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All Ages

Grafton Winter Carnival 2017 - Grafton, VT

Feb 25, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017 Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center, 783 Townshend Road Grafton, VT
It's all-out winter at Grafton Ponds. Your ticket includes a trail pass for Nordic skiing, tubing, snowshoeing and fat biking, as well as ice skating (weather-dependent), at Grafton Ponds, plus s'mores at a bonfire. Ice Bar event opens at 4 p.m.
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: Consult event website
Telephone: 802-843-2400

Antiques

Antiques & Collectibles Sale - Brandon, VT

Feb 25, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017 Compass Music and Arts Center, Park Village at 333 Jones Drive Brandon, VT
Vendors will have a wide selection of unique and one-of-a-kind items ranging from vintage jewelry, small to medium sized furniture, and shabby chic, to general collectibles like coins, stamps, postcards, dolls, glassware, china, toys, sports cards, and much more. Interested in selling your items? Spaces can be reserved through February 23.
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Telephone: 802-247-4295

Arts & Crafts Shows

Cabin Fever Craft Expo - Chester, VT

Feb 11, 2017 - Mar 18, 2017 103 Artisans Marketplace, 7 Pineview Drive and Route 103 Chester, VT
A month-long gathering of artists and crafters under one roof includes Kathy Stone's sawdust pottery; Mark Yuengling's wooden ware; Clearlake furniture and rockers; Woody Jackson's cow art; Joe Langton's turned wood; and Laurie Marechaux's jewelry.
Time: Open Thursdays to Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Telephone: 802-875-7400

Farms

Sleigh Rides at Shelburne Farm - Shelburne, VT

Dec 24, 2016 - Feb 26, 2017 Welcome Center, Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road Shelburne, VT
Giddy up, giddy-up on these 20-minute rides from the Welcome Center. All rides are weather-permitting. Every day December 24 to January 1 (except Christmas Day). Call the Welcome Center 802-985-8442 on the day of your sleigh ride if you have any questions concerning the snow conditions. Private sleigh rides available. No reservations required. Seats are first-come, first-served. Dates: Daily, December 24 and 26-31, then all Saturdays and Sundays in January and February 2017
Time: Daily, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., every half hour
Admission: Adults, $10; children, $8; children age 2 and younger, free
Telephone: 802-985-8442

Gardens

2017 Vermont Flower Show - Essex Junction, VT

Mar 3, 2017 - Mar 5, 2017 105 Pearl Street, 105 Pearl Street Essex Junction, VT
The Vermont Flower Show highlights include The Grand Garden Display, over 90 vendors related to the horticultural and gardening industry, seminars and workshops, a Family Room with hands-on activities and entertainment, a local bookstore, cooking demonstrations, Federated Garden Clubs of VT and VT Railway Society displays, and VT Certified Horticulturists and Green Works members on hand to answer any gardening and landscaping questions.
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Admission: $16-Adults, $16; seniors, $12; kids ages 3-17, $5
Telephone: 802-865-5202

Historic

Maple Open House Weekend 2017 - various towns, VT

Mar 25, 2017 - Mar 26, 2017 Participating sugarhouses various towns, VT
Sugar makers in Vermont will open the doors of their sugarhouses, inviting visitors in to experience this time of year when maple syrup is made. Activities include tours of sugarhouse and woods, pancake breakfasts, candy-making demonstrations, sugar-on-snow, sampling of maple syrup, donuts, cotton candy, creemees and other maple goodies. See website for participating sugarhouses.
Time: Consult event website

Hobbies

Fit To Be Tied and Iron Fly Tournament - Manchester, VT

Feb 25, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017 American Museum of Fly Fishing, 4070 Main Street Manchester, VT
The best tiers from around New England gather at the American Museum of Fly Fishing to pass their craft on to others at Fit to be Tied. The American Museum of Fly Fishing staff will also have a craft table set up to teach children how to make clown flies. In the Iron Fly, participants are given a mystery bag of ingredients to make some insanely creative flies.
Time: festival, 2-5 p.m.; Iron Fly, 6-9 p.m.
Telephone: 802-362-3300

Music

We Banjo 3 - Barre, VT

Mar 11, 2017 - Mar 11, 2017 Barre Opera House, City Hall, 6 North Main Street Barre, VT
Mix the skills and strengths of the Flecktones with a bit of Punch Brothers and add a dash of The Chieftains and you get one of the best live acts to come out of Ireland in recent years, the multi-awarded winning We Banjo 3. With two banjo champions and another member who is an all Ireland champ on both fiddle and Bodhran, the result is truly unforgettable.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $19 - $33

