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Bennington is the only place to be during
the first weekend in August, because it's... 

and that means there's great things happening all over town.
It all starts on Friday and doesn't stop 'til Sunday!

               FIRST FRIDAYS

Friday - August 2nd 5-8pm

Shopping For Everyone
Many Stores Open until 8pm

Funtastic Fridays
at The Village Chocolate Shoppe

The Outdoor Marketplace
on School Street
Assorted vendors featuring unique products

Grand Opening
The Beyond Gallery
stop in to visit downtown's newest gallery! 

Also visit the new
Monument Antiques

Fri. 2nd - Sun. 4th

Southern Vermont
Art and Craft Festival 

Juried Fine Art and Craft Exhibitors line the outdoor paths and fill the soaring white tents with a wide variety of expertly handcrafted creations!

more info here

Saturday - August 3rd 12pm

A True Celebration of Home Brewing with Brewers, Food, and Music 12-3:30 Shields Drive

more info here

Saturday - August 3rd 7pm

The Better Bennington Corporation and the Bennington Area Arts Council present this free concert featuring the Northeast's greatest Salsa Music Orchestra 

Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra
at the Masonic Hall at 7pm! You'll need to get here very early so enjoy an early dinner at one of downtown's great restaurants,  Then get ready to dance!  
more info here

With appreciation to the following organizations and individuals for making this cultural (and amazing) event free to the public through their generous contributions!

Vermont Arts Exchange

Town of Bennington

Bennington Potters

Attorney Jonathan Cohen

GVH Studio

MSK Engineering


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Bennington, Vermont 
ranked in Top 10
in the United States as

"Most Arts Vibrant Small Community"

SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) today released its third annual Arts Vibrancy Index, which ranks more than 900 communities across the country.

We are pleased to share with you that Bennington, VT Micro Area has ranked #7 on the list of top 10 most arts vibrant small communities (areas with an urban core of 10,000-50,000 people). The overall index is composed of three dimensions: supply, demand and government support. Supply is assessed by the total number of arts providers in the community, including the number of arts and culture organizations and employees, independent artists, and entertainment firms. Demand is gauged by the total nonprofit arts dollars in the community, including program revenue, contributed revenue, total expenses and total compensation. Lastly, the level of government support is based on state arts dollars and grants and federal arts dollars and grants.


2019 Downtown Events
click on underlined dates for more info

Midnight Madness
Third Thursday in July
July 18 

Bennington Arts Weekend
First Weekend in August
Aug 2-4 

Battle Day Parade
Aug 18 - 12:30pm

Funtastic Fridays
July -  August 

Hemming's Cruise-Ins
May - August

First Fridays
July - October

Downtown Food Truck Festival
September 14

Saturday before Halloween
October 26

Veterans Day Parade
November 11 - 11AM 

Small Business Saturday
Hometown Holiday
November 23, 2019

Oldcastle Theatre Company
Event Schedule

Farmers' Market
Winter Market Dates

VAE Music Series
Entertainment Series

Bennington Bookshop
Event Schedule

Meetinghouse CafĂ© 
Concert Series


2020 Downtown Events

Vermont Green-Up Day
First Saturday in May

Library Book Sale
First Baptist Church

Mayfest Craft Festival
Memorial Day Weekend

Better Bennington Corporation
215 South Street
Beautiful Bennington, Vermont 05201

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