Sweet Season: Late Winter & Spring Festivities

Mount Mansfield Spring by Matt Hogan
Spring-time view of Mount Mansfield by Matt Hogan Photography.

In Vermont, seasonal festivities and maple sugaring sweeten late-winter and spring days for all to enjoy! The Burlington region serves as a perfect base for outdoor adventures and also caters to those seeking cultural offerings. In the next couple months, you’ll see a drastic change in the landscape and on menus: sugar on snow is replaced by fiddleheads and the first fresh greens of the season. Take time to explore the rites of spring in the Burlington area: the lake thaws, red clover springs up across farm fields and Vermonters exuberantly come out of the woodwork – beaming from fresh air and much anticipated warmth. Take in the beauty of the season; indulge yourself and stay a few nights. Welcome to Vermont!

Enjoy some of Vermont’s most revered traditions & fetes in the months ahead:

Let the Good Times Glide: Mountain-Style Spring
Ski season does not end quietly in these parts. Parties, barbecues, beer festivals and- a favorite for many- pond skimming, joyfully mark the closure of winter and celebration of spring. Explore Vermont’s mountains and visit one of the many ski resorts near Burlington for a truly “Vermonty” springtime experience. Here’s just a sample of the hundreds of festivities:

71st Edition of the Stowe Derby, Stowe Mountain: February 28
Ski the East Extreme Competition Championships, Jay Peak: March 19-20
24 Hour Backcountry Skimo & Splitboard Race, Bolton Valley: March 19-20
Pond Skimming, Sugarbush: April 2
21st Annual Springtime Brewfest, Smugglers’ Notch: April 2

Get Ready for Magic Hat Mardi Gras Weekend
On March 4-6, join more than 20,000 families, friends, students and visitors “for a weekend of bountiful bacchanalia and splendiferous philanthropy!” On Saturday, hit the streets of downtown Burlington to join in festive revelry of the 21st annual Magic Hat Mardi Gras parade. More than 40 floats of costumed wheeled convoys will bear hundreds of marvelously masked men and women hurling tasty treats and beautiful beads!  

Maple Season is Sweet, Syrupy & Spectacular
Vermont maple sugar makers are eager for the sweetest season ahead! Tasting events, open houses and festivals flow statewide from late February through April. Planning a visit? Explore Vermont’s sugarhouse or take a sugarbush snowshoe tour. Welcome to maple season in Vermont and be sure to Sav(or) the Dates for Vermont Maple Open House Weekend: April 2-3 and Vermont Maple Festival: April 22-24!

Annual Burlington Kids Day
Take part in Vermont’s largest children’s celebration on May 7! At Burlington Kids Day, there’s a Main Street parade, plus a variety of exhibits, entertainment, craft activities, art displays, and games at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. Festive family music, drama and demonstrations of all kinds are sure to entertain kids of all ages!

Tour Vermont’s Trails of Wine and Culture
Soon enough, warm breezes and longer days will usher in the opportunity to dust off your wanderlust and explore back-roads that lead to wine, history and stunning vistas. From Burlington, find yourself exploring the Lake Champlain Coast Wine Trail or Lake Champlain Byway. If you’d like to explore in the meanwhile, check out the new Lake Champlain Region Virtual Area Guide, where you can virtually “step inside” to peruse area attractions and shops.

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Happy Travels from all of us at the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber!


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