This weekend is shaping up to be a bit more exciting than last week. First, Busy Btown has launched a brand spanking new website! Why? Well, the last one was a tad too boring for my taste, and I wanted to bring some functional improvements that I hope will make Busy Btown more useful for you all. Second, there’s a heck of a lot more going on this weekend. Need a date night? Check. In the mood to dance? Check. Looking to entertain your little ones? Check. See what variety this weekend can bring, and as always, have a great one!
1) Comedian Jackie Kashian
Where: Vermont Comedy Club, 101 Main Street, Burlington When: Friday or Saturday, 7PM or 9:30PM
You may have heard Jackie Kashian on the comedy podcast “The Jackie and Laurie Show”, through The Dork Forest, or on her new album “I AM NOT THE HERO OF THIS STORY” (which debuted #1 on iTunes/Amazon). She’s pretty darn funny, and I’ve been lucky to catch her act more than once. Check her out this weekend when she hits the Vermont Comedy Club stage. For Event Info & Tickets >>
2) Kiss The Sky: The Jimi Hendrix Re-Experience Tribute
Where: Higher Ground, 1214 Williston Road, South Burlington When: Friday, 8PM-12AM
Kiss The Sky is considered the #1 Jimi Hendrix tribute band in the world, and this weekend, you can experience this excellent production for yourself at the Higher Ground stage. For Event Info & Tickets >>
3) This Must Be The Place: A Talking Heads Dance Party
Where: Club Metronome, 188 Main Street, Burlington When: Friday, 10PM-2AM
If you’re in the mood for dancing, then join DJ Pilaf at Club Metronome this Friday as he spins all the great Talking Heads hits. Admission is free, and 21+ only. For Event Info >>
4) Free Family Saturdays: Family Dance Party with Craig Mitchell
Where: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts When: Saturday, 10AM-11AM
Looking for something fun and active to do with your family this weekend? Check out the Flynn Center’s Free Family Saturday event, where you and your little ones can dance along to music spun by DJ Craig Mitchell. Attendance is free, but pre-registration is suggested. For Event Info >>
5) DIY Elderberry Syrup
Where: Railyard Apothecary, 270 Battery Street, Burlington When: Saturday, 1PM-2:30PM
I know countless people who swear by the benefits of elderberry syrup. Here’s an opportunity to learn how to make it for yourself! In this class, you’ll learn about the benefits, some great recipes, and how to make your own batch. It’s also a kid-friendly class (for kids 6+)! For Event Info & Tickets >>
6) Vermont’s Largest Snowball Fight!
Where: TBD, Burlington When: Saturday, 2PM-5PM
This event is steeped in a bit of mystery, because the only way to find out the location of this epic snowball fight is to sign up, and get a text on the day of the event. But I simply had to include this because, A) snowball fights are wicked fun, and B) hundreds of people have expressed interest on Facebook and I really want to see this mass of teams descend with a flurry of snowballs. Ah, winter fun! For Event Info / For Signup Info >>
7) Ethiopian/Eritrean Pop Up Dinner
Where: O’Brien Community Center, 32 Malletts Bay Ave, Winooski When: Saturday, 4:30PM-6:30PM
If you’re planning to get out for dinner sometime this weekend, then check out the Ethiopian and Eritrean buffet-style dinner hosted at the O’Brien Community Center this Saturday evening. There will be meat, vegan and GF options, and the menu looks delish! For Event Info >>
8) Good Clean Fun!
Where: Vermont Comedy Club, 101 Main Street, Burlington When: Saturday, 5PM-6PM
Another interesting option if you have kids in tow this weekend... check out the Vermont Comedy Club’s Good Clean Fun show! It’s family-friendly improv comedy, and a great way to introduce your kids to the joys of out-loud laughter. For Event Info & Tickets >>
9) 40 Oz. to Freedom (Sublime Tribute) with Twenty Years of Dookie
Where: Nectar’s, 188 Main Street, Burlington When: Saturday, 9PM-2AM
Sublime pretty much owned the mid-90’s with their popular ska punk music. “What I Got”, “Santeria” and “Wrong Way” were on an almost endless radio loop, and for good reason, because it was super fun music. If you were a Sublime fan, check out 40 Oz. to Freedom with Twenty Years of Dookie this Saturday for a 21+ show.
10) Purple: A Tribute to Prince, Waterworks Anniversary Week Event
Where: Waterworks Food + Drink, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski When: Saturday, 10PM-1AM
My music nostalgia is strong this week, because I’m offering yet another tribute show to our list this week. And, Craig Mitchell graces the list for a 2nd time as well, as he leads a 7-piece band through a set of Prince music that spans his entire career. This event is part of Waterworks Food + Drink’s Anniversary Week celebration, so don’t miss it. For Event Info & Tickets >>
Looking For Other Ideas?
Check out these other interesting events happening this weekend in Vermont:
This Friday, head to Mad River Glen for full-moon snowshoe ramble and beer tasting, with Sean Lawson and Mad River Glen naturalist staff.
For a date night activity on Friday, check out Richmond Community Kitchen’s Date Night January: Ring in the New Year! event, where you’ll cook up a great meal.
The Überwintern Fatbike Fest is this Saturday at Ranch Camp in Stowe. Take a group ride and enjoy great brews around warm fire pits.
Essex High School is hosting a Gather at the Table community dinner event for Essex and Westford neighbors, with dinner, activities for children of all ages, and entertainment.
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.