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!

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

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

Mount Snow Brewers Festival - Mount Snow, VT - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2016

Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival - Bennington, VT - Sep 3 to Sep 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.

Garlic Herb Festival - Bennington, VT - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2016

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

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

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

Tunbridge World’s Fair - Tunbridge, VT - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2016
A Top 10 Fall Event in 2015 according to the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

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

Color of the Kingdom Autumn Festival - St. Johnsbury, VT - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016

Grand Point North - Burlington, VT - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Held at Waterfront Park.

Trapp Family Lodge Oktoberfest - Stowe, VT - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016

Oktoberfest Vermont - Burlington, VT - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2016
Waterfront Park on Lake Champlain will put a “Made in Vermont” spin on Oktoberfest during the last weekend in September. 5K run/walk is open to all ages. Sessions are 21+ with tickets going on sale June 1st. 40 brewers, oompah music, games and contests while Vermont’s fall foliage is in full swing!

Springfield Steampunk Festival - Springfield, VT - Sep 23 to Sep 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.

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

Burke Mountain Fall Foliage Festival - East Burke, VT - Sep 24 to Sep 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.

Peru Fair - Peru, VT - Sep 24 to Sep 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.

Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival - Stowe, VT - Sep 25 to Sep 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 - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016

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

Stowe Oktoberfest - Stowe, VT - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
The Rotary Club of Stowe will host their 20th annual Oktoberfest. Jackson Ice Arena is converted into a Bavarian village for one of the top 10 events in Vermont. A Grand Parade opens Oktoberfest on Saturday with marching bands, floats and classic cars. Hear live music. Join them for the kick off rock’n roll concert and lots of beer, wine, and wurst.

Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival - , VT - Oct 3 to Oct 8, 2016

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

Bennington Oktoberfest - Bennington, VT - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
The North Bennington Oktoberfest hosted by the Norshaft Lions and Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce at Colgate Park. It will have live music as well as Bavarian food, Oktoberfest beer, family activities and arts & craft vendors. Admission is $5.

Harpoon Oktoberfest Vermont - Windsor, VT - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
The Windsor brewery of Harpoon hosts its Vermont Oktoberfest a week after the festivities end at their Boston brewery. There will be lots of Harpoon beer, live oompah music, chicken dancing, keg bowling, fall foliage and the Harpoon Oktoberfest race. No RSVP required. $15 cover charge includes 1 Harpoon beer ticket or non-alcoholic beverage tickets. $5 discount on admission for Friends of Harpoon. Children under 12 admitted free with adult. Plenty of free parking in fields surrounding event.

Mount Snow Oktoberfest & Harvest Art & Craft Festival - West Dover, VT - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Vermont Chamber of Commerce called this a Top 10 Fall Event in 2014. The 19th Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest will feature German beer, cuisine, and games for kids and adults. It’s the 43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Fair too. Children’s games in the kids zone include bean bag toss, bouncy house and pumpkin painting. An apple sling shot and the schnitzel toss mean there are plenty of activities for kids at this family friendly event. Selection of beer from at least twenty-five different German and domestic breweries.

Sugarbush Resort Oktoberfest - Warren, VT - Oct 9 to Oct 9, 2016
Family friendly event with live music, beer garden, German games and kid-friendly Bavarian buffet and activities.

Stowe Foliage Arts Festival - Stowe, VT - Oct 10 to Oct 13, 2016
Food court, juried artisans exhibit, Vermont Beer Cheese and Sausage tent.

Vermont International Fall Festival - Burlington, VT - Oct 21 to Oct 30, 2016

Headquarters is on 3rd floor in Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. Opening and closing night parties.

Craft Vermont - Burlington, VT - Nov 18 to Nov 20, 2016

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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