Is it Friday yet? This weekend is packed with fun and adventurous (and dad-friendly) outings and events throughout Burlington and the Lake Champlain region. With this many options, it’s not easy to choose how to spend those precious 48 hours. We’ve curated a list of our favorites to help you decide:
Summer Cinema Series: Despicable Me
- Friday, June 16; 7:30PM – 9:00PM
- Battery Park, Burlington
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 Felonious Gru and those adorable minions. 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.
Ben & Jerry’s Concerts on the Green: Lake Street Dive
- Friday, June 16; doors at 6:30PM, show at 7:15PM
- Shelburne Museum: 6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne
- $40-44; kids 12 and under free
Lake Street Dive is a four-piece band out of Brooklyn that serves up soulful songs over warm and comfortable harmonies. Now in its 16th year, the summertime Concerts on the Green series consistently brings some of the best music out there into our beautiful state. The stage sits atop the picturesque rolling hills of Shelburne Museum, offering one of the best views in the state. As if that weren’t enough to get you out the door, Ben & Jerry’s serves up free ice cream during the show, along with a hearty roster of local food vendors and craft beer brewers! Sprawl out on the lawn, soak up the sunset, and let Lake Street Dive’s gorgeous melodies soothe your soul.
Vermont Breakfast on the Farm
- Saturday, June 17; 8:30AM – 1:00PM
- Fairmont Farm: 95 Lyle Young Road, East Montpelier
- Free, but registration is required
Did you know that American farmers each feed 155 people worldwide each day? Vermont Breakfast on the Farm intends to educate the public on the importance of our agricultural community – over a delicious farm-fresh breakfast! Get a firsthand look at the practice of modern dairy farming and gain a deeper understanding of the impact of the dairy economy. Also: cows! This event is coordinated by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, local businesses, sponsors, and nearly 200 volunteers.
Paint Your Pet: A Fundraiser for Potter’s Angels Animal Rescue
- Saturday, June 17; 5:00PM – 7:00PM
- Colchester’s Mead Hall: 856 Hercules Drive, Suite 20, Colchester
- $25 includes 4 mead samples
Spend your Saturday evening sipping some of the finest mead and creating your favorite furry friend’s likeness! Each painter is bestowed with art supplies, a sampling of mead, and a blank canvas. Colchester’s Mead Hall also has a full menu of delicious Nordic food, so you can eat and drink like a viking! If you’re new to painting, never fear! In the words of Edgar Degas, “painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do”. Paint Your Pet is a family-friendly event, and proceeds will go to Potter’s Angels Animal Rescue.
Early Birder Morning Walk
- Sunday, June 18; 7:00AM – 8:30AM
- Birds of Vermont Museum: 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington
Start your Sunday with a peaceful and meditative ramble in the lush, green forests and meadows of Huntington. The walk is led by an experienced birder familiar with Vermont birds. Get back to nature and spend the calmest part of the day with fellow avian enthusiasts, birds, and other woodland inhabitants. Finish the walk with bird-friendly coffee at the viewing window inside the Birds of Vermont Museum. Bring binoculars, good walking shoes, and tick repellent!
Burlington Tree Tours
- Sunday, June 18; 10:00AM
- Meet at Hilton Burlington’s Mounted Cat Patio: 60 Battery Street, Burlington
- $10; kids 10 and under are free
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 trees, 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.
Shelburne Museum Classic Auto Festival
- Friday, June 16 – Sunday, June 18; 10:00AM – 5:00PM
- Shelburne Museum: 6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne
- $12-24; kids under 5 free
What did your father drive? Give Dad a Father’s Day he’ll never forget at Shelburne Museum’s Classic Auto Festival. Celebrate the 50th birthday of an iconic American automobile, the Chevrolet Camaro, and enjoy vintage cars, hands-on activities for all ages, delicious food (café curated by local fave Skinny Pancake), ice cream, and lectures about all things auto. Now that’s a weekend well spent!
Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar here.