Summer in Vermont has finally arrived and with it comes a vibrant and burgeoning tourism scene! There’s never enough hours in the day (or days in the weekend), so allow us to narrow down some of the best goings-on in and around our gorgeous city this upcoming weekend:
Shelburne Farms: Sun to Cheese Tour
- 1611 Harbor Road Shelburne,VT
- Friday, June 9 from 1:45– 3:45PM
- $18/person (includes a block of cheddar)
Kick off the weekend in true Vermont style at Shelburne Farms’ Sun to Cheese Tour. Starting at 1:45, 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, each guest will receive a complimentary brick of their famous cheddar – you know, for science.
ArtsRiot: Truck Stop
- 400 Pine Street Burlington,VT
- Friday, June 9 from 5-10PM
- Free to enter; cost of food and drink
Street-food lovers unite! Mingle with the locals over luscious libations and grab some grub at one — or three — of the many food trucks and get an authentic Vermont experience. The food is delectable, the art is captivating, and the drinks are cold! Bring the family — and your appetite. ArtsRiot Truck Stop is kid- and dog-friendly, and a foodie favorite!
Burlington Farmers Market
- City Hall Park, Burlington
- Saturday, June 10 8:30AM – 2:00PM
Cut out the middleman and shop directly from Vermont farmers and artisans in historic downtown Burlington at the Burlington Farmer’s Market ! Treat yourself to a bounty of fresh, locally grown produce, handmade crafts, sweet and savory treats, and meats and cheeses from Vermont’s lush pastures. It doesn’t get more farm-to-table than this!
Lake Champlain Chocolates: Free Tastings
- 750 Pine Street, Burlington
- Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11; 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Do we really need to say more? Taste and discover the flavor profiles of four Lake Champlain Chocolates‘ chocolates with a chocolate tasting guide (best job ever?) and enter a raffle to win a free gift of chocolates!
Walk for the Animals & 5K Doggie Fun Run
- Veterans Memorial Park, 600 Swift Street South Burlington, VT
- Sunday, June 11; registration begins at 8:00AM, event begins at 9:00AM
Start your morning the right way — cardio and cuteness! Join two- and four-legged friends alike and pound the pavement for a noble cause. Vermont’s largest dog-friendly event will feature a one mile walk through Veteran’s Memorial Park, a 5K Doggie Fun Run, music, snacks, contests, and more! All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Chittenden County.
Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
- Multiple locations throughout Burlington
- June 2-11
- Price varies per show
One of the largest annual events in Vermont, the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is truly a can’t-miss event. The festival is a vital city-wide community festival that contributes to the national jazz dialogue. Over 10 days, jazz musicians of a regional and national scope showcase their talents all throughout the area. There are countless performances happening at virtually every possible venue throughout Burlington.
Mother Earth News Fair
- Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction
- Saturday 9:00AM – 6:00PM; Sunday 9:00AM – 5:00PM
- $10 per day
The Mother Earth News Fair is headed to Vermont for a family-friendly, sustainable living event that features over 200 hands-on workshops and demonstrations from national and local experts on real food, organic gardening, homesteading, renewable energy, green building and remodeling, DIY projects, small-scale livestock, green transportation, natural health, and related topics. Also on the grounds: hands-on children’s projects; heritage-breed livestock; an alternative-fuel vehicle display; vendor, livestock and craft demonstrations; and local and organic food offerings. The fair will be held all day Saturday and Sunday at the Champlain Valley Exposition.
Looking for more things to do this weekend? Check out our events calendar!