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Vermont Fall Festivals Continue into October

by Linda Warner

Oct_foliageLast week we introduced the Vermont Fall Festivals taking place in September.  October brings more beautiful foliage and a full calendar of events.  Here’s what you can look forward to in October.

The month begins with the Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival. The festival actually begins September 30 and runs through Friday, October 6.  Each day a different, unique town in the Northeast Kingdom offers special events, meals and activities for visitors, all against a backdrop of breathtaking fall foliage.

The weekend of October 5-7 is chock full of events from north to south, east to west. Grab the family and head to Columbus Day Weekend at Stratton or take in Fall into Winter at Okemo. Another family-friendly option is Harvest Weekend at Billings Farm in Woodstock. Each event has so much planned to keep you busy, we can’t list it all here. We assure you there will be fun for all.

Oct_OktoberfestFor the over-21 crowd, Vermont celebrates Oktoberfest in both Bennington (10/6) and at Mount Snow in West Dover (10/6-7).  Vermont loves its craft brews and wants to share with you. (Children’s activities are available so you won’t have to leave them at home!)

Craft fairs dominate the weekend (10/6-7) with events planned for West Dover and Newfane in southern Vermont, Springfield, Rutland, and Woodstock in mid-Vermont, Stowe in northern Vermont, and Danville in the Northeast Kingdom.

The following week, Oct. 10-14, head to Manchester for ITVFest for something totally different. Get a first look at some of the best independently produced pilots and series created by an international community of writers, directors, producers, actors and executives.

Oct_applesCombine fun and food for festivals in Cabot (Cabot Apple Pie Festival, 10/13), Townshend (Townshend Pumpkin Festival, 10/13), and Jay (Bean and Brew Festival, 10/14).

As the month comes to a close and foliage season is heading into stick season, a few great festivals remain. If you are in the Burlington area, plan to visit the Essex Fall Craft & Fine Art Show in Essex Junction Oct. 26-28. Bring your holiday list. This is the perfect place to begin your shopping.

Family Halloween activities and other entertainment take place at both Fallapalooza in Bennington (10/27) and a Family Halloween at Billings Farm in Woodstock (10/28).

The end of October signals the end of the Vermont Fall Festival season. The leaves, which gave us such a show, have fallen and temperatures are getting colder.  But don’t despair. The snow will start to fall soon (if it hasn’t already in higher elevations), and the winter sport season will begin in earnest. So many more reasons to come back to Vermont.

For more information on events during any month of the year, check the Calendar of Events.

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