Fairy House Festival FAQ & Guide

The museum's largest event, the Fairy House Festival is held annually during the last weekend of September. We are grateful that year after year we see so many familiar faces of attendees returning to experience the magic again. Of course, we are thrilled to welcome first-timers as well!

We've pulled together this shortlist of the most common questions we receive from newcomers to this happy weekend. Please feel encouraged to contact us should you have any other questions. Thank you in advance for your interest and energy going into this special weekend. 

Common Questions

"Is this event open to everyone or is it just for kids?"

The Fairy House Festival is open to people of all ages. Young and old are welcome to enjoy this creative, artistic and imaginative event and discover the inherent magic of nature and spend time within it!

"How long is the trail?"

The Fairy House Trail is approximately  ½ a mile and crosses field and uneven forest terrain. 

"Are tickets available in advance?"

Yes! Save money and time by purchasing your tickets in advance online until the morning of September 23rd.

"Can I purchase tickets at the festival?"

Yes, tickets are available for purchase at the gate. Day-of ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (64+), and $5 for children (ages 3-17). Children 2 and under are admitted for free.

"Where is the best place to park on the day of the festival?"

Parking is available in the lot across the street from the Nature Museum, at the Grafton Elementary School, at the Windham Foundation, and along the roadsides throughout the village of Grafton. View a Google Map of the area >  

"I purchased my tickets in advance online; does it matter which day I attend?"

Tickets are good for either Saturday or Sunday; your pick!

"What is the refund policy if I am not able to attend or the weather isn't lovely?" 

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit natural history museum, The Nature Museum depends solely on the generosity of its supporters and funds raised throughout the year through community events like the Fairy House Festival. With this consideration in mind, we do not issue refunds.

"Will there be food available?" 

There will be food for sale from different vendors, but visitors are welcome to pack a picnic. Pack along your reusable water bottle to fill up at The Nature Museum.

"Are pets allowed?"

Due to the concentration of visitors and small children, we do not allow pets to accompany guests at the Fairy House Festival. However, trained service animals are permitted. 

"Is there room for me to maneuver along the forest path with a stroller or wheelchair?

Following the Fairy House Festival trail and viewing the houses along the trail is an off-road adventure.  Unfortunately, the trail is not handicapped accessible and wheelchairs are basically impassable EXCEPT for along the sheep pasture path. Walkers and strollers have managed to make it across the trail though amilies tend to carry little ones in packs or baby carriers. There is a stone staircase with approximately 10 steps where strollers/walkers must be carried. The trail goes across uneven terrain, and field and forest. We will have a handicapped accessible port-a-potty. Our indoor bathroom is not handicapped accessible. The first floor of the Museum does have a ramp entrance on the side.  About 8-10 fairy houses along the trail, food, face painting, gardens, and arts and crafts are wheel chair accessible.