Vermont Tourism Calendar of Events: October Harvest, Foliage, Arts & Adventures
The month of October marks peak foliage and harvest festivals honor this dynamic change of seasons statewide. Here’s a sampler of the 270 events on VermontVacation.com this month:
Of Land & Local
Now-Dec. 2, Statewide
Of Land & Local is a multidisciplinary exhibition designed to initiate a dialogue about the Vermont landscape. Vermonters’ shared history in land and pride for the local lay the groundwork for this exhibition, featuring works from over 40 international and Vermont-based artists.
Richmond Congregational Church Chicken Pie Supper
Oct. 2, Richmond
The fare features chicken pie, mashed potatoes, squash, and coleslaw topped off with apple or pumpkin pie. 140 guests are seated at each of four different seatings.
The Civil War: A Conversation
Oct. 4, Windsor
James McPherson, George Henry Davis ’86 Professor Emeritus of U.S. History, Princeton University and Pulitzer Prize, Battle Cry of Freedom, will discuss the war with Howard Coffin, Civil War historian and author of “Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today’s Vermont.”
John Doyle and Oisin McAuley
Oct. 4, Middlebury
Irish performers, John Doyle and Oisin McAuley return to the After Dark Music Series. John, a founding member of the Irish group Solas, is one of the most influential musicians in Irish music today. Oisin is the lead fiddler for the group Danu, and is one of today’s finest Irish fiddlers.
70th Anniversary Gala Antiques Auction
Oct. 4, Woodstock
A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception replete with live music and a chance to preview antiques that will be in the auction the following day. Silent auction on both days will include the chance to bid on collectibles, local dining and shopping opportunities, travel, food and wine, etc.
Manchester Fall Arts & Crafts Festival
Oct. 4 - 6, Manchester
Under spacious Camelot tents, 180 artists and artisans display and sell wondrous creations. Craft demos, live music, a food court featuring local restaurants, and the Vermont Beer Cheese and Sausage Tent make it a splendid way to spend a day.
Oct. 5, Brandon
Come make Harvest People (aka stick figures, scarecrows, Leaf People...) with the experts. You can even take one home! Hay Rides, Apple Pies, Pumpkins, BBQ, Brandon Town Band. Rain location to be announced if needed.
Oct. 5, Morristown
RocktoberFest is an annual celebration showcasing the best of Morristown and the region. Enjoy live music, a 5K fun run/walk, local businesses, puppet shows, a beer gardens, a food and vendor court, a farmer market, a burger cook-off, pumpkin bowling, MACC's chair-art-able chair auction and so much more.
Deep Space Night
Oct. 5, Hubbardton
This deep sky show stars the constellations, planets, meteor showers and satellites. Experienced stargazers from the Green Mountain Alliance of Amateur Astronomers share their telescopes and knowledge. Bring blankets, flashlights and binoculars or telescopes if you like. The marshmallows are on us.
Rubber Ducky Derby
Oct. 5, Barnet
Ben's Mill hosts its 10th annual Rubber Ducky Derby, including tours of Ben's Mill and blacksmith demonstrations. Multiple prizes donated by local merchants. "Rent" a duck and cheer him on as he races down the Stevens River for you.
Green Mountain Oktoberfest
Oct. 5, Hancock
Stop by the Beer Tasting Tent, sample food from local restaurants or cast your vote for one of the competitors in the chicken wing contest. Held on the town green in beautiful Hancock, with lots of space to bring a blanket and listen to the live band. Local businesses provide arts, crafts and games.
Pumpkin & Apple Celebration at Billings Farm & Museum
Oct. 5 - 6, Woodstock
Apple and pumpkin displays, apple tasting, trivia contest, cider pressing, apple races, pumpkin bowling, apples-on-a-string, making pumpkin and apple ice cream and horse-drawn wagon rides.
Fall Open Studio Weekend 2013
Oct. 5 - 6, Statewide
A statewide network of craftspeople and artists open their studios to the public for Open Studio Weekend. Where to begin? The Crafts Council has a map available at Vermont welcome centers and galleries, or just follow the yellow signs along the roads that highlight designated open studio locations.
19th Century Apple and Harvest Festival
Oct. 6, Strafford
Press cider in an antique press, sample cider, taste heirloom apple varieties, play period games, hike the lookout trail, play Valley Quest. Rain or shine.
Frida Kahlo and the Mexican Muralists
Oct. 6, Newbury
Art historian Bob Manning shows and discusses the works of Frida Kahlo and the three Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, putting their collected work in the context of Mexican political history and culture. A Vermont Humanities Council event.
Oct. 7, Rutland
Singer-songwriter A.J. Croce has traveled a circuitous musical road. The son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, A.J. has headlined festivals, concerts and major listening venues worldwide. He has been seen and heard on shows including Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Austin City Limits, and Good Morning America.
