This weekend offers a variety of winter activities—from sledding to skiing, and from hot cocoa to icy cocktails. Snow is supposed to be on the way, so hopefully this weekend will bring us the winter wonderland we all deserve this deep into our darkest season. If the cold tends to keep you bundled up at home instead of outside, you’ll also find some indoor ideas to get you out while keeping you cozy, like a political comedy show, a viewing party, an exhibit opening, and a felting workshop (felting is seriously everywhere now).
For those who decide to celebrate Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day (yeah, ladies), here is your friendly reminder that it is NEXT Friday. So you know, plan accordingly.
Have a great one!
1) Milton Winter Festival
Where: various locations, Milton
When: Friday-Sunday, various times
This weekend, you’ll find a winter festival in Milton with a number of family-friendly activity options. The festival kicks off on Friday, with fireworks, music, a bonfire, ice skating and a midnight snowshoe. You can warm up with hot cocoa, s’mores and pizza. On Saturday, there will be a breakfast at Milton High School, as well as live music, the Big Blue Trunk, sledding, snowshoeing, and more. On Sunday, there will be a chili cook-off, wagon rides, laser tag, and winter crafts. For Event Info >>
2) Ice Bar
Where: Hotel Vermont, 41 Cherry Street, Burlington
When: Friday & Saturday, 5:30PM-9:30PM
Dress warm for an evening of drinks around outdoor ice bars and ice sculptures. This is a fun 21+ event, with a photo booth and games, and of course, delicious cocktails, ciders and beers. If those don’t keep you warm enough, check out the new wood-fired pizza oven. And for good measure, there will be outdoor heaters. There is a theme to the event, so dress in your best Après Ski outfit. I really hope it’s from the 80’s, and if it is, please share pictures!! For Event Info & Tickets >>
3) Trump vs. Bernie Comedy Debate
Where: Vermont Comedy Club, 101 Main Street, Burlington
When: Friday, 7PM & Saturday, 2PM or 7PM
No, it’s not a real political debate between Trump and Bernie (although, maybe soon!?). This is the popular comedy show starring Anthony Atamanuik (as Donald Trump) and James Adomian (as Bernie Sanders). You may have seen Atamanuik impersonate Donald Trump in his Comedy Central show “The President Show”, but both actors and comedians have hit many stages across the country, performing this debate-style show. Check them out, and grab your tickets before they sell out. For Event Info & Tickets >>
4) Viewing Party! Pingala on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Where: The Monkey House, 30 Main Street, Winooski
When: Friday, 8PM-10PM
If you’re a foodie and a fan of Pingala Cafe, head to The Monkey House for this special event! They’re being featured on Guy Fieri’s show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (on Food Network) at 9PM on Friday. Watch the viewing of this show, “Savory with a Side of Sweet”, snack on some complimentary apps, or purchase a beverage from the bar. If you stick around after, there will be live music for dancing. For Event Info >>
5) Wine x Chocolate
Where: Shelburne Vineyard, 6308 Shelburne Road, Shelburne
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11AM-5PM
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, treat yourself to something extra sweet at Shelburne Vineyard. They’re having a Wine x Chocolate event this weekend, offering flights that pair local chocolates with local wine. Nu Chocolat will be on the menu Saturday, and Daily Chocolate will be on the menu Sunday. Wine, chocolate, and supporting local, just before Valentine’s Day... it sounds like a winning combination to me! For Event Info >>
6) Sledding at Casey’s Hill
Where: Casey’s Hill, 2 Mountain Drive, Underhill Center
When: Saturday, 9AM-12PM
Sometimes, the best events are of the “good old-fashioned winter fun” variety, and this is exactly that. Join the Jericho Underhill Land Trust and the Vermont Land Trust for a morning of sledding at Casey’s Hill in Underhill Center, and hot cocoa! That’s assuming enough snow sticks to the ground (but come on, it’s February!). For Event Info >>
7) Return of the Butterflies
Where: ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
When: Saturday, 10AM-5PM
The popular butterflies exhibit returns to ECHO starting this Saturday (and will be open through September 7th). You can learn how to protect these great pollinators in their natural environment, and participate in hands-on activities and interactive exhibits. What’s really cool for visitors is the ability to walk among the tropical butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion. Trust me, you’ll leave with two dozen pictures of butterfly wings and then wonder what you’ll do with them. You just can’t help yourself. They’re pretty. For Event Info >>
8) Brrrlington Winter Bash
Where: Robert Miller Community and Recreation Center, 130 Gosse Court, Burlington
When: Saturday, 12PM-3PM
Here’s another free, family-friendly winter celebration to check out. There will be both indoor and outdoor activities available. The outdoor activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and dog sled rides, and the indoor activities include face painting, yoga, crafts, music and dancing, and games with the popular Big Blue Trunk. For Event Info >>
9) Sculpt with Wool - Needle Felting Workshop
Where: Philo Ridge Farm, 2766 Mt Philo Road, Charlotte
When: Sunday, 10AM-12PM
If there is one crafting activity that seems to be gaining in popularity, it’s needle felting. In this workshop, you can learn about the dry needle felting technique (including a spinning demonstration) from Ian Johnson, Philo Ridge Farm’s assistant livestock manager. Sculpt colorful animals and figures of your choosing. At the end of the class, you’ll be able to take home wool and felting supplies. For Event Info & Tickets >>
10) Trees on Skis
Where: Intervale Center, 180 Intervale Road, Burlington
When: Sunday, 10AM-12PM
Cross-country ski at the Intervale Center, while they take you on a tour through the Intervale farm fields and along the banks of the Winooski River. You’ll learn about the types of trees that grow in Vermont and our winter birds. Both beginners and intermediates are welcome, and there will be free Outdoor Gear Exchange Nordic ski and book demos available. The event is free, however, donations of at least $1 are encouraged as a donation to the Intervale Center and Audubon Vermont. For Event Info >>
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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