Out & About: Upper Valley Celebrates Fall With Festivals, Apples, Crafts

  • Billings Farm & Museum's Pumpkin and Apple Celebration is one of many festivals taking place this fall. Courtesy photograph

Published: 9/26/2018 9:59:40 PM
Modified: 9/27/2018 8:59:05 AM

The first day of fall was last weekend and already the season is off to a promising start. In addition to vibrant colors, the new season also ushers in a new set of events to look forward to. Chief among those are fall festivals.

From crafts to apple cider to children’s activities, these festivals truly have it all for a family friendly outing.

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Fall Festival in Hanover

4-6:30 p.m.

Storrs Pond Recreation Area, 59 Oak Hill Drive.

Games, crafts, food, face painting and entertainment. Hosted by Hanover Parks and Recreation. Free. 603-640-3305.


Fall Festival in Pike

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Upper Valley Stewardship Center, 2719 Mt. Moosilauke Highway.

A day of family activities, including pony rides, horse-drawn wagon tours, a ropes course with a zip line, farm displays, live animals and interactive exhibits. Other events include cider making, pumpkin carving, birdhouse building and games. Free lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m., with apple crisp and ice cream for dessert. Free coffee and cold drinks will be available all day. Free. 603-348-0833.

Pumpkin and Apple
Celebration in Woodstock

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-50 p.m.

Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road.

Hands-on programs highlight these two essential fall crops, including apple tasting, cider pressing, pumpkin bowling, apples-on-a-string, making pumpkin and apple ice cream, and cooking apple butter, along with wagon rides. $4-$16. 802-457-2355.


19th Century Apple and Cheese
Harvest Festival in Strafford

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Justin Morrill State Historic Site, 214 Morrill Memorial Highway.

The Justin Morrill State Historic Site hosts a harvest festival, featuring face-painting and live music by Out on a Limb. Meet live farm animals of the kind that Justin Morrill would have had on his small 19th-century farm. Other activities include cider-making in an antique press; tastings of heirloom apples, artisan Vermont cheeses, Vermont ice cream and homemade apple pie; period games; hiking and Valley Quest. The historic site includes gardens, exhibits, an icehouse, ice pond and a historic home decorated with gingerbread designs. $10 for adults, $5 for under 15 (includes lunch). 802-765-4288.

Oct. 6

Apple Festival and Craft Show in Springfield, Vt.

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Riverside Middle School, 13 Fairground Road.

More than 60 vendors, including crafters from all over Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Includes pony rides, apple cider making, a farmers market, kids’ races and a pie-eating contest. Organized by the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce. Free admission. 802-885-2779.

Harvest Weekend in

Oct. 6 and 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road.

A traditional Vermont harvest celebration, with a husking bee and barn dance, cider pressing, root vegetable harvest, “putting food by” and more. Hot spiced cider and doughnuts available. $4-$6. 802-457-2355.

Anything Apple Harvest
Fest in Tunbridge

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tunbridge Town Hall, 279 Route 110.

Soup and sandwiches, apple foods for eat-in and takeout, a silent auction of goods and services, apple pie judging and lawn activities. Proceeds benefit the Tunbridge Church Parish House restoration fund. Free admission. 802-889-5528.

Autumn Moon Festival in Windsor

4-9 p.m.

Main Street, downtown.

Food and craft vendors, kid zone, Cirque de Light fire dancers, a caricature artist, face painting, Dylan Tenney magic show, live music by About Gladys, a beer garden and an educational program by the Discovery Wildlife Center (more information at weecocenter.com).

The evening ends with a fireworks display. 50/50 raffle and prize tickets are on sale now. Visit facebook.com/autumnmoonfestival/ for details. Free admission. 802-674-5156.

Oct. 7

Pumpkin Festival in Thetford

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, 225 Pavilion Road.

Wagon rides, cider pressing, pumpkin picking, live music, storytelling, kids’ activities, face painting, birds of prey demonstrations by VINS and local food concessions.

Visit cedarcirclefarm.org/pumpkin-festival for a schedule of events. Rain or shine. No pets. Carpooling encouraged. $10-$15 for parking. 802-785-4737.

Oct. 13

Fall Festival in Charlestown

Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, 7 a.m.

Various locations around Charlestown.

Kids activities, face painting, craft fair, a cornhole tournament, music, games, pie eating contest, hay rides and more. Parking is available on Main Street. Charlestown Rotary hosts a breakfast at Charlestown Town Hall on Summer Street at 7 a.m. ($8 per person). A disc golf tournament takes place at 10 a.m. at Patch Park on Douglas Street, off Route 11. Register that day or preregister at the town office. The fee is $10 a person. Concessions will be available.

From 10 a.m. to noon, the Charlestown Area PTA hosts a pumpkin carving and decorating event. The PTA will supply the pumpkins (while supplies last); bring carving utensils and decorating materials.

At 7 p.m., the River Theater Company presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Fort at No. 4. Visit the website for details and tickets: fortat4.org. The festival is hosted by the Charlestown Recreation Department. 603-680-0312.

Fall Festival in Vershire

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Vershire Town Center, Vershire Center Road.

Soups with wood-fired breads, press-your-own apple cider, apple pie and fall centerpiece contests, raffles, a community yard sale and Vershire Library’s fall book sale. Free admission. 802-685-4448.

Oct. 14

Cider Festival in Enfield

Noon-4 p.m.

Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 Route 4A.

Includes a variety of New England-crafted artisanal, hard and natural ciders, locally harvested apples, home-baked apple pies, artisan cheeses, live music, pop-up farmer’s market, children’s activities, food trucks, museum tours and cider pressing. $5-$25. 603-632-4346.

October Festival in
West Fairlee

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

New Horizons Animal Sanctuary of Vermont, 1478 Blood Brook Road.

Raffles, local vendors, pumpkin carving, games for kids, a petting zoo, trail rides, yoga, face painting, food and more. Proceeds benefit New Horizons Animal Sanctuary. 802-291-1327.

Oct. 26

White River Fall Festival in White River Junction

6-8:30 p.m.

Riverbank Church, 259 Holiday Drive.

Trunk-or-treat, pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, an outdoor movie and more. Food available for purchase. Free. 603-359-6063.

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