Fall is in the air in Vermont. You can feel it. The days are warm and the nights are cool. The apple orchards are open for picking, cider donuts are coming out of the ovens, and apples are being pressed into cider. The leaves are just starting to change and it is a perfect time for a scenic drive to one of the many harvest festivals around the state.
Our top 5 picks for September with kids:
The Small Farms Food Fest at Shelburne Orchards (9/15) – This fall celebration at the orchard is jam-packed with bits and bites from local farms and food producers. There is a great line-up of local Vermont musicians, hayrides, a tractor petting zoo, the amazing hay bale maze, face painting, rope making and other crafts for kids. Leave plenty of time to go apple picking in this beautiful orchard.
Fall Harvest Festival at Adams Market and Orchard (9/14 & 15) – The biggest attraction at this fall festival might just be Dizzy’s Donuts! There is always a line for these little sweet treats. Enjoy the fall fun in the orchard and at the Farm Market. Families can go apple picking, watch cider demonstrations, visit the petting farm, go on hay wagon rides and more.
Harvest Festival at Shelburne Farms (9/21) – Enjoy an entire day of Vermont farm and food traditions. There is musical entertainment, horse drawn hayrides, farm fresh food, antique farm machinery and lots of farm animals to visit with.
Old Fashioned Harvest Market (9/28 & 29) – This two day, family-oriented community fair features entertainment, food & fun, a parade, over 100 crafters, lots of great food, and music. There are many great kids activities including a zucchini contest, pet show, old fashioned games and a saw dust candy scramble!
Newport Fall Foliage Festival (9/27-29) – Enjoy a trip to the North East Kingdom for a fall foliage festival that includes a scarecrow contest, Chilifest, poetry readings, entertainment, street vendors, bounce houses, craft fair, music and other activities that are held on right on Main Street.