Labor Day Activities in Our Area!

We can’t believe it’s already almost Labor Day weekend! With fall just around the corner, here are some activities in our area to enjoy during the final summer hurrah!

Northfield Labor Day Weekend Festival

August 31st- September 2nd | Main Street, Route 12, Northfield

A three-day family-friendly community festival with entertainment, crafters and Vermont artisan products, game booths, food vendors and live music. Free admission. The weekend culminates in the state’s premier Labor Day Parade on Monday, a Vermont tradition.

24th Annual Garlic & Herb Festival

August 31st- September 1st | 66 Colgate Heights, Bennington

This festival is so popular, it’s been named a Vermont Chamber Top 10 Fall Event! Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, garlic braids and bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase. Relax at the beer and wine garden, listen to live music and learn from our fun vendor demonstrations. Kids activities throughout the day.

Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic

September 1st | Thunder Road Speed Bowl, Quarry Hill Road, Barre

Start your engines! Speed racers go for glory while completing laps around the track.

ACT Late Model Tour (200 laps)

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers (50 laps)

Burnett Scrap Metals “Road Warrior Challenge” (50 laps)

$25 for adults and FREE for kids ages 12 and under.

The New World Festival

September 1st, 12-11PM | Various locations in Randolph

The New World Festival has been designated a Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top 10 event so many times — more than 10 — that it now holds a permanent status as one of the Time-Honored Events of Vermont. This 27th annual celebration of the state’s Celtic and French American heritage highlights traditional music and dance with concerts, workshops, kids’ activities and open dancing on five downtown stages. Cape Breton musician and step dancer Wendy MacIsaac, Irish singer and guitarist John Doyle, and Québécois fiddle, flute and accordion trio Genticorum (pictured) are among more than 70 regional and international acts in the lineup. See link for complete schedule of events.

Burlington Edible History Tour

Thursdays and Saturdays @ 1pm, Continues through October 12th | Starts at ECHO Center, Burlington

Something in Chittenden County for the more culinarily inclined! Foodies sample local eats on a scrumptious stroll dedicated to the Queen City’s culinary past. Part food. Part history. Vermont’s Burlington Edible History Tour takes you back in time to connect the history of Burlington’s early ethnic groups to their food traditions when farm-to-table was a way of life. Tickets are $55.

Champlain Valley Fair

Now through September 1st | Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction

How could we talk about Labor Day events without mentioning the 10 Best Days of Summer? The Champlain Valley Fair draws people from all over to enjoy the midway, games, rides, food, and fun! Sunday is the last day, so make sure to get over to the Expo and start your Fair traditions soon!

Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls Tour

Various dates from August 30th through October 31st | Tour begins at 199 Main Street, Burlington

For the fans of the paranormal and spooky, there is no better place to go than straight to the source. Queen City Ghostwalk is Vermont’s original haunted history tour- the only tour in Vermont led by a published author of the paranormal. Thea Lewis has been called Vermont’s Queen of Halloween, scaring up Burlington’s history since 2002. Madmen, murderers, shipwrecks, railroad tragedies – Vermont’s got plenty of ghosts to explore. Tours are on various dates right up through Halloween!


These are just a few of our picks for this Labor day weekend! How will you be spending the 3-day break? Let us know!

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