Rich in culture. Steeped in history.  Abounding with outdoor recreation.

The spirits of Norman Rockwell, Shirley Jackson and Robert Frost waltz around you while the iconic paintings of Grandma Moses fill a schoolhouse — just waiting for you to explore.  A 306-foot high monument stands high on a hill, paying tribute to the real-life heroes of the Battle of Bennington — a turning point in the American Revolutionary War — Ethan Allan, General Stark and the Green Mountain Boys.

Modern-day Bennington is teeming with outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, budding entrepreneurs, and free-spirited artists — all coming together to fashion a vibrant community.

The SMU National Center for Arts Research has consistently hailed Bennington in its top-ten most vibrant arts communities. This is an honor we wear proudly as their Arts Vibrancy Index tracks more than 900 communities in the U.S.

And Yankee Magazine gets us too.

“Bennington, a jumble of artsy shops and cafés that have a jittery beat-poet buzz, spiced up with some highly regarded museums”

Yankee Magazine

But don’t take their word for it. Start your next Vermont vacation right here in Bennington. Hope to see you soon.

Next BIG Events

Mayfest Arts and Crafts Festival

Join us for this fabulous festival where downtown Bennington, VT is transformed into a celebration of arts, crafts, activities, food, and entertainment. Featuring over 100 local crafters and artisans showcasing their handmade wood, pottery, glass, metal, fabric, and jewelry creations. And the food! There will be a variety of popular food trucks offering delicious ethnic and American selections. You’ll also find festival favorites such as fried dough, maple cotton candy, BBQ, blooming onions and more! (Photo credit: Lorianna Weathers for the Southwestern VT chamber of Commerce.)

Saturday, May 23, 9am – 3pm.

Bennington Pride Parade

The second annual Bennington Pride Parade culminates a week of special events and celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride 2020!

Saturday, June 6, 1 pm.

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