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Lake Champlain Weekend Roundup: August 25-27

The Champlain Valley Fair is held annually at the Champlain Valley Exposition, a non-profit organization with a mission to promote agriculture, education, commerce, and entertainment for Vermonters.

OK guys, this is it: the last weekend in August. We’re at the tail-end of summer, so soak up that sun and make the most of our (diminishing) seasonally longer days. Here’s the rundown for how to squeeze every last bit of summertime fun out of this coming weekend:




Summer Cinema Series: Moana

  • Friday, August 25: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM
  • Battery Park, Burlington
  • Free

Burlington’s Summer Cinema Series is a free movie-in-the-park series put on by the Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department and Burlington City Arts. PC: Facebook @BTV Parks

Grab some blankets and cozy up with the family on the lawn of Battery Park, Burlington’s pristine grassy high point overlooking Lake Champlain. Enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of that famous Vermont sunset and enjoy the heartwarming and hilarious tale of Moana and her voyage to become a master wayfinder. Bring snacks or grab dinner from one of the food vendors and stretch out on the grass. This event is brought to you by Burlington’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Waterfront and Burlington City Arts.




College Street Collide

  • Saturday, August 26: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • College Street, Burlington
  • Free

The College Street Collide is College Street’s first ever block party. PC: Facebook @CommonDeer

Head to downtown Burlington this Saturday for the first ever College Street Collide Block Party! The folks over at Common Deer and Northfield Savings Bank have put together a massive sidewalk party to celebrate their vibrant College Street community. Take a stroll through their neighborhood and enjoy family-friendly activities, live music, can’t-miss-sales, and some of the best food and drink the downtown area has to offer! Check out the lineup of activities here.


Bow Wow Dog Luau

  • Saturday, August 26: 4:00 PM-8:00 PM
  • Switchback Brewing Company, Burlington
  • Free

Switchback’s Bow Wow Dog Luau is free to attend and proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Chittenden County. PC: Facebook @SwitchbackBeer

Yes, you read that right – Switchback Brewing Company is hosting a doggy luau this Saturday. This one’s a no-brainer – bring your pups and hang out on Switchback’s cool new patio, grab a beer for yourself and a treat for the pooch, and don yourselves in a lei! Hot dogs and brats will be served for guests of the human variety, and $1 from every pint and hot dog sold will benefit the Humane Society of Chittenden County. Make sure you stop by the photo booth and get a professional photo of you and your best friend! It’ll be a barkin’ good time!




Champagne on Champlain Brunch Cruise

  • Sunday, August 27: 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
  • Spirit of Ethan Allen, Burlington
  • $16-31

The Spirit of Ethan Allen is Lake Champlain’s largest cruise ship and floating restaurant. PC: Facebook @SpiritofEthanAllen

Set sail for mimosas and waffles on the Spirit of Ethan Allen this Sunday! Unwind in style on Lake Champlain’s only cruise liner and start your day under the sun and on the water. Dig into their delicious brunch buffet, relax with your coffee on the deck, and get a gorgeous view of our beautiful little state that can only be seen by boat (pro tip: aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen is one of the best #SelfieSpots in Burlington). Meet some new friends and make some great memories on our beautiful Lake Champlain. A day that starts on the water is bound to be a good one!




Champlain Valley Fair

  • August 25-September 3: 10:00 AM-midnight
  • Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction
  • $5-12

The Champlain Valley Fair is held annually at the Champlain Valley Exposition, a non-profit organization with a mission to promote agriculture, education, commerce, and entertainment for Vermonters. PC: David Seaver Photography

Vermont’s best fair is back in town! Head down to the Champlain Valley Exposition and get in on the action. A few of our favorite events: McKenzie Racing Pigs, Mutts Gone Nuts, the Demolition Derby, and, of course, the Maple Competition!  The fair opens this Friday at 3:00 PM, so get down there and kick off the ten best days of summer!



For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check out our events calendar.