Curtains Without Borders
Oct. 10, Brattleboro
Christine Hadsel, Director of Curtains Without Borders, takes us on a tour of some of the most artistic and interesting historic stage scenery in northern New England. One of the scenic artists was from Brattleboro … find out who he was and what he painted.
Oct. 10 - 27, Montpelier
Taut and thrilling, this Tony-Award Winner for Best Play is a masterful must-see. Scapegoating, hysteria, the wielding of “God and country” as a cudgel, revenge, and the trampling of rights in times of crisis took center-stage when Miller’s iconic yet human drama about the Salem witch trials made its Broadway debut.
Middlebury Arts Walk
Oct. 11, Middlebury
Stores and businesses will remain open, becoming galleries displaying the work of dozens of area artists. Art will turn up in restaurants, on the town green, and in other exciting and unlikely places. This is a regular monthly event—-visit downtown Middlebury on the second Friday of every month.
The Stowe Foliage Arts Festival
Oct. 11 - 13, Stowe
"Fall is Festival time in Vermont and Stowe celebrates the absolute zenith of foliage color with this Festival. 180 artists and artisans, live music, craft demos, fabulous food, and the Vermont Craft Beer Cheese and Sausage Tent.
Confidence and Compassion: An LGBTQ weekend
Oct. 11 - 13, Barnet
Through meditation, tai chi and yoga, discussion and celebration, we will reveal and explore our basic qualities, connecting to naturally wakeful minds and hearts. This program, open to all, is an opportunity for the LGBTQ community to gather and practice the dharma in a safe, supported, and beautifully enriching environment.
The 43rd Newfane Heritage Festival
Oct. 12-13, Newfane
There will be 90 exhibitors offering unique handcrafted articles, a super raffle, huge flea table, live entertainment, children's activities, and 2 large food booths offering everything from hamburgers to homemade apple pie for all to enjoy.
Vermont International Film Festival 2013
Oct. 11 - 20, Burlington
VTIFF, now in its 28th year, will be holding its annual film festival in Burlington, primarily at ECHO center and at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. Additional venues are BCA and North End Studios.
Baked Beads 21st Annual Columbus Day Weekend Fashion Accessory Clearance
October 11-13, Waitsfield
75% off retail – Shop for $3-$5 jewelry, $5 pashminas, 3 scarves for $20, plus more fun & unique gift items than ever! Free Scarf with $50 Purchase! The 2013 recipient of the Baked Beads Local Charity Program is the Mad River Path Association.
Vermont Barn Tour
October 12, Addison County
Tour six premier 18th to late 20th century barns in northwestern Addison County. The tour will focus on the changing architecture and use of barns over two centuries. The Historic Barn Tour is sponsored by the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury and proceeds benefit the museum.
Ethan and Ira Challenge
Oct. 12, Burlington
Legend has it that Ethan Allen and his brother Ira argued over who was the better woodsman; they settled the matter by having a race from Bennington to Burlington. Ethan barreled straight through all natural obstacles while Ira, using his woodsmen skills used a more developed route. Come test your skills and participate in the Ethan and Ira Challenge.
October 12, Bennington
Hosted by NorShaft Lions & Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce Beer, Food, Live Music!
Pianist Vassily Primakov
October 12, Randolph, VT
In recent years, Vassily Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world-class importance. In his first performance in central Vermont, he will play an all-Chopin program featuring Ballades, Fantasies, Scherzos, Mazurkas, Nocturnes, Polonaises, Waltzes, and Sonatas.
14th Annual Model Engineering Show
Oct. 12, Windsor
Visit with New England’s finest model engineers and experience informative workshops and challenging demonstrations throughout the day.
Columbus Day Celebration
Oct. 12 - 13, Stratton Mountain
Join us as we celebrate autumn and the changing season in the midst of stunning fall foliage over Columbus Day Weekend, October 12-13. Family fun, fall foliage and a run to the Summit are in store during our annual Chilifest Cookoff, North Face Race to the Summit and Harvestfest!
52nd Annual Fall Foliage Art in the Park
Oct. 12 - 13, Rutland
The Chaffee Art Center invites you to their 52nd Annual Art in the Park Fine Art and Craft Festivals, featuring the superior work of over 60 fine artists and crafts people. Handcrafted woodenware, clothing, pottery, jewelry, glass and more! Enjoy food and music while you shop!
A Harvest of Quilts
Oct. 12 - 13, Morristown
The Guildmembers have been working for two years to put on their biennial show. 100 Quilts by the members will be on display, from bedquilts to table runners. Vendors of quilt material and notions will be present. There will be a raffle for a quilt made by the Guild and other prizes, a Silent Auction of quilted items, and a Bazaar of handcrafted items by Guild members.
