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Signature Events in Killington

Vermont is a thriving hub for skilled artisans, farmers, chefs, talented musicans, and creative craftspeople, so it is no surpise that many events are focused around culture and the arts or local produce, beer and wine.  In addition, the beautiful landscape is ideal for hosting a plethora of althetic events.  Events and festivals draw visitors to the Killington region year round, but are especially popular in the summer months when the weather is perfect for being outside.  Autumn brings a plethora fun activites that celebrate the harvest season and beautiful fall foliage. And in the winter months, on-snow competitions and rail jams are frequent at Killington Resort and Pico Mountain and draw amazing athletes from around the world.  Each year, the Killington Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Killington and Killington Resort host an exciting schedule of Signature Events- annual events that people look foward to year after year.

Killington Hay Festival

Killington Hay Festival (Labor Day to Columbus Day)

This five-week celebration of autumn in Vermont showcases a collection of 40 giant hay animals on display at businesses throughout town.  Join the family-friendly educational scavenger hunt through the winding roads and across the mountains of Killington to find the giant hay sculptures.

 

Killington Classic

Killington Classic (Labor Day Weekend 2012)

Now a Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top-10 Event two years in a row! Vermont's largest motorcycle touring rally offers social events, day rides, poker runs, lectures, demos and the signature 12-mile parade of over 1,000 motorcycles through the heart of the Green Mountains.

 

Pico Septemberfest (September)

BBQ, games, beer, live music and of course, fall foliage, are the perfect recipe for a beautiful September day. Pico Septemberfest features activities for all ages.  Long Trail Brewery pours their tasty, local craft beers while you listen to live music.

 

Killington Brewfestival

Killington Brewfest (October)

The Killington Brewfest is a celebration of the Northeast’s finest craft beers. Come wet your whistle at the base of 4,241' Killington Peak during the pinnacle of autumn foliage. Festival goers will enjoy live music, a plethora of fabulous food offerings and over 70 of the finest craft beers that our region has to offer.

 

 

Vermont Holiday Festival (December)

You’ll find the 'Festival of Trees', where 100 individually decorated trees are on display, live holiday music performances and free horse-drawn sleigh rides.  Children love Santa’s Workshop- a one-hour story telling and toy-making session, including a visit from Santa’s himself! At the Festival, you can enter to win your favorite tree to take home, including all of the trimmings!  Named a Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Winter Event and a favorite 'Pick for Kids'.

 

Dew Tour Killington

Winter Dew Tour (January)

Killington Resort hosts the second stop of the The Winter Dew Tour- the largest snow sports event in the East! The four-day event showcases the world's top freeskiing and snowboarding athletes competing in slopestyle and superpipe.  Head to Bear Mountain to check out all the action, including the Festival Village with athlete appearances, entertainment and giveaways daily.

 

Killington Stage Race

Killington Stage Race (Memorial Day Weekend, May)

The Killington Stage Race is a series of three races structured to cover a variety of terrain and distances, and set against the cool, lush landscape of Vermont's Geren Mountains.  The lengedary Stage Race was revived in 2009 after a ten-year hiatus. Three days of races and incredible athletes from around the world make for an exciting competition for racers and spectators alike.

 

Killington Fourth of July

Town of Killington July 4th Celebration (July)

The 4th of July Celebration and Fireman's BBQ is one of the most popular events of the summer and a very special event. All day long enjoy the wonderful food cooked by the Killington Fire Department and other volunteers.  During the afternoon, the town hosts fun filled games and Entertainment.  Bring your baithing suit, a picnic blanket and be prepared to stay until the fireworks at dusk!

 

Killington Music Festival (July-August)

Each summer about 100 students gather from institutions such as the Juilliard School of Music, Boston Conservatory, The New England Conservatory, The Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Eastman School of Music and the University of Arizona to play chamber music and to teach string students. Performances by the faculty and invited guest artists have made the Festival a mainstay of summer culture in the region for over 30 years.

Killington Wine Festival

Killington Wine Festival (July 20-22, 2012)

Over the last ten years, the Killington Wine Festival has become a signature summer event for the Killington region.  Guests enjoy a nice July weekend tasting fine wines with Killington Peak and the Green Mountains of Vermont as a scenic backdrop. The Killington Wine Festival continues to grow each year and now features over 500 wines from around the world represented by over 40 wineries and distributors.

