Vermont Tourism Calendar of Events: September
MONTPELIER, Vt. - The state is primed to celebrate late summer with a harvest season full of charm, festivals and Fall Deals that beckon leaf-peepers and value-seekers alike. There’s much to do - with 75 events in the VermontVacation.com Travel Planner over Labor Day weekend alone. Here’s a sampler of the month ahead:
September is Archaeology Month
Explore history immersed in the outdoors; delve into Vermont places you’ve always wanted to visit and be surprised to learn new things about places you know well. Choose from more than 30 events and discover Vermont’s 12,000 year history through interpretive walks, illustrated lectures, and hands-on explorations all month long.
Fashion & Fantasy Art Exhibit
Now –November 20, Middlebury
Fashion & Fantasy pairs selections from the museum’s vintage clothing collection with the unique and imaginative couture creations from nature by Vermont artist Wendy Copp.
Of Land & Local Art Exhibit
Sept. 6 – Dec. 7, Statewide
Of Land & Local is a multidisciplinary exhibition designed to initiate a dialogue about the Vermont landscape. Vermonters’ shared history in land and pride for the local lay the groundwork for this exhibition, featuring works from over 40 international and Vermont-based artists. Each of the seven locations will host events throughout the fall.
Killington Classic Motorcycle Rally
Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, Killington
Vermont's premier motorcycle rally, presented by Americade. Social events, a vendor village, bike & stunt shows, live music, and a 12-mile parade, plus five days of touring through Vermont's Green Mountains.
The Full Palette
Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, Stratton Mountain
A celebration of the tastes and techniques of Vermont farm-to-table with workshops, demonstrations, author events, grand tasting tent, field trips, food trucks, wine tasting and a gala farm-to-table feast on Sunday night.
The Jay Peak Trail Running Family Festival
Aug. 31 - Sept. 1, Jay
The Jay Peak Trail Running Family Festival is a series of trail races for all abilities (ages 4-109) 5K races, 25K race, 50K race, kids race. Visit website to register.
Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival
Aug. 31 - Sept. 1, Bennington
A top 10 Vermont Event and Top 10 Garlic Festival in the world. Kids activities, live music, food including garlic ice cream, multiple garlic products, farm products and over 150 vendors.
Ann Coleman Gallery: Opening "Waterworks" Show
Aug. 31 - Sept. 27, Wilmington
Collective Artists' Space includes Southern Vermont's finest: Petria Mitchell-oil painter, Caryn King- animal painter, Lori Rich-fine silver jewelry, Jason Breen-fine funriture & woodworker, Marilyn Cavallari-painter, Ann Coleman- pastel/giclee prints, Mary Angus blown-glass.
Society Of Animal Artist Exhibit
Aug. 31 - Nov. 3, Bennington
The Bennington is proud to again host the annual show of the SAA, Art of the Animal. Juried by the Society the show consists of paintings, drawing, bronzes and carvings done by members and associate members of this world-renowned group.
Labor & Leisure Day at Billings Farm & Museum
Sept. 1, Woodstock
Wagon rides, building a split rail fence, ice cream making, and laundry – using a washboard and wringer.
The Grizzly Triathlon
Sept. 1, Stratton Mountain
This sprint style triathlon begins with a beautiful classic Vermont backdrop as you make your way across the Stratton Golf Course lake. The race continues its path through the woodsy trials of Stratton. If the race doesn't leave you breathless, the scenic views will!
New World Festival at Chandler
Sept. 1, Randolph
Each year more than 70 exceptional musicians are drawn from New England, Canada and the British Isles. Concerts, music and dance workshop sessions, children's activities, and open dancing unfold on five continuous stages from noon until 11 PM. Food and drink provided by the area's finest chefs and breweries.
Healing Herbs: Green Power All Around You
Sept. 3, Johnson
Spend an evening with Barbara Raab, a practicing herbalist who teaches at UVM and JSC. You will learn about the practice of Western Herbalism, a typical day in the life of an herbalist, training and jobs available to herbalists, and you will take a campus herb walk to discover medicinal plants in our midst!
Vito Acconci: Thinking Space
Sept. 3 - Dec. 8, Middlebury
This exhibition marks the inauguration on campus of a replica of Acconci’s Way Station I, which was constructed in 1983 near what is now McCardell Bicentennial Hall. The exhibition and its accompanying publication place the work in the context of Acconci’s ongoing, extraordinarily influential career.
