Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival

Fall is Festival time in Vermont and Manchester kicks off its foliage celebration with the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival. (Note that this event was formerly called the Hildene Fall Arts Festival.) 150 juried artisans exhibit and sell a wide range of contemporary and traditional craft work as well as original Art, photography, sculpture, and specialty food products. For many customers it’s an annual ritual to spend a day here, seeing their favorite exhibitors and meeting new ones, buying new works including gifts for the approaching holiday season.

Please note this festival, the Original Hildene Fall Art and Craft Festival, has changed location from Hildene: it is now located at The Practice Tee, on Route 7A in Manchester. Same great show, new location! It is located at the turn off to Riley Rink.

Show hours are 10am to 5pm each day.

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  • Admission: Adults $10 – get a discount coupon when you join our mailing list, Kids 12 and under Free! Show hours are 10am to 5pm each day. Parking is free. No pets please.

    Certainly, shopping is a chief reason why people come to the event. There is truly a cornucopia of creativity under the colossal Camelot tents which are heated if necessary. Everything from the simple to the sublime can be found within the artists booths: mugs to men’s linen jackets, wallets to designer leather bags, and prints to one of a kind creations, and jams and jellies to maple distilled vodka.

    Besides buying from the actual artists and artisans of the goods and supporting a localvore economy, customers get to meet and chat with them. They are an interesting group of individuals with eccentric backgrounds and are usually friendly and gregariously articulate. In addition to a purchase, there is scintillating conversation and sometimes even a nascent friendship.

     

  • Besides the creative shopping, the show is always fun: There are craft demos, live entertainment, and kids activities.

    This years live entertainment includes:

    Friday: Spencer Lewis at 12:30 and 2:30

    Saturday: Studio Two The Beetles Tribute at 12:30 and 2:30

    Sunday: The Bondville Boys at 12:30 and 2:30.

    About Spencer Lewis

    The rich tone of Spencer’s acoustic steel-stringed guitar, his trademark layered violin sound and his uncomplicated style of composition is what finds its way into the hearts of an ever-increasing and appreciative audience. There is an unpretentious quality to his music that is both compelling and soothing.

    Lewis’ songs are a blend of classical, new-age, folk and country. His cross-flat-picked guitar combines the Carter Family’s ‘church -lick’, Mississippi John Hurts fluid finger-picking, and Jack Elliott’s interpretive style.

    Although all the music is produced with the meticulous detail of the recording studio, it’s relaxed nature allows that it might have been played on the front porch of a cabin.

    About Studio Two – The Beetles Tribute

    Studio Two is a Beatles Tribute that will take you back to the early 60′s when The Beatles were taking the world by storm.

    Studio Two is a Beatles cover band that pays tribute to the early Beatles years, choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era. These four lads met in a “cellar full of noise” in a town west of Liverpool, in Milford, New Hampshire. By recreating the Fab Four’s music, instruments, and onstage banter, Studio Two performs your most favorite hits that will bring people to the dance floor.

    About The Bondville 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 with two top-notch bass players in Dennis Fink and Christian Heinz, they are known for their sweet harmonies, excellent musicianship, great 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.

  • There is a fabulous food court serving a wide range of localvore items:  lobster rolls, soups and salads, sweet potato fries, local apple cider, tacos, pulled pork and all the trimmings, grilled cheese Panini, and so forth.

    There will be a beer tent serving wine and great, seasonal local beer.

  • FESTIVAL ADDRESS: 410 Hunter Park Road, Manchester Center, VT

    Show hours are 10am to 5pm each day. Parking is free.

    No pets are allowed on the Festival grounds, with the exception of service animals.

    The Festival admission gate is cash only. Most exhibitors accept credit cards.

    Please note that this festival is outdoors, in a picturesque and charming meadow with uneven footing, gravel and grass. Many artists exhibit under the large tents, others are outdoors. The show will go on rain or shine, at the discretion of the management.