Although summer is officially over and even the most hardy of souls are breaking out their sweaters and boots, this weekend gives us one last chance to say goodbye to the summer bustle. There are festivals happening all over the Island this Columbus Day, boasting anything from local cider to live music, from chocolate to artisan pottery. Take your pick or try them all — this is why fall really is the best season on the Vineyard.
13th annual Art of Chocolate Festival
Oct. 7 – 9
Featherstone Center for the Arts, Oak Bluffs
Taste chocolate concoctions made by Island bakers, artists, and chocolate lovers at this annual festival. The event kicks off with a preview party on Oct. 7 from 6 to 8 pm, followed by the festival on Oct. 8 and 9 from 12 to 4 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit featherstoneart.org/2016-events.
Vineyard Artisans Columbus Day Weekend Festival
Oct. 9, 10 – 4 pm
Grange Hall, West Tisbury
This one-day-only event is the final chance to catch all your favorite Island artisans in the last show until Thanksgiving weekend. Items on sale include weaving, fine furniture, pottery, leather goods, oil paintings, pastels, mixed media, sculpture, wampum jewelry, hand-knit items, clothing, photography, handmade books, and much more. The festival will be held indoors and outdoors, rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit vineyardartisans.com.
Oct. 9, 10 am – 3 pm
Native Earth Teaching Farm, Chilmark
Come for some fall farm fun and help celebrate popcorn with people, poultry, and pygmy goats. Share some snacks with the friendly farm animals. Free admission. For more information visit nativeearthteachingfarm.org.
Rock Your Boots Festival
Oct. 7, 6 – 9 pm
Sailing Camp Park, Oak Bluffs
The Rock Your Boots Festival is Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center’s fall fundraiser, featuring live music by the Mike Benjamin Band, a silent auction and raffle, beer, wine, apps, and a local raw bar by the Oak Bluffs Fish Market. Admission is $50. For tickets or more information, call 508-693-1185 or contact email@example.com.
Oct. 8, 11 am – 3 pm
Vineyard Gardens, West Tisbury
Come celebrate fall with the whole family at Vineyard Gardens’ best event of the season. There will be hands-on nature projects, hot dogs, caramel apples, pumpkin pie, and refreshments. Everything is free. For more information, visit vineyardgardens.net.
Oak Bluffs Open Market
Oct. 9, 11 am – 2 pm
Washington Park, Oak Bluffs
The Oak Bluffs Open Market is a fun mix of local produce, specialty foods, arts, crafts, antique and vintage dealers, massage, tarot, and more. Enjoy live music with John O’Toole. For more information, visit facebook.com/OakBluffsOpenMarket.
This article originally appeared on mvtimes.com.