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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!



Vermont Summer Festivalvermont summer festival horse show

July 4 – August 13, 2017

Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset once again becomes the summer destination for equine competition. From July 4 to August 13, the show rings welcome talented riders of all ages and from around the world. Vermont’s sunny days and the backdrop of the Green Mountains provide the perfect setting for spectators to cheer on competitors. Grand Prix events occur on Saturdays.

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Barnyard Ballgathering at the barnyard ball

July 9, 2017

Dorset Equine Rescue pulls out all the stops for the annual Barnyard Ball – bull riding, BBQ, and bands. Dress up in your best “formal Western” wear for a night that benefits the local charity.

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Race for the Curevermont race for the cure

July 22, 2017

This year, Susan G. Komen commemorates its 25th year of the Vermont Race for the Cure. On July 22nd, join survivors, supporters, family, and friends for this very special day. Fundraise and come together with thousands of other participants for the 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk, and kid’s obstacle course here in Manchester. Also look for volunteer opportunities and special celebrations in honor of the 25th anniversary.

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The Vermont Challengevermont challenge biking

August 17-20, 2017

The annual Vermont Challenge takes cyclists through the beautiful landscape of Southern Vermont over rolling hills, past picturesque farms, and down mountain passes. Designed to accommodate bikers at every level, the event’s variable daily route options have something for everyone. Augmented by evening events and special stops along the way, The Vermont Challenge fosters a community of riders who welcome new participants along with those who make it part of their lives year after year. 2017’s tour will take place August 17-20 and kickoff at Manchester’s Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park.

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Manchester Food & Wine Classic

August 25-27, 2017

Join dozens of international vendors for the weekend of a lifetime. Featuring food and wine from top producers around the world, the Manchester Food & Wine Classic invites you to sample and savor among the beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains this summer. Experience expert wine tastings, seminars from chefs, Saturday’s Grand Tasting event, and so much more during a weekend full of festivities. Tickets will be available for all or some of the Classic’s many events. 

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Home Improvement Expo

October 7, 2017

We’ve gathered experts in home improvement, building, styling, landscaping and more from around the area in one place. Join us in the Stratton Mountain Base Lodge to see the best of the best when it comes to all things home. Trusted local professionals will be on-hand to consult on and about your remodeling ideas, share advancements and updates in the industry and inspire you with wallcovering, paint and decorating ideas.

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Independent Television Festival

October 11-15, 2017group of people at the itv independent television festival

The Independent Television Festival (ITVFest) is the original public festival and network of the world’s best independent television pilots and short films. Each October, it brings together more than 1,000 filmmakers, actors, writers, directors, producers, financiers, Hollywood executives, and general public fans to relax and connect in the Vermont mountains. Unlike big-city festivals where it can be difficult to interact with the right people, ITVFest in Vermont offers a unique opportunity for attendees to meet fellow professionals and to make lasting connections that can lead to prosperous careers. 2017 event dates are October 11–15 and are open to the public at the festival’s new home in Manchester, Vermont.

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