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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.



Valley News Calendar Staff
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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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Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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
Woodstock

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.