Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall Vermont Festivals in 2016

The fall foliage isn’t the only reason to head to Vermont this September and October, 2016. Fall festivals abound for those who wish to enjoy local Vermont foods, music festivals, crafts and beer. Be sure to plan your trip to VT so that you can enjoy both the fall colors and one of these fall festivals. We’ve looked for the dates to events from Burlington to Southern Vermont, and everywhere else in the state. If you are local and aware of other things to do, please let us know so that we can add them to our calendar of dates. Don’t forget to also check out our list of German beer festivals for Oktoberfest in Vermont. There’s only a short amount of time before the colors fade, the leaves fall and the cold temperatures and snow set in. Enjoy it while you can!

We hope you enjoyed last year’s list.  We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

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2016

Vermont State Fair – Rutland, VT – August 16-20, 2016
Vermont’s oldest agricultural fair – 171st year. Circus Hollywood, racing pigs, entertainment and more.

Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival – Bennington, VT – September 3-4, 2016
20th annual event. Sample food and find crafts from 100 vendors using garlic and herbs in products. Admission is $5 per person per day or $8 for the weekend. Kids 12 and under are $1.

Mount Snow Brewers Festival – Mount Snow, VT – Sept 3-4, 2016

Jay Peak Trail Running Festival – Jay Peak – September 3-4, 2016
A family friendly weekend of running with 50K ultra, 25K trail race, 5Ks and a kids’ trail race.

South End Art Hop Sept 9-11, 2016
Over 30,000 visited last year to celebrate the art and culture of Burlington

Vermont Golden Honey Festival – Proctorsville, VT – September 10, 2016.  An annual event held at the Golden Stage Inn Bed and Breakfast, 399 Depot St., Proctorsville.

Glory Days Festival – White River Junction – Sept 10-11, 2016
A two day festival of railroading and transportation.

Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival – Mount Snow, VT – September 16-18, 2016
Great wine, food and fall foliage at this event the Vermont Chamber of Commerce named one of its Top 10 fall events.

Grand Point North – Burlington, VT – September 17-18, 2016
Held at Waterfront Park.

Springfield Steampunk Festival – Springfield – September 23-25, 2016
Hosted by the Steampunk Society of Vermont and Hartness House Inn. Trader’s Bazaar, Bicycle ride & picnic, Walking history tour, Candlepin Bowling Tournament, Absinthe Tasting. Net proceeds benefit the Springfield Community Center.

Peru Fair – Peru, VT –  September 24, 2016
An old-fashioned country fair. Named a Top 10 fall event in 2014 by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Pig roast, crafts, antiques, clowns, magicians, pony rides, food, music and entertainment.

Burke Mountain Fall Foliage Festival – Burke, VT – September 24, 2016
Held in East Burke Village on the green at the Burke Mountain Clubhouse/East Burke Library. Parade, Rubber Duck Race, Kids Area with a Jump House & face painting, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Petting Zoo, Craft Show, Silent Auction, Reptile Exhibit, Beer & Wine Tent and Live Music.

Bristol Harvest Fest – Bristol, VT – September 24, 2016
10 AM to 4 PM at Bristol Town Green.

Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival – Cambridge, VT – September 25, 2016
8th annual event at Stoweflake Mountain Resort. Trebuchet contest, Chili Cook-off Contest, and live music. Admission is $5 for ages 5 and over. Raises money for the Lamoille Family Center in Morrisville, VT.

Manchester Fall Art & Crafts Festival – Manchester, VT – September 30 – October 2, 2016

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival – Tunbridge – October 1-2, 2016
28th annual event. Marketplace, workshop, fiber arts classes, contests, animal barn, fleece show & sale, cashmere goat exhibit and floral hall.

Newfane Heritage Festival – Newfane, VT – October 8-9, 2016
46th annual event on the Common in the Village of Newfane. Arts & crafts amid the fall foliage on Columbus Day Weekend.

Future Events – 2017

If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!

September 2015:

North Branch Bluegrass Festival – Bridgewater, VT – September 3-6, 2015
Band contest with kick-off show, music workshops, spaghetti dinner, weekend camping.

Cambridge Music Festival – Cambridge, VT – September 12, 2015
5th annual event. Fire performances, TieDye Booth. Kid’s activities include face painting, rock painting and more. Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for youth ages 7 and over.

Tunbridge World’s Fair – Tunbridge, VT – September 17-20, 2015
A Top 10 Fall Event in 2015 according to the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

Color of the Kingdom Autumn Festival – St. Johnsbury, VT – September 19, 2015

October 2015:

Stowe Foliage Arts Festival – Stowe, VT – October 9-11, 2015
Food court, juried artisans exhibit, Vermont Beer Cheese and Sausage tent.

Harvest Weekend @ Billings Farm – Woodstock, VT – October 10-11, 2015.  One of the areas best festival you celebrate a traditional Vermont harvest celebration.  Enjoy the husking bee, barn dance, cider pressing, donuts and lots of fun.

Welsh Harvest Festival – Poultney, VT – October 20, 2015.  Enjoy live Welsh music, food, field games, a haunted barn, hayride and fall activities.  Located at Green Mountain College, you don’t want to miss the evening bonfire.

Vermont International Film Festival – Burlington, VT – October 23 – November 1, 2015
29th event. Headquarters is on 3rd floor in Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. Opening and closing night parties.

Northeast Kingdom Annual Fall Foliage Festival – VT – Sept 28 – Oct 4, 2015

Vermont Firkin Festival – Winooski, VT – October 10, 2015

November 2015:

Craft Vermont – Burlington, VT – Nov 20-22, 2015
Fine Craft and Art Show at the Sheraton in South Burlington

 

 

Find other fun things to do in Vermont in October:

Oktoberfest in Vermont
Vermont Corn Mazes
Vermont Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Vermont
Vermont Pumpkin Patches

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