GRAFTON — Fairy schools, fairy libraries, fairy pirate ships, and fairy hot air balloons are some of the sights that will be on display at this year's Fairy House Festival.
Each year, The Nature Museum welcomes thousands of visitors from Vermont, New England, and beyond to the Fairy House Festival, a family-friendly celebration of nature, creativity, inspiration, and community.
The 11th annual Fairy House Festival at The Nature Museum in Grafton will welcome the fairies in their forests once more for this tradition on Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
At this annual event, volunteers create a fairy village of small structures built of natural materials. Guests of all ages may walk the forested fairy-house trail, make their own fairy houses, and enjoy face painting, music, bubbles, crafts, and more.
In the months leading up to the festival, volunteers have been combing fields, stream banks, forests, and hilltops for moss, bark, pine cones, twigs, pebbles, acorns, and other natural materials to craft this year's fairy village.
Natural materials will also be available at the festival, where festival attendees young and old are invited to create little homes and leave them overnight “for the garden fairies to nest in,” according to a news release.
This event is The Nature Museum's biggest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds support the year-round programming of the 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 the regional environment.