Robert Frost: This Verse Business
Sept. 5 – 22, Montpelier
Gordon Clapp is the great American poet Robert Frost, who barded about the country for 45 years with his poetry, dry wit, and “promises to keep.” Clapp brings an uncanny authenticity to the role much as Hal Holbrook did for Mark Twain.
First Fridays in Brandon
Sept. 6, Brandon
Brandon's restaurants and merchants are keeping the lights on and the doors open until 9 pm the first Friday of each month. Brandon's downtown is chock full of "indie" shops, galleries, restaurants, etc. First Friday in Brandon: Doin' The Local Thing.
South End Art Hop
Sept. 6 – 8, Burlington
The South End Art Hop is a three day event attracting over 30,000 visitors. Visitors are attracted to the South End artist’s studios, and local businesses that are refit as art galleries and exhibition sites for the more than 500 participating artists.
Gardening with Balanced Awareness: Organic Internship
Sept. 6 – 20, Barnet
The garden internship at Karme Choling focuses on the techniques of organic gardening, but also emphasizes strengthening our mind-body through meditation, nature walks, and an opportunity to study Shambhala-Buddhism. Stay for two weeks and learn from a variety of topics related to organic gardening.
The Maple Leaf Half Marathon & 5K Run & Fun Walk
Sept. 7, Manchester
The premier half-marathon in beautiful southwestern Vermont provides outstanding race organization, enthusiastic volunteers, and a fun and challenging romp through the gorgeous New England countryside.
Sept. 7, Burlington
Join the Moth and Vermont Public Television for an evening of storytelling by local and national performers. The Moth is a NYC-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth has presented more than three thousand stories, told live and without notes, by people from all walks of life to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.
Benson Bear Obstacle Challenge Race Series #4
Sept. 7, Benson
Come tackle the Benson Bear's 5+ miles and 45+ military inspired obstacles over varied terrain on 150 acres! We have hills, hay bales that never end, ropes, water, sandbags, logs, 8'-10' walls, monkey bars that go uphill, towers, ramps, giant's ladders, the Abacus & the Tarzan Swing, balance logs, barb wire crawls, and more hills!
Woodstock Fine Art and Wine Festival
Sept. 7 – 8, Woodstock
Woodstock will host its fourth annual Woodstock Art and Wine Festival. Presented by the Chamber of Commerce, the show is located in downtown Woodstock on the historic green and across from the Woodstock Inn, a AAA, four star resort, and among over forty shops located in century-old buildings. Food vendors, live music along with warm small-town hospitality offer a picture-postcard setting for this juried art celebration.
Sept. 7 – 8, Dorset
Local artists will open their studios to visitors and there will be plenty of great food and music. The Dorset Inn will host local cheese makers on the Green. J.K. Adams will host a pie-baking contest and Someday Farm will demonstrate farm to table ideas. Works by local artists will be on display in the Gallery of the Bickford House. Also enjoy mountain biking demos, kids' games and a scavenger hunt.
Soldiers Atop the Mount
Sept. 7 – 8, Orwell
Step back to 1776-1777 as reenactors take over the Mount, demonstrating Revolutionary War camp life, military tactics, colonial crafts, firing artillery, hiking, cooking and making clothing. Children will enjoy drilling lessons and Mistress Davenport's schoolhouse. Sunday enjoy the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence and music by the Seth Warner Mt. Independence Fife & Drum Corps.
Traditional Craft Saturdays at Billings Farm & Museum
Sept. 7 – 28, Woodstock
Saturdays in September, explore a series of Vermont crafts from experienced crafters, learning about the history, process, and uses of these utilitarian and decorative items through hands-on learning.
Plein Air VT
Sept. 7 - Dec. 22, Bennington
Artists invited by Plein Air Vermont will be painting scenes in and around Bennington in early September. Following the show, at least one piece by each artist will be on display and for sale at The Bennington, including all award winners.
Old Times- Raconteurs at the Newbury Town House
Sept. 8, Newbury
Old Times- Raconteurs at the Newbury Town House: Speaker Frank Bryan: Newbury HS class of '59, John G. McCullough Professor of Political Science, University of Vermont.
400 Miles Down the Connecticut River
Sept. 8, South Woodstock
New England's longest river, the Connecticut, is rich in history and natural history. Michael Tougias, author of 14 books about New England, offers a narrated slide presentation that takes the viewer down the entire 410 miles of the river, discussing history from the days of loggers and Indian Wars to steamships and canals. A Vermont Humanities Council event.
