Hebron Maple Festival
In New England, nothing fits better between winter and spring than mapling season. That pocket of time in February and March after the heavy snows - but before the sun really starts to shine again - is when sugar houses jump into action, tapping New England’s thousands of iconic sugar maple trees and boiling the sap into beautiful, brown maple syrup. After a winter in hibernation, it’s a great way to shake off the dust and celebrate - so it’s no wonder that communities all across New England take the opportunity to make it a party. Case in point? The Hebron Maple Festival, where the whole town has celebrated the season for almost three decades now.
One of our favorites in the area, the Hebron Maple Festival just gets better - not to mention bigger - every year. What originated as a small get-together at one of the local sugar houses is now a town-spanning, two-day extravaganza. You could (and should!) begin at a syrup-making demonstration at one of Hebron’s three sugar houses, but that’s just the start; there’s a downtown craft fair, a Saturday night sock hop, fire truck tours, kid’s activities galore, and on Sunday, the biggest parade of tractors in the whole state. And what’s a festival without food - especially one about food? From pancakes (of course) to pizza to sweet, maple-glazed snow, there’s no chance you’ll leave Hebron hungry.
The Hebron Maple Festival is a one-weekend-only party this year and takes place on March 16th and 17th, from 10AM - 4PM each day. The event is free to attend, but you’ll probably want some cash on hand to sample all the delicious things on display (and to bring home a jug of maple syrup, of course) - you can find the full list of events, vendors, and sponsors here. Make sure to check the weather before you go and dress to fit the forecast, as the festival is an outdoor event.