Steep Canyon Rangers - Barre, VT

Mar 24, 2017 - Mar 24, 2017 Barre Opera House, City Hall, 6 North Main Street Barre, VT
A bluegrass band at their core, the Steep Canyon Rangers effortlessly walk the line between festival favorite and sophisticated string orchestra. They’re as danceable as the most progressive, party-oriented string band, and equally comfortable translating their songs for accompaniment by a full symphony.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $19 - $33

Steep Canyon Rangers - Barre, VT

Mar 24, 2017 - Mar 24, 2017 Barre Opera House, City Hall, 6 North Main Street Barre, VT
A bluegrass band at their core, the Steep Canyon Rangers effortlessly walk the line between festival favorite and sophisticated string orchestra. They’re as danceable as the most progressive, party-oriented string band, and equally comfortable translating their songs for accompaniment by a full symphony.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $19 - $33

Chicano Batman - Burlington, VT

Mar 27, 2017 - Mar 27, 2017 Higher Ground, 1214 Williston Road Burlington, VT
Chicano Batman came out of L.A., four young men in vintage formal wear, playing songs that blended Brazilian Tropicalía with early ’70s psychedelic soul and the romantic pop of bands like Los Ángeles Negros. It was an immediately addictive sonic brew, and their reputation grew fast.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $12

Outdoor Activities

Wine Cheese and Snowshoe Hikes - Grafton, VT

Dec 24, 2016 - Mar 11, 2017 Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center, 783 Townshend Road Grafton, VT
wine and cheese snowshoe hikes in grafton VT This winter, strap on your snowshoes and enjoy a guided tromp through the woods that concludes with wine and Grafton Village Cheese tastings at Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center. Held December 24, 29, 30, 31 in 2016 and every Saturday from January through March 11 in 2017.
Time: 1:30-3 p.m.
Admission: $40

Guided Snowmobile Tours - Stowe, VT

Jan 9, 2017 - Mar 31, 2017 Snowmobile Vermont,849 Main Street Stowe, VT
This snowmobile tour operator has locations in Killington, Okemo, Mount Snow and Stowe. Choose from many, custom-guided snowmobile tours. Ride on scenic Vermont ski trails (at Killington and Mount Snow locations) or through National Forest (all locations). There is a guide-monitored kids’ tour for ages 4-11 at Killington and Okemo. Riders are outfitted with helmets and boots. Email: stowe@snowmobilevermont.com
Time: Daily
Admission: Single Snowmobile, $154; double snowmobile, $199; passenger with guide, $99
Telephone: 802-253-6221

Memphremagog Ice Skating Festival 2017 - Newport, VT

Feb 18, 2017 - Feb 20, 2017 Kingdom Games, 649 Sunset Acres Newport, VT
Three days of ice skating and competitions on Lake Memphremagog. The one- and five-km races on Saturday morning are free and open to the public. Thereafter, the charge will be $35 for the 21-km race on Saturday, the 42-km race on Sunday, and the Adventure Skate on Monday. $90 for all three days. Substitute dates in case of weather cancellation are February 25, 26, & 27, 2017.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: See description above
Telephone: 802-249-9100

Snowshoe Festival at Blueberry Hill - Goshen, VT

Feb 25, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017 Blueberry Hill Inn and Ski Center, 1245 Goshen Ripton Road Goshen, VT
Blueberry Hill is a hilltop retreat, surrounded by 100 miles of hiking/skiing trails. The snowshoe festival will feature a 5K Sled Run and 10K, 30K, 60K, snowshoe races. Free camping for anyone who'd like to sleep outdoors. The heated Ski Center will have floor space for 30 people each night. Bring your own sleeping bag. There is room for 30 people and you must reserve your spot via Eventbrite registration. Email: andy@endurancesociety.org
Time: All day
Admission: $8-$120
Telephone: 802-989-3982

Wintervale 2017 - Burlington, VT

Mar 12, 2017 - Mar 12, 2017 Intervale,282 Intervale Road Burlington, VT
The Intervale Center provides 3 miles of groomed cross country ski trails in the Intervale. During Winter Days, February 12 and March 12, there will be free ski and snowshoe rentals for the whole family, Kids' activities and games, food and drink for purchase.
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Free

