Top Ten Events

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce each year hosts the Vermont Top Ten Events contest for Summer, Fall, and Winter.

Top Ten Event Application forms


Top 10 Event Submission Requirements

Your event qualifies if it is:
  • open to the public
  • appeals to out-of-state visitors and
  • attracts a large and diverse audience (including children).


The events submitted must occur between the following time frames:
  • Top Ten Winter: November 1 - March 31
  • Top Ten Summer: April 1 - August 31
  • Top Ten Fall: September 1 - October 31


Is your event a contender for the Top Ten List?

An independent panel of judges considers criteria such as:
  • Size and past audience of the event and room for growth within the event.
  • Complete and timely application by the event coordinator.
  • Geographic and seasonal date distribution relative to other events. 
  • Top Ten award winners are chosen to represent, as a whole, the variety of experiences that define Vermont, such as celebrations of arts, history, agriculture, gardening, community, recreation, and so on...


Benefits of Being a Top 10 Event

  • Winners have access to the signature Top Ten logo, as well as additional marketing opportunities.
  • Certificates are awarded to ten winners in each seasonal category.
  • Top Ten contest winners, their descriptions, and photos, are prominently featured in the Vermont Winter Vacation Guide (circulation 100,000) or the Vermont Vacation Guide for Summer/Fall (circulation 200,000).  Published by the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council, these guides are the official travel guides of the State of Vermont, fulfilling all inquiries to 1-800-VERMONT and the website of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, www.VermontVacation.com.
  • Top Ten winners also appear on VermontVacation.com's highly visited online events calendar at https://vermontvacation.com/plan-your-visit/events


Application Process and Forms:





Top 10 Winter Events

PDF of all Top 10 Winter Events

Event DateApptEvent Name
2/13/2016   Sleigh Ride Week at Billings Farm & Museum
3/5/2016   Magic Hat Mardi Gras Parade
3/11/2016   VT Open Snowboard + Music Festival
3/21/2016   Jay Peak & Ski the East’s Extreme Competition Championships

 




Top 10 Summer Events

PDF of all Top 10 Summer Events

Event DateApptEvent Name
4/22/2016   50th Annual Vermont Maple Festival
5/29/2016   People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay
6/16/2016   Wanderlust Festival
6/24/2016   RockFire
7/10/2016   Mad Marathon, Mad Half & Relays
7/10/2016   39th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green
7/22/2016   Jeezum Crow Festival
7/29/2016   Blueberry Festival
8/5/2016   Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival at Okemo Mountain Resort
8/26/2016   Stowe Wine & Food Classic

 



Top 10 Fall Events

PDF of all Top 10 Fall Events

Event DateApptEvent Name
9/3/2016   21st Annual Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival
9/3/2016   22nd Annual Mount Snow Brewers Fest
9/10/2016   Vermont Golden Honey Festival
9/16/2016   Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival
9/25/2016   19th Century Apple & Cheese Harvest Festival
10/1/2016   Pumpkin & Apple Celebration at Billings Farm & Museum
10/8/2016   19th Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest
10/8/2016   Columbus Day Weekend Harvestfest
10/15/2016   Roktoberfest: a Beer, Bacon & Bands Festival
10/30/2016   Haunted Happenings