I can’t decide if I want comedy this weekend, or to paint something, or to bounce in something. There are so many options! Since I don’t have a sitter, I won’t be sipping on something, or dressing up for something... but that shouldn’t prevent any of you from seizing this weekend by the snowballs and doing whatever it is that strikes your frozen fancy. Anywho, what I mean to say is, there are some great options this weekend, so check them out. And don’t forget to sign up for Busy Btown emails if you want to start receiving our Top 10 Events list direct to your inbox. By signing up, you’ll be among the first to hear about our giveaways to local events and activities, too. Enjoy!
1) Roy Wood Jr.
Where: Vermont Comedy Club, 101 Main Street, Burlington When: Friday, 7PM or 9:30PM & Saturday, 9:30PM
I know comedy makes my list frequently, but come on… who doesn’t need some laughter in their lives? And this weekend’s talent is Roy Wood Jr., whom I’m sure you’ve seen on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. If he isn’t “ringing a bell”, do a quick Google search. Go ahead, do it. Right now. When your laughter subsides, feel free to continue with the list. But don’t hold on getting your tickets to one of these shows—at least one of them has already sold out! For Event Info & Tickets >>
2) Dead Set ‘74 featuring Zach Nugent
Where: Nectar’s, 188 Main Street, Burlington When: Friday, 9PM-2AM
Fiddlehead Brewing Company brings you fresh brews, and Dead Set ‘74, to this 21+ show. Influenced by the likes of the Grateful Dead, Van Morrison and others, guitarist Zach Nugent is a sought-after musician for his live performances. Tickets are only $10. For Event Info & Tickets >>
3) Shelburne Winter Carnival
Where: Shelburne Field House, 166 Athletic Drive, Shelburne When: Saturday, 10AM-1PM
If winter fun is on your brain (now that we finally have some snow!), check out this free, family-friendly event in Shelburne. There will be food vendors from the Shelburne Farmer’s Market, live entertainment from Jason Tardy, snowshoeing, bounce houses, The Big Blue Trunk, and activity stations. It’s definitely geared toward the littles, so if you need to burn some energy this weekend, take them here. For Event Info >>
4) Bounce Fest
Where: The University Mall, 155 Dorset Street, South Burlington When: Saturday, 10AM-2PM
Here’s another great option if you have little ones at home, and need to burn off some energy. Bounce Around VT is hosting their winter Bounce Fest at the University Mall, in the Center Court. There will be bounce houses, slides, inflatable games, face painting, and a visit from Paw Patrol’s Skye and Chase. If you aren’t singing the theme song to Paw Patrol in your head right now, are you even a parent? Adults are free, and kids are $10 (face painting is additional). For Event Info & Tickets >>
5) Family Night Out
Where: Richmond Community Kitchen, 13 Jolina Court, Richmond When: Saturday, 4PM-7PM
After you’ve spent the afternoon chasing little ones on inflatables, head to the Richmond Community Kitchen for a Family Night Out. Here’s how it works: kids (ages 6 and up) learn how to cook and prepare a yummy meal, while the parent(s) relax with a little yoga at Balance Yoga. Afterwards, the parent(s) will meet back up to dine on the prepared dinner. Sound good? Get in some you time, and let someone cook for you for a change! You definitely, definitely deserve it. For Event Info & Tickets >>
6) CO Cellars Annual Tuxedo Gala
Where: CO Cellars, 266 Pine Street, Suite 122, Burlington When: Saturday, 7PM-10PM
Do you have a gorgeous dress or a dapper tuxedo just hanging in your closet, with no where to go? Here’s your chance to rock that outfit, and a red carpet, as CO Cellars celebrates one year. Hostesses Emoji Nightmare and Nikki Champagne will be on hand, along with a DJ, so you should not be surprised to find a dance competition. And of course, there will be special releases. For Event Info >>
7) Stand Up, Sit Down, & Laugh
Where: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main Street, Burlington When: Saturday, 8PM-10PM
This comedy show features Kendall Farrell, Kyle Gagnon, Jade Marcotte, Mike Thomas and Josie Leavitt (the show’s creator). Leavitt was once named NYC’s Funniest Westsider (1993), was a Moth Slam Winner (2014), and she was previously voted the Best Comic in VT by Seven Days (2014 & 2015). Tickets are $20, or $16 for students. For Event Info & Tickets >>
8) Sunday Family Paint
Where: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine Street, Burlington When: Sunday, 10AM-12PM
There are limited seats to this all ages family paint class, so act quickly! For just $10, instructor Kate McKernan will teach you and your little one(s) how to create a beautiful piece of artwork. All supplies are provided, such as paints, brushes and easels. For Event Info >>
9) Stretch & Sip Yoga in the Taproom
Where: Switchback Brewing Company, 160 Flynn Ave, Burlington
When: Sunday, 9:45AM-11AM
Join Switchback Brewing Company for a special 'Stretch & Sip' event, with Sarah Quinttus. This 60-minute Vinyasa class is for all levels, and it will be held in the Tap Room, so you'll have easy access to a beverage of choice once the class is done. A pint or flight of choice is included. Just arrive by 9:45 and bring your own mat. With limited space, pre-registration is recommended.
10) Sip and Paint with Paint on the Run
Where: Magic Hat Brewing Company, 5 Bartlett Bay Road, South Burlington When: Sunday, 1PM-3PM
If you’re in the mood to paint, but would prefer to do it with a beverage in your hand (which is really the point of a “sip and paint”), than this one’s for you! At this 21+ event, you’ll be provided with supplies to create your own painting, while you sip on a flight (or a pint) of Magic Hat beer. Heck, maybe two pints! Throw caution to the wind! But you know... be responsible and have a designated driver. For Event Info & Tickets >>
Looking For Other Ideas?
Check out these other interesting events happening this weekend in Vermont:
On Saturday, the Cambridge Area Rotary is holding their WinterFest event. This all day celebration includes a variety of activities, like ice skating, mini-snowmobile rides, a snowshoe hike, and more.
Spruce Peak is holding a “Secret Stash” benefit concert Saturday evening in Stowe. Musicians include Stefan Lessard (from the Dave Matthews Band), Adam Gardner and Ryan Miller (from Guster), Marc Roberge (from O.A.R.), Brett Scallions (from Fuel), Al Schnier (from Moe), and more. It also happens to be Founder’s Cup weekend.
Rusty Dewees, The Logger, will be performing at the Vergennes Opera House on Saturday night. His show blends humor, storytelling and music, and this location is where he made his first video 22 years ago.
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 Chittenden County.