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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!




June 20–23wanderlust

Wanderlust returns to Stratton this coming summer to help you find your true north. Choose your own adventure with multilevel yoga and meditation sessions, mouthwatering organic foods, heart-pumping music, inspiring lectures and workshops, and boundary-pushing outdoor activities. Get ready, because as soon as the festival tents start popping up, Stratton comes alive with the magic of the Wanderlust community.

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Photo Courtesy Monica Justesen for Wanderlust Festival





Little River Band

Jul 6

Through the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, LRB enjoyed huge chart success with multi-platinum albums and chart topping hits. Watch them as they take the stage as part of Stratton Mountain Music Outdoor Concert Series for summer 2019.

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Vermont Summer Festival

July 2–August 11horse show

The Vermont Summer Festival makes its way back to Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset for six weeks this coming summer, hosting thousands of horses and equestrian enthusiasts. Now in its 26th year, the summer festival horse show grounds contain six all-weather rings, including one of the largest Grand Prix fields in New England. Challenged by tests of versatility, both horse and rider must meet high performance standards with grace and precision if they wish to be victorious. Wish them luck!

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Photo by Hubert Schriebl




10,000 Maniacs

August 3

One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades, 10,000 Maniacs takes the stage as part of Stratton Mountain Music Outdoor Concert Series for summer 2019.

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NORAM OCR Championships

August 911OCR Championships

The North American Obstacle Course Racing Championships will once again be held at Stratton Mountain Resort. The three-day, endurance-focused event consists of a 3k short course championship on Friday followed by a 15k standard course championship on Saturday. The challenge comes to a close on Sunday with the Team Relay and The Stratton Foundation’s individual 7k fundraiser, both open to the public.

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Photo by Hubert Schriebl

Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival

October 4–6

Entering its 31st year, this annual event held at Hunter Park brings together all forms of expert artists and artisans to display their work in one scenic location. From woodworkers to potters, painters to sculptors, jewelry makers to clothing designers, you are sure to find all things creative. Spanning the weekend, you can either purchase a single-day ticket or a full weekend pass. Worry not about famishing! There will be a specialty foods and spirits tent dedicated to producers of Vermont products such as maple syrup, craft distilled spirits, and other gourmet items. You are sure to find beer, wine, and great food all on-site while you enjoy live music and other entertainment throughout the weekend. What’s more, children are free!

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Stratton Columbus Day Harvest & Brewfest

October 1214

Join the Stratton family on the hill for a Columbus Day weekend filled with live music, hay rides, scenic lift rides, mountaintop yoga, and so much more! Some of the events unfolding include a chili cook-off, a fire tower hike for the kids, and a competitive North Face Race to the Summit to finish out the weekend! The brewfest, which is held on Saturday, will include timeless traditions such as a keg toss and, of course, the stein hoisting competition. Come join the fun, make new friends, or bring the entire family for a fun-packed weekend! Be sure to grab your tickets or preregister for any event you do not want to miss!

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End of October

Searching for some family-friendly spooky events this upcoming Halloween season? Fret not! There are a lot of autumnal activities taking place around town! Beginning in mid-August and lasting through November, Equinox Valley Nursery slowly transforms into a Halloween fantasy land. Boasting thousands of pumpkins awaiting to be carved, Equinox Valley Nursery will be filled with scarecrows, fresh cornstalks, straw bales, gourds galore, and all your favorite fall decorations. Normally held just after Columbus Day weekend, their Pumpkin Carving Festival brings families from all over to enjoy games, activities, local foods, crafts, and of course, carving as many pumpkins as possible.

Another proprietor that takes pride in their Halloween extravaganzas is Southern Vermont Arts Center. SVAC hosts their annual, free community event on October 27. Halloween on the Hill. Take your chance with the spooky scavenger hunt, decorate seasonal crafts, enjoy snacks and refreshments, and grab a goodie bag for the kids!

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