If there are two things that Vermonters love, it’s fall and festivals. What better way to spend an autumn day than at a great fall festival in VT? These 14 festivals have everything from food to music, to wool to…. Steampunk? Check out these awesome and unique festivals happening this fall.
1. Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival - Mount Snow, September 16, 17 & 18
You'll find great wine, food and fall foliage at this event the Vermont Chamber of Commerce named one of its Top 10 fall events.
2. Grace Potter's Grand Point North, Sept. 17 - 18
Head on over to the Burlington Waterfront Park to check out this 6th annual music festival that will keep you moving and grooving.
3. Chester Fall Festival - September 17 & 18
This fall festival is so awesome it needs TWO days. You’ll find affordable crafts and many delicious food vendors. There is also a great antique and collectibles spread on the lawn in front of the church with some great finds every year, and the nearby old graveyard is interesting to check out, too.
4. Springfield Vermont Steampunk Festival - September 23, 24 & 25
It's not everyday you hear about a Steampunk Festival, and this one which is hosted by the Steampunk Society of Vermont will be at the Hartness House Inn. You'll find 3 days of trader’s bazaars, bicycle rides & picnics, walking history tours, candlepin bowling tournaments, absinthe tasting and much more. Spend a few days in yesteryear!
5. Burke Foliage Festival - Saturday, September 24th
This is the Burke area's biggest festival of the year. The annual Fall Foliage Festival located in East Burke Village on the green at the Burke Mountain Clubhouse/East Burke Library is all day fun for the whole family. Parade, live music, cow plop bingo and much more!
6. The Peru Fair - September 24
The Peru Fair is an old fashioned country fair with attractions fit for the whole family. Held each year in the beautiful town of Peru, this fair has been rated among the top country fairs in the state and is not to be missed!
7. Bristol Harvest Fest - September 24
Head over to the Bristol Town Green and enjoy the 18th Annual Bristol Harvest Festival! LIVE music all day, great food,
handcrafters, a 5K Harvest Hustle, pony rides and more. Enter the best ever apple Pie Contest for a $50 cash prize or the Pie Eating contest. Take a hay ride to the Fire Station Open House! There is so much to see and do so plan to stay through the whole event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
8. Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival, Stowe - September 25
Nothing says autumn quite like... Pumpkin chucking? Loads of people gather at the Stoweflake to see the contraptions and chucking at this fun, annual event.
9. 19th Century Apple & Cheese Harvest Festival - September 25, Strafford
Celebrate Johnny Appleseed's birthday by making your own cider in an antique press and tasting a variety of heirloom apples, fine Vermont Artisan Cheeses, Vermont ice cream and homemade apple pie. You'll love the 19th Century Apple & Cheese Harvest Festival at the Justin Morrill State Historic Site.
10. Manchester Fall Art & Crafts Festival - September 30 through October 2
You'll find loads of Vermont made food, crafts and more in this quaint and picturesque place.
11. Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival - October 1st & 2nd
One of the coziest festivals around, the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival has over 70 vendors, knitting, spinning & dyeing workshops. You can also find sheep shearing and dog herding demos, shepherd workshops, contests, local food and music.
12. Pumpkin & Apple Celebration - October 3 & 4, Woodstock
The classic Pumpkin & Apple Celebration is held at peak foliage at the stunning Billings Farm in Woodstock. Press your own apples, go pumpkin bowling and much more at this festival chock full of hands on activities and tastings.
13. Stowe Foliage Arts Festival - October 7, 8, & 9
Who can say no to a festival with a Vermont Beer, Cheese and Sausage tent? Stowe is spectacular in the fall, so check out all the artisans and specialty locations in a beautiful setting during peak foliage.
14. Newfane Heritage Festival - October 8 & 9
Newfane is about to host its 46th annual event on the town common. Enjoy arts & crafts and friendly faces at the height of the fall foliage on Columbus Day Weekend. Check out this slideshow put together by Chris Petrak of the Newfane Heritage Festival.