Vermont's top autumn events

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The return of September means the onset of beautiful fall foliage conditions in Vermont. The Green Mountain State expects to welcome more than 3 million out-of-state visitors during the fall months, many of whom will align their trips to view the stunning autumn colors.

With a higher concentration of maple trees than any other state in the country and more than three-quarters of its land covered with forests, Vermont presents visitors with some of the best foliage viewing conditions in the world.

To stay up to date on the peak foliage viewing areas, please sign up for Vermont's weekly Fall Foliage Report at VermontVacation.com. While it is still to soon to predict when peak foliage viewing conditions will arrive this year, visitors can view the animated Foliage Forecaster on the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing's website for an approximation of when colors typically turn.

Below are many of the top events and attractions to visit this September in Vermont:

Great Vermont Corn Maze

Throughout September, Danville

Rated as one of the best corn mazes in the country, and the largest in New England, the Great American Corn Maze is on a fifth-generation farm that creates an entirely new 24-acre maze design every year. This year their "amazingly cornfusing" creation includes the picture of bears trying to get honey from a hive.

ArborTrek Canopy Adventures

Throughout September, Smugglers' Notch / Stowe

Guests can enjoy a zip line canopy tour or treetop adventure that they won't soon forget. Guided tours, obstacle courses and climbing adventures are available to adventurers of all levels.

Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival

Sept. 2-3, Bennington

Join garlic lovers as they sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors, all made from garlic and herbs. For aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic-lovers or those looking for a fun way to spend a Vermont end-of-summer day, the event promises something for everyone.

Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival

Sept. 2-3, President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth

A highlight of the Labor Day weekend, Plymouth's 13th annual folk and blues concerts feature stars from Vermont and nationally known musicians.

25th Annual New World Festival

Sept. 3, Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph

Celebrate Vermont's Celtic and French Canadian heritage with traditional — and sometimes not so traditional — music and dance. Each year more than 70 exceptional musicians are drawn from New England, Canada and the British Isles. Concerts, music and dance workshops, children's activities and open dancing unfold on six continuous stages.

Kate: The Unexamined Life

Sept. 7-17, Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier

Janis Stevens returns to Lost Nation Theater in a new show written especially for her. Playwright Rick Foster uncannily captures Katherine Hepburn's voice and Stevens brings the star — and her secrets — vividly to life.

South End Art Hop

Sept. 8-10, Burlington

A three-day celebration, the Art Hop attracts over 30,000 visitors to view hundreds of exhibits, sculpture, fashion shows, music, live demos, artist markets, juried show, Kids Hop and much more.

Vermont Hemp Fest

Sept. 9, Burke Mountain, East Burke

The Vermont Hemp Fest will be a day-long event that provides educational resources and community connections for those with an interest in agricultural hemp in Vermont, including landowners, entrepreneurs, farmers, artisans and investors.

Pride Vermont Parade & Festival

Sept. 10, Burlington

A parade that runs from Church Street to Battery Park, along with the festival, is part of a celebration for the entire community - LGBT and others - to enjoy. Food is available, as well as entertainment, games, vendors, and youth activities.

The Hobbit

Sept. 12, Woodstock Town Hall Theater

The No Strings Marionette Company presents "The Hobbit," a performance for children that tells the story of Bilbo Baggins' adventure to find hidden treasure as he faces dangers both known and mysterious. Using puppets of their own creation, the puppeteers bring the beloved J.R.R. Tolkien classic to life.

Tunbridge World's Fair

Sept. 14-17, Tunbridge

On restored historical fairgrounds, the Tunbridge World's Fair celebrates its 146th year with ever-popular livestock shows, midway, entertainment and music, and a continually improving infrastructure to make for a great agricultural fair experience.

Godspell

Sept. 15 - Oct. 1, ArtisTree Community Arts Center, South Pomfret

The popular musical, "Godspell," features a parade of beloved songs, including the international hit "Day by Day." This tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world and is guaranteed to stir your soul, raise your spirit and lift you right out of your seat.

Grace Potter's Grand Point North

Sept. 16-17, Waterfront Park, Burlington

This year's festival will feature the host musician and her band, the Trey Anastasio Band and other musical acts.

10th Annual Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival

Sept. 23, Mount Snow, West Dover

Set in the backdrop of our world-renowned Vermont fall foliage, the 10th Annual Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival features Vermont vintners, distillers, small specialty-food producers, chefs, painters, cheesemakers, potters, jewelers and photographers.

Pentangle Light Garden

Sept. 22-23, Village Green, Woodstock

The 5th Annual Pentangle Light Garden will turn the Woodstock Village Green into an illuminated wonderland with a series of sculptural "garden plots" designed by local artists and featuring whimsical and creative uses of light.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra: Made in Vermont Tour

Sept. 23, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury

Internationally renowned violinist Pamela Frank joins VSO Music Director Jaime Laredo for a program as colorful as the Vermont fall foliage. Through a collaboration with the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, the program features a world premiere from composer Paul Dedell, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and more.

Springfield Steampunk Festival

Sept. 23-24, Hartness House Inn, Springfield

The 2017 Springfield Steampunk Festival has a Circus Spectacular Theme. This year expect a host of circus acts and entertainment and a circus-themed children's program in addition to the standard festival lineup.

Stowe Oktoberfest

Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Mayo Events Field, Stowe

A celebration of the harvest, highlighting local beers and surrounded by a beautiful fall foliage backdrop. Bavarian-style bands perform during the weekend, with food, fun and dancing for all ages.

29th Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival

Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Riley Rink at Hunter Park, Manchester

Find handcrafted creations made by expert artists and artisans. Visitors can enjoy the Specialty Foods and Spirits tent, featuring producers of maple syrup, craft distilled spirits and other gourmet items. Fine wine, beer and food are available on site, in addition to live music and other entertainment.

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Tunbridge Fairgrounds

The festival will feature 70 vendors offering fleece and yarn, fiber animals, hand-spinning and fiber-crafting equipment and supplies, handcrafted wool items, and local meat and cheese. The festival also includes contests, classes, demonstrations, shepherd workshops, and herding and shearing demos.

Exposed

Through Oct. 21, various locations throughout Stowe

The Helen Day Art Center presents the 26th year of "Exposed." The outdoor exhibit features works by 12 artists, including internationally renowned sculptors Mark di Suvero and Lionel Smit, as well as nationally and regionally established artists. The outdoor sculptures are displayed throughout the village and on the recreation path.

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