39th Annual Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival

Enjoy a wonderful weekend in Bennington at the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival!

Juried fine art and craft Exhibitors line outdoor paths and fill soaring white tents with expertly handcrafted creations. With nearly 200 Exhibitors, there is work in a wide variety of style and medium! Specialty foods and artisan spirits are in a separate section. Relax with wine, beer, and great food while listening to live music in the dining tent. Additional roaming entertainers delight children and adults alike!

For the fifth year, the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival is the jewel in the crown of the ever-expanding Bennington Arts Weekend. Experience a lively, arts-filled weekend in Vermont’s first town. There is so much to do, including shopping at the Arts Festival, galleries, exhibits, and delightful restaurants throughout picturesque, historic Bennington.

Read about an art writer and author’s experience at the Festival >

  • fine art and craftwork in the soaring white festival tentsFriday & Saturday 10am-5pm
    Sunday 10am-4pm

    Adult daily admission $8
    Adult weekend pass $12
    Kids Free

    Free Parking

  • Enjoy live music on the Festival Stage throughout the weekend!

    Cosby & TomFriday: Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle

    With guitar, violin, banjo, harmonica, ukelele and dulcimer, these high-spirited independent artists present heartfelt original acoustic folk and blues.”   ~ Folk Times

    Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle live near the Adirondacks in upstate New York. As a duo, they have performed for over 600 events in the Northeast, Southern, and Mid-Atlantic States, including the Berkshires, Smokys, and Appalachian Mountain regions. Together they perform acoustic, folk, Americana and blues-style original and cover songs with a variety of instruments. They are currently recording a song collection for an upcoming album release.

    Tom and Cosby’s community involvement includes a non-profit music project, “The Flying Song Garden,” that brings song and festivity to communities in hardship, and two large open mics, “The Acoustic Coffee House,” each month, and “Party in the Park,” an annual event supported entirely by local businesses.

    www.cosbygibson.com


    Bucky O'Hare performs at the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival in Bennington VTSaturday: Bucky O’Hare

    Bucky O’Hare and The Bucky Band is a soulful blues outfit that stretches the boundaries of the genre into jazz, funk, country and rock. Guitarist, singer/songwriter, bluesman Bucky O’Hare has drawn together a collective of distinctive local musicians to realize his ever evolving vision of the Blues. Well-crafted original songs are entwined seamlessly with classic blues, jazz and rock with a sprinkling of deep track gems.


    Bondville Boys perform at the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival in Bennington VT

    Sunday: Bondville Boys

    “Some of us are from Bondville and some of us are boys.”

    Since 1990, the Bondville Boys have played hard-edged bluegrass throughout Western New England, sharing the stage with Del McCoury, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Buddy Cage, and the Gibson Brothers, among others. Jake Geppert, Tom Morris and Laura Molinelli have played together for over twenty years. Joined most recently by Ben Campbell and Christian Heins, they are known for their sweet harmonies, excellent musicianship, good energy and eclectic setlists. The Bondville Boys play a huge assortment of music, including a ton of original tunes and everything from Flatt and Scruggs to Blondie.

  • Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival in Bennington VTSeveral food trucks and vendors will be on the Festival grounds selling a varied menu of delicious Festival Fare, including sweet and savory crepes, ice cream, and more! Enjoy fresh espresso and lattes, or a craft beer from one of Vermont’s famous breweries.

    Hound Dog
    Hotdog, burger, steak, onion rings.

    Island Homemade Vt Ice Cream
    Ice Cream.
    islandhomemadeicecream.com

    Lickskillet Food
    Tacos, rice and beans, beverages.

    Loopys Espresso & Crepe Cart
    Coffee, espresso, crepes, smoothies.

    M & G Kettle Korn
    Kettle korn fresh popped.
    mgkettlekorn.com

    S & S Concessions
    Wraps, chicken, fries, salads, sausages.

    Vermont Botanical Beverages
    Botanical beverages, health tonics, brownies, waffles, crystals.

  • Bring the kids along to the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival! Besides experiencing incredible art and meeting the creators of traditional and innovative craftwork, there are special activities and entertainment especially for the younger crowd:

    Laura Kays will be at the Festival doing face painting – wear the art!

    The Vermont Arts Exchange will be back, with the Arts Bus!

    Located in the historic village of North Bennington, Vermont, VAE carries out its mission through art education programs and workshops both public and private as well as exhibitions and performances which present local, national and international artists.

    The VAE Art Bus is their “Mission in Motion” traveling art studio that bring the arts to the people.

    We are committed to teaching creativity to young children on up to our elders. We combine these groups through our Intergenerational Arts programs, which allow for the arts to become a strong healing modality uniting creativity with compassion.

    Vermont Arts Exchange Art Bus at the Southern VT Art and Craft Festival in Bennington VT Bennington VT's Vermont Arts Exchange brings kids art projects to the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival

  • This is an outdoor Festival, with some paved paths. Tents are set up on grass, so expect some uneven footing.

    Please do not bring pets to the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival.