This weekend marks 48 years since Neil Armstrong took those famous first steps on the moon and uttered those iconic words (tickle your nostalgia bone and hear the audio here), winning the Race to the Moon for the United States. While that sounds like a pretty solid weekend for Buzz and Neil, we think this Lake Champlain weekend can totally top it. Just follow our lead, and you’ll be making small steps and giant leaps of your own:
Vermont Brewers Festival
- Waterfront Park, Burlington
- Friday, July 21: 12:00-4:00 PM
- 21 & Over
It’s finally here! Burlington’s main event for all things craft beer, the Vermont Brewers Festival celebrates its 25th year at Waterfront Park this Friday. Vermont is a truly special place for craft beer, and it’s worth experiencing – even if beer isn’t your sip of choice. But for those of you who are bona fide local brew connoisseurs, this might actually be heaven on earth. Unique beer from 39 Vermont brewers, plus a few from special guest brewers in Maine, Massachusetts, and New York make this a New England celebration like no other – and a guest appearance by some Canadian brewers will add some international flavor to your pint glass. Drink delicious beer, move to some great local music, munch on some of the area’s best cuisine, and do it all with panoramic views of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain. Read our blog about it here, or better yet, just buy your tickets already!
Sun to Cheese Tour
- Shelburne Farms: 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne
- Friday, July 21: 1:45-3:45 PM
- $18/person (includes a block of cheddar)
We come with cheese for all mankind! More interested in indulging in food than in drink? Head on over to the beautiful Shelburne Farms for their Sun to Cheese Tour and enjoy two hours of a behind-the-scenes tour to discover the art and science of cheesemaking. Along with a deeper understanding of the cheesemaking process, you’ll get to enjoy the company of the cows behind the product along with the rest of the animals of the farm. They will send you home with some homework, though – a complimentary brick of their famous cheddar!
Family Art Saturday
- Burlington City Arts Center: 135 Church Street, Burlington
- Saturday, July 22: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Get your creative juices flowing this Saturday at the Burlington City Arts Center and make some family masterpieces! Guest artist David Kennedy will teach and inspire as little hands manipulate the world around them to create pieces of self-expression. Drop in to make some new friends and some lasting memories. Family art is the best art!
Burlington Paint & Sip
- Burlington Paint & Sip Studio: 29 Church Street, Burlington
- Saturday, July 22: 1:00-3:00 PM & 7:00-9:00 PM
Like the idea of making art, but need a little liquid talent? Spend an afternoon at Burlington Paint and Sip painting and sipping – a combination that has proven itself to be more than just a trend. A local artist will guide you through foolproof steps on how to create your work of art – no experience necessary! Just bring yourself and a friend (or a few) and grab an apron and a drink (or a few). Fun times will ensue, we promise.
Lake Champlain Chocolates Chocolate Tasting
- Lake Champlain Chocolates: 750 Pine Street, Burlington
- Sunday, July 23: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Do we really need to say more? Taste and discover the flavor profiles of four Lake Champlain Chocolates’ confections with a Chocolate Tasting Guide (best job ever?) and enter a raffle to win a free gift of chocolates!
Vermont Lake Monsters vs. Tri-City Valley Cats
- Centennial Field: 287 Colchester Avenue, Burlington
- Sunday, July 23: 5:05 PM
Take yourself out to the ball game! Get all of the excitement of Fenway for a fraction of the cost and double the CHAMP! The Vermont Lake Monsters are a Single A Short-Season Affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. These guys are the real deal – 97 Lake Monsters players have gone on to play in the Major Leagues! Bring the family because the Vermont Lake Monsters’ Mascot, CHAMP, is quite a hit with the little ones – and he does a nightly meet & greet with his fans. So root, root, root for the home team and finish your weekend at Centennial Field!
- ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington
- Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Free with admission to ECHO
Science is MESSY! Fizzy Fest is ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain’s summertime festival about all things that bubble and ooze. The days are packed with fun and foamy hands-on activities for the whole family! Young scientists explore the mysteries of carbonated beverages and experience live animal demonstrations. There will be a giant pile of foam, so don’t wear your Sunday’s best. Bring your future scientists and astronauts to play with bubbles and learn about what makes things fizz!
Looking for more ideas on what to do this weekend? Check out our events calendar.