Top Events and Festivals in Vermont
Explore this selection of the top annual events and festivals, fairs and celebrations (listed in calendar priority) in Vermont.
Please note: Top Events USA does not include every single event on offer in Vermont – only those recognized as the best by residents of Vermont, visitors to the "Green Mountain State", the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA and officials of Vermont too.
Vermont was given the name of the “Green Mountain State” after all the trees and hills in the vast wilderness at the north and south of the area.
Stowe Winter Carnival
mid to late January
The Stowe Winter Carnival is one of the many reasons why people visit the winter wonderland of Stowe, offering many activities for both young and old, from zany sports events, Ice Carving Competitions, movies, Kids Carnival Kaos to the infamous Village Night Block Party. Visitors can tour the town, watch Professional Ice Carvers create elegant and masterful ice carvings throughout the village on Demonstration Day, and see the competition evolve at the annual NICA sanctioned Ice Carving Competition.
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Bennington Winter Festival
Bennington celebrates winter with a host of festivities, from the Ice Sculpture Contest to the Penguin Plunge when jumpers plunge into the icy waters of Lake Paran to benefit the Special Olympics. There is also a Chili Contest, an open House at the Mansion, "Winter Fun at Park-McCullough" Exhibit, wagon rides, refreshments, a Pet Winter Fashion Show, Children's Story Hour/Activities, Kevin's Live Remote and more!
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Brattleboro Winter Carnival
A popular event that started in 1956, the 10-day Brattleboro Winter Carnival offers fun for the whole family with attractions like the junior Olympic events, a variety show showcasing local talent, a country & western jamboree, roller skating, storytelling, the Queen's Pageant and the Princess Pageant for the younger girls, a teen dance and a variety show showcasing local talent.
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Vermont Maple Festival
Saint Albans, Vermont
Taking place at the end of the maple season, the hugely attended Vermont Maple Festival has been a popular event for over 46 years, attracting visitors from throughout the USA and many other parts of the world for all sorts of fun with the maple including maple treats, as well as entertainment on Main Street, a youth talent show, Fiddlers’ Variety Show, Carnival, arts and crafts, an antique show, a variety of foods including pancake breakfasts, cooking demonstrations and competitions, as well as fun for the children including face painting.
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Vermont Open Studio Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend, late May
Vermont’s natural scenic beauty is enhanced each spring when the work of Vermont artists and craftspeople can be seen firsthand during Vermont’s annual Open Studio Weekend – a statewide celebration of the visual arts and the creative process in which Vermont artists and craftspeople invite the public to visit them in their studios. More than 260 sites will be open during this event, with more than 285 artists and artisans participating.
For more information about the statewide Vermont Open Studio Weekend visit: http://www.vermontcrafts.com
Strolling of the Heifers Parade & Festival
Named one of Vermont’s Top Ten Summer Events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce for five years in a row, the Strolling of the Heifers Parade & Festival attracts an annual average of 50,000 spectators a year. The weekend’s signature event begins as the stars of the Strolling of the Heifers Parade - 100 flower-bedecked bovine beauties - begin ambling up Main Street. They are followed by nationally renowned entertainment, ranging from bag pipers and baton twirlers to floats and other entertainers.
For more information about the Strolling of the Heifers Parade & Festival in Brattleboro visit: http://www.strollingoftheheifers.com
Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
An annual festival for more than a quarter of a century, the 10-day Burlington Discover Jazz Festival in all parts of downtown Burlington showcases local, regional and international jazz artists taking part in performances in intimate venues, waterfront concerts, street parties, cruises on Lake Champlain, meet-the-artist sessions, master Classes, workshops and more.
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Lake Champlain International Fishing Derby
Lake Champlain Fisheries – Burlington, Vermont
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Vermont Quilt Festival
Essex Junction, Vermont
New England's oldest and largest annual quilt festival, the 3-day Vermont Quilt Festival features exhibits and competitions, lectures and hands-on demonstrations, classes demonstrating various traditional and non traditional techniques, appraisals, seminars and more, all about various facets of quilting.
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Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival
Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa – Woodstock, Vermont
One of Vermont’s most popular summer events, the 3-day Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival features and offers a variety of sunrise, morning, and twilight balloon launches, as well as live entertainment including classic folk and rock music, delicious food and a beer and wine garden.
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Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival
Plymouth Notch, Vermont
Selected by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as a 2008 “Top 10 Fall Event” the Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival celebrates the bounties of the harvest and the award-winning world of Vermont-made cheese. Activities include cheese sampling by members of the Vermont Cheese Council and guided tours of the Plymouth Cheese Factory, wagon rides, traditional craft demonstrations by the Green Mountain Blacksmiths Association and Fiber Arts in Vermont, old-time fiddling, and fun for the entire family.
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With Stowe’s Jackson Arena transformed into a Bavarian village, Oktoberfest in Vermont celebrates the harvest and fall season with everything from “oompah” bands boosting traditional sing-a-longs and dancing to authentic Bavarian foods and freshly brewed Vermont beers. Other top attractions at this event include a silent auction, the Grand Parade with marching bands, floats and more to open the event, and a wide variety of fun activities for children.
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Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival
Vermont’s Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival showcases Vermont artists-in-wood and their commitment to keeping traditional skills and crafts alive. Guests mingling and shopping see that the exhibitors live their lives with tools of the craft in hand. World-class creativity and craftsmanship are unparalleled in the exquisite array of Vermont-made furniture and wood products. Browse the displays, make purchases, chat with woodworkers, or see them at work carving, turning, and crafting their wares.
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Dummerston Apple Pie Festival
For more than 40 years, the Dummerston Apple Pie Festival has been held each year on the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend, the peak of colorful autumn foliage in Southern Vermont. Some 1,500 apple pies are made by church members and friends.
Folks from all over the United States travel by motorcycle and automobiles to take part in the festivities, to taste a piece of pie or take home a whole one. In addition, the locals serve Vermont cheddar cheese, homemade ice cream, cider, coffee, and donuts.
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This festive holiday event is held the second weekend in December and features three days of holiday shows, beautiful music, a parade of riders, horses and carriages, a historic house tour, a medieval banquet, a 19th Century Christmas celebration at Billings Farm & Museum and many more activities throughout the village. Voted one of Vermont's 10 best winter events.
For more information about the Wassail Weekend in Woodstock visit: