What's New in Downtown Bennington?


You've no doubt noticed the amount of façade work that downtown property owners have completed this year.  There are over 15 properties that have had some extent of work completed on the fronts of their buildings - some minor, some major.  It's made a big difference in downtown's appearance!

This year, we also took the holiday decorations to a new level bringing lights and new wreaths all throughout downtown.

The big news though is the continued private investment in downtown. With multiple, new property owners (and more on the way) downtown will be transforming right before our eyes in the next few years.

Already this year, the Gift Garden expanded and moved to their new location on Main Street, Bringing You Vermont will soon be moving and expanding, as well.  DiBuono Handmade Pasta Co. will be filling their previous location. 

Berkshire Sign Company studio is under renovation (as well as the entire building) and getting ready to open in the spring, and major renovations are being completed for the spring opening of the 421 Tap House on Main Street.

The Department of Motor Vehicles just relocated to their larger location on Main Street, and the old Bingo Hall will be the new home of Summit Church, whose members have been bringing enjoyable family activities to Downtown for many years. 

Serenity Rising recently opened on the 2nd floor above Shaffe's Men's Clothing, in addition to the amazing Bennington Armory shop on Main Street. 

All that activity, and that's just the visible part.  Behind the scenes, there's much more, especially the Greenberg property redevelopment plans that are moving steadily forward.  

Oldcastle Theatre Company will begin playing movies at their location on Main Street.  Not only did they bring back live, equity theater to downtown a few years ago, they're now bringing back a movie theater to Main Street.  We haven't had one since the Harte Theater burned in the early 80's.  Those entertainment options, along with the Vermont Arts Exchange expanding performance venue on Main Street, are bringing an exciting night life back to Main Street.  

Plans are also moving quickly forward on the development of the Park at 336.  The historic streetscape of downtown is already well maintained, but with the addition of the Park at 336, and then the redevelopment of Merchants Park, downtown will provide even more locations for residents and visitors to relax and enjoy our community.

As things continue to progress into the future, we need to take time to congratulate a few long-time, successful business owners.  Nancy Woltman and George Krawczyk, both pillars in the downtown community, will be focusing on being property owners in downtown and closing their shops to enjoy a little bit of semi-retirement. Success stories that we all strive to achieve. They've both earned it!

Thank you and congratulations to both of you.     



and then there are the events and activities...


St. Patrick's Day Parade is just weeks away! 

It may seem a little early to be talking about the Green, but not when you have to organize a group, plan your float, and get registered to participate in the St. Patrick's Day Parade! 


March 12th will be here before you know it, and it's the best way to promote your group, organization, or company. 

Call 802-442-5758 for more information on how to participate. 




at the Bennington Museum this weekend! 

Celebrating the 32nd year of this annual rite of summer! Click on the above logo to learn more or to download a vendor application. 



Well it's FREE. Absolutely FREE.

  Join us for wonderful exhibitions and
great deals in the Museum Store. If you like what you see, get a membership while you're here. Then you can visit all year long at no cost, plus get discounts on events, deeper savings in our store and more.  Depending on the level of membership you buy, you might get FREE admission to other museums as well.

We hope to see you and your family and friends.

Open 10 am to 5 pm



click on underlined dates for more info

St. Patrick's Parade
Sun. BEFORE St. Pats Day
March 12, 2017

Oldcastle Theatre Company
2017 Season Schedule

Vermont Green-Up Day
First Saturday in May
May 6

Library Book Sale
First Baptist Church

Mayfest Craft Festival
Memorial Day Weekend
May 27

Mayfest Vendor Application

Bennington Bike Nite
July 8

Midnight Madness
Third Thursday in July
July 20th 

Benn. Arts Weekend
First Weekend in August
Aug 4-6

Rock, Rattle, and Drum
11th Annual Pow Wow

Battle Day Parade
Aug 13th 12:00pm

Hemmings Cruise-Ins
May - August

First Fridays
July - October

Funtastic Fridays
July - October 

Saturday before Halloween
October 28th

Veterans Day Parade
November 11, 11AM 

Hometown Holiday
Small Business Saturday
November 25

Farmers' Market
Market Dates

VAE Music Series
Entertainment Series

Meetinghouse Café 
Concert Series

South Street Café
Entertainment Schedule 

The Arcade at Knapp's
Entertainment Schedule 


2018 Downtown Events


The Better Bennington Corporation
215 South Street
Beautiful Bennington, Vermont 05201

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