The Heart of New England
The Heart of New England
Celebrating the unique character & culture of Maine ~ New Hampshire ~ Vermont
Annual "Can't Miss" Festivals & Events
(click on your favorite season, below)

Winter  (December, January, February)

Holidays at Hildene   
Manchester, Vermont
Early November through early January

Each week local decorators are adopting an area of the house. Come back again
to see the magic they make. For more info:
Hildene - The Lincoln Family Home

Annual Stowe Winter Carnival   
Stowe, Vermont
Mid January

Ice carving exhibition and competition, sports events, kid-friendly activities,
village night and more. Stowe will be aglow as we transform our town into a fun
filled five day winter festival. Whether you plan to compete or simply enjoy the
entertainment, come experience the fun of a New England winter. For more info:
Annual Stowe Winter Carnival.

Brookfield Ice Harvest
Brookfield, Vermont
Late January

Bring the entire family for this unique event on Sunset lake.  Using turn of the
century techniques, you'll be able to experience how ice was harvested, cut and
moved by ice wagons.  You can also try out handmade snowshoes, ice sculpting
and see the famous Vermont Floating Bridge.  For more info: 802-276-3959

Spring (March, April, May)

Annual Magic Hat Mardi Gras Parade and Party   
Burlington, Vermont
Late February/Early March

More than 20,000 people made up of families, friends, students, and visitors will
gather together on the streets to join in the spinning spectacle.
More than 40 floats of calamitously costumed wheeled conveyances will bear
hundreds of festooned festivators hurling all manner of edible excitements and
baubled beadery.  Proceeds benefit the Women's Rape Crisis Center. For more
info visit:
Magic Hat (because this is a beer site you have to be 21 or over)

Brattleboro Winter Carnival
Brattleboro, Vermont
Late February/Early March

The Brattleboro Winter Festival features family events for everybody including
music, ice fishing, karaoke, Queen's Pageant, pancake breakfast, ice skating,
sleigh rides, petting zoo and more.   For more info: (802) 254-4565

Vermont Maple Open House Weekend   
Throughout Vermont
Late March

Watch and see how Maple Syrup is made. From the tree to the table, experience
one of Vermont's oldest traditions. See the use of some modern sap gathering
equipment mixed with the traditional wood fired evaporator. Sample the very
best, fresh off the evaporator and take some of Vermont's first crop of the year
home with you.  For more info visit:
Maple Open House


Annual Vermont Maple Festival   
St. Albans, Vermont
Late April

An annual event that draws people from all over the state, country and world to
sample and learn more about the flavor of Vermont. The festival features a youth
talent show, craft show, antique show, exhibit hall, specialty food show, art
exhibit, pancake breakfast, 5 and 10 k runs, and a huge parade rounding out the
weekend festivities. For more info visit:
Vermont Maple Festival

Annual Flavors of the Valley
White River Junction,  Vermont
Early May

A promotional, tasting, and informational event celebrating locally grown food
and farm products. Farmer, restaurant, grocer and non-profit organizations will
display a range of local products including meats, produce, maple, dairy, baked
goods, and prepared foods. The event includes cooking and agricultural
demonstrations and a silent auction. For more info visit:
Annual Flavors of the

All Species Day Parade and Spring Pageant   
Montpelier, Vermont
First Sunday of May

Celebrated in Montpelier annually on the first Sunday in May since 1989.
All come dressed in costume representing your favorite species and honor our
interdependence with all life's diversity with song, dance, pageantry, parade and
celebration. We begin at noon in Hubbard park with opening performances,
parade through downtown beginning at 1 pm and at 2pm celebrate with a grand
puppet pageant on the Statehouse lawn. All are welcome to join in. For more info
All Species Parade & Spring Pageant.

Annual Burlington Kids Day  - Vermont's largest children's celebration.
Burlington, Vermont

Take part in the Main Street parade, check out exhibits, entertainment, craft
activities, art displays, and games at Burlington's Waterfront Park. Music, drama,
and demonstrations of all kinds are welcome. A great opportunity to celebrate
our youngest citizens. Kids of all ages invited to participate. A giant helium
balloon stars in the parade. Everyone invited to decorate a bike or wagon and
join the fun. For more info visit:

Annual Blackfly Festival   
Adamant, Vermont
Late May

Why a Blackfly Festival? I mean, What's the Point???? After a long, cold winter
here in Adamant, we need something to celebrate, and God only knows we have
plenty of blackflies.  We hold the festival to:  Have fun - Raise Money for the
Adamant Co-op Building Fund. Day-long festival with blackfly pie contest,
fashion show,music, food,bake sale.  For more info visit:
Black Fly Festival.

Learn more about New England's black here.

