Maple Open House Weekend Tops Vermont Events Calendar in March

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Get ready for the sweetest time of year in the Green Mountain State.

Sugaring season will get underway in earnest at hundreds of farms and sugarhouses across Vermont over the next several weeks, and that means the delicious aroma of boiling sap won’t be too far behind. Coming off a banner year for maple syrup production in the United States in 2016, Vermont is responsible for more than 40 percent of all the country’s maple syrup production.

Visitors to Vermont during sugaring season will find a wide assortment of maple-based goods, from various grades of our legendary syrup, to sugar on snow, maple candy and even maple-infused craft beverages. Maple Open House Weekend will be on March 25 and 26. During Maple Open House Weekend, guests will be able to tour sugarhouses, watch as the maple syrup is produced and sample many of the maple products that Vermont is famous for.

Below are some of Vermont’s top events for March, 2017:

Vermont Flower Show
March 3-5 - Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction
The Vermont Flower Show is an event where attendees can take advantage of the numerous activities offered as part of the admission fee. Highlights include the Grand Garden Display, over 90 vendors related to the horticultural and gardening industry, seminars and workshops.

NECCA’s 7th Annual Circus Spectacular
March 4-5 - Latchis Theater, Brattleboro
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 on the Latchis Theater stage in Brattleboro.

Winterbike 2017
March 4 - Kingdom Trails Associations, East Burke
Kingdom Trails Association celebrates the burgeoning fatbike culture by hosting an event and demo day. Group rides, vendors, bon fire, fun games, races and beverages are part of the fun.

Women’s Film Festival
March 10-19 - New England Youth Theatre, Brattleboro
The 26th Annual Women’s Film Festival, a Women’s Freedom Center fundraiser, will present 40 films, documentaries, romances, thrillers, and comedies from around the world directed by and about women.

Vermont Open
March 10-12 - Stratton Mountain
Now the only open snowboarding competition in Vermont, this snowboard and music festival welcomes athletes of all ages to vie for the top spot on the podium in a variety of competitions: rail jam, slopestyle, retro pipe and banked slalom.

Carinthia Freeski Open
March 10-11 - Carinthia Parks at Mount Snow, Dover
Carinthia's acclaimed terrain park builders go all out for this competition so athletes and spectators alike can expect one of the biggest slopestyle courses in the land. Competitions will be held in pro and amateur divisions.

Magic Hat Mardi Gras
March 11 - Burlington
Magic Hat Brewing Company’s 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Parade will be held in downtown Burlington, as they aim to make this year’s Mardi Gras the biggest and best yet. Creative floats, street entertainers and a weekend Fun Run are part of the celebration. Mardi Gras will support the Vermont Foodbank.

Okemo Sugar Daze Concert
March 11 - Jackson Gore Courtyard at Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow
Okemo will be tapping into the sweet sounds of notable musical artists with Sugar Daze, a free concert series that culminates with a huge outdoor concert extravaganza featuring international DJ Paul Oakenfold in the Jackson Gore courtyard.

Night: Music Inspired by the Night
March 11 - Unitarian Church of Montpelier
March 12 - Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, Middlebury
Capitol City Concerts presents the renowned Chicago-based Formosa Quartet. The Quartet is joined by flutist Karen Kevra, and pianist Paul Orgel in a concert that celebrates the night. The quartet will perform György Ligeti's captivating String Quartet No. 1 Métamorphoses Nocturnes.

The Taste of Vermont
March 18 - Stratton Mountain Resort, South Londonderry
Come and enjoy delicious tastings provided by some of the best restaurants, chefs, edibles, spirits and more, spanning more than 20 towns, together under one roof to share in culinary camaraderie.

Maple Open House Weekend
March 25-26 - Statewide
Maple Open House Weekend is a statewide event celebrating sugaring season. Sugar makers throughout Vermont will open the doors of their sugarhouses, inviting visitors in to experience and enjoy this remarkable time of year when pure Vermont maple syrup is made.

Billy Wylder
March 25 - The Masonic Hall, Bennington
Billy Wylder has toured extensively throughout the United States, performing and collaborating with renowned artists including Jack Johnson, Bombino, The Low Anthem, and Pete Seeger and supporting the legendary Taj Mahal. The members of Billy Wylder are all charismatic artists and educators.

American Faces: a Cultural History of Portraiture and Identity
Through April 30 - Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury
Since the arrival of the first itinerant portrait painters in the colonies, Americans have created portraits to commemorate loved ones, glorify the famous, establish national myths, and honor shared heroes. This exhibit brings together 90 portraits from more than 20 collections and explores and explains Americans’ 300-year fascination with images of themselves.

Prelude to Spring: Botanical Art in Vermont
Through April 1 - Compass Music and Arts Center, Brandon
Through the centuries, botanical art has combined precise observation of plant life with the balance and beauty of original compositions. “Prelude to Spring: Botanical Art in Vermont” presents the work of three of Vermont’s finest botanical artists.

The SHE Project - Part I
Through June 24 - Castleton University Bank Gallery, Rutland
Artists Kristen Watson and Mary Admasian use mirrors, cosmetics, beautification products, and natural elements to address themes around self-confidence, worth, and age-related sexual power, and explore their own experiences as targets of aggressively marketed “beautification” products.