Yoga: Building Gentle Strength & Wellness
Sept. 10, Johnson
Join Jivamukti Yoga teacher, Fletcher Boote, to learn about the "First Limb" on Patanjali's Eight Limbed Path of Yoga. The Yamas (yogic vows), are the foundation of a successful yoga practice and the basis for strengthening our hearts, minds and bodies. Learn the Sanskrit words and definitions of the five yamas, discuss their meanings and end with some simple movements to center the mind, release stress, and connect with the present moment.
Islam and Democracy in the Middle East
Sept. 11, Middlebury
The question of whether democracy and Islam are compatible depends on how we interpret the essential tenets of Islam. The current struggle in Muslim countries is not between Islamists and secularists, but rather, between opponents and proponents of democracy. There are religious and non-religious forces on both sides. Former Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Mansour Farhang explores these issues. A Vermont Humanities Council event.
Red Grooms and Pop Art
Sept. 12, Brattleboro
This talk by Sarah Powers, Assistant Curator for Special Projects at the Hood Museum, will examine the art and artists referenced in Red Grooms’s work, exploring his immersion in art history and his own background as an artist.
A Heavy Burden to Bear: One Family’s Civil War Story
Sept. 12, Worcester
David Book gives a living history presentation as Abel Morrill, Sr., an early settler of Cabot, VT and respected farmer. His story, presented with historical accuracy, reflects the common hardships suffered by Vermonters who lived through the Civil War. A Vermont Humanities Council event.
Middlebury Arts Walk
Sept. 13, Middlebury
Stores and businesses will remain open, becoming galleries displaying the work of dozens of area artists. Art will turn up in restaurants, on the town green, and in other exciting and unlikely places. This is a regular monthly event—-visit downtown Middlebury on the second Friday of every month.
Sept. 13, Bellows Falls
This is the second youth market of the season. We hope children will join us and share what they have grown with their plant starts. All children will have the opportunity to set up their own table and vend. We welcome any hand made crafts, desserts, produce you have grown and more. We will be having contests and a variety of children's activities. Live music as always!
Nature Poetry Writing Workshop
Sept. 13 – 14, Jeffersonville
Explore the many facets of nature – the good, ugly, deadly, and sublime - in this small group, two-day nature-themed poetry workshop, which includes discussion, resources, time for writing and revision, and feedback. Four gourmet meals and the chance to read your work at a public reading included. Workshop leader is experienced teacher and published poet.
Kyudo Practice Weekend: Beginner’s and Intermediate Archery
Sept. 13 – 15, Barnet
Kyudo, the Way of the Bow, is one of the oldest arts of the Japanese tradition of contemplative warriorship. It is meditation in action. The aim is not the target, but synchronization of awareness and body in the present moment.
Fall Knitting Retreat
Sept. 13 – 15, Washington
Join designer Becky Herrick for an intimate knitter's retreat at Grand View Farm. Enjoy a trunk show and Vermont wine tasting upon arrival. Becky will teach three sessions over the weekend covering the skills needed to knit her Grand View Gansey. These skills (channel island cast on, diamond and twisting cables) will be condensed into a pair of fingerless mitts.
Vermont Swing Dance Championships
Sept. 13 – 15, Stratton Mountain
Take part in three days of dance lessons with world class dance instructors. Dance competitions and hours of social dancing will be held at the Stratton Mt Resort. Beginners are welcome and no partner required. Salsa and Two Step lessons included!
Jane Austen Weekend: Pride and Prejudice
Sept. 13 – 15, Hyde Park
A leisurely literary-inspired weekend has something for every Austen devotee: a discussion of Pride and Prejudice & how the movies stand up to the book, afternoon tea in a beautiful old mansion, an informal talk on Regency life, a carriage ride, a quiz with prizes. Join every activity or simply indulge yourself watching the movies. It's not Bath, but it is Hyde Park and you'll love Vermont circa 1800.
2013 Peak Mountain Bike Race
Sept. 14, Pittsfield
The 666 race, while maintaining the same gonzo spirit, has been altered to 6/12/24 to reflect the new 12 and 24 hour options. Since Pittsfield is renowned for being an ultra race Mecca, we thought it was time to step up our mountain bike race to the same level of challenge as our 100 mile snowshoe race, 100- 500 mile trail run, and most notoriously of all, The Death Race.
Italian-American Stoneworkers in Vermont
Sept. 14, Barre
Middlebury College Professor Ilaria Brancoli-Busdraghi will present a short talk about the heritage and history of Italian-American stoneworkers in Vermont. You can explore the Vermont Heritage Gallery exhibit featuring The Granite City.
