Maple Syrup Festival Season:
Maple syrup season begins when the sap starts to rise in maple trees, typically in very early spring. Maple syrup producers collect the sap and, when they have enough, begin to boil it down into syrup. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup, although the amount of sap needed can vary by up to ten gallons per gallon of syrup. Maple syrup production times vary by state and province, depending on geography and the arrival of spring's warmer weather. Most festivals take place on March and April weekends.
Planning Your Maple Syrup Festival Trip:
If you live in or near a maple syrup-producing state, you won't need to do much advance planning. You can jump into your car and drive to the festival on the day with the best weather. If you're coming from far away, you'll need to make your lodging decisions well in advance – several months ahead, at least, particularly if you want to stay at a popular inn.
Maple Syrup Festival Roundup:
There are 17 syrup-producing states in the U.S. Several Canadian provinces produce maple syrup; Québec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia account for most of Canada's maple syrup production. Maple festivals abound wherever syrup is made; our list of maple syrup festivals is by no means exhaustive.
Canadian Maple Syrup Festivals:
New England's Maple Syrup Festivals:
Mid-Atlantic Maple Syrup Festivals:
- New York State's Maple Weekend
- Hands-on Maple Sugaring Programs at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Maple Festival in Meyersdale
- Endless Mountains Maple Festival in Troy, Pennsylvania
- Virginia's Highland Maple Festival
Midwestern Maple Syrup Festivals
- Indiana's National Maple Festival
- Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival
- Maple Syrup Festival at Leane and Michael's Sugarbush
- Hartman Reserve Nature Center's Maple Syrup Festival in Cedar Falls, Iowa
- Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival in Shepherd, Michigan
- Michigan's Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival
- Experience Minnesota Maple Syrup
- Ohio's Geauga County Maple Festival