This week offers a Spring Break for some folks, a continuation of Mardi Gras celebrations that go into this weekend, and a Leap Day on Saturday! What will you do with your extra day this year? There are some great options in this weekend’s Top 10 Event list, whether you plan to be out and about with the kids, or if you’re looking for a fun night with friends. Side note: Did you know that Leap Day has some old customs and superstitions associated with it, such as a tradition for women to propose to their boyfriends? In Denmark, if a man refuses a woman’s proposal, there is a tradition to buy her 12 pairs of gloves (so she can hide her embarrassment of not wearing a ring). Seriously. Enjoy!
1) Pint Sized Picasso
Where: Burlington Paint and Sip Studio, 29 Church Street, Burlington When: Friday, 2PM-4PM
Here’s a school break family activity that delivers a little something for both you and your child. At this special paint class designed specifically for kids ages 7 years and up, you can either paint alongside them, or let them paint on their own while you enjoy a little “me time” in the “adult-zone.” What will you find in the “adult-zone”? Free Wi-Fi… plus a beverage at the bar. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets in advance. For Event Info & Tickets >>
2) 19th Annual Winter Carnival
Where: Essex Middle School, 60 Founders Road, Essex When: Saturday, 10AM-2AM
The whole family can enjoy this free winter carnival, with music performances and winter activities (like snowshoeing and sledding), as well as a chili-cook off. Yum! Bring a non-perishable food item as a donation. For Event Info >>
3) Rough Francis with Blowtorch & Gone Wrong
Where: ArtsRiot, 400 Pine Street, Burlington When: Friday, 8PM-11PM
Local favorite Rough Francis will be playing an all ages show at ArtsRiot this Friday evening, along with the bands Blowtorch and Gone Wrong. Rough Francis got their start playing the music of their fathers, from the 70’s punk rock group Death. (If you’re not familiar with them, there’s a great documentary called “A Band Called Death” that you should check out.) Tickets are $12.
4) Brothers and Sisters: A VT Tribute to The Allman Brothers Band
Where: Nectars, 188 Main Street, Burlington When: Friday, 9PM-2AM
Brothers and Sisters is a Tribute to The Allman Brothers Band and their iconic american rock music, with The Original Q. This 21+ show will feature musicians like The Tenderbellies, Ryan Clausen, Cotter Ellis, Mike Fried and more, and tickets are only $5. For Tickets >>
5) Owl Feet Open Studio
Where: Owl Feet, 1968 Prindle Road, Charlotte When: Saturday, 10AM-11AM
Take your little ones to this FREE open studio event at Owl Feet on Saturday morning. This is a great opportunity to check out the space and learn about other opportunities at the studio. Kids (all ages) can create something fun to take home, or play with the sensory bins or playdough table. Space is limited though, so you’ll need to register in advance. For Event Info & Registration >>
6) First Annual Mardi Gras Party
Where: Rí Rá Burlington, 123 Church Street, Burlington When: Saturday, 11AM-1AM
Mardi Gras festivities continue this weekend, so join the party at Ri Ra as they hold their first Mardi Gras party, with Magic Hat taking over their taps. There will be live music throughout the day (starting at 11AM), beads, favors and swag, a food menu inspired by Fat Tuesday, and drink specials. For Event Info >>
7) Mardi Gras Dance Celebration with DJ Craig Mitchell and the House of LeMay
Where: Three Needs, 185 Pearl Street, Burlington When: Saturday, 4PM
For another Mardi Gras option, dance all evening at Three Needs! DJ Craig Mitchell will be there for two sets, at 4PM and 10PM. There will be appearances by the House of Lemay, specialty beads and authentic New Orleans Hurricanes for sale (both to benefit The Ronald McDonald House Charities), moon pies, and other festive fun. For Event Info >>
8) Stand Up, Sit Down, & Laugh
Where: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main Street, Burlington When: Saturday, 8PM-10PM
This great comedy show, founded by Josie Leavitt, returns to the Flynn Center on Saturday. The show’s lineup includes Josie herself, as well as Tracy Dolan, Gladys, and Lucy Haney. Tickets are $20, and the material is for adults. For Event Info & Tickets >>
9) Dummy in Burlington
Where: Revelry Theater, 4 Howard Street, Burlington When: Saturday, 8PM-9PM
Through sharing a mix of jokes and stories, this comedy show from comedian Anders Lee delves into the experience of being on the autism spectrum. He shares both his experience growing up with autism, as well as the history of the autism diagnosis. Tickets are $7 online, or $8 at the door. For Event Info & Tickets >>
10) Play Date! Farm & Food Fun
Where: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne When: Saturday, 9:30AM-1:30PM
In need of a play date? Meet a friend at Shelburne Farms! You’ll find indoor activities to explore, including a winter forest with tunnels. Outreach for Earth Stewardship will be there between 10AM-1PM so that kids can meet an owl, and seating and tables will be set-up so you can enjoy any food items that you bring. For Event Info >>
Looking For Other Ideas?
Check out these other interesting events happening this weekend in Vermont:
Enjoy food, wine, live music from The Fabulous Wrecks, art shows, and a beer release at the Winter Wine Down Music Series at Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery on Friday from 6:30PM-8:30PM.
Marko, the Master Magician performs for all ages at ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret on Saturday from 10AM-11AM.
Check out Wonder Woods, a new exhibit at the Montshire Museum of Science on Saturday, at 10AM. This multi-level learning space focused around STEM learning is great for kids ages 5 and under.
Groennfell Meadery is holding a Leap Day Ruckus event on Saturday from 4PM-8PM.
The Logger (Rusty Dewees) performs at the Highgate Library & Community Center this Saturday from 7:30PM-9:30PM.
Carnevale Vergennes is this Saturday at the Vergennes Opera House from 7:30PM-12:30AM, with costumes, games, dancing, raffles and prizes.
The 10th Annual Hope On The Slopes event (to support cancer patients and their families) is this Sunday at Jay Peak Resort starting at 7:30AM.
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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