 

Cooler in the Mountains Killington

'Coolor in the Mountains' Summer Concert Series (Saturdays in August)

Grab the lawn chair, beach blanket, and the whole family and head to Killington’s K1 Base Area for this outdoor concert series featuring top regional bands.  Concerts are held on Saturday afternoons and support the greening efforts of Reverb, a  non-profit organization, which educates and engages musicians and their fans to take action toward a more sustainable future.

 

Spartan Beast Race

The Spartan Race (September)

This challenging course race will take you around Killington Peak to face military style obstacles along the way, including an eight foot wall, slippery incline wall, cargo net climb, barbed wire crawl, water obstacles, mud crawl, spear throw, fire jump and gladiator pit.  The course combines the most rugged terrain and burly obstacles to allow those with a sense of adventure to define themselves, then bask in glory at a rocking after party with live music, food and plenty of beer.

 

Here are additional annual events that are easily accessible from Killington:

September
North Branch Blue Grass Festival, Bridgewater
Vermont State Fair, Rutland
Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival, Woodstock
New England Maple Museum's Halloween and Fall Celebration, Pittsford
Tunbridge World Fair, Tunbridge
Traditional Craft Saturdays at Billing's Farm & Museum, Woodstock
IDIC 15 5K Run/Walk and 15K Fun Run, Killington

October
Killington Ski Club’s Annual Ski Swap, Killington
Vermont Antique Festival at Quechee Gorge Village, Quechee
Chaffee Art Center’s Art in the Park Fall Foliage Festival, Rutland
Brandon Harvestfest, Brandon
Rutland City Halloween Parade, Rutland
Billings Farm and Museum’s Wagon Ride Weekends & Pumpkin and Apple Celebration, Woodstock

November
Loaded Turkey Rail Jam, Killington
Santa's Arrival and Tree Lighting, Rutland
Ski Season Kick Off Parties, Killington
Turkey Trot, Killington
Thanksgiving Celebrations at Billings Farm and Museum, Woodstock

December
Rails to Rickes Rail Jam, Killington
K-Town Showdown Series Rail Jam, Killington
Coolidge Christmas Open House, Plymouth
New Years Eve Celebrations, Killington

January

Colliegiate Winter Games, Killington
National Safety Awareness Week, Killington
Sleighride Week at Billing's Farm, Woodstock
Chaffee Art Center Winter Members Show, Rutland
K-Town Showdown Series Rail Jam, Killington

February
Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge, Killington
Art in the Snow, Brandon
Sleighride Week at Billing's Farm, Woodstock
K-Town Showdown Series Rail Jam, Killington

March
Hope on the Slopes, Killington (Pico)
History of Maple Sugaring at the N.E. Maple Museum, Pittsford
Nor' Beaster & Vermont Freeride Challenge, Killington

April
Pond Skimming, Killington
Sunshine Daydream Festival, Killington
Glad Rags Sale, Woodstock
Spring Farm Festival at Billing's Farm, Woodstock

May
Bridgewater Raft Race, Bridgewater
GreenUp Vermont Day, Statewide
Jeff's Day at Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington
Memorial Day Parade, Woodstock
Open Studio Weekend (Memorial Day), Statewide

June

Covered Bridge Half Marathon, Woodstock
Quechee Hot Air Baloon Festival, Quechee
Friday Night Live, Rutland
Vermont Days (1 weekend of Free Admission to State Parks), Statewide
Summer Members Show at Chaffee Art Center, Rutland
United Way Day at Pico Mountain, Killington

July
Calvin Coolidge Birthday Celebration, Plymouth
Basin Bluegrass Festival, Brandon
Solarfest, Timouth
RAVE Car Show at VT State Fairgrounds, Rutland
Ethnic Food Festival, Rutland
Killington Jeep Jamboree, Killington
Thursday Concerts on River Road, Killington

August
Winter in August, Rutland
Antique Tractor Day at Billing's Farm, Woodstock
Chaffe Art Center's Art in the Park, Rutland
Gravity Easy Down Hill Mountain Bike Race, Killington
A Taste of Woodstock, Woodstock

 

 

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