Summer (June, July, August)

Annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade & Festival   
Brattleboro, Vermont
Early June

This annual parade and four day festival has been named one of Vermont's Top
Ten Summer Events for 4 years in a row! Farm summit, farmers market, dairy
princess pageant, bodacious bovine block party, farm tours and The Hammys.
Last year, over 40,000 spectators attended the parade featuring 90 flower
bedecked bovine beauties strutting their stuff down Main Street followed by a
wide variety of world class entertainment.  For more info visit:
Strolling of he Heifers.


Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival   
Quechee, Vermont
Mid June

A three-day celebration of music and hot-air ballooning! For more info visit:
Quechee Balloon Festival

Northeast Kingdom Cultural Heritage Day   
Lyndonville, Vermont
Mid June

Train rides, craft fair, country auction, exhibits, demonstrations, food, wagon
rides and fiddle contest. (802) 626-1400  or (802) 626-3265

Vermont Quilt Festival   
Essex Junction, Vermont
Late June - Early July

New England's oldest and largest festival!  Join in the celebration of the 30th
anniversary of the Festival at its new air-conditioned location with easy parking.
Enjoy almost 400 beautiful quilts on display, shop in more than 70 booths
brimming with quilts, fabrics, supplies, country crafts, gift items and more, have
your treasured antique quilts appraised and choose from more than 75 classes
and lectures. For more info visit:
Vermont Quilt Festival.

Annual Kaleidoscope Festival
Stowe, Vermont

Hundreds of kaleidoscopes on display.  Fun event for Kaleidoscope curious,
collectors and kids.  Visitors experience how kaleidoscopes combine art, optical
science and color therapy.  Sponsored by Stowe Craft & Design in Stowe village.
For more information visit
Stowe Kaleidoscope Festival

Annual Marlboro Music Festival   
Marlboro, Vermont
Mid July to Mid August

Come hear music of the highest caliber, performed by world renowned
musicians. For more info visit:
Marboro Music.

Annual Native American Craft Show
Evansville, Vermont
Last Weekend of July

Each year this event gets bigger and better featuring a Pow Wow and
demonstrations of basket weaving and drum making.  There are also several
other crafts available with the Clan of the Hawk Craft Show.  For more info call:

Champlain Valley Folk Festival   
Ferrisburgh, Vermont
Early August

Traditional folk music and dance from the Champlain valley and beyond. 5
concert stages plus dance stage with wooden floor on the shores of Lake
Champlain. Camping nearby, swimming on site, craft and food vendors. For
more info visit:
Champlain Valley Folk Festival.

Bristol Corn Festival
Bristol, Vermont
Mid August

This annual event includes everything "corny."  Activities include corn games,
corn crafts, kid's corn maze, corn themed food, corn news, corn inventions and a
cook off by local chefs.  If it has to do with corn, it's here.  Additionally, the
announcement of the Golden Kernel Award for community service takes place at
this event.  Admission is free.

Annual Vermont State Zucchini Festival
Celebrate the vegetable Vermonters love to hate.
Ludlow , Vermont

Innovative ways to carve, catapult, dress, eat, fly, paint and race zucchinis.
As always, a prize for the largest Vermont Zucchini will be awarded. An ideal
event for the whole family. For more info call: 802-228-58

Annual Deerfield Valley Farmers Day Exhibition...A Real Vermont Fair.
Wilmington, Vermont
Late August

Horse pulling, ox pulling, midway rides and games, farm exhibits, horse show,
children's activities, exhibit halls, live bands, and antique tractor pull.
Demolition Derby, and no entry admission charge to the Midway on Sunday
only. For more info visit:
Deerfield Valley Farmers Day.  

Moose Festival   
Canaan, Vermont
Late August

Moose calling contest, free pony rides for kids & more.  Moose watchers
breakfast, auto show, photography contest, horse and wagon historical tours.
For more info visit:
Vermont Moose Fesival.

Fall (September, October, November)

Vermont State Fair   
Rutland, Vermont
Early September

The Vermont State Fair began as a one-day event on September 24, 1846.
The Fair was founded with an agricultural background and has continued its
agricultural heritage in today's fair. Agricultural events include horse & cattle
shows and exhibits, farm museums, crafts, 4H building, horse, pony & ox pulling
contests, maple sugar house, country and western concerts, demolition derbies
and a great carnival midway by Castlerock Shows. For more info visit:
Sate Fair.

Annual Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival   
Essex Junction, Vermont
Mid September

Sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas and rabbits on display. Sheep shearing, sheepdog
herding, llama obstacle course. Workshops on fiber arts, drop in and spin,
needlefelting, weaving, knitting demonstrations. More than 60 vendors of
spinning, weaving, knitting and felting materials, tools and finished items. For
more info visit:
VT Sheep & Wool Festival

Plymouth Cheese and Harvest Festival   
Plymouth, Vermont

Selected twice by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as one of the state's Top
Ten Fall Events and again in 2006! The bounties of the Vermont harvest are
celebrated with a cheese recipe contest, wagon rides, historic farm & craft
demonstrations, “Roaring Twenties” performed by Martin Bryan (sponsored by
the Vermont Humanities Council), harvest displays, Vermont Cheese Council
exhibits, and more. For more info visit:
Historic Vermont

Annual Vermont Small Farms Food Fest   
Shelburne, Vermont

Here's the chance to purchase prepared foods from vegetable, meat, cheese and
syrup producers. Pick apples, listen to live music, take a tractor hayride, go
through a haybale maze and enjoy other family-friendly activities.
For more info visit:
Small Farms Food Fest.

