Annual Events in Stowe, VT

Annual Events

in Stowe, Vermont

Annual events in the Stowe area draw thousands of visitors each year. From carnivals and fairs to art and film festivals, there’s something happening all year long in our beautiful part of Vermont. When you choose the luxury accommodations at Trapp Family Lodge, you’ll be minutes away from all the best Stowe events, including the Stowe Winter Carnival and the Vermont Maple Festival. Below are a few of the city’s most popular events, though there are many more for you to enjoy throughout the year.


Stowe Winter Carnival

The Stowe Winter Carnival features sporting events, ice-carving competitions, Kids’ Carnival Kaos, and Snowgolf and Snowvolleyball tournaments. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this event full of wintery fun.

Winter Rendezvous 

Stowe's LGBTQ winter pride festival, which includes downhill and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, horse drawn sleighs, snow mobiles, dog sledding, hot tubs, bonfires and more!  


Stowe Derby 

The Stowe Derby is a fun and unique cross-country ski race that takes place along the famous Toll Road on Mount Mansfield. The race is 20km long and is one of the oldest cross-country ski races in New England, celebrating it's 75th anniversary this year.


Green Mountain Film Festival

This unique spring event offers you an opportunity to see films from independent filmmakers while also giving you a chance to discuss the film with its creators and fellow audience members.


Vermont Maple Festival

The Vermont Maple Festival offers lots of food and fun, including a maple cooking contest, craft and specialty food shows, live entertainment, an 8.5-mile run, a buffet dinner, parade, pancake breakfast, and lots of other great events.


Vermont Artisan Festival

This weeklong festival and tradeshow features over 100 artists showcasing their art and handmade crafts, as well as a live auction, musical performances, and the Battle of the Barbecue grilling contest.


Vermont Renaissance Fair 

Experience medieval times, at the Vermont Renaissance Fair! Enjoy mead, beer, and wine, as well as jousts, fight demos, and medieval encampments; In addition, food and music!


4th of July 

This special Fourth of July consists of a main street parade, live music, and food vendors, as well as fireworks in town!

Music in the Meadow 

Trapp Family Lodge partners with Stowe Performing Arts to present Music in the Meadow.  This series takes place on Trapp Family Lodge concert Meadow on certain Sundays throughout the summer starting in July. 


Champlain Valley Fair

This fair features 10 days of animals, shopping, great food, live music, and thrilling carnival rides. It’s a great outdoor activity for families!


Trapp Family Lodge Oktoberfest

Stroll around the Bierhall and the grounds, where you’ll find oompah bands, authentic Bavarian foods, freshly brewed von Trapp Brewing lagers, and fun for the whole family.


Stowe Foliage Arts Festival

Experience the vibrant colors of fall while you browse fine art and contemporary crafts from more than 200 artists and artisans. You’ll also enjoy a selection of fantastic food and beer from local vendors.

Trapp Mountain Marathon 

A challenging half and full marathon distance trail run in the heart of the Green Mountains at beautiful Trapp Family Lodge. Fall is the best time to visit Vermont and we think that running through crisp, colorful, fall foliage on the Trapp Lodge trail system is just the way to do it.


Dine Stowe 

Celebrate Stowe’s unique and delicious restaurants. Happening in November, Stowe’s restaurant week is a chance to show your support for Stowe’s restaurants and food retailers. With many restaurants and Vermont specialty food businesses offering specials and promotions, it’s a great time to check out new spots in town and visit your favorite establishment.


Holiday Events

The holidays are a beautiful time in Vermont. December offers a variety of holiday-themed celebrations in Stowe and the surrounding areas. Don’t miss out on the beautiful lights, parades, and other special holiday events.

Traditional Christmas in Stowe 

Enjoy the first weekend of December with a local community Christmas celebration. Experience the Stowe tree lighting, children's lantern parade, an art show at the local gallery "The Current". There will also be hay rides through Stowe village, a holiday bazaar, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, live music, ornament and cookie decorating, holiday skating at the Stowe Ice Arena and more. 

Additional Area Festivals & Events

  • February – Valentine's Day Dinner at Trapp Family Lodge 
  • May – Stowe Farmers’ Market (Through October), The Stowe Weekend of Hope
  • June – Art on Park (Through August), Gardens of Stowe
  • July – Green Mountain Games (Lacrosse Tournament), The Current Art Show (Through October)
  • August – Stowe Tango Music Festival, Stowe Antique Car Show, Annual Race to the Top of Vermont
  • September –British Invasion 
  • October –Trapp Mountain Marathon  
  • November - Thanksgiving buffet at Trapp Family Lodge & Vermont 10-Miler 
  • December – Trapp Family New Year's Eve Fireworks and Christmas and New Years Eve buffets at the lodge.
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