Cultural Events Abound This October in Vermont
MONTPELIER, Vt. – Arts and crafts events and film festivals are among the many cultural offerings that visitors and residents in Vermont can attend this October while enjoying the state’s brilliant fall foliage.
Some of the more notable shows for arts and crafts include the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival (Oct. 6–8), the Weston Craft Show (Oct. 6–8) and the Vermont Craft Council’s Fall Open Studio Weekend Tour the weekend of Oct. 14–15 — a statewide event in which local artists and craftspeople open their studios to the public.
Film fans in Vermont can attend the Independent Film Festival in Manchester from Oct. 11 to 15, and the Vermont International Film Festival which takes place in Burlington from Oct. 20 to 29. For a comprehensive calendar of October events being held in Vermont, please visit the events calendar.
Below are many of the top Vermont events for October 2017.
Fall Foliage Train Rides
Through Oct. 12, Green Mountain Railroad, Chester
Join the ride from Chester to Ludlow, as Green Mountain Railroad rolls past quintessential Vermont towns, over rivers, and through the trees of the Green Mountains to show passengers the backwoods of Vermont and her beautiful foliage.
Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival
Sept. 30 – Oct. 1
The Festival Marketplace features over 70 vendors offering fleece and yarn, hand spinning and fibercrafting equipment and supplies, handcrafted wool items, small ruminant equipment and supplies, fencing materials and local meat and cheese.
The Marvelous Wonderettes
Oct. 5–22, The Grange Theatre at ArtisTree, South Pomfret
The Marvelous Wonderettes recreates the 1958 Springfield High School prom, featuring the Springfield Songleaders. With more than 30 classic hits from the 50s and 60s including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” and “It’s My Party,” The Marvelous Wonderettes is a musical trip down memory lane.
Stowe Foliage Arts Festival
Oct. 6–8, Topnotch Field, Stowe
The Stowe Foliage Arts Festival takes place at the height of the fall foliage season and offers art and fine craftwork from over 150 juried artists and artisans. There will be live music and other entertainment, great food, draft beer, wine, and demonstrations of traditional craftwork.
Weston Craft Show
Oct. 6–8, Weston Playhouse, Weston
The Weston Craft Show is a juried exhibit of exceptional Vermont artisans, representing works in baskets, ceramics, folk art, glass, jewelry, lighting, paper, fiber, leather, mosaics, pastels, sculpture, wearable art, and wood.
Of Land and Local
Oct. 6–29, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne
Oct. 20 – January 7, Burlington City Arts, Burlington
Sixteen new and returning artists further explore last year’s focus on the watershed, bringing a fresh perspective to this important topic. The exhibit explores how issues relating to the watershed fit within a domestic and global context. Themes investigate ideas of place, conservation, commodification, and water’s cultural role within our community.
First Friday White River Junction
Oct. 6, Downtown White River Junction
First Fridays of each month bring music, arts and late–night fun to White River Junction. Eateries and shops stay open late as visitors can meet with local artists, and enjoy good food, music and dance.
Lunafest Women’s Film Festival: a benefit for Girls on the Run Vermont
Oct. 7, Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington
Lunafest is a national film festival that features short films by, for, and about women. The guest speaker for the evening will be Karen Newman, world-class triathlete, cancer and eating disorder survivor, author, and dietitian.
Harpoon Octoberfest Vermont
Oct. 7–8, Harpoon Brewery, Windsor
Visit Vermont’s Upper Valley in the heart of foliage season and enjoy music, dancing, bratwurst and Harpoon beers. There will be an outdoor Bavarian-style beer garden and free brewery tours.
8th Annual Bean & Brew Festival
Oct. 7, Jay Peak Resort, Jay
A Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top 10 Event, this festival features fine locally-roasted coffees coupled with New England beers. The event is kid and family friendly and includes lawn games.
20th Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest
Oct. 7, Mount Snow, West Dover
Another Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top 10 Event, a keg toss, yodeling and stein-holding contest are among the many fun activities planned for the day. Guests can also view fall foliage on chair lift rides.
Danish String Quartet
Oct. 7, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury
Hailed by the Washington Post as “one of the best quartets before the public today,” the Danish String Quartet has established a reputation for integrated sound, impeccable intonation, and judicious balance.
15th Annual Pumpkin Festival at Cedar Circle Farm
Oct. 8, Cedar Circle Farm, Thetford
This event features Good Food concessions, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, kids’ activities, and pick your own pumpkins. Celebrate beautiful fall foliage and a bountiful fall harvest while enjoying community, great food and local musicians.
Independent Film Festival
Oct. 11–15, Manchester
ITVFest brings together a worldwide community of television creators, executives, agents, and fans who are interested in discovering the best new television programs created on independent budgets.
Brattleboro Literary Festival
Oct. 12–15, Downtown Brattleboro
The festival is a four–day celebration of those who read books, those who write books, and of the books themselves. The festival includes readings, panel discussions, and special events, featuring emerging and established authors.
Oct. 13, Latchis Theater, Brattleboro
One of America’s pre–eminent humor writers, Sedaris is a master of satire who slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness and is one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition.
Vermont Craft Council Fall Open Studio Weekend Tour
Oct. 14–15, Statewide
Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and creative process, allowing visitors a chance to meet a wide variety of local artists and craftspeople in their studios, and purchase high–quality, handmade artwork. The self–guided Open Studio tour features the work of glassblowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers, and wood carvers. Many participating galleries will host gallery talks and feature exhibits.
Vermont International Film Festival
Oct. 20–29, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington
Vermont's oldest film festival brings independent films from around the world in all genres and styles. The festival includes ten days of screenings, visiting filmmakers, and daily receptions where people gather to talk, meet and greet, eat and imbibe.
Oct. 21–22, 27–29, Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction
Nightmare Vermont is a unique Halloween event, combining live stage combat, an original theatrical storyline, and all the best in interactive scares and special effects.
Rare and Unusual Vermont Plants
Oct. 22, Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh
Botanist Robert Popp tracks and inventories rare and unusual plants for Vermont’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. Species may be rare because they have particular habitat requirements, are subject to habitat loss, are at the edge of their range, or are vulnerable to disturbance or collection.
10th Annual On-The-Farm Heirloom Apple Harvest Dinner
Oct. 28, Scott Farm, Dummerston
Scott Farm Orchard and the Vermont Fresh Network co-host the 10th Annual Heirloom Apple Harvest Dinner at the farm’s Apple Barn. The 5-course meal will showcase delicious heirloom apples and cider, along with many other local foods.
Oct. 29, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne
This annual Halloween event, named a Top 10 Fall Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, welcomes youngsters in playful costumes as they trick–or–treat on the grounds of Shelburne Museum.
A Doll’s House
Through Oct. 29, Northern Stage, The Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction
Henrik Ibsen, the father of modern drama, argued that everyone, man or woman, had a right to be who they wanted to be. In A Doll’s House, protagonist Nora epitomizes struggles against the constraints of social conformity as she confronts her identity and the state of her marriage.