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celebrating and supporting music, food, art & culture in burlington

artsriot calls itself the battery street jeans* of events calendars. they collect sweet jeans events and post the sweetest to their site. it’s the best of the btv culture scene all in one place. not only does it celebrate and support the people who bring us this amazing array of culture, it also educates and promotes awareness of what’s going on in burlington’s vibrant creative community.

find out what’s hot  from cool indie bands to gallery receptions, fundraisers and just plain old bashes – such as switchback’s 10th anniversary party or browse all upcoming events listed by date.

artsriot also has a monthly dinner club called Isole – the story of food, a food anthropology journey. next one will be a day of the dead theme. they’ve also just acquired a space down on pine street behind speeder and earl’s – so expect to see their own art gallery and artsriot events as soon as november.

of special note is that artsriot also has apprenticeship and internship programs which offer excellent opportunities to burlington’s creative youth. what a great investment!

whether you’re already in the arts scene or want to get into it – this is the place to be –

*p.s. if you don’t know about battery street jeans – it’s about time you do!

holdster usa
leather canning jar travel mugs

it’s not a typo, you read it correctly. a holdster converts your mason jars into the coolest leather-bound mug. seriously cool.

they’re made of leather, thread and copper. so simple. it’s one of those things you think should have been around forever.

take a look at their different models some with a cross-stitch and some with rivets – all handcrafted in burlington, vermont. if you want one, you’ll have to back them on kickstarter (make sure to watch their video) or wait until their kickstarter project is funded so they can make more!

they have the best mission ever:
“to help people enjoy their drinks; MORE. To offer a product that feels like it was made 100 years ago, was delivered to them by Daniel Day Lewis’ character in there will be blood, and could be their great grandchild’s keepsake 100 years from now.”

mission complete.

south end art hop
vermont’s largest exhibition of visual art

for 20 years the south end arts & business association (seaba) has been presenting the south end art hop – a 3 day exhibition of visual art in burlington’s pine street corridor. with 60+ participating sites & 600 artists, the art hop attracts more than 30,000 visitors who ‘hop’ along pine street celebrating the vibrant arts community.

the weekend’s line-up of events is long and impressive. come and enjoy:

  • concerts
  • light shows
  • comedy
  • artist market
  • kids hop
  • fashion show – strut! (the only event you need to buy tickets for)
  • juried art show
  • short film series
  • dog hop
  • pottery wheel demonstrations
  • brewery tours
  • taste the world
  • artist’s studios
  • and more…

here’s a full list of this year’s art hop events, where you’ll also find a full list of participating artists and sites as well this great map.

not sure how to start? check out this awesome “go-with-the-flow-chart” from seven days (sponsors of strut!) helping you navigate the art hop. it’s broken down for families, foodies, thrill seekers and foward thinkers. we love this clever chart!

the fun starts friday – so get hopping!

p.s. seaba’s thinking of having an artcar parade next year – if you like that cool idea email them at with artcar parade in the subject line.

localvore today
save money. support vermont.

localvore today is new group buying website for vermonters. not only does localvore today feature the best vermont businesses and support the “buy local” initiative, they’re also located right here in vermont.

why localvore? let them explain. it’s worth reading.

you may already know how it all works, but just in case:

1. sign up & get an email every day* letting you know what’s on offer that day.
2. you want the offer? then place your order, sign in, create an account, enter your payment details & an email will be sent to you with your voucher details.

* weekly, bi-weekly, monthly and category exclusive options will be added.

bonus! “10 cents for 10 seconds”. for every subscriber, localvore today donates 10 cents to hunger free vermont. do you know these alarming vermont hunger facts?

localvore today is a win-win-win-win:

local customer
local merchant
local service
local community

sign up for localvore today today!

before birth bonding
3D/4D ultrasound studio

using cutting edge technology you can now see your unborn baby in 3D & 4D and see what your baby is going to look like. pretty cool.

they even have this new sonostreamlive technology which allows you to share your experience, in real time, with anyone in the world.

check out these images or  their movie to get a better idea of what it’s all about.

