Top 10 Events This Weekend: January 31st-February 2nd

The entire month of January went by in the blink of an eye, and here we are, approaching Groundhog Day (on Sunday). As the tradition goes, if the groundhog sees his shadow, we’re in for 6 more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, it's an early Spring. This particular event did not make the Top 10 Events list, because, much like in the beloved Bill Murray movie, we know what’s going to happen. We live in Vermont, so even when it’s raining in the middle of Winter (yes January, I'm talking to you), we can be certain it is most definitely not Spring. Also, Spring technically starts on March 19th, which is... wait for it... about 6 weeks away (sorry to steal your thunder, Punxsutawney Phil).

This week's list does offer quite a few options that will provide anything but a redundant day for you, so take advantage and try something new! No one wants to wake up like Bill Murray every day and experience the same thing over and over again. Don’t be like Bill. Be an adventurer. A winter adventurer. Because it’s still winter... for six more weeks. Enjoy! 

1) 37th Annual Winter Carnival

Where: Colchester High School, 131 Laker Lane, Colchester

When: Friday-Sunday, various times

As a Colchester kid (many moons ago), this annual Winter Carnival was a favorite of mine for its various winter activities. This weekend marks the 37th year for the family-friendly carnival, with a talent show, chili cook-off, face painting, inflatable obstacle course, pony rides, Big Blue Trunk, an arts & crafts room, free chair massages, ice skating at Airport Park, and more. There’s a lot of options, so be sure to check out the full list of events. For Event Info >>

2) Comedian Ryan Hamilton

Where: Vermont Comedy Club, 101 Main Street, Burlington

When: Friday or Saturday, 7PM or 9:30PM

I once saw this comedian perform at the Comedy Cellar in NYC. At first glance, he’ll remind you of Jerry Seinfeld, but he has a style that’s all his own. His clean comedy makes him a very likeable comic, and if you’re a fan of Jim Gaffigan (one of my faves!), then you’ll definitely love this friendly show. For Event Info, Bio & Tickets >>

3) An Evening with Nico Suave

Where: Nectar’s, 188 Main Street, Burlington

When: Friday, 9PM-2AM

You may have heard of the Burlington-based Nico Suave when she performed in the band Grundlefunk. Having performed in our area for many years, she is no stranger to most venues and stages. For just $5, you can catch her “part Led Zeppelin tribute” play live at Nectar’s this Friday. For Event Info >>

4) Growing Micro Greens

Where: Gardener’s Supply Garden Center, 128 Intervale Road, Burlington

When: Saturday, 9:30AM-11AM

From music to micro greens, because that’s how I roll! Mix up your weekend and take a class by Ethan Thompson from Queen City Acres. He’ll be at Gardener’s Supply Garden Center on Saturday to teach you about the basic equipment and procedures to growing your own micro greens right at home. Fresh greens that you grow yourself sounds like a great way to start a healthy 2020. For Class Info >>

5) Winter Renaissance Faire

Where: Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction

When: Saturday & Sunday, 10:00AM-6:00PM

Good for all ages (and free for kids under 6), this event features performances from singers, musicians and acrobats, medieval and Viking demonstrations, and artisan and craft vendors (including Groennfell Meadery). For Event Info >>

6) Winter Brewfest Vermont

Where: Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction

When: Saturday, 2 sessions, 12PM-4PM & 6PM-10PM

Winter Brewfest is considered the largest winter indoor beer festival in Vermont. Sample beer, cider, wine, and spirits. Enjoy food truck fare, games, giveaways, a lounge area, live music and a DJ. Sounds pretty fun, right? Something tells me, after all that sampling of beverages, you might also catch some sweet, sweet dance moves. For Event Info & Tickets >>

7) Child and Parent Paint Pouring on Canvas

Where: Kid Logic Learning, 72 Ethan Allen Drive, South Burlington

When: Saturday, 1PM-5PM

Here’s a great activity option if you’re looking for something to do with your little one this weekend, and it’s one you can feel especially good about because the money raised will benefit the Kid Logic Art Enrichment program. Learn the process of paint pouring to create a really cool design. Easels will be set up, and there will be an infant/toddler area for exploring paint. It might be a little messy, but the best things in life usually are!  For Event Info >>

8) The #EqualPay Game

Where: Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction

When: Saturday, 5PM-8PM

Have you seen the Green Mountain Roller Derby team in action? If not, this is the game. It’s their first home game of the year, and this one is dedicated to the #EQUALPAY movement (which began with the Burlington High School girls soccer team and Change the Story VT, but I don’t need to tell you that, because you watch the local AND national news, right?). There will be a 50/50 raffle (with proceeds benefiting the Vermont Women’s Fund), and the League of Women Voters of Vermont and the Vermont Suffrage Centennial Alliance will also be there to help register new voters. For Event Info & Tickets >>

9) Josh Panda & Wilykat

Where: The Skinny Pancake, 60 Lake Street, Suite 1A, Burlington When: Saturday, 8PM-10:30PM

Another popular local musician, Josh Panda, will be performing this Saturday at The Skinny Pancake. He’ll be joined by Pappy Biondo (on banjo), Pat Melvin (on the upright bass), and Ben Lively (on fiddle). Together, their mix of country, bluegrass, Americana and folk music makes Wilykat. Check them out for just a $5 cover. For Event Info >>

10) Strange Machines with Kudu Stooge

Where: Nectar’s, 188 Main Street, Burlington When: Saturday, 9PM

Strange Machines has grown in popularity along the East Coast, thanks to their blend of funk, rock, reggae and more. Kudu Stooge is an eclectic “Psychedelic Rock” group that you can easily dance to. If you’re looking for a fun night out with friends, where you can let loose and feel carefree, this might just be the show for you. Event Info >>

Looking For Other Ideas? 

Check out these other interesting events happening this weekend in Vermont:

  • The 8th Annual Grafton Winter Carnival is on Saturday morning, with winter activities like tubing, skiing, snowshoeing and sleigh rides. You’ll also find fires to keep warm, food and drinks. 

  • If you’re looking for another family-friendly activity, check out Tricky Tracks: A Family Tracking Program offered at Audubon Vermont in Huntington.

  • If a play date is more your thing, meet up at Shelburne Farms Saturday morning for indoor activities. An owl from Outreach for Earth Stewardship will be there from 10AM-1PM.

  • On Saturday afternoon, Champlain Orchards is holding their 8th Annual Orchard Wassail in Shoreham. I had no idea good apples were grown this way, but it sounds like a fun way to start a fruitful season.

  • The Ice on Fire Winter Festival is this Sunday from 2PM-5PM in Montpelier. There will be music, dance, theater, storytelling, winter games, kids activities 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 Chittenden County.

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