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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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