before birth bonding also offers a variety of classes, seminars and groups , maybe there’s something for you. they have a new blog too got hollie .

perfect for impatient parents-to-be!

abel & lovely
I AM abel and lovely, and together, WE ARE abel and lovely

originally a shop in charlotte, vermont, abel and lovely has re-invented itself as an online shop supporting community based women’s causes. as of now they sell a wide range of items from abel & lovely soaps, t-shirts, onesies to totes, aprons and candles.

and even more interesting is their new t-shirt project  “I AM Abel & Lovely”. they are partnering with the vermont cancer center this october to support local cancer research and supportive patient care.
here’s how it works: you buy one of their cool abel & lovely t-shirts and show up at burlington’s waterfront boathouse on october 6th wearing your shirt and join the photo shoot! 

with a mission “to empower all women to own the truth that authentic beauty comes from within” how can you not buy one of their t-shirts?

how strong and abel and lovely are you?

july 4th in vermont

independence day. america’s beginning.

vermont has lots of fun ways to celebrate the 4th. check out some fireworks, parties & parades in these towns (date of fireworks in parenthesis – some are on the 3rd, some on the 4th and some on the closest saturday to the 4th):

brandon – (6th)

burlington– (3rd) see the fireworks on the waterfront of from the lake

burke – (6th)

hartford – (4th)

hinesburg – (4th)

jay – (4th)


manchester center – (4th)

montpelier – (3rd)

plymouth – celebrate the birth of calvin coolidge – yes, his birthday was on the 4th fireworks here (4th)

shelburne –  vso at shelburne farms (4th)

stowe – parade in moscow is vermont’s shortest parade (4th)

warren – definitely a crazy & wacky parade – a must see, at least once. find them on facebook  too. (4th) 

woodstock – (4th)

happy 4th!


wherebear gets you there

have you seen that bear around burlington? wonder what it is?

where bear is a startup that helps you figure out what’s going on in burlington at any given time. basically, it’s a visual map on a timeline of what going on in burlington.

they focus on:

  • food – restaurants – the orange line
  • drinks – bars – the purple line
  • live music and other events – the blue line

all listed alphabetically for the time being – and as they grow look for more sorting options.

whether you live here or are just visiting – take a look and see what’s happening in burlington right now!

Emily Post Institute
Etiquette + Encyclopedia = Etipedia®

Did you know that THE Emily Post Institute is right here in Burlington, Vermont?

Yes, it’s true – Emily Post’s family continues to promote etiquette and civility while calling Vermont home. Their website is full of great advice that has evolved as our culture has changed and is based on the core values of:

Honesty, respect and consideration.

When you have an etiquette question or manners dilemma, check out their website. From Wedding etiquette to everyday manners there is something for every aspect of life – including:

The Emily Post Institute also has a large book collection, columns in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Good Housekeeping and Inside Weddings to name a few.

Of special note is that this is a family business! There are nine direct descendants of Emily Post involved with The Emily Post Institute.

When in doubt check Emily Post!


burlington farmers market - rain or shine - one of vermont's oldest & largest markets

burlington farmers market
year round. rain or shine.

held outside in burlington every saturday from mother’s day weekend through the last saturday on october, this is one farmers market you don’t want to miss. you’ll find it right in downtown burlington’s city hall park, right off the church street marketplace. during the off months you’ll find the winter farmers market  in burlington’s memorial auditorium.

you’ll find more than 60 stands will everything vermont from delicious foods, crafts, wares, flowers and lots of fun. It’s the best place to check out new vermont made goodies.

there is so much great stuff – we couldn’t give you our favorites because the list would be too long.

you’ll find products galore – it’s all there including:

baked goods
fresh veggies & fruits
jams & jellies
maple everything

plus all sorts of incredible artisan wares, prepared foods and entertainment. check out this video. and if you’re looking for a specific vendor you can check their vendor list.

put this on your calendar and plan on going every saturday, if you can.

it’s worth the trip!

oh – and don’t have cash handy? you can use a debit card at the market manager’s table.

buy local. buy vermont.