This year surprise Yourself
for the holidays! 

Visit Downtown Bennington and discover just how many unique gifts and specialty items you can choose from. Distinctive, affordable, and unforgettable items by the thousands are waiting for you to take home. 

Forget dealing with chaos and poor service as you try to find that special gift for that special someone. Give your friends and family something truly special, a gift from one of the many locally owned shops in Downtown Bennington.

Gifts That Will Be Cherished

Specialty toys, hand-dipped chocolates, Vermont-made products, exotic floral arrangements, home decor, art supplies, musical instruments, hobby supplies, hand-selected and distinctive imported items, locally and regionally created artwork, best sellers and children's books, antiques and collectibles, men's and women's clothing and more.

Gifts That Show You Care

For the person who already "has everything" consider giving them an experience they will remember forever - a season pass or a night at the theater,  annual membership or day passes to the museum, restaurant certificates, tickets to VAE concerts, a couples message, a spa treatment or new tattoo, a subscription to the Bennington Banner, stationary to help keep in touch, a serving piece or set of Bennington Pottery.

The Gift of Sharing Time Together

Some people just want your time and what better way to spend it than attending one of the many holiday events occurring in Bennington between now and New Years Day. Time spent together is a very special gift so click the link below for a printable copy of the 2019 Bennington Holiday Events Calendar.  Check back regularly for updates and additions. 

2019 Bennington Holiday Calendar of Events


Bennington, Vermont
ranked 4th in the United States as

"Most Arts Vibrant Small Community"

ArtsData at SMU’s National Center for Arts Research released its fifth annual Arts Vibrancy Index, which ranks more than 950 communities across the country.

We are pleased to share with you that Bennington, VT SMA has ranked #4 on the list of top 10 most arts vibrant small communities (areas with population less than 100,000 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.


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2020 Downtown Events
click on underlined dates for more info

Vermont Green-Up Day
First Saturday in May

Mayfest Craft Festival
Memorial Day Weekend
May  23, 2020 

Vendor Application

Midnight Madness
Third Thursday in July
July 16, 2020 

Bennington Arts Weekend
First Weekend in August
Aug 1-2 

Battle Day Parade
Aug  - 12:30pm

Funtastic Fridays
July -  August 

Hemming's Cruise-Ins
May - August

First Fridays
July - October

Saturday - On Halloween in 2020
October 31, 2020

Downtown Food Truck Festival

Veterans Day Parade
November 11 - 11AM

Small Business Saturday
November 28, 2020

Oldcastle Theatre Company
Event Schedule

Farmers' Market
Winter Market Dates

VAE Music Series
Entertainment Series

Bennington Bookshop
Event Schedule

Better Bennington Corporation
215 South Street
Beautiful Bennington, Vermont 05201

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