Shape-note Singing: American Folk Hymns
Sept. 14, Brownington
Ian and Chelsea Smiley will offer this introduction to shape-note singing and its history. They will present the shape-note method for learning to sight-sing music along with related music theory. The Class will sing songs together and share the traditional pot-luck "dinner."
Better L8 Than Never Car Show
Sept. 15, Bristol
Hosted by the Snake Mountain Cruisers. Admission: Donations for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. Sponsored by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce.
Tour de Farms
Sept. 15, Shoreham
Bicyclists on the 6th Annual Tour de Farms choose either a 10-mile or 28-mile loop and sample a wide variety of foods offered by friendly farmers along the way. Pedaling in the beautiful Champlain Valley is the perfect way to work up an appetite for the farm stops and for the post-Tour Apple Fest.
Reiki: Energy Medicine, Healing & Surgery
Sept. 17, Johnson
Reiki is an ancient energy healing system that was virtually lost to the modern world until rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in the 1800s. It has since spread to every country in the world, with hospitals often hiring Reiki practitioners to assist with a variety of medical treatments.
Exposed. Maris Wolff & Robert Grundstein Performance
Sept. 19, Stowe
Everybody should come and see a visceral performance of dance, piano and costume. Maris Wolff will elicit the meaning of French Impressionism by way of Chopin, and Grundstein will provide the Chopin and other works.
Golf and Tennis Tournament and Dinner
Sept. 20, Stratton Mountain
The Stratton Trailblazers Ski Club is celebrating autumn with an afternoon (and evening!) of golf and tennis! Enjoy the great company, awesome food and fun.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Sept. 20, Johnson
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra's "Made in Vermont" concert series returns to Johnson State College Homecoming/ Reunion & Family Weekend. Tickets can be ordered through the VSO at (800) VSO-9293 x 10, or at the door prior to the show.
British Invasion Block Party
Sept. 20, Stowe
Once again this summer the British will invade Main Street in Stowe. Come dance to the music of Joey Leone’s Chop Shop and mingle among some beautiful British cars along Main Street, enjoy local food and brews.
The Living Word Project: Word Becomes Flesh
Sept. 20 – 21, Middlebury
Using poetry, dance, and live music, the “choreopoem” performance documents nine months of pregnancy from a young, single father’s perspective. Hailed by the Washington Post as “a searing, satisfying evening.” For mature audiences.
Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Festival
Sept. 20 – 22, West Dover
Set in the backdrop of our world renowned Vermont fall foliage, attendees of the Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival will discover, savor and enjoy Vermont vintners, small specialty food producers, chefs, painters, publishers, cheese makers, potters, jewelers, photographers and farmers.
Art as a Healing Tool for Self and Earth
Sept. 20 – 22, Townshend
Nourish your creativity /vision with a writing & sculpting retreat with Psychosynthesis guide/potter Alan Steinberg & writer/teacher Fred Taylor. Alan & Fred’s workshops incorporate Joanna Macy’s “Work that Reconnects” – a process that empowers people to re-establish their balance with the “more-than human” world.
Small-scale Grain Growing in Vermont: Talk and Book Signing
Sept. 21, Brownington
Jack Lazor, of Butterworks Farm, will share from his vast knowledge and experience, how to grow a variety of grains in our northern climate. Jack can answer all your questions, whether you want to grow grain for your family or for your livestock.
Chester Fall Festival
Sept. 21 – 22, Chester
Celebrate the 39th annual Fall Festival Craft Show on the Chester Green: September 21-22 from 10-4. Visitors can speak with local artists, observe demonstrations, and purchase quality handmade crafts: baskets, glass, quilts, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, photography, pottery, woolens and great food is also available.
Felt Vessels: exploring images and forms w/ Sharon Costello
Sept. 21 – 22, Craftsbury Common
Create a unique felt vessel. Start with a simple techniques, add sculptural forms including felted figurative elements, leaves, flowers and other abstract forms. Combine these with cutting, carving, needle-felting and stitching to make your vessel a work of art!
Natural History Day
Sept. 22, Ferrisburgh
We’ll salute the nature-loving Robinson family with a guided hike on the trail, a gallery talk, and activities for children all afternoon.
Fiddleheads, Lambi's Quarters, Nettles and Nuts
Sept. 22, Strafford
Can someone become immune to poison ivy after drinking milk from a goat that has eaten the plant? Which has more vitamin C -a glass of orange juice or a glass of pine needle tea? Michael Caduto, co-author of the Keepers of the Earth, shares his studies of the uses of plants among the indigenous peoples of the Northeast.
