Best Bets | Fun in the Berkshires and Shires of Vermont, Aug. 25 - 31


Celebrate the festival finale

It's hard to believe, but it's time to say goodbye to Jacob's Pillow for the summer. Join the party on Saturday and celebrate the close of the festival with dancing, food, drinks and performances at the Becket, Mass., campus.


Free fun Friday for kids

Take the kids to the Berkshire Museum on Friday for a free day of exploring, learning and fun. Admission is free all day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thanks to Highland Street Foundation. Visit the aquarium, or dig for dino eggs.


Tractor pulls, rides, fair food

Visit the oldest continuous fair in Vermont this weekend at the Bondville Fair in Winhall, Vt. There's something for everyone — from live music, tractor pulls and rides — at this three-day event. Gates open at 10 a.m. Friday.


Horse around at 'Fun Day'

Join the fun and hop on a pony for a good cause on Saturday at the Blue Rider Stables' Family Fun Day at French Park in North Egremont, Mass. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be games, pony rides, music, food and a silent auction.


Medieval demo on tap

Grab your sword and head over to the John G. McCullough Free Library in North Bennington, Vt., on Saturday, for a interactive Medieval mock combat demonstration from noon to 2 p.m. Yogurt parfait will be served afterward.

Street fest

Discover Tyler Street fun

Go ahead, discover what the Morningside Community in Pittsfield, Mass., already knows: Tyler Street is awesome! From 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, stop by the street-wide festival for food, music and fun.


Don't be late for tea party

No, you haven't gone mad — Naumkeag is indeed hosting a Mad Hatter's Tea Party on Saturday. Sip on tea, enjoy the view and, please, come in costume. Join the party from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Stockbridge, Mass., estate.


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