Autumn Events & Happenings

September 20, 2012  
Filed under Things to do

Sept. 26 — Oct. 1 – Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival

Walden, Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet, and Groton

Week-long event hosted by six Northeast Kingdom towns. Local history, entertainment, photo ops, church suppers, crafts and tours in Walden, Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet, and Groton. Each has special historic and cultural background and the local volunteer hosts are pleasant and informative.


Sept. 27 – Oct. 26 – Vermont Fall Foliage Sampler Tours

Manchester – Pick up is in front of Southern Vt. Signworks

Head off the beaten path to view the spectacular fall foliage in the Shires of Vermont. You will see color up close and in mountain-valley vistas. Tours are led by local guide and given in an 8-passenger tour vehicle. You will also explore many of the area’s most unique places and get a flavor of the real Vermont. This tour was awarded Editors’ Choice for Yankee Travel Magazine. Advance reservations necessary.

Info: (802)362-4997 – –

Sept. 28 – 30 – The Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival

Manchester – The Events Field at Riley Rink

Under Camelot tents, formerly at Hildene, now at the Events Field at Riley Rink, 180 artists and artisans display and sell creations. Craft demos, live music, a food court featuring local restaurants, and the Vermont Beer Cheese and Sausage Tent make it a fun way to spend a day.

Info: (802)362-2100 – –

Sept. 28 – Nov. 5 – Revolutionary War & Fall Foliage Tour

Manchester Center – tour visits sites from Manchester to Bennington

Your guide will be Dick Smith, author of bestseller book, The Revolutionary War in Bennington County. You will see, via an 8-passenger tour vehicle, more than 25 points of interest including over 15 sites on the National Register involving Ethan Allen, the Green Mountain Boys & the Battle of Bennington.

Info: (802) 362-4997 – –

Sept. 29 – Brandon’s HarvestFest

Brandon – Brandon’s Central Park

Come make Harvest People (aka stick figures, scarecrows, Leaf People…) with the experts. You can even take one home! Hay rides, apple pies, pumpkins, BBQ, Brandon Town Band.

Info: (802) 247-6401 – –

Sept. 29 &30 – 9th Annual Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival

Woodstock – Union Arena

Watch traditional methods of woodworking, purchase products made from our forests and see for yourself why Vt. woodworkers are rated second to none. From bowls to beds, from mission to modern, there is something for everyone. Entries from the Vt. Woodworking Design Competition will be judged & exhibited. Explore the forest at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park with our free shuttle. Food, music, & kids activities. A Vt. Chamber Top Ten Fall Event!

Info: 802-747-7900 – –

Archaeology Weekend

Vergennes – Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Meet archaeologists and share hands-on presentations about shipwrecks, nautical archaeology, and the story of the Vergennes shipyard where the fleet was built that saved America in 1814. Event admission included with regular museum admission, Free admission for Children 5 and under as well as LCMM members.

Info: 802-475-2022 – –


Woodstock – Billings Farm & Museum, Route 12N & River Road

Hands-on activities and educational programs highlight these two versatile fall crops and their historical importance in the winter diets of both animals and people.

Programs and activities include apple tasting, cider pressing, pumpkin bowling, apples-on-a-string, making pumpkin and apple ice cream, cooking apple butter in the farmhouse, apple races, and horse-drawn wagon rides.

Info: 802-457-2355 –

Wednesday, Oct. 3 – Richmond Congregational Church Chicken Pie Supper


This traditional supper has been held for the last 64 years to celebrate the fall harvest and foliage season. The fare features chicken pie, mashed potatoes, squash, and cole slaw topped off with apple or pumpkin pie. 140 guests are seated at each of four different seatings. Reservations are required.

Info: 802-434-2516 –

Oct. 5 – 7 – The Stowe Foliage Arts Festival

Stowe – Stowe Events Field

180 artists and artisans, live music, craft demos, fabulous food, and the Vermont Craft Beer Cheese and Sausage Tent.

Info: 802-253-7321 – –

Weston Antiques Show

Weston, Weston Play House

Featuring renowned dealers from across the U.S. with American and English furniture, accessories, Americana, folk art, silver, samplers, paintings, oriental rugs, jewelry and more. Price: $8, includes readmission. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For for more infomation: (802) 824-5307 –

Oct. 6 – Discover Food & Wine at Smugglers’ Notch

Smugglers’ Notch Resort

Specialty foods from cheeses to chocolate to coffee and more. Wine tastings feature domestic and international wines, plus a special selection from Vermont vineyards. Mingle with enthusiastic food and wine experts while savoring their products in a beautiful mountain setting.

Info: 800-451-8752 – –

Oct. 6 – 7 – 51st Annual Fall Foliage Art in the Park

Rutland – Main Street Park

The Chaffee Art Center invites you to their 51st Annual Art in the Park Fine Art and Craft Festivals, featuring the work of over 60 fine artists and crafts people. Handcrafted woodenware, clothing, pottery, jewelry, glass and more. Enjoy food and music while you shop. Convenient location at the Main Street Park at the junction of RT. 4 & 7. Free admission, donations benefit the Chaffee Art Center.

Info: 802-775-0356 – –

Harvest Weekend at Billings Farm & Museum

Woodstock – Billings Farm & Museum

A traditional celebration of the harvest featuring a husking bee and farm harvest activities including cider pressing, shelling corn, putting food by, and threshing grain. Enjoy hot spiced cider and homemade doughnuts.

Info: 802-457-2355 – –

Fall Open Studio Weekend 2012

Statewide in over 150 locations

Most Vermont craftspeople work in studios located in or close to their residences. These are places of production and inspiration located in downtowns as well as at the ends of dirt roads. Wherever their locations, they are exciting places to visit because they reflect the dynamic yet organized process that is used to produce the finished work of art.

Info: 802-223-3380 – –

Oct. 7 – The Giant Pumpkin Regatta & Festival

Burlington – Waterfront

Gutted giant pumpkins are raced on Lake Champlain to benefit the PILOT youth leadership program. The festival includes vendors serving up food favorites, a Vermont craft “patch,” kids’ activities, contests, and more. This year’s event is from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. with races beginning at noon. More info can be found at

Info: 802-951-8845 –

Fall Dog Fest on Dog Mountain

St. Johnsbury – The Stephen Huneck Gallery, Dog Mountain

Bring your friends to the 12th Annual Fall Dog Fest on Dog Mountain. The event is free to all dogs and their families. Food, music, contests and more. There are ponds for the dogs to swim in and hiking paths for all to enjoy.

For more information: 800-449-2580 –


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