The fall foliage isn’t the only reason to head to Vermont this September and October, 2018. 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!Last Major Update:
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Springfield Steampunk Festival - Springfield, VT - Jan 1, 2017
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.
Glory Days Festival - White River Junction, VT - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
A two day festival of railroading and transportation.
Vermont State Fair - Rutland, VT - Aug 14 to Aug 18, 2018
173rd annual – Vermont’s oldest agricultural fair. Circus Hollywood, racing pigs, midway rides and games, monster truck rides, 4H shows, entertainment and more.
Jay Peak Trail Running Festival - Jay, VT - Sep 1 to Sep 2, 2018
A family friendly weekend of running with 53.1K ultra, 25K trail race, 5Ks and a kids’ trail race.
Mount Snow Brewers Festival - Mount Snow, VT - Sep 1 to Sep 2, 2018
24th annual. Enjoy brews from nearly 50 different breweries who are on-hand pouring their beers and ciders from 100+ different taps, plus live music, great food and more.
Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival - Bennington, VT - Sep 1 to Sep 2, 2018
Annual event for 20+ years. Sample food and find crafts from 100 vendors using garlic and herbs in products, including everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, plus take in cooking demonstrations, planting and braiding tips, a little shopping, kids’ activities, the Beer and Wine Garden, live music, and more. For aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic-lovers or those simply looking for a fun way to spend a Vermont end-of-summer day, the event promises something for everyone.
South End Art Hop - Burlington, VT - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
26th annual. Over 30,000 visited last year to celebrate the art and culture of Burlington, including hundrds of exhibits, sculpture, fashion shows, music, juried art show, Kids Hop and more!
Vermont Golden Honey Festival - Proctorsville, VT - Sep 8, 2018
An annual event held at the Golden Stage Inn featuing local honey, plus crafters and artisans and more
Tunbridge World’s Fair - Tunbridge, VT - Sep 13 to Sep 16, 2018
Agricultural day, amusement rides, live exhibits, pig races, live music on the grandstand, beer and wine garden and more. Since 1867.
Grand Point North - Burlington, VT - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2018
Annual music festival at Waterfront Park.
Bennington Food Truck Festival - Bennington, VT - Sep 15, 2018
Food trucks from downtown Bennington and beyond descent to offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts, plus free yoga classes, local musicians, craft vendors, corn hole, face painting, and more!
Harpoon Oktoberfest Vermont - Windsor, VT - Sep 16 to Oct 7, 2018
The Windsor brewery of Harpoon hosts its Vermont Oktoberfest on Sundays. There will be lots of Harpoon beer, live oompah music, chicken dancing, keg bowling, fall foliage and the Harpoon Oktoberfest race.
Oktoberfest Vermont - Burlington, VT - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
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!
Bristol Harvest Fest - Bristol, VT - Sep 22, 2018
Head to Bristol Town Green for a full day of live music, kids’ activities, live demonstrations, pony rides, crafters, vendors and more.
Peru Fair - Peru, VT - Sep 22, 2018
An old-fashioned country fair featuring a pig roast, crafts, antiques, clowns, magicians, pony rides, food, music, entertainment, and more!
Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival - Mount Snow, VT - Sep 22, 2018
Great wine, food and fall foliage at this event the Vermont Chamber of Commerce named one of its Top 10 fall events.
Trapp Family Lodge Oktoberfest - Stowe, VT - Sep 22, 2018
Vermont Wildlife Festival - West Dover, VT - Sep 23, 2018
A way for the local community to share their passion for the outdoors and all its activities. Representatives from the hunting and conservation communities, wildlife resuces, nature centers and more come out for a day of learning in the beautful Vermont outdoors, and they bring live birds of prey, reptile rescues, and a live wolf demonstration with them. Admission is a donation of your choice. Since 2010.
Manchester Fall Art & Crafts Festival - Manchester Center, VT - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
Enjoy a unique shopping experience at Riley Rink in Hunter Park, where artists and artisans, specialty foods and spirits, and Vermont products await!
Burke Mountain Fall Foliage Festival - East Burke, VT - Sep 29, 2018
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 Sheep & Wool Festival - Tunbridge, VT - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
Annual event for nearly 30 years. Marketplace, workshop, fiber arts classes, contests, animal barn, fleece show & sale, cashmere goat exhibit and floral hall.
Countryman’s Pleasure Oktoberfest - Rutland, VT - Sep 29 to Oct 6, 2018
The first annual Countryman’s Pleasure Oktoberfest is going to be a great party with live music, delicious traditional foods, and lots of beer under the tent for two Saturdays! On the first Saturday, come out to hear Boston folk/bluegrass band, Pesky J Nixon, whose latest album, Red Ducks, is on the top 10 Roots Music Chart. Your $25 ticket gets you dinner (choice of entree, salad and dessert) and your first pint of beer in a custom Oktoberfest glass. Bring your friends and celebrate, Bavarian style, at Vermont’s best German/Austrian restaurant! Free “Gramp’s Shuttle Service” from the Home Depot parking lot and back. Get excited for the dinner options, which include Bavarian-style roast, half-chicken, bratwurst stewed in beer with sauerkraut, German potato salad, celery root salad, and cucumber salad, local corn on the cob, soft pretzels with mustard, and strudel! Event happens from 5:30-9:30.
Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival - Stowe, VT - Sep 30, 2018
10th annual event at Stoweflake Mountain Resort featuring a trebuchet contest, Chili Cook-off Contest, kids activities and live music. This event raises money for the Lamoille Restorative Center in Hyde Park, VT.
Color of the Kingdom Autumn Festival - , VT - Sep 30 to Oct 6, 2018
A weeklong festival across the rolling hills of Vermont. Some towns have crafts, live music, church suppers, historical tours, and amazing scenery among the fall foliage! Each town has a different day and a different set of fun activities.
Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival - West Danville, VT - Oct 1, 2018
Driving tour of artisans in their home businesses, with coffee and donuts in the morning and soup and sandwich lunch, and musical entertainment with a barbecued beef dinner. Registration and breakfast are at Walden Church in Noyesville Village.
Stowe Foliage Arts Festival - Stowe, VT - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
In Vermont’s most colorful season, visitors can enjoy works from over 200 juried artisans exhibiting and selling contemporary and traditional crafts, original art, photography and sculpture, food products, and more, plus live music, food, beer, wine, and speciality foods will all be available as well.
Newfane Heritage Festival - Newfane, VT - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
48th annual. Annual event on the Common in the Village of Newfane. Juried arts & crafts amid the fall foliage on Columbus Day Weekend.
Mount Snow Oktoberfest & Harvest Art & Craft Festival - West Dover, VT - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
Vermont Chamber of Commerce called this a Top 10 Fall Event in 2014. The Mount Snow Oktoberfest will feature German beer, cuisine, and games for kids and adults. It’s the 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.
Bennington Oktoberfest - Bennington, VT - Oct 6, 2018
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.
Sugarbush Resort Oktoberfest - Warren, VT - Oct 7, 2018
Family friendly event with live music, beer garden, German games and kid-friendly Bavarian buffet and activities.
Vermont International Fall Festival - Burlington, VT - Oct 18 to Oct 28, 2018
Film festival with a variety of programming actoss the week.
Craft Vermont - Burlington, VT - Nov 16 to Nov 18, 2018
Meet the artists at the Craft Vermont Show, held at the DoubleTree.
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