Parades

St. Patricks Day Parade & Festivities” - Bennington, VT

Mar 12, 2017 - Mar 12, 2017 See description below Bennington, VT
The St. Patrick's Day Parade is taking a new route! Beginning at the Fire Station parking lot the parade will head South to River Street, then East to Depot Street, then South to Main Street, then turn east to the Four Corners at Putnam Square. At Putnam Square the parade will turn north onto North Street and continue traveling north up to River Street. The parade will take a left (heading west) onto River Street and continue until it arrives back at the municipal parking area behind the Bennington Station Restaurant.
Time: Kick-Off Breakfast at JC's, 10 a.m.; St. Patrick's Day Parade, 1 p.m.; St. Patrick's Celebration at JC's, 2 p.m.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Circus Spectacular 2017 - Brattleboro, VT

Mar 4, 2017 - Mar 5, 2017 Latchis Theater Brattleboro, VT
Starring guest artists from circuses around the world, this is a unique opportunity to see some of today's most renowned high flying aerialists, acrobats, and jugglers in Brattleboro. All proceeds from this annual event support outreach programming by the New England Center for Circus Arts.
Time: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.
Admission: $15 - $50
Telephone: 802-254-9780

Science & Nature

President's Day Open House at Southern Vermont Natural History Museum - Guilford, VT

Feb 20, 2017 - Feb 20, 2017 Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, VT-9 Guilford, VT
This year's theme will be Stories of Nature and will include author Lynn Levine, live animals, storytelling, kids crafts and discounted family memberships! Activities will take place between 2:00 and 4:30 and admission to the Museum will be free for all.
Time: 2-4:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 802-464-0048

Owl Moon with Oberon the Owl - East Burke, VT

Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 21, 2017 Burke Mountain Hotel, 2559 Mountain Road East Burke, VT
Oberon is a barred owl who lives at NorthWoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston, Vermont. He was hit by a car and was rehabilitated at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Now, he is ambassador for birds of prey. During this family presentation, learn about the unique adaptations of owls and meet Oberon followed by cookies and cocoa by the campfire.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Family of four, $20; adults, $10; children, $5

Sightseeing

Tour: Winter Merriment on the Back Roads - Manchester Center, VT

Dec 16, 2016 - Feb 28, 2017 Tours depart from 39 Bonnet Street Manchester Center, VT
Discover the appeal of Vermont back roads in winter season. Visit a marble quarry; villages, an international woodworking facility and kitchen store, an artisans’ boutique, a maple syrup/cheese shop, a Norman Rockwell exhibit, an antique covered bridge, and see sweeping mountain vistas. Learn the fascinating history and other places to visit in the area. Travel in a 10-passenger tour vehicle with local guide. Advance reservations necessary.
Time: Daily tour is 1-3:30 p.m.
Admission: $35 per person
Telephone: 802-362-4997

Ski Area Events

Bonfire, Torchlight Pparade and Fireworks - Jeffersonville, VT

Feb 23, 2017 - Feb 23, 2017 Smugglers' Notch Resort Meeting House, 4323 Vermont Route 108 South Jeffersonville, VT
Smugglers' Resort lights up the night sky with a bonfire, dramatic torchlight parade starring instructors, and fireworks against the backdrop of the Green Mountains! The Village Green offers a great vantage point for watching the action.
Time: 8 p.m.

Theater

"Last of the Red Hot Lovers" - White River Junction, VT

Feb 15, 2017 - Mar 5, 2017 Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates Street White River Junction, VT
Northern Stage presents Neil Simon’s charming comedy, which follows long-married Barney Cashman, a seafood restaurant owner, as he tries to have one passionate tryst before opportunity passes him by. His attempts to become God’s gift to women offer a hilarious look at a fine fellow who just can’t seem to succeed in sinning.  For ages 12 and older.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Adults, $30-55; students, $15
Telephone: 802-296-7000

Visual Arts

Prelude to Spring: Botanical Art in Vermont Exhibit - Brandon, VT

Feb 17, 2017 - Apr 1, 2017 Compass Music and Arts Center, 333 Jones Drive Brandon, VT
Through the centuries, botanical art has combined precise observation of plant life with the balance and beauty of original compositions. This exhibit presents the work of three of Vermont’s finest botanical artists. Bobbi Angell, Susan Bull Riley, and Stephanie Whitney-Payne create watercolor paintings and etchings derived from careful observation of plants and flowers. The exhibit runs through April 1.
Time: Opening party, February 17, 4-7 p.m. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.