ALL WEEKEND LONG…
August 15-18: Adventure motorcyclists, the best riding experience on the East Coast is hitting Pomfret with the DirtDaze Touratech Adventure Rally! At Suicide Six, you’ll find rides for all skill levels on varied terrain, presentations, onsite education and challenges, moto-vendors, factory demos, and more. Spectators welcome!
August 16-17: In the market for some fabulous digs and souvenirs with a side of sunshine? Then hit the town for Super Sidewalk Sale Days – when Woodstock village shops take their wares to the street for end-of-summer sales!
August 16-18 & beyond: Watch as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man steps up his game in the film, Spider-Man: Far From Home (PG-13), playing at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15…
Beginning at 10:30 AM, feel the sunshine on your shoulders at your pick of family-friendly outdoor activities:
- 10:30 AM – 12 PM: Woodstock’s Summer in your Backyard activities for kids
- 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Billings Farm Culinary Academy at Billings Farm & Museum
2 – 3:15 PM: Pore over artwork that influenced the conservation movement during an Art Tour at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP – featuring Hudson River School paintings by acclaimed artists Bierstadt, Cole, and Durand. Registration recommended, follow the link for more information.
4 – 7 PM: Find live music plus tasty food and brews riverside when Supply and Demand performs Summer Music at Long Trail Brewery!
5 – 8:30 PM: Or if you prefer farmland set to a Quebecois soundtrack, be there when Les Poules à Colin performs at Feast & Field Market in Barnard.
5:30 – 7 PM: Join Sustainable Woodstock for an unmissable round of Green Drinks at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Forest Center! Be there for a panel discussion with the Connecticut River Conservancy and a screening of the film, Source to Sea Jump-In Journey, plus a Q&A and refreshments.
6:30 – 8:30 PM: Create art and meet new friends in the process during Mix, Mingle, & Make – a creative open-studio event at Artistree. See link for pricing and details.
Then, there are two ways to get in on an evening of musical collaboration:
7:30 – 9:30 PM: Popcorn over a roaring campfire and a mug full of chamomile and honey tea await under the moonlight during this Full Moon Fireside at Kelly Way Gardens. Complimentary for Woodstock Inn & Resort guests, $5 for visitors. No reservations required.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 16…
10 AM – 5 PM: Learn how garden-fresh food is prepared on the farm, then take home a recipe to try on your own during Foodways Fridays at Billings Farm & Museum. See link for pricing and details.
2 – 3 PM: Then, head across the street and descend into the Rockefeller-built fallout shelter to learn what life was like during the Cold War as part of Fallout Fridays at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Registration required, see link for details.
5:30 – 7 PM: It’s the second-to-last Music by the River performance and you’re invited! Join lyrical folk artist Hayley Reardon as she delivers a “melancholy little masterpiece” (American Songwriter Magazine) at this wonderful free event presented by Pentangle Arts.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17…
8 AM – 3 PM: The hunt is on! Visit the Green Mountain Horse Association in South Woodstock for a Hunter Pace conditioning ride – celebrating origins in fox hunting with hunter (faster) and hacker (leisurely) divisions. See link for registration and details.
9 AM – 12 PM: Or hit the trails on your own two feet during this week’s Parkrun timed 5k race at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Advanced registration required.
Later, beginning at 9:30 AM, soak up some rays during:
- 9:30 -10:30 AM: Summer Garden Tour Series at Kelly Way Gardens
- 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Mt Tom Farmers’ Market
- 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Appalachian Trail Hikes with Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP
10 AM – 1 PM: Kid-friendly fun is right around the corner! Your little ones can enjoy a gallery walk, kid farmers’ market, water games, Brave the Maze, prizes, pizza, and more at the Raise the Rainbow Kid’s Fair in Woodstock! Then, follow up with a fundraising dinner from 5 – 10 PM. See link for details.
11 AM – 4 PM: Or if you find yourself in Norwich, check out Mindbender Mansion at the Montshire Museum of Science for a mix of brain teasers and optical illusions. See link for the full schedule and pricing details.
1 – 2 PM: Kids ages 7-12, make the great outdoors your classroom during Junior Ranger Adventures at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP – featuring nature walks and chats with park rangers!
At 2 PM, tour glorious grounds at your pick of two outdoor adventures:
- 2 – 3 PM: Life in Full Bloom Tour at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP
- 2 – 4 PM: Garden Tour at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP and Billings Farm & Museum
7 – 9 PM: Then, cast your line in the cool, clear waters of Barnard during this week’s Let's Go Fishing Clinic at Silver Lake – featuring instruction and hands-on fishing in this free for all (plus the cost of park admission) workshop.
7 PM: Sit enraptured as musicians weave a unique tale for all to enjoy at Pleasant Street books! At this free performance, Althea SullyCole (playing the Kora, an African stringed instrument), Ras Moshe (saxophone), and Alec Saelens (guitar) combine their beautiful sounds for a stirring concert you won't soon forget.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18…
1 – 1:30 PM: See what goes into the rehabilitation and care of local birds at this Behind-the-Scenes Tour at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee, featuring chats with rehabbers and stories about resident raptors!
4 – 6 PM: Experience sound and shape through the work of women artists – via a presentation of spectacular quilts and music during Piece by Piece: Sound, Color and Shape at Aristree Community Arts Center. See link for pricing and additional information.
6 – 9 PM: Sample a fabulous farm-to-table menu crafted by Executive Chef Rhys Lewis for a fantastic, flavorful collaboration between gardeners and chef at the Red Barn Dinner Series at Kelly Way Gardens. See link for pricing and registration.