We’re in for another weekend full of winter activities. But also, it’s Valentine’s Day on Friday, so whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s with a partner, Galentines with your favorite ladies, solo, or with your kids, you’ll find something to do here. Personally, I’d like some combination of the options… chocolate, champagne, a delicious dinner, a fun craft project, cute animals, great music, a movie, and a little shopping.
A girl can dream, can’t she?
1) Valentine’s Day at the Guild
Where: Milton Artists’ Guild, 199 US Route 7, Milton
When: Friday, 3PM-6PM
Start your Valentine’s Day here, at this free event. There will be live music, a photobooth, and a chocolate fountain. Yeah, a fountain, with chocolate! This is totally going to derail my exercise efforts, but I mean, chocolate… coming out of a fountain. Yassss please! And, this is a family- and friend-friendly event. In other words, this isn’t a strictly romantic occasion. Just go and bring whomever your heart desires. Dance, take some silly pics, and get in on that fountain action! For Event Info >>
2) Valentines Day Champagne Party
Where: Dedalus Wine Shop, Market, & Wine Bar, 388 Pine Street, Burlington When: Friday, 4PM-10PM
Feeling fancy? If you’re looking to step up your Valentines game, this date idea is worth dressing up for. Head to Dedalus for vintage champagne, rustic Burgundies, caviar on blini, and triple creme cheese (the best!), all while their surprise DJ plays a great soundtrack to your evening.
3) Date Night February: Love Is In The Air
Where: Richmond Community Kitchen, 13 Jolina Court, Richmond
When: Friday, 6PM-9PM
If you’re planning on a nice dinner date this Friday, consider this sure-to-be memorable option at the RCK. At this Date Night event, you’ll work together to create a delicious meal with Pan Seared Diver Scallops and Wilted Greens, and Wild Mushroom and Parsnip Ragout with Creamy Polenta. With the theme, Love Is In The Air, you shouldn’t be surprised to find a Ghirardelli Chocolate Fondue on the menu. Yum! Get your tickets before they sell out.
4) Sticks and Stones Valentines Day Party
Where: On Tap Bar & Grill, 4 Park Street, Essex Junction
When: Friday, 9PM-12AM
If music is your love language, check out the Sticks and Stones show at On Tap this Friday. This popular, local cover band is a favorite at weddings and bars… really, wherever they play. If you’re looking for a fun, energetic night listening to pop, dance, classic rock, and country rock music, you’ll find it here.
5) Bagels and Brushes for Teens
Where: Milton Public Library, 39 Bombardier Road, Milton
When: Saturday, 10AM-12PM
This painting class is for the teens in your life. They’ll be guided through basic paint instructions (including brush techniques and mixing colors). At the end of the class, they’ll bring home their very own creation, and a bagel!
6) Wildlife Festival
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 870 Williston Road, South Burlington
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10AM-5PM
This interactive and educational wildlife event provides an opportunity to meet some of your favorite wildlife, including a sloth, alligator, porcupine, armadillo, opposum, lizard, tarantula, and more. When I took my son to see the wildlife last year, he was OBSESSED with the snakes. He suckered me into buying him a giant stuffed snake, and a year later, he still sleeps with it. So what I’m saying is, you might fall in love here… with a reptile. This year’s festival features TV personality Eric the Reptile Guy.
7) Saturday Matinee
Where: Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction
When: Saturday, 2PM-3:45PM
If you’re home with some little ones on Saturday afternoon and just need to get out of the house, take them to Brownell Library! They’ll be playing a PG-rated 98-minute family-friendly matinee, and there will be free popcorn and drinks. Who says no to free popcorn? Not my family. Even the hardware store popcorn somehow finds its way into my house. Yup.
8) BV Paint Night “Sublime Line”
Where: Bolton Valley, 4302 Bolton Valley Access Road, Bolton
When: Saturday, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Artist Natasha Bogar teaches this acrylic painting class in Bolton Valley Resort’s Ski School. The beautiful winter scene is accessible to all abilities, but children should be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are limited, so reserve quickly. For Event Info & Tickets >>
9) Winter is a Drag Ball
Where: Higher Ground, 1214 Williston Road, South Burlington
When: Saturday, 8PM-1AM
This Saturday is the House of LeMay’s 25th Winter is a Drag Ball. There will be special guests, dancing, a costume contest and more, and tickets to the event will benefit the Vermont People with AIDS Coalition. For Event Info & Tickets >>
10) WOKO Gigantic Indoor Flea Market with Lee Bodette
Where: Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction
When: Sunday, 8:30AM-2PM
Flee the cold this Sunday at the WOKO “Gigantic Indoor Flea Market”, with tag sale items, crafts, antiques, and other goods. This market brings out hundreds of people to browse through items from their childhood, or in search of unique collectibles. For Event Info >>
Looking For Other Ideas?
Check out these other interesting events happening this weekend in Vermont:
This weekend in North Hero is the Great Ice! Festival. There will be fireworks, bonfires, sled rides, ice skating, hockey games, and more.
Also, this weekend is the Peacham Winter Carnival, with a paint & sip, sleigh rides, sledding, skiing, crafts, food, live music and an evening dance.
Check out the Vertical Challenge this Saturday at Bolton Valley. There will be ski and snowboard races, giveaways, prizes, and snowy activities for all ages.
The Montshire Museum in Norwich is holding one of their longest-running traditions this Saturday, their Igloo Build and the Science of Winter event, starting at 10:30AM.
On Saturday afternoon from 1PM-6PM in Randolph, check out the Randolph Winterfest, a free family event with snow tubing and cardboard box sledding, an igloo village, and other activities.
Groennfell Meadery is having a Grownup Middle School Dance Party on Saturday evening. This sounds better than your actual Middle School dance (because of the mead, of course).
On Sunday in downtown Middlebury between 11AM-3PM, check out WinterFest, with horse & wagon rides, snow sculptures, kids’ activities, cocoa, s’mores, and more.
Still Not Sure What To Do?
Hike or snowshoe up a mountain trail, bundle up and visit a park or playground, stay warm and check out a local museum, library, or other indoor activity. There is no shortage of things to do in our area.
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