The 10 Best Fall Festivals in Vermont!
Fall is a time of harvest and a celebration of the bounty of the land. From state and county fairs to Oktoberfests and hayrides, the Green Mountain State knows a thing or two about fall festivals. So take a drive through the orange and gold hills, dive into some knockwurst and then some apple pie, and have a local pumpkin ale to wash it down, it is fall in Vermont. Check out the best fall festivals in the state.
At this all-day event, check out all-you-can-eat pancakes, train rides, and more. There are plenty of exhibits to observe, musical performances, craft sales, a farmers market, shop sales, and much more to enjoy. Don’t miss special events and activities all that showcase the Northeast Kingdom has to offer.
This family event is an all-day affair with a plethora of activities for children. The annual Old Fashioned Harvest Market offers live entertainment, food, and a morning parade. Check out apples, apple cider donuts, cheeses, soups, fries, hot dogs, fudge, and more. Then, in the afternoon, enjoy hayrides, a pet show, or try your hand at Sawdust Candy Scramble.
Established in 2001, the parade began as 20 tractors and 100 spectators. But, honestly, what signals the end of the growing season in Vermont more than a tractor slowly crawling down the street and the smell of diesel in the air? In addition to the tractors, enjoy a pie eating contest and live local music. Also, don’t miss out of the farmers market, a rope making workshop, and free games.
Always on the first Sunday in October, Autumn on the Green is an award-winning celebration takes place on the Danville Green, with orange and red painted hills in the background. With all of the feel of an old-time fair exhibition, visitors meander through the streets and take in demonstrations by the American Society of Dowsers, blacksmiths, chair makers, and wood turners, and more. Don’t miss the chicken and biscuit lunch or the over 100 vendors.
So you know we had to have an Oktoberfest in here. After all, nothing singles the end of a hard growing season better than sipping a cold one. And like most German-themed celebrations, this event will offer copious amounts of beer, schnitzel, and polka music. But the event is not just for the adults. With kids games, pumpkin painting, and the famous “schnitzel toss,” this event is for everyone.
Columbus Day weekend, the best apple pies in Vermont are made at the Congregational Church in Dummerston, 1,500 of them, that is. Throw in homemade ice cream, fresh doughnuts, hot cider, Green Mountain coffee, and Grafton cheese, and you have got yourself a party, Vermont-style. Throw in an impromptu visit or two from some motorcycle groups who like to frequent the event, and you really can’t get a more modern American gathering than that.
Bring the whole family to this harvest festival celebrating Johnny Appleseed at the Justin Morrill State Historic Site. The event features face-painting, live music, farmstead animals, and make-your-own cider workshops. Plus, sample rare heirloom apples, fine artisan Vermont cheeses and homemade ice cream, or hike the lookout trail. Don’t miss the on-site gardens, exhibits, ice pond and Morrill’s historic home decorated with gingerbread designs.
Promising to be Mayfest, Midnight Madness, Oktoberfest, and Food Festival all in one, Fallapalooza features face painting, free giveaways, bubble blowing, witch hat toss, ornament decorating, bean bag toss, petting zoo, carnival games, and a bouncy house. Events include medieval combat demonstrations and pumpkin carving and decorating.
Celebrate Vermont farm and forestry by connecting with food, agriculture, and community! This day-long festival includes music, storytelling, hands-on activities for children, traditional craft demonstrations, and educational exhibits. Educational exhibits will feature antique farm machinery, farm animals, birds of prey, and more! Crafters include rug hookers, woodworkers, weavers, spinners, cheesemakers, and gardeners.
By far Burke's biggest festival of the year, the Fall Foliage Festival features a parade in the morning, burgers, hot dogs, sausages and more, a rubber duck race, arts & crafts, horse drawn wagon rides, pony rides, an animal petting zoo, and cow flop bingo. In addition, there will be live music and performances throughout the day.