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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September 2015:

Vermont State Fair – Rutland, VT – September 5-12, 2015
Vermont’s oldest agricultural fair – 170th year. Circus Hollywood, racing pigs, entertainment and more.

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

Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival – Bennington, VT – September 5-6, 2015
19th 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.

Jay Peak Trail Running Festival – Jay Peak – September 5-6, 2015
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 – Sept 5-6, 2015

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.

Grand Point North – Burlington, VT – September 12-13, 2015
Headlined by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. Held at Waterfront Park.

Springfield Steampunk Festival – Springfield – September 11-13, 2015
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.

Vermont Golden Honey Festival – Proctorsville, VT – September 13, 2015.  An annual event held at the Golden Stage Inn Bed and Breakfast, 399 Depot St., Proctorsville.

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

Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Festival – Mount Snow, VT – September 18-20, 2015

Peru Fair – Peru, VT –  September 26, 2015
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.

Bristol Harvest Fest – Bristol, VT – September 26, 2015
10 AM to 4 PM at Bristol Town Green.

Burke Mountain Fall Foliage Festival – Burke, VT – September 26, 2015
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.

Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival – Cambridge, VT – September 27, 2015
7th 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.

October 2015:

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival – Tunbridge – October 3-4, 2015
27th annual event. Marketplace, workshop, fiber arts classes, contests, animal barn, fleece show & sale, cashmere goat exhibit and floral hall.

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.

Newfane Heritage Festival – Newfane, VT – October 10-11, 2015
45th annual event on the Common in the Village of Newfane. Arts & crafts amid the fall foliage on Columbus Day Weekend.

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.

November 2015:

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

Last Year’s Events

Northeast Kingdom Annual Fall Foliage Festival – Walden, Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet and Groton, VT – Oct 1-4, 2014
Manchester Fall Art & Crafts Festival – Manchester, VT – October 3-5, 2014

Annual Pumpkin Carving Festival – Manchester, VT – October 18, 2014
Held at the Equinox Valley Nursery.

Torchlight Parade, Fireworks, & Santa – Mount Snow Resort – Nov 29, 2014

Vermont Firkin Festival – Winooski, VT – Nov 8, 2014
Vermont Cider Week – Nov 14-23, 2014
ArtsRiot Harvest Homebrew Festival – Burlington, VT – Nov 6, 2014

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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