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Blog :: 08-2013

Top 3 Fall Festivals in Southern Vermont

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Fall in Vermont is a colorful time of year, and what better place to be festive than a fall festival? There are plenty of different events going on around southern Vermont during these golden days and breezy evenings, perfect things to do for a fun-filled weekend adventure.Vermont Life Wine & Harvest festival

Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival, Wilmington, Vermont

A perfect way to celebrate Vermont-grown bounty, the Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival is a relaxed and friendly event featuring great wines, the area's best chefs, and some of Vermont's famous cheeses.

Attendees can take a stroll around Wilmington on the opening night and get a preview of some of the many wines on offer. Or,  get a weekend pass and spend two beautiful fall afternoons exploring the giant festival tents, sampling wines, spirits, cheeses, farm-fresh products, and local entertainment to boot. Local crafters and artisans will also be present, ensuring you'll have something to take back home to show the people who didn't want to spend the whole weekend relaxing outdoors and drinking wine.

ITVFest, Wilmington and Dover, Vermont

We've mentioned it on the Vermont Snow Rentals blog recently, but the ITVFest, or Independent Television and Film Festival, promises to be such a big fall event that we couldn't help but bring it up again. This is one of the only large independent television festivals in the country, and it's quickly becoming a favorite for both industry executives and casual filmgoers alike.

The festival features dozens of selections in the Comedy, Drama, and Documentary categories showing across 8 screens in both Wilmington and Dover, Vermont. Attendees will also be able to take advantage of the Festival Mile - a 1.5-mile path through Dover that showcases all kinds of live entertainment and events - an exclusive festival awards show, and numerous VIP parties. Trust us, this is one festival that no film buff would want to miss.

Oktoberfest at Mount Snow, Vermont

Ah, yes. Oktoberfest. The world-famous celebration of great beer, great food, and great company returns for another year to Mount Snow resort, just north of Wilmington. If you can't make it to Bavaria this fall, Oktoberfest at Mount Snow is the next-best thing.

Central to Oktoberfest, of course, is the beer. At Oktoberfest Mount Snow, the beer is provided by a ton of New England breweries, and every attendee (over the age of 21, of course) will get a free drink - and a free souvenir stein to pour it into.

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That said, there's plenty to do here for those who don't want a beer and those who aren't of age. Children's activities include arts and crafts, pumpkin painting, a hay pile, and the crowd-favorite schnitzel toss. Adults don't need to feel left out, either, as they can compete in the Horseshoes Tournament, Stein Holding competition, the ever-popular Keg Toss, and the Apple Sling Shot.

Of course, after all this festivity, you're going to be tired. But rather than dropping into a cookie-cutter hotel, you could top off your weekend with a stay in a fantastic Vermont rental property. Who said the good times have to stop at the festival gates?

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      Your Guide to ITVFest in Wilmington and Dover, Vermont

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      Entertainment lovers, rejoice - for the first time, the Independent Television and Film Festival moves to the East Coast, hosted by the historic towns of Wilmington and Dover, Vermont. With screenings, music, a ton of activities, comedy performances and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to speak with independent television makers, there's something to entertain most anyone. To welcome the festival to southern Vermont, we've compiled a handy guide to ITVFest so you don't miss a minute.

      Red carpet at ITVFest, Wilmington, Vermont, Independent Television and Film FestivalThe heart of ITVFest is Festival Mile, a 1.5-mile long path through the center of the town of Dover and into Wilmington. The Festival Mile will include a wide range of different events and activities, from live music performances to street art to car shows and more. Casual attendees can stroll the path and take in the sights while more dedicated entertainment junkies can seek out artists and actors they saw on-screen along the trail.

      Beyond Festival Mile, the biggest things to look forward to at ITVFest are the screenings. ITVFest will show close to 60 television pilots, webseries, and short films in both Dover and Wilmington. Eight different screens will show comedies, dramas and documentaries across three days, you're sure to find something to enjoy in the program.

      If you want to dig deeper into the evolving world of modern television, you can attend one of the many festival panels and Q&A sessions. Discussions titled "Independent Art in the 21st Century" and "Being Funny to Pay the Bills" are just a few examples of the industry panels on offer - come prepared to be both entertained and educated.

      If this sounds like your kind of weekend, then click over to the ITVFest website and pick up a pass. Make sure you get the right one, though - the Weekend and Festival passes get you into the movie screenings, but the Gala pass lets you attend the awards show as well, and the VIP pass gets you access to the big-time closed-door parties to boot.

      ITVFest in Wilmington, VermontOutside of the festival itself, you'll find plenty more things to do in Wilmington and Dover. There are lots of great restaurants, nightspots, and outside activities to do in the area. For instance, the southern Vermont region is well known for its beautiful covered bridges and scenic drives, and there are also lots of opportunities for hiking, biking, and watersports.

      And if you need a place to stay, you can look around some of the fine hotels in the area - or you could consider booking a stay in a Vermont rental house instead, for a whole lot of added comfort and convenience. That way you'll be able to live like a VIP both inside and outside the festival.

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