Celebrate the season at these fall festivals

Garlic and Herb Festival
The 2017 Garlic and Herb Festival in Bennington, Vt. Bennington Banner File Photo

Mount Snow Brewers Festival

Mount Snow Resort
West Dover, Vt.
Aug. 31-Sept. 1

The renowned celebration of beer, music and food celebrates its 25th anniversary over Labor Day weekend.

Information: mountsnow.com/events/calendar

Garlic and Herb Festival

Garlic and Herb Festival
The 2017 Garlic and Herb Festival in Bennington, Vt. Bennington Banner File Photo

Bennington, Vt.
Aug. 31-Sept. 1

The 24th Garlic and Herb Festival has something for everyone: garlic ice cream, garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic and garlic braids. And, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase.

Information: bennington.com/garlicfest

Lee Founders Weekend Celebration

Lee Founders Day
The 2017 Lee Founders Day Parade in Lee, Mass. Berkshire Eagle File Photo

Lee, Mass.
Sept. 13-15

A weekend of fun for everyone: food, music and many other activities that include the annual parade, arts and crafts vendors, a duck derby, a vintage tennis tournament, a road race, sidewalk sales and more.

Information: leechamber.org/ festivals/founders-weekend

Bennington Quiltfest

Bennington, Vt.
Sept. 14-15

More than 100 new quilts and challenge quilts will be on display during the 26th Bennington Quiltfest. The two-day festival, held at Mount Anthony Union Middle School, features displays, demonstrations and vendors. This year’s featured quilter and lecturer is John Kubiniec of Big Rig Quilting. Admission is $8; free for 12 and younger.

Information: benningtonquiltfest.com

Lenox Apple Squeeze

Lenox, Mass.
Sept. 21-22

The 40th Lenox Apple Squeeze is a free street festival celebrating the apple harvest with local shops, restaurants, artisans, musicians, farm stands, and a variety of arts and music performers.

Information: 413-637-3646, lenox.org/lenoxapplesqueeze

Vermont Wildlife Festival

Mount Snow Resort
West Dover, Vt.
Sept. 22

This annual festival celebrates Vermont’s wildlife, and hunting and fishing traditions. The festival, which is admission by donation, features a variety of attractions by representatives of hunting and conservation communities, wildlife rescues, state agencies and nature centers.

Information: Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, 802-464-0048, vermontmuseum.org

Festival Latino of the Berkshires

Great Barrington, Mass.
Sept. 28

Festival Latino of the Berkshires celebrates its 24th year with a new location. Live performances and Latin American Street Art, a display of student artwork, will be held at Saint James Place. Latin cuisine vendors, artists and artisans will be located behind Town Hall, while language, dance, music and cultural activities will be held at the bandstand. The Latin Gala Party will take place at Eastover Estate and Eco-village in Lenox.

Information: festivallatino.org

Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Parade and Festival

Fall Foliage Parade
The Fall Foliage Parade in North Adams, Mass. Berkshire Eagle File Photo

North Adams, Mass.
Sept. 28-Oct. 6

Since 1955, North Adams has held a week of events that highlight the spectacular fall colors. Complete with a children’s fair, road race, craft fair and performances, the Fall Foliage Festival is described by locals as “fall family fun.” The festival’s highlight is the 64th Fall Foliage Parade on Oct. 6, stepping off at 1 p.m. Other events are held at various days and times during the week.

Information: 413-664-6180, explorenorthadams.com

Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival

Riley Rink at Hunter Park
Manchester, Vt.
Oct. 4-6

At the 31st Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival, visitors can find handcrafted creations made by expert artists and artisans, and meet the makers who are plying their wares. The festival also includes a specialty foods and spirits tent, with producers of Vermont products, including maple syrup, craft distilled spirits and other gourmet items.

Information: craftproducers.com/festivals

Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival

Stockbridge, Mass.
Oct. 12-13

The festival, one of the longest-running regional events of its kind, offers family fun, food, local craft vendors, a farmers market, haunted house, giant tag sales and more. The Harvest Festival is held on the grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden.

Information: 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

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