On Monday, the moon will completely eclipse the sun and people from all over these great states will watch (please make sure your eyes are properly protected!). This is the first total solar eclipse visible to the U.S. since January 2010, and the last one until October 2023, so it’s kind of a big deal. But why only get pumped about Monday? There’s tons of great stuff to do in the Lake Champlain Region while we wait for next week’s celestial excitement:
Bluegrass & BBQ
- Friday, August 18: 6:00 PM-9:30 PM
- Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne
- Free; cost of food and drink
Live like a local this Friday and enjoy some of the very best Vermont-sourced food, drink, and entertainment at Shelburne Vineyard‘s Bluegrass & BBQ. Bluebird BBQ will be supplying their smoky specialties and Fiddlehead Brewing Company will be providing ice cold pairings. Save room for dessert – Fisher Brothers Farm will be serving up tasty scoops of their delicious ice cream to round out the meal. Enjoy it with a glass of wine as you sway to the tunes of Vermont’s own Hard Scrabble on the Vineyard’s gorgeous patio overlooking acres of their cold-hardy grapes.
UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this event has been canceled. Stay tuned for updates on the next one on September 8 on Shelburne Vineyard’s facebook.
Burlington Farmers’ Market
- Saturday, August 19: 8:30 AM-2:30 PM
- City Hall Park, Burlington
Cut out the middleman and shop directly from Vermont farmers and artisans in historic downtown Burlington at the Burlington Farmers’ 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 much more farm-to-table than this! Grab breakfast or lunch and sit on the lawn with the family (bring Fido!) and listen to some live music as you people-watch. Be on the look out for street performers – surprise entertainment is not uncommon!
Farnham’s First Anniversary Party
- Saturday, August 19: 12:00 PM-9:00 PM
- Farnham Ale & Lager, South Burlington
If you’re looking for a party with some hop-tastic flavor this weekend, look no further than the local Farnham Ale & Lager and help them celebrate their one year anniversary at their South Burlington brewery! They’ve pulled out all the stops – food trucks, local vendors, an all-star local music lineup, and all of the lawn games your heart desires. Your ticket gets you a Farnham pint glass, a funky t-shirt, an admission to a pretty sweet party – don’t miss out!
5th Annual BBQ Bonanza
- Sunday, August 20: 4:00 PM-9:00 PM
- Basin Harbor, Vergennes
- $15-40; Children 5 and under free
Need Sunday dinner plans? Basin Harbor‘s 5th annual BBQ Bonanza won’t disappoint – serving up an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet at their picturesque location on the shores of Lake Champlain. Bring the family and dance to a star-studded lineup of local musical talent, try to ride the mechanical bull, let the kids jump around in the bouncy house, and play some newfound friends in a game of cornhole. Close out the evening with a bonfire and that famous Lake Champlain sunset. We guarantee you’ll have a fantastic time and make memories to last a lifetime.
Burlington Tree Tours
- Sunday, August 20: 10:00 AM-11:15 AM & 7:00 PM-8:15 PM
- Mounted Cat at Hilton, Burlington
- $12-13; Free for kids 10 and under
Explore Burlington’s impressive and beautiful urban forest on this moderately-paced educational tour presented by Burlington Tree Tours. Brian Sullivan, Burlington resident and International Society of Arboriculture Board Certified Master Arborist, leads the tour and educates the crowd about the different species of tree, how and why each one functions, and the role that trees play in our lives. Trees are the unsung heroes of the plant world, offering environmental, aesthetic, economic, psychological and social benefits. Familiarize yourself with downtown Burlington and learn a little about the importance of trees! The tour will meet on the patio of the Hilton Burlington’s Mounted Cat.
For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check out our events calendar.