The land of Green Mountains, maple trees and over 400 lakes, Vermont is a four-season state brimming with family fun. Experience the best Vermont has to offer by attending one of its many festivals featuring all the great things Vermont is known for.
Vermont Maple Festival
Vermont is practically synonymous with all things maple, and there’s no place better to find that out than the Vermont Maple Festival. For almost 50 years St. Albans has played host to this sugary event that has everything maple you can imagine. Take part in the 8.5-mile Sap Run, learn how to make maple candy, eat a pancake breakfast (with maple syrup, of course), attend the maple parade or hop on one of the many carnival rides.
Location: St. Albans, Vermont
Vermont State Fair
Carnival rides, fair food, art and agriculture exhibits — the Vermont State Fair has everything you’d want for an afternoon of family fun. The cost of admission gets you access to more free entertainment than you’ll find at other fairs, such as pig races, a farm animal petting zoo, the Slythryn Serpents petting zoo, Galaxy Girl & Cybertrons aerial motorcycle track performances and a big top show put on by Circus Hollywood.
Location: 175 S. Main St., Rutland, VT 05701
Rates: Vary by day and event from $6-10 adults, $3-4 kids. Check the website for a schedule of admission specials like Dollar Day, or Family Day which offers an unlimited rides pass for $15 per person.
Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival
Bring the kids to a festival that celebrates one of Vermont’s most vibrant agricultural trades at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival. Enjoy watching experts do their work at a sheep shearing demonstration or sign up for a workshop to learn how to work with wool yourself. You can even purchase some of Vermont’s best wool products at the festival’s vendor booths.
Location: Turnbridge World’s Fairgrounds, 1 Fairgrounds Lane, Tunbridge, VT 05077
Rates: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $1 children under 12.
Tunbridge World’s Fair
One of Vermont’s premiere annual events for over 150 years, the Tunbridge World’s Fair celebrates the best of the state’s entertainment and agriculture. Your family will love the historic exhibits that include candle-making, cider-making, a printing press, hearth cooking, rug-making, quilting, butter churning, pony-pulling, cheese-making and more. There’s also plenty of entertainment with horse shows, dairy judging, dancers and musicians.
Location: Tunbridge World’s Fairgrounds, 1 Fairgrounds Lane, Tunbridge, VT 05077
Rates: Rates vary per day from $8-12, however children under 12 are always free. Grandstand seating and parking is also free.
Designed to celebrate the best of everything in the state, the Celebrate Vermont Festival is a supreme sampling of Vermont’s top foods, farms, forests and markets. Come prepared to walk the event’s many venues where you’ll find juried artist and craft booths, plus educational exhibits such as beekeeping, orcharding, home gardening and the Vermont Fresh Network’s demo kitchen. Don’t come expecting your standard junk food concessions though — Celebrate Vermont has culinary offerings made from food that’s been raised, grown and processed in Vermont.
Location: Stowe, Vermont