Top 10 Events This Weekend: January 17th-19th

Winter has really been underperforming in the weather department, am I right? My kid has been begging to make a snowman for weeks, and all I have is some ice on my trees and a lousy t-shirt keeping me warm... At least there are plenty of other activities to keep us busy.

This weekend brings another handful of family-friendly options, some adult-only music shows, some crafts, some comedy, and a cooking class! See what’s up this weekend. And if you want to start receiving our Top 10 list direct to your inbox, don’t forget to sign up for Busy Btown emails! By signing up, you’ll be among the first to hear about our giveaways to local events and activities. Have a great one!

1) Comedian Yamaneika Saunders

Where: Vermont Comedy Club, 101 Main Street, Burlington When: Friday & Saturday, 7PM & 9:30PM

Like so many comedians that grace the stage at VCC, Yamaneika Saunders is a triple threat—a comic, a writer, and an actress. You may have seen her on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central or HBO, or you may have heard her on her hit podcast Rantin’ and Ravin’. Get ready for some deep belly laughs. For Event Info & Tickets >>

2) She Sings Out Loud Showcase

Where: Light Club Lamp Shop, 12 N Winooski Ave, Burlington When: Friday, 8PM-10:30PM

This month’s She Sings Out Loud showcase at the Light Club Lamp Shop features Thea Wren Music, Abby Sherman and Emma Back. Check out this great organization, and show these talented women some support this Friday. For More Info on SSOL >>

3) Dead Sessions w/ Blackwolf

Where: Higher Ground, 1214 Williston Road, South Burlington When: Friday, 9PM-12AM

The Dead Sessions is one of the most popular Grateful Dead experiences in the Northeast. This collective of musicians have been playing for 19 years, and they’ll be hitting the Higher Ground stage Friday evening. For Event Info & Tickets >>

4) Pink Talking Fish

Where: Nectar’s, 188 Main Street, Burlington When: Friday, 9:30PM-2AM

Considered a “Hybrid Tribute Fusion Act”, Pink Talking Fish creates music that blends three beloved bands—Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads, and Phish. If you’re looking for a good time, check out this unique group. For Event Info & Tickets >>

5) Houseplants 101

Where: Gardener’s Supply Garden Center, 128 Intervale Road, Burlington When: Saturday, 9:30AM-11AM

If you’re like me and have a hard time keeping your houseplants happy, you should check out this Houseplants 101 class at Gardener’s Supply Garden Center. For just $15 and a little bit of your time, you can learn all about common houseplants and how to care for them. For Event Info >>

6) Owl Feet’s 1st Birthday Party!

Where: Owl Feet, 1968 Prindle Road, Charlotte When: Saturday, 10AM-11:30AM

Bring your little ones (all ages) to Owl Feet this Saturday, as they celebrate turning one. There will be some painting activities, a sensory bin, and a play dough table, all with a celebratory theme. You can also create music shakers to take home with you, and there will be children’s music provided by Julia Wayne. For Event Info >>

7) Groovy Yoga for Little Kiddos (Twos and Threes)

Where: Shelburne Community Movement, 2997 Shelburne Road, Shelburne When: Saturday, 10:45AM-11:15AM

For another kid-friendly Saturday morning idea, try Groovy Yoga, where kids can learn— through songs, stories, games and yoga postures—how to develop body awareness, coordination and an increased ability to focus. I wish I had started when I was young (bending is hard!). For Event Info & Tickets >>

8) Red Hot Juba

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

Red Hot Juba describes themselves as having “the soul of the blues, the infectious twang of juke-joint country, a touch of irreverent old-testament and SWING with relentless abandon.” And it’s got to be a red hot time to see them, because this popular band has graced a LOT of stages in the last year. For Event Info >>

9) Social Sundays

Where: Milton Artists’ Guild, 199 US Route 7, Milton When: Sunday, 1PM-3PM

This free event at the Milton Artists’ Guild provides a great opportunity for families to get together and create an art project. Did I mention, for FREE? All art projects are designed for kids between the ages of 3 and 15, and refreshments and snacks are provided. For Event Info >>

10) Brisket/Ribs Class

Where: Mark BBQ, 34 Park Street, Essex Junction When: Sunday, 3PM-5PM

This week’s list concludes with something delicious... a Brisket and ribs class, taught by Chef Darrell and pit master trainee Casey at Mark BBQ! It kind of sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, right? You won’t just learn how to cook the ribs and brisket, you’ll get to EAT them, so bring your appetite. But, tickets must be purchased in advance, so hurry up and give them a call! For Event Info >>

Looking For Other Ideas? 

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

  • In Quechee on Saturday, go to the VINS Nature Center for their Winter Wildlife Celebration. In addition to exploring their exhibits and trails, there will be indoor and outdoor family activities.

  • Check out the Family Puzzle & Game Day at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier Saturday afternoon. There will be puzzles, games, popcorn and cocoa for all ages. 

  • The Rock and Roll Playhouse is performing two evening sets of Rock and Roll for Kids on Saturday at Jay Peak.

  • Join Smugglers Notch Resort this Saturday evening for their MLK Weekend Fireworks. The Village Green is a great spot to catch the lights. 

  • For another kid-friendly music option, Mister Chris and Friends will be playing Sunday at 11am at The Paramount Theatre in Rutland.

  • On Sunday afternoon, if you’re feeling crafty, head to Snow Farm Vineyard in South Hero for their Pebble Art Workshop. Create your own art from pebbles, sea glass, driftwood and stick, and sample some wine if you’re in the mood.

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.