Honora Winery's 5th Annual Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival
Oct. 12 - 13, West Halifax
We've expanded this event to 2 full days and have moved it to the Vineyard this year! There will be live music both days by Cracked Walnuts Banjo Duo, Sat. Darryl Hill Blues Band will also perform, local farmers market, crafters, food vendors, wine tastings, Great family fun stuff for the kids and kids at heart.
North Face Race to the Summit
Oct. 13, Stratton Mountain
Celebrate autumn at Harvestfest at Stratton Mountain Resort and challenge yourself with a two mile run: uphill. Reward yourself with bragging rights, brunch and a beer or two.
John Trumbull: Soldier, Patriot, Painter, Diplomat
Oct. 13, Orwell
Mount Independence Coalition president Stephen Zeoli offers a program on the extraordinary Revolutionary War contributions of Col. John Trumbull of Connecticut. Learn about his work on Mount independence, his depictions of key points of the war with oil and canvas and his later life.
Heirloom Apple Day
Oct. 13, Dummerston
"Each October during Columbus Day weekend we open our packing barn at Scott Farm for an heirloom apple tasting celebration. Our orchard manager, Ezekiel Goodband, will offer each and everyone a taste of a select group of apples while sharing apple lore– What was Thomas Jefferson’s favorite apple? Who was Mr. Greening and what was his claim to fame?"
11th Annual Pumpkin Festival at Cedar Circle Farm
Oct. 13, East Thetford
Celebrate the harvest with everything pumpkin! Family fun: ongoing horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin picking, cider pressing, bean threshing, theatrical performances, kids’ activities. Live music under the tent all day. Enjoy an organic “good food from the farm” concession and NOFA-VT’s wood-fired pizzas. Rain or shine. No pets.
Lasyam: An Evening of Indian Classical Dance
Oct. 14, Middlebury
World-renowned artist Sasikala Penumarthi and her students from the Academy of Kuchipudi Dance, in Atlanta, Georgia, perform an array of dances in the south-Indian classical style of Kuchipudi. Sponsored by the Department of Religion, Dance Program, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Program in South Asian Studies, Director of the Arts, and Department of History of Art and Architecture. Free
Vermont Tech Jam
Oct. 17-18, Burlington
The Vermont Tech Jam is a two-day job fair and tech expo gathers dozens of Vermont's fastest growing and most innovative companies and organizations all under one roof. It's an opportunity to talk with recruiters, attend panel discussions and workshops and find out about educational opportunities available right here in Vermont.
Dinner & Discussion: Guernsey Under the German Occupation
Oct. 19, Hyde Park
If an interesting historic or literary topic & the society of people who read & think & like to talk about ideas sounds appealing, then come to a dinner discussion with the Vermont Apple Pie Literary and Travel Society. Our first topic is Guernsey under the German occupation & the impact on the daily lives of the islanders.
Autumn Wagon Ride Weekend at Billings Farm & Museum
Oct. 19 - 20, Woodstock
colors of a Vermont autumn on a narrated horse-drawn wagon ride around the fields and along the Ottauquechee River. Includes farm programs and activities.
31st Annual Quilt Show - Inspired by Color
Oct. 19 - 20, Shelburne
The Champlain Valley Quilters' Guild presents a spectacular display of judged and non-judged quilts, theme challenge quilts, demonstrations, and special exhibits including: Quilts of Valor, Friendship Quilts, and Vermont Landscape Quilts. We will feature a wide variety of quilting related products and services, handmade crafts for sale, gorgeous raffle quilt, raffle baskets and a popular scavenger hunt for children.
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
October 25, Randolph
Crowned as “the New Queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, Rhonda Vincent is the most decorated musician in the genre. Her music draws deeply from Bill Monroe-styled bluegrass, while incorporating a modern feel that make her songs both classic and contemporary. Chandler Music Hall:
Sixth Annual Lego Contest and Exhibit
Oct. 25 - 27, Brattleboro
"Build your very own LEGO creation and display it at BMAC! Prizes will be awarded in various categories, but creativity, is the order of the day, so bust out those bricks and start building!
A Family Halloween at Billings Farm & Museum
Oct. 27, Woodstock
Doughnuts on a string, pumpkin carving for families, Halloween tales, plus horse-drawn wagon rides. Costume parades at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. Children in costume accompanied by an adult admitted free!
The True Story of Peter and the Wolf
Oct. 27, Middlebury
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra presents its second-annual Halloween family event. This kid-friendly woodwind quintet concert includes an introduction of the instruments and several seasonally spooky selections. Audience members young and old are invited to come in costume for a parade.