The Annual Fairy House Festival Returns September 24th and 25th

The Annual Fairy House Festival Returns September 24th and 25th

posted Friday, August 12, 2022

Walk the Fairy House Trail at the Annual Fairy House Festival on September 24th and 25th and discover a magical village full of fairy schools, libraries, playgrounds, and delightful surprises. Since 2007, The Nature Museum in Grafton, Vermont has been welcoming visitors from across New England to its wondrous Fairy House Festival, a family-friendly celebration of nature, creativity, inspiration, and community. This magical Grafton tradition will appear on Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Each year, dozens of volunteers create a fairyland of small structures built out of natural materials, opening a portal to the incredible world around us through deep observation of nature's gifts. Guests of all ages walk the forested fairy house trail, make their own fairy houses, enjoy face painting, music, bubbles, crafts, local food, and more. Many participants arrive in full fairy costume, complete with wings and sparkles.

In the months leading up to the festival, dedicated volunteers comb fields, stream banks, forests, beaches and hilltops for moss, bark, pinecones, twigs, pebbles, acorns, and other natural materials. With these earthy ingredients and a lot of imagination, builders craft a unique and spontaneous fairy village of dozens of individual fairy buildings. Natural materials are also available at the festival, where the museum's gardens become a fairy house construction zone, and festival attendees young and old are able to create little homes, and leave them there overnight for the garden fairies to nest in.

The Nature Museum welcomes volunteers to help with the festival, and donors to support the event, which is the Museum's biggest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds support the year-round programming of The Nature Museum, which includes free programming for kids through the summer, immersive experiences in nature for kids and adults, and resources for teachers and schools to learn about our regional environment.

Registration to become a Builder is open on the website, and every year groups of families, friends, and businesses come together for a uniquely collaborative and creative project. There's nothing quite like coming together to build a fairy house to bring a sense of wonder and life-long memories.

Visit their website at nature-museum.org to register as a Builder or event Volunteer, to read all about the event and plan your day. Tickets can be purchased online beginning mid-August, and limited tickets are available the day of the event. Adults are $15, and kids 3-17 are $5, under 2 are free. See you there with wings on!

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