Vermont's fairs and festivals are a fun whirlwind of music, food, and local traditions

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Vermont is a festival of year-round fun for the whole family. From the fall harvest through the wintry holiday and snow season and all summer long, come to discover Vermont’s special places, people, and events. Meet poets, historians, and writers. Hear famous musical artists and newcomers. Dance the tango and savor local food, beers, wines, and ciders. Stroll the lakes to find boats, canoe, kayak and dragon boat demonstrations. Arts and crafts are everywhere. Nearby hotels and motels abound.

Middlebury College Middlebury, VT Phone:

February 16-19, 2017

Join this 93-year-long tradition of festivities: bonfire, fireworks, snow sculptures, ice show, comedy club and the carnival ball. Admission to the ski events is free. Tickets for the Winter Ball and the Ice Show are available online at the Box Office website or with cash or check at the door. See fest website for scheduling details.

various locations and downtown parade Burlington, VT Phone:

March 10-12, 2017

Magic Hat Brewery’s three-day weekend festival is a family-friendly way to party. On Friday, ring in Mardi Gras with a raucous party featuring beer and live music. The Grand Parade is Saturday, March 11, down Main Street towards the shore. Other activities on Saturday include more parties with beads and beer; a costume contest; more music, and street performances. Free shuttle service around town. See event website for full schedule of activities.

Stratton Mountain Resort 5 Village Lodge Road South Londonderry, VT Phone:

March 25, 2017

Stratton celebrates Mardi Gras and the Village (southern-style) Block Party. Enjoy live music, specialty food and drink, the famous ice bar and fun/free activities for the kids! Festivities start at 3pm.

various locations Brattleboro, VT Phone:

February 18-26, 2017

Nine days filled with events for all ages: Junior Olympics, a pancake breakfast, children's cooking classes, adult comedy show, figure skating show, Grand Day at the Senior Center, a children's show, Variety Show, Queen's and Princess Pageants and Chili Cook-Off. Schedule of Events.

Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center, 783 Townshend Road, Grafton, VT Phone: 802-843-2400

February 25, 2017

It's all-out winter at Grafton Ponds. Your ticket includes a trail pass for Nordic skiing, tubing, snowshoeing and fat biking, as well as ice skating (weather-dependent), at Grafton Ponds, plus s'mores at a bonfire. Ice Bar event opens at 4 p.m.
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

various locations Lyndon, VT Phone:

February 18-March 5, 2017

Come and enjoy pancake breakfasts, spaghetti dinners, ski races, snow sculpture contest, hockey games, ice skating, moonlit Nordic treks, arts & crafts and more fun ways to entertain the whole family. See festival website for detailed schedule.

Jay Peak, 830 Jay Peak Road Jay, VT Phone:

March 3-5, 2017

Mountain Mardi Gras events include Oyster Shucking at the Tower Bar on Thursday, March 2; Guest Welcome Party in the Bullwheel Bar at Stateside and Late Night Splash at midnight in the Pump House Indoor Waterpark, both on Friday, on March 3; Skimo East Randonnee Race and live apres ski music The Funky Crustaceans in the Bullwheel bar at Stateside on Saturday, March 5; Hope on The Slopes competition and apres ski party on Sunday, March 5

Mount Snow Ski Resort, Grand Summit Way West Dover, VT Phone:

February 25, 2017

Mount Snow does its best impression of transforms into Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Come enjoy Bud Light-sponsored Après Ski parties going at Cuzzins from 11 a.m. until closing with live music in the afternoon, and more music at night at the Snow Barn. Music at Cuzzines at 3 p.m. by Bruce Jacques; music at the Snow Barn at 10 p.m. by Headtronics.