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Fall Events — 2015

Northern Vermont is beautiful in the Fall and there are so many fun events - we hope that you enjoy your adventures! Please check back as we'll continue to add events to the calendar through late Summer.


September 5-7
Labor Day Weekend Family Celebration.
A weekend packed with fun for active families! Say goodbye to summer while having a blast with the many fun activities planned for our first ever Family Celebration weekend. From disc golf to mountain biking to guided nature walks to a marionettes show, all ages will find plenty to enjoy! Plus, don't miss our family adventure race, The Big Smuggle, a fast-paced challenge course for all ages. Read more about Family Celebration!

Vermont PBS Weekend for families. Members of Vermont Public Television's Family Club are invited to Smugglers' to enjoy our Family Celebration activities for Vermont PBS Family Day on Saturday, September 5. Saturday's activities include:
• 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Country Fair on the Village Green
• 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Barbecue lunch on the Village Green (fee based)
• 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 1st Annual Big Smuggle Family Adventure Race. Families compete and choose their own race route through our resort. You'll receive a map and smuggling satchel and begin by developing your strategy ... and you're off on your adventure! As you move through the challenge stations, your goal is to collect as many gold medallions as possible. But watch out, you'll need to smuggle your gold past roaming bandits by successfully answering their riddles. If you get the answer wrong, the bandits get to steal some of your medallions!

The final challenge prior to the finish line is to complete ArborTrek's awesome obstacle course. After finishing the race, you'll return to the Village Green to weigh your loot. Don't miss the race awards presentation at 3:30 pm!

The Big Smuggle race sign-up is on the Village Green. You must sign up by 12:00 noon. There will be a race meeting at 1:00 pm where maps and satchels will be distributed. Families will then have time to strategize and plan their route. The official start of the race is 1:30 pm.

• 4:00 pm Birds of prey demonstration with the Vermont Institute of Natural Science
• 7:00 pm No Strings Marionettes
• 8:00 pm Disc Golf Glow Round

Extend your stay to enjoy a full weekend at Smuggs with resort amenities and programs! Please call our Group Vacations department at 844-255-2124 for special Vermont PBS rates.

Read more about the Vermont PBS Family Club

September 6
Darn Tough Ride.
Hundreds of cycling enthusiasts and their friends and families gravitate to Vermont to be a part of the Darn Tough Ride incorporating some of the most celebrated unique routes, challenging climbs, and exhilarating descents in Northern Vermont. The four itineraries - family, 48, 60 and 100 miles - chosen for the Darn Tough Ride are re-designed annually to provide all riders with the best road surface available around the Stowe/Smugglers' Notch area. The 48, 60 and the 100 mile rides this year will cycle over Smuggler's Notch pass twice. Online registration is available through September 5. Spectators welcome! More information

September 17-20
FallFest at Smugglers' Notch.
Join us for FallFest, a weekend celebrating mountain recreation and northern Vermont culture with disc golf, mountain biking, and rock climbing, plus live music and local food, craft beer and cider.

Green Mountain Disc Golf Championship. Friday - Sunday. The largest disc golf event in Vermont in 2014, the Green Mountain Championship at Smugglers' Brewster Ridge Disc Golf Course is back! With a prize purse of over $10,000 both pro and advanced players from across the country will compete over the course of four rounds and three days to bring home the Green Mountain Championship! This tournament is PDGA A-Tier, AM B-tier. This event is currently sold out with a waiting list for players. Spectators are welcome to watch the action.

Mountain biking. Friday - Sunday. Guided rides on both our resort trail network and around the area. Shuttle service provided.

Rock climbing. Friday - Sunday. Petra Cliffs leads guided climbs and bouldering in Smugglers' Notch pass. Shuttle service provided.

Other FallFest activities include:
• Disc golf fair for all ages in neighboring Jeffersonville on Thursday evening from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Sponsored by the Smugglers' Notch Area Chamber of Commerce, the fair is a family-friendly event with food, music, face painting, kids activities, and DISC GOLF! Jason Wedlock plays guitar and sings from 4:00-5:00pm and Citizen Bare will perform from 5:00-6:00pm. There will be face painting and fair games for the kids. Pro Disc Golf Clinics happen between 4:00-6:00pm. The event concludes with Professional Disc Golf players competing in the "Longest Drive" Disc Golf Contest. Location: Cambridge Elementary School Field in Jeffersonville, VT. For info contact Ron Carter, 802-793-7095.

