Crisp, sunny, days filled to the brim with fun, foliage, and food. This is why I love celebrating my favorite season at a fall festival. They’re the perfect low humidity days to get out and do something. You have lots of variety to choose from and I look forward to taking photos of each one.
Beginning of September
Mac and Cheese Festival.
Sept. Sept. 9, 2018. Sample over 15 different restaurants and vendors as they offer you their best mac and cheese. Savor the gooey cheesy goodness and be inspired to frequent their location in the future for more! The mac and cheese festival is a popular event you gotta do at least once! At Artisan Park in Windsor. 11 am – 3 pm. $20
End of September
Sept. 22, 2018. At the Forest Festival take a wagon ride, try your hand at crafts, watch a wood working demonstration, take a hike, or learn about the forest. I love the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock. It’s so relaxing, refreshing, and interesting. I’ll add this to my to do list to go to with the kids. 10 am – 4 pm. Free.
Sept 28-29, 2018. Walpole Oktoberfest is being hosted by 47 Main St. restaurant: a German themed menu.
Ludlow Harvest Fair
Sept. 29, 2018. Arts and crafts, food, and music. Black River High School. 10 am – 4 pm.
Pumpkin and Apple Celebration
Sept. 29-30, 2018. Celebrate fall at Billings Farm for the Pumpkin and Apple Celebration. See how pumpkin or apple ice cream is made, play pumpkin bowl, or apple on a string. Make sure to see and pet all the animals! Enjoy a wagon ride around the field too. 10 am – 5 pm. $16 adults $4-9 for kids depending on age.
19th Century Apple and Cheese Festival
Sept. 30, 2018. Enjoy old fashioned games, wander a trail, get your face painted, listen to live music, sample apples and cheese, and check out the exhibits at the Morrill Homestead in Strafford. 11 am – 3 pm $10 adults $5 children.
Octoberfest Fall Sundays
Sun. Sept. 16- Oct. 7, 2018. Celebrate Octoberfest each weekend with live music, a German themed menu, hayrides, hemlock maze at Great River, fall cocktails at Silo, and fall jam and cooking classes at Blake Hill. Artisan Park in Windsor. 12 pm – 5 pm.
You’ll find most fall festivals on Columbus Day weekend. Make a day trip of it and try multiple ones in a day or rotate through them each year until you’ve tried them all!
Columbus Day Weekend
Warner Fall Festival
Oct. 5-7, 2018. The Warner Fall Festival is one of my favorite fall festivals because of all the variety. Crafts, music and dancing, food, oxen and woodsmen contests, kids activities, a 5K and fun run, parades, BBQ, and even museums to check out. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. The telephone museum is really interesting! You can see the list of events here to see if it’s your thing. Things kick off at 6 pm on Friday, and enjoy a full day of festivities starting with a country breakfast at 7 am on Sat. Admission is free and parking is $5. There’s a shuttle that takes people to the festival from the field. There’s plenty of parking and it’s never felt overly crowded.
Claremont Chili Cook Off
Oct. 6, 2018. Grab a spoon and sample tasty chilis at the Claremont Chili Cookoff. You can read more about what experience is like (with pictures) at my post here. $5 per adult and $3 per kid to sample chili. 10 am.
October 6-7, 2018. Harpoon has Octoberfest. Octoberfest has great food, oompah music, and lots of Harpoon beer. 12 pm – 5 pm. Free.
Billings Harvest Weekend
October 6-7, 2018. Billings Farm has Harvest Weekend.You could learn about harvesting and storing root vegetables, and join in the barn dance at the Harvest Weekend at Billings. 10 am – 5 pm. Shuck corn at 12, join the barn dance at 1, thresh grain, press cider, shell peas, dig for potatoes, play 19th century games, and visit the animals. $16 adults $4-9 for kids depending on age.
Grafton’s Gargantuan Garlic Gathering
Oct. 6, 2018. At the Grafton Public Library celebrate garlic at the Grafton’s Gargantuan Garlic Gathering! What’s at a garlic gathering? Garlic soup, garlic bread, apple pressing, live music, corn hole (garlic theme), apple pie contest, garlic soup contest, Scariest Vampire Contest, and a vampire photobooth. 11 am – 3 pm.
Autumn Moon Fall Festival
Oct. 6, 2018. The Autumn Moon Fall Festival is a popular late afternoon into the evening festival in Windsor. Fireworks, music, food, cariciture artist, Kids Zone, fire dancers, balloon artists and more. People really enjoy it. Starts at 4 pm.
Weathersfield Fall Fest
Oct. 6, 2018. This new town festival celebrates Weatherfield. Food, yard sale, and learn the town’s history. Time TBD.
Cedar Circle Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 7, 2018. I love the Cedar Circle Pumpkin Festival . Find the best pumpkin in the field. This is a super kid friendly festival: enjoy arts and crafts, wagon rides, hay bale climb, explore how worms live, see a solar powered bubble maker, and presentation by VINS, and more. I especially loved the food! It was not included in the price of the festival but man was it worth it when I went. When I went there were tasty soups and a crepery. Great music too! This year there’s pizza, grilled cheese, and locally made dishes and treats from the farm. 10 am – 3 pm. $10-15 a car suggested donation.
Pig Roast at Mt. Sunapee
October 6-7, 2018. Check out the Pig Roast at Mt. Sunapee with tons of free activities: wagon rides, pumpkin carving, disc golf, inflatable obstacle course, giant slide, music, scavenger hunt, and of course ham. The adventure park is open too from 9 am- 4 pm. I’m adding this to my list of festivals to try.
Middle of October
Vershire Fall Festival
Oct. 13, 2018. The Vershire Fall Festival is at the Vershire town building. Cozy up with some tasty food at the Vershire Fall Festival: woodfired bread and stone soup (vegan and meat). Press apples for cider, guess the pumpkin weight, buy a raffle ticket, browse the books at the library sale, or join your kiddo at the kids’ games. 11 am – 2 pm.
Enfield Shaker Cider Festival
Oct. 14, 2018. At the Enfield Shaker Cider Festival sample local ciders, wines, and beers. There will be homemade apple pies, local cheeses and apples. A sampler’s delight as you listen to live music. Stuff yourself with the delicious foods from the food trucks that will also be there. Children will have activities to participate in and you can have museum tours too. A day for all to enjoy! 12 – 4 pm. Adults $12, Children $5-8 depending on age. Familes of 3+ $25.
More Fall Festivals!
List of annual festivals in VT: Find and Seek Site
Oct. 21, 2018. Pumpkin Chuckin’ at Loudon. 8 am.
This is a unique event each fall: Springfield Steampunk Festival.