The fall foliage isn’t the only reason to head to Vermont this fall 2021. 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 events. 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!
At this point we have checked for 2021 dates on all festival events. Some websites had not been updated at all for this year, but where a date was available or a cancellation confirmed, we've updated our listing. We'll keep looking for new events to add, and we'll be working on updating Halloween and Thanksgiving events as well. We hope you find a fantastic event near you, enjoy!
All events showing 2021 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19, weather/natural disasters, or other reasons. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Vermont State Fair - Rutland, VT - Aug 17 to Aug 21, 2021
Vermont’s oldest agricultural fair. Circus Hollywood, racing pigs, midway rides and games, monster truck rides, 4H shows, entertainment and more. Since 1846.
Caledonia County Fair - Lyndonville, VT - Aug 25 to Aug 29, 2021
Annual Caledonia county fair – Vermont’s oldest continuously running agricultural fair. Features horse show, hhildren’s tent activities, ox pull, yoked cattle show, rug hooking, midway, decorative painting, pig scramble, bingo, chainsaw carving, demo derby, Punch and Judy puppet show, music on the gazebo, and more
Mount Snow Brewers Festival - Mount Snow, VT - Sep 4, 2021
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 4, 2021
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.
Jay Peak Trail Running Festival - Jay, VT - Sep 4 to Sep 5, 2021
A family friendly weekend of running with 53.1K ultra, 25K trail race, three different 5Ks and a kids’ trail race.
Grand Point North - Burlington, VT - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2021
Canceled for 2021 – tickets transfer to Shelburne Museum outdoor concert. Look for GPN to return in 2022. Normally: Annual music festival at Waterfront Park.
South End Art Hop - Burlington, VT - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
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 11, 2021
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 16 to Sep 19, 2021
Agricultural day, amusement rides, live exhibits, pig races, live music on the grandstand, beer and wine garden and more. Since 1867.
Bennington Food Truck Festival - Bennington, VT - Sep 18, 2021
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!
Two Road Ok2berfest - Burlington, VT - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
Annual Oktoberfest hosted by Two Roads Brewing Company.
Colors of the Kingdom Autumn Festival - St Johnsbury, VT - Sep 18, 2021
About 30 organizations and 50 businesses have come together to produce this annual event, featuring train rides, farmers’ market, arts & crafts fair, planetarium shows, bluegrass festival, parade & much more! Many events FREE or at discounted prices!
Trapp Family Lodge Oktoberfest - Stowe, VT - Sep 18, 2021
Austrian music, strolling accordionist, lawn games and more. Free admission and a la carte Austrian food and beer available throughout the day. Purchase a von Trapp Brewing beer and leave with a commemorative 2019 Trapp Oktoberfest beer stein. Held in the von Trapp bierhall at the Lodge
Owl Festival - Quechee, VT - Sep 18, 2021
Enjoy a day of all things owly! Gather with live owls from all over the world, discover their life stories, join in a craft, and play games. Spice up your experience by dressing as your favorite owl! You never know whooo you’ll run into. Held at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VITS), tickets are included in general admission or with membership.
Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival - Mount Snow, VT - Sep 25, 2021
Great wine, food and fall foliage at this event the Vermont Chamber of Commerce named one of its Top 10 fall events.
Bristol Harvest Fest - Bristol, VT - Sep 25, 2021
Head to Bristol Town Green for a full day of live music, kids’ activities, live demonstrations, pony rides, crafters, vendors and more.
Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival - Stowe, VT - Sep 26, 2021
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.
Manchester Fall Art & Crafts Festival - Manchester Center, VT - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
Enjoy a unique shopping experience at Riley Rink in Hunter Park, where artists and artisans, specialty foods and spirits, and Vermont products await!
Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festivals - , VT - Oct 1 to Oct 7, 2021
For 2021, a few towm’s still holding some events but not the same lineup as normal. Normally: Annual Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival, seven festivals in seven days, each in a different town. Each has something unique to offer, including music, crafts, farmer’s markets, parades, tours, history and great food! Specialty church suppers each night. See town’s website for individual town listings for festivals details in Marshfield, Walden, Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet, and Groton.
Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival - Tunbridge, VT - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
Annual event for over 30 years. Marketplace, workshop, fiber arts classes, contests, animal barn, fleece show & sale, cashmere goat exhibit and floral hall.
Stowe Foliage Arts Festival - Stowe, VT - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
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.
Vermont International Fall Festival - Burlington, VT - Oct 8 to Oct 17, 2021
Film festival with a variety of programming actoss the week.
Newfane Heritage Festival - Newfane, VT - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2021
Annual event on the Common in the Village of Newfane. Juried arts & crafts amid the fall foliage on Columbus Day Weekend.
Mount Snow Oktoberfest - West Dover, VT - Oct 9, 2021
The Mount Snow Oktoberfest will feature German beer, cuisine, and games for kids and adults. 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. A Columbus Day Weekend tradition since 1997, the Mount Snow Oktoberfest is one of their signature festivals and was named The Best Fall Event in VT for 2018 by Yankee Mag
Community Weekend at Sugarbush - Warren, VT - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2021
Enjoy fun for the whole family with scenic lift rides, pumpkin carving, harvest-inspired dining, hiking, music and more! Scenic Lift Rides are free for all current IKON and Sugarbush pass holders.
Fresh Hops Festival - Warren, VT - Oct 10, 2021
10 Vermont brewers to choose from. Guests will receive a pour card for fifteen 5 oz. pours and a commemorative Fresh Hops Festival logoed glass. Non-drinkers and designated drivers are welcome to join, and do not need a ticket. Live music. Held at the Lincoln Peak Courtyard at Sugarbush
Craft Vermont - Burlington, VT - Nov 20 to Nov 21, 2021
Meet the artists at the Craft Vermont Show, held at the DoubleTree.
Peru Fair - Peru, VT - Sep 24, 2022
An old-fashioned country fair featuring a pig roast, crafts, antiques, clowns, magicians, pony rides, food, music, entertainment, and more!
Burke Mountain Fall Foliage Festival - East Burke, VT - Sep 24, 2022
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.
We know that you want current events. But we don’t always have dates for every event 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!
Oktoberfest Vermont - Burlington, VT - Sep 20 to Sep 21, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 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 21 to Sep 22, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 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.
Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival – Walden - West Danville, VT - Sep 30, 2019
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.
Bennington Oktoberfest - Bennington, VT - Oct 5, 2019
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 $8.
Sugarbush Resort Oktoberfest - Warren, VT - Oct 13, 2019
Family friendly event with live music, beer garden, German games and kid-friendly Bavarian buffet and activities.
ACS Hops for Hope 5k - West Dover, VT - Sep 5, 2020
Mount Snow and the American Cancer Society have teamed up to bring you the Hops For Hope 5k, a fun run with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Held on Saturday, August 31 at 9 am, enjoy a multi-terrain run/walk that is beginner friendly while challenging even the most seasoned of runners. After the race stay for awards and light refreshments, then at noon join the thousands of others coming to Mount Snow to enjoy over 50 breweries and 100+ beers (Brewers Festival tickets are an additional cost).
Glory Days Festival - White River Junction, VT - Sep 12, 2020
A festival of railroading and transportation.
Harpoon Oktoberfest Vermont - Windsor, VT - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
The Windsor brewery of Harpoon hosts its Vermont Oktoberfest. There will be lots of Harpoon beer, live oompah music, chicken dancing, keg bowling, fall foliage and the Harpoon Oktoberfest race.
Vermont Wildlife Festival - West Dover, VT - Oct 4, 2020
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.
Gulp and Gallop 5k - West Dover, VT - Oct 10, 2020
For the athletic beer drinkers there’s the Annual Gulp and Gallop 5k Beer Run on Saturday morning during the weekend of the Mount Snow Oktoberfest! Gulp and gallopers make four laps starting and returning in the base area. Each time participants complete a lap they have their choice of water or a cup of beer to drink before heading back out onto the course. This fun run is for the 21+ crowd only (must bring valid government issued ID) and crazy outfits are highly encouraged. The Harvest Arts and Craft Show is the same weekend.
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