Vermont has numerous festivals going on this fall statewide.
Stratton Mountain celebrates fall with HarvestFest Weekend, Oct. 9-11. The chairlift will be open for scenic rides to the summit. From there you can hike to the fire tower or explore some of the walking trails. It will be the final weekend of lift-serviced biking with family-friendly terrain and trails for all abilities. And the 27-hole golf course will enjoy a final weekend with stunning views and foliage. Saturday activities and events include a Mountain Chili Cook-off from 1-3 p.m. Sample the locally-made chili and chime in on who will be the chili master.
Sample Vermont beers, ales, and ciders while listening to live music at the Brew Fest from noon to 6 p.m. Several different bands will be on the outdoor stage during the afternoon. Get up early Sunday morning and register for the North Face Race to the Summit. You’ll challenge yourself running 2.18 miles while climbing 2,003 vertical feet to the Stratton summit, southern Vermont’s highest peak. There will be prize money, awards and of course bragging rights as well as a gondola ride down to the base if you want it. In the evening, enjoy more live music with an opening act on the outdoor stage at 6 p.m. followed by the headliner Blues Traveler. Tickets to HarvestFest are limited and should be purchased in advance.
Do you love schnitzel, oompah music and beer? Welcome in the fall season at the 23rd annual Mount Snow Octoberfest on Oct. 9, running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults can sample brews from both German and domestic breweries and feast on authentic German dishes. In addition, there will be traditional games like yodeling, stein holding and keg-tossing.