What to do this Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30

Hooray for three-day weekends! All of us here in the newsroom wish you a happy Memorial Day and a wonderful unofficial start to summer. 

We hope you spend time out at the grill, maybe trying one of these 7 summer pasta salads on the side. This weekend would also be a great time to hike Wheeler Mountain, and to visit a local brewery with outdoor seating

Here are 8 other events happening nearby. 

Local Motion Bike Ferry Opening Weekend

When: 10 a.m., Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Where: Island Line Trail, South Hero

Details: Bike the Colchester Causeway to South Hero this weekend via the Local Motion Bike Ferry. Summer weekend service kicks off Friday at 10 a.m. There is no cost to ride the ferry, but a $10 donation is recommended for a round trip. Here's what to do for a day in South Hero. 

The Lebowski Trio

When: 6-9 p.m., Friday

Where: The Spanked Puppy, Colchester

Details: Kick-off a weekend of live music on the patio of The Spanked Puppy with The Lebowski Trio, a blues-rock band from Burlington. Reservations are suggested. Musical acts will also play on Saturday and Sunday.

Learn to Drive Your Own ATV, UTV or SxS

When: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday

Where: Bolton Valley Resort, Richmond

Details: This one-day class is an entry level introduction to driving your ATV, UTV or SxS off-road, and is designed to give drivers an intensive and immersive driving experience in a variety of off-road driving situations. This class is perfect for individuals that enjoy recreational trail riding or a family that has recently purchased an ATV or UTV. Class fee for two people is $475. Register here.

Colchester Senior Spring Sing

When: 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Saturday

Where: Colchester High School

Details: Senior Spring Sing is a live outdoor cabaret showcasing the graduating seniors of Colchester Theater Company. Bring a chair, family and a picnic to this free event! The performance will adhere to the social distancing and mask-wearing protocols currently in place in the Colchester School District.

Essex / Westford Community Bike Fix and Swap

When: 9 a.m., Sunday

Where: Maple Street Park, Essex Junction

Details: Community members in need of a bike or a minor bike tune-up are invited to Maple Street Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mechanics will be on site to grease chains, patch tires and more. Donated bikes will also be available for pick-ups and Local Motion will be hosting a variety of maintenance and safety workshops. 

2nd Annual MARK BBQ Memorial Day Parade and Food Drive

When: 10 a.m., Sunday

Where: various locations in Essex Junction

Details: MARK BBQ is hosting its second-annual parade on Sunday to honor current service members and veterans. Donations to Aunt Dot’s Place will be collected along the route, and a Charity Burger cook-out will be held at MARK BBQ on Park Street afterwards. Here’s the route:

Start at MARK BBQ

Left on Park Street

Right on South Street

Transition to West Street

Right on West Street Ext.

Right on Pearl Street (Police Stop)

Hard left on Lincoln Street (Police Stop)

Right on North Street

Left on Old Colchester Road

Right on Educational Drive

Left on Main Street (Police Stop)

Right on Brickyard Road

Left on Countryside Drive

Left on Beech Street

Left on Corduroy Road

Left on Briar Lane

Left on Rivendell Drive

Right on Maple Street (Police Stop)

Left on Park Street

Left into MARK BBQ

Vermont Youth Dancers Performance

When: 12:30 and 6:30 p.m., Sunday

Where: Livestream

Details: Vermont Youth Dancers’ performance of “As You Are: The Story of Beauty and the Beast” will be livestreamed Sunday from the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe. Watch from home as these talented local dancers tell the classic fairytale through hip-hop and current music. Livestream tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

Live in the Biergarten

When: 4-6 p.m., Sunday

Where: Black Flannel Brewing, Essex

Details: Local acts Milton Busker and The Grim Work are performing Sunday evening on Black Flannel’s Biergarten. No reservations are required, and there is plenty of seating for all to enjoy the full draft list and snacks menu. Live music happens every Thursday and Sunday in the Biergarten all summer-long.

Written By

Staff Writer

Bridget Higdon is a Staff Writer. She was previously the editor-in-chief of The Vermont Cynic, UVM's independent newspaper. She’s been published in Seven Days, Editor & Publisher and Vermont Vacation Guide. She likes to cook and explore Vermont by bike.

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