Vermont’s color starts in northern regions and at the highest elevations, then turning southward and downward into the valleys displaying nature at its finest. Mid-September is when the show begins depending on prevailing weather conditions. The harvest, on the other hand, is consistently stable and equally beautiful for those of us who love great fresh grown fruits and vegetables. A leisurely stroll throughout Vermont stores and orchards at this time of the year will net not only awesome fresh produce but also some fabulous preserves and artisan culinary products to enjoy through the months ahead. Artisans of all manner will be displaying their wares at the many harvest fairs and markets throughout the state. A day spent going from market to market, fair to fair in any city in Vermont walking under the blue skies and the crisp air is perfection!
Mount Snow Brewers Festival
When: September 1 & 2, 12 – 6pm Where: Mount Snow, Dover, VT
The renowned celebration of beer, music and food celebrates its 24th anniversary Labor Day weekend. The Mount Snow Brewers Festival is established as one of the premier events of its kind in the Northeast and we are expecting nearly 50 different breweries to be on-hand pouring their beers and ciders from 100+ different taps.
Mad River Valley Craft Fair
When: September 1 & 2, 10am – 5pm Where: Kenyon’s Field, Rt 100, Waitsfield, VT
A festival of crafts, art, live music, food, demos, door prizes, free kids activities and more! No pets, please. Rain or shine.
Southern VT Garlic & Herb Festival
When: September 1 & 2, 10am – 5pm Where: Camelot Village – 66 Colgate Heights, Bennington, VT
Join garlic-lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors, all made from – you guessed it – garlic and herbs! Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations. This family-friendly event will offer fun for all ages including live music throughout the weekend.
Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival
When: September 2 & 3, 2pm Where: President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth, VT
The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site will host the 13th Annual Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival on Labor Day Weekend. The event showcases Vermont and nationally known musicians. The concerts are free, although a donation is suggested.
Brattleboro Bacon Fest: Bacon, Blues, and Brews
When: September 8, 11am – 4pm Where: Guilford Fairground, Guilford, VT
Bacon, blues and brews will be featured at this fourth annual family-friendly festival! Local vendors will showcase their mouthwatering bacon recipes, plus craft beer and live music.
Vermont Golden Honey Festival
When: September 9, 10am – 4pm Where: Golden Stage Inn, Proctorsville, VT
The Vermont Golden Honey Festival is part Farmers Market with local produce and hot food, part Craft Fair with artists and crafters selling their unique items for you and for gifts, and part beekeepers event with wooden ware and networking for bee enthusiasts.
Chester Fall Festival
When: September 15 & 16, 10am – 4pm Where: Chester Green, Chester, VT
The 44th Annual Chester Fall Festival will bring arts and crafts vendors, artisan demonstrations, food vendors and music to the Green in the center of beautiful Chester, Vermont. This is a free outdoor event and you will find the Chester Green lined with vendors offering pottery, fine woodworking, fiber art, jewelry, photography, glass, and much more with something of interest for everyone.
25th Annual Bennington Quiltfest
When: September 15 & 16, Sat 9am – 5pm; Sun 9am – 4pm
Where: Mount Anthony Union Middle School 747 East Road Bennington
Bennington Quiltfest includes: – New Quilts – Demonstrations – Quilt Raffle – Challenge Quilts – Vendors – Come to the Quiltfest Café for Breakfast and Lunch! Serving all Day! – Consignment Boutique – People’s Choice Awards – Special Exhibit.
Wine & Soup Stroll
When: Friday, September 21, 5-7pm Where: Downtown, Willmington VT
Enjoy the historic village of Wilmington, VT and the fantastic soups crafted by our valley chefs. Stroll passport REQUIRED to taste soups during the stroll. Advance price $25. Includes all wines & soups while supplies last. After September 16th $30 Advance ticket check opens at 10am.
When: September 22 Where: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, Woodstock, VT
Take a horse-drawn wagon ride – Enjoy hands on craft activities – Learn about forest history – Watch woodworking demos. Explore your park in its fall glory while exploring forest history, ecology and art. Horse drawn wagon rides, woodworking and portable sawmill demonstrations, hikes with foresters, wood crafts for kids, and more!
Vermont Wine & Food Festival
Main Tasting Event When: September 22, 10am – 5pm Where: Mount Snow, West Dover, VT
Mount Snow hosts the grand tasting of the 10th Annual Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival. Set in the backdrop of our world renowned Vermont fall foliage, attendees of the Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival will discover, savor and enjoy Vermont vintners, small specialty food producers, chefs, painters, publishers, cheese makers, potters, jewelers, photographers and farmers.
Killington Fall Festival
When: September 22, 12 – 4pm Where: The Foundry at Summit Pond, Killinton, VT
Enjoy a day of festivities at the Killington Fall Festival. The festival will offer an array of art, crafts, ciders, local spirits, food, handmade goods, and much more family fun. The one-day event will take place under an elegant white tent at The Foundry at Summit Pond, with its stunning views of the peaks and trails of Killington Resort.
30th Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival
When: September 28 – 30, 10am – 5pm Where: 410 Hunter Park Rd, Manchester Center, VT
Come to quaint, historic Manchester, Vermont for the annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival at Riley Rink in Hunter Park. This Festival provides a unique and memorable shopping experience. Find handcrafted creations made by expert Artists and Artisans, and meet the actual makers of the work. Visitors also enjoy the Specialty Foods and Spirits tent, with producers of Vermont products including maple syrup, craft distilled spirits, and other gourmet items.
Antiques At Stratton Mountain
When: September 29 & 30, Sat. 8am – 5pm; Sun. 11am – 3pm
Where: Stratton Mountain Base Lodge, Stratton, VT
Join us for the Vermont Antiques Dealer’s Association annual Antique Show at Stratton Mountain Resort. Find your next antique treasure while enjoying the fall foliage in the scenic Green Mountains.
Vermont Antiques Week
When: September 27 – 30 Where: Ludlow, VT
The week consists of five great antique shows including Weston, Okemo, Antiques at Stratton Mountain, Black River, and Vermont Picker’s Market. This year there will be over 175 antique dealers displaying some of the best folk art, artwork, furniture, stoneware, textiles, smalls, signs, and Americana.
When – October 6, 11am – 5pm Where: Historic Colgate Park, Bennington, VT
The NorShaft Lions Club presents the 6th Annual Oktoberfest at historic Colgate Park, Route 9 West, Bennington, Vermont. Live Music Featuring: Rymanowski Brothers Ethnic Food • Beer Tent Vendors • German DJ Childrens’ Activities • Wagon Rides