The town of Killington has announced a full slate of events
spanning the 2011 summer and fall tourism season. Beginning with
the Stage Race on Memorial Day weekend and continuing through
Columbus Day with the celebrated Hay Festival, the robust lineup
includes the return of many perennial favorites such as the
Killington Wine Festival and the free It's Cooler in the Mountains
concert series, as well as many new events including the Super
Spartan Beast Race and the world-famous Circus Smirkus.
Following are the highlights of Summer/Fall 2011 in
May 27 - 30, The Killington Stage Race - The season officially
gets underway Memorial Day weekend when thousands of cycling
enthusiasts from throughout the Northeast converge on Killington
for three days of fast and furious racing action. Excellent viewing
along all race routes.
(Saturdays) July 2 - August 6, Killington Music Festival - Join
100 of the nation's best junior classical musicians for a series of
summer concerts every Saturday evening at Ramshead Lodge in
Killington, or attend the final performance atop beautiful
July 4, Star-Spangled Birthday Celebration - Killington's
old-fashioned 4th of July celebration is a favorite with visitors
and locals alike, and this year commemorates the town's 250th
birthday. Festivities include the traditional parade, barbecue and
fireworks, as well as historical demonstrations and a giant
community birthday cake.
July 10 - 14, Killington Junior Golf Tournament - Over 100 of
the world's best junior golfers compete during this multi-day
tournament at Green Mountain National Golf Course, with an
accompanying tournament for non-qualifiers at Killington Resort
(Thursdays) July 14 - August 18, Library Concert Series - Free
outdoor evening concert on the lawn at the Sherburne Library in
July 16 - 17, Killington Dog Days - Killington becomes a dog
paradise during this weekend to benefit the Rutland County Humane
Society, featuring national DiscDog competitions, pet-friendly
vendors, and games for pets and their owners.
July 22 - 24, Killington Wine Festival - A signature event for
the region, this year's 10th annual festival will feature over 500
wines from around the world, during a full-bodied weekend of
tastings, dinners, and a Wine and Nine golf tournament.
July 30, August 6, 13, 20 & 27 - The 'It's Cooler in the
Mountains' Concert Series - Grab the lawn chair, the beach blanket,
and the whole family and head to Killington's K1 Base Area for this
free outdoor concert series, featuring top regional bands, plus
outdoor activities and games for the kids, a beer garden and
July 30 - 31, Eastern States Cup - Killington Peak joins the
roster of Eastern mountain venues for this competitive series of
downhill mountain bike races.
August 6, Spartan Beast Race - This 10-12 mile timed obstacle
race across Killington Peak claims to be the 'toughest race on the
planet.' Competitors 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.
August 13 - 14, Gravity East Downhill Race - The 2011 Gravity
East Downhill Series is one of eight downhill mountain bike races
where competitors vie for a $5000 cash prize.
August 14 - 15, Circus Smirkus - Pico Mountain will be the site
of this world-famous troupe, featuring 30 of the world's best child
performers. Juggling, tumbling, trapeze, aerial acts, contortion,
clowns, live music and tailor-made costumes are all part of the act
under the Big Top. Shows are Sunday and Monday at 1PM and 6PM.
Tickets are $20 for adults (over age 13) and $17 for youth (ages 12
and under). Group discounts are available.
September 1 - October 10, Killington Hay Festival - Named a Top
Ten Summer/Fall Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the
Killington Hay Festival is back for its 4th year. A five-week
celebration of autumn in Vermont, the event showcases a collection
of 40 giant hay animals on display at businesses throughout town.
It also features a family-friendly educational scavenger hunt, a
handcrafted hay maze, and an old-fashioned ice cream social and
soapbox political rally. There's even a special Killington Hay
Festival brew from Long Trail and "Hay and Stay" packages.
September 8 - 11, The Killington Classic - Now managed by
Americade, New England's largest motorcycle touring rally returns
to the region for four thundering days of 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
September 16 - 17, Farm-to-Table Food Festival - A celebration
of locally grown and sourced food paired with seasonal beers and
ciders, experienced through a variety of tastings, cooking
demonstrations and a fresh food market. Demos include cheesemaking,
homebrewing, lessons on the art of gastronomy and fine foods, and
creating fresh-food dinner menus.
October 1, Killington Brewfest - A ticketed sampling of New
England's finest craft beers, set at the base of Killington Peak
during the pinnacle of autumn foliage. Live music, food tastings
and over 60 regional artisan brews on tap.
Located in the heart of Vermont's Green Mountains, Killington is
home to the Killington Ski and Golf Resort, Green Mountain National
Golf Course, exceptional restaurants and four seasons of endless
outdoor activities. More information on all events is available at