Lake Champlain Region’s Major Annual Events & Festivals.

Take part in some of Vermont’s most revered traditions & fetes.
FEBRUARY

Pride Vermont
Mid-September
Pride Vermont Festival and Parade celebrates and supports Vermont’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community of all ages, to educate and to act as a bridge to create alliances with each other and with the greater community as a whole. With participants and performers from greater New England, upstate New York and Quebec, this yearly celebration includes an action-packed calendar of educational, social, culinary and artistic events. http://pridecentervt.org/pride-home1

Northeast Street Rod Nationals
Mid-September
Since 1994, the Northeast Street Rod Nationals’ agenda has been increasingly packed with three days of action for car enthusiasts. Included are 1,500 street rods and more than 60 commercial exhibitors selling and displaying their wares, vintage parts swap meet, arts and crafts show, games and entertainment. Tens of thousands of dollars worth of prizes will be given to the car owners and a new vehicle will be given away. www.nsra-usa.com/

Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival
Late September
Shelburne Farms day-long family-friendly event honors Vermont’s farm and forestry traditions through connection with agriculture and community. Over 7,000 people come to enjoy local foods, farm-based education and other educational exhibits, craft demonstrations, and performing arts. http://shelburnefarms.org/

Burlington Book Festival
Late September
The Queen City’s annual celebration of the written word offers readings, book signings, panels, workshops, demos, family activities, and special events featuring literary luminaries from around the world and just around the corner. All events are free and open to the public. http://burlingtonbookfestival.com/

Grand Point North
Mid-September
Organized by Vermont’s own rockstar Grace Potter and independent music venue Higher Ground, this two-day music festival along the Burlington Waterfront brings in local legends as well as nationally touring acts. http://grandpointnorth.com/

Annual Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival
Mid-September
Celebrate the beauty of wool! Sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas and rabbits are on display. There’s also activities like sheep shearing, sheepdog herding and a llama obstacle course. Plus, workshops on fiber arts, drop-in and spin, needle-felting, weaving and knitting demonstrations. Visit more than 60 vendors of spinning, weaving, knitting and felting materials, tools and finished items. http://www.vermontsheep.org/

Oktoberfest Vermont
Late September
Oktoberfest Vermont is a Bavarian themed harvest festival with a Green Mountain spin on things. Enjoy a weekend celebration of local food, authentic oompah music, tons of games and contests, local business sponsors, locally made rustic decor, and more than 40 brewers! These include a great mix of famous local breweries, regional breweries, and of course many traditional German Oktoberfest breweries. http://www.oktoberfestvermont.com/

OCTOBER

Vermont Open Studio Weekend
Early October
The Green Mountain State’s natural scenic beauty is enhanced each spring when the work of Vermont artists and craftspeople can be seen first-hand during Vermont’s semi-annual Open Studio Weekend – a statewide celebration of the visual arts and the creative process in which hundreds of Vermont artists and craftspeople invite the public to visit them in their studios. http://www.vermontcrafts.com

Vermont International Film Festival
Late October
As the flagship event of the Vermont International Film Foundation, visitors to the 10-day Vermont International Film Festival quickly find many films to entice, and also discover films that they otherwise would not have had the opportunity to learn about. Meet directors and producers, attend thought-provoking panels and celebrate international film! www.vtiff.org/festival

NOVEMBER

Santa Parade & Church Street Lighting Ceremony
Late November
Santa makes a stop at the Church Street Marketplace! The parade starts at noon on City Hall Block. The day’s holiday festivities conclude with Church Street’s annual lighting ceremony and singing of carols. Witness the holiday cheer and illumination of a 50 ft. tree at the top of Church Street and 250,000 LCD lights along this pedestrian-only street. www.churchstmarketplace.com

DECEMBER

Vermont International Festival
Early December
Celebrate the cultures that make up Vermont’s communities. At the exposition, you’ll find crafts from all over the world, ethnic and gourmet foods, and traditional international music, dance and stories. Local cultural and ethnic organizations provide information about their programs with exhibits, demonstrations and workshops. http://www.vermontinternationalfestival.com/

Country Christmas Open House & Holiday Paint-In
Early December
Historic Waitsfield village’s local businesses collaborate to create a festive setting that would make Norman Rockwell feel at home. Merchants offer festive shopping incentives while artists paint the holiday scene. Shoppers find bargains and perhaps purchase artwork while families enjoy refreshments next to a bonfire. www.madrivervalley.com

First Night Burlington
December 31
First Night is a New Year’s Eve festival of the arts that began in Boston in 1976 and is now in more than 130 cities throughout the world. Burlington, Vermont was the fifth city to embrace the substance-free First Night concept and has grown to be Vermont’s largest, single-day arts festival, providing an accessible and affordable New Year’s Eve celebration to thousands. Explore more than 20 venues over 12-hours of celebration. http://www.firstnightburlington.com/