How to Spend Your Summer

Summer break is just around the corner and the library would like to remind you of all the ways you can have some fun around Burlington once school is out of session! 

Have Some Fun This Summer

There are lots of opportunities to have some fun in the Burlington area! For example, you can walk or bike the Colchester Causeway, visit Shelburne Farms or the Shelburne Museum, learn about local wildlife at ECHO, or hike at a variety of local locations such as the hiking locations students traveled to during the library’s Walk & Talk Wellness Events

The Colchester Causeway, image from

If you’re able to travel outside of the Burlington area, there are also an abundance of places you can explore! (If you don’t have access to a car, check out Transit App to help you make the most of our local public transportation options). To start off, you can visit a Vermont state park. The library offers discounted passes to all of Vermont’s 55 state parks, so you have a variety of options to choose from! On top of this, Vermont State Parks offers the Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge where you travel to different park locations, take pictures, and document your findings to receive a free state park entry for the next year! Or, if you’re looking for some beautiful scenery accompanied by a good thrill, you can visit the Bolton Potholes, a popular location for cliff jumping. And, if you so choose, you could end your night watching a movie under the stars at the Sunset Drive-In in Colchester.

The Bolton Potholes, image from

Local Events

There are also a variety of local events happening throughout the summer that you don’t want to miss!

To start off in the month of May, Winooski is hosting Waking Windows, a popular music festival throughout the town of Winooski that features a plethora of bands from different genres. The event takes place the weekend of May 13th-15th.

Next, the month of June is packed with local events to attend. Jazz Fest in Burlington will be kicking off the month’s events, taking place June 3rd through June 12th! Then, on June 19th, there will be a Juneteenth celebration at the Burlington waterfront. To learn more about the history of Juneteenth and why the day is celebrated, you can read a previous article written by the library about last year’s Juneteenth celebration. Following that celebration, People’s Pride will be hosting music events and celebrations on June 24th and 25th downtown! 

Furthermore, Burlington’s annual Festival of Fools celebration will be taking place the weekend of August 5th-7th where you can watch performers all along Church Street!

The Festival of Fools, image from

Other Library Offerings

If you’re not going to be in Burlington this summer or prefer to spend the summer in other ways, the library also has a lot of opportunities that you can take advantage of from home. 

For instance, you can learn a new language this summer through Mango languages, practice mindfulness and wellbeing, catch up on films you’ve been meaning to watch, or get some summer reading done! In particular, to celebrate Pride month in June, you can browse the books, ebooks, and videos available at the library: check out our Read & Watch with Pride guide! 

Last year, we compiled a list of similar opportunities during the summer of ‘21. Many activities and ideas are still available this year! You can check out our previous post here

The opportunities are endless this summer, whether you are here in Burlington or elsewhere! We hope you have a great summer break!

Picture Sources:

The Colchester Causeway: Photos of Colchester Causeway Trail – Vermont | AllTrails
Bolton Potholes: Bolton potholes | Panorama from 20 shots or so. | fredmeissner | Flickr
Festival of Fools: Schedule – Festival of Fools (