Tunbridge World's Fair   
Tunbridge, Vermont

Celebrating Vermont farming traditions at an annual agricultural fair in a
beautiful rural setting.  With an antique museum and living history exhibits,
horse, pony and oxen pulling, horse racing, cattle and horse shows, junior 4-H,
contra dancers, midway and much more. For more info visit:
Tunbridge World's

Fairbanks Festival of Traditional Crafts   
St. Johnsbury, Vermont

Annual celebration of the skills and lore of rural New England The Fairbanks
Museum hosts a major festival, now in its third decade, celebrating the ingenuity
and accomplishment of rural New England. The Festival brings together artists
and experts whose personal knowledge and skills guide visitors to create candles
and quilts, soap and cider, barrels and dolls. Come with questions for old-time
orchardists, herbalists, dowsers, wood turners and boat builders. For more info
Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium  

Annual Stowe Oktoberfest   
Stowe, Vermont
Late September

Featuring oompah bands, authentic German foods, freshly brewed VT beers,
pumpkin painting, raffles & puppet theatre Two days of Bavarian fun.
Selected as a VT Chamber Top Ten Fall Event. For more info visit:
Stowe Oktoberfest.

Fall Foliage Festival   
Walden, Vermont
Early October

Week-long event hosted by seven Northeast Kingdom towns.
Local history, entertainment, photo ops, church suppers, crafts and tours in
Walden, Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet Groton and St. Johnsbury.
Each has special historic and cultural background and the local volunteer hosts
are pleasant and informative. Plenty of places to stay only a few miles to each
town. Experience the Northeast aglow with color.  For more info visit the
Northeast Kingdom website.

Cabot Apple Pie Festival
Cabot, Vermont
Mid October

If you like apple pie, you'll love this festival.  Always held the Saturday after
Columbus Day weekend, this event features pie contests, sales, exhibits, free
apple cider, crafts fair, light lunch, entertainment and more. For more info visit
Cabot Apple Pie Festival

Annual Gilfeather® Turnip Festival
Wardsboro, Vermont
Late October

Click here for story about this turnip festival & recipes

Celebrating the Gilfeather® turnip, first propagated in Wardsboro in the early
1900s by local farmer, John Gilfeather. All the secrets of this heirloom vegetable
will be revealed at the festival!  Live music, entertainment, turnip art and
activities for children. The Turnip Café features homemade turnip soup and
Turnip Tastings of recipes created and prepared by Wardsboro “chefs.” Shop at
the Turnip Boutique, craft fair, and farmers’ market for turnip-theme gifts,
souvenir tee shirts, turnip videos and DVDs, The Gilfeather® Turnip Cookbook,
Vol. 2, turnips and seeds, apples, cider, organic veggies, VT products, specialty
foods, local arts and crafts. Community tag sale by library barn.  Proceeds benefit
the Friends of the Wardsboro Library.  For more info visit
Friends of Wardsboro
Library, or call (802) 896-3416 or 896-6080.

Thanksgiving Weekend at Billings Farm & Museum   
Woodstock, Vermont
Thanksgiving Day Weekend (November)

Visit with costumed guides as they prepare a bountiful 19th century
Thanksgiving meal in the 1890 Farm House. Engaging Thanksgiving activities for
every age and programs in the Farm House parlor each day. Enjoy a homemade
treat and a horse-drawn wagon ride. For more info visit:  
Billings Farm & Museum  

Christmas at Billings Farm & Museum   
Woodstock, Vermont
Early December

A Top 10 Fall Event. Visit the authentically decorated farmhouse with
preparations underway for the holiday meal. Visit the working dairy farm.
Holiday programs and activities, plus making historic ornaments.
For more info visit:
Billings Farm & Museum.


Christmas Eve Sleigh Ride at
Adams Farm
Wilmington, Vermont
Every Christmas Eve

Experience the nostalgia of yesteryear with your family and friends and take a
sleigh ride journey into the woods to an old log cabin for a warm up by the wood
fires and enjoy a steaming cup of hot chocolate and Christmas carols at the piano.
Reservations required and weather permitting. (802) 464-3762  

Hildene Holiday Evenings   
Manchester, Vermont
Late December

Tour the beautifully decorated historic mansion. Also enjoy hot cider, holiday
music, and doughnuts by the bonfire on the front lawn. For more info visit:

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