• Live music from the Woedoggies and Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band at a Fiddlehead Brewery beer release party on Smugglers' Village Green 6:00 pm Friday evening. Local cider from Citizen Cider and pig roast by Brewster River Pub & Brewery.

• Craft beer from Fiddlehead Brewery and Citizen Cider sampling with live music from Soul Monde and Mal Maiz and local food on Smugglers' Village Green Saturday evening 6:00 pm.

Read more about FallFest & register for activities

September 18-20
British Invasion
. A weekend celebration and salute to the great British motorcar. Enjoy the cars and visit the market place! Festivities are at the Stoweflake Resort on Route 108 north of Stowe Village. For more information, visit

September 19
37th Annual Harvest Festival at Shelburne Farms.
Celebrate Vermont farm and forestry traditions at this special event with music, storytelling, children's activities and traditional crafts. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. $10/adults, $5/child, free to children under 2 and members. Info:

September 19-20
Annual Harvest Festival at Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits.

Celebrate the harvesting of the grapes at Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits with an assortment of family-friendly fun for all ages! One of Vermont's first licensed wineries, Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits crafts award-winning wines, artisan ciders, and cream liqueurs using sustainable agriculture and supporting local Vermont farms.

Live music 12:30 - 3:30 pm each day by The Tenderbellies, a Burlington, Vermont-based string band that blends bluegrass, new grass, jazz and rock. Activities include winery tours, wine grape juice tasting (for all ages), wine & cider tasting, delectables from local food vendors offering a range from artisan chocolate to barbecue to sandwiches, and tractor-pulled hayrides. Don't miss the grape stomping! Proceeds benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta for children suffering from cancer. Free parking and admission. Festival takes place 10am – 6pm Saturday & Sunday. For additional details, please visit

September 23 - 30
AppleFest at Smugglers' Notch Resort.
Celebrate a fall favorite - apples! Our first AppleFest highlights the traditions of apple growing in Vermont with apple-themed guided walks and free daily transportation provided to local apple orchards for pick-your-own fun. All ages can find fun from diverse activities that include tastings of sweet and hard ciders that introduce the award-winning flavors of Vermont's cideries, plus cider press demonstrations. Savor dining specials at Resort restaurants and samples of Vermont apple specialty foods at Smugglers' Country Store. Read more about AppleFest

September 24-27
Lamoille County Players present "Curtains,"
a musical that is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots. Mayhem, madness, murder and musical theatre come together from the team that has captured Broadway's heart with phenomenal success in the original works and revivals of Cabaret and Chicago. Information:

September 24 - October 10
Stowe Theatre Guild presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Shakespeare’s madcap comedy comes to life as a musical set in post-World War II. Set in Athens, Indiana, Oberon and Titania are in heated battle for diner supremacy while Puck creates mischief with four young lovers lost in a hayfield, and Bottom and friends rehearse their play to perform at the mayor's wedding. An updated take on a classic play! Information: 802-253-3961 or

September 26 and 27
Old fashioned Harvest Market
. Located in Underhill, Vermont, about 20 minutes from the Resort, the Harvest Market kicks off on Saturday with a small-town parade at 9:00 am. Children's games, music, Vermont artisans, and delicious food offer fun for all ages. The famous Underhill Clutter Barn and town-wide yard sales yield lots of treasures!

September 27
Cambridge Area Rotary 5K Fun Run & Walk.
The Cambridge Area Rotary presents the 28th annual 5K Fun Run & Walk! The scenic course starts at the Cambridge Village Market, follows along Lower Pleasant Valley Road to Williamson Road, and then to Upper Pleasant Valley to the finish line at Cambridge Elementary. All ages and abilities welcome! Register before September 21 for discounted rates. Race information and registration

October 1-4
The Lamoille County Players present "Curtains"
, a musical that is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots. Mayhem, madness, murder and musical theatre come together from the team that has captured Broadway's heart with phenomenal success in the original works and revivals of Cabaret and Chicago. Historic Hyde Park Opera House, Hyde Park. Information:

October 3
Relay for Life: Smuggs for Life.
It's the second year for this exciting 8-hour Relay for Life event located at beautiful Bootleggers' Basin at Smugglers' Notch Resort. This year we’ve added volleyball, horseshoes, a farmers market, wine tastings, and for the first time in Vermont – a Human Foosball Tournament! Rally your friends and family to join Smuggs for Life and support the American Cancer Society's mission of saving more lives from cancer. Form a team or sign up as an individual to walk a scenic trail loop at Smuggs. The event runs from noon to 8:00 pm. Register for Relay for Life-Smuggs for Life.