The Vermont Brigade
Sept. 22, Windsor
Howard Coffin will talk about the Vermont brigade, which was the only Union brigade made up of regiments from a single state that served throughout the war. And they were the best! This is their story. Sponsored by Vermont Senator Peter Galbraith.
20-Mile Harvest Dinner at The Old Tavern Restaurant
Sept. 24, Grafton
The 20-Mile Harvest Dinner celebrates farms and food within a 20 mile radius of the Grafton Inn. Chef Martin will offer a delicious menu direct from the farms. 6:30 pm. Reservations necessary.
Robert Frost: This Verse Business with Gordon Clapp
Sept. 26 – 28, Dorset
Gordon Clapp, best known for his Emmy-winning role as Detective Greg Medavoy on NYPD, stars in this funny and poignant new play. Clapp portrays the great American Poet Robert Frost, who "barded" around the country for 45 years with his poetry, dry wit, and "promises to keep."
Independent Television and Film Festival
Sept. 26 – 28, Dover
ITVFest is the premiere festival for independently produced TV pilots, webseries and multimedia content. Technologically savvy and forward thinking, ITVFest prides itself on being for and about the creators of quality content. ITVFest is the place to jumpstart a career in television, new media and film.
2013 Clifford Symposium: Keynote Address: Emily Apter
Sept. 27, Middlebury
Emily Apter is professor of French and comparative literature at New York University and author of The Translation Zone. Free
Fall Doe Camp
Sept. 27 – 29, Canaan
A weekend retreat for adventurous women 18 years and older with over 35 different recreation classes taught by our passionate and experienced instructors at Jackson's Lodge & Log Cabins, a 54 year family tradition providing heated lakefront cabins on beautiful Lake Wallace.
Sherlock Holmes - Knight's Gambit
Sept. 27 - Oct. 13, Bennington
Holmes and Watson are busy once again on Baker Street in this diabolically clever whodunit that will please fans of Arthur Conan Doyle's brilliant detective.
Vermont Fall Foliage Sampler Tours
Sept. 27 - Oct. 27, Manchester
Head off the beaten path to view the spectacular fall foliage in the Shires of Vermont. Tours are led by local guide and given in a comfortable 8 passenger tour vehicle. You will also explore many of the area's most unique places and get a flavor of the real Vermont. This tour was awarded Editors' Choice for Yankee Travel Magazine and is not to be missed.
Bristol Harvest Festival
Sept. 28, Bristol
70 plus crafters/vendors, bandstand music, children's venue with pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, Taste of Bristol Tent, apple pie contest, Police Property Sale, Art Show, 5K Race.
Smithsonian Day at Participating Museums
Sept. 28, Windsor
It's Smithsonian Day at museums around the country! Download the Museum Day Admission Card from the Smithsonian's website and visit The American Precision Museum, as well as other participating museums in the area—all offering free admission with the Smithsonian Pass.
Meet the Artist: Red Grooms
Sept. 28, Brattleboro
Artist Stephen Hannock interviews Grooms about his life and work, and moderates Q and A with the audience. $10 ($8 for members).
5k Zombie Run
Sept. 28, Essex
No description necessary.
2013 Clifford Symposium: Translingual Poetry Slam
Sept. 28, Middlebury
Organized by the editors of the student journal Translingual, this poetry slam will feature entries and winners of the journal’s translation contest, as well as impromptu poetry translations. Free
Losing America: Lt. Gen. John Burgoyne
Sept. 28, Orwell
English actor-playwright Howard Burnham offers an encounter with 'Gentleman Johnny' Burgouyne, who gives us a rueful account of hi 1777 Northern Campaign experiences. Burnham is highly acclaimed for his Burgoyne interpretation.
5th Annual Brattleboro-West Arts Studio Tour
Sept. 28 – 29, Marlboro
The area west of Brattleboro is rich in artistic vision, talent and quality craftsmanship. The 5th annual Tour is a self-guided journey that leads the visitor through the scenic Whetstone Brook watershed. Tour visitors may meet the artists and craftspeople in the space where the work is created.
10th Annual VT Fine Woodworking & Forest Festival
Sept. 28 – 29, Woodstock
From fine furniture to hardwood flooring to unique hand turned bowls, there is something for every room and style. You’ll find great gifts like jewelry, utensils, & cutting boards, as well as the finest furniture in the world. Watch live woodworking demos, enjoy local food, & listen to music. Award winning entries from the VT Woodworking Design Competition will be on display. Explore the forest at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.