These season, celebrate all of your favorite fall things – cider, foliage, beer, pumpkins, Halloween, etc. – in a festival. Vermont does it best! Check out some of the fall festivals happening:
Snowshed & Ramshead Lodges, Killington Resort
1 – 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.
Wet your whistle and witness Vermont’s finest autumn foliage, live music, good food, and over 125 craft beers from the region. The fest includes a golf tournament on Friday, Sept. 29. The Saturday tastings include a souvenir tasting glass. This is a 21 and over event. Please designate a driver and drink responsibly. For more information, go to http://www.killington.com/site/to-do/events-calendar/index.html/1220165337.
Pumpkin & Apple Celebration
Sept 30 – Oct 1.
Billings Farm & Musuem
Welcome the arrival of autumn with hands-on programs highlighting Vermont’s essential fall crops. The event includes pressing cider, making pumpkin and apple ice cream, apple tasting test, pumpkin bowling, and a horse drawn wagon ride around the farm. Check out the Billings Farm and Museum events page for more information.
Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival
Sept. 30 – Oct. 1
The festival marketplace features over 70 vendors offering fleece and yarn, handcrafted wool items, fencing materials, and local meats and cheese. The animal barn will feature live sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas, and rabbits. Many fiber artists will provide demos. There will be food and music and on-site camping. Aside from service dogs, no pets are allowed. For more information, go to vtsheepandwoolfest.com.
Weston Craft Show
Oct. 6 – 8
The Weston Craft Show is a juried exhibit of Vermont artisans. Artwork includes: baskets, ceramics, folk art, glass, jewelry, lighting, paper, fiber, leather, mosaics, pastels, sculpture, wearable art, and wood. For more information, go to westoncraftshow.com.
Stowe Foliage Arts Festival
Surround yourself with autumnal perfection and enjoy art and fine craftworks from over 150 juried artists and artisans. There will be live music, entertainment, food, draft beer, wine, and demonstrations of traditional craftwork. Sample and purchase maple syrup, chocolate, craft distilled spirits, and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to http://craftproducers.com/festivals/35th-annual-stowe-foliage-arts-festival/.
Oct 6-9, 13-15
Tickets can be purchased online.
For two weekends, Killington Resort will host a festival of Halloween-themed activities including a haunted house, pumpkin painting, hayrides, a haunted hike, coffin races, and more. An expanded beer garden will be presented by Goose Island. WitchCraft Killington includes ticket packages on the adventure course and hotel rooms. For more information, go to www.killingtonwitchcraft.com.
The Belmont Green
Mount Holly, VT
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Sat) Noon – 4 p.m. (Sun)
Old fashioned cider pressing demonstrations, apple cider, apple pie, apple crisp with ice cream, craft vendors, an antique chair auction, and more fall fun. There is also a Souper Kids bowl, which is uniquely made by Mount Holly Elementary School; a library used book sale, and foliage to enjoy. You can find more information at the mounthollyvt.org website.
Vermont Apple Festival
Riverside Middle School
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Presented by the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Apple Fest has fun for everyone, from the Fastest Kid in Town race for the kids to the Trout River Brewery and Vermont Vines of the River beer and wine for the adults. The event also includes apple cider making, an autumn craft fair, pie and donut eating contests, vendors, music, and more. Admission is free. For more information, check out: www.springfieldvt.com/attendvtapplefest.
Fall into Winter
Okemo Mountain Resort
Say goodbye to fall and hello to winter. Celebrate the transition of the seasons with live music, hayrides, pumpkin painting, a pie-eating contest, craft vendors, beer tasting, apple cider, and hot chocolate. Lawn chairs and picnic blankets are welcome. For more information, go to Okemo’s events page.
Fall Foliage Art in the Park
Oct. 7 – 8
Main Street Park
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Arts & crafts vendors, food, music, craft demonstrations, and kids activities. For more information, check out the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce.
Apple Pie Festival
Dummerston Congregational Church
Choose from 1,500 pies made in the historic church. Additionally, there will be homemade ice cream, fresh donuts, hot cider, Green Mountain coffee, and Grafton cheese. Pies are available whole or by the slice. For more information, check out http://www.findandgoseek.net/listing/dummerston-apple-pie-festival-2/food-festivals
Brattleboro Literary Festival
Oct. 12 – 15
The festival is a four-day celebration of those who read books, those who write books, and the books themselves. The festival includes readings, panel discussions, and special events featuring emerging and established authors. All events are free and open to the public. For more information on the scheduled events and the authors in attendance, go to brattleboroliteraryfestival.org.
ITVFest: Independent Television Festival
Tickets can be purchased online
ITVFest is a worldwide community of television creators, executives, agents, and fans responsible for discovering the new television programs created on non-network budgets. Everyone can attend this event. If you enjoy film festivals, this is the festival for you. For more info, go to www.itvfest.com.
Townshend Pumpkin Festival
On the Common, Route 30
In addition to the 70 plus artists and crafter vendors, the Pumpkin festival includes a pumpkin decorating contest, a Halloween costume parade, and pony rides for the kids. For more information, go to http://www.townshendvermont.org/index.php/pumpkin-festival.
Chowder and Chili Cook-off and Shop Local Kick Off
Bellows Falls, VT
12 – 5 p.m.
Try a variety of local community members’ chowders and chilies or submit your own. Businesses all over downtown will be sharing chili and chowder. Also enjoy music, face painting, treats from local businesses, goodie bags for the kids, cider donuts, caramel apples and more. The event will also be the launch of this year’s Shop Local program which will run through the holiday season. For more information, go to the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce page.