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

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.

  Fairs & Festivals in  Vermont
Brandon Harvestfest 2018

Estabrook Park, Route 7 Brandon, VT Phone: 802-247-6401

September 30, 2018

Hayrides and pumpkins; food from the grill; apple pies; coffee, cider and donuts. Make Your Own Harvest Person. Chamber of Commerce supplies all materials, accessories, and instruction on how to make a Harvest Person. Choose clothes, a hat, shoes, and embellishments to personalize your Harvest Person. Volunteers can help. The first Harvest Person per family is free of charge. After that, they are $5 each.
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Mount Snow Oktoberfest 2018

Mount Snow Resort, 39 Mount snow Road West Dover, VT Phone:

October 6-7, 2018

Plenty of beer, schnitzel and oom-pah music along with kids games like pumpkin painting, an apple sling shot and the famous schnitzel toss, a beanbag toss, a huge bouncy house. While the young ones are playing, adults can enjoy beers from 25 German and domestic breweries and authentic German food. Try the keg toss, yodeling contest and stein holding as well as a horseshoe tournament.
Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Drinker for one day, $25; for two days, $35; non-drinkers, $12-$20; children age 7 and younger, , $12-$20. Prices are higher the day of the event
Big Buzz Chainsaw Carving Festival 2018

111 Jackson Gore Road Ludlow, VT Phone:

October 4-8, 2018

Chainsaw Carvers from across the country and around the world join together at Jackson Gore Resort Ice House (at Okemo Mountain) to carve Columbus Day Weekend. This is a time to watch artists work, get inspired to create your own sculptures, purchase a new piece. or simply enjoy the art. Artists will talking with families and showing their latest work. Food trucks will be on site.
Quick Carves will be held Friday through Sunday starting at 1 p.m. There will be two quick Carves on Saturday, at the Ice House and one in the courtyard of the Jackson Gore Resort. An auction follows the Quick Carve Competitions. Fire Sculptures will burn out on Sunday night. Each one with its own unique rhythm, no two are alike! Email: barre.pinske@gmail.com
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: $5 entrance fee.
19th Century Apple & Cheese Harvest Festival 2018

Justin Smith Morrill State Historic Site, Justin Smith Morrill Hwy Strafford, VT Phone:

September 30, 2018

Celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday with face painting, live music by Out on a Limb and an apple pie contest. Meet farm animals; squeeze cider on an old cider press; and taste Vermont cheeses, ice cream and apple pie. Play Valley Quest. Visit gardens, exhibits, an ice house, and a historic home.
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Over age 15, $10; youth under age 14, $5 (includes lunch).
Fairy House Festival 2018

The Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Road Grafton, VT Phone: 802-843-2111

September 29-30, 2018

Where else do knotholes become front doors? Sea shells transform into bathtubs? Answer: at the Fairy House Festival. Visitors will follow a nature path sprinkled with charming fairy houses, of acorn cap dinnerware and fungi tables. Hands-on crafts, face painting, and bubbles round out this interactive and magical experience for all. Light refreshments will be available for purchase; picnicking is encouraged. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors over age 64, $8; children at 3-17, $4.
Oktoberfest of Bennington 2018

Colgate Park, Route 9 West Bennington, VT Phone: 802-447-3311

October 6, 2018

Live music by the Rymanowski Brothers, German food, beer, vendors and family activities.
Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8; children under age 12 admitted free.
Pumpkin Festival at Cedar Circle Farm 2018

Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, 225 Pavillion Road, off Route 5 East Thetford, VT Phone:

October 7, 2018

Celebrate the harvest with everything pumpkin, as well as horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin picking, cider pressing, bean threshing, theatrical performances, kids’ activities. Enjoy organic food from the farm concession and wood-fired pizzas. Held rain or shine. Entertainment by Rose Hip Jam, The Wyld Nightz Band, storytellers Jennings & Ponder; musician and storyteller Stephen Coronella.
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Free admission; parking is suggested donation of $10-$15 per car.
Burke Fall Foliage Festival 2018

368 Route 114 East Burke, VT Phone:

September 29, 2018

The days' events include parade starts at 10 a.m.; rubber duck race; kids area with a jump house, face painting and more; arts & crafts; horse drawn wagon rides; pony rides; farm animal petting zoo; cow flop bingo; craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; silent auction in the library featuring work from local artists and crafters, unique historical items and antiques; show from Reptiles On The Move; Chickweed performs from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the gazebo; live music from Nobby Reed Project 4 to 7 p.m. at Mike's Tiki Bar.
Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Gilfeather Turnip Festival 2018

Wardsboro Town Hall and Main Street Wardsboro, VT Phone:

October 27, 2018

Join the whole town for Gilfeather turnip soup and turnip recipe tastings at the Turnip Café, outdoor soup kiosk, farmer’s market, many new craft and specialty artisan food vendors, 1000 pounds of turnip, turnip seeds, turnip cookbooks, turnip gifts, live music and entertainment.
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Free admission and parking.
Harpoon Octoberfest in Vermont 2018

Harpoon Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden, 336 Ruth Carney Drive Windsor, VT Phone:

October 6-7, 2018

Harpoon Octoberfest at the Windsor brewery presents live oompa music, outdoor seating, food from the Riverbend Taps kitchen, and a selection of fresh Harpoon, UFO and Clown Shoes beer. Guests must be 21 years old or older to drink. Families are welcome.
Time: noon-5 p.m. both days.
Admission: Free
Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival 2018

Stoweflake Resort, 1746 Mountain Road Stowe, VT Phone:

September 30, 2018

Kids of all ages build trebuchets to launch pumpkins to compete for prizes for distance. Event will also include live music by two bands, featuring House Dunn, volleyball, a chili cookoff and more.
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $10 for people over age 5.
Autumn on the Green 2018

Park Street Danville, VT Phone:

Octorber 7, 2018

Autumn on the Green is an award-winning showcase for artisans, crafters, and businesses showing and selling items from unusual jewelry to dog biscuits. Also: artwork, antiques, pottery, knitwear, clothing, salves and skin products. Taste and buy maple candy , cheese, cider, home-made jams and jellies. Danville is on the picturesque Route 2 corridor.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.