41st 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 seventh 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.

This year Friday Admission is only $5.00. Don’t miss this chance to see the entire show for a new low price.

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

    !!! Friday Admission Special Only $5.00 !!!

    Adult daily admission (Saturday/Sunday) $8
    Adult weekend pass $10
    Kids Free

    Bennington Museum will
    offer free admission to
    all Festival attendees
    August 2, 3, and 4 with 
    with the presentation of 
    Festival pass.  


    Free Parking, Festival goes on Rain or Shine!

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

    cover of Mikey Saint's Coffee House albumFriday, August 2: Mikey Saint

    Mikey is a seasoned songwriter and poet from Rhode Island. After being a touring drummer, and playing guitar and singing in bands all his life he decided to become more involved in creating his own identity and unique style. His songs have been receiving a lot of accolades with the public and his music has appeared in several Hollywood films.

    The Sage City Jazz band playing on a parade floatSaturday, August 3: Sage City Jazz Band

    The Sage City Jazz Band has been playing traditional jazz in the greater tri-state area since 1955 and is still going strong.
    Bill Cottrell–Trumpet, soprano saxophone
    Woody Strobeck–Trombone
    Kent Baker–Piano
    Dave Cuite–Bass
    Jeff McRae–Drums

    Black and white photo of a drummer playing a drumsetSunday, August 4: The Jeff McRae Band featuring Woody Strobeck

    A hard-energy and versatile assembly of musicians, the Jeff McRae Band plays a wide variety of music from Dixieland to American standards to contemporary jazz.
    Woody Strobeck–Trombone
    Dave Cuite–Bass
    Dave Banulis–Guitar
    Jeff McRae–Drums
  • Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival in Bennington VTVendors will be on the Festival grounds selling a varied menu of delicious farm fresh Festival Fare, including ice cream, and more! Enjoy a craft beer from one of Vermont’s famous breweries.

  • 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.

    Little girl painting at the Art BusThe Vermont Arts Exchange Art Bus is their “Mission in Motion” traveling art studio that bring the arts to the people. Come take part and make some art!

    small child riding a white ponyKids will love visiting and taking a ride on these gentle ponies.

    rainbow unicorn facepainting on a young girl's face

    Wear the art! The Festival face painter will create delightful works on art to order!

  • 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.

    The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival is supported by Best Western Hotel in Bennington, Vermont

    Best Western Bennington is a great place to stay when visiting the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival!