It’s getting cooler, the leaves are turning, and the apples are ripe for the picking. Fall is upon us once again! Vermont is home to some of the best fall festivals around. Check them out!
Vermont Golden Honey Festival
Golden Stage Inn, Proctorsville, Vt.
The festival is part farmers market, part craft fair, and part beekeepers’ festival with networking for bee enthusiasts. Goodman’s American Pie offers up their honey apple wood-fired pizza. Honey related food and drinks, crafts, books, and kids’ activities are all include. For more information, go to www.goldenstageinn.com/vermont-honey-festival.
Chester Fall Craft Festival
On the Green, Chester, Vt.
Explore unique crafts with over 65 vendors at the two-day festival in Chester, Vt. The weekend also includes a beer garden behind Fullerton Inn, musical entertainment, a children’s tent, a scenic foliage train ride to either Rockingham or Ludlow, and a wide variety of food. Sponsored by the Chester Rotary Club. For more information, go to www.chesterfallfestival.org/wp.
Springfield Steampunk Festival
Gather your pirate crew for “The Kracken” and get ready to defeat the beasts of the ocean. This festival features special Steampunk vendors, activities, and food for the whole family. The festival takes place all across the town of Springfield with shuttles running every 15 minutes to take you to the next “x” on your map. Proceeds from the event go towards the Steampunk Society of Vermont’s scholarship program to aid students attending higher education in a STEAM subject.
The Peru Fair began in 1978 as “the end of the world tag sale.” Each year approximately 100 exhibitors display and sell their arts. The highlights of the fair include a pig roast, artist demonstrations, music, dancing, food, and fun for everyone! For more information, go to www.perufair.org.
Fairy House Festival
The Nature Museum, Grafton, Vt.
The Fairy House Festival is a family-friendly, imaginative, nature-based tradition in the forests of Grafton, Vt. Explore a trail of fairy houses built with nature. The event includes fun and games for children. Refreshments will be available, or bring a picnic and spend the day! For more information, go to www.nature-museum.org/fairy-house-festival.
Killington Resort, Killington, Vt.
Wet your whistle with a backdrop of 4,241 feet of Vermont’s finest autumn foliage and enjoy live music, fabulous food offerings, and over 100 craft beers from around the region. Brewfest is one of Killington’s most distinctive annual celebrations. Get the party rolling with a brew-inspired golf tournament on Friday. Test your sporting skill and sample brews on the course. For more information, go to www.killington.com/things-to-do/events/events-calendar/brewfest.
Antiques at Stratton Mountain
Stratton Mountain Base Lodge, Stratton, Vt.
Join the Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association for their 45th annual Antique Show at Stratton Mountain. Find your next antique treasure while enjoying the fall foliage in the scenic Green Mountains. For more information, go to www.stratton.com/things-to-do/events/antique-show.
Vermont Apple Festival
Riverside Middle School, Springfield, Vt.
Crafters from all over the Northeast show off their products. The festival features live music, apple cider making, apple pie judging, and a pie-eating contest. At noon, Edgar May Health and Recreation Center hosts its annual Fastest Kid in Town race. Sponsored by the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce. Go to www.springfieldvt.com/attendvtapplefest.
Harpoon Riverbend Octoberfest
Harpoon Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden Windsor, Vt.
Celebrate Octoberfest at Harpoon. There will be live music starting at 11 a.m. with expanded outdoor seating and special menu options. Families are welcome. For more information, go to www.harpoonbrewery.com/event/the-harpoon-riverbend-taps-and-beer-garden-octoberfest.
Townshend Pumpkin Festival
On the Common, Route 30, Townshend, Vt.
Join us on the Common where over 60 vendors offering crafts, art, food, and lots of pumpkin pie, as well as locally grown apples and fresh pressed apple cider. This is a fun-filled day for the youngsters with a pumpkin decorating contest followed by a Halloween costume parade, a scarecrow decorating contest, and free pony rides. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/events/2323683481058279.
Gilfeather Turnip Festival
Main Street, Wardsboro, Vt.
Every October, soon after southern Vermont’s first good, hard frost, it’s time to harvest the state’s only heirloom turnip, and the State Vegetable of Vermont – the famous Gilfeather turnip. Celebrate all things turnip with a turnip soup, turnip café, a turnip contest, and more! For more information, go to www.friendsofwardsborolibrary.org/turnip-fest.
A Family Halloween
Halloween fun for all ages! Doughnuts-on-a-string, pumpkin carving, Halloween tales, wagon rides, and lots more. Costume parades at 12 and 2 p.m. Children in costume admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, go to www.billingsfarm.org/event/a-family-halloween-2.