Best Bets : Fun in the Berkshires and Shires of Vermont for July 28 to Aug. 3


Theater under the stars

Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park is back for its third year of free family fun. Now through Aug. 7 — 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays — catch 'The Tempest.' Bring a picnic and chairs to the First Street Common and enjoy the show.


Plan to walk 'downstreet'

Get out and meet your neighbors at the summer's second Downstreet Art event in North Adams, Thursday, July 28. From 5 to 8 p.m., enjoy gallery openings, the Holden Street Night Market and live performances along Main Street.


Party while cleaning up

Help take back your neighborhood and join in the fun at a Pleasant Street Block Party in Bennington, Vt. From noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, the street will shut down for family fun and an organized effort to pick up trash on the street.


Celebrate blueberries

If you love all things blueberry, then you'll want to head over to the 17th annual Blueberry Festival on Sunday, July 31, in Austerlitz, N.Y. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy food, live music and craft vendors. Get there early for pancake breakfast.


Fife and drum concert

Imagine yourself one of George Washington's personal guards while listening to the Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps at the Bennington Battle Monument on Friday, July 29. From 2 to 4 p.m., 44 members will perform in authentic garb.


Enjoy tunes on terrace

Take in the view of Edith Wharton's beautiful gardens while listening to free music at The Mount's Music After Hours series. From 5 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, July 29, 30, listen to the Benny Sharoni Quartet.


Go batty for bat facts

Learn more about these fascinating flying creatures at 'The Secret Life of Bats' at Bartholomew's Cobble in Sheffield, Mass. From 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 29, learn about the important role bats play in our ecosystem.


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