Happy weekend! Hot weather is headed our way, so we hope you stay cool and enjoy time spent outside.
You could bike the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail this weekend, or take a day trip to South Hero, where you can explore the beach and eat lots of ice cream. You could also try one of these 40 homemade popsicle recipes to stay cool.
Here's what else is going on this weekend:
Discover Jazz Festival
When: All weekend
Where: various locations, Burlington
Details: The Discover Jazz Festival, Burlington’s first major event since the pandemic, kicks off this weekend. The schedule is jam-packed with free live music concerts until June 13, at locations like City Hall Park, Church Street and the Burlington Waterfront. See the schedule at a glance here.
Keeping Track of Vermont's Birds: Bird Banding at the Catamount Community Forest
When: 8 a.m.-11 a.m., Saturday
Where: Catamount Outdoor Center, Williston
Details: Join Audubon Vermont’s Conservation Program Manager Mark LaBarr for an opportunity to learn about native birds and to see some up-close. Mark demonstrates bird banding techniques as he discusses the many ways researchers and community scientists monitor Vermont’s bird populations. This is a free event, and the public is invited to drop by anytime. Parking for the Catamount Community Forest is located at 592 Governor Chittenden Road in Williston.
Community Appreciation Day: Ethan Allen Homestead Museum and Vermont Indigenous Heritage Center Reopening
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday
Where: Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington
Details: This Saturday, the museum will host artisans and historical demonstrators outside the Ethan Allen House showing lifestyles and trades of 18th century Vermont. The Vermont Indigenous Heritage Center will gather for a celebration of Abenaki culture. Inside the Museum, visitors will be able to see the three new exhibits built by the VIHC, as well as the new displays in the EAHM Tavern! At 12 p.m. an official opening and welcoming ceremony will take place. There is no admission fee, but donations are suggested.
Vermont Ninja Warrior Summer Kickoff Competition
When: 11 a.m., Saturday
Where: Vermont Ninja Warrior Training Center, Essex Junction
Details: Kids aged 7-17 will love this Ninja Warrior Competition, complete with a challenging and fun obstacle course. Though spectators are not allowed, the event will be livestreamed. Pre-registration is required and costs $25 per participant. Stop by the office, or call (802-655-3300) to register.
Winooski Farmers Market
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday
Where: 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski
Details: Head to downtown Winooski every Sunday this summer for the Winooski Farmers Market. The market features fresh local produce, baked goods, homemade gifts and more. See a vendor list here.