How was everyone’s July 4th? We camped out in a backyard, and that was pretty exciting (at least for our toddler). Someone wanted to stay up super late, burn all of the sparklers, eat all of the marshmallows, and listen to the owls hoot all night long. That same someone woke up super early, and super cranky. But hey, it was a beautiful night for camping! And that is why we drink coffee, my friends.
This past week, I went on a few different adventures, so it felt like an almost normal week for Busy Btown… except for the “avoiding the crowds” criteria that guides our decisions these days. We made a visit to Bombardier park, stopped for ice cream, had a picnic at the Whales Tails, and explored the CityCenter park in South Burlington. If you haven’t heard of it or haven’t been there yet, it’s still fairly new, and tucked away in a neighborhood where you wouldn’t expect it. Check out my post on Instagram to see a few pics!
This week’s Top 10 list includes outdoor food options, live music, and classes to cover a range of ages. Check it out, and I hope everyone has a wonderful week!
1) BCA Summer Concert Series
Where: Burlington City Arts, 135 Church Street, Burlington
When: Wednesday & Friday, 12:30PM-1:30PM
The BCA Summer Concert Series continues on lower Church Street this summer, near City Hall. This week’s shows include performances from Jacob Green and Dana & Sue Robinson. For Event Info >>
2) Spirit of Summervale Livestream
Where: Intervale Center (online event)
When: Thursday, 6:30PM-8PM
This Thursday, Summervale kicks off their livestream concert series with Mister Chris and Friends. You’ll hear brand new songs, as well as favorites from Season 1 and 2 of ‘Mister Chris and Friends’ from Vermont PBS. For Event Info >>
3) Turning It Around: A Community Rebuilding Concert Series
Where: Higher Ground (online event)
When: Thursday, 9PM-10:30PM
If you’re looking for something to do that helps give back, then tune into this live-streamed music performance from Lucius. The show is to help promote local engagement and to help small businesses who are struggling right now—a portion of the ticket sales for this particular show will go toward the Higher Ground staff fund. For Event Info >>
4) Teen/Tween Series
Where: Burlington Paint and Sip Studio, 29 Church Street, Burlington
When: Friday, 10AM-12PM
If you have a teen or tween in your life who really needs an outlet for their creative expression, then consider this 4-week series of paint classes geared toward kids between the ages of 10 and 18. There will be different styles of painting, and students will receive guidance by the staff. Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks will be available for purchase, but there will also be some specific guidelines due to COVID. The first class is this week, so sign up ASAP!
5) Woodbelly Pizza at the Farm
Where: Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream, 4947 Spear Street, Shelburne
When: Friday, 4PM-8PM
Woodbelly Pizza from Montpelier will be at the farm this Friday with pizza (of course), salad, appetizers and beverages for purchase. Also, Sisters of Anarchy ice cream will be available to round out your meal. Pick up the food to go, or find a socially distanced space on the farm to lay out a blanket or set up a chair, and enjoy your meal. Note that masks are requested when ordering and near others. For Event Info >>
6) Sam Luke live at Orlando’s
Where: Orlando’s Bar and Lounge, 1 Lawson Lane, Burlington
When: Friday, 7:30PM
If the weather is nice, head out to Orlando’s and snag an outdoor spot to listen to Sam Luke (who will be playing two full sets). Grab some food and some drinks. There might just be some special guests. For Event Info >>
7) Stone Sculpture with Shelburne Pond Studios
Where: Milton Artists’ Guild, 199 US Route 7, Milton
When: Saturday, 9AM-12PM
Shelburne Pond Studios is offering a 4-session beginner Stone Sculpture Class through the Milton Artists’ Guild. The class includes stone preparation and selection, carving techniques, finishing and presentation. For Event Info >>
8) BBQ Fest
Where: MARK BBQ, 34 Park Street, Essex Junction
When: Saturday, 12PM-7PM
Raise your hand if you like BBQ! Okay, obviously I can’t see you, but I imagine you want to raise your hand right now, because BBQ is delish, and locals who love it are pretty consistently raving about MARK BBQ. At this event, you can gather in the front of Heart n Soul for outdoor seating to enjoy BBQ, cold beer and wine, and live music from 4PM-7PM. Preordering is strongly encouraged! For Event Info >>
9) Local Strangers
Where: Nectar’s, 188 Main Street, Burlington
When: Saturday, 9PM-2AM
Get your tickets to one of two sets from Local Strangers (one at 9PM and one at 11:30PM). At this 21+ show, you’ll hear some funky, danceable renditions of the Dead and other covers. Tables are spaced six feet apart, and you can purchase either venue side tickets, or lounge side tickets (with no stage view). For Event Info >>
10) A Single Pebble Dim Sum & Ice Cream
Where: Lake Champlain Chocolates, 750 Pine Street, Burlington
When: Sunday, 12PM-3PM
Admit it, you’re craving Single Pebble! I know I’ve already offered up a food and ice cream pairing in this list, but come on… A Single Pebble and Lake Champlain Chocolates? YUM!! Show up at the Pine Street parking lot from 12-3PM and score some Dim Sum and ice cream. For Event Info >>
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