Vermont Covered Bridge Society meeting. Members of the Vermont Covered Bridge Society (VCBS) will celebrate the society's 15th anniversary with an expanded program at the resort. The public is welcome to attend both the business meeting at 10:00 am and the keynote presentation by State Historic Preservation Officer Laura Trieschman at 11:00 am; there is no fee to attend and both will be held in the resort's Meeting House. Attendance at lunch and 1:00 pm workshops is $25. The workshops focus on an introduction to covered bridges, information on grassroots preservation groups, and covered bridges as a tourist attraction. At 2:00 pm a two-hour bus tour of nearby covered bridges will take place. The fee for the bus tour is $20. Preregistration is necessary for the lunch, workshops and bus tour as space is limited.

A VCBS booth will be staffed by a member to share information about our state's covered bridges, and items such as guidebooks will be for sale. Artist Eric Tobin, a well-known Vermont landscape artist, will exhibit some of his works.

For information on lodging at Smugglers' Notch Resort call 1-800-521-0536. Anyone interested in registering for the lunch, workshops and bus tour should email program organizer Liam McKone

October 3-4
Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival
. Demonstrations, wool and yarn sales, children's activities. Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, Vermont. Information:

Vermont Foliage Studio Tour. Perhaps you've enjoyed the very popular statewide Spring studio tour, where artists and craftspeople welcome visitors into their studios? In Fall, there's an extra bonus - your explorations include the addition of Vermont's legendary autumn colors! There are many artists' studios located just a short drive from the resort. Details on artists' studios open for the weekend can be found, by county, at

October 10
Fairfax Fire Department Calcutta.
The Fairfax Fire Department hosts their 13th annual Calcutta - their primary fundraiser - in the Meeting House at Smugglers'. A $100 ticket includes two dinners and raffle. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and there will be a full cash bar available, with a full buffet served at 7:00 pm. A raffle will follow the meal. Coffee and dessert will be served during the raffle. Please note that inquiries for ticket purchases must be received by Saturday, October 3. More information

October 24
8th Annual Barn Bash. Join Backcountry Magazine, Smugglers' Notch Resort and Union Bank for the eighth-annual Barn Bash and Raffle on Saturday October, 24 2015! Barn Bash includes a children's event, film fest, live music, and a gear raffle!

The kids' event is held from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, with an obstacle course, Burton Riglet Park, snacks and a performance by Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate. Admission to the children's event is $10.

Doors open at 6:30 pm for the full Barn Bash. Enjoy food, drink provided by von Trapp Brewing, movies, a HUGE GEAR RAFFLE, and live music beginning at 9 pm by Brett Hughes & the Honky Tonk Allstars. This year introduces the Barn Bash's first Fall Line Film Festival, a compilation of short videos submitted by Backcountry Magazine readers, friends and industry partners. The film fest kicks off at 7:00 pm.

All Barn Bash proceeds benefit Cambridge Rotary Winter Wellness Days, which puts children in grades 4 through 6 on the slopes of Smuggs for five days throughout the winter.

Pre-purchased admission to Barn Bash is $25 and includes a Smuggs lift ticket, raffle ticket, food and a beverage. Tickets are $30 at the door. Pre-purchase your tickets at

October 30
Haunted Village at Smugglers' Notch Resort.
Join us for the 1st Annual Haunted Village! Families will enjoy spooky thrills and fun developed by Resort staff and Lamoille Union High School's performing arts company, host of the popular local annual event "Haunted High." Smugglers’ Haunted Village will feature seasonal activities for all ages: haunted hay rides, a trick or treat trail, pumpkin painting, kids’ face painting and more. Halloween goodies such as cider, cider donuts, popcorn and candied apples will be available. Don't miss the dance party and costume contest held in the Smugglers' Notch FunZone, home of the giant inflatable slide, obstacle courses, mini golf course and arcade games.

Activities take place from 4:00 to 9:00 pm in the lower level of the Meeting House. Parking is free in the resort's main lot. Pumpkin painting and face painting are included in the entry fee of $10 per adult and $5 per child ages 6 – 18. Event admission is free to all Smugglers' pass and badge holders, and kids 5 and under. Get your tickets today!


November 20-22
The Vermont Handcrafters' Holiday Fine Craft and Art Show. This showcase of fine art and crafts produced by our state's talented artisans is a seasonal tradition in our area! At the Sheraton Conference Center on Route 2/Main Street in Burlington. Friday 10:00 am-8:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm.
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