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MAPLE FESTIVALS

VT Maple Season is a Time to Celebrate!

Springtime Sugaring is a Delicious, Time-honored Tradition

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont’s biggest harbinger of spring – maple sugar season – kicks off in March and continues through April with fairs, festivals, and family fun. As the largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S., Vermont knows how to celebrate the sweet stuff.

Depending on the festival, you may find a scavenger hunt, carnival, sleigh ride, or sugaring demonstration. Many will feature special treats such as maple cotton candy, maple kettle corn, or sugar-on-snow (served the traditional way with pickles and doughnuts). The granddaddy of them all is the Vermont Maple Festival in St. Albans April 22-24, but maple fests can be found throughout the state this spring.

During the first weekend of April, sugarhouses across the state will open their doors to the public for an inside look at maple production. Learn more about Maple Open House Weekend.


Sugaringtime Festival
Sugarbush Resort, March 19
A delicious variety of maple-themed activities, including a resort-wide scavenger hunt.

Maplefest Celebration
Smugglers’ Notch Resort, March 19-April 3
Tours of local sugarhouses, daily sampling, games, sugar-on-snow, maple-infused food and beverages.

Maple Festival 2016
Middletown Springs, March 20
Watch a demonstration of early maple sugarmaking in a cast iron kettle over an open fire.

Lunenburg Maple Festival
Lunenburg, April 2
Pancake breakfast, photo displays, antique sugaring equipment, maple recipe samples, maple pie baking contest, maple quilt contest.

Maple-Fest Celebration
Poultney, April 2-3
Horse-drawn carriage rides, raffle, and open sugar houses.

Open House Weekend
Statewide, April 2-3
Watch as maple syrup is being made. Activities vary by sugar house; each has its own, unique character.

Maple Madness
Woodstock, April 2-3
Scavenger hunt, pancake breakfast, tree tapping, tastings, and a Maple Adventure bike ride.

Whitingham Maple Festival
Whitingham, April 2-3
Sugarmakers open their doors to visitors to give them a better understanding of the sap-to-syrup process.

Vermont Maple Festival
St. Albans, April 22-24
The biggest festival of all! Antique show, tastings, contests, craft show, comedy, face painting, carnival and more.

World Maple Festival
St. Johnsbury, April 30
Pancake breakfast, 5K run, street festival, crafts, food vendors.