North East Kingdom Fall Festivals

late Sept fall colors rising above the road

late Sept fall colors rising above the road

The North East Kingdom of Vermont is a geographical area  from roughly St Johnsbury in the south, North to the Canadian Border and from the New Hampshire border west to as far as Eden or maybe even Stowe. But as there are few maps of the NEK or just “The Kingdom” as locals will refer to it. If you are more familiar with this and want to give me your view point on where you think the boundaries lie then leave a comment. I’m good with saying Route 100 is the western boundary. Thoughts?

I’m listing here some of what I think are the best  “Kingdom” fall activities.

If you have one for submission, send me a link to the webpage or email me with the write up and one or two pictures for me to pick from to use.

Annual Fall Foliage Races

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2015
Time: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location:  Old Stone House Museum, 109 Old Stone House Rd., Brownington, VT 05860
Contact: Old Stone House Museum
Phone: 802-754-2022

Colors of the Kingdom Autumn Festival 2015

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Events being held all day in Downtown St. Johnsbury, including Train Rides! And, most events are FREE!!


Located along Railroad Street, Eastern Avenue and Main Street. Visit our cultural attractions, local shops and historical gems to take part in the many special events our community has put together! 
8 am-Noon ….. ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST, St. Johnsbury House, 1207 Main St. To benefit the St. J. Meals on Wheels Program. By donation. (Breakfast: Ham, scrambled eggs, Maple Grove Farms of Vermont pancakes and syrup & beverage)
9 am-2 pm ….. CALEDONIA COUNTY FARMERS’ MARKET, with Live Musical Performances, Pearl Street, behind TD Bank.
9:30 am ….. TRAIN RIDE, St. Johnsbury Welcome Center. Round trip to Ryegate, 1 ½ hours. Please follow signs for parking. $13, $7 (12 & under).
10 am …. PARADE, “100 Years of Maple,” Main St./Eastern Ave./Railroad  St.
10 am-all sold ….. PIE SALE
, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Lawn, to benefit Friends of the Athenaeum.
10 am-all sold ….. FIREHOUSE CHILI COOK-OFF, Chili made by local Firefighters.
10 am-3 pm ….. BOOK SALE, Second Hand Prose, to benefit Friends of the Athenaeum.
10 am-3:30 pm ….. COLORS OF THE KINGDOM ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL, with SHOEBOX RAFFLE & COOKIE WALK, St. Johnsbury Welcome Center. Hand-made crafts, artwork, flea market, goodies and food vendors.
10 am-3:30 pm ….. CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES, St. Johnsbury Welcome Center.

10 am-3:30 pm ….. ST. JOHNSBURY ART WALK, Railroad Street. Local artists’ displays, musical performances, artisan demonstrations and engaging activities for all to take part in.
11:30 am ….. TRAIN RIDE, St. Johnsbury Welcome Center. Round trip to Ryegate, 1 ½ hours. Please follow signs for parking. $13, $7 (12 & under).
12:30 pm ….. PLANETARIUM SHOW, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, FREE.
1:30 pm ….. TRAIN RIDE, St. Johnsbury Welcome Center. Round trip to Ryegate, 1 ½ hours. Please follow signs for parking. $13, $7 (12 & under).
3:30 pm ….. TRAIN RIDE, St. Johnsbury Welcome Center. Round trip to Ryegate, 1 ½ hours. Please follow signs for parking. $13, $7 (12 & under).
3:30 pm ….. PLANETARIUM SHOW, Fairbanks Museum, FREE.

9 am-5 pm: ST. JOHNSBURY WELCOME CENTER OPERATING HOURS, 51 Depot Square. Volunteer on duty. Train Rides, Food, Arts & Crafts Fair, Flea Market, Shoe Box Raffle, Cookie Walk, Children’s Activities and more located in and around the center and adjacent park.

, 1302 Main St. FREE Admission All Day. Dinosaur Discovery Exhibit on Display. FREE Planetarium Shows.

10 am-3 pm
: ST. JOHNSBURY ATHENAEUM OPERATING HOURS, 1171 Main St. Docent on hand to offer tours of gallery and athenaeum. FREE.

10 am-3:30 pm: ST. JOHNSBURY ART WALK
, Railroad Street and Eastern Avenue. Local artists’ displays, musical performances, artisan demonstrations and engaging activities for all to take part in!

, 107 &115 Eastern Ave, including Outback Artspace and Octagon Porch. Come-and-go art classes, live music.  FREE.

Varied Times
: SPECIALTY SHOPS, RESTAURANTS & BUSINESSES, Throughout St. Johnsbury & the region. Stop in to our wonderful establishments to see the treasures they have to offer!

**(All times and events subject to change. Please check back closer to event.)

is available on street and in large lot in downtown district, between Railroad & Pearl Streets. Follow signs. Please use this parking if you plan to take train rides!  Parking areas will be prominently marked.
*Only Handicap Parking is available at the Railroad Station.


The Colors of the Kingdom Autumn Festival is organized by the Northeast Kingdom Chamber with the tremendous help of our partners: Catamount Arts, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum & Art Gallery, St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce, St. Johnsbury Railroad Heritage Society, St. Johnsbury Senior Nutritional Center and all participating venues.

TD Bank, Price Chopper
Maple Grove Farms of Vermont, Fairbanks Scales, Passumpsic Savings Bank
Union Bank, Community National Bank, Weidmann


Trains run, round trip, from the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center at 9:30, 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30.  Each ride lasts about 1 ½ hours and will highlight the history of the railroad in the area. Cost is $13 Adults, $7 for Kids 12 and under. Bring your binoculars! Tickets may be purchased ahead, until midnight before the event, at Tickets will also be sold the day of the event at the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center.


