Special Events - Vermont

Ice Cream Social

The Vermont Summer Festival is pleased to announce FREE Ice Cream from Tammy's Ice Cream, Londonderry, VT EVERY Friday from 1-2 pm at the Restaurant on the Vermont Showgrounds.

The Vermont Summer Festival has always been known for its Exhibitor Parties!

The 2023 Entertainment Schedule certainly will not disappoint with the return of the features the continuation of the ever-popular Wednesday night exhibitor parties plus several other special events that will showcase the people and personalities that make Manchester special.

Week 1, Wednesday, July 5, 5-7 pm  |  Seesaw Lodge

The majestic Seesaw's Lodge will be the location of the week 1 exhibitor party. Seesaw’s Lodge consists of three luxurious cabins and a seven-bedroom lodge with mountain views, all recently rebuilt with modern comforts in an old-world Vermont setting.

Its restaurant, Johnny Seesaw’s, serves up simple inventive food with deep connections to the surrounding area and the inn’s heritage. Incorporating local ingredients with a fresh twist, the menu celebrates Vermont and elevates comfort food. Address: 101 SeeSaws Run E, Peru, VT

Week 2, Wednesday, July 12, 5:30-7:30 pm  |  Vermont Flannel Company x Smuggler’s Notch Distillery

The Vermont Flannel Company will be the host of the Week 2 party, welcoming all exhibitors to their beautiful storefront in Manchester. The Vermont Flannel Company uses the ultimate fabric in quality and comfort, being made with 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton and are hand cut and sewn to guarantee the finest craftsmanship.  Scheduled for July 12 at 5 pm, the event will feature hors d'oeuvres, shopping, and tastings of Smuggler's Notch award-winning spirits. Using the finest ingredients blended with pristine Vermont spring water, Smugglers' Notch Distillery makes barrel age, blend, and hand-bottle remarkably distinctive, award-winning spirits one small batch at a time. Address: 96 Depot St, Manchester Center, VT

Week 3, Wednesday, July 19, 5:30-7:30 pm  |  Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home

Hildene, the Lincoln Family home, will be the setting for the week 3 exhibitor party. The picture-perfect setting will allow VSF exhibitors the opportunity to visit the 412-acre estate with its Georgian revival mansion and 14 historic buildings, including the home, formal garden, and observatory. Address: 1005 Hildene Rd, Manchester, VT

Week 4, Wednesday, July 26, 5:30-7:30 pm  |  JK Adams Woodworking

JK Adams Woodworking is the location of the 4th exhibitor party. They are a second-generation family-owned business who produce high-quality kitchen and housewares products by hand from North American hardwoods. Come join us for a tour of their factory followed by small bites and drinks. Address: 1430 VT-30, Dorset, VT

Week 5, Wednesday, August 2, 5:30-7:30 pm  |  Manchester Design Outlets Theory 

Manchester Design Outlets’ Theory will be the host of the 5th exhibitor party. Enjoy a sip and shop experience during their annual summer sale with light bites and great deals. Theory is geared towards the contemporary customer with a demanding and versatile lifestyle. Experience their large selection of sophisticated and urban clothing at a discounted price. 

Week 6, Wednesday, August 9, 5:30-7:30 pm   |  Casting, Clean Water & Cocktails Hosted by Orvis & the Vermont Land Trust

Join us for Casting, Clean Water & Cocktails our final Exhibitor Party of the season. This event is hosted by the Orvis Company and Vermont Land Trust, two like-minded organizations dedicated to uniting us with our natural world for sport, conservation and the joy of being in nature.  Join us to try your hand at casting for fish, and shop for premiere sportswear and gear while you learn a bit more about the good works these organizations are doing to keep Vermont thriving.  An Orvis coupon will be offered to all and you will get the scoop on hidden gems for fishing and enjoying the wonder of Vermont’s conserved lands.  Refreshments, a sample cocktail and snacks will be offered. Orvis Flagship Store Address: 4180 Main St, Manchester, VT Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

Official Charity Partner

The Dorset Equine Rescue, Inc. is the Official Charity Partner for the 2023 Vermont Summer Festival. They are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of neglected, abused and slaughter-bound horses. Volunteers from this wonderful organization will manage spectator admissions for the Vermont Summer Festival on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the horse show circuit.