9-11, 2018
With registration open to riders of all ages and levels, The Vermont Open takes snowboarding back to its roots. As it was at the beginning, amateurs and pros from around New England will flock to Stratton to compete in Vermont’s only open competition and show off their skills. Look for contests in retro pipe, slopestyle, and rail jam accompanied by a weekend full of music and so much more.
Taste of Vermont
March 24, 2018
Head to the mountain for an evening of foodie fun that’s been named one of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce’s Top 10 Winter Events. Restaurants, professional and amateur chefs, caterers, bakers, Vermont specialty food and spirit purveyors, and many more vendors from throughout the state will come together to offer the community a variety of delicious tastings. Profits from the event benefit The Stratton Foundation.
March 30-31, 2018
When the weather starts warming up and the snow underfoot begins to melt into slippery slush, Stratton Mountain transforms for a weekend-long gathering for families including highlights like Marchdi Gras (a New Orleans inspired village street fest) the Penguin Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Vermont, and the annual pond skim. Pack your t-shirts, prep for goggle tans, and don’t miss one of the biggest celebrations of the year.
June 21-24, 2018
Practice. Listen. Explore. Learn. Taste. Join an all-out celebration of mindful living when Wanderlust returns to Stratton Mountain with an intriguing lineup of activities from early morning to late night. Gather to experience a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical acts, renowned speakers, chefs and winemakers, and much, much more. Tickets go on sale in February. Stay tuned to stratton.com for news and updates.
Stratton Mountain Music
Music sounds better in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Stratton’s year-round music scene features local talent, rising stars, and internationally acclaimed artists. The past couple of years have featured outdoor summer acts including Three Dog Night, The Wailers, Rusted Root, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dark Star Orchestra, Judy Collins, Lettuce, and Dirty Heads. Affordable tickets, big-name entertainers, and a complete Vermont resort experience put Stratton Mountain at the top of the charts for live music this coming summer and throughout the year. Stay updated on the 2018 summer lineup and purchase tickets at strattonmountainmusic.com.
4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL℠
July 19–22, 2018
The four basic freedoms entitled to every human being as presented by President Roosevelt in his 1941 wartime speech, Freedom from Want, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, and Freedom from Fear, inspired Arlington resident Norman Rockwell to illustrate the ideas as powerful features published in The Saturday Evening Post. The paintings, which used Rockwell’s neighbors as models, became iconic and in July, Vermonters take the lead in honoring the Four Freedoms once again. THE MILL in East Arlington hosts the inaugural 4 Freedoms Festival℠ that will feature outdoor events, including two concerts, a youth art contest, a museum exhibition, and a musical.
North American OCR Championships
August 10–12, 2018
The sport of obstacle course racing (OCR) is growing at a record pace and Stratton Mountain is proud to host the first NorAm OCR Championships. This premiere event features obstacles from race partners including Green Beret Challenge, City Challenge Race, BoneFrog Challenge, Terrain Racing, Conquer the Gauntlet, Northman Race, Wreck Bag, Indian Mud Run, and more. Participants compete in the 3k short course, a 15k standard course, and/or the team relay. All distances will feature Pro and Age Group divisions. Limited Journeymen entries are also available. Qualifying spots for the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships will be awarded for top Pro and Age Group division finishers with the winner of each division receiving free entry into the 2018 international event.
The Vermont Challenge
August 16–19, 2018
Now in its sixth year, the “must ride” cycling tour of New England offers some new twists and turns for 2018. The Vermont Challenge offers four days of riding with route options that will challenge the elite recreational cyclist as well as tamer routes for all riders. The routes traverse southern and central Vermont during the course of four days including a signature Gran, Medio, and Piccolo Fondo for all riders on Saturday.