Location:  St. Johnsbury Welcome Center and Downtown St. Johnsbury at multiple venues along Railroad Street, Eastern Avenue and Main Street
Contact: Northeast Kingdom Chamber

The 27th Annual Burke Fall Foliage Festival!

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016 Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Our biggest festival of the year is our annual Fall Foliage Festival located in East Burke Village on the green at the Burke Mountain Clubhouse/East Burke Library.   The days’ events include:
    • Parade starts at 10:00
    • BBQ with burgers, hot dogs, sausages and more!
    • Rubber Duck Race
    • Kids Area with a Jump House, face painting and more
    • Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
    • Farm Animal Petting Zoo
    • Cow Plop Bingo
    • Craft Show opens at 9 am – 3 pm – featuring 75 vendors!
    • Silent Auction inside the library featuring work from local artists & crafters, unique historical items and antiques
    • Bird of Prey interactive show from Vermont Institute of Natural Science
    • Chickweed performs from 12:30 – 2:30 pm at the Gazebo
    • Beer & Wine Tent Open from 11 am – 6 pm (located at Mike’s Tiki Bar!)
    • Live Music from Tritium Well!  3 – 6 pm at Mike’s Tiki Bar. 


    The East Burke Congregational Church will have a luncheon of soup and sandwiches in the fellowship hall, a craft table, shoebox auction of local donations from businesses and individuals, tag sale, cookie walk (a favorite), and a jelly cabinet full of jams and jellies. 

    If you are an artist or craftsperson and would like to participate in the craft fair, please email Contact: Phone: 802-467-1266 Website:

You’ll have several chances to win at the raffle tables including at the East Burke Congregational Church which will feature a shoebox auction and tag sale.  Inside the Burke Community Library you can partake in the silent auction and, with any luck, take home a treasure crafted by one of our local artists.  Of course, you’ll have to stop by the Chamber info booth to place your bets on Cow Plop Bingo!   Special commemorative pint glasses, shirts and posters will also be for sale at the info booth.

On the green over 60 vendors will be showcasing their wares including hand-turned wooden bowls, jewelry, hand-made soaps, fiber arts, pottery, locally made chocolate truffles and much more.  Purchase your Burke Fall Festival pint glass and enjoy one of Mike’s beer specials in honor of the event.  Local favorites, Tritium Well will be rocking the bar from 3 – 6 pm.

Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom Annual Fall Foliage Festival

Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival

Walden, Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet, Groton & Marshfield, Vermont

Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • 2nd  Walden
  • 3rd Cabot
  • 4th Plainfield
  • 5th Peacham
  • 6th Barnet
  • 7th Groton
  • 8th Marshfield…

Music, crafts, farmers’ markets, parades, tours, history and great food!

Annual Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival, seven festivals in seven days, each in a different town.  Each has something unique to offer, including music, crafts, farmers’ markets, parades, tours, history and great food! Specialty church suppers each night.

Newfane Heritage Festival

October 8 & 9, 2016
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 4pm
On the Common in the Village of Newfane
Vermont Route 30
(14 miles North of Brattleboro in Southeastern Vermont)

On Columbus Day Weekend, tents blossom on the Newfane Common for the Heritage Festival. Amid the colorful Fall Foliage on the village streets and surrounding hillsides, talented artists and craftpeople display their creative efforts. Locals and tourists return year after year for this signature event in southeastern Vermont.

Juried Arts, Crafts, & Specialty Products are sold in the 96 Exhibitor spaces.

Each year there are wonderful new exhibitors along with long-time favorites.

 Other highlights include …

  • the Church’s famous Homemade Apple Pies
  • Church Deli
  • Outdoor Food Tent
  • Super Raffle
  • Flea Tent
  • Community Groups
  • Children’s Activities
  • Live Music
  • and the peak of Vermont’s Fall Foliage on the surrounding hills.

Autumn on The Green

Danville, Vermont

Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Free Admission

Autumn on the Green, with over 100 artisans, crafters and cottage industries.  Also, demonstrations, live music and delicious food.

Location:  Danville town green, Route 2
Phone: 802-684-2528

Dead North

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016 – Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm

This years haunt will include a short ride, a mile walk of terror through a haunted cornfield and buildings including animatronics, the mostly live residents of DEAD NORTH and special effects.

Not recommended for young children or persons with health concerns. We have had 8 year olds wholoved DEAD NORTH and 25 year olds who were too scared to ever go through again.Everyone is different, you know your person best. Your screams only encourage us. Tickets are $25 per person

Location:  Great Vermont Corn Maze, in North Danville, VT

5th Annual BurktoberFest

Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Burktoberfest is a tradition in northern Vermont so grab the family or just bring yourself to celebrate the changing of the seasons at Burke Mountain.

Enjoy family friendly activities like hayrides, pumpkin painting, and games. Plus, check out all our region has to offer with local craft vendors and beers that come around only this time of year.
Plan to stay this year in the new Burke Mountain Lodge.  View lodging options here.
Enjoy festive live music to get you in the spirit (band to be announced soon).
This is also the last weekend to ride the Burke Bike Park, so we will be going out in style with a best whip competition at 4pm. Taking place at the bottom of Jester, see how sideways you can get for a chance to win some great prizes!
This is a rain or shine event! We have a heated tent for the stone patio!

Location:  223 Sherburne Lodge Rd. East Burke, VT 05832
Phone: 802.626.7300