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Explore Essex - the town that has a little bit of everything. From local farms, forests, and recreational amenities to amazing restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, Essex has an appealing interface between town and country. Enjoy all that the fall season brings our way with a perfect balance between homestyle comfort, outdoor fun, and artful and creative inspirations and music. Essex is where it all comes together!

Essex is bringing back their fall festival with a fresh, new look - EXPLORE and discover MORE! Watch for updates in the coming weeks!

Beginning as a pandemic event and growing to become a community gathering, the event began in August 2020 originally as, "Open & Outside" with the purpose of encouraging people to shop and eat in support of struggling businesses during the pandemic. Two months later, the Town of Essex and the Village of Essex Junction obtained grant funding and held a follow-up event renamed to, "Out & About in Essex". The weekend festival was wildly popular and was brought back in 2021. Residents attended rain or shine to mingle, listen to music, shop, and support their community.  

The efforts paid off. Stores and restaurants that were seeing very little foot traffic in previous months were suddenly opening their doors to hundreds of customers during the weekend. Entertainers were set up on stages throughout the community and people brought their chairs and masks, ordered some take out, and sat for a spell to enjoy some beautiful fall weather.  

The Town of Essex is happy to bring residents another community gathering and fall event on September 30, October 